Nepal is a surprisingly diverse country that attracts visitors for many reasons. Some are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the culture and the famous city of Kathmandu, and yet others come hoping to find some sort of spiritual awakening. Nepal can be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye opener, a life-changing experience, or all of the above.
Most travelers spend some time in Kathmandu visiting sacred and historic attractions, and then head out to other parts of the country. Some of the best places to visit outside of the capital are Chitwan National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara, a popular area for embarking on treks.
Trekkers will find a variety of options across Nepal, with the most important areas being the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions.
Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. At the heart of the old city’s mazelike alleys is Durbar Square. Many of the city’s historic sites were damaged or destroyed by a 2015 earthquake. Durbar Square’s palace, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandap, a wooden Hindu temple, are being rebuilt.
So, here’s our list of major tourist activities in Nepal.
1. TREKKING IN NEPAL
Nepal has attracted trekkers from around the world since the 1960s when Col Jimmy Robert’s organized the first commercial trek. Trekking has been the leading activity of tourists in Nepal and thousands take to the Himalayas, some doing a few days of hiking while others take on a month long trek through valleys and high mountain passes. Two of the most popular trekking regions are the Everest and Annapurna where many different trails can be followed while the other popular treks are in the Langtang and Kanchenjunga regions.
Whether your a novice or an experienced trekker Nepal is the land of trekking (and climbing), offering some of the best trekking routes in the world. Period. The 5 days Poon hill trek is one of the better short treks in Nepal; the Everest Base Camp trek is a great trek if having 12 days available; while the Everest Base Camp trek or the Manaslu trek are some of the best adventure treks in Nepal, taking you on unparalleled trekking routes amidst pristine nature.
2. PANORAMIC FLIGHT OVER THE HIMALAYAS
Everest Experience is a close-encounter mountain flight-seeing tour. Indulge in the panorama and maybe, just maybe, you might realize what you have been missing, or find what you have been looking for, all this while.
After all, a trip to Nepal would be incomplete without truly understanding what really makes it beautiful. The best times to catch a glimpse of the sparkling peaks are the months of winter from September to April. This is the time when the white snow sparkles brightly upon the mountains, with lakes and glaciers equally beaming with clear water flowing down from the Himalayas.
Nothing compares to the sheer beauty or awe the Himalayas has to offer. Take the mother of all mountain flights, the Everest Experience where we put you, one on one with Mt. Everest, so close that you can almost touch it.
The flight usually lasts between 50 minutes up to an hour. The planes take off either from TIA, Kathmandu. During the flight, you will catch a glimpse of 20 of the highest peaks to the East of Nepal starting from the Langtang Lirung peak which is the closest peak to Kathmandu, then move towards Mt. Everest in the East and finally fly to Chamlang peak. From there, the plane takes a turn and the passengers get a second look at the view while they make their way back to Kathmandu.
3.NATURE LOVERS FOR WILDLIFE SAFARIES
Nepal is a home to incredible views of enormous peaks of Himalayan mountains, magnificent temples and pristine hilly villages. But beyond the picturesque beauty, the south of Nepal is adorned with a chain of wildlife reserves and national parks which are a home to abundant range of flora and fauna.
Jungle safari in Nepal guides you into exotic wildlife housing rich bio-diversity amidst its rolling prairies, tranquil wetlands and majestic woodlands.
Chitwan National Park, accessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara, has run a very successful rhinoceros conservation project. In 2016, it celebrated the second consecutive ‘zero-poaching’ year, and has roughly doubled its population of one-horned rhinoceros in the past decade. Now, there are more than 600 of the enormous animals in the park, and you’re practically guaranteed to see at least one
Bardia National Park, in the far west of Nepal, is much less-visited than Chitwan, so offers a more rugged safari experience. While Royal Bengal Tigers live in various parts of Nepal, and are pretty elusive, you have a chance of spotting them here. The Karnali River runs very close to Bardia, so a unique way of experiencing this park is to combine it with a ten-day white-water rafting trip down the Karnali.
4. ADVENTURE JUNKIE FOR PARAGLIDING
For every adventure junkie, it’s a dream to conquer the peaks of the Himalayas in Nepal. From the rough hiking trails to experiencing kayaking and rafting over the gushing river bed, Nepal has everything to satiate the thirst of adventure. Just like these, paragliding is another adventure activity which attracts the tourists who want to soar in the sky. Imagine yourself flying in the sky like a bird, and when you look down, all you can see is the wonders of nature. The abundance of scenic beauty, with green valleys, snow-capped mountains, white gushing water streams and more make paragliding in Nepal an experience worth living at least once in a lifetime.
Paragliding in Pokhara is generally a safe activity. It’s probably safer than crossing the street at a busy intersection in town! There are more than 250 flights a day during peak season. In case of an accident, you have a reserve chute and a large lake for safety.
Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Many tourists visit Pokhara Valley to see the Himalayan range and lakes. Pokhara is also famous for boating, trekking, rafting and extreme sports like rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping.
5. ADVENTURE JUNKIE FOR BUNGEE JUMPING
Adrenaline junkies have been coming to Nepal to experience this breathtaking and heart-pounding thrill of plunging off a suspension bridge above a river canyon. If you’ve got the courage it’s the ultimate thrill few other activities can match and it’s something that will stay with you forever.
The thrill of a bungee jump can be experienced either at The Last Resort along the Arniko Highway or in the fascinating city of Pokhara.
The bungee jump at the Last Resort was designed by one of New Zealand’s leading bungee consultants, and is operated by some of the most experienced jump masters in the business. The jump takes place from a 166 m wide steel suspension bridge that joins two sides of a deep valley over the raging Bhote Koshi River.
Nepal’s first Bungee is unique and only a three hour drive from Kathmandu. Jump from a bridge to plunge 160 m towards the Bhote Kosi River only to be pulled back moments before you touch water.
6. THE ANCIENT ART OF HONEY HUNTING
Nepal honey hunting is one of the most amazing adventure tours in Nepal. It’s because honey hunting is an age-old tradition usually practiced among Gurung and Magar community in Bhujung and Pas Gaun. This is the tradition which is observed twice in a year, especially during spring and autumn, the time to collect wild honey from the hives hanging on the rocky hills. It’s found that honey hunting has been done since 13000 BC. This ancestral job still continues in many rural villages to reduce the problem of bread and butter.
A large section of travelers are increasingly showing interest in honey hunting, making it one of the most desired tours in Nepal.
Nepal Honey Hunting is one of adventure activities in Nepal that form part of the ancient culture of numerous civilizations. Each year, an increasing number of Nepalis leave rural villages to work abroad, and honey hunting has become a way for the villagers to maintain a connection with their ancestors. Nepal Tours organize the mad honey trip for the purpose of film and documentary production and research. READ THE ARTICLE ON NEPAL TREKKING WEBSITE
7. SKY DIVING IN NEPAL
Skydiving is a new sport in Nepal One more resaon to come to Nepal if its not already in your bucket list. The difference between skydiving in Nepal compared to skydiving abroad is the spectacular 360 degree view of the Himalayas.
An excitingly extreme aerial adventure, Everest skydiving is an amazingly unique experience in the world. Skydiving is done from a plane or a chopper onto the world’s highest drop zone at Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar. The skydiving takes place in front of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m), and the free fall takes you past some of the world’s highest mountain peaks.
For those who want to keep it less extreme, go to Pokhara, next to the mighty Annapurnas and the Fewa Lake below. Experienced pilots with skydiving ratings man the aircraft, so safety is guaranteed. Skydiving can be either a solo jump or in tandem.