Nepal

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Trekking in the Hamalayas

Trekking in the Hamalayas

From the icy tops of the Himalayas to the bustling streets of Kathmandu, Nepal is a vibrant cross section of the Asian adventure travel experience.

You may come for the thrills of adventure, but you’’ll be simply enchanted by the warm and friendly Nepali people you’’ll meet along the way.

Nepal is well known for the incredible trekking you’’ll find here, but don’’t overlook other exciting activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, hot air ballooning and mountain flights with some of the most gorgeous scenery you’ll ever see.

There are many different ethnic cuisines, and you’’re sure to find something new and interesting to tell your friends about when you get back home. When was the last time you had a yak burger (well, “burger” might not be accurate)?

You do need to be careful and check for travel advisories before going to Nepal. And when you’’re there be mindful that you may need to be flexible and have a plan B at the ready due to protests, demonstrations, and disruptions. It’’s a good practice to ask someone at your hotel about possible difficulties before finalizing your schedule.

The bottom line: Nepal is an amazing and diverse country with something for anyone seeking adventure. Chances are you’’ll be thinking about what you’’re going to do on your next visit before you return from the first.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

What could be more exotic than a trip to the Himalayas for some spectacular mountain vistas as you trek through local villages and discover how many diverse cultures live in this country of sublime beauty?

Nepal has many of the tallest mountain peaks in the world, but it also has lush jungles filled with regal tigers, leopards and rhinoceroses as well as unusual species like the sloth bear.

Kathmandu is the gateway to Nepal and the city’’s rich history goes back almost 2000 years.

You’’ll want to spend some time here exploring the culture of Kathmandu and the sister cities of Patan (lalitpur) and Bhaktapur, which are integral parts of Kathmandu.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Nepal will show you one of the most sophisticated Himalayan urban cultures, and it was developed from the three kingdoms of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.

The rich culture and ethnic diversity in Nepal is best experienced at the local level in the village communities where you can discover some very interesting ways of life.

You can also explore fascinating aspects of the culture by taking part in their local activities and experiencing their day-to-day existence.

You’’ll have plenty to see from their amazing artistic works to their rich architectural heritage. The Nepalese love their folklore, and you’’ll want to hear the tales of their lifestyle, culture and beliefs. Who doesn’’t like a good story?

The great majority of the Nepalese people follow Hinduism and Buddhism. Both have a strong influence on the culture as you’’ll see in many of their customs, traditions, festivals and foods.

The types of cuisine in Nepal are as varied as the different cultures you’ll find there. The Newari cuisine features water buffalo (often in the form of potstickers), and with the Himalayan cuisine you’’ll find tasty noodles, potato dishes, rice and yak meat.

So, after a long trek you’’ll have many interesting foods to help refuel your body for your next day of adventure travel fun.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Trekking is big in Nepal. You can explore the lush hills and high mountains in the Annapurna region, see the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas and discover ethnic local lifestyles through ethno-tourism.

Nepal is also a haven for those looking for extraordinary white water rafting excursions, mountain biking, motorcycling and jungle safaris to name a few.

Following is a more complete list of incredible overseas adventure travel experiences for you in Nepal.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Camel riding
  • Canoeing
  • Elephant riding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Jungle exploring
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snow skiing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Safaris
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

 

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