A tiny country at the foot of the mountains, many believe that Nepal is as close as it gets to heaven. A journey into the Himalayan nation is set to be a meditative one as a combination of the beautiful mountains, rich heritage, and humble people revitalizes travelers’ souls. The country is famously known for its mountaineering experiences which provide magnificent views. Other famous destinations include Pokhara- the city of seven lakes, Lumbini- Birth Place of Lord Gautam Buddha and Chitwan- home to a national park with many rare species of the world. Thrill seekers also come here to explore the mountains, which provide some of the most untouched and hardest terrains of the world. Some of the most fascinating experiences you can have during your time here are as follows:
Any list of top places to trek around the world would be incomplete without at least a couple of destinations from Nepal. Nepal offers hundreds of trekking routes of various difficulties, length, and altitudes with stunning views. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (late September to December) are the best times to trek in the country as the weather is ideal and the skies are clear. Annapurna Base camp (at 4200 meters), Everest Base camp (at 5500 meters) and Langtang Valley trek (at 3500 meters) are some of the most famous treks. Some Routes which include rain shadow areas, such as upper Mustang and Dolpa region provide trekking options during the Monsoon also.
There are various hiking destinations in Nepal. Sundarijal, a village located at a height of 2100 meters in the hills of North Eastern Kathmandu is an ideal spot for a day's hike. Once up there, you enjoy majestic views of the city and the mountains. Some other hikes from the capital include Shivapuri National Park, the ancient Newari village of Khokana etc. Sarangkot, Dhampus and Peace Pagoda are some famous hiking spots in the city of Pokhara. In addition to these, Changunarayan, Chisapani, and Balthali are some famous hiking destinations within the short distance of the capital, Kathmandu. Pokhara and Ghalegaun are other popular options for you to hike under the watchful eyes of the Himalayas.
Various travel agencies in Nepal have pre-planned tours which are tailored to meet the needs of all kinds of travelers. Major destinations include Kathmandu- the capital, Pokhara- a city of lakes which boasts stunning Himalayan views, Lumbini- the birth Place of Lord Gautam Buddha, and Chitwan- home to one of the biggest national parks in the country. Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Tours are famous tours around the Kathmandu valley. Similarly, Chitwan, Chepang village and Bandipur village offer tours that provide insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic communities in those areas. These tours can be of a wide range of days depending on travelers' time availabilities.
With eight out of ten of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal is the go-to destination for climbing peaks. Peak climbing is an excellent opportunity to experience the white Himalayas without breaking your bank. It is also an easier task compared to an expedition. There are peaks available for people of different experiences in Nepal. You do not have to be an expert to climb peaks in Nepal. There are many non-technical climbing peaks under 7000 meters. These can be climbed by anyone in good physical and mental health. Some examples are Pokhalde Peak, Dhampus Peak at Yala peak, Island Peak and Mera Peak. If you are a seasoned climber and want to push your limits, higher peaks such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Lhotse, Makalu etc. are also available for climbing.
Nepal is a paradise for people who want to live life on the edge. The Bhote Koshi River Bungee which is the second highest natural Bungee Jumping spot in the world. The jump is from around 160 meters (500ft). The spot is around 3 hours’ drive away from the capital, Kathmandu. There are opportunities for White water rafting, canyoning and canyon swing in the same spot. Pokhara, the city of lakes, is a famous destination for paragliding as it provides stunning views of the Annapurna range from the air. It also has one of the steepest zip lines in the world. Adrenaline Junkies can also experience the ultimate experience with Everest Skydive, where one can skydive from around the top of the world.
Amongst the number of adventure trips available in Nepal, Expeditions are the most challenging ones. Daredevils from all around the world come to Nepal to follow in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to conquer some of the highest peaks in the world standing above 8000 meters. Some famous expeditions that mountaineers can go on are Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m) & Mt. Annapurna (8091m). These expeditions require previous climbing experience and great physical shape to take on. Adventure seekers must also pay permit fees and royalties.
So, pack your bags, book your tickets, pick an activity and make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to experience heaven on Earth!