we plan to visit Nepal as a family End next April.
I have roughly planned the itinerary:
- Katmandu 1 or 2 nights,
- Pokhara 6 or 7 nights,
- rafting on Lower Seti river with Rapidrunnerexpeditions, 1 night in a tent
- Chitwan 3 nights,
- Katmandu 1 night
We would not mind to self-organize part of the trip, as we sometimes have specific ideas which lodge we want to stay in (e.g. Sapana Village Lodge in Chitwan).
I am asking for your help to provide suggestions for the 'heart' of the trip: the trek from Pokhara. This should include approx 4 nights in lodges outside of Pokhara, plus a night before and after each in Pokhara.
We have two children (experienced in hiking Mountains in Switzeland, fitness level of a 10 and 13 year old). Our idea was to do Horse Riding on maybe two days of the trek (we have done some horeseback riding elsewhere). This is to aovid that the children get bored on some long sections...
Question: Which TOUR would you recommend? The lodges during the trecking should be of higher standard. It would also be nice to experience the differnt climate zone, that is we would love to go 'up' a bit.
Question: Is it a good idea, and is it possible to combine some horseback riding with hiking on the same multi-day-trip ? What would you start with, e.g. horseback riding in the lower section when leaving Pokhara?
Question: What OPERATOR would you recommend? We have seen various operators but are unsure whom to contact. One issue is that many just write "overnight in a lodge" and I have no idea what lodge to expect as I can not look it up on tripadvisor ;-)
Any suggestions are greatly welcomed !