Top 10 Experiences of a Lifetime
Top 10 Experiences of a Lifetime
Nepal is a piece of heaven on Earth. From varieties of outdoor activities to luxurious holidaying, Nepal presents a grand opportunity to explore its natural and cultural gifts.
1. Touring in Kathmandu Valley – the city of temples
Kathmandu Valley is also known as the city of temples due to a large number of small and big temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses. Inside the valley itself, there are seven UNESCO world heritage sites, and all of them have temples representing different religions, history, and culture.
Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Changunarayan Temple are the world heritage sites. Among them, Pashupatinath, Changunarayan, and the three durbar squares have temples dedicated to Hindu gods like Shiva and Ganesh as well as different Buddhist deities.
Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupas are holy places dedicated to devout Buddhists. All the temples inside the Kathmandu Valley hold scared beliefs to the local people. The history and story behind each temple are different and unique, making Kathmandu a must-visit place.
2. An epic journey to Everest Base Camp
Trek to the base camp of the tallest mountain is on the list of every adventure seekers. With mesmerizing views of Everest, the trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the exciting highlights of traveling to Nepal.
Along with the tall majestic mountains and strong-featured trail, the ethnic cultures of Sherpa add charm to this journey, alluring trekkers from around the world. Namche Bazaar is the biggest Sherpa town in the Everest region and is bustling with shops and restaurants. There are also many monasteries like Tengboche Monastery that holds scared beliefs of the local people.
Trekkers also get to experience the most frightening flight of their life as they fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. To enter the Everest region, trekkers must make necessary permits.
3. Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Nepal is a country filled with diverse flora and fauna. The representative of such biodiversity is Chitwan National Park, as it is home to various rare and endangered animals like one-horned rhinos, tigers, elephants, Gharial, and so on.
Traveling to Nepal feels incomplete without doing a jungle safari in the thick, lush forests of the national park. The safari takes tourists deep into the forests where one can see various kinds of plants, animals, and birds. On rare occasions, tigers can also be spotted during such safaris. Along with the jungle safari, the park is also the perfect place to do bird watching.
The park sees various kinds of endemic as well as migratory birds like Great Hornbill, Parasite Flycatcher, Swamp Francolin, etc. If you opt for a more relaxing activity, there is boating in the Rapti River where tourists can boat along the river to view the pristine nature of the forest.
4. Exploring the turquoise and glacial Lakes of Nepal
Nepal is a country filled with beautiful lakes. Among the various lakes, the ones on the northern side have unique shades of blue. Some of the lakes are formed by glaciers like that of Tsho Rolpa Lake and Shey Phoksundo Lake.
From east to west, many beautiful lakes lie in wait to be explored. The Langtang region lays Gosainkunda Lake, which is one of the holiest lakes of the country. Every year during Janai Purnima, a sacred festival for Hindus, hundreds of pilgrims come here to take a bath.
Similarly, Tilicho Lake and Phewa Lake also hold religious values for Hindus. Likewise, in the western part of Nepal, there are many turquoise lakes, and to explore it, tourists need to do adventurous treks. For example, the Rara Lake Trek takes trekkers through the beautiful landscape of Rara National Park, and the highlight is the breathtaking Rara Lake, which is said to change its shade of blue according to the season.
5. Trekking into Hidden Valleys
Nepal is a country known for trekking. There are various kinds of trekking routes, with some being doable with families while some being adventurous yet strenuous. Some of the treks are globally famous and easily accessible, but there are regions or valley in Nepal, which are disconnected from the fast-paced modern world.
Such treks are done in hidden or lesser-known regions of Nepal. Nar-Phu Valley, Tsum Valley, Ruby Valley, and Limi Valley are some examples of the hidden valley treks. The views and the experience of these treks cannot be compared to other treks. The detached communities, traditional lifestyles, and alluring landscapes have indeed proved why these places are known as hidden valleys.
These trekking regions are untouched by commercial trekking ways and prove to be a different yet amazing experience compared to other classic treks of Nepal.
