I am a girl who loves adventure and the great outdoors, but I equally crave the finer things in life, so when I decided to take up the challenge of trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal earlier this year, I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park and a walk in the park it wasn’t! But I have to say it is by far one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my life.
Each day presented a new challenge, whether it was the icy cold wind blowing off the peaks, adjusting to a new level of altitude or just looking for a toilet along the trail. With each challenge, I had to dig deeper within myself to overcome whatever it was that had been put before me. This made the journey so much more than just a trek.
Can I suggest, if you have itchy feet, want some adventure, looking for change or simply searching for an unforgettable experience then Nepal is for you! Just remember leave your hair dryer at home and embrace this wonderful country with an open heart, I’m sure it will have a lasting impact on your life.
What’s on offer in Nepal
Nepal is famous for trekking. This is an intense cultural experience as well as an opportunity to explore of one of the world’s most hiker-friendly and spectacular outdoor environments.
You don’t have to be a mountaineer to try out climbing in Nepal. There is a great variety of peaks ranging from easy for beginner mountaineering courses, to more advanced mountaineering expeditions.
Rock Climbing Kathmandu provides some great places for people who like crawling up vertical cliffs. If your time is limited and does not permit you to hike up to the mountains, the valley perimeter offers a number of stone walls guaranteed to keep you on your toes.
White Water Rafting
Nepal is a white water enthusiast’s paradise with an awesome variety of river adventures from convenient ½ day adrenaline filled white water trips to more remote 11 day rafting expeditions.
Nepal forms a rectangle on the southern slopes of the Himalaya and is without exception, the most stunning country imaginable. The main area for paragliding is the Pokhara Valley, commanding views of 3 of the worlds 8000m peaks with friendly and constant conditions for your flying.
The foothills of Nepal are one of the best playgrounds for mountain bikers. Trails offer scenic beauty as you pedal through villages, terraced rice fields, temples, monasteries, with spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.
Venture into the Chitwan National Park or even more remote Bardia National Park to observe wildlife from an Elephant backed safari. Professional naturalists will lead you into the heart of the jungle where one-horned rhinos charge through the elephant grass and Royal Bengal tigers lurk in the thick bushes. Gaur bison, sloth bear, wild boar, deer, monkeys and leopards roam free. Crocodiles slither through jungle pools and the sky above flutters with over 400 species of birds and 10 of the world’s 14 species of butterfly.
Yoga & Meditation Retreats
If you are looking to explore your mind, body and soul, Nepal is the perfect destination. There are several monasteries, ashrams and meditation retreats where you can seek enlightenment.
Mount Everest Scenic Flights
For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, you don’t have to miss out on Mount Everest. You can take a one hour mountain flight which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Nepal is a fascinating country rich with cultural diversity. Kathmandu Valley has some of the most impressive architecture anywhere and ancient Newari villages and Buddhist and Hindu Temples await your exploration. City tours, temple interpretations and cultural walks can all be arranged.
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