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Adventurous Activities

Adventure tourism in Nepal dates back to the early attempts to scale the world's highest peaks. It has come a long way since. While trekking, mountaineering and game watching have long been popular, an entire range of other possibilities have been explored in the recent years - rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultra-light aircraft, hot air ballooning, mountain flight, boating, pony treks, jet scooter, boating and bungy jumping. This varied landscape has some of the best sites for these activities, raging rivers to run, mountains to scale, clear blue skies, challenging treks, fine lakes and rivers to boat, fish and raft down, and a wild terrain to ride.

Go trekking in the lower slopes where along with forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, villages, temples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering a fascinating taste of traditional rural life.

Enjoy scenic rafting, one of the best ways to explore the typical cross section of natural as well cultural heritage of the country. You can glide on clam jade waters with magnificent scenery all around or rush through roaring white rapids. Rafting is inarguably the best way of exploring Arcadian Nepal, as it takes you through hamlets, canyons, virgin forests, and wildlife.

How about a jungle safari in the densest forest in South Asia? Venture into the jungles of the National parks located in the Terai region on elephant back across rivers and swamps, Rare animals and birds will greet you at every corner. Be prepared for a royal treat. Royal Bengal tiger may surprise you by his majestic appearance.

Nepal's diverse terrain is a mountain biker's dream adventure come true. Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. Because this is a spartan, laborious mode of travel, it is also considered the way to travel by the so-called "purists".

For all those cliffhangers out there, Kathmandu offers terrific places for rock climbing that make for an experience of a lifetime. Make sure you leave time for hot air ballooning for a bird/s-eye view of the Kathmandu Valley and the magnificent Himalaya. See life from a new perspective as you take off in a micro-light aircraft for motor gliding in Pokhara. A trip will take you over some of the best scenery on earth, as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites and float over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. If you thought that bungy jumping is restricted to some locations in North America, Europe, and New Zealand, it/s time you got an update. The sport has found a natural home for itself in the highest and most magnificent mountain range in the world. The ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can now be experienced in Nepal at one of the best sites that this sport can boast of anywhere in the world. The Bhote Kosi, one of the world's wildest raging rivers, rushes down from the heights of the Himalayas. It roughly translates as `river from Tibet' and so there are a lot of rivers that go by this name in Nepal. This Bhote Kosi is the main tributary of the Sun Kosi and is followed by the Arniko highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Nepal's first Bungy jumping site is situated 160 m over this river, inviting you to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush in the surroundings of this amazing place. An extreme sport popular in Europe, canyoning is now available in Nepal. Canyoning gives you the freedom to explore some of the most ruggedly beautiful, yet forbidden places in the world. Top off your visit with a mountain flight for a stunning visual finale. Mountain Travel Ticketingoffer spectacular views of the Himalaya in just one hour. Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains of the earth. These Travel Ticketingoffer the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest and other above 8,000 m peaks.

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Trekking
Trekking is the gift of Nepal to the world in adventure tourism. To be one with Nature, to regenerate one`s own self-esteem, to rediscover oneself, to appreciate Nepal`s beauty, to interact with its hospitable and friendly peoples are some of the highlights of trekking in Nepal. Trekking is one long-term activity that draws repeat visitors to the country. Therefore, Nepal is the ultimate destination for the trekking enthusiast.

It offers a myriad of possibilities - from the 'short and easy' walking excursions to the 'demanding and strenuous' challenges of the snowy peaks and their foothills and valleys. But however easy, or moderate, or strenuous, there is something for every palate that goes with trekking in Nepal`s hills, mountains and hinterlands. The most rewarding way to experience Nepal`s indomitable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is to walk through the length, breadth and the altitudes of Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is as much a unique cultural experience as well as an ultimate Himalayan adventure.

Mountaineering
With eight of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has been the focus of some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering. The dauntless icy peaks have, since decades, challenged the minds and bodies of those who dare! Currently, there are more than 150 peaks opened for mountaineering, including the highest of them all - Mt. Everest. Climbing permit to scale the Nepal Himalaya as is issued for all seasons.

