By Balaram Thapa
“Where is the tallest mountain in the world?”
I am sure you didn’t have to think twice to give an answer – “Mt. Everest”. But that is not the answer to the question! The question is about “where’?
Everyone knows the name of the tallest mountain in the world – Mt. Everest, but most people have absolutely no idea where it is situated.
Well, for those who do not know, the world’s highest mountain is Mount Everest with a great altitude of 8848m above sea level. This massive mountain is housed by a small nation named Nepal which lies between two of the biggest nation of the world i.e. India and China.
Nepal is unapologetically a Himalayan country! Nepal’s Himalayas spreads from east to west, putting a roof over Nepal’s nearly 3 million inhabitants. Thus, this South Asian nation is well-known for its giant, sky-piercing mountains which are visited by numerous explorers seeking different kinds of experience. Geographically, Nepal is divided into 3 belts; plains (Terai), hills and the mountains. These 3 belts consist of very fertile flatlands in the south, in the northern and southern mountain you will find cosy and confined valleys beneath the huge mountain ranges with stunning views of the Himalayas.
Besides the stunning topographical features of Nepal, Nepal’s biological system and biodiversity are additional reasons to visit. The country has some of the rarest, unique, endangered species of flora and fauna in the world.
Also, the multi-ethnic groups and the diverse culture of Nepal make it different from the rest of the world. The diversity means Nepal has different unique customs, religion, practices and tradition.
The inspiring history of Nepal gives visitors a virtual image of the country’s past and a glimpse of its present. Nepal is a country with an incredible historical background to learn about. The country has traditional practices from old times which has remained till today – they are so firmly established that even with the great tools of modern days could not displace them.
Nonetheless, Nepal gives an opportunity to explore the glorious mountains, but it also gives a chance to the global audience to learn about culture, traditions, and customs of the country. So for those interested in exploring much more besides the White Mountains, we have shortlisted the top 7 things to do in Nepal for you to know all the different aspects of our beautiful Nepal.
Trekking is one of the famous ways to experience in Nepal. Many trekkers from all over the world visit Nepal to experience this exhilarating thrill. As a matter of fact, Nepal houses eight of the world highest mountain so it is natural for people to choose Nepal as an ultimate destination for trekking. Moreover, trekking is a fantastic way of getting into the remote and restricted areas as well as to the Himalayan pinnacles. Thus, through trekking in Nepal, people can get more insights about the traditional cultural, religion, and customs of the people living in the remote and isolated areas of Nepal.
Some of the famous trekking trails of Nepal to get such experiences are Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Manaslu Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp is the unquestionably most ventured trekking trails of Nepal, it’s where one sees famous tourists’ spots. For instance, the Lukla airport, colourful town of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche monastery and not to forget the daring Kala Pathhar. All in all, trekking is the best way to take a glimpse of azure mountain tops and culture of the people living in the Himalayas of Nepal.
If you have time constraint but want to explore the delights of nearest wood or the hill of Nepal then Hiking is the best alternative to trekking in Nepal. Hiking is also a great way to escape the pressing environment of today’s generation and indulge the essence of nature in the easiest way. As much as Nepal is a Himalayan country, it is also a landlocked country surrounded by hills. Hence, people have easier access to nature and to hike the nearest hills. Some of the nearest hills in Kathmandu valley are Nagarkot Hill, Phulchowki Danda, Kakani Danda, Champadevi hill, Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha and Nagarjun hill. These are only a few of them. There are plenty other hills around Kathmandu that can be hiked in short span of time.
If you want a quick retreat, tranquillity, clean air and relaxation, without any doubt Hiking is your best option. The hiking trails of Nepal offers splendid views of the mountains that will help you to forget the daily hustle of life.
If you are truly an adventure seeker, peak climbing is the best way for you to get the adrenaline rush you seek for. Peak climbing is exhilarating. As the name suggests, peak climbing is an expedition to a mountain top. The main thrill of peak climbing is to get to the top of the mountain and the achievement of being on the summit as well as the view before your eyes will make you happy about your hard work. Some of the nice places for peak climbing in Nepal are Island peak, Naya Kanga peak, Pisang peak, Mera peak, Lobuche peak. For an adventure lover, peak climbing in Nepal will be a delightful experience, something tucked in the memory for a lifetime. Peak climbing also entails passing through charming villages and encountering people living in isolation with little infrastructure.
The artistic beauty of Nepal is unparalleled and attracts a large number of people every year who are seeking inspiration and aspiration from it. Also, doing traditional tours provides visitors with an insight into the traditions, customs, religion, culture of the individual ethnic groups of Nepal, in addition to learning about their extraordinary work of craftsmanship, arts and workmanship. These talents are showcased on the historical monuments and UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Nepal.
Other than these, there are numerous sanctuaries and destination that have an extremely rich history. For instance, Lumbini- the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha have deep meaning in the field of archaeology and history. Likewise, Mithila art of Janakpur is a remarkable symbol of the arts of Nepal. Furthermore, the festivals, culture and tradition of individual ethnic groups of Nepal are admirable. Traditional tours are a perfect undertaking to enhance your knowledge about Nepal.
Besides being a Himalayan country, Nepal offers a wide range of wildlife adventure as the nation has a rich biodiversity. Nepal houses thousands of flora and fauna which varies from the rarest to the common species. Jungle activities like safari ride, bird watching, jungle walking, elephant safari and many more, tourists can get close to our natural purlieu. Nepal has established national parks, conservation areas, and protected areas, and wildlife reserves for the protection of botanical and faunal life. Among many protected areas of Nepal, Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, Annapurna Conservation Area are the favoured destination of nature lovers. When you visit the national parks, you will get to experience the village life of Nepal. Moreover, if lucky, you might also get to encounter rare and endangered animals sheltered in the protected areas. For example; snow leopard, royal Bengal tiger, one-horned rhino, red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear and marten along with diverse range of bird’s species. Wildlife adventures is an incredible method to unwind and meet wild creatures in their natural habitat.
#White Water River Rafting
Many waterways of Nepal originates from the mountains and joins at several connection to form a rapidly flowing river that is suitable for many water adventure activities. Additionally, Nepal is also renowned for its huge and rapidly flowing rivers. Rivers like Trishuli, Sun Koshi, and Kali Gandaki are the most visited rivers in Nepal for white water rafting and other water-related adventure sports. Thus, the high water current of the river offers an incredible boating experience and falls on our list of top 7 things to do in Nepal.
#Other Adventure Activities
Besides the above-mentioned activities, Nepal is the country that offers plenty more opportunity to the adventure lover. For instance; paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing are one of the loved adventure activities. On account of the delightful views, these activities offer fantastic views and thrilling experience. Nepal’s natural, social, and ecological pulchritude is colossal and too lovely to even suggest explaining it. Nepal is really a perfect destination to visit for a getaway or an adventure!
About the Author
Balaram Thapa is a Nepal-based travel industry expert. To him, Travel is not only a profession, but it’s also a passion. That passion gives him joy, and encourages him to keep trying new and unique destinations, and advising his clients to do the same.