Even though Nepal is a small country in size, the country is diverse in terms of topography, culture and biodiversity. Up in the northern part, there are mountain regions which are as high as 8848 m (the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest) and as low as Plain Terai in the South (altitude of 59m). Undoubtedly, Nepal offers an unparalelled wilderness experience to its visitors.
The "Last Resort". Unsplash/Michael Clarke.
Imagine jumping off a small suspension bridge over the gurgling Bhotekoshi river. Free falling is sure to get your adrenaline going, isn’t it? Additionally, the place is situated in an amazingly cool and calm environment.
Nepal offers a bungee jumping experience from as high as 160m at a place called “The Last Resort”. It is considered to be the world’s third highest natural bungee.
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Annapurna Base Camp. Unsplash/Michael Romanov.
One of the first things people notice about Nepal are the mountains. And mountaineering can surely be once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether it’s summiting the world’s highest mountain or climbing other mountains with an altitude of more than 6000 m, mountaineering is always a thrill.
But before embarking on a mountain expedition, it is important to have prior mountaineering experience. Physical endurance and mental strength are equally important.
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Trekking is another major adventure activity that you can experience in Nepal. Ranging from easy to extremely strenuous trekking experience, Nepal offers you a wide options to choose from.
Trekking to Ghorepani-Poonhill, Ghandruk etc. are relatively easy options while the three passes in the Everest region, Tilicho Lake and Thorang Pass, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, Makalu Barun Trekking etc. can be some extremely challenging. The trails are daring in the first place and unpredictable weather conditions make the trekking experience even riskier.
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The monsoon rain and melting snow add up to the massive rivers originated from the great Himalayas. This results in the increase of the high speed rapids in the rivers and offer a wonderful opportunity to go white river rafting.
The Trishuli river is one of the best options for river rafting in Nepal. The class 6 category is the toughest and the most challenging difficulty level, in case you’re feeling brave!
A rhino in Kathmandu. Unsplash/Ashes Sitoula.
March towards the dense lush green forests of the southern Terai region of Nepal and explore diverse species of flora and fauna.
You can either choose to ride on an elephant or walk through the jungle. The latter will test your nerves more than the former one. Chitwan and Bardiya are the places to go for this activity. The greater one horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger are two of the most endangered species found in these places.
Paragliders in Pokhara. Unsplash/Samrad Khadka.
As a child, did you ever imagine how it would feel to fly like a bird? Paragliding is a fantastic way to live your childhood fantasies. There are many options for paragliding but Pokhara would be your best bet.
Flying over the serene lakes and at the same time witnessing unobstructed views of the mountains is an experience you will cherish for a lifetime. Upon request to the pilots, you might even get to try some challenging twists and turns up in the sky!
The best time to go paragliding is between October and April.
Rock climbing is on the rise in Nepal. Unsplash/Brook Anderson.
Rock climbing is another extreme sport that is gaining popularity in Nepal. Both natural and man-made rock climbing can be done here.
Nagarjun, Balaju, Shivapuri and Budhanilkantha are all places that offer a natural rock climbing experience whereas Thamel (Kathmandu) and Pokhara offer a man-made rock climbing experience. Both the experienced and the newbies (after a certain level of training) can give it a try. However, this experience is physically strenuous and is going to challenge your endurance and agility.
Could you imagine skydiving with that view? Unsplash/Swapnil Vithaldas.
Sky Diving in the Everest region is probably the most challenging extreme adventure sport on this list.
Would you dare to jump from an altitude around 7 kilometres above the sea level? During this thrilling experience, you will witness a 360 degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest.
Nepal has plenty of options for adventure lovers. Whether you love mountains or ferocious rivers or lush green dense forests, Nepal has a variety of extreme adventure sports for you. Choose whatever adventure sport you think fills your heart, mind and soul and create lifelong memories. Cheers to adventure!
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