Activities in Nepal

Activities
 Nepal is a small country. It has less than 150,000 square kilometer of land. Because the land is so diverse, it offers more choice of activities for travelers than any where else on the planet!

Nepal – small on the outside, big on the inside.

  1. Adventure Activities
  2. Leisure and Extras
  3. Holidays and Sightseeing
  4. Popular Holiday Program
  5. Related Content

 

  1. Adventure Activities

 
This countries extreme geography will challenge your limits. There is no other better place to try your daring adventures!

  • Trekking

Trekking in Nepal is a paradise, as Nepal has been known to be the best destination for trekkers in the world. Nepal has some of the most spectacular, exciting and breathtaking trekking that nowhere can be found in the world, therefore, Trekking in Nepal is the special for mountain lovers, to those who would like to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna, varieties of the culture or simply to have special holidays in the majestic mountains.
Trekking in Nepal has known for 100 years, as the trekkers come to view the diverse lifestyle of the inhabitants in the mountain regions. No doubt, the hospitality of the people living the Himalayas enchants trekkers in such a way that they come again and again and have fondest memories of Nepal throughout their life.
Nepal is a country of friendly people belonging to many different ethnic groups, each having their own variety of culture, religion, festivals and castes etc.
Nepal owns the lowest elevation to the highest peak of the earth. Furthermore, of the 14 highest peaks above 8,000m in the world, Nepal owns over eight the highest mountains and over 1300 peaks above 6,000 m. Therefore, while you have a trekking in Nepal, you have a chance to explore these giant Himalayas on foot, there is no doubt that you will be exhilarated while you have holidays in Nepal.
Furthermore, most of trekking regions of Nepal are encompassed by national parks, which have a diverse range of wildlife, including rare and endangered species. So, when you have trekking, if you are lucky you may even spot tigers or elusive snow leopards in the Himalayan area.
Your trekking involves walking through diverse forests, from sub tropical to alpine as well as different landscapes, lush alpine meadows and rocky snow covered passes, ice falls, glaciers, high altitude and frozen lakes. Therefore, Nepal can be the best destination to spend your holiday with much thrill.
TYPES OF TREKKING

Tented Camp Treks

 
 Most trekking mentioned here are Tented Camp Treks. While enjoying the excellent services of a guide and porters, your home in the mountains is a Tented camp that is set up every day. The tents, produced by North Face, are among the best available, while the food from our Tented canteen is known for its amazing quality. The treks include a comfortable foam mattress, sleeping bags, dining tent and toilet tent, as well as three meals and morning and afternoon tea and coffee.

Tea House Treks

 
For those preferring indoor accommodation Tea House Treks, which feature lodging in Local Mountain lodges? Your guide who feature lodging in Local Mountain lodges. Your guide and porters will ensure that the food is prepared in a hygienic way, and that you receive the best possible service. Happy Adventure Trekking offers seven specially designed Tea House Treks in Everest, Annapurna, and Helambu and Langtang areas.
 

Trekking Grade In Nepal
 
Trekking routes can be categorized into four groups according to altitude, duration and nature of trek.
Easy:
Maximum altitude 3800 m, easy walking, suitable for any age groups, no altitude sickness, can be operated in big groups, duration 05 – 15 days etc.
Moderate:
Maximum altitude 5000 m passes through high passes and leads up till the base camp, duration 10 – 20 days etc.
High Altitude:
Altitude more than 5000 m passes through very remote, glacier and ice falls. Trekker should know all including technical knowledge about trekking, duration 20 – 30 days etc.
Alpine:
Purely Alpine, trekker requires completely prior experience, technical Knowledge and his own personal gears, duration 25 – 45 days etc

Trekking Season
Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year. There are four distinct seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinct attractions to offer. The seasons are classified as follows:
Autumn (Sept. – Nov.)
This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Winter (Dec. – Feb.)
This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevation, generally below 3000 meters.

Spring (Mar. – May)
Different varieties of wild flowers, most notably the rhododendrons, make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations, and at higher elevations over 4000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.

