Must Things to Do in Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek every trekker around the world has always dreamt to take. Everest Base Camp takes you to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, standing tall with a height of 29,100 feet above the sea level. Taking you through remote villages, Himalayan forests, and rocky terrains, the trail leads you to the point from where you can relish the up-close vistas of the grandest mountain peak.
17,600 feet is the highest altitude you get to be at on this trek, and reaching at such a height is definitely not a cakewalk. The trek challenges you mentally as well as physically but is surely a rewarding one.
Best Time: April, May, September and December.
Price: Starts from INR 41,500
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Pray at Pashupatinath Temple
The temple is dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath, a form of Lord Shiva, and attracts people from all over the world who consider it to be a blessing to offer their prayers at this temple, especially during the Maha Shivaratri festival.
Timing: 4 am – 12 noon, 6 pm – 7 pm
Entry Fee: NPR1000 for foreign nationals and free for Indians
Experience Tibetan Culture at Boudhanath Stupa
Experience the relaxed and calm ambiance of the place, with low volume chanting of prayers, and the whole place lit with butter lamps. Admire the exterior of this huge monument with eyes looking at you, making you feel awe-stricken.
Timing: 24 hours
Price: Rs. 150 per person
Wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park
One of the major comebacks in Nepal is the Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari. The best way to experience these Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari is by staying in nearby luxury lodges. The dense jungle and the absolute quietness in the place makes spotting animals much easier.
Highlights: Elephant Breeding Centre and Bird Education society are some of the important places to see.
Best time to visit: January to March.
Difficulty Level: Just follow the instructions of your tour guide.
Boating in Phewa Tal Lake
Highlights: You can have the best boating experience in Phewa Tal Lake of Nepal. You can savour some authentic Nepalese food around the lake as there are many cafes and restaurants.
Best time to visit: Winters are the most preferred time of the month.
Prices: Rs.130 per hour.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Bungee Jumping at Hemja, Pokhara
Highlights: Take a jump from one of the 3rd highest natural jump in Nepal where you can experience the natural valleys around it for a longer duration.
Best time to visit: November through February.
Prices: Rs 5,732
Difficulty Level: High, however, trained professionals can definitely help you in the task.
River Rafting in Upper Seti River
Seti is a popular destination for water adventures in Nepal, and one of the best ways to enjoy the thrill is to indulge in river rafting experience. Not only you get to enjoy the fun of river rafting, but also the beauty of nature that will be your constant companion during the experience. The river is surrounded by extremely scenic landscapes.
There will be a trained guide with you to ensure your safety and to make sure you enjoy the activity to the fullest. Owing to all that it has on offer, rafting experience in Seti River is something no thrill seeker should miss out on while in Nepal.
Best Time: November and March
Price: Starts from INR 3,180
Difficulty Level: Moderate
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Explore Bardia National Park
The park offers several activities to its guests with jungle safari to spot the rare wildlife on the top of the list. Other activities include bird watching, ox cart drive, elephant breeding and bathing, cultural dance by natives and so on.
Timing: Monday to Friday: 9 am to 8 pm, Closed on Saturday & Sunday.
Entry Fee: NRs. 1500
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Camping at Sagarmatha National Park
The rich Nepali culture can be well glimpsed in the Sherpas who are serving the tourists at this place. Tourists love camping at this location with the enchanting scenic beauty in the middle of nowhere where they need to walk to reach the place as there are no roads going to it.
Take a Cable Car Ride to Chandragiri Hills
Reaching the top of the 2500 meter high hill, they further enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top. The accompanying experienced driver cum tour guide will point out the various mountain peaks during the ride making it more enjoyable.
Timing: Monday to Friday: 9 am to 7 pm(12:30 to 1:30 closed for lunch), Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 8 am to 7 pm.
