Yes, she is climbing down a water fall!! Ready for adventure ? Rising from sea-level to 29,000 feet – Nepal has one of the most diverse and interesting terrain’s —from flat lowlands in the Terai to the highest point on earth, Mount Everest, at 8,848 meters! Nepal’s climate follows suit—from a high of 45 degree Celsius in the Terai to a low of -27 degrees Celsius in the high Himalayas—within a span of just 200 km! Nepal’s eco-diversity provides for a variety of thrilling adventure activities thus making Nepal a prime destination for adventure tourism. Here are some of the best adventure activities in Nepal:
The one-hour Mountain Flight allows you to have an extremely close-up view of the magnificent Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest (8,848 m) and seven other peaks higher than 8,000 meters. Flights are operated only when the weather is good and the view is satisfactory, so no unnecessary worries about foul weather. The period from February to April and the months of October and November are the best times to get better views. Nepal’s domestic airlines operate Mountain Flights regularly. You get a certificate of honor from the concerned airline as a souvenir.
Almost 18 percent of the Nepal is protected area, that’s how high conservation figures in Nepal’s list of priorities. This equals to about 15,000 sq. km. and includes nine National Parks, four Wildlife Reserves and three Conservation Areas.
National Parks: Sagarmatha National Park, Bardiya National Park, Chitwan National Park, Rara National Park, Khaptad National Park, Makalu Barun National Park, Shey-Phoksundo National Park, Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park.
Wildlife Reserves: Koshi Tapu Wildlife Reserve, Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Shukla Phant Wildlife Reserve and Dhorpatan` Hunting Reserve.
Conservation Areas: Annapurna Conservation Area, Manaslu Conservation Area and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
The Terai: A Jungle Safari in Nepal is an exciting experience. You get to experience elephant back safaris, bush walking, bird watching, dugout canoeing as well as recreation activities and cultural programs. The jungles of the Terai are rich in wildlife like one horned rhinos, Royal Bengal tigers, gharials, marsh mugger crocodiles, black bucks and blue bulls, swamp deer, musk deer and wild buffaloes. You also get to see many species of birds including large varieties of babbles and orioles, peacocks and floricans, koels and drongos, and many wintering wildfowl.
Bungee Jumping in Nepal
Few other sporting activities can compare with bungee jumping in Nepal as far as thrills are concerned. Nepal’s bungee jumping site is a mere three-hour ride from Kathmandu and is situated 160 m over the wild Bhote Koshi River. Designed by one of New Zealand’s leading bungee consultants, the jump is operated by experienced jump masters. The 166 m wide steel suspension bridge joining two valleys across a river gorge is the longest of its kind in Nepal.
Paragliding in Nepal
Paragliding in Nepal can be a fulfilling experience for anyone. A trip will take you over some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. The flying season commences from November through February, the best months being November and December. A favorite location for paragliding in Nepal is from Sarangkot (1,592m.) in Pokhara.
Paragliding sites in Nepal:
- In Western Nepal: Surkhet and Dailekh
- In Central Nepal: Mt. Monastery, Bhanjyang, Shivapuri, Hetauda, Shreeban and Dhulikhel
- In Mid Western Nepal: Sarangkot, Diki-Danga, Begnas Tal, Muktinath, Nuwakot, Tansen, Chitwan, Korchon, Galem, Bandipur, Andhi Khola-Sirkot, Sirubari, Dechuli and Karkineta.
White Water Rafting in Nepal
Nepal is one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal’s rivers originate from the glaciers of the Himalayas. Journeying down the swirling rapids of mountain rivers in an inflatable rubber raft or white water kayak is a thrilling experience. The Trishuli River, which is close to the capital, is great for a fun whitewater adventure while the Marsyangdi River is one of the most exhilarating locations for whitewater rafting, with steeper and more continuous stretch of rapids. The Bhote Kosi River near the Sino-Nepal border is also a fantastic site for whitewater rafting. Rivers are graded on a scale of one to six, with grade one being the most tranquil and grade six being the fiercest.
Ballooning in Nepal
The hot air balloon sunrise ride is a breathtaking experience that allows you to gaze 360 degrees around upon lovely scenes. You rise gently over beautiful temples, red tile roofed houses, lovely stupas and miles and miles of terraced paddy fields. As you go higher, the sight of the Himalayan peaks capture your attention. You will float to about 1,200 to 1,500 meters perched in a wicker basket.
