Top 10 Best Adventurous Things To Do In Nepal
Nepal is a land-locked gem in south Asia offering an overwhelming amount of things to do.
Nepal is a land-locked gem in South Asia offering an overwhelming amount of things to do. This beautiful country is famously known as the country of Mt. Everest or the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. It is home to seven of the world’s 10 tallest mountains giving the best hiking and mountaineering routes to adventurous tourists around the world.
The ancient royal cities, wildlife, temples, monasteries, and many other naturals and cultural spots are the major attractions of Nepal making this wonderful land a Must Visit Country in the world.
This article will give you a brief explanation of some amazing things to do in Nepal that will be a life-long memory of your Nepal visit.
1. Trekking In Nepal
Despite being small in area, Nepal is so diverse in its topography. It is extended from 59 meters (lowland, Terai) to 8848.86 meters (Mt. Everest) from sea level. However, it is only about 200 kilometres between these two points as the crow flies.
Since Col Jimmy Robert organized the first commercial trek in the 1960s, trekking has become the leading activity of tourists in Nepal. This naturally beautiful country offers various types of trekking experiences. A few days of hiking on the easy pathways to months-long adventurous Himalayan trails are famous in Nepal.
Everest Region Treks and Annapurna Region Treks are two of the Most Popular Trekking Regions offering plenty of amazing trekking routes. Similarly, Langtang, Kanchanjanga, and Mustang regions contain many other less-discovered trekking trails.
Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Khopra Danda Trek, etc. are the popular trekking routes in Nepal’s Himalayas. To discover many other popular trekking routes, please visit our Short Treks in Nepal and Off-the-beaten Trails in Nepal.
Even Kathmandu Valley offers some trekking routes to people with only a short time but has a keen desire to experience trekking in Nepal. Balthali Village Trek, Hike around Nagarkot, Hike to Godawari, Chisapani Hike, Chandragiri Chitlang Trek, etc. are the popular trekking destinations around Kathmandu.
2. Durbar Squares Visit
Three Durbar Squares Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square are the cultural and historical heritage of the Kathmandu valley. These monuments and buildings display the full range of artistic and historic glories of the medieval period or the Malla period is the representation of medieval arts and cultures.
These three palaces reveal the fact that the valley was divided into three different kingdoms before the unification of Nepal. All these squares are full of temples, courtyards, palaces, and idols built by different Malla kings between the 12th and 18th centuries.
These squares seem to be the museum of ancient art and architecture including amazing sculptures, woodcarvings, large pagoda-style temples, and picturesque palaces. Returning back to the homeland without the experience of these ancient glories certainly makes your trip incomplete.
3. Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath is the most sacred and oldest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, one of the most important Hindu gods, on the bank of the holy river Bagmati in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath temple is also one of the four most important Hindu religious sites in Asia.
The temple is believed to be built in the 5th century is mainly attracted by the devotees of a super-powerful god having a tough character wearing the garland of serpents, putting the pest of ashes over the body, and consuming poisonous drugs.
He is also considered the ideal figure that the Hindu women and girls pray to find husbands similar to him. Pashupatinath temple is a classic destination for spiritual devotees having its temple filled with amazing architectural designs, which were enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.
Since it is the first Hindu pilgrimage site, the non-Hindus are forbidden to enter the main temple but are allowed to enjoy every function on the temple premises.
Facts About Pashupatinath
Although the temple is open throughout the year for regular worshipping activities, you can observe special fairs, especially during the festivals like Mahashivaratri. The devotees from Nepal, India, and many other countries gather on the day of Mahashivaratri every year.
The physical structure of the temple is in traditional pagoda style with silver and gold-coated four sides-roofs. The beautiful wood carvings can be seen around the temple. There are many other temples and sub-temples in the Pashupati area for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees revealing the fact of Nepal.
That this country is a secular country with a high degree of Religious Tolerance. This also reflects the unity of diversity which is the essence of Nepal. Pashupatinath is also a popular cremation site for Hindu people. Having cremation in Pashupati is believed to be easier to enter the gate of heaven so; many dead bodies from far and wide are brought here.
If you want your soul not to be trapped in purgatory, ask your relatives to do the final rites at the Pashupatinath area.
4. Things To Do In Pokhara
For foreign tourists, Pokhara is the second most important destination after Kathmandu. The city considered the tourism capital of Nepal is located 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu at an elevation of 1400 meters. This is also the gateway to many of the Himalayan hiking, mountaineering, and other adventurous expeditions through the Annapurna region.
It is a magnificent spot to relax before and after the trips to the Himalayas. Pokhara is naturally a majestic land full of beautiful lakes, rivers, mysterious caves, amazing waterfalls, temples, monasteries, and many more. Lakeside, Boating Paradise is the main attraction of the city full of attractive shops, dreamy cafes, sophisticated restaurants, and bars.
The colossal Phewa Lake sailing hundreds of colourful boats gives you the impression of dreamland. Pokhara is the principal hub for adventurous people around the world.
It offers various kinds of adventurous opportunities like Paragliding, River Rafting, Zip Flying, Bungee Jumping, Mountain Biking, Hang Gliding, Canyoning, Kayaking, etc. As a tourist hub, Pokhara offers varieties of accommodations to its visitors depending on their interests and the budget they can spend.
You can find western standard luxury hotels to low-cost hostel bunk beds. We wish you the best to enjoy your Pokhara trip.