6. Heritage and Cultural Trail Trekking
For those who seek to experience the diverse cultures of Nepal, there are treks dedicated to exploring the heritage and cultural values of various indigenous and ethnic groups. From east to west, different groups of indigenous people coexist in multiple areas. So, there are treks like the Tamang Heritage trail and the Helambu Cultural Trail that aim to quench the thirst for tourists who seek to enjoy colorful cultures and traditions of the people of Nepal.
The Tamang Heritage Trail is full of Tamang culture and traditions so, and trekkers can enjoy their unique culture firsthand. Similarly, the Indigenous Peoples’ Trail is an entire of exciting cultures and beautiful views of mountains like Thulo Sailung. This trek takes tourists to experience the traditions and lifestyles of Tamang, Sherpa, Majhi, Newar, and Thami communities. Within a few days, tourists get the taste of vibrant cultures. Thus, these kinds of treks are perfect for those who seek a deeper understanding of the traditions and customs of Nepal.
7. Family Trekking Holidays with kids
Treks are one of the best ways to bond with your family members. You can enjoy the serene nature and beautiful views of the mountains with your family. There are trek packages in Nepal, which you can do with your family. These packages are designed in such a way that the people of all ages can do it. The trails for such family treks are doable and safe as well.
For the Everest region, there is Everest Family Trek, which takes trekkers and their families to various scenic places like Everest View Hotel, Namche Bazaar, and Khumjung. Similarly, there is Annapurna Family Trek, where the trail takes trekkers to rustic villages like the Ghandruk and Dhampus, where there are beautiful views of the Annapurna range.
These family treks are usually done below 4,000m, so there are fewer chances of trekkers getting altitude sickness. In this way, even families can enjoy trekking to areas, which are known to be strenuous and challenging to conquer.
8. Classical Trekking Trails in Nepal
The high Himalayas have made Nepal the perfect place to do a trek. Among the trekking regions, Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang are the most frequented trekking areas. Within these areas, there are various classic trekking routes; for example, in the Annapurna region, there is Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek that have attracted thousands of trekkers globally for many decades.
Similarly, the Everest Base Camp Trek has also garnered the attention of thousands of trekkers who wish to trek to the basecamp of the tallest mountain of the world. This trek provides stunning views of Everest through various angles.
Likewise, the Langtang Valley Trek takes trekkers to the breathtaking Langtang region, where one finds the perfect blend of mountains and colorful culture of the Tamang community. These treks have made a unique reputation in the world of trekking due to various reasons like the majestic mountains, the welcoming ethnic cultures, and the ruggedness of the trails.
9. Adventure Trekking into Restricted Areas of Nepal
Even though the country is reputed for adventurous treks, some regions have opened its doors for trekking recently. These places have cultural, religious, and environmental importance in a particular region.
Upper Mustang Trek, Upper and Lower Dolpo Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek are some of the examples of treks in restricted areas. Most of these treks are located in the far-western and far-eastern part of Nepal.
To trek in these areas, trekkers need special permits and must not trek alone. Guides and even an environmental government officer accompany trekkers to ensure that there is no destruction or damage by the trekkers.
10. Adventure sports in Nepal
Nepal is not only famous for the trekker, but geography also supports various adventurous sports like bungee jumping, rafting, rock climbing, etc. For those who want more adrenaline, these adventurous sports are the best option. Various activities cater to the taste and needs of every tourist. The fast flowing rivers like Trishuli and Bhotekoshi are the best rivers to do rafting and kayaking.
For those who want to soar in the sky, paragliding, zip-lining, and ultra-flight are available in Pokhara, where tourists can see breathtaking panoramas of the mountains and scenic aerial views of the valley. There are activities like rock climbing and mountain biking for those who prefer to test their stamina. All in all, it can be said that trekking is not the only adventurous activity to do in Nepal.
The national campaign “Visit Nepal 2020” has officially started in the country. Hence, Nepal welcomes all kinds of tourists aiming to explore the best of Nepal. Come and add moments to your life’s amazing experiences.