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18 Activities and Challenges to Explore Nepal in 2018

The Himalayan nation of Nepal is an ultimate travel destination for trekking and many other adventure activities. There few countries in the world that are able to captivate the eyes and hearts of foreign travelers like Nepal. With its archaeologically significant golden temples, beaming white stupas, tranquil lakes, lively green forested trails and heartening mountain villages, no wonder large groups of travelers and explorers visit Nepal each year. And that will be the case for the current year as well.

So, unless you want to miss out on an opportunity to explore the uncharted wilderness areas and pristine natural places alongside marvelous cities, rivers and valleys then you should make sure that you come to Nepal in 2018 for the right reasons. Below you can take a look at to find out what those right reasons are.

Here are 18 exciting events and activities in Nepal which you should not miss out in 2018:

1.Sightseeing

One of the first thing that Nepal might surprise you with it is incontrovertible richness of iconic cultural and natural sites. With attention-grabbing historical monuments and buildings such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, you will find the overall amusement of traveling in Nepal never ending. As per the records, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is estimated to date back to the 12th and 18thcenturies while the Bhaktapur Durbar Square was founded in the 12thcentury by King Ananda Mallaand refurbished during 17th century by King BhupatindraMalla. Similarly, according to various chronicles, the overall construction of Patan Durbar Square went into overdrive during 14th-18thcentury.

Just like that, there’s Changu Narayan Temple- one of the oldest temple of Nepal which is dated to be around 3000-year-old, Swayambhunath- an enigmatic holy shrine of Kathmandu valley, Boudhanath- a mystical religious site where touristic sightseeing activities can be done in order to learn about their roles in shaping the history, culture and religion of Nepal. Furthermore, if you are planning to buy some souvenirs like handicraft items and paintings, then you can make your way into the dazzling streets of Thamel area where touristic local markets fill up a large portion of the sideways.

2.Low Altitude Trekking

As the Himalayas are located within the northern territories of Nepal, it’s a plain fact that trekking is what makes Nepal appealing to most of the mountaineers and alpinists out there. However, that doesn’t mean that you will always have to travel to high altitude places such as Everest Base Camp (5,380m). You can try GhorepaniPoonhill Trek, Khopra Ridge and Khayare Lake Trek if you wish to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayan snowcapped mountains. Just like that, you can also go for a short low altitude trek to Dhampus and Australian Camp. Having said that, doing a low altitude trek will allow you to thoroughly enjoy trekking in Nepal without the fear of ‘High Altitude Sickness’ as it can be done successfully without any kind of special preparation and that too in a very short amount of time.

3.High Altitude Trekking

For some living a life filled with adventure is a dream come true. And if you are visiting Nepal n search for some great adventures then going a High-Altitude Trek is the best to experience maximum amount of thrill and excitement. It will take you several days and it will be back breaking, however, it will be worth it as you will get to gaze at the overwhelming sights of Himalayan mountains that stand tall above everything down below. Everest View Trek, Everest Base Camp, Everest High Pass Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek and Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are also some of the most popular, adventure packed high altitude treks of Nepal. By doing so, trekkers will be benefited in a very lucrative manner as they will get to make everlasting memories while experiencing the beauty of trekking in Nepal.

4.Bungy Jumping

Besides trekking there are several other fun activities which you can do to make 2018 a great year for you. Among those other activities, Bungee Jumping is one of the easiest thing to do even if you are running out of time. As long as you have the inner will to go for a thrilling jump down to a thrashing river while being surrounded by lush green hills and tranquility of mother nature around you, you will enjoy those short moments that last only a couple of seconds. But it will be memorable nonetheless. In addition to that, adventure enthusiasts will be able to experience a heart pounding jump from a suspension bridge towards the BhoteKoshi river. All in all, the bungee jumping spot at BhoteKoshi river has become a very popular location for adventure, thrill lovers all over the world.

5.Paragliding and Zip Flyer

Have you ever wished to glide through the Himalayan skyline and look directly at the picturesque snowcapped mountains? Well, then you can go do ‘Paragliding’ in Pokhara city. By doing so, you will get to enjoy a spectacular paragliding experience and make the best out of your travel days in Nepal.

Simply come to Nepal and take to the sky by paragliding. However, if you are not comfortable doing paragliding or are in search of other adventure activities then why not try doing Zip Flier for a thrilling 600m vertical dive down on a zipline. And what’s more is that you can do all of that while capturing some very memorable videos of your entire flight while paragliding. So that you can share it with your friends and families back home or feel nostalgic while watching the videos after some years. But no matter what you prefer to do, paragliding and zip flier will be an unforgettable experience for you.

