Nepal Adventure Travel Guide
Nepal is famously home to Mount Everest and the towering Himalayan mountain range. But this Asian treasure has much more to offer than audacious attempts at standing on top of the world. It’s arguably the world’s most popular walking destination, and retains the kind of traditional culture that makes this region so popular.
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The Himalayan mountain range runs along the spine of this landlocked nation, separating it from China. To the south is India.
Moving away from the mountains, Nepal remains a country of rolling hills. The exception is the Tarai Plain and the lowlands in the west.
Nepal’s climate is highly seasonal, and this often dictates the best time to visit. The hot summer season is monsoon time and it is likely to rain every day. The winters are cool, but not too cold, so it’s a good time for trekking. The national parks are at their most beautiful in the spring, while autumn probably has the best all round climate.
Nestled between the two Asian giants China and India, Nepal seems to have developed a unique mixture of these cultures. With a plethora of different religions, festivals are celebrated here virtually daily, giving Nepal a vibrancy you might not expect.
The Kathmandu Valley is not only home to the bustling capital city, but also seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Countless monuments and temples make this a wonderful spiritual location.
There’s much more to see, however, such as the Chitwan National Park and picturesque Bhaktapur, one of the Kathmandu Valley’s three royal cities.
Famous for being the home of the highest mountains in the world, it’s not really a surprise that Nepal has a great reputation for mountain biking. Ok, you probably don’t want to be screaming down the side of Mount Everest, but there are fantastic routes all across the country.
In the Kathmandu Valley you can explore the changeable terrain, and enjoy the scenic sights while you ride without facing near vertical descents.
Pokhara also offers a wide range of spots for riders, and whether you’re mountain biking for the first time, or coming back to the sport you love, there will be something for you.
With the Himalayan Mountains running along the border with China, Nepal is a perfect place for mountaineering. There are a huge number of unique routes across the country especially within the Kathmandu Valley region.
Mera Peak is a popular climb. Take your time as you ascend the scenic path, passing meandering rivers and serene Buddhist temples.
To take on Mount Everest you’ll need years of experience, be in peak physical condition and possibly require some sponsors, as it won’t come cheap. Nevertheless, standing at the highest point in the world is probably the ultimate thrill seekers dream.
Nepal is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, home to an abundance of national parks. Chitwan National Park is particularly famous: a green sprawl of beautiful trees and lush grassland. Some of the world’s rarest animals live here, including the Bengal tiger and the Indian rhinoceros. You will have the rare chance to travel on the back of an elephant and trek close to wildlife
Bardia National Park is another popular destination. With rivers bisecting forests and large savannahs it is a truly beautiful location.
It’s no surprise that so many people flock to Nepal to trek. The country is blessed with diverse terrain, unlimited natural beauty and cultured history. There are countless possibilities as much of Nepal is countryside, ideal for walking.
The Khumbu region is especially popular. Most famous for housing the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, trekking here will give you a more rounded experience. The lakes of the Gokyo Valley and the sacred monasteries are worth the tired legs.
Nepal might be landlocked, but there is still an abundance of gushing lakes and rivers. The natural beauty of the countryside and the proximity to the capital city makes Kathmandu Valley the perfect place of whitewater rafting.
The Sun Kosi River is one of the country’s most thrilling experiences. It starts off serene and tranquil, but don’t let your guard down: soon you’ll find yourself cascading down through the rapids, paddling madly.
If you’re brand new to whitewater rafting you can always head to the calmer waters of the Karnali River. Beginners will find this a better introduction, with the stronger rivers only a short distance away.
Fly to Kathmandu. Not only is this the bustling capital city, it is also surrounded by grasslands and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the city, be sure to check out Durbar Square for its temples and monuments.
The best activities Nepal has to offer are within travelling distance too. Only a short way north are the Himalayas, ideal for your mountaineering and trekking adventures.
If you’re here to experience the culture, then it’s worth moving around the country a little. Every town and city seems to have created its own customs and traditions; you’ll see something amazing and new every day.
Despite the peaceful setting of Nepal, there are plenty of thrill seeking activities to get stuck into. Bungee jump from a bridge, or go even higher and skydive over Mount Everest. Here in the presence of the world’s highest mountain, you’ll fly up to 29,500ft before plummeting towards the ground.
The rivers of Nepal, especially the Sun Kosi, are perfect for kayaking, and the scenery only improves the experience. So much to do, in such a small country; Nepal should be on every traveller’s must-visit list.