Best Things to do in Nepal 2018: Things that attract Tourists in Nepal
Trekking has been highlight to the visitors to Nepal. The ranges of geographical features, variety of vegetation and rich Himalayan culture award trekkers with unique trekking experience. Thousands of visitors trek to different parts of Nepal every year to experience the charm of culture and nature. Most treks go through altitude between 1000 to 4000 meters, while some popular parts reach over 5000meters. Protected regions along the Himalayan like shey-Phoksundo, Langtang ,Sagaramatha,Makalu-Barun, Rara, Kanchenjunga and Shivapuri National Park and Annapurna and Manaslu conservation areas, provides excellent trekking options.
There are numerous lakes in Nepal where tourists can experience the pleasure of boating. With famous lake like Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, pokhara is known as the lake city and a popular place for boating.
In the Terai, one can go canoeing on Narayani or Rapti rivers near Chitwan National Park. Boats and canoes can be rented from local dealers on hourly basis from nearby Areas. Pokhara and Chitwan are accessible both by air and road from Kathmandu. A wide variety of accommodation and other facilities are easily available in both the places.
Rock climbing is a challenging sport for outdoor lovers. Most of the areas for rock climbing are situated toward the north of Kathmandu in the Nagarjun forest and Shivapuri national Park areas. Trip to these places can be combined with hiking, bird watching, nature tours and other activities. Nagarjun, which is 7 kilometers away from Kathmandu city can be reached via Balaju near the New Bus Park. Shivapuri can be reached via Budhanilkantha which is 9 kilometers outside from the city area in Kathmandu.
The ultimate thrill of bungy jumping is offered at one of the best sites in the world. Nepal’s bungy jumping site is situated 160 meters over the raging Bhote Koshi river in the northern part of the country. The site is located close to the Nepal-china broader at Barhabise and is 3 hours bus ride from Kathmandu. A package deal includes the jump, bus ride to the site and meals. Nepalese are entitled to a 30 percent discount, accommodation and other facilities are available in Barhabise.
The tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitat in the subcontinent. Jungle safari on elephant back or jeep rides are offered at Chitwan National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve, and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, all located in Terai. Winter months here are temperate while summer and monsoons are hot and humid. A wide range of tourist’s facilities are available in and around the areas.
Nepal’s diverse terrain is a mountain bikers dream. Biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring the country. It is possible to go biking in the entire length of country. Centuries –old dirt roads and trails offer a chance to go on extended trips to exotic locales like Annapurna and Kanchenjunga areas,21 to 27 gear bicycles are recommended when riding through Himalayan terrain. Mountain bikes are available for rent at numerous bicycle rental outlets in and around Kathmandu or pokhara. Riders can explore rims and ridges of Kathmandu and Pokhara through off routes that weave in and out of the cities. Food and accommodation facilities are available along the main trails. It is recommended to use the services of licensed biking companies.
Licensed hunting is allowed in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve in western part of Nepal. Dhorpatan is a prime habitat of blue sheep, ghoral, Himalayan thar black bear, pheasant and partridge. Endangered species here are pheasant and red panda. Hunting is allowed only after acquiring license from the Department of National Park and Wild Life Conservation (DNPWC) in Kathmandu and is restricted to a certain times in years. Most hunting trips are planned in spring and onset of autumn from February through April and August through October. Dhorpatan is 4 day trek from Baglung which is 72km from Pokhara. Accommodation facilities are available in tented camps offered by agencies or at one of the village houses.
Honey hunting is an age –old tradition in Nepal. Local honey hunters show their exceptional skills by hanging themselves on cliffs as high as 300 meters using bamboo ladders and hemp ropes, while harvesting the honeycombs. See the spectacular honey hunting on the steep bee cliffs to experience the traditional and culture of the local people. See them while you trek in the foothills of the Himalayans.
Rafting, Kayaking and Canyoning
Rafting is one of the most exciting ways of exploring Nepal. Options range from paddle rafting team to kayaking alone in the water. Yet another extremely popular water-spot option is cannoning to explore hidden landscapes. Rafting trips are usually planned in the dry seasons from October through mid-December and March through early May. The government has opened 16 rivers graded on a scale of 1 to 5 for commercial rafting. Since safety is of the tourist importance, choosing a well-reputed rafting company is recommended. It is also important to observe all the safety rules and precautions provided by the river guide.
Mountain flights offer a luxurious option of Himalayan experience. The one-hour mountain flight takes one close to some of highest peaks in the world including Mt.Everest. One can clearly see and identify the peaks, and the see the Himalayan landscape and glaciers during the flight. The peaks seen are Gosaithan, Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chyachu, Choba Bhamare, Gaurishankar, Melungtse, Chugimago, Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyo, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse and finally Mt. Everest. Mountain flights are offered by several airlines especially in the morning from the domestic airport in Kathmandu.
Paragliding in Nepal gives the opportunity to experience an aerial view of the Himalayans. Pokhara, the beautiful lakesides town at the foot of the Annapurna Mountains offers paragliding services. Sarangkot in Pokhara is the take –off point. There are various deals for the paragliding veterans and novices. Three day introduction course is offered to beginners, and tandem flights where one can fly with instructor are also offered.
Ultralight aircrafts offer breathtaking birds-eye view in Pokhara valley and the surrounding mountains. Flights are operated almost throughout the year except during the monsoon June through August. Flight takes place from sunrise to 11am and from 3pm to sunset every day. Especially if the weather is clear and the day is sunny. In the half hour flight, one can fly over pokhara city, Phewa Lake, Sarangkot hill and get close to the Mt. Fishtail. Another option is the exploration of Annapurna range from 12000 feet or higher in an hour. Pokhara is easily accessible from Kathmandu, Chitwan and other major towns.
Angling is gaining popularity in Nepal as a water sport. Approximately 118 varieties of fresh water fish are found in the Himalayan Rivers ranging from the much sought after Maheer to the mountains streams trout varieties. Fishing trips on white waters are generally organized before and after the monsoons from February through April and October through November.
Mountains are the prime attraction of Nepal. It has stood as irresistible landmarks for the worlds adventures since Nepal opened its doors to visitors in the 1950s. Mountaineering can ranging from climbing the highest peaks over 8000 meters to climbing lower peaks which even though considered minor by Himalayan standards are technically quite challenge. There are 33 “trekking peaks” opened by the Government. Mountaineering teams can apply for permit at mountaineering section of the ministry of culture.
Climbing gears can be bought or rented in Kathmandu or pokhara. Many of the mountaineering and trekking companies also offer packages, where they provide food, transportation, guides, gears, porter services and also arrange for insurance coverage. Orientation on altitude sickness, acclimatization process and safety measures is a must for every mountaineer. The fatal sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be dangerous for climbers ascending 3000 meters and above. Symptoms include headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. Immediate descent or evacuation to lower altitude is the best cure for AMS.