“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Nepal as known to many as the land of the Himalayas or Everest is also a home for different adventurous activities. Due to the diverse geography of Nepal, the country is blessed with abundant resources making Nepal a perfect destination for people looking to do any type of adventures. From big mountain expeditions to small trekking peak climbs, high altitude treks to day hikes around the valley and skydiving in the Himalayas to helicopter flight to Everest, Nepal offers various adventurous activities suited for people of any age group with any kind of preferences and requirements. Here we have listed the adventurous things to do in Nepal. Combine any of these adventurous activities for your next holiday in Nepal and you are sure to have an unmatched holiday experience in Nepal.
All the activities we have listed below ranges from 1 day to over a month duration in the timeframe. These are the best adventure activities you can experience in Nepal. If you are wondering what you can do in Nepal then perhaps this post may give you an idea of the adventurous things you can do in Nepal. We hope this post will convince you to visit Nepal and experience it.
Important note: Below listed activities cannot be done all year round as each activity requires the best time/season to do.
- Trekking, Peak climbing, Mountaineering, White water rafting and Safari its best done during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (Sept to Nov)
- Rock climbing, Mt. biking, Bungee jump, paragliding can be done all year round but it’s advisable to avoid the monsoon season (June to August)
- For Ice climbing, winter (Jan and Feb) would be a perfect time.
Adventure things to do in Nepal
- Trekking/Peak Climbing
- Mountaineering/Rock Climbing
- Ice Climbing/White water rafting
- Mt. Biking/Bungee Jumping & Sky Diving
- Other activities (Safari, Paragliding, Canyoning)
The number one on our list of adventurous things to do in Nepal is obviously Trekking. Trekking in Nepal started way back in the 1960s and Nepal pioneered commercial trekking. Every year thousands of trekkers visit Nepal to trek in the foothills of the Himalayas. From famous trekking such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, the country boasts several other trekking regions varying from popular teahouse based trek to complete camping style on off the beaten trails. Trekking in Nepal offers a lifetime experience with tantalizing views of mountains, diverse landscapes, warm hospitality and an insight into the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the local people. You are also provided with different options such from moderate a few days trek to challenging treks that go over 5000m. Find out the top 10 treks in Nepal and best time for trekking in Nepal.
Peak climbing in Nepal is another famous thing to do after trekking. The country issues climbing permit to approx. 326 peaks excluding 8000m peaks and unopened peaks. People looking to do something more than conventional trekking but yet are not prepared for high mountain expeditions are lured by the trekking peaks of Nepal. Some famous peaks in Nepal are Mera Peak, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak. Peak climbing in Nepal doesn’t necessarily require previous experience of climbing although it’s beneficial. With just a previous experience of trekking, one can join peak climbing trips. Find out the top 10 trekking peaks in Nepal and the best boots for peak climbing in Nepal
With 8 out of the world’s top 10 highest mountains situated in Nepal, the country receives hundreds of climbers from around the globe. From the highest Mt. Everest to the toughest 8000m Mt. Annapurna, Nepal is a paradise for mountaineers. During the Spring season which is from March to May, Nepal welcomes hundreds of climbers for Everest alone. The feeling of standing on the summit of the world’s highest mountains are unlike anything one can possibly imagine.
While many are unaware of rock climbing in Nepal, there are places nearby Kathmandu valley which is perfect for rock climbing. Hattiban, Nagarjun and Bimalnagar are some places that are great for outdoor climbing with different grades of climb available. These are the rock climbing spots that are all tested by Nepal National Mountain Guides and they conduct their training in these places. In recent year, many new rock climbing areas are found and bolted such as in the Annapurna region and other parts of Nepal. You can also opt for indoor wall climbing in Kathmandu if you feel you are not yet ready for the outdoor climb.
Ice Climbing in Nepal? As strange it may sound, Ice climbing in Nepal has been there for many years now. Although it is not as popular among tourist and not easily accessible as other activities, one with an interest in doing Ice climbing can visit Nepal. During winter, places such as Rolwaling and Manang are great for Ice climbing. From the last year 2018, Ice climbing festival is being run in Manang by Nepal Climbing Team and interested one can join them and experience Ice climbing with trusted guides
White Water Rafting:
Nepal has world-class rivers which provide a unique experience for White water rafting. You can choose from 1 day to multiple days rafting in the rivers of Nepal with different grades available. The most popular rafting rivers are Trishuli, Bhotekoshi and Seti. Many have rated Nepal as one of the world’s best destination for White water rafting. You can choose the river for rafting best suited for your level of experience and grades.
Mountain Biking in Nepal is the best alternative to classical trekking. The geographical variation ranging from mountains to hills to flat land makes Nepal one of the best mountain biking holiday destinations in the world. Nepal Mountain Biking is for everyone. Choose the cycling route according to your stamina, fitness level and expertise.
There are notably two places to experience Bungee Jump in Nepal. One is at The Last Resort which is about 5-6 hrs drive from the centre of Kathmandu and another one is at Pokhara. The bungee jump at the Last Resort takes place from a 166m high wide steel suspension bridge that joins two sides of a deep valley over the raging Bhote Koshi River. The bungee jump at Pokhara is comparatively less thrilling than The Last Resort but serves as a perfect option for people who can’t afford a day trip back and forth to The Last Resort.
Sky Diving in Annapurna and Everest:
Yes, Sky Diving in Nepal is a brand new adventurous thing you can now experience in Nepal. Sky diving in Nepal is not just ordinary sky diving around the world but here in Nepal, it takes places amidst the high Himalayan ranges witnessing the breathtaking views of the Himalayas as you take a dive from a Helicopter. The sky diving is not opened all year round but takes place only once a year in Pokhara and Syangboche Airstrip, Everest Region.
Other activities (Jungle Safari, Paragliding, Cannoning)
Apart from the above activities, these are other adventure activities which you can experience in Nepal. From day trip to multi-day trip, these activities are suitable for family with kids.
Large swathes are jungles are being protected as National parks and reserves. This has made it possible to take tourists into the national park for viewing wildlife. The most commonplace Jungle safari is at Chitwan National Park, which is a 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu. You can choose the safari package depending on your time frame. The ideal duration for safari would be 2N/3 days.
Places for Jungle safari:
- Chitwan National Park
- Bardia National Park
A popular day activity you can do in Kathmandu and Pokhara is paragliding. Paragliding in Pokhara gained its fame due to the unique experience it provides such as flying like a feathered creature in the thermals and at the same time getting a view out of perspectives on snow-topped mountains, perfect lakes and verdant valleys like no place else on earth.
With gigantic gorgeous waterfalls in Nepal, Canyoning in Nepal is definitely another adventurous activity you can experience in Nepal. A usual adventure sport, canyoning is abseiling, jumping and sliding down steep canyon walls and waterfalls. It’s the best way to experience the wild rushing waterfalls of Nepal.
A helicopter tour is a perfect alternate for people who can not afford longer days trek and yet want to see the mountains up close. Everest Helicopter Tour is the most popular Heli tour in Nepal. For half a day trip, you get to see Everest from close and have breakfast watching the panoramic view of the Himalayas.
These are the adventures you can experience in Nepal and we hope this post has convinced you to visit Nepal (‘sooner’ or later). There are still more activities you can do in Nepal besides these. Come and experience the amazing natural beauty of Nepal and we would be delighted to help you in tailoring your adventure as per your need.