Nepal is a country that offers a wide variety of adventures to its visitors. It is as culturally and historically rich as it is naturally beautiful. Nepal is also home to some of the tallest mountain peaks in the world, including the world’s highest Himalaya- Mount Everest. It is a cornucopia of amazing natural Himalayan topography and a cultural hotpot of ancient customs that are still in practice till this day without much change. Thus, it comes as no surprise that there are many things one can do in Nepal. The nation offers both leisurely cultural tours as well as adventurous escapades that take place all over the country. Here are the top ten things to do in Nepal-
Trekking in Nepal is one of the most famous adventures throughout the world. Owning to its Himalayan terrain and being home to many notable mighty Himalayas, Nepal is visited by many travelers from all around the world each year. Furthermore, there isn’t any lack of trekking destinations in the country either. In fact, Nepal has numerous trekking destinations that all offer their own unique take on land terrain, the people’s culture and their own respective Himalayas that surround it. Among the many destinations that Nepal has for trekking adventures, some of the most famous ones include the Khumbu region, the Annapurna region, the region of Mustang, the Langtang region and the Manaslu among many others. There are quite a bit of off-the-beaten-path tracks as well for people who want less crowded trails. Famous trekking journeys include the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek among countless others.
Nepal is as famous for its treks as it is for its leisurely hikes. The nation has many hiking destinations as well, well-suited for people who have less time to spend in the country and want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without having to undergo strenuous trekking journeys. Most of the hiking trails in Nepal are also conveniently located near major cities- making it easier for hikers to access them without any difficulty. Famous hiking destinations in Nepal include Nagarkot, Sundarijal and Chisapani among many others. Usually, hikes around these said spots are done early in the morning or late in the evening as travelers get mesmerized by the glorious sunrise and sunset amidst the Himalayas that are seen clearly from the spot’s vantage points. Hiking in Nepal is also a great way to get close to nature and get a fresh perspective on everything away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
3 Cultural Tours
Nepal, as stated before, is a historically and culturally rich country. People of many different sects and ethnicities live in the country in harmony. The distribution of the people all around the country offers a wide perspective of new and exotic cultures of the nation. Cultural Tours in Nepal are deep tunnels of fascinating diasporas that offer century-old practices and customs kept alive by the people from one generation to the next. Moreover, Nepal is also known for its Newa architecture. One can visit many buildings and religious temples that are carved and intricately decorated in amazing metal work, stone masonry and wood carvings. The various idols and statues of Gods and Goddesses also showcase the Nepali people’s architectural and artistic dexterity. Furthermore, Nepal is also famous for many street festivals that honor the age-old practice of devoting oneself to the blessings of the Gods. What’s more is that Nepal is also the home of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The many Gumbas, monasteries and Bihars in the country are also equally architecturally fascinating as they are religiously important. Some examples of World Heritage Sites include the three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, the Bouddhanath Stupa, the Pashupatinath Temple, the Changunarayan, Lumbini- the birthplace of Lord Buddha and two natural World Heritage Sites of Chitwan National Park and the Sagarmatha National Park.
4 Peak Climbing
Known to the rest of the world as the land of the Himalayas, Nepal offers many climbable peaks for adventure-lovers. Peak Climbing in Nepal is among the extreme adventures that the nation is popular for. Notable peaks like the Island Peak, the Mera Peak and the Peak of Naya Kanga among many others all offer amazing experiences of thrilling climb to the top of the mountain. Using tools like the pick-axe, crampons and slingers, peak climbing is a more extreme version of base camp treks, and they also offer more excitement as well!
5 Wild Life Tours
Being home to countless number of endangered as well as regular floral and faunal species, it is no surprise that wildlife tours in Nepal is among the most beloved things to do by travelers. Nepal has established many natural parks, hunting reserves and protected areas to protect its forests and ecosystems. Wild life tours in famously take place in Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park. The major activities in the tours consist of exploring the forests on elephant backs and observing the wild animals in their natural habitats. The forests of Nepal are also home to animals like Red Pandas, Royal Bengal Tigers and one-horned Rhinoceros. The rivers that coruscate through the forests are also abodes of reptiles like mugger crocodiles and alligators. Countless species of birds and avifauna are also found in the dense jungles of Nepal.
6 White Water Rafting
The snowy Himalayas are the sources of the many rivers and tributaries that flow through the cities and terrains of Nepal. These white rivers offer amazing opportunities to do white water rafting in them. As a matter of fact, the rivers of Nepal are famous for rafting. The fast-flowing rapids offer exciting and stimulating experiences that are electrifying to do! The waters of the rivers also offer beautiful scenery while rafting as well. Major rivers for rafting include the Seti, the Bhote Koshi and the Sun Koshi among many. It is a beautiful adventure that is loved by all adventure-lovers.
7 Helicopter Tours
Helicopter Tours in Nepal is an escapade that offers astounding Himalayan sceneries like no other. It is also suitable for people who have less time to do treks to enjoy the mountains. The aerial views of the mountains and the snow-capped Himalayas seen from the helicopter as you soar high above are indescribable. The changing terrains below also present serenading views of green pastures and lush forests.
Mountaineering in Nepal is one of the most exciting and adventurous feats made initially popular by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa back in 1953 when they summitted the peak of Mount Everest for the first time in history. Since then, gradual increase in the interest in travelers for mountaineering in Nepal has resulted in many visits from people from all around the globe to come to the nation to experience a thrill of a lifetime.
9 Nature Explorations
Due to Nepal’s unusual topography and land terrain, there are many hidden caves and tunnels that are available to explore. With the help of guides, these caves can be explored as one gets deeper into river caverns and vexes hidden behind waterfalls. Famous adventure explorations usually take place in the city of Pokhara and many on the outskirts of Kathmandu as well. The discovery of the sky-caves in Mustang has also made explorations of secret caverns in Nepal an appealing adventure feat for explorers.
10 Other Adventures
Nepal offers many other adventures for travelers as well. Kayaking, Bunjee jumping, rock climbing and paragliding are some other adventures that can be done to enjoy the wide myriad of natural treasures of the nation.
There are many more things to do in Nepal. Visiting it once is simply not enough!