Nepal was crowned as the world’s ‘Best Value Destination’ in 2017 by Lonely Planet. It stands among one of the notable countries to visit not only for the beautiful geographical nature but also for a thrilling adventure. For adventure seekers, there is no place better than Nepal for a raw adventure.
To trek means to walk the trails along the hills of Nepal stopping overnight in lodges or campsites. The treks generally have a destination such as a mountain base camp or a village. Nepal offers a host of trekking trails; the most popular being the Annapurna Circuit, Everest Base Camp Trek, and the Langtang trail. Treks to other areas such as Kanchanjunga, Makalu, Upper Mustang, and Dolpa, etc are equally adventurous but require more time and should only be undertaken with organized groups.
The rivers of Nepal are fed by the Himalayan snows and in rafting, terms range from grade 1-6. A rafting trip or kayaking trip involves starting from a certain riverbank destination and rafting or kayaking downstream with a group stopping overnight to camp along the riverbank. The choice of the river depends on what grade you wish to undertake; grade 1 being the easiest and safest and grade 6 being the hardest and most dangerous. Nepal's river guides are very much experienced in handling the rivers and will give you the most fun from the white waters. Trishuli is regarded as the best rafting spot nearby the capital of Nepal.
The dirt roads and trails in the hills of Nepal are excellent mountain biking tracks and are a biker's dream come true. It can provide the adrenalin rush as well fantastic view of the Nepali countryside and the Himalayas. You, however, need to be physically fit if you wish to tour the countryside on a mountain bike as some of the uphills can be grueling challenges.
Mountain Flight is the top option to choose who wants to experience Everest in a short span of time. Buddha Air's Everest Experience is an hour-long flight that takes you as close to the mountain that you can almost touch them. The Mount Everest flight tour operates from Kathmandu every day.
The internationally popular sport of bungee jumping is available in Nepal and that too in a location that is unbeatable. The jumping point is 160 m above the Bhotekoshi River; one of Nepal's wildest, on a bridge built across the 10m wide ravine. All you need to do is have the courage to jump.
Abseiling in the cliffs, sliding, jumping, climbing, and swimming in the rivers of Nepal are included in the sport of canyoning and is a great way to explore nature. The best canyoning spots are the Jalbire Waterfall of Chitwan and Lwang Ghalel of Pokhara.
Nepal's jungles are known for a host of endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhinoceros, the Asiatic Elephant, and a host of others. A jungle safari typically involves going to one of the many national parks and spending a few days in the hotels and lodges either outside or even inside the park. During these days you will be involved in guided jungle walks, elephant safari, boating in the rivers, cultural programs as you listen to the call of the wild.
Jungle safaris can be especially fun for any age group as it gives them a chance to get close to nature and observe wild animals in their natural habitat.
An exciting and wonderful way to literally get a bird's eye view of the country as you jump off a cliff and soar in the skies over villages, Paragliding is the best sport to try out in Nepal. It is conducted in Pokhara and Kathmandu. The best spot considered for paragliding in Nepal is Sarangkot at an elevation of 1600m.
The various lakes in Nepal can provide some excellently lazy boating trips if you wish to spend some time contemplating nature's beauty. There are several lakes in and around Pokhara where you can hire a boat and spend the day quietly boating the waters.
Nepal's rivers offer some excellent sport fish, the most popular being the legendary Mahsheer found in the rivers in western Nepal. For the angling enthusiast, Nepal's rivers offer some challenging sport with approximately 118 varieties of fish available, the best seasons being spring and autumn.
The present-day national parks were the hunting grounds of our royal kings and courtiers. Today hunting endangered species is illegal but you can still go for big games like the Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Wild Boar in the one and only Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve in western Nepal.
There are plenty of rock faces that are beyond reach to rock climbers but most who wish to indulge in the sport do it in the cliffs around Kathmandu Valley as attempting unexplored cliffs can be extremely dangerous. A good agency can organize a satisfying trip for you if you wish to stretch those limbs a bit.