Sandwiched between two giant nations of world, India, and China, Nepal is a wonderful country to visit. Though not so huge in terms of area, Nepal is rich in geographical topography and bio-diversity. You can experience all kinds of climates in Nepal varying from East to West and North to South. The Himalayan region including Mount Everest in the northern territory is the pride of Nepal. The altitude of Nepal varies from the lowest 59 meters above the sea level in tropical Terai to the highest 8,848 meters of Mount Everest. The unique terrain, colossal rivers, astounding landscapes, exotic wildlife and rich bio-diversity offer one of a kind wilderness experience.
The mountainous region and magnificent hills offer the exceptional trekking trails that give trekkers overwhelming trekking experience. Many tourists from around the world fly into Nepal for the trekking and sightseeing. However, Nepal has successfully established itself as more than a trekking destination. Nepal is the paradise, the ultimate destination for wild and adventurous souls. If you are ready for some thrilling, mind-boggling and into-the-wild adventures, you should definitely visit Nepal. These adventures will give you once-in-a-lifetime experience, unforgettable memories, and satisfy your mind, body, and soul.
Here are 20 exhilarating adventurous activities besides hiking and trekking that you can do in Nepal:
1. Waterfall Ice Climbing
Nepal is home to eight of the ten highest peaks of the world. The glorious Himalayan range in North offers the extreme adventure experiences for mountaineers, ice-climbers and trekking enthusiasts. If you are looking for daring adventure amongst icefalls and danger peaks at higher altitudes, Waterfall Ice Climbing is something you must try. Climbing the frozen waterfall is a great challenge in itself. The main areas for Waterfall Ice Climbing are Langtang Valley, Annapurna Region, and Khumbu region. You can witness the amazing landscapes while ice climbing.
2. Bungee Jumping
If you are up for some adrenaline rush, bungee jump will give you the thrill you need. Nepal offers one of the best bungee jumping experiences at the Last Resort, Bhote Koshi River. 160 meters high, Bhote Koshi bungee jumping is the third highest natural bungee jump. The thrill of jumping off the bridge towards the gargantuan roaring river is unmatched with any other activity. With the assistance of experienced bungee masters, this chilling experience is safe. You can stay longer to enjoy the nature in the area.
3. Canyon Swing
Plunging off a tropical gorge at 106 meters over the roaring river below is a thrilling experience. The Last Resort not only offers the Bungee Jumping but also the Canyon Swing. This is probably the world’s highest canyon swing. If you are excited about Bungee Jumping, you will love canyon swing. Just add the extra buzz to your adventure with Canyon Swing.
4. White Water Rafting
You will find one of the best White Water Rafting sites in Nepal. The enormous and ferocious rivers originating from the great Himalayas provides the thrilling and exhilarating rafting experiences. The gushing whitewater gives you that adrenaline rush as the speed and force takes you on the wild ride. While bouncing with the tides and experiencing the bewildering rapids, you can enjoy the surrounding amazing landscapes and beauty of nature. The breath-taking experience is a must do adventure sports in Nepal. There are many short and long routes but White Water Rafting in Trishuli River is popular.
Like rafting, the gushing rivers of Nepal are also perfect for kayaking. If you are more like a solo sport then you should definitely go for kayaking in Nepal. The adrenaline rush you feel while going through the thrilling rapids will remain in your memories forever. Trishuli River is considered to be the best for electrifying rafting and kayaking experiences.
If you are too excited about water adventure then canyoning should be on your list. Canyoneering in the beautiful waterfalls and sliding down in natural water slide and taking a plunge into the waterhole is really electrifying and enthusing. This is yet another adrenalin pumping adventure that makes you happy and nervous at the same time. Jalbire, Mugling-Narayanghat Highway is famous for canyoning with majestic waterfalls, rockslides and giant jumping rocks and pristine pools of turquoise water.
7. Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing in Nepal is gaining lots of attraction lately. The awe-inspiring landscapes and grandiose setting of natural rocks in Nepal offers a wide range of rock climbing sites. Here are some spine-tingling spots for a cliffhanger experience. Nepal offers a rock-climbing experience for everyone, beginners or professionals. You can go for basic rock-climbing lessons at artificial rock climbing in Kathmandu and Pokhara or you can feed your daring soul climbing in the natural hills of Nagarjuna and Shivapuri.
8. UltraLight Flying
UltraLight flying is one of a kind flying experience. Add the extra thrill to your flying experience in the microlight aircraft. Flying high above the ground, through the clouds, feeling the wind against your face and enjoy the picturesque beauty of lush green trees and grandeur mountains. Pokhara is the only place that offers ultralight flying in Nepal and flying around Annapurna region is one of the most heavenly experiences.
