Activities in Nepal

Discover the top activities in Nepal, from trekking to the Himalayas, exploring ancient temples and monasteries, white water rafting, paragliding, and more. Plan your adventure in Nepal with our comprehensive guide.

Nepal is a diverse country with unique culture, nature, biodiversity, climate, and so on. Exploring cultural places, wildlife safari, hiking and trekking, white water rafting, and mountain biking are some significant activities you can experience in Nepal. Nepal is popular for its research center on different aspects.

For adventure travelers, Nepal includes various trekking and climbing options over 5000m. Other than trekking and hiking you can experience adventures such as camping, rafting, paragliding, and following activities.

Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas comes to mind every individual whenever they think of adventure in Nepal. Nepal provides huge ranges of the Himalayas for the foothill adventure. Starting from a day of hiking that can last as a multi-day expedition.

unrecognizable diverse male hikers with backpacks walking along road

Among the top 10 highest mountains in the world, Nepal consists of 8 highest peaks including Mt. Everest at first. Everest Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking expedition with the highest level of challenges all over the world. Some other popular treks are Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit, etc.

Sightseeing around Kathmandu

Kathmandu Valley provides a range of sightseeing within the valley. Sightseeing in Kathmandu can be covered in a single day; the four major places are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath, and Bouddhanath Stupa. It takes around 5-6 hours for sightseeing inside the valley.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Besides that, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, 13km from the heart of the valley, Thamel with a cultural taste you can still see in locals. These durbar squares constitute the traditional culture, fine arts, and history, and reflect on the royal dynasty.

Moreover, sightseeing around the valley consists of other popular places i.e. Chovar, Kopan Gumpa, Bhudanilkhanta temple, Garden of Dreams, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, White Monastery, the national botanical garden, etc. Some of these places are listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Trekking and sightseeing are priorities on to-do lists in Nepal.

Pilgrimage and Religious Tour

Although Nepal is a secular state majority of people follow Hinduism. Another popular religion is Buddhism which originated in Nepal by Lord Buddha, the Light of Asia. Nepal is the base for pilgrimage tours for all religious people including Buddhists, Christians, and Islam.

Sawayambhunath Stupa
Swyambhunath Stupa

Pashupatinath Temple, Manakamana Temple, Janaki Mandir, and Muktinath Temple are famous for the Hindu Pilgrimage Tour. Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Namobuddha, Kapan, and Lumbini are popular for Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. In addition, Jame Masjid in Rupandehi, Bhairahawa is one of the oldest of its kind in Nepal.

Jungle Safari and Hunting

Nepal is a landlocked country covered with forest and has 12 National Parks, 4 Wildlife Reserves, and 3 Conservation Areas. Most are dense tropical jungles teeming with diverse wildlife and birds.

During the safari, a four-wheeler or an elephant is used. Besides that, people do experience nature walks, bird watching, culture, and village tours.

Chitwan National Park Safari

Chitwan National Park is a biodiversity-rich area in Nepal’s Terai Lowlands. Rare mammals and a wide range of bird species can be found here. The following are some of the appealing wildlife creatures found in Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is the ideal combination of peace and adventure.

Bardia National Park Safari

Bardia National Park is the largest National park in the low land of Nepal. This is also the habitat for endangered animals. The major vegetation and forest type is wooded grassland and Riverline.

These two are the major National park for jungle safari. The following species are found:

  • One-horned Rhino 
  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Gaur
  • Swamp Deer 
  • Black Buck
  • Gharial Crocodile
  • Marsh Mugger
  • Gangetic Dolphin

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is only a licensed hunting reserve. This park is famous for leopard, goral, Himalayan Thar, black beer, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, and mouse. The national park has an area of 1325 square km and was established in 1987 AD.

Hunting block and hunting animalNorthern hunting Block
Falguna: Blue sheep and Himalayan TharSang: Blue sheep and Himalayan Thar
Barse: Blue sheepDogadi: Blue sheep and Himalayan Thar
Gustang: Blue sheep and Himalayan TharSundaha: Blue sheep and Himalayan Thar
Surtibang: Himalayan Thar
Hunting Open For

Besides mountainous adventure, jungle safari, and hunting is also major activity to do in Nepal. 

Sunrise view from different parts of Nepal

Illam is the place where the sunrise is first in Nepal. Illam has its own beauty with its tea garden and sunrise view. Also, Nagarkot is the best place for the sunrise and sunset near Kathmandu. From there we can see the eye-catching view of Mt. Everest on a clear day.

Sunrise from Poonhill
Sunrise from Poonhill

Sarangkot is also a popular tourist destination for the sunrise when it comes to sightseeing in Nepal. While you are trekking, Poonhill is the best destination for sunrise and sunset. Nepal is a mountainous country, we can explore the magnificent view of sunrise and sunset from different parts of Nepal.

Kayaking and Rafting

There are different levels of rafting in Nepal. Starting from beginner and advanced level rafting and kayaking are held in Nepal. Grade 1 up to Scale 5 rafting grades are available in Nepal. Nepal is one of the top 10 places for rafting and kayaking.

Rafting
Rafting

Trishuli River, Seti River, Bhote Koshi River, Kali Gandaki River, Marsyandi River, Sun Koshi River, Arun River, Karnali River, and Tamur River are the major rivers for white-water rafting. The rafting packages start from a day and can be extended per your choice.

Paragliding and Bungee

Paragliding gives you a breathtaking aerial view with that kick-off adventure. If you like flying then you can fly in the sky of Nepal with the view of mountains, lakes rivers paragliding is the best adventure option. Paragliding in Nepal depends on the weather and the season. The best season for paragliding in Nepal starts from September to early June.

Pokhara, Chapakharka, Kot Danda, Godavari, Phulchowki, and Bandipur are the major place for paragliding in Nepal. Tourists usually experience paragliding in Pokhara.

The bungee in Kushma was listed as the highest bungee jump in the world. Later, it becomes the second-highest bungee jump. The max height is 228 meters and the min-max weight is 45kg and 95kg respectively.

Besides all the activities in Nepal, bungee is a popular one in a short time period for both local and foreign tourists. Bhote Koshi Gorge, Hemja, Pokhara, and Kushma are well-known bungee sports.

Mountain Flight Over Mt Everest

mountain flight
View from the mountain flight

If you are a mountain lover and want to explore Mt. Everest in a short time, a Mountain flight is the best way. Mountain flights operate every morning starting around 6 o’clock from Kathmandu. The flight takes you to the highest peak Mt.Everest and other smaller peaks near Everest. Mountain flight is operated by domestic airlines of Nepal and takes around 1-hour flight.

Read more on 15 of the best things to do in Nepal: experience the Himalayas where you can find possible activities in Nepal.

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