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10 Best Family Adventures for 2020

In this fast-paced world of modernization, we often tend to miss out on the integral parts of life. We usually find ourselves immersed to seek and deliver a perfect lifestyle for ourselves and our children. And in doing so, some quality time with family is lost somewhere between paying bills and gathering food on the table. This is why family holidays are always special. You get to sketch unforgettable memories during your adventure together with your kids. While spending quality time with your kids is a rarity, especially when you have teens around, an adventure in and around the mountains will be perfect for the young and young-at-heart.   

Being around the mountains will be like a breath of fresh air where you will not only experience an amazing adventure with your family but will also strengthen the bond that you all share. Imagine trekking in the remote parts of Nepal and immersing in the cultures of Bhutan and Tibet. A trip to these magnificent Himalayan countries will be a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation. The breathtakingly beautiful majestic mountains, the indulgent deep-rooted traditions, and ancient landmarks will create everlasting memories bringing your family closer than ever. Henceforth, among multiple family adventure tours, here are the 10 best family adventures for 2020. Choose the one that suits your family the best. 

10 Best Family Adventures

1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Nepal is known for its amazing trekking routes and destinations. While the country boasts of a plethora of trekking trails, a trek to Annapurna base camp offers a stunning, culturally mesmerizing and ultimately an eye-opening trekking experience. During your trek to Annapurna  Base Camp, you will pass through diverse terrains, outlandish villages, and ever-changing landscapes. This trek will not only give you a closer look at the enthralling Annapurna massif but will also take you a step back in life. Thereupon, the trek to Annapurna Base Camp will evoke a feeling of oneness away from the modernized world of transport as each one of you will realize what can be achieved by your very own pair of feet. A walk along this trail will undoubtedly be a realization to you and your young ones that might come handy during the walk of your life. 

Ideal for kids aged above 15

2. Everest Base short Camp Trek

Mt. Everest stands tall, being the tallest mountain in the world. This mountain steals several visitors each year just for a glimpse of the highest place on earth. A number of tourists, adventurers, and travel enthusiasts flock to this region of Nepal. While the Everest Base short Camp trek grades to a moderate level, it does not require you to have a fitness level of an athlete. However, the determination to reach the foothills of this majestic mountain is what gets you going during your entire trek. You can plan this trek with your adolescent kids and discover a unique experience away from the hectic lifestyle back home. This trek will take you to the backyards of world-famous Sherpas as you delve deeper into their customs and traditions. Also, it will be an icing on the cake for young adults who are into sports and love to discover the limits of their bodies. 

Ideal for kids aged above 16

3. Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang was open to tourists only a few decades ago. Before that, the district of Mustang was a separate kingdom ruled by a king within the borders of Nepal. The kingdom back then had very little contact with the outside world and hence retained all parts of their cultural heritage. Even today, this trans-Himalayan mountain region boasts of rich tradition and way of life that will take you centuries back in time. Not to mention the unique landscape of this region falling in the Himalayan rain shadow. After all, Mustang falls under one of those regions of the country which is suitable for trekking even during the monsoon.

The Upper Mustang trek takes you through the rocky trails and tree-less landscapes with astonishing views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and their neighboring Himalayan counterparts. Apart from the spectacular views during the trek, you will also enjoy the UNESCO world heritage sites in the city of temples, Kathmandu. Here you can witness the entwined lives of people from different religious backgrounds as you make your way through the wonderful maze of architecture, temples, and shrines.

Ideal for kids aged above 15

4. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek is one of the off-the-beaten trekking trails of Nepal in the Annapurna region. This trail is short with only 4-5 hours of walking each day and enough rest amid the hike. This trek takes you through the city of lakes, Pokhara, to the base camp of Mardi Himal. Mardi Himal is an extended peak beneath Mt. Machhapuchhre. While on this trekking trail you will walk through verdant forests and quaint villages accompanied by spectacular views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna. 

The views along the trail and from the viewpoint are incredibly bewitching. During your time here, you will walk through the solitary trails, live in the local tea houses, and savor the local dishes. Another plus point of this trek is that the trail takes you up to the base camp and back forming a small circuit in such a way that you don’t have to walk back the same path.

Ideal for kids aged above 12 

5. Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour

Apart from walking for days, your adventure in Tibet is filled with visits to popular monasteries, fascinating mountains, pristine lakes, and historical towns. This trip begins from the capital city Lhasa, taking you through the magnificent Tibetan towns such as Gyantse, Rongbuk, and Shigatse. During your time there, you can take delight at the sights of Norbulingka and Potala palaces which are some of the most popular landmarks in Tibet. Adding to it, you will take a tour of Gyantse Dzong, Barkhor Bazaar, and Tibet Traditional Hospital.

Furthermore, you and your young ones will pass through several passes and relish in the pristine turquoise Yamdrok Tso Lake. The Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour also comes with visits to Jokhang temple, Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Sakya monastery, Sera monastery, and  Drepung monastery. Apart from this, the tour comes to an end with a drive to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest.  