Mountain biking is an excellent way to explore and discover Nepal because of the diverse terrain. Its many dirt roads and trails make mountain biking a fun and adventurous activity. Needless to say, you have to be in good condition if you are to go on longer mountain bike trips. However, for riding around Kathmandu Valley or around Pokhara, mountain biking can be a great adventure for everybody.
Canyoning in Nepal
Canyoning in Nepal is an adventure sport that involves traveling down creeks or streams within a canyon using many means—hiking, scrambling, wading, boulder hopping, rock climbing and rappelling. While it appears at first sight to be a tough endeavor (and not the safest by any means!) trained instructors will be at hand to provide every assistance needed and good quality equipment further enhances the safety factor. The Bhote Kosi River, just three hours from Kathmandu, is a good site for canyoning.
Trekking in Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trek (around 17 days)
From the tiny airfield of Lukla, the trail leads through Sherpa villages, and fir and rhododendron forests. You might come across caravans of Zobkyos (yak-cow crossbreeds). On the way, take a break at Namche Bazaar where traders from the locality mix around with Tibetan traders. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the close-up view of magnificent peaks at Tengboche. At Gorakhshep, make a side trip up Kala Pathar, from where the Everest view is one to die for. At Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier, you will be surprised at the sight of colorful tents scattered over a large expanse of rock, snow and ice.
Annapurna Circuit Trek (around 21 days)
One gets to explore the rich and varied scenery of both the northern and southern Himalayas during this trek. You drive down to Besisahar via Dumre, and then follow the trail along the Marsyangdi River and over several suspension bridges. On the way you are treated to striking views of Annapurna II, III and IV on the way from Pisang to Manang. A magnificent Himalayan panorama awaits you at Thorung Pass (5,416 m) while down below lies the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the world’s deepest gorges. A long descent downhill brings you to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath and Jomsom, which is famous for its apple orchards. Then, climbing steadily uphill, you will reach the pass at Ghorepani where you get to watch the lovely sunrise and sunset from Poon Hill. After this, walk down to Pokhara where the Machapuchre Himal glints silver at sunrise and the lovely Fewa Tal (lake) awaits your boating pleasure.
Mustang Trek (around 17 days)
Mustang has an aura of mysterious romance. After flying to Jomsom from Pokhara, the trail goes on to Kagbeni where, on the way, accompanied by a splendid view of the Nilgiri Peak. Climbing out of the river valley of Chele, you will come across Tibetan style flat roofed houses. The rolling fields and willow trees of Charang awaits you next. Here, you will see houses separated from each other by stone walls along with some large dzongs and gompas. Mustang lies at the end of the Kali Gandaki beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Imjatse (Island Peak) Climb (around 20 days)
From the high valleys and glaciers of Khumbu to the classic Everest view and the ascent of a Himalayan peak, you will experience it all during this trek. It begins with the flight to Lukla from where the trail takes you first to Phakding and then to Namche Bazaar and Tengboche,. Next is Kala Pathar from where you will get a magnificent view of Everest. The trek continues to Dingboche and Chhukung and beyond these, to Imjatse Base Camp where you climb the Imjatse Peak (6,189 m).
Ghalegaun Village Trek (around 10 days)
A pristine area, the stunning landscape and the gorgeous view of the Annapurna region makes this a great trekking destination. It is where the honey hunters of Nepal live. One gets to mix around with local Gurung families and experience the local village life. You drive down to Besisahar, from where you start trekking to Khudi along the Marsyangdi River and then to Ghalegaun. After this, it is all downhill to Ghanpokhara and Bhujung before climbing again to Khumre Danda in Pasgaun. The trail then goes to Pakhrikot and Thumsikot and then back to Pokhara.
Short Treks and Hikes in Nepal
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing ( Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur)
- Everest View Trek (around 7 days)
- Valley Rim Trek (Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur)
- Lumbini – Kathmandu Overland (around 8 days)
- Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (around 9 days)
- Jomsom – Muktinath Trek (around 8 days)
- Annapurna Ghorepani Trek (around 5 days)
- Bandipur (around 2 days)
- Helambu Trek (around 7 days)
- Jomsom Trek (Jomsom, Marpha, Kagbeni) (around 4 days)
With such a wide variety of activities at hand, it is no wonder that adventure activities in Nepal play such an important role in Nepal tourism. It is also not unexpected to find many visitors wanting to know about facilities for skiing and snowboarding in Nepal. All we can say is, let’s wait and watch—these too shall come to pass someday. In the meantime, jump in and enjoy the already existing adventure activities of Nepal. Here’s wishing you lots of thrills without much of spills!