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The most popular adventure activities in Nepal

Whether you're looking for soft adventure or extreme sports, Nepal has a wide variety of adventures that will meet any vacation needs. 

Nepal is nipping at the heels of New Zealand for the title of adventure capital of the world, with mountain biking, paragliding and bungy jumping (to name a few) growing in dominance by the day. The trekking trails are among the most spectacular on Earth and the trekking industry thrives throughout the Himalayas. If you’re only in Nepal for a short time, you’ll barely scratch the surface of possibilities, so we've picked out some of our favourite activities below to help you narrow it down.

If you still have questions or you just want to have a chat about your travel plans - give us a call, we love hearing about your adventures and we’ll try to answer any questions you may have. You can also jump onto our live chat or request a free brochure and we’ll send it straight out to you.

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Trekking

Every year thousands of people make their way to Nepal to take on the epic trekking trails and each person is faced with the difficult decision of where to go. To put it simply, you are spoilt for choice, so it benefits to do some research and find out which region caters to yours needs. We offer all-inclusive guided treks through the Everest, Annapurna and Mustang regions and even our guides would struggle to pick a favourite! Learn More... 

Hiking in the Himalayas

Rafting 

Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s 14 highest mountains, so it'll come as no surprise that it’s also home to some of the wildest and most beautiful rivers. Whether you're a rafting beginner or looking for a hard-core 10-day trip down the Ganges, you'll have no trouble meeting your needs. The blue glacier fed waters of this country are both gentle and challenging and the towering mountains surrounding them make for a great backdrop.


Mountain Biking 

The fastest growing sport in Nepal is mountain biking - I guess for a region full of mountains that makes a bit of sense! The incredible thing is, no one really knows how many trails there are and how many are left to be discovered and whether you're riding a 10 year old cruiser or a brand new dual-suspension bike, you won't feel out of place. With both short tours and multi-day tours available, everyone has the opportunity to discover Nepal on two wheels.


Paragliding

Pokhara has all the right ingredients for perfect paragliding; incredible views, the safety of a big lake below and ideal take off and landing zones. It has been named as one of the top 5 spots in the world and if jumping off a mountain isn't quite enough for you, there's an optional extra of acrobatics on the decent. Our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek offers some free time in Pokhara and makes for the perfect opportunity to take to the skies and do something impulsive. 

Paragliding in Pokhara

Mountain Flights

Trekking through the Himalayas is a life-changing experience, but it's not for everyone and we don't all have the time. Luckily, both fixed wing and helicopter flights are available in Nepal and you can even catch a flight over Mt Everest. It is worth noting that if you plan to travel domestically, the short flights are often quite remarkable in themselves. All of our Himalayan trips offer short internal flights that cover some impressive land below, so you can enjoy the best of both. 

Lukla airport and small fixed wing plane

Bungy Jumping

Down here in New Zealand we know a thing or two about bungy jumping, after all, we started commercial bungy jumping back in 1986. So we like to think we can separate the good from the bad, and we think this is a goodie. Jumping with a backdrop of the Himalayas over a raging river below sounds like a great time, even if you're too scared to take in the views until afterwards.


Go on Safari

If we say safari, you say.... Nepal! Okay, so most people head to Africa for their safari adventures, but Nepal has some great trips. It is home to tigers, rhinoceros, elephants, crocodiles and heaps of bird-life with some fantastic conservation programmes in place. As with any trip that involves animals, beware - there are inhumane tours too and riding elephants is still popular in the region. Do your research and choose a reputable company.


Zip-lining

If you're not keen on the somewhat unstable feeling of bungy jumping and paragliding, zip-lining could be for you! With an undeniable tickle in your tummy, it'll still get your adrenaline pumping from the safety of your harness. The zip-line in Nepal is one of the longest, steepest, tallest and fastest zip lines in the world, and the views aren't bad either! It is situated just outside of Pokhara and overlooks the mountains, so you'll have plenty to keep your mind busy.


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Trip Reviews

  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 37 reviews)

    A Wonderful Adventure

    This was truly a trip of a lifetime. From the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to the peace and majesty of the Himalayas we were always seeing something new and beautiful. DK, Gokul and “the boys” looked after everything so capably. The route, food and accommodations were all excellent. Trekking was a new and challenging experience for us but left us with a real sense of accomplishment. What wonderful memories we have!
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    – Nova Scotia, Canada
    Khumbu, November 2017
  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 37 reviews)

    Khumbu Trip for Vaughts

    Our Khumbu trip was spectacular. The Himalayas are absolutely breathtaking and our guides were phenomenal. We had a few unforeseen hiccups, some significant, but the guides handled every single one of them with grace and 110% effort to make the best of our situation. They were kind, patient and knowledgeable
    The hike is amazing; massive vertical walls of lush mountains piercing the sky. You hike into the clouds only to discover that those huge mountains were just the foothills of the snow-caps behind them. Unforgettable and worth every tiring step!
    Dagmar Vaught Review Image
    – Georgia, United States
    Khumbu, January 2017
  •   4.62 out of 5 (from 248 reviews)

    5 Stars x 3

    I rated this as 5 stars, "Excellent, the trip of a lifetime", but actually that is not totally true. It is actually 1 of 3 trips of a life time. The other two were the AA Jaguar Tour and the AA Condor tour. All three were outstanding and each qualified as a "trip of a lifetime".
    Stan Jacobson Review Image
    – Minnesota, United States
    AST, November 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    EBC 2017 Trip

    What an amazing experience! There was so much more to the trek than was advertised. The immersion into the Nepali culture was unexpected and a delight. DK and his crew are professionals! They kept us safe and got us across across the finish line. We had a blast while we were doing it. I can not say enough about our porter team too! What a terrific group of men. Whom ever does your hiring should get a raise. Keep up the awesome adventures.
    Jim Lauer Review Image
    – Ohio, United States
    EBC, May 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    Mt. Everest Base Camp Trip Review

    It was the trip of a life time. I really enjoyed my trip! Arjun and Elder were the best guides. Though got sick at the end but Arjun and Elder were there like family members to take care of me and I’m grateful for their great service!
    Riaz Murtuza Review Image
    – California, United States
    EBC, March 2018

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