Summer (June – Aug.)
Summer months, which constitute the monsoon season, continue up to mid-September during which trekking is wet and warm. These times are good for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. It is not recommend to trek during summer months.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING
• A Towel
• Daypack or rucksack.
• Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame
• Flashlight or headlamp.
• Flees
• Gloves or mittens.
• Hats, one with a brim for sun; one with wool for cold weather.
• Hiking boots and running shoes.
• Parka, a ski jacket – fibrefill
• Pocket-knife
• Rainwear
• Shorts – it may be warm during the day  • Sleeping bag, warm, either down or fibrefill.
• Slippers or sandals for campsite wear.
• Socks – two or three pair’s thick wool or artificial fibre.
• Sunglasses or goggles
• Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket.
• T- shirts and Shirts (long and sleeve)
• Thermal
• Toilet kit.
• Underwear.
• water bottle
• Women should wear skirts instead of shorts.
A DAY LIFE OF A TREKKER

06:00 AM: A smiling Sherpa woke me with a steaming cup of coffee. Ten minutes later he brought a bowl of warm water to the tent. What a way to start! Packed my luggage and handed it over to the porters.

06:45 AM: I am forever so hungry! Swallowed a large breakfast including porridge, muesli, eggs and lots of bread. Had another coffee to get the adrenaline flowing.

07:30 AM: Hit the trail. Walked right behind the guide, so I wouldn’t miss any of his information about the people and wildlife in this area.

11:30 AM: To my great surprise lunch was ready when we arrived at the resting-place. The kitchen crew had walked ahead and prepared some amazing dishes such as French fries, rice, canned meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits. Food is essential for this inexperienced trekker.

01:00 PM: Back on trail, better in shape this time.

04:00 PM: Reached the Tented camp, which the staff had set up. Beautiful spot with lots of birds near the forest. Had a cup of tea and some snacks, and set out to explore yeti land. Couldn’t find the beast, but saw lots of pheasants and monkeys.

06:00 PM: Upon my return, dinner was ready in the dining tent. Soup was served, followed by a main course, dessert and yes! Tea/Coffee. Did not expect that kind of royal treatment in this piece of wilderness.

09:00 PM: Life is hard. Went to bed early. Dreamt that a number of yetis came down from the mountains. One of them was pretty actually.
 

HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)

Altitude Sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. It is the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3,000m. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. Do not ignore these warnings otherwise more serious symptoms can occur which can even cause death sometimes within a few hours. Being young, strong and fit does not help. Medicine is no substitute for descent. If a doctor is available, he may give medicine and oxygen. However, the patient must go down even if given treatment. If you travel in Khumbu region you can contact hospitals at Khunde and Pheriche and if you travel to Manang you can contact Manang hospital for altitude sickness and information. Doctors are available there during trekking season.

First symptoms:

 
The conjunction of these symptoms is to be taken seriously; when some of them appear, complete rest at least one night and one day. Ordinarily, the symptoms appear in the following order, but not necessarily:
• Headache, in particular in the evening or during night-time, provoking sleeplessness
• Loss of appetite, leading mostly to nausea
• Heavy tiredness all over
• Severe urine retention: this symptom is very important and is often neglected and even not noted.
• Diuretics, such as DIAMOX in particular, may reduce this last mentioned symptom, and painkillers may neutralise headach
The “Score Test”

This is an easy and reliable test, which can be made by anybody, even without further medical knowledge. Its purpose consists in evaluating the AMS by oneself or somebody else as well as spelling out what steps and measures ought to be taken. Count one point for each of the following symptoms.
• Headache of “ordinary” character and which painkillers brings relief
• Sleeplessness
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea
• Strong tiredness
 
HEALHT

 
Upset stomach, often caused by change in diet or contaminated food and water is a common ailment. To avoid it, one should pay particular attention to hygiene and quality of food and drinks.
Cough, cold sore throats common in the dry mountain air can lead to chest infection. Sore throats can best be avoided by attempting not to breathe cold air directly through mouth. Smoking should also be avoided.
Joint muscle strains, foot problems and blisters are other hindrances for trekkers. Wearing good footwear will go a long way in avoiding these problems. For sprains and stains, apply cold water to reduce swelling and support the joint with crepe bandage.
Acute Mountain sickness (AMS) is a fatal sickness caused by random altitude ascension. Therefore climbers ascending 3,000 meters or above should acquire sound knowledge of proper acclimatization processes. Symptoms of AMS include headache, also of appetite swelling of limbs, dizziness, difficulty in sleeping irregular breathing nausea and unusual weariness. Maintaining good fluid intake helps combat altitude sickness and hurried descent or evacuation to lower altitude is the only best cure.

