There are many options for adventure sporting in Nepal. Nepal boasts of eight of the world’s 14 peaks of over 8,000 meters, including the world’s highest, Mount Everest, at 8,848 meters (29,021 feet). Adventure seekers, keen on mountaineering can try climbing the different peaks that lie in the region.
Nepal has also recently launched Great Himalayan Trail, which is considered one of the longest and highest trekking routes in the world. The vigorous hike stretches from Taplejung, in the shadow of the world’s third-highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga, to Humla at the border with Tibet. Adventurers who complete the 1,700-kilometre trek will encounter a huge variety of cultures from the mainly Buddhist Tamang people of the central Langtang region to the ancient animist practices that mix with Hinduism in the far west. It will take experienced trekkers around five months to complete, although it can also be broken down into smaller sections.
Another adventurous trekking route could be the Everest region, starting from the Everest base camp and then moving on to different areas of the region, where the trekkers can enjoy the views of different mountains such as the Mount Everest, Cho Oyu(8,153m), Lhotse (8,516m.) Nuptse (7,879m.), Makalu(8,463m.) Ama Dablam(6,856m), picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions of the Sherpas as well as different varieties of flora and fauna.
Annapurna region is the most popular trekking trail in Nepal. The diverse terrain and variety of cultures of the region makes each day’s walk a delightful experience. This region offers splendid varieties of natural as well as cultural diversity with spectacular Himalayan views of white peaks like those of Mt Annapurna, Annapurna south, Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Manaslu and Mt Machhapuchre are among others. Annapurna region has diverse forms of trekking destination such as Annapurna circuit trekking (around Annapurna trekking), Annapurna base camp trekking, Jomsom Muktinath trekking, Kali Gandaki valley trekking, Ghorepani trekking, Annapurna sunrise trekking, Ghandrung and many others. Among them Jomsom Muktinath trekking and Annapurna base camp trekking is most popular trekking trail for Himalayan views. The best time to visit is during spring and autumn. Unlike other parts of Nepal, even the monsoon months are ideal to visit Upper Mustang that falls in rain shadow areas.
Nepal is a best destination for rafting. There are numerous rivers in Nepal, which provide one of the best rafting and canoeing experiences. Rafting on rivers like Seti, Trishuli, Kaligandaki, Bhotekoshi, Sunkoshi, Marsyangdi provide once in a lifetime adrenaline high adventures. The waters in Nepal offer something for everybody, rafting trips are offered from two to 10 days. River rafting is graded as easy, Grade two, to difficult, Grade five. The best time for rafting is from October to mid — December and from March to the end of May.
For those who seek adventure in the wild, jungle safari would be the perfect option for them. The Chitwan Nation Park is famous for a wide variety of animals and birds and especially for the rare, one horned rhinoceros. We can also encounter some of the culture of the fascinating Tharu tribes who live in the areas surrounding the Chitwan National Park. Another famous national park is the Bardiya National Park, which is home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger and also to one horned rhinoceros. With over 200 species of birds, the Bardia National Park offers bird watchers an amazing experience. We can tour by jeep, boat, or elephant ride to witness the highly endangered Bengal Tiger, come close to the one horned rhinoceros, prehistoric crocodile, and interact with many more species of mammals, birds, insects and reptiles, all in their natural environment. Nature walk or jungle walk is another way of experiencing the wilderness. Jungle walk gives a close-up opportunity to view animals as well as observe their tracks, signs, and sounds.
Another challenging and awe inspiring adventure game is bungy jumping. The remarkable 500ft (160m) drop into the Bhoti Kosi River gorge on the Nepal/Tibet border is the longest Free-fall in the world. Nepal’s bungy jumping site is situated 160 meters over the wild Bhote Kosi river. There is only one agency offering this sport, which is the Last Resort. This resort is located a mere three hour drive from the capital of the country, Kathmandu. This resort also arranges for canyon swinging, which is the world’s highest giant swing, offering a full-on adrenaline filled and gravity defying adventure, high ropes which is a high wire forest adventure that challenges the personal boundaries, encourages teamwork and builds confidence and rafting on the Bhote Kosi river provides some of the most exciting rafting and kayaking in Nepal, and is quite possibly one of the best short river trips offered anywhere in the world.
Similarly, paragliding can also be an adventure sport, where we can experience the scenic beauty of the Pokhara valley, while floating over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungles, with a fantastic view of the majestic mountain peaks, soaring in the sky. The flying season commences from November till February. There are various deals for the paragliding enthusiast as well as those checking this sport out for the first time. There is a three-day introductory course for beginners, as well as tandem flights (where you fly with an instructor) for the inexperienced or less brave. At 6000 ft, you sit back in your seat as your qualified pilot takes you on an unforgettable journey. The take-off point for these flights is Sarankot (1592 m), which offers prime views of Phewa Lake and the mountains at sunrise and sunset.
Mountain biking is a great fun and a perfect way to discover Nepal’s great diverse landscape of tracks and trails. Biking away from the hustle bustle of the city-town life into serene country life, we can go on a hidden trail of rarely visited area of local villages and its traditional rural life styles. Biking trips give sufficient time to immerse in its peaceful surrounding environment and make friends with the locals. The biking trips within Kathmandu Valley allow us to enjoy its hidden pockets rarely frequented by tourists,which gives a chance to see the other side of Kathmandu. Other biking trips include to the famed popular historical and medieval places of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, viewpoint of Nagarkot and Kakani, the quiet town of Sankhu and Budhanilkantha. Biking tours in places such as Pokhara, western Nepal, Annapurna region is also available.
Mountain flight offers a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour, which is an adventure in itself as one comes face to face with the worlds tallest and most enigmatic of Mountains. Travelers take off from Kathmandu in the early morning for an hour’s worth of spectacular mountain scenery. Mountain flights are offered by different Domestic Airlines in Kathmandu Valley. The Everest flight is a journey across the world’s highest peaks, Mt Everest — world’s highest peak (8848 m) and other ranges of Himalayas – Gauri Shankar (7134 m) Nuptse (7855 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Amadablam (6812 m), Chamlang (7319 m), Makalu (8463 m), Cho Oyu (8201M) to name a few, including the Roof of the World — Tibetan Plateau.