Adventure sports in Nepal: Here's how to get your adrenaline fix
For the intrepid adventurer, few countries can rival the breadth and depth of experiences Nepal has to offer. From plunging ravines to snaking bike trails on some of the world's most ancient planes, this wildly beautiful country has it all. It is also home to the mighty Everest — and if you have two weeks to spare, you could even hike up to base camp. Below, we count the ways you can venture into the wild.
1. Mountain Biking in Mustang
Most suitable for: Passionate mountain bikers and cyclists with a spirit for adventure.
What to expect: Riding mountain bikes on ancient trails amongst the world's highest mountains, mountain biking in the Mustang Valley of Nepal pretty much tops the bucketlist for mountain bikers the world over. Widely known as the world's deepest valley, the Mustang valley lies between Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mount Annapurna (8,091m), and contains some of the world's most pristine single tracks.
Who's offering it: Himalayan Rides
2. Bungee Jumping at The Last Resort
Most suitable for: Someone who isn't afraid of heights, is reasonably fit, and free of any existing heart conditions.
What to expect: Imagine a suspension bridge straddling a gorge that's over 500 feet deep and backdropped with one of Nepal's wildest rivers raging below. Step off the bridge, feel the rush of blood to your head, and let your body take flight. Getting to The Last Resort, one of the world's most amazing bungee jumping sites, will take you about 3.5 hours by way of a shuttle service if you're coming from Kathmandu. If you wish to stay the night, call ahead to book their luxury safari tents. A massage can be had too if you think you deserve one.
Who's offering it: The Last Resort
3. Rafting at the Upper Seti
Most suitable for: Watersport lovers looking to get a quick adrenaline fix.
What to expect: Located a short drive out of Pokhara's tranquil lakeside district, the Upper Seti rafting adventure offers plenty of adrenaline-filled rapids. With a beautiful view of the Annapurna mountain range in the background, the Seti is a beautiful Himalayan white water river littered with picturesque suspension bridges and colourful prayer flags. It also packs in more rapids in a 90-minute stretch than what other rivers would offer over the course of three days. It's best to embark on this adventure with Paddle Nepal, a business owned and operated by members of Nepal's National White Water Team — so you know you're really in good hands.
Who's offering it: Paddle Nepal
4. Trekking to Everest Base Camp
Most suitable for: For adventurers of all skill levels.
What to expect: Trek deep into the land of the sherpas and up again to the base of the world's highest mountain — Everest. Although it doesn't offer the quick rush of jumping over a suspension bridge or battling the icy cold Himalayan rapids, the trek to Everest Base Camp (not to be confused with Base Camp, a chill bar in Kathmandu where live music and alcohol flows freely) is the ultimate adventure trip in Nepal and requires two weeks of hard work, dedication, and discipline. The only thing left to do? Climb the mountain itself.
Who's offering it: Himalayan Friends Trekking
5. Everest Flight
Most suitable for: Everyone. Perfect for those who want to see Everest without having to endure the trek.
What to expect: One of the world's most spectacular flying experiences, Yeti Airlines' sight-seeing flight around Mount Everest offers a panoramic view of the majestic mountain range, including five of the world's ten highest mountain peaks. Flying on the British-built Jet Stream 41 aircraft, every passenger is guaranteed a window seat and thus, provides countless photo opportunities to get that mountain shot of a lifetime. And remember, if it's not on Instagram, it never happened!
Who's offering it: Yeti Airlines
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About Mandil Pradhan
Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Mandil is a professional mountain biker, Enduro World Series racer, and founder of Himalayan Rides, a mountain bike travel company. His love affair with two wheels has taken him through Nepal, Utah, the French Alps, British Columbia, and most recently, Peru. Follow his adventures on Facebook and Instagram.