Nepal is every trekker’s paradise. Get acquainted with golden temples, charming hill villages and jungle wildlife while enjoying excellent Himalayan views in the background, Nepal is without a doubt one of the world’s greatest travel destinations.
Many mountain climbers have flocked to Nepal and ventured to the famous Everest Base Camp to have a go at its rugged trails. As the years go by, Nepal has also been reinvented into a popular travel destination. Travellers visit the country to experience its natural beauty, historic sites and vast cultural heritage — a seamless mix between the slow paced lifestyles and frantic city life.
If you don’t know where to begin, check out some of our favourite adventures in Nepal:
1. Trekking in Nepal
From novice trekkers to experienced trekkers, Nepal offers some of the best trekking routes in the world and there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a short trek, the 4 days Poon Hill trek would be a perfect. Although the trek starts you off with some intense uphill climbing, the remainder of the trek is considered to be relatively relaxing with rewarding views of Rhododendron forests. The peak of Poon Hill provides panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
The Everest Base Camp trek takes approximately 16 days. While you’re there, take the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the local Sherpas who also double as excellent guides.
For beginners who are just getting into climbing, the Island Peak or Mera Peak would be a good starting point. Both peaks are over 6,000 metres in height and can be summited by climbers without prior mountaineering experience while guaranteeing an equally challenging experience.
2. Bird’s Eye View of the Himalayas
Conquering the Himalayas may not be something that everyone is able to partake in. However, that does not mean that you have to miss out some of the most spectacular views available. Sign yourselves up for a himalayan panoramic mountain flight tour to get a bird’s eye view of the majestic mountain peaks.
Catch a glimpse of these peaks during your flight: Mt. Makalu, Mt. Gosaithan, Mt. Dorje Lhakpa, Mt. Gauri-Shanker, Mt. Pumori and last but not least, Mount Everest.
3. Chitwan National Park
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Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal and is home to over 500 species of migratory birds alongside the one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers and Asian elephants. Covering an area of approximately 330 square miles, up your chances of meeting bears, tigers, crocodiles, elephants and rhinos during your trip to Nepal. Keep a lookout for a variety of bird species inclusive of kingfishers, paradise flycatchers, egrets as well as brahminy ducks.
4. Mountain Biking
Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you! There are a ton of mountain bike tours available in Kathmandu and Nepal, and one of the most challenging excursions can be found in Shivapuri National park. With the dirt road beginning at the Budhanikantha entrance, gear up and bike through challenging patches that promises to make your ride exciting.
If you’re looking for something that is less challenging, take on the Godavari, Bungamati and Chapagaun trails that promise serene beauty and manageable riding.
5. White Water Rafting
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To experience one of the most exciting and kayaking rafting adventures in Asia, take a trip to the Bhote Koshi River. Known for offering some of the best short river trips in the world, you can sign up for a two-day rafting package and get the best bang for your buck on an adventure that sets you on an adrenaline rush.