What an amazing experience to fly in the sky like a bird! Paragliding is one of the best thrilling sports for adventure lovers in the world. Flying in an aeroplane cannot be compared with the thrilling experience of paragliding.
Almost independently flying in the sky along with hawks over the valley and Cold Mountain is an experience you will never forget. Nepal offers you a number of mesmerizing paragliding sites. Paragliding in Pokhara is famous for paragliding witnessing the towering mountains, spectacular landscape, and pristine lake.
A few minutes of experience will keep you delightful throughout your life. Don’t miss to cherish the thrilling experience of paragliding in Nepal whenever you plan for a Nepal trip.
6. Mountain Biking
Nepal is exactly the right place for adventure seekers. Among many adventure activities, mountain biking is one of them which is very popular in Nepal. Nepal offers unlimited biking trails.
The bustling cities in the valley always urge us to go away to rejuvenate and biking through the edge of the valley to the country road enjoying the superb views of the mountains, lush green forest, terraced farmland is amazing.
The higher you climb, the better views you can enjoy. The never-ending rows of hills, stunning views of snowcapped mountains, spectacular landscapes, waterfalls, tranquil valleys, etc. will never make you feel tired. Bhaktapur, Budanilkantha, Snakhu, Nagarkot, Dakshinkali, Godavari, etc. are the popular biking destinations around Kathmandu valley.
Riding through the local villages, lush green forest, terraced farmland, riverbanks, over suspension bridges, and along highways are excellent ways to explore new places learning about new cultures, traditions, and the lifestyles of the locals.
7. Rafting and Kayaking
The paradise-like country, Nepal is rated as the best white water rafting and kayaking destination in the world. Over 6000 big and small rivers and rivulets are the best options for adventurous visitors to experience the rafting and kayaking adventure.
The followings are the list of white water rafting and kayaking destinations in Nepal:
- Seti Gandaki
- Kali Gandaki
- Bhote Koshi
- Narayani etc
8. Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is the first national park located in the subtropical inner lowlands of south-central Nepal at an altitude of 100 to 815 meters. It was established in 1973 and enlisted as a World Heritage site in 1984. Today Chitwan National Park has become one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations.
Chitwan National Park contains 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna, and 126 species of fish. It is renowned for the protection of one-horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal Tiger, and the Gharial Crocodile.
This park is an amazingly ideal place to go for Wildlife Safari and jungle Safari riding on the great Asiatic elephant searching the majestic Royal Bengal tiger and one-horned rhinoceros roaming freely.
The giant gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles basking in the sun on the sandy banks are amazing to watch. The breeding centres of the elephants and the gharials are other attractions of the park which is also the best way to educate the children about those animals and their life cycle.
Visiting Tharu village adds extra charm to your trip because of their warm hospitality and respect in their traditional mud and stone houses, in the evening.
Enjoy the Tharu stick dance probably sitting around the big campfire and listening to their melodious folk songs. Thus, Chitwan National Park is one of the best-protected parks in Asia.
9. Lumbini Visit
Lumbini is one of the world’s Buddhist spiritual pilgrimage sites believed to be the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam in 563 BCE who later achieved enlightenment and became Buddha. At present, the whole site is filled with more than twenty Buddhist monasteries built by different countries in the world.
Mayadevi Temple is the central attraction of this sacred site which has been identified as the exact place where queen Mayadevi had given birth to Siddhartha Gautam. According to mythology, the just-born prince Siddhartha took his first seven steps and delivered his peace message to humanity.
In recent days, the dozens of wonderful monasteries competitively built by different countries like Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Germany, France, and many others are the centre of attractions that have spectacular and diverse architectural designs.
Strolling around the beautiful garden and contemplating a quiet place is an astonishing experience that always remains in your memory. The tall Ashoka Pillar built by the great Indian Emperor, Ashoka on his visit to this holy place in 249 BC is another focal point of Lumbini.
The whole Lumbini Garden covering 2.56 square kilometres consists of three zones. The garden has a sub-tropical climate with hot summers, a very wet monsoon, and pleasant winter. Winter is considered to be the best time to visit Lumbini.
10. Himalayan Flight
A trip to Nepal remains incomplete without cherishing the stunning mountain views from the helicopter including Mt. Everest and other ranges if you are fond of white snow sparkling brightly upon the mountains. The lakes and glaciers beaming with clear water flowing down from the Himalayas are really astonishing.
Nearly an hour’s flight usually from TIA offers you a glimpse of 20 of the highest peaks to eastern Nepal that starts from the closest peak from Kathmandu, Langtang Lirung Peak, and then to the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest.
Along with the stunning mountain views, the mountain flight gives you plenty of opportunities to learn about the geography of Nepal. Nepal is home to eight of the highest mountains in the world and mountain flight is only the way to see them all at a time.
The plane takes you so close to the peaks making you feel that you are in the snow. Don’t forget to capture the incredible mountain views on your camera as you will certainly get the window seat.
The mighty peaks of the Dhaulagiri massif and Annapurna range in the west and the Everest, Makalu, and Kanchanjanga in the east look stretching far into the distance that the rows of mountain peaks are beyond your imagination.
We highly recommend you ‘Everest Experience’ to discover the ancient mysteries enjoy the panoramic views and bask in the miraculous landscape making your Nepal trip the most memorable event of your life.