7 Reasons Nepal is Paradise for Adventure Travelers

There's more to Nepal than trekking - Samantha McMahon shares her top seven adrenaline activities in Nepal.


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Trekking in Nepal

Famous for being home to the world’s highest mountain (Everest), Nepal is one of the top destinations for trekkers and mountaineers from all around the world.

The Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are perhaps the two most well know treks in Nepal, however the options are endless.

When you’re on one of the many trails in any of the Himalayan regions of Nepal, you’ll be pinching yourself to make sure what you are seeing is actually real, so make sure you bring your camera.

There are a number of trekking companies scattered throughout the well-known tourist hub of Thamel in Kathmandu that have multiple trips leaving almost daily during the peak Spring and Autumn seasons.

View from Gokyo Ri. Photo credit: Samantha McMahon

Mountaineering in Nepal

If you’re feeling even more adventurous or want something more challenging than trekking, Nepal is also the perfect place to learn and try mountaineering.

There are many experienced guides who will take you to “trekking peaks” and teach you some of the basics of mountaineering, while being exposed to some of the most amazing views the world has to offer.

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Trekking in Upper Mustang. Photo credit: Samantha McMahon

Whitewater Rafting in Nepal

From these mountains flow numerous fast-flowing rivers, which means some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. There are a variety of grades to tackle on the river with multiple or single-day trips available.

Either of which will have you laughing, screaming, and smiling your way through the rapids, leaving you wanting more.

This is an adventure that was right at the top of my list for Nepal.

Trisuli River rapids. Photo credit: Samantha McMahon

Canyoning in Jaibire Canyon

If water is your thing, then why not turn your rafting trip into a two-day water adventure and add canyoning in Jalibire Canyon to the fun.

Here, you can enjoy repelling down beautiful waterfalls, sliding down mother nature’s water slides, and take a plunge into the waterhole to work your way through the canyon.

It’ll keep the adrenalin pumping and a nervous smile on your face, while having the time of your life.

Jalibire Canyon. Photo credit: Samantha McMahon

Thermal Paragliding in Pokhara

Another thing Nepal – or more specifically, Pokhara – is famous for is its thermal which makes for paragliding heaven.

Soaring on top of the hills in Sarangkot with an incredible view of the Himalayas is an experience you won’t soon forget.

If you are a real adventure-lover, you can also ask your pilot to do some acro-moves to test out the strength of your stomach.

Paragliders above Pokhara,. Photo credit: Samantha McMahon

Mountain Biking around Nepal

Add mountain biking to your list of things to do in Pokhara, as it’s a great way to see the magical surrounds.

Speak to the staff in the bike shops, they’ll direct you to some single tracks, or you can hire a guide to make the most of your time.

The same applies in Kathmandu, if you’re keen to do a single day of riding, there are plenty of options, as well as multiple-day rides.

Simply visit one of the numerous bike shops around Thamel to find out more.

Jungle Safaris in Nepal

It might not come to mind when you think of Nepal, but Chitwan National Park, in the country’s flat region, offers a jungle experience like no other.

Take a jeep or elephant safari, or if you are really brave, a walking safari to see if you can spot the elusive Bengal Tiger and Greater One Horned Rhino.

Safaris are easily organised through the numerous hotels and guesthouses in Chitwan upon arrival.

One horned rhino in Chitwan. Photo credit: Samantha McMahon

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