Top 5 Things to do in Nepal- the land of the Himalayas

If you are an enthusiastic trekker who loves going on adventures that involve mountainous terrains, then you definitely must have heard about Nepal. A small land-locked country in the southeast of Asia, Nepal is where the world’s tallest mountain peak is situated- Mount Everest. Eight of the fourteenth tallest mountain peaks in the world are Nepal. This, and many other factors like multiculturalism and unique history and biodiversity, makes trekking in Nepal an incredible adventure. If you ever find yourself visiting Nepal, you will find many things to do there. From daring expeditions to leisurely tours, there is something for people of all preferences. Here are the top five things to do in Nepal-

1. Trekking 

Trekking is the most favorite choice among the many things that Nepal offers. Not only is the country perfect for trekking journeys, but it also offers a luxurious blend of various ethnic cultures and landscapes to enjoy while doing so. Trekking can be done at almost all parts of Nepal, from the dry desert-like terrains of Mustang and Dolpo to the snow-covered Himalayan paradise-like settings of the Khumbu and the Annapurna. Furthermore, famous trekking journeys like the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trail pull in large numbers of people from all parts of the world every year. One of the fascinating things about Nepal trekking is that each region presents trekking at has its unique hallmarks. Each region is different in ethnic people, the prominent culture, landscape, Himalayas, flora, and fauna. But one thing each region has in common is that they present unique trekking experiences!

2. Cultural Tours 

There are 100s of different ethnic people residing in Nepal. From their own unique culture and tradition to having amazing idiosyncratic costumes and dialect, the country’s cultural riches are truly fascinating to experience. Moreover, Nepal also has many temples and old monuments that beautifully reflect its history in its art and architecture. Nepal is among the few countries with the densest concentration of World Heritages situated close to one another. From the Natural World Heritage Sites like the Sagarmatha and the Chitwan National Parks to necessary religious pilgrimage settings like Lumbini (the birthplace of Lord Buddha) and the Pashupatinath, Cultural Tours in Nepal are never deprived of notable locations and revered shrines and temples. Additionally, the culture of the people is also reflected brilliantly in the wood carvings, stone masonries, and metalwork on the countless temples and buildings the country has and you can’t experience all this while browsing pictures sitting on the sofa you have from Ikea. 

3. Peak Climbing 

Peak Climbing is one of the more extreme adventures that can be done in Nepal. The Nepal Mountaineering Association has divided specific peaks as “Trekking Peaks” that can be climbed to the summit. With higher stakes than the regular base camp treks, peak climbing in Nepal is a matter of enduring any curve ball the treacherous mountain peak throws your way and reaching the summit. Following the legendary Sherpa and using types of equipment like crampons and karabiners, peak climbing is an adrenalin-filled event that bestows amazing rewards to anyone who pursues it.

4. White Water Rafting 

In addition to being the land of the Himalayas, Nepal is also a country rich in water resources. Various Himalayan Rivers and glaciers drain the country. As such, white water rafting is quite popular in Nepal. The rapidly flowing rivers of the country offer an utterly thrilling experience! Nothing tops riding the fast-flowing currents of the white rivers of Nepal.

5. Hiking 

Nepal has many destinations offering short hiking trips, Apart from strenuous trekking journeys. With many hiking destinations near major cities like Kathmandu, hiking is an excellent alternate option for people who still want to experience the country’s beauty without making extended trekking trips. Because of the country’s natural beauty, hiking in Nepal always presents many mesmerizing attributes. Panoramic views of the Himalayas from vantage points, tranquil woods and forest trails, historical monuments and hill-parks built in the memory of Nepal’s heroes, and amazing views of the open valleys and cities are some of the hallmarks that hiking presents away from your allen and roth’s hardwood flooring. 

There are many more things to do in Nepal. It is a country that definitely should be on the list of places to travel. Furthermore, the country is relatively cheap, but it also presents fantastic places and a pretty enjoyable topography.

Riley Foster

Riley Foster, a graduate of Outdoor Education from Northern Arizona University, has been a trailblazer in outdoor recreation for over 18 years. His expertise includes guiding high-altitude treks and designing outdoor education programs. His experience includes managing national park services contributing to conservation research adding value to various outdoor activities. A key member of our team since 2021, Riley is also an accomplished landscape photographer and a certified wilderness first responder.

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