When people think about Nepal they have visions of mountain climbing and trekking, but little do they realize that these days, Nepal is fast becoming one of the adventure capitals of Asia! There is certainly much more on offer here than just trekking and Mount Everest!
In two weeks in Nepal it’s possible for the adrenaline seeking traveller to do a short trek, go white water rafting, take a bungy jump and perhaps throw in a spot of paragliding and mountain biking. So pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a life time. Don’t forget 2011 is visit Nepal Year so here are some ideas of the adventures that await you.
White Water Rafting & Kayaking
Nepal offers some of the best rivers in the world for white water rafting and Kayaking. There is a river to suit all levels from the first time rafter to the most experienced kayaker. You can try one to two day trips on the family fun and friendly Trushili and Seti Rivers or go further afield on longer three to ten day adventures on the Sunkoshi (one of the world’s top ten rivers), Marsyandi, Arun or Tamur Rivers. Don’t forget the action packed Bhote Koshi, a pure white adrenaline rush. Also there are adventures to be had for kayaking expedition adventurists with trek and kayak trips to all of Nepal’s remote rivers.
For every ten trekkers in Nepal you will barely see one mountain biker. But the sport is fast taking off and there are endless tracks and trails to explore. There are some pure downhill tours, but for the majority you will need mountain honed thighs to get up these serious climbs. The rewards are endless, uncrowded trails, remote wilderness, life changing culture and unbelievable views! There are places in both Kathmandu and Pokhara to hire bikes, guides and arrange tours. Trip length varies from one day sightseeing and downhill tours to longer five to twenty day adventures.
Bungy Jumping is popular worldwide, but nowhere offers as spectacular jump as right here in Nepal. Spanning over the raging Bhote Koshi, one of Nepal’s fiercest rivers, this 160 meter jump is not for the feint hearted! The gorge is surrounded in jungle and natural wilderness and from the Last Resort, you can not only Bungy, but you can canyon swing, trek and hike as well.
Nepal is now well established as a paragliding destination. The sunny lakeside town of Pokhara is popular world wide as a place to learn paragliding. The beautiful scenery and back drop of the Annapurna Himalaya make this the most serene and spectacular place to fly. Flights on offer vary from half hour tandem flights, longer cross country flights, para-hawking flights to intensive ten day polite training programs. All equipments and flight companies operate in line with international standards. It’s truly a must do for any visitor to Nepal seeking a little bit of action.
With Nepal being home to some of the world’s tallest mountains, it’s no surprise that there are many places to hone your climbing skills. Rock faces are abundant and the sport of rock climbing is fast become popular among tourists. Trained instructors offer courses from beginner to advanced and courses last from one day to three days. Most rock walls are found around Kathmandu and Pokhara so you don’t have to trek all the way up into the mountains to do some “hanging around”!
Canyoning is another new adventure sport to Nepal. This wilderness adventure takes you into the jungles of Eastern Nepal. Grapple, abseil, climb, wade and crawl your way through some pristine canyons before retiring at the night time to your river side camp. Canyoning is fun and exciting and a great way to be at one with nature.
There is so much on offer in Nepal in the way of Adventure. But as with everything, remember, “Safety First”. Make sure you book your adventure with a reputable operator, cheapest is not always best, experience and safety far outweighs budget when it comes to this kind of holiday!
Himalayan Single Track is one very reputable Adventure Tour Operator that runs adventure toursnd mountain biking in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. More information can be found on the website –