  

  • Bird Watching

 
NEPAL is a land of great altitudinal and scenic contrasts. Nepal can boast of exceptional beauty as well as unusual diversity in its flora and fauna. The open courteousness and the friendliness of the Nepalese have been publicized widely. This variety is due to altitude fluctuations and also to Nepal’s geographical Position in Asia. In a bio-geo-graphical sense, Nepal is at the centre of Asia. This can be seen from a study of its birds are Accentors from Asia, Nepal shares as a meeting point of Asian animals and plants, it is so unusual that of all the birds here only the Spiny Babbler is thought to be endemic to the country. This means that studies of particular species as well as conservation principles involved will be of interest far beyond the borders of the country. National Parks along with Wildlife Preserves and Sanctuaries protect the vital habitat upon which birds as well as other species depend for their living.

 

 

Nepal is a paradise for the birdwatcher. Bird watching in Nepal can be a very rewarding experience for colourful birds live here amid one of the most scenic regions on earth. Blessed within unique setting live nearly 900 species a vast array of exceptionally rich bird life with total of over recorded. A diverse topography and climate has resulted in a variety of habitats within the country, which are home to over 10% of the Worlds total bird population. Numbers of endemic Himalayan laughing-thrushes, babblers, yuhinas and pheasants are quite shy; your chances of seeing them increase if you move slowly. For one interested in seeing as many different birds as possible, we recommend going from low to high elevations. A concentrated three-week visit in Nepal should produce a bird list of between 400 to 500 species.

  • Jungle Safari in Nepal

 


National parks located specially in the Terai region in Nepal attract visitors from all over the world. A visit to these parks involves game-stalking by a variety of means – foot, dugout canoe, jeep, and elephant back. One is bound to sight a one-horned rhino or two at every elephant safari. Besides the rhinos, wild boars, samburs, spotted deer, sloth bear, four horned antelope are also usually seen. A Royal Bengal tiger may surprise you by his majestic appearance.

Nature walk or jungle walk is another way of experience the wilderness. In fact, jungle walk gives close-up opportunities to view animals as well as observe their tracks, signs, and sounds. Early morning and late afternoon walk is the best to avoid mid day heat.

Dugout-canoe trips down the Rapti river offers views of water birds: brilliant blue Eurasian Kingfishers, egrets, ospreys and ruddy sheldrakes. A pair of binoculars is a must for bird watching. A jeep safari through the jungle provides more game spotting opportunities than might be expected otherwise because it goes deeper into the jungle, usually beyond the beaten track. After the thrill of elephant rides, nature walks and jeep safari, visitors can splash around in the swimming pools that some of the resorts offer. 
 The cost and Safari details are available on your request.
Please Book your trips through Online Booking form or just drop us an email to : dntt@wlink.com.np

Rafting in Nepal

Rafting in Nepal is on of the popular tourism activities in Nepal. Nepal is 2nd largest country for water resources and we have numerious 1310 rivers amoung them more then 12 revers are very popular for river rafting in Nepal. White water rafting is a popular water adventure sport in Nepal, River adventure /journey is not only for encountering with challenge of the torrential rapids of the mountain rivers but also to explore a typical cross section of the country’s natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage. The northern part of Nepal is confined by the ever snowing mountains- Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and numerous peaks. The melting snows of these mountains enrich Nepal the second richest country in water resources and equally make the best country for whitewater rafting and Kayaking.

 

 

All major rivers created from the Himalayas and running down the mountains offers tremendous exciting experience of white water rafting. Nepal river journey is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to experience the life of rural areas and spectacular scenery of nature’s beauty. Himalaya journey is a professional rafting company for the arrangement of thrilling white water rafting trips in Nepal with safty. Our top preference is to provide quality service with safety to every client. Out rafting guides inform all the aspects of rafting and river safty before starting of each journey. Safety Kayakers are always along on high water expeditions. Nepal has many rivers for you to explore: Trishuli river rafting, Seti River Rafting, Bhote Khosi River Rafting, Kali Gandaki River Rafting, Marshyandi River Rafting, Sun Koshi River Rafting, Arun River Rafting, Karnali River whitewater Rafting, Tamur River whitewater Adventure, on these rivers you will find the world’s most thrilling whitewaters with a wide range of diffifulties, warm water and bug free beaches for camping. All this makes a wealth of unlimited opportunities for great rafting, Kayaking, Climbing, Mountaineering, Biking, Hiking and ever Popular trekking adventures in Nepal.

