Nepal is a fantastic place for travellers tucked beautifully between Tibet and India. Within this small area lies one of the most diverse cultures, geography, and history. Travelers can never go wrong while exploring this nation. The overwhelming sensation of being in a new place and experiencing new things is magical. This is the reason travellers are ready to take that extra mile. Similar is the value offered by Nepal. Even in a brief visit here, your travel fantasies will come true.
Nepal is for every kind of traveller. From young to elderly, solo to a couple or group explorers, this country embraces you all. Different enchanting cultural monuments open up to some spiritual locus here. The warm hospitality by locals prepares for the journey to the Himalayas. From peace-lovers to adventure-seekers, there is something uniquely special for you here. A vacation here opens a window for so many activities for you to select from. Your time here can go by in a blink. The sublime moments and memories follow soon after traveling to Nepal.
With so much to offer, you are bound to miss something in your visits here. We have prepared here a list of things one shouldn’t miss in Nepal for a delightful tour. Let us look at some of the Best things to do for a traveller in Nepal.
1. Trekking in the Himalayas
The term Trekking and the Himalayas are often seen together. And why not too, with the mountains here treating some of the best walking trails. Nepal boasts a large variety of fantastic trails. For a trekking lover, there is no bigger feat than here. The Nepalese Himalayas is known for some extreme experiences. Similarly, the sceneries here are something straight out of Shangri La. The beauty of the Himalayas is such intense that you can enjoy so many different shades of it even in a short trek.
For trekking in the Himalayas, the best time will be from March to May. Similarly, September to November is also the prime time to trek here. Don’t worry if you are in Nepal at other times though, as there are plenty of alternatives for you. Trekking in the Himalayas is of many different kinds. Depending on your preference you can choose the best one. Different types of treks are: –
These are less than a week. For beginner and not very fit people short treks are best. Our best picks here are Ghorepani Poonhill trek and Mardi Himal Trek.
Base Camp Treks
As the name suggest these treks include the Base camps of the major mountain. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest peaks. Each of them is fantastic for trekking. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are our top picks.
Trekkers go local here. Teahouse treks are best for experiencing the local beauty of someplace. Our top picks for teahouse trek are Manaslu Circuit Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek
These treks have some beautiful traditional settlements and different rich culture as their main attraction. Upper Mustang trek and Tsum Valley trek are our top picks.
These are some of the best-underrated treks in the Himalayas. Kanchenjunga round trek and Khopra Danda trek are our top picks
These are the trekking type that includes expedition in the most rural parts of the Himalayas. Makalu Base camp trek and Simikot Limi valley treks are our best picks.
As we mentioned there are many amazing trails in the Himalayas. You have to try completing a trail that is bound to complete your journey here with amazing stories and memories.
2. Cultural Tours discovering the diverse heritage of Nepal
Nepal is a melting pot of several different cultures, religions, and ethnicity. So, it is not a surprise that travelers can enjoy some of the best cultural tours here. Knowing a new culture, traditional art and lifestyle are always interesting. These include the unique architecture to the stories passed down from generation to next. Get in this loop while you are in Nepal as it is truly underrated among so many other things. Here are some exemplary cultural tours in Nepal that you can’t miss.
You are very likely to be in Kathmandu Valley to start or end your journey in Nepal. The city of temples is a wonderful place to explore culture and heritage tours. The Durbar Squares (palaces), art and sculptures, monuments, and local way of life here is something else. The city of Kathmandu Bhaktapur and Lalitpur is fantastic for Cultural tours taking you back to Ancient Nepal.
Just on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley, these wonderful cities resemble the ancient Kingdoms of Nepal. These small pockets of concentrated temples, locals, traditional streets, and houses make your cultural tour worth it. One can combine these and many other places a short drive from Kathmandu valley like Khokana, Bungamati, and Kritipur as well.
Helambu region is a region of highland villages in Nepal. One has to be here for experiencing the hilly lifestyle and Tanamg Culture. Reachable by a scenic ride, the Helambu area is best explored by short hikes around.
Khaptad area enclosed in a National park showcases the unique culture, lifestyle, and dialect of Far-western Nepal. It is a beautiful place to be and will be perfect for your revisit to Nepal.
Lumbini, as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is an integral part of many cultural tours in Nepal. For a spiritual time surrounded by wonderful monasteries and learning the teachings of Buddha is a serene feeling.
Janakpur is an important cultural town in the Terai region of Nepal. Centering the magnificent Janaki Mandir (Temple) travelers love to explore and wander in the vibrant streets and monuments of Janakpur.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many underrated destinations for cultural tours in Nepal that the best way will be to get tips from the locals themselves here. Include a Cultural tour for witnessing the Nepalese hospitality and love for everyone.
3. Indulge in some Adventure Activities
Nepal might unofficially be the Adventure capital of South Asia. Adventure in Nepal is not only a pass-time activity. It is a way of expressing freedom while doing what you love to do. Travelers have been coming here for this very reason for many years now. It is time to include some of these on your bucket list and cross it in your Nepal visit. There are some fantastic adventures to make your blood pump with excitement here. Some of our best-suggested activities are: –
There are some amazing Bungee jump sites in Nepal. Imagine the feel of free diving towards a mountain river from a high bridge with the wind hitting your senses. The bungee jump is a must-do if you have never done it before. You can also try different variations like Tandem/Swing here with the Bungee.
White River Rafting
Rafting is an Exhilarating experience taking most of your day. It is better with the white water rapids of the Mountain Rivers. Rafting is something that you will do it again once you have tried it. Trishuli, Bhotkoshi, and Karnali rivers are the most popular and thrilling white rafting rivers in Nepal.