Ideal for kids of all ages

6. Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp

Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp takes you through ancient cities of Tibet and Nepal. The trip begins in Lhasa and takes you through the historic Tibetan cities such as Gyantse, Sakya, Shigatse, Rongbuk, and Kyirong. While in Tibet, you can visit a number of spectacular monasteries ranging from the world’s highest monastery Rongbuk to Tibet’s popular Jokhang temple. Likewise, you will also witness the impressive Potala and Norbulingka palaces up close.  

During this tour, you will also visit Ganden Monastery that dates back to the 15th century. Along with it, you will also enter the Drak Yerpa caves, a meditative sanctuary for the monks of Tibet.  Likewise, you will also explore the Yamdrok Tso Lake and conquer Karo La, Khamba La, Lalung La, and Gyatso La Passes. The major highlight of this trip is the drive to Everest Base Camp. On the drive, the views of the marvelous Rongbuk Glacier, Mt. Shishapangma, and Cho Oyu peak are both eye-pleasing and heart-warming.

Ideal for kids of all ages

7. Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp

Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour via Everest Base Camp is an 8-day trip that begins in Tibet and ends in Nepal. In Tibet, you will visit the historic towns of Gyantse, Lhasa, Shigatse, Rongbuk, Sakya, and Kyirong. While visiting these cities you will also visit popular landmarks such as Potala and Norbulingka palaces, Barkhor Bazaar, Gyantse Dzong, Jokhang temple, and Tibet Traditional hospital. 

The trip also includes a visit to the spectacular monasteries of Tibet including Phalkot, Sera, Drepung, Shalu, Sakya, Khumbum Stupa and few others. The major highlight of this trip is reaching the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest. On the drive, you can also catch a glimpse of Rongbuk Glacier and drench in the spectacular beauty of Shishapangma and Cho Oyu peaks. 

Ideal for kids of all ages

8. Bhutan Tour with Four Days Druk Path Trek

Bhutan stands out from 195 countries in the world. Famously known as the ‘Dragon Kingdom,’ the country is the last remaining Vajrayana Buddhist Kingdom and the only carbon-negative country in the world. Also, it is the world’s most bio-diverse center where you can enjoy all forms of natural grandeur. The country embraces its traditions dating back to centuries which can be witnessed in the day to day life. Visiting the country will give you a sense of enlightenment and keep you close to your roots. 

While you are in Bhutan, you can take delight at the work of architecture in Rinpung Dzong and relish in the silence of Tiger’s Nest monastery. After sightseeing of the Dzongs, you can delve deeper into nature with a 4-day Druk path trek that will take you from Paro to Thimpu going through Jele Dzong, Jimilang Tsho, Tsaluna, Jangchulakha, and Langrithang. Bhutan tour with four days Druk Path trek will be an ideal choice for you to marvel at Bhutnese grandeurs. 

Ideal for kids aged above 12

9. Cultural Tour and Day Hikes in Bhutan

While Bhutan is making its way as a top travel destination for 2020, planning a family adventure in Bhutan will be an amazing experience. Cultural tour with day hikes in Bhutan offers you with a mix of cultural indulgent with day hikes along with its rich natural diversity. The country is home to 10  UNESCO biodiversity centers with varied landscapes and diverse terrains. Also, you can experience climate ranging from sub-tropical to Arctic-like. 

On this 12-day cultural tour with day hikes, you will visit the ancient cities of Bhutan where you can embrace the magic of mountains and monasteries. This trip will take you through the historic cities and scenic valleys such as the Paro Valley, Thimphu, Bumthang, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang. You will also embark on an amazing hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery and few other imposing dzongs while taking pleasure in witnessing both natural and traditional grandeur of Bhutan. This tour is bound to be an extraordinary hiking vacation for families.  

Ideal for kids aged above 12

10. Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 Days Chelela Trek

Another trip on the list of amazing holidays for families is Bhutan cultural tour with three days Chelela trek. This trip is a blend of both cultural and natural splendors thriving in Bhutan. With this trip, you and your family can spend some quality time getting acquainted with the country’s centuries-old culture while experiencing the magnificent landscapes at the same time. While the country is home to numerous sacred monasteries and stupas, you can set your foot on a few of them during this 8-day trip. 

The tour begins in the exquisite Paro Valley where you will visit Kichu Lhakhang temple and Drugyel Dzong which are some of Paro’s popular landmarks. At the same time, you can also marvel at the religious and cultural monuments in Thimpu and Punakha. Adding to it, you can hike up to Tiger’s Nest monastery where you can rejoice in peace and serenity. You can enjoy the short trek of three days through the Chelela trail that begins in Sagala and end in Chele La Pass.  

Ideal for kids aged above 12

These are the  10 amazing holidays for families. Among these, which one fits your family the best? Let us know in the comments below or share your other family adventure vacation ideas. We are ever ready to customize your vacation on your convenient dates or tailor-make your trip just the way you want it to be. 

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