 Professional approach and white water expertise are what put DNTT’s guides and staff in a category of their own. DNTT is the company to have all guides that meet the highest safety standards, with required certifications & Wilderness first aid etc. During the rafting expeditions experienced river guides and our well-trained cooks, and camp in luxury will escort you on clean river beaches.
 
 
 RIVER RAFTING
Nepal has 1st position in water resources of Asia and 2nd rich country in the world after Brazil. Few rafting rivers in the world can match the thundering course of the rivers of Nepal originating from the snow meltdown of the Himalayan terrain. There are so many big, medium and small rivers for river rafting in Nepal.

 

KAYAKING
Kayaking is usually an individual water sport. Kayaks are made from a special type of plastic and have floatation devices inserted to aid buoyancy. Kayakers move through the water with a double blade paddle, and are able to negotiate rapids and obstacles on the river
With its wide range of rivers and wealth of challenging rapids, Nepal is the perfect destination for kayaking. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced white water kayaker keen to tackle one of our more challenging rivers, we can arrange a fun and rewarding kayaking experience for you.

White water rafting

White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river in an inflatable rubber raft or white water kayak with a team of up to eight people and a river guide over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the excitement of lifetime. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming rom the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape.
 

GRADING
River grades are supposed to be international constant.

Grade 1-2 (Easy)

Flat water, little current and mild waves,

Rivers – Trishuli and Seti

Grade 3 (Moderate)
Waves, swift current and narrow channels. Paddling is modestly physical.
Rivers – Marsyangdi and Kaligandaki

Grade 4-5 (Difficult)

Powerful water, constricted channels, steep drops and the possibility of overturning a raft. Paddling is challenging and at times strenuous.
Rivers – Karnali, Sunkoshi, Arun and Bhotekoshi.

Grade 5 (Big jump from Grade 4)
Being the absolute limit of what you would consider running commercially.
Rivers – Bheri, Tamor, Tamakoshi

Note: River grading is subject to change according to the season of the year.

Season

October through mid-December and March through early May are the best times. It is possible in winter, but you have to watch out for hypothermia. During monsoon (June through September), the white water sections are dangerous, but gentler stretches are runnable.

SAFTEY
DNTT takes the safety and security of all its clients very seriously. It is our primary concern and reflected in every aspect of your time with us. All our guides are licensed trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques. All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained. We use Avon self-bailing rafts. We always use experienced guides and safety kayakers on every trip. We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.

TRIP ARRENGEMENTS
The river outfitters operate river trips in Nepal. Our outfitters can arrange the trips within a week either your confirmed booking date or from the date of arrival in Kathmandu. Rivers i.e. Trishuli, Bhotekoshi and seti river rafting can be organize even in 3 days in advance booking.
Rafting in Nepal is a separate program but most of the river rafting is combined with other tour and trekking. However, other than Trishuli, Seti and Bhotekoshi offer special rafting of long duration for those rafters who seek only rafting adventure within Nepal. 
 
