2020’s Great Adventure Outdoor Activities in Nepal. Nepali topographically the most dramatic country in the world. This is the reason all kinds of Adventure Outdoor Activities lovers come to Nepal for Trekking, hiking, rafting, bungee jumping, cycling trip, jungle safari, and much more.
Trekking – from all over the world – is what outdoors enthusiasts come to Nepal for the “walking,” Rafting, or even “hiking” in Nepal. A Trek may be as short as one day (there are several one-day treks around Kathmandu and Pokhara), but is more likely to last from three or four days to as long as a month.
Before setting out on a trek, there are a couple of local organizations that are worth referring to for up-to-date information. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) has a Trekkers Information Center in the Hotel Tilicho 01-418755, Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP) 01-410303 is in the Potala Tourist Home, Kathmandu.
Starting in the lowland Terai, a mere 60 m (200 ft) above sea level, Nepal climbs to the highest point on earth. The top of Everest (8,848 m or 29,028 ft). With trails crisscrossing the foothills and mountain passes, Nepal is a walker’s paradise.
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Almost at the other extreme to trekking in the Himalayas is a safari in Nepal’s lowland Terai. The most popular safari destination is the Royal Chitwan National Park. These are one of the few places in the world where you can see a Bengal tiger in the wild. In all honesty, your chances of seeing a tiger are remote. But you will undoubtedly feast your eyes on some of the park’s one-horned Indian rhinoceroses, deer, wild boars, sloth bears, monkeys, and over 450 species of birds.
Getting around the Royal Chitwan National Park is half the fun. The official mode of transport is by an elephant, which is reckoned to be the safest way to view a herd of rhinos. If, after a few hours on the back of an elephant, an exercise that will leave you aching the next day you’ve had enough, rest assured that you can also get around the park in a vehicle, in canoes, or even or foot.
The Royal Bardia National Park is a more remote and less touristed alternative to Chitwan. And, more importantly, nowhere else in Nepal do you have a better chance of laying your eyes on the elusive Bengal tiger. Rhinoceroses are present in a much smaller number than at Chitwan. But there are a host of other mammals, including the barking deer, blue cow, and leopard present in the park. Like Chitwan, local transport is on the back of an elephant.
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The chief drawing card of a trek in Nepal is the incomparable mountain scenery. Where else can you wake in the first light of dawn with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas towering overhead? Yet Nepal’s trekking wonder isn’t just the peaks. As you head towards the mountains, you pass through lowland villages, wayside temples, past checkerboard rice paddies.
At higher altitudes, there are alpine meadows, awash with flowers in the spring, and evergreen forests. Add to this a constant stream of Nepali villagers who share the trails with trekkers. The Sherpa was plodding along unflinchingly under heavy loads the trader urging along with a pack of loaded yaks, and you have an irresistible brew.
There are different treks for different folks, each offering its delights: long and arduous does not necessarily mean better. If you’ve never trekked in the mountains before and are not sure whether you are up to it, try one of the shorter treks, such as the four-day Royal Trek. It is so named because Prince Charles and the small party of 90 once walked it out of Pokhara.
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An even shorter warm-up exercise is Baglung to Tatopani, which takes just two days. Slightly more ambitious is the Jhomsum trek, a nine-day walk. That reaches a maximum elevation of 3,800 m (12,500 ft) and has good hotels and food all the way.
Of course, there’s also no shortage of hardship for those who fancy pitting themselves against the elements and testing their mettle. The 18-day trek around Annapurna reaches an elevation of 5,400 m (17,700 ft) and involves some hard climbs. But at least offers the compensation of mostly decent places to stay. The 20-day slog to Makalu base camp, on the other hand, has no accommodation en route and has a steep climb up to 5000 m (16,400 ft).
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OPPOSITE: Trekking in Nepal is not just mountain ridges but also lowland paddy fields, meadows, and even eerie moss-covered forests such as this one in the Everest region.
Above: Wildflowers bloom in the spring, usually March, in a beautiful profusion of pinks, reds, and whites.