The rugged hills and mountainous terrain of Nepal makes it one of the most favorable adventure destinations in the world. Nepal is home to some of the world’s highest peaks including Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. There are more than two hundred mountains (from 6000 metres to 8000 metres plus) stretching from east to west. While the mountains and the middle hills offer myriad of opportunities for trekking, easy hiking and mountaineering activities, the glacial rivers are ideal for water adventures like white water rafting, kayaking and canyoning. The rough trails snaking past the mountainous villages and dense forests are ideal for mountain biking and motorbike tours.
The country is home to historic sites that are protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A cultural tour to the country’s major heritage sites will not only acquaint you with Nepal’s rich culture and history, it will also let you discover some of the best specimens of artwork created by medieval aritsts. Visit the three medieval durbar squares in Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Hike up to the hilltop shrine of Swayambhunath and complete a parikrama (circumambulation) around Boudhanath Stupa. Stroll around the Sacred Garden in Lumbini, the site where Lord Buddha was born. If you are more of an animal lover, head to Chitwan National Park or the national park in Bardia and get acquainted with some of the endangered wild inhabitants (one-horned rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger etc.). The Everest Mountain Flight and Heli Tour offers you an aerial perspective of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. Watch the Himalayas unfold, from aboard an aircraft. Paragliding, ziplining, bungy jumping etc. are some of the other adrenaline pumping outdoor activities you can indulge in while in Nepal.
Bhutan, a country covered with vast expanse of greenery and soaring Himalayan mountains, is a dream destination for those seeking to reconnect with nature. One can hike around the verdant green hills and visit hilltop monasteries and meditation retreats. Or if you are seeking a more challenging adventure you can embark on a trekking adventure (lasting for several days) that will take you to the base of the country’s highest peaks. If you are a keen biker you can ride through the high mountain passes and the Bhutanese countryside. Bhutanese are keen archers and it’s common to see them trying to hit the bull’s eye at the local archery grounds. If you feel like you can score a point or two, you can join the locals and play a round or two.
The country is filled with ancient Buddhist monasteries, palaces and dzongs and taking a cultural tour will allow you to discover some of the cultural gems of this ancient kingdom. Take an overland cultural tour and visit the three important cities in Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Explore the Punakha Dzong and hike to the magnificent Cliffside Taktshang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest). Visit the local market in Thimphu and shop for souvenirs at the local handicraft bazaar. For a more wholesome Bhutanese experience, you can stay with a local family at a local farm. Many local families in Bhutan offer homestays for tourists.