A DAY ON THE RIVER

Normally the first day of a river trip begins early morning around 7 a.m. You are driven to the put-in point of the river. Depending upon the distance between Kathmandu and the put-in point, the drive can take from a couple of hours to over 4 hours. This is the situation if you choose between the Trishuli and the Sunkoshi. A river trip on any other river requires a longer drive or a flight plus drive and even a trek in some cases.
If you start at 7 a.m. and the driver drops you at the put-in point exactly after three hours, rafting is likely to begin around 11 a.m. After you reach the put-in point, a safety talk takes place along with the inflating of the rubber rafts and organizing other river equipment by river crew.
The talk includes delivering know-how about measures to be taken in case of an emergency need. The participant should listen to the river guide very carefully. Questions can be raised to make things clearer.
The life-vest must be worn all the time while on the river, irrespective of whether you are hitting a major rapid or running a flat-water section. A protective helmet is suggested if you are running a high class rapid.
Frequently the river outfitter provides the option between an oar and a paddleboat. Kayaking is another option. Normally the kayakers bring their own kayaks. There are outfitters who provide with a kayak, however. If your option is the paddleboat, then you are instructed to properly use the paddle either during the safety talk or before sailing off. If you were of participative nature, then your choice would be paddling. Paddling is more challenging and thrilling. The paddleboat requires well-coordinated team effort between the paddlers and river guide who stays at the back and plays his paddle in the role of the steering wheel of a car. The responsibility of the participants is to follow his instruction in a proper manner. The thrilling moment for paddlers is while hitting a rapid.
It is usual that you get wet whether you hit a rapid or not within half an hour after sailing starts. In an oar boat, the  river guide alone rows lightly and slowly on the flat water and penetrated and boldly while hitting a rapid. The oar boat gives you an opportunity to observe the surroundings.
As for meals, the river outfitter normally provides all meals during the trip days except for the breakfast of the first day.

 Equipment checklist:

  1. Bathing Suit
  2. Books to read
  3. Camera, films and batteries
  4. Cloths for evenings including pullover (Warm)
  5. Diary and pen
  6. Flashlight with spare batteries.
  7. Hat/cap
  8. Lip protector.
  9. Medicines
  10. Pant- 2 (Warm)
  11. Sandal –1 pair
  12. Shoes – strong lace up 1 pair and Running shoe 1 pair (tennis shoes are best)
  13. Shorts-2
  14.  Sleeping bag and mat.
  15. Snack treats for your personal use
  16. Sun glass with crook or string retainer
  17. Sunscreen lotion
  18. Sweater – Fiber Pile or Fleece Jacket
  19. Swim wear
  20. Toiletries- environmentally friendly is best
  21. Towel-1
  22. T-Shirts – 2
  23. Underwear Set
  24. Walkman/Discman
  25. Water bottle
     

 

WHAT WE PROVIDE

  • Orientation meeting before your trip (rafting procedure, safety, diet, medical conditions etc.)
  • Experienced river guide
  • Rescue expert kayaker
  • Transportation to take you to and from the river.
  • Plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks.
  • High quality, clean and well maintained: self-bailing rafts, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, dry bags, waterproof camera barrels, safety equipments, medicine and medical instruments and Tents.
  • Cooking and kitchen utensils.
  • Sleeping bags and mats are provided upon request.

FOOD

  1. Biscuits / Cake or Pie
  2. Bread White/ Brown and Jam
  3. Butter / Cheese
  4. Cabbage Salad with Mayonnaise Cream
  5. Chicken Soup/ curry
  6. Egg Boil / Fry
  7. French Fries
  8. fried Rice
  9. Fruits (Seasonal)
  10. Luncheon Meat
  11. Mixed Salad
  12. Mixed Veg-Curry
  13.  Museli with Milk
  14. Mushroom Soup
  15. Noodles
  16. Peanuts
  17. Popcorn,
  18. Porridge of Rice Pudding
  19. Potato Salad with Mayonnaise Cream
  20. Rice / Dal / Curry
  21. Salami
  22. Tea / Coffee / Squash
  23. Tomato Soup
  24. Tuna fish 
     

ENVIRONMENTAL TIPS (HELP TO CLEAN THE RIVER AND BEACHES)

 
Growth in the number of rafters over the years has put some strain on the environment of the rivers and beaches. A little thought and action is required to conserve the river environment. The river outfitters and the rafters can play a role in the conservation by burning down such items as toilet paper, left over food etc. Undisposable items such as tin cans, bottles, could be handed out to the local villagers who could use them for their domestic purpose. While digging a toilet pit, make sure that it is deep enough. Please do not throw any thing about the river. If you care the river, it will be with you forever nice and clean.

  • Mountain Flight

 

The Himalaya is the youngest yet highest mountain range in the world and forms a natural border for Nepal in the northern front. For Nepalese these mountains are the sacred abode of the gods but they also continue to captivate millions around the world due to their sheer majesty and beauty; tempting thousands to attempt at conquering its peaks. Those who actually reach the Himalaya will tell you that the experience can indeed be very humbling.

Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya.

To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is not something you want to miss; regardless of how late it was last night or how cold it is outside.