Price: Rs. 2300 per adult
Visit Swayambhunath Stupa
While the dome represents earth, the 13-tiers of the gilded spires symbolizes 13 stages of nirvana and the nose-like thing below the eyes is a Nepalese symbol for one - meaning unity and finally the third eye signifying all-seeing insight of Buddha. The base of the central stupa has prayer wheels that tourists spin for offering prayers while they circulate the stupa.
Timing: Open 24 hours(On their Prajatantra Dibas time differs)
Entry Fee: NPR 200
The rich heritage and history of the place can be glimpsed while exploring its numerous temples and watching the local art and craft. One of the most famous temples of this place is Nyatapola Temple known for its architectural beauty.
Witness Sunrise at Nagarkot
Tourists feel awed as they watch the snow-covered peaks of the mountains change color as the first ray of the sun falls on them and gradually the day begins. They don’t mind starting their day at 4 am to watch this glorious view and often stay overnight at Nagarkot to watch the spectacular sunset as well. If the weather is good and there is a clear sky, tourists are rewarded with a rare glimpse of Mount Everest as well.
Timing: In summers, the sun rises between 5:00 AM to 5:40 AM while during winters, it delays to around 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM.
Mount Everest Helicopter Tour
For all the non-mountaineers, these flight can be the best thing for you to experience. The mountain flight will leave you completely thrilled and exhilarated.
Highlights: Mountain flights over Mount Everest offers you some of the best views.
Best time to visit: September and May because a bad weather can really spoil the mood for a Mountain Flight.
Prices: Rs 14,697
Seek Blessings at Manakamana Temple
Being situated on a hill, the temple is accessible by a 10 minutes ride on a cable car. The hilltop offers a spectacular view of the Trisuli and Marshyang-di river valleys and also the peaks of Manaslu, Himalchuli, and Annapurna.
Timing: Sunday to Friday: 8 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday: 8 am to 8 pm
Entry Fee: Rs.6,652 per adult including cable car ride and hotel pick-up and drop.
Adventure Things to Do in Nepal
Kayaking in Seti River
Enjoy the lush greenery of the jungle, hills and valleys on your both sides as you paddle. Birdwatchers would love to spot colourful birds during the trip.
Location: Seti River, Pokhara, Nepal
Timing: 10 am to 1 pm
Entry Fee: Around Rs.3000 per adult
Go for Paramotoring
The birth of paramotor took place when paragliders were finding it extremely difficult to take off from a flat ground. It is an opportunity to view the magic of the mountains.
Difficulty Level: High, for your safety there is a trained professional who will accompany you.
Price: If you want a basic 5 day course it will be of Rs 30,000.
Best months: October through May.
Take a UltraLight Flight Experience in Pokhara
It is an amazing thing to view the whole world beneath you. The Ultralight sport gives you an opportunity to see the verging beauty of nature.
Highlights: Annapurna adventurous camp range around the Fishtail peak is one of the most heavenly experience you can ever have.
Best time to visit: Early Autumn to early spring is the best time. This exhilarating sport will leave you completely thrilled.
Difficulty Level: High, you can get trained by professionals to make it easier for you.
Prices: 7,716 per person
Pokhara Mountain Biking
For every true rider, mountain biking should definitely be in their bucket list. The unforgettable box of memories that you will carry will be treasured by you for a lifetime.
Highlights: Pokhara mountain bike adventure will show you all the trails which you might not seen before that will truly leave you inspired. However you can also go for the Kathmandu valley which is an equally adventurous spot.
Best time to visit: February and April are one of the best.
Difficulty Level: High, this is indeed a vary dangerous activity and should only be tried after an regress training
Zip Lining in Nepal
The blood pumping ride will leave you completely thrilled in the end. And the picturesque view will leave you totally jaw dropped.
Highlights: The best zip line is the one which operates from Pokhra at the elevation of 1592 m.
Best time to visit: Winters are the most favourable months for trying this adventure sport.
Prices: Rs 5,733 per person.
Difficulty Level: High, all the zip lines are carefully engineered. The weight of the individual passenger should not be more than 120kg.