If you love flying so much then paragliding should be one of your must-do sports. You will fly high up in the air, like a bird and you can witness the amazing view below. Sarangkot, Pokhara is famous for the best paragliding experience in Nepal. Soaring above the hills and rivers looking at the magnificent view of the Himalayas is the moment you will cherish for life. Are you daring enough to glide high up in the air?
Hand Gliding will give you the experience of flying your own plane. You will the pilot of your own. This bold flying adventure will allow you to have bird’s eye view of mountains, rivers, villages, lakes and other nature’s beauty. If you are up for hand gliding, Sarangkot is the place.
If you have enough experience of gliding in the air, why not go for some extra flying adventure? Paramotor offers you one of the great flying experiences while allowing you to enjoy the scenic beauty. The pilot wears a power unit that is paramotor on his back, which is designed to convert paraglider wings to powered paragliders (PPG’s). You require minimal training by aviation standards to fly this personal aircraft. A trained professional will accompany you for our safety. Pokhara is the place you can try paramotoring experience.
12. Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloons are fancy. Don’t you think? And they take you to the height, not just your body but your mind and soul. The amazing dream-like experience of flying in a hot air balloon over Mount Everest is worth every penny you will spend for it. (Yes, it’s little expensive adventure.) Flying over the snow-capped mountains is once in a lifetime experience.
13. Jungle Safari
Let’s get back to the land now. Nepal not only has high mountains but it is also rich with plain lands with diverse flora and fauna. The Terai region of Nepal has some of the best tropical jungles that homes various wildlife. National parks like Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park are perfect for jungle safaris. You can either go jeep safari or walking safari if you are daring. This is the best way to get into the wild and if you are lucky you can spot Bengal Tiger, Greater One Horned Rhino and other exotic animals.
Nepal offers the most extreme Zip Flyer experience in the world. The Zip Flyer in Sarangkot, Pokhara at the altitude of 1592 meters is the longest, tallest, steepest and the fastest Zipline in the world. It has a vertical drop of 600 meters over a distance of 1800 meters. This adrenaline-charged ride complemented with the picturesque view of nature will astonish you and leave you thrilled.
15. Mountain Biking
Nepal has diverse terrain consisting plain lands, hills and highlands with great landscapes. Hence, it provides wonderful adventure for mountain bikers. There are numerous routes to explore and you can choose either a bicycle or a motorcycle. You can go for short routes or long routes depending on your stamina and interest. The tough climbs, thrilling downhill, fast and windy single-track complemented with the magnificent mountain vistas will make your ride full of frenzy and thrill.
16. Sky Diving Above Mount Everest
Sky Diving above Mount Everest is the most extreme adventure offered by Nepal. A plane will drop the adventurers from the elevation of 29,500 feet, which is higher than the Everest summit. Hence, it is the most extraordinary experience. The adventurers will float back to the Everest Base Camp. You will feel the adrenaline rush from the free-fall and picturesque view as the feast for your eyes and the adventure for a lifetime.
If you love mountains but want to do more than trekking, what could be more adventurous than mountaineering? With so many majestic snow clad mountains, Nepal is the perfect place to learn and try mountaineering. You can learn the basics at the trekking peaks amongst the most breath-taking views. If you are already a profound mountaineer, Nepal is your paradise. You should definitely try Everest Expedition that begins from Everest Base Camp at 5,356 meters.
18. Stand Up Paddle-boarding
Nepal also offers Stand Up Paddle-boarding for water sports enthusiasts. It is recently introduced in Nepal. This is the great way to explore wetlands and enjoy the nature. Work out your core muscles, explore some amazing looking reefs and enjoy the natural beauty around you. This is amazing experience that will leave you absolutely relaxed. Fewa Lake in Pokhara is ideal for SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board; however, there are few other places that provide SUP.
Being the mountainous country and having so many peaks, Nepal provides some of the perfect locations for Heliskiing. The helicopter will drop you off in the Himalayas at the start of your run with the longest starting at 5,000 meters above the sea level. The adventure begins as you make your own tracks through the beautiful snow accompanied by the beautiful mountain and forest sceneries. If you are avid skier then you must be tempted by this fantastic adventure in the most amazing mountain range of the world.
20. Mountain Flights
If you can’t or don’t want to trek up to the mountains but still want to enjoy the summit views, you should definitely book your ticket for mountain flights in Nepal. The mountain flights offer you the eye level view of the mountains in a close range with the plane flying at an average elevation of 7000 meters. The one-hour flight will take you near Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang, and many other majestic peaks.
Nepal offers the wide range of adventures suitable for all age groups. The diverse terrains, wide bio-diversity and geographical topography of Nepal enable Nepal to be perfect for thrilling adventurous activities in air, water or land. These activities will refresh your mind, body & soul, and fill you up with new energy while gathering the memories for a lifetime. Whether you want to explore alone or go on an adventure trip with your friends and family, you will find the trip that suits your needs.