Holiday in Nepal cannot be just sightseeing but sightseeing in a fun way and by that I mean, while soaring in the sky or falling from it. Here are 10 such fun adventures in Nepal, that you must try.
Trekking in Nepal is the most popular tourist activity in Nepal and it is thanks to the lofty mountains that the country has been blessed with. Nepal is home to 8 of the 14 Eight Thousanders, the highest peaks in the world. This includes the highest of them all, Mount Everest. People just love to trek through the ever changing terrain with diverse flora and fauna, wildlife and culture to witness the snow clad beauties. Everest, Annapurna and Langtang regions are the more popular ones among many. These trails are fairly easy but if you insist you are not much of a trekker, there are other beautiful trails you can do. There are all levels of trekking routes available. You will surely find something to your liking. Everest base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Manaslu Circuit trekking etc are some of the most famous treks in Nepal.
2. Jungle Safari
If there are high mountains then there are plains of Terai covered in dense tropical jungles. Nepal is home to thousands of species of birds, animal and plants many of which are absolutely exotic and rare. Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard, Blue Bull, Gharial crocodile, One Horned Rhino are only a few to name. There are in total 16 national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are the most popular among them. In both these parks, you ride an elephant deep into the wilderness for a fun and adventurous holiday.
3. White Water Rafting
The swift waters of Nepal that stems from the high mountains make for some of the most amazing white water rafting trips ever. There are all degree of rapids, from enjoyable to thrilling. It depends on the seasons as well. Trishuli River that normally attracts families and friends become a spot for entirely different kind rafters during monsoon. Others like Bhote Koshi, Karnali and Sun Koshi see grade 4-6 rapids. The waters are entertaining in itself, but along with that one can enjoy views of mountains, waterfalls, canyons, rest in white sandy beaches or visit caves!
4. Zip Flying
Do you know how fast a cheetah is? As fast as the one and only zip line in Nepal. In this 1.8km long zip line set at an angle of 56 degree, the speed can easily climb to 140km per hour. Actually, a cheetah is quite slow in comparison. Gear up for an ultimate zip flying experience in the most extreme zip line of the world. From Sarangkot hill, you zoom past the green forest below, beautiful Phewa Lake and mountains like Annapurna range and Machhapucchre. It is thrilling as well as scenic and a lot of fun. And, you can do this with a partner as two shuttles can be launched at a time, side by side.
5. Bungee jumping
Again, there are only two bungee jumping spots in Nepal but both are one of the bests. Last Resort’s 160m jump from the country’s longest suspension bridge into the raging white Bhote Koshi River below is world renowned. Another, in Pokhara, is quiet new but the 70m drop into a natural pond is the longest water touch bungee in the world.
6. Rock climbing
Kathmandu is surrounded by rock climbing sites. The level ranges from beginners to expert. There are some indoors wall climbing as well. There are several places in Pokhara and in Everest region too. Rock climbing can be combined with hiking, bird watching or nature tour.
7. Paragliding/ Parahawking
Soar like a bird. Paraglide or, better yet, parahawk. You might be familiar with paragliding. What parahawking does is it combines paragliding with falconry. It first started in Pokhara, Nepal. You follow trained birds of prey and can even feed them! For paragliding, many new places are being discovered. Pokhara is the most popular though, probably because of its scenic beauty. It will definitely be something to remember.
8. Sky diving
Try skydiving in Pokhara. It is pretty standard. The other skydiving is the exclusive Everest Skydive which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is expensive and needs earlier booking.
9. Mountain Biking
Nepal is justly becoming more popular with the mountain bikers. There are thousands of crazy amazing trails going up and down. Mustang in Annapurna region appears to be the favorite choice. The region is remote and mostly jeep or helicopter assisted. Other places for biking is around Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Mountain Flight/ Heli tour
Mountain Flight or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes you for an amazing up-close view of some of the highest peaks of Nepal including Mount Everest. One can even see the glaciers and lakes. The Heli tour is not only for the mountain regions such as Everest and Annapurna. You can enjoy Ariel view of other places in Nepal from it.
Tourists who have not tried at least one these before leaving Nepal is probably very less. Adventure is much a part or tourism as any other activity. If you too want a little more than the normal boring holiday, visit Nepal for some fun adventures in Nepal.