The feel of flying is something which brings joy to everyone. Paragliding is an experience unlike any others, especially in Nepal. Soaring high in the sky you can admire the beautiful landscape and views like never before.
There are different versions of Mountain flights and all of those take you close to the Himalayas in Nepal. The Heli tours make you land in close proximity to the mountains and it is exceptional. The plane flights offer you a slideshow view o the major mountains in a single flight. Similarly, ultra Flights gives you the best views from comparatively further from the mountains. It is not something one should miss in Nepal.
Making your entrance like that of a James bond movie. Zip lines in Nepal are faster, longer, and more scenic than you will expect. Often connecting two individual destinations, these are our personal recommendations to you.
Adventure sometimes helps to feed the travel-loving soul. It is something you’ll remember for a long time. And, what better place than Nepal to get some.
4. Embrace Nature with some fantastic wildlife Safari
If you are a nature-lover there are few places better to travel to than Nepal. You can truly admire the diverse nature and ecosystem while you are here. With 12 beautiful national parks and one Wildlife reserve, you can expect to have a pristine adventure here. Rare wildlife, birds, and vegetation are what attract travelers to these areas. Wildlife safari is an ideal way of getting close to nature and its components. Here are some of our top recommendations for a wonderful wildlife safari in Nepal.
Chitwan National Park
The safaris to Chitwan National Park is often regarded as a top-level Jungle safari in Asia. It is talked-about by photographers and zoologists alike. This national park is home to many different species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. You can spot the rare One-horned Rhinocerous as well as the mighty Bengal tiger in this safari. Visitors can select to do a Jeep or elephant safari here. The Tharu culture of the locals is also interesting for travelers.
Bardiya National Park
Located in the western plains of Nepal, Bardiya National Park is home to some very rare and exotic species. It provides visitors with a pleasant tour of jungles and many other activities as well. Bardiya is the area with one of the most concentrated populations of Bengal Tigers. Jungle walks, Jeep and Elephant safari with a knowledgeable local guide is fantastic here.
Koshi Tapu wildlife reserve
This wildlife reserve surrounds the largest river system in Nepal, Koshi. It is a popular destination for bird-watchers especially with over 400 different species of birds residing here. This number also increases during migration season. Wildlife rafting and Jeep Safari is highly recommended in this reserve.
5. Mountaineering and peak Climbing
If you are up for an ultimate challenge, Mountaineering and Peak Climbing are the ones to go for in Nepal. These are not for the likes of faint-hearted. Peak Climbing includes some wonderful peaks that can be climbed within a day from Base Camp. These are combined with trekking too. The mountains average around 6000 meters in elevation. Our top picks for Peak Climbing in Nepal are: –
- Mera Peak (6476 m)
- Pisang/Jong Ri (6091 m)
- Lobuche East (6145 m)
- Imja Tse (6189 m)
Mountaineering in Nepal is one of the most rewarding adventures in Nepal. The home to Mount Everest (8848 m) and other highest peaks in the world, Nepal is a country for Mountaineers. Home of the Sherpas, you can’t miss climbing one of the eight thousand meters peaks here. With Mount Everest being Obvious here are other peaks you can attempt to reach the Summit: –
- Mt Lhotse (8, 516 m) 4th Highest
- Cho Oyu (8188 m) 6th Highest
- Manaslu (8163 m) 8th Highest
- Makalu (8485 m) 5th highest
6. Sightseeing and exploring rural Nepal
Nepal is a developing country. Travelers can explore and experience much more outside the city areas too. From the Medieval villages to hill settlements rural Nepal is a gem yet to be discovered. Eco-tourism is growing in some of these places but still overlooked while in Nepal. A key for any traveler is to point to a primary sightseeing destination. From here use local trails and explore the surrounding. Some of these areas are accessible through drive while others can need trekking from your part. Here, are our picks that you can look at and research further: –
- Dolpo region
- Sailung hillocks
- Mugu Rara exploration
- Nar Phu Valley
Dhorpatan valley These are only a few for you. To be honest you can explore so much more slightly deviating from the city areas. Spare some days while you are here to witness rural Nepal.
7. Bonding with the Locals
A simple ‘Namaste’ helps you to connect with locals in Nepal. Don’t be shy to socialize here. You will be fascinated with the simplicity and pure-hearted conversations here. This is the case once you are out from the hassle of the city. Join the locals with their daily chores. Try some of the food here. Witness the traditional techniques of doing things. During all these and more the smiles remain and you’re welcomed here too. Once you are a guest in someone’s house, you are no longer a stranger in Nepal. The attachment and appreciation after Knowing the Nepalese culture and lifestyle will be something worth to treasure for visitors in Nepal.
If you have some time in hand you can also try some of these things that you won’t regret.
Handicraft shops and factories tour
Nepalese handicrafts go back to a different era in history. You can enjoy the art coming to life with different raw materials here. If you are in Kathmandu do a handicraft/painting tour in some of many home factories/workshops.
Shopping in the local markets, Souvenir and more
Stroll in the local markets and do some shopping. There are many things available only in this country. Some of these might be a souvenir of your journey as well. This will be a different experience for you. You will also help the local economy here.
Food Tours are highly recommended in Nepal. You can taste different cuisine and delicacies from the different cultures here. Also, try some popular snacks while you are here. Dal Bhat, Thakali Set, Momos, Newari Khaja, and Dhindo are some of the dishes you should probably give a try.
Nepal has a lot and a lot of festivals. Every major and minor festival here has its own flare. Join community celebrations and be a part of the festival. With so many cultures and ethnicities, you can plan your Nepal visit to include some of these amazing festivals.
Nepal is a country with a different range and varieties of experience. Be here to witness some of these yourself. You will be back for some more. Travelers here can find their special place and activity that will remain with them for a long time.