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trekkingTrekking is the highlight of a visit to Nepal. On account of the wide range of geographical features, the country nurtures a variety of vegetation and landscape. In addition to the natural endowments is the rich Himalayan culture, thousands of visitors trek to different parts of Nepal every year to experience the charm of nature and culture. Most treks go through altitude between 1000 to 3000 meters, although some popular parts reach over 5000 meters. Protected regions along the Himalayas, like Shey-Phoksundo National Park, Annapurna Conservation Area, Manaslu Eco tourism Area, Lantang National Park, Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu Barun National Park provide excellent trekking options. For group trekkers arrangement for food and accommodation are managed by the trekking crew, while independent trekkers can find night rest and food halt at small lodges and tea houses that dot the main trails. Independent trekkers should be self sufficient. In remote areas like Makalu, Kanchangunga in east Nepal or Jumla, Dolpa in West Nepal , one must be self-sufficient in terms of food and water.
Boating top
boatingNepal provides excellent opportunities for boating from glacier-fed lakes up north dawn to where rivers ease into the Terai plains. With famous lakes like Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations for boating. In the terai, one can go canoeing on Narayani or Rapti rivers near Chitwan National Park. Boats and canoes can also be rented from local dealers on hourly basis. Pokhara and Chitwan are accessible both by air and read from Kathmandu. A wide variety of accommodation and other facilities are easily available in both the places.
Rock Climbing
rock climbingRock climbing is another challenging sport for outdoor lovers. Most of the areas for rock climbing are situated towards the north of Kathmandu Valley in the vicinity of the Nagarjun forest and the Shivapuri National Park. Trip to these places can be combined with hiking, bird watching, nature tours and other activities. Nagarjun, 3 kilometers from Kathmandu city can be reached via Balaju near the new Bus Park. Shevapuri, can be reached via Budhanilkantha which is 9 kilometers away from Kathmandu.
Bungy Jump top
bunjy jumpingThe ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can be experienced at one of the best sites in the world. Nepal’s bungy jumping site is situated 160 meters over the wild river Bhote Koshi. The site is located close to the Nepal-Tibet border at Barhabise and is a three hour bus ride from Kathmandu. A package deal includes the jump, bus ride to the site, and even meals. Nepalese are entitled to 30 percent discount. Accommodation & other facilities are available in Barhabise.
Jungle Safari
jungle safariThe tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitat in the subcontinent. Jungle safaris on elephant back or jeep rides are offered at Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Bardia National Park, Chitwan national Park and Shukla Phata Wildlife Reserve, all located in Terai. The best time to visit the Terai is during winter months when weather is more temperate. A wild range of tourist facilities are available in and around the areas.
Mountain Biking top
mountain bikingNepal’s diverse terrain is what mountain bikers’ dreams are made of. Biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring the country. It is possible to go biking the entire length of Nepal. Centuries–old dirt roads and trail offer a chance to go on extended trips to exotic locales like Annapurna and Kanchanjunga areas. 21 to 27 gear bicycles are recommended when riding through numerous bicycle rental outlets in and around Kathmandu or Pokhara. Riders can explore rims and ridges of Kathmandu and Pokhara through off routes that weave in and out of the cities. Food and accommodation are easily available around valley and the main trail. However, it is recommended to use the services of licensed biking companies.
mythical treksLicensed hunting is allowed in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve in West Nepal. Dhorpatan is a prime habitat of blue sheep, ghoral, serow, Himalayan tahar, black bear, pheasant and partridge. Endangered species here are chir pheasant and red panda. Hunting is allowed only after acquiring license from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu and is restricted to a certain time in a year. Dhorpatan is four days treks from Baglung which is 72 kilometers from Pokhara. The best time to visit Dhorpatan is during February through April and August through October. Accommodation is offered in tented camps by agencies or at one of the village houses.
Honey Hunting top
mythical treksHoney hunting is an age-old tradition here in Nepal. Local honey hunters show their exceptional skills by hanging themselves from cliffs as high as 300 meters using bamboo ladders and hemp ropes, while harvesting the hone combs. See the spectacular honey hunting on the steep bee cliffs to experience the tradition and culture of the local people. See them while you trek in the foothills of The Himalayas.
Rafting, Kayaking, & Canyoning
rafting, kayaking, canyoningThe ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can be experienced at one of the best sites in the world. Nepal’s bungy jumping site is situated 160 meters over the wild river Bhote Koshi. The site is located close to the Nepal-Tibet border at Barhabise and is a three hour bus ride from Kathmandu. A package deal includes the jump, bus ride to the site, and even meals. Nepalese are entitled to 30 percent discount. Accommodation & other facilities are available in Barhabise.
Mountain Flights top
mountain flightMountain flights offer passengers a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks. The one-hour mountain flight takes within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world. The peaks seen are Gosaithan, Dorje Lhakpa, Pharbi Chyanchu, Choba Bhamare, Mt. Gaurishanker, Melungtse, Chaumago, Mt. number Karyolung, Cho-oyu, Gyachungkang, pumari, Nuptse and finally Mt. Everest. Mountain flights are offered by several airlines especially in the morning from domestic airport in Kathmandu.
paraglidingParagliding in Nepal gives an opportunity for aerial view of the Himalayas. Pokhara, the beautiful lakes side town at the foot of the Annapurna Mountains offers paragliding services. Best season is from October through April. There are various deals for the paragliding veterans and novices. Three day introduction course is offered to beginners while tandem flights where one fly with instructor are offered.
Ultralight Aircraft top
ultralight aircraftUltralight aircrafts offer a breath-taking bird’s eye view of Pokhara Valley and the surrounding mountains. Best season is from October through April. Flights take place from sunrise to 11 am and from 3 pm to sunset every day during these months. In the half hour flight, one can fly over Pokhara city, Phewa Lake, Sarangkok hill and get a close to the Mt. Fishtail. Another option is the exploration of the Annapurna range from 12000 feet or higher in an hour. Pokhara is easily accessible from Kathmandu, Chitwan and other major towns.
Fishing & Angling
mythical treksFishing is also gaining popularity in Nepal. These are approximately 118 varieties of fresh water fish in the Himalayan rivers ranging from the much sought after mahseer to the mountain stream trout-like varieties. The best season to go fishing on the white waters is before and after the monsoon from February till April and October and November.
Mountaineering top
mountaineeringMountaineering is another prime attraction of Nepal. The mountains of Nepal have stood as irresistible landmarks for the world’s adventures since Nepal opened its doors to visitors in the 1950s. Mountaineering can range from climbing the highest peak of the world to climbing lower peaks. Although by Himalayan standards 33 trekking peaks are considered minor peaks, they nonetheless provide snow and ice climbing opportunities and are technically quite challenging. Mountaineering teams can apply for permit at mountaineering teams can apply for permit at mountaineering section of the Ministry of Culture, tourism and civil aviation. Climbing gears can be bought or rented in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Many of the mountaineering and trekking companies also offer packages, where they provide gear, food, transportation, guides, porter services and also arrange for insurance coverage. Knowledge of altitude sickness and acclimatization process is a must for every mountaineer. The fatal sickness also known as Acute Mountain Sickness can be dangerous for climbers ascending 3000 meters and above. Symptoms include headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. Immediate descent or evaculation to lower altitude is the best cure.
Day Hikes
hikingOne needn’t stray even a night from five-star comfort to see the “real” Nepal.. Half or full day hikes out of Pokhara, Kathmandu or from nearby hilltop resorts such as Dhulikhel, Kakani or Nagarkot can be arranged with a local agent, or platted with the help of a map and guidebook. Bus or taxi transport is available to all trailheads. Take along a picnic lunch and drinking water, and enjoy a day in the life of Nepal.
Pony Treks top
pony treksPonies (actually small horses) can be rented for one day or longer in Pokhara and in some mountain areas. Trekking agents can plan a full pony trek or short stints to lessen the strain of daily hiking. Several outfits are located in Pokhara.
Go Karting
mythical treksThe latest of all, Karting has been launched just recently on the list of adventure sports in Nepal. The track almost 240 meters in length can be covered by the colorful karts numbering as much as ten. Although the sport has been recently launched, it has become able to attract many fun lovers somehow. The venue is situated at Manamauju in Kathmandu.
Cultural Tours top
cultural toursThe Kathmandu valley contains three ancient cities, including nation’s capital. Each of them is an enchanting urban work of art filled with statues, temples and medieval palaces. They provide the setting for an exotic culture highlighted by vibrant festivals and a level of piety rarely encountered elsewhere. Over the centuries. The valley’s indigenous Newar inhabitants developed a refined civilization, based on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism. The cultural heritage is so rich that seven of the monuments have been designated as World Heritage Sites.

