The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is one of Asia's most amazing adventure tourism destinations. Its mountains and rivers offer almost unlimited opportunities for adventure activities. Some travel companies have recognized this and put together adventure vacation packages, which include travel and lodging. For the inexperienced traveler, this is probably the best option, because Nepal's remote areas are difficult to access, so independent travel can be intimidating.
The Himalayas are some of the world's most spectacular mountains, including eight of the world's tallest peaks. It is a challenging, yet exhilarating experience to conquer one of these giants, and many expeditions take place every year. Permits from the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation are required for climbing the 135 tallest peaks, and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (nepalmountaineering.org) is responsible for issuing permits for the 18 "expedition" peaks.
Nepal's prolific trekking routes are one of the main tourist attractions, offering breathtaking scenery and exotic wildlife. Hire a Sherpa guide and go exploring independently, either camping or staying in mountain lodges en route; or join an organized expedition with a travel company. Treks of varying lengths and difficulty are available, with professional guides and porters. Easy treks include the Pokhara and Kathmandu Valleys; the Chola Pass and Tilicho Pass are only for experts.
Rafting offers the ultimate thrill ride and is a great way of experiencing Nepal's countryside and wildlife. Trisuli, in the Royal Chitwan National Park, is one of the most accessible rivers and is suitable for all ability levels. Sunkoshi River offers the most challenging ride, with wild, turbulent rapids and giant boulders. Trips last one to nine days, and are graded from gentle floats with mild rapids to extreme white water. Tours can be combined with trekking or a jungle safari.
Nepal's kayaking season lasts from November through May, until the monsoon season begins. Many rivers are suitable for kayaking, but the best are Seti and Trisuli. There are many companies operates a kayaking school for beginners and also organizes group trips of varying lengths and difficulty for experienced kayakers. All equipment, including camping gear, is provided, along with an experienced guide and a raft to carry the gear.
Paragliding has only recently been introduced into Nepal. You can fly between October and March, depending on the weather, and the main location is in the Pokhara Valley, near the Annapurna range. Learn to fly, or take a tandem flight with an experienced pilot, after being released from a helicopter. Enjoy some of the greatest views on Earth, and bring home some wonderful photographs.
"Bungy Bridge" is a steel suspension bridge over Bhote Kosi Gorge, with a drop of 544 feet. It is Nepal's only privately owned bridge and has been specially adapted for bungee-jumping. Take a three-hour bus ride from Kathmandu, or book a four-day adventure package with us, which includes travel, accommodation, a bungee jump, trekking and white-water rafting.
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