The altitude of Nepal varies from the tallest of mountains to the lowest of valleys. The small country of Nepal is home to the tallest peak as well as one of the deepest gorges in the world. Although not a well-off nation, Nepal’s economy is mostly dominated by the tourism industry. To be exact, due to a major focus on tourism, Nepal is one of the best destinations for people to travel around the globe. Along with its numerous trekking routes and scenic locations to visit, Nepal also possesses a wide variety of adventure sports one can pursue with beautiful mountainous backdrops. Some of these activities include rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving, paragliding, off-road cycling, and canoeing just to name a few. These activities allow you to enjoy a variety of natural wealth in the country while raising the roofs with adrenaline.
Situated right under the huge Himalayan range, Nepal is the land of peace. Tourists who visit from all over the world visit Nepal to see the mountains, the people, the lifestyles and everything in between. This along with the adventure activities that one can pursue while in Nepal is what makes it one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Some of the adventure activities found in Nepal are discussed below in detail.
The audacious act of jumping off a high bridge has always been very addictive to anyone yearning for thrill and excitement. Nepal is home to one of the tallest bridge bungee jumps in the world, i.e. Bhotekoshi bridge bungee jump. This bridge stands at an astonishing 160m above the Bhotekoshi River from which locals, as well as international travelers, take the leap of faith. Jumping from over the Bhotekoshi River is an experience no one will ever forget. Along with the Bhotekoshi bridge jump, smaller bungee jumps are also available in Nepal. One of such low jumps is available in Hemja, Pokhara. The suspended platform for this bungee jump stands 80m above a pond and is much cheaper than the one at Bhotekoshi. Additionally, the second tallest bungee jump in the world is being prepared over the Kaligandaki River which will stand at a height of 224m above the water. This project is set to be open in early 2019.
Set in the mountainous locales of the Nepali Himalayas, paragliding in Nepal is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime activity. This adventure sport has always taken a fairly big market in Nepal. One such activity is available in Pokhara where individuals who want to paraglide can do so over the beautiful Phewa Lake. This adventure sport in Pokhara is something that most tourists perform at any cost. The adrenaline rush one gets from paragliding over the lake at Pokhara can only be understood if performed by oneself. The beautiful city of Pokhara is also packed with more things to do in the meantime. However, out of all of the things available in the city, paragliding over the famous lake and the beautiful valley is one of the most adventurous and worthwhile moments one can ever experience.
Off the Beaten Track Cycling
Most, if not all the people who visit Nepal, cycle at one point or another during their stay. Be it while trekking through the harsh tracks of Lower Dolpo or traveling on the road to the vast water fills of the Rara Lake, cycling has always been a more conducive experience. Nowadays, one can take what is called an “off-beat route cycling” trip to Nepal where they get to hike and trek to places with their cycles. These treks present to individuals the chance to ride their bicycles into the destinations and perceive the culture and the places while doing so. Some of the more famous Off the Beaten Track Cycling destinations include treks like; Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang, Annapurna Cycling Tour, Upper, and Lower Dolpo treks, Kanchenjunga trek, Makalu Trek, the Tsum Valley trek, Manaslu trek, Rara Lake trek, etc. All of these treks let travelers see the wilderness of Nepal at a deeper and rawer level.
The white water rafting in the various rivers that flow from the Nepalese Himalayas is famous all around the globe. So much so that people visit Nepal for the sole purpose of rafting in such waters. Such rafting activities can be found all over Nepal and are one of the most adventurous activities one can indulge in, while in Nepal. The icy waters that flow from the highest of the mountains in the world offer a totally different rafting experience in itself and are flaunted as must-dos while in Nepal. Some of the more famous rafting hubs in Nepal include Karnali River Rafting, Marsayangdi River Rafting, Upper Seti River Rafting, Trishuli River Rafting, Bhote Koshi River Rafting, and Kali Gandaki River Rafting.
Lastly, the diverse country of Nepal is filled with fun and adventurous activities to pursue. One can experience their fill of adventure to the fullest while also perceiving the culture and traditions of various ethnic communities while doing so. This is why Nepal is the best destination to travel to both in terms of adventure as well as in terms of beauty.