Nepal is a Disneyland for adventurers, travelers, and nature-admirer. It is home to the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, and boasts numerous trekking trails, wildlife reserves, and cultural attractions making it possible for the adventure of different kinds like trekking, rafting, peak climbing, mountain flights, and many more. Nepal is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and adventure activities. Every year hundreds of thousands of travelers visit Nepal to enjoy what the country has to offer.
For trekkers, there is a number of amazing treks to do, from Everest Base Camp Trek to Dolpo Trek. Trekking in Nepal is a unique opportunity to explore the local villages, navigate mountainous trails, try local Nepali food, and embrace mountain views that no other country can offer. There is a trek for every trekker in this country. If you are a mountaineer, here are numerous cloud-scraping mountain peaks in Nepal that are accessible to you. If you are new to mountaineering, you can go for Mera Peak or Island Peak. For elite climbers, Nepal has Everest, Annapurna, and several other challenging peaks.
If trekking to Everest Base Camp is not your cup of tea, you can still awe at the breathtaking views of the majestic mountains by taking a scenic flight over the mountains. Mountain flights are the best option to enjoy mountain views without having to trek for a day. If you love kayaking, there are many popular rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking. You can go on a multi-day rafting trip or take a day trip to experience the adrenaline rush and stunning natural beauty of Nepal's rivers.
Apart from these mentioned sports, there are countless must-do things in Nepal. You are always welcome for an unforgettable adventure in Nepal.
When you have more than half (8 out of 14) of the planets 8000m plus peaks in your backyard - including Everest, the biggest of them all – trekking comes in your DNA. In the years since Nepal welcomed its first international trekkers and mountaineers, the country has fast gained a reputation for the magnificence of its mountain grandeur and – just as importantly – for its highly organized and professional trekking industry.
In Nepal, trekking can be as easy and breezy as slinging on a backpack and pacing one of the classic ‘teahouse’ trails such as the Annapurna Circuit where every night a cheap and comfy bed and a hot, filling meal is easy to find. Or, it can be as wild and adventurous as a month-long, fully organized camping expedition over remote passes and through villages where foreign visitors are as rare as a horizontal horizon. Whichever style of walking takes your fancy, trekking through the mountains of Nepal is not just the best thing to do in Nepal. It’s quite likely to be one of the best things you’ll ever do in your life!
Ambitions of standing on the summit of the world? Well, okay climbing Everest is a bit beyond the ability of most of us mere mortals, but in Nepal, it’s still possible to stand higher than most of us ever have in the past and most likely ever will in the future. There are numerous cloud scraping mountain peaks in Nepal that are accessible to the fit and acclimatized trekker that doesn’t involve too much pre-planning on eye-watering expense. Known as ‘trekking peaks’ these are no mere molehills. The most popular trekking peak is Island Peak in the Khumbu region (where Everest is situated), the summit of which is a daunting 6189m above sea level. Although it’s more of a tough hike and scramble than true mountaineering, the views from the summit will literally have you gazing into the edge of space! And once you’ve bagged Island Peak there are numerous other even more challenging trekking peaks to summit.
Okay, okay, so Nepal has the greatest collection of mountain peaks on the planet. It has stunning wildlife. It has adventure activities and extreme sports galore and all of these things are worth traveling the world to experience. But, do you know what the very best thing to do in Nepal is really?
Meet the people and learn something of the nation’s rich history and culture that’s what. Whether you’re talking to a Sherpa in the Khumbu, learning about the life of a Hindu Saddhu at Pashupatinath, cooking dhal bhat in a Newari household in Kathmandu, meditating at sunset with Buddhist pilgrims at the place of the Buddha’s birth, or merely sipping tea with a rice farmer in the Terai lowlands or a Tibetan nomad in the high pastures, you will find the Nepalese are a universally smiley, welcoming and helpful bunch.
