Nepal is fast becoming the adventure capital of the world. The unique terrain, flora, and fauna make it an exotic destination for a mixture of culture, history and adventure sports.
With numerous Himalayan peaks, it has been a favorite haunt of mountaineers; now more adventure sports are available in the Himalayan Nation.
Let's go through some of the most thrilling and mind-blowing experiences through adventure sports in Nepal. Not everyone would be comfortable to partake in some of the activities - if you do; it gives you a bragging right when you tell your travel stories to your friends and family.
1. White Water Rafting
This activity is almost as old as trekking in Nepal. It is a perfect adventure sport to do either when on tour or after a trekking expedition. A journey through the Himalayan glacier-fed rivers can be an exhilarating experience while absorbing the beautiful mountain vista, surrounding forests, and villages. One can raft for a few hours or make a multi-day whitewater rafting trip.
2. Jungle Safari
Most people are aware of Nepal's mountains and think it is a playground for advent hikers and mountaineers. There are national parks and jungles in the southern belt of the country, and there is an abundant of Wildlife, culture, flora, and adventures. A visit to Chitwan or Bardia National park is an excellent way to experience wildlife safari. One can go on a jungle safari on an elephant back or take a four-wheel jeep drive or even float on a dugout canoe to see birds, crocodiles, and other wild animals.
3. Bungee Jumping
Jumping off from 160 meters into a tropical gorge of one of the wildest white water rafting rivers in the world must be one of the best Bungee jumping experiences. The Bungee jump in Nepal was designed by a leading bungee consultant from New Zealand at the time. This business is operated by some of the world's most experienced bungee jump masters, so far no mishaps have taken place. You can combine the adrenaline filled bungee jump with the worlds highest canyon swing on the death-defying adventure is ideal for thrill seekers.
4. Mountain Biking
Nepal is becoming the fastest growing destinations for Mountain biking. A combination of tough climbs and exhilarating downhill ride on a single trek amongst the most scenic view of huge mountains and valleys make Nepal a superb venue for this adventure sport. Extreme competition like the Yak Attack and Yak Ru, endurance races are gaining popularity fast.
One can experience the unparalleled scenic grandeur as you soar over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes, and jungle while sharing airspace with Himalayan griffons, kites and other birds. You can opt to choose to do paragliding with the company that is owned by two Nepalese guys who climbed Everest, took off on a paraglide from the summit and kayaked all the way to the Bay of Bengal in 2011. They won the National Geography's Adventurers of the year 2012.
6. Canyoning in Nepal
Once can enjoy canyoning on most of Nepal's rivers. It is perfect with an abundance of fresh water straight off the mountains and unique topography. It is a complete mind over matter activity with stunning sceneries all around. You can enjoy yourself on the cascading water or serene pools at the bottom of the canyon.
7. Zip Flyer
Nepal offers the most extreme Zip Flyer in the world. It is based in Sarankot, Pokhara and is extreme in every way. It has a vertical drop of 600 meters over a distance of 1.8 kilometers making it the longest, the steepest, the highest and fastest Zipline in the world.
What can be more exciting than Heli-Skiing amongst the world's tallest and longest mountain chain in the world? The incredible altitude from where one jumps out so ski on the fantastic spread of snow-clad mountains of the Himalayas. This is not an activity for the faint-hearted.
9. Everest Sky Diving
The Everest Sky Dive is one of the most extreme adventure sport available in Nepal. It is one mean feat to jump off a helicopter from around 29,500 feet - an altitude that is higher than Mount Everest. It is a full-on adrenaline rush from the moment you jump off the aircraft into thin air at this altitude with breathtaking views of glaciers, Himalayan mountains, and glacial lakes. This is one of the several adventures of a lifetime you can participate while you are in Nepal.
10. Rock Climbing:
This is fast becoming one of the fastest growing activities in Nepal. Nepal has some exciting rock faces amongst the beautiful settings. There is a range of available difficulty climbs. Indoor climbing is also side by side with outdoor climbing.
Be careful in choosing the adventure sports providers, look for their safety records, reviews, etc.
So if Nepal isn't a haven for adrenaline junkies - then where is?