If you think the Kathmandu Valley is overwhelming, wait till you see the rest of the Kingdom. Nepal’s people are a colorful mosaic of different races, ethnic communities and languages. Their lifestyles reflect the changing terrain. On the southern plains. The climate is sultry and the culture is spicy. There you will find Tharus in communal longhouses, Maithili women adoring their homes with vibrant wall paintings, and villages that transport you back to the times of Buddha and Sita.

In the balmy hills, the people are as dazzling as the scenery – hillscape of lush terraces pocketed with villages of the Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Magars of Gurkha soldier fame. The people of the north are as rugged as the mountains they inhabit. Here, on the chilly edge of Tibet in the shadow of the Kamalaya, live the Sherpas with a Buddhist culture as rich as their yak butter tea.
Shopping top
shoppingShopping can be very rewarding and exciting in Kathmandu. There are numerous tourist shops on the main streets and in the hotel arcades brimming with tempting jewelry, statues, and other typical Nepalese handicraft. Thangka is one of the best buys in Nepal. Each place has its specialty product which is unique. Bhaktapur, for instance, is the place to buy pottery. The traditional craftsman’s colony in Patan is a famous center for Nepalese handicraft. You may get carved-wooden items while at Patan. As for jewelry, buyers can opt for loose gems or custom-made items. Besides handicraft, Nepal is also a good place for genuine luxury gods. With a host of departmental stores and shopping plazas offering international brand-name products, Kathmandu has become a heaven for the serious shopper. Browsers will enjoy the city’s numerous traditional markets that overflow with vegetables, fruits and other.

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Rock Climbing
Bungy Jump
Jungle Safari
Mountain Biking
Honey Hunting
Rafting, Kayaking & Canyoning
Mountain Flights
Golden Mahseer fishing
Ultralight Aircraft
Fishing and Angling
Day Hikes
Pony Treks
Go Karting
Cultural Tours
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