A landlocked country between the two biggest of the world, China in the North and India in other three sides, Nepal has always been attracting the nature as well as adventure lovers with its nature, landscape and culture. Trekking in numerous trails, mountaineering in the tallest peaks of the world and rafting in the best rapids has always attracted adventure enthusiasts to visit Nepal. Paragliding, sky diving, ultra light flights and bungy jumping are few other adventure activities Nepal hosts.
Canyoning is an adventure sport which is performed travelling down the streams within a canyon using a variety of techniques including walking, rock climbing, jumping, scrambling, abseiling, boulder hopping and swimming using appropriate safety measures.
It is an amazing body and mind experience that enables one to explore some of the most remote wilderness. Trip accompanied by experts and qualified guides through close passages of rocks contoured by ages of rushing water from the Himalayan snow melts, traversing though dense forests, deep pools, rocky walls and waterfalls should not be missed by an adventure enthusiast.
Canyoning is a true adventure experience that requires various technical skills like rope and gears work, stream navigation and awareness for risk minimization. Canyoning gear includes climbing hardware, static ropes, helmets and wetsuits.
Abseil canyoning, a controlled descent with the help of a rope, is becoming increasingly popular in the world and many destinations of Nepal are ideal for canyoning. Destinations like Bhotekoshi Valley, Marshyangdi Valley, Sunkoshi and Kakani are some to name.
Located at the height of 5215 m. above sea level in Phu VDC of Manang District, Lunga waterfall is the highest spot for canyoning in the world. Various spots around the Annapurna region possess great potentiality for canyoning. Syange in Lamjung, Chamche Khola in Manang are other potential sites. Sites like Bulbule, Chipla, Tatopani, Rendu, Syange, Jagat, Chyamche and Sanchup are the places most liked by the adventure enthusiasts coming to Nepal. Likewise, other spots that attract visitors the most are Bandipa Khola and Tangting Khola of Kabhre, Kakani of Nuwakot and Pokali Falls of Okhaldhunga. In Nepal, September to May is the best season for canyoning.
Bungy jumping is equally a popular adventure activity in Nepal. Although it is restricted in some parts of the world, it is in operation in two places of Nepal.
The Last Resort, located near Nepal-China boarder on the Arniko Highway, has developed this adventure product. Bungy jumpers leap from a 160-metre high suspension bridge above the raging Bhotekoshi river. Bungy jumping here is most probably the best in the world as it is not only the highest but also gives the most magnificent view in the world. The thrill and excitement of bungy jumping in Nepal is definitely a once in a life time experience.
Nepal also offers a tower bungy. HighGround Bungee located in Pokhara offers bungy with a spellbinding view of the himalayas, the hills and the rivers that will take your breath away. It has a vertical drop of 70 m from a tower hanging from the cliff with river below.
Both the destination are in close proximity to Kathmandu and can be reached after a few hours drive or short flight.
White Water Rafting
White water rafting in the rivers of Nepal is a memorable experience. 10 rivers of Nepal are open for rafting.
Sunkoshi and Karnali rivers in Nepal are ranked among the best rivers for white water rafting in the world. In these rivers, adventure seekers can arrange their own itineraries lasting for one day to twelve days.
Rafting through varying rapids in fast flowing rivers amidst picturesque settings are some of the highlights of rafting in Nepal. Trishuli, Kali Gandaki and Bhotekoshi among others are some of the rivers popular among adventure seekers. Rafting in the rivers of Nepal is one of the best ways to explore the typical cross section of natural as well cultural heritage of the country. One can glide on waters with magnificent scenery all around or rush through roaring white rapids.
Off Road Motor Biking
Off roading is fun and full of adventure. It can take to the most beautiful of places. One of such place, Mustang was not easy accessible in the past as it was not connected to road network. The region became accessible after the Beni-Jomsom road was built in 2008. A motorbike trip to Mustang region not only offers challenges and thrills but also gives an insight into ancient cultures, traditions and religion.
The road to Mustang passes through steep, muddy road along the deepest gorge in the world. A ride here can give an ultimate challenge for passionate motorcyclists seeking for adventure. Crossing the Rupse waterfall is one of the highlights of the trip. With its natural scenic beauty, friendly smiling hospitable people and rich cultural heritage, the trip provides adventure to the fullest in a very friendly and enjoyable environment. One will remember the hospitality of Thakalis – the dominant ethnic group of the area – for many years.
Paragliding & Ultralights
When it comes to paragliding, flying high above the city famous for its lakes and mountain views, with the beautiful view of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range is sure to bring more smile and thrills to adventure seekers.
Gliders take off from Sarangkot of Pokhara– a small hillock famous for mountain views – and land along the shores of Fewa Lake. Flying with vultures, hawks and griffins in the background of blue skies above human settlements, dense forests, deep lakes and raging rivers, is something that cannot be experienced elsewhere.
The ultra light flight on the other hand is probably the best way to get bird’s eye view of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains. The ultra light flight covers the city of Pokhara, Fewa Lake, Sarangkot hill and the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna range. A typical package allows you the opportunity to view mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Longer trips, however, take you closer to the mountains. If you cannot get close to the mountains, ultra light flight is the best way to see the mountains up close. Ultra lights are a two-seated aircraft with powered engine designed to carry two people – a pilot and a passenger.