Paragliding in Nepal
Highlights: Pokhara is however the best place for paragliding in Nepal.
Best time to visit: The season starts in September and ends in early June.
Difficulty Level: High, the risks involved are huge especially during the take-off and the landing time when there is a sudden change in the wind. However you have a reserve chute for a safe landing.
Prices: A standard flight of 30 minutes will cost you somewhere around Rs. 7714
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Mount Everest
You can enjoy the beautiful Himalayan ranges at the background. The frosty look of the mountains will leave you totally jaw dropped.
Highlights: Hot air balloon ride over Mount Everest.
Best months to visit: October, November and March.
Difficulty Level: High, if you want to reach the crossing then you definitely have to prove your physical strength.
Skydiving Above Mount Everest
Highlights: Sky diving above Mount Everest will surely be a terrific experience in Nepal.
Best time for visit: October is the best month for trying sky diving.
Prices: Rs 3.7 Lacs per person
Difficulty Level: High, if you have any medical condition it will be good if you can take prior approval from the doctor.
It attracts thousands of visitor from all around the world because of the adventure and excitement that comes along with it.
Highlights: A not to miss thing is The World Elephant Polo Tournament which will showcase the true spirit of this sport.
Best months to visit: November.
Difficulty Level: High, you have to be trained enough to play this sport and have to also follow some strict rules.
White Water Rafting in Trishuli river
The unexpected rapids will give you a challenging task which will make you want more. Just imagine the experience from the breath-taking heights of the Himalayas.
Highlights: Trishuli river can be the best water rafting spots.
Difficulty Level: High, however with the help of the trainers, people of all age group can experience white water rafting.
Prices: Rs 4,410
Canyoning in Rupa Taal
It is a completely beautiful mind and body experience which lets you unleash some of the forbidden places.
Highlights: The stretch between Kathmandu and Pokhara on the way to Chitwan is the best place for Canyoneering.
Best time to visit: November and December is the best time for Canyoneering.
Prices: Rs 6243
Difficulty Level: High, since it involves travelling in rugged settings and needs route finding travel skills too.
Hand Gliding in Sarangkot
This thrilling sport allows you have bird’s eye view of mountains and other scenic beauties.
Highlights: Sarangkot is the place for these flights to take off for all the hang gliding experiences. You can simply have a majestic view of monasteries, temples and mountains.
Best time to visit: November and December.
Difficulty Level: High, the weather is an important consideration for hang gliding and many professionals say that hang gliding is more about the attitude than the skill sets.
Prices: Rs 10,000
Rock Climbing on Nagarjuna and Khumbu Mountain
You will feel as if you have accomplish something really great. Climbing rocks will make you feel that there will be rough times in your life but it is upto you how to overcome them.
Highlights: Nagarjuna and Khumbu rock climbing are the popular spots for rock climbing.
Difficulty Level: High and you need to be physically fit to undertake this sport.
Prices: Rs 3,300 which includes lunch, transport, equipment and instructor.
Best time to visit: Spring is the most favourable time for such activities in Nepal.
Best Treks to Do in Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Offering delights for adventure junkies in many forms, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is counted among the most popular treks in the world. The world’s 10th highest peak is a part of the Annapurna massif, which makes this trek all the more fascinating for trekkers and compels them to test their mettle in the realm of Himalayas.
All through the trail, snow-blanketed towering mountains surround you, offering ample opportunities for landscape photography. The most prominent peak you get to witness in all its glory while on this trek is Machapuchare. The trek starts at Ghandruk near Pokhara. From culture to nature, there is a lot for you to enjoy on this Himalayan trek.
Best Time: March, April, May, September, and October.
Price: Starts from INR 27,000
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Trekkers also get an opportunity to interact with local Gurung tribes and know about their daily lives during this trekking.