6.Rafting and Kayaking

Rafting and Kayaking are another very popular, interesting recreational outdoor activities for you to get involved. When you are visiting Nepal in 2018, one of the things to not miss out on s Rafting and Kayaking as there is no other better way to experience the natural richness of thrashing river waters. There are many rivers in Nepal that descend further and longer than any other river in the world. So, how can you not try our Rafting and Kayaking in Nepal.

7.Canyoning

By now you should know that, Nepal does not have any major limitations when it comes to adventure or any kind of travel related activities. With that in mind, let me explain to adventure junkies out there that canyoning is a great way to get on a journey through intimate rock sections while being blasted with thrashing river waters. And as canyoning is a diversified travel activity, you will feel more thrilled and excited when doing it. To do canyoning, you can explore the wild routes of Bandipur and Pokhara which will let you explore amazing natural caves filled and rushing waterfalls.

8.Peak Climbing

Just like trekking, peak climbing is also done in the Himalayas where the snow covered majestic peaks are located in Nepal. Peak climbing trips are also a famous touristic activity in Nepal that has managed to garner much love and attention from peak climbers’ and alpinists all over the world. Once you climb atop a peak and reach the summit, you along with your companions will see breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. So, if you wish to do peak climbing then you can choose Island Peak, Mera Peak and Chulu Peak as your peak climbing destination.

One of the major benefits of peak climbing in Nepal is that you will get a first-hand experience of technical climbing at high altitude where challenging terrains and weather conditions provide you a glimpse of how it will feel like while climbing tall mountain peaks above 7000 ft. So, in a way, it will be a first step to preparing yourself for greater challenges such as reaching the summit of Mt. Everest.

 

9.Expedition

Generally speaking, the Himalayas is renowned all over the world as the roof of the world due to the presence of some of the world’s highest mountains in it. Covered up with snow and situated at very high altitude, Himalayas have always been a place for extreme adventure and thrills which mainly includes the mountains as a major source of attraction for those activities. And the core of this great mountain range is Nepal where thousands of foreign travelers’ flock in just to have a look at the Himalayan mountains.

However, some want to do more than that. And by that, I mean summiting the entire mountain. Yes, it is quite tough and challenging but this has never stopped daring adventures to come and try conquering the mountain. After all, climbing to the top of Mt. Everest will be a great achievement for you to remember and cherish till your last breath. There are somethings in life that are truly bigger and better than any other thing in the whole wide world. Among such thing is climbing a mountain above 8,000 meters in height. You can try Everest expedition, Annapurna expedition, AmaDablam Expedition, Kanchenjunga Expedition or any other expedition to any mountain you like as long as you really want to.

Having said that, expedition is more than just trekking as you have to first reach the base camp of a particular mountain which in itself will take about several days to reach. And after reaching the base camp, you will then start your actual expedition journey from there onward. Besides that, you will need some previous climbing experience as well as strong focus and determination in order to complete your expedition trip successfully.

10.Hiking

Yes, we agree that both trekking and peak climbing are strenuous at some context. Hence, you might prefer getting involved with other less challenging touristic activities such as hiking. Generally hiking doesn’t take much time and effort to complete but let’s travelers to explore the naturally infused serene trails and routes filled with charming villages and attractions. For those who enjoy going a hiking trip can try visiting Balthali village, Chisapani, Nagarkot, Chitlang and Champadevi area. Further, you can head west to Sarangkot and Dhampus in Pokhara if you have more time.

11.Jungle Safari

Truthfully speaking, Nepal has a variety of diverse travel destinations which have their own unique ways to entertain foreign travelers and tourists. When you head down south far away from the northern Himalayas, you will discover a different side of Nepal that has more verdant, naturally green ecosystem. So, to let you go through exquisite forests and jungles of southern Nepal, jungle safari tours are available for you to choose. Being the heart of jungle, you can find several rare species of wild animals such as one horned rhinoceros, gharial, Bengal tiger and elephants.

In addition to that, jungle safari trips are perfect for those who like to observe exotic wild animals and birds in their own natural habitat. Watching the wildlife deep inside Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park will be an inspiring moment for you as you can taste the wilderness of Nepal’s rich ecosystem.

