Trekking is usually understood as being a harder form of multi-day hiking, and most people consider it a no no with children to Nepal. Not anymore. And there are very clear reasons you should come to Nepal with your family to trek.
Choose the right trails, the Kali Gandaki Valley, the Poon Hill Trek or the Mardi Himal Trail and it becomes a very safe activity, with easy access to rescue, easy trails, not that high, so lesser risk of altitude sickness, quaint friendly village and tons of things to do. One good thing about trekking in Nepal is that the scenery and foliage changes constantly, so keeps it alive for the children, and parents alike.
Check out this wonderful video from Wild Travel Story (www.wildtravelstory.com) outlining how wonderful and safe travelling with children can be in Nepal as you follow the adventures of Maya, Cathy and David.
Nepal is very child friendly. The people, the guides, the porters are all very friendly towards children and they have a blast. Even in the villages, the locals, the animals are all child friendly. Hence its very easy for children. In fact, it must be even more friendly for children than for adults, specially in families. Combine that with the fact that most people in the trekking trails speak a smattering of English and it becomes super easy to connect. Children of course need no language though!
A very good reason to come, right?
Children somehow love the Nepali fare of Dal Bhaat (rice and lentils, thats usually accompanied with a selection of vegetables). Perhaps its the choice, and of course Nepali trails always have an odd pizza here, some macaroni there, all done in a quaint Nepali way, which is super fantastic after a walk.
You can also compliment this with a family based cooking course that will be a very strong bonding experience and a chance to learn a skill. This is super easy to do in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal - the contact with nature, the geology, the landscapes, complimented by the contact with the people, offers a vast amount of learning, making it very stimulating for children. This is a good reason in itself to come.
Apart from this, the children learn about plants, and since Nepal is a very steep country, the foliage keeps changing, and the experiences multiply from day to day, adding layers into the overall learning.
The Nepali people also have very simple lifestyles, sharply contrasting frequently, adding to learning experiences of how less people need to survive!
This is the added bonus. Not many children can boast that they have trekked in Nepal. Thus, the sense of achievement of having done a multi day trek in the mother lode of trekking destinations, is something that will stay with your child forever.
Give them this boost in confidence that will live with them throughout their lives. This is one of the best investments you can make in their young lives.