Today, there is an ever-increasing number of ways to get to know the Nepalese: homestays in back of beyond villages, cookery courses in the city, meditation courses, guided walks with historians, food tours of Kathmandu backstreet eateries and many more. Whichever way you choose to meet the Nepalese you can be certain that when it comes to deciding what the best thing to do in Nepal is, the charm and chatter of the people will quite simply leave Everest in the shadows. More: Top 10 Things To Do In Kathmandu Nepal
Mountain biking is an increasingly popular – but by no means easy - way to enjoy Nepal’s epic landscapes. It has gained immense popularity in recent years due to the country's rugged terrain and breathtaking landscapes.
Nepal offers some of the world's most beautiful, challenging, and rewarding trails for mountain biking, attracting riders of all skill levels. From technical single-track to steep downhill descents, there are innumerable biking routes across the country.
The Annapurna Circuit is fast gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best mountain biking routes. Riders will experience breathtaking mountain views, lush forests, and rustic villages along the way. The Langtang valley, Mustang region, and Everest region feature some rewarding mountain biking trails in Nepal.
Similarly, cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara also boast biking trails and offer unique opportunities for riders. Nepal hosts yearly mountain biking events through the high-altitude Himalayan Mountains. It's easy to admit that mountain biking in Nepal is an adventure like no other. Whether you are a beginner rider or a seasoned pro, there is a biking scene for you.
Just like mountain biking, Motorcycle tours have been gaining popularity in Nepal in recent years. Nepal's stunning landscape and rugged terrain calls hundreds of motorcyclists every year. Motorcycle enthusiasts love to explore Nepal's road to experience a mix of off-road and on-road riding experiences. From scenic leisure rides to extreme off-road adventures, Nepal has everything motorcyclists can imagine.
Kathmandu Valley Rim, the Annapurna Circuit, Upper Mustang and Pokhara-Chitwan-Lumbini are some of the popular routes for Motorcycle tours. No doubt, the motorcycle tour offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, traditional villages, and cultural landmarks. An extreme off-road adventure on a motorcycle lets you ride through the country's most remote and rugged areas which are challenging and unforgettable riding experience
A world away from the heights of Everest, the steamy lowlands of Nepal (known as the Terai) are home to a string of fabulous national parks (Chitwan, Bardia and Koshi Tappu) where elephants trumpet, tigers melt into the shadows, one-horned rhinos batter down the grasslands and monkeys by the dozen swing through this living Jungle Book.
A safari in search of some of southern Asia’s most enigmatic megafauna might not work the muscles like some of Nepal’s adventure activities but the thrill of sliding up to a riverbank to see an enormous crocodile, like a relic from the dinosaur age, sunning itself will sit long in the memory as one of the best things you did in Nepal.
When you’re done with the trekking, rafting, biking and safaris, but still need a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart, then Nepal has a grand supply of extreme sports to keep the thrills rolling. On the hills around Pokhara you can fly like a hawk by throwing yourself into the whims of the thermals attached to a paraglider. If you need a little more height then it’s also possible to organise skydiving from Pokhara.
On the old road between Kathmandu and Tibet, you can tie a giant rubber band to your feet and launch yourself into one of Asia’s highest, scariest bungee jumps or, the even more terrifying, ‘canyon swing’, which might not be the ‘best’ thing you do in Nepal, but will certainly be the most fear-inducing!
Nepal is the land where the Buddha was born (in Lumbini) and where Hindu Kings ruled. It was also the end of the road for the hippies of the 1960’s and 70’s who traversed Europe and Asia in search of enlightenment (and drugs!). With a background this rich it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Nepal – and Kathmandu and Pokhara in particular – are world-renowned centres for meditation and yoga. There are courses for all levels, from hour-long morning yoga sessions on a hotel rooftop to serious weeks-long retreats inspired by both Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
The rivers that rage out of the Himalayas offer some of the world’s most thrilling white-water rafting and kayaking. Some of these river descents are expert only, but for many others, a pair of gills and the body of a fish isn’t required. There are plenty of entertaining river rapids ideal for first-time river rafters that come with minimal risk and maximum enjoyment. A few days spent paddling down river through a wonderful montage of rural landscapes and jungles dense in wildlife is tonic for the soul and will definitely be one of the best things you do in Nepal.