Duration: Around 7 days
Price: Around Rs.16,989 per adult
Explore Khumbu Valley
Langtang Valley Trek
Syabrubensi at 1503m is the lowest point on the trek and Kyanin R at 4773m is the highest point on the trek. While passing various villages situated in the valley, trekkers get a glimpse of the Tibetian and tamang culture. The Langtang National Park, with its variant flora and fauna, adds to the enjoyment.
Duration: Around 10 days
Price: Around Rs.36,500 per adult
The trek is known for its enchanting scenic beauty that includes the view of the Larkya La Pass. Trekkers can get a glimpse into the local culture while interaction with the localities at the village of Sama.
Timing: take 14-20 days
Price: US$2495 per person
Gokyo Ri Trek
The trail passes through several villages such as Namche, Dole, and Phakding where the trekkers can learn a lot about Sherpas and their daily life.
Duration: 10-11 days
Price: Around US$ 500 - 1000 per person
Island Peak Trek
Duration: Around 21days
Price: Around 1,70,101 per adult
Poon Hill Trek
The trail through dense fir and maple forest increases the excitement of the trekkers. While passing Nepalese villages, they come to know interesting facts about Nepalese culture and their daily lifestyle.
Price: Rs.10,500 per adult
Visit Upper Dolpo
Prices: The permit cost will be somewhere US$700.
Other Things to Do in Nepal
Go Underground at Siddha Gufa
You can easily complete the trek to and from Bandipur in about 90 minutes one way or can take a hike from Bimalnagar and reach the cave in about 45 minutes.
Visit the birthplace of Budhha -Lumbini
The place has attracted tourists and Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world due to its monumental, spiritual and cultural significance. The highlight of Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, the place where queen Maya Devi actually gave birth to Prince Siddharth.
Entry Fee: NPR 200
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Visit Namche Bazaar
It is also the gateway to higher Himalayas and some of the most dangerous altitudes of the world. It is replete with small cafes and lodges for people who come trekking in this area. Because of such close proximity to Everest, it is also a place to acclimatize on the way to the Everest Base Camp.
Pony Trek Expedition
Highlights: Pokhara to Sarankot, Pokhara to Begnas Lake and Jomsom/Muktinath are the best places for Pony trek in Nepal.
Best months to visit: Mid-September to Mid-November is the best time.
Difficulty Level: Medium, the basic that is expected out of you is to be physically fit and should be well versed with mountain climbing.
Prices: Rs 5,000
Explore International Mountain Museum
Timing: 8 am to 6 pm
Price: 300 NPR
Enjoy a stay at Panauti
Tourists love the relaxed pace of life that the town offers and feel delighted in visiting some of the well-known attractions of the place such as Gorakhnath Temple, Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat and so on.
Worship at Janaki Temple
The three-storied building with the Hindu-Koiri Nepali architecture is stunning to look at. The interior of the temple made of stones and marbles with engravings, paintings etc mesmerises the devotees when they go around the temple.
Timing: Open all day from 7 am to 11 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm
Explore Patan Durbar Square
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm.
Price: NPR 1000 per person
Witness The Beauty of Sarangkot
Location: Sarangkot is Ward 18 of Pokhara, Kaski District, Nepal
Visit Narayanhiti Palace Museum
Timings: Thursday to Monday 11 am to 4 pm.
Price: Rs.500 per person
Go to Kathmandu Durbar Square
Timing: Kathmandu Durbar Square: 9 am to 5 pm
Explore the beautiful Newari Town- Bandipur
The traffic-free quaint town with its cobbled lanes and townhouses on both sides is a pleasure to explore. Some of the places to visit in this town include Khadga Devi Temple, Meditation Cave, and Unnamed Monastery, Tindhara, Tundikhel, etc.
Shopping at Thamel
Timing: 10 a.m to 8 p.m
Go to Khawalung Monastery
Wander at Garden of Dreams
Timings: Open from 9 am to 10 pm. The last entry is at 9 pm.
Price: NPR 200