12.Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is a favorite adventure activity for foreign travelers who want to ride on an off the beaten trails that are naturally rugged and extreme. And as Nepal has several far away locations where ridges, cliffs, rocky terrains and stunning views are present excessively, Mountain Biking won’t be hard thing to organize specially if you have experienced with this sort of adventure sport. Places that lie within Annapurna Circuit trail are perfect for mountain biking. However, Sarangkot Hill area, Pokhara city, nearby places of Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri Hill and around Dhulikhel are also some of the good places for biking activities.

13.Holy Tour

Nepal is rich in historical, cultural and religious sites. Thousands of pilgrims tend to visit Nepal for a sacred journey to quintessentially religious, holy temples and shrines such as Muktinath, Swayambhunath and Lumbini- the birth place of Lord Buddha. These sorts of trips are also popular in Nepal so if you are someone who wish to visit holy places that are located within Nepal, then there are several places where you can choose to go and pay your homage.

14.Lake View Tour

Lakes are commonly used for touristic purposes in countries all over the world including Nepal. The mystifying glory of exploring the beautiful tranquil waters had always fascinated and intrigued travelers. Hence, lakes like Gokyo, Gosaikunda, Tilicho (the world’s highest fresh water lake) and PanchPokhari have become popular for touristic activities and exploration. You can go on a ‘Lake View Tour’ and witness amazing natural scenery along the scenic routes. In addition to that, these lakes carry huge amount of cultural, religious and ecological tolerances. So, if you are planning to travel in Nepal during 2018, then why not go on a heart throbbing journey to some popular lakes of Nepal.

15.Bird and Butterfly Watching

Bird and Butterfly watching is very popular in Nepal as there are several rare species of birds and butterflies living inside Terai region of southern Nepal. Places like KoshiTappu Wildlife Reserve and Bardiya National Park are some favorite touristic places to go and see a surprisingly large number of birds and butterflies. Bird and Butterfly watching activities can be done outside and near Kathmandu valley as well so even if you have very less time to stay in Nepal, you will be able to see an incredible variety of both resident and migratory birds.

 

16.Heritage Trek

If you truly want to feel the authenticity of trekking in Nepal and learn about the cultural, traditional villages of Nepal then joining a Heritage Trek will be a worthwhile experience for you. You can take your cultural and natural experiences to a whole new level by going a short trip to villages like Ghalegaon, Ghandruk and Sirubari. All of these places are lovely places to enjoy a couple days of your holidays in Nepal. However, as time passes and modernization increases, the amount of cultural exquisiteness may diminish. So, unless you take the present opportunity to join in these types of cultural activities, you may never get another chance to do so again in Nepal.

17.Heli -Tour and Ultra-Light Flight

Heli Tour and Ultra-Light Flight are some of the most impressive, luxurious ways to explore the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. Taking a helicopter towards the northern icy Himalayan massifs of Nepal is a magnificent experience filled with awe-inspiring scenery to gaze at. Some popular Heli tours include Everest Base Camp Heli Tour, Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour, Upper Mustang-Lo Manthang Heli Tour and Langtang Valley Heli Tour. Get a personal impression of landing at such high altitudes while enjoying the gorgeousness of the mighty Himalayas beside you. Joining a Heli tour will be the most luxurious way to relish the thrill of flying amidst the top of the world.

Likewise, Ultra-Light Flight ride are ideal for those who are seeking to spend their time in the heartland of Himalayas for a short visit. If you have very less time on your hands but wish to get a bird’s eye view of the entire colossal snowcapped mountains such as Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Machapuchare, then try doing the Ultra-Light Flight. Usually these flights start off from the scenic lakeside city of Pokhara and take you on reveling journey into the Himalayan skyline. Witness the natural beauty of the lush green hills covered with dense canopy of forests and get close to the Annapurna mountain range. Besides that, if you look down, you can see the shimmering Phewa Lake beside the striking Pokhara city.

18.Mountain Flight

People from across the world make plans to spend their holidays in Nepal with their loved ones and families, only to be able to look at some of the most stunning Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machapuchare. Even though, trekking is a first choice for many wanting to explore the vicinities of such high mountains, it does take some measurable amount of time and effort to complete. So, to those who are running out of time and don’t have physical capabilities to reach places like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, Mountain Flights are a better alternative. Furthermore, mountain flights are easier to complete and organize so you can do it swiftly and quickly without the need of spending nights at high altitude places. These things do make

 

All in all, these are our 18 exciting and events and activities which you can choose to do if you plan visiting Nepal in 2018. However, you must take your time and decide what you think is the best for you in order to make your stay in Nepal a memorable one.