Pony Treks
Ponies have been a cheap and convenient form of transport for man and materials in the Himalaya since ages, and are still an easy way to explore the remote areas. Nowadays, ponies are being utilized extensively for trekking. Pony treks follow nearly the same routes as the ones for trekking. The pony treks are offered mostly in the western region, normally around Pokhara and also to the hinterlands of Dolpo and Lo Manthang (Mustang).

Biking
Nepal/s extraordinary contours and numerous tracks and trails make it an ideal place for mountain biking. You not only climb up and down challenging moountain roads but also have wonderful opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery around.

A classic off-road adventure is the 70-km Scar Road that starts from Balaju to the west of Kathmandu city, traverses the hill resort of Kakani, Trisuli bazaar and Shivapuri, and then descends back to Kathmandu. Another route is the two-day circular tour to Dhulikhel to the east of Kathmandu. You can combine this ride with a visit to the ancient townships of Bhaktapur, Namobuddha and Panauti which lie en route. Yet another possibility is the 75-km ride on the adventurous, hair-raising Tribhuvan Highway to the hill resort of/ Daman southeast of Kathmandu that offer even tougher challenges. Pokhara and its environs provide equally great venues for this sport. And if/ you have not brought your own mountain bike- you can easily rent one.

Rafting & Kayaking
White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river in an inflatable rubber raft or white water kayak over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the excitement of a lifetime. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal/s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalaya, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape. A rafting trip is bound to be the highlight of your stay in the country. Rivers are graded on a scale of one to six, with one being a swimming pool and six a one-way ticket to your maker. Four is considered to be quite challenging without being exceedingly dangerous to the novice rafter. Five requires some previous river experience.

Jungle Safari
While the high Himalaya makes up Nepal/s northern region, the southern lowland known as the Terai is covered with dense tropical jungles teeming with diverse wildlife and exotic birds. Here you will find some of the most exciting safari destinations in the world. You will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four-wheel drive vehicle to view wild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides on the jungle rivers, nature walks, bird watching excursions, and village tours. Among the 14 national parks and wildlife reserves in the Kingdom, the Chitwan National Park (932 sq km) is the most popular safari destination. More than 43 species of animals are found in Chitwan. The endangered one-homed rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, Gharial crocodile, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, and the Gangetic dolphin are the main attractions here. The best part is that it is close to Kathmandu and easily accessible (only 165 km overland), and Bharatpur airport adjoining the park is a mere 25-minute flight away (there are daily Travel Ticketingfrom Kathmandu). Many adventurers also choose to go down by raft. However you go, a jungle safari is an experience you will remember for a long time.

Fishing
Fishing has formed a basic livelihood for numerous communities in the hilly and the Terai regions of Nepal. With its numerous rivers and lakes, Nepal is an ideal location for pleasure fishing and angling. Some of the popular rivers for fishing and angling are Betrawati, Indrawati, Karnali and Koshi. While fishing, one should look out for other aquatic species too, especially the fresh water dolphins in the Koshi, Rapti and Narayani river systems.

Boating
Boating is a common form of transport in the lowlands and the Terai in Nepal. Leisure boating can be done in various locations. Pokhara has many lakes. Therefore, Pokhara is also known as the lake District of Nepal. These turquoise lakes, reflecting the Annapurna Range on their waters, are ideal for boating. The most famous and pleasurable ones are the lakes of Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Traditional canoe-style boating can be done in Chitwan and on some other rivers, including the Koshi. Windsurfing is also available in Pokhara from time to time.

Skiing
Nepal has some of the steepest mountain slopes in the world. Though not available on a commercial scale, skiing is one of the exciting forms of adventure possible in Nepal. Skiing can be done on the slopes of western Nepal, Langtang area and some parts of the Khumbu area. Rental equipment are hard to find and must be provided on ones own.

Gliding
Gliding, one of the few adventures which provides the opportunity to observe cities as well as nature is also gaining popularity. Power gliding is organized by an aviation company at Pokhara using ultra light aircrafts. Hang gliding can be done from various parts of the country.

 
 

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