Upon receiving the green signal from the air traffic controller, the commander and co-pilot of the Beechcraft 1900D, the safest plane operating in the domestic sector, start the engines to take you on the ride of your life. The flight heads north east upon take off and soon after the emerald green or golden paddy fields below, depending on the time of the year, start giving way to green sub alpine forests.

Less than ten minutes after being airborne, one gets the first glimpse of the snowy white peaks on the far left while below the hill slopes acquire a rocky rugged and barren look, like empty landscapes from another world. Within the next few minutes one is already flying above the snowy outlines of the greater Himalaya at an altitude of 25000 feet above the ground.

The first ones to come to view are the peaks straight north of Kathmandu Valley, starting with the 8013m high Shisha Pangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world, which is actually located in Tibet, a few kilometers from the border. Then come a series of several smaller peaks beginning with Dorje Lakpa (6966m) which looks like the figure eight and is located on the eastern edge of Langtang National Park, followed by Phurbi Ghyachu (6637m) on its right, the 5970m Choba Bhamare which remains unconquered, Gauri Shankar (7134m) named after Lord Shiva and his consort, Melungtse (7181m) all part of the Rolwaling range.

For most distinguishing one peak from another doesn’t come easy. But Everest is something else. Known simply as Peak XV until 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of India established the first published the height of Everest. As Nepal and Tibet were both closed to foreigners the British Surveyor General of India at that time named it Everest after Sir George Everest who measured its height and pinpointed its location. The local names of the worlds highest peak though pay tribute to her majesty; the Nepali name Sagarmatha means “mother of the skies” while the Tibetan name Chomolongma means ‘mother of the universe”. In 1999 Everest was found to have grown by at least six inches since the last survey bringing its total height to 8850m possibly due to the same plate tectonic movements that raised the Himalaya from the bed of the Tethys Sea.

Jutting up behind Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7855m) Everest is as distinct as is it should be for a mountain of its status. Even from a distance of 5 nautical miles one can clearly see why thousands are obsessed with the thought of conquering it. While most mountaineers still use the southeast ridge on the Nepal side considered to be technically easier to reach the summit, the northeast ridge which takes off from Tibet is also increasingly becoming popular.

Those who trek up to the Everest Base Camp located at height of 5380m may proudly state that they have been there but viewing the Himalaya from onboard a mountain flight is another experience altogether. What would on the ground take days of travel can easily viewed in a matter of minutes and from within the safety and comfort of the Beechcraft 1900D.

One of the most distinct features perhaps is the receding snowlines and the glaciers, proof of climate change and global warming. As the flight begins to head back to Kathmandu one cannot but help contemplate that we have but one earth and we must all work towards preserving its natural beauty for our children.

  • Ballooning 

 
 

 Among the many adventure sports in Nepal, ballooning is a more recent development. A ride on a hot air balloon is incomparable. The silence; the unimpeded 360 deg. view of the land below; the fresh air that you breath make it a unique experience. Flying 3000m above the Kathmandu valley gives you the rare opportunity to see the whole of the valley as well as the Himalayas at the same time. The rich green terraced hills and patches of rice fields lie like a carpet below, while you strain to identify various landmarks. The massive dome of Boudhanath is unmistakable while the open space of the airport catches your eye. In the west, Swayambhunath glistens in the early morning sunlight surrounded by brown boxes that are in fact brick houses that predominate Kathmandu city. But what steals your heart and leaves you in awe is the grand spectacle of the snow-clad Himalayan mountain chain shinning in all their glory. Suddenly you find yourself detached from the world below, away from the trappings of 21st century distractions, pollution and confusion of a growing modern city. It is a time to reflect, relax and enjoy your excursion. This one-hour flight seems too short as you leave the peace and quiet and head back to earth. But the experience will last a lifetime, locked away somewhere in the recesses of your mind.

The cost and Safari details are available on your request.
Please Book your trip through Online booking or just drop us an email to : dntt.@wlink.com.np

  • Mountain Biking in Nepal

Mountain biking is a fantastic way to explore Nepal. The allow you to travel independently and stop where ever you want. You do not have to tortuous buses. You can explore secluded places and reach places that can not be visited any other way.

Nepal has many trails to ride on. You can make a challenging climb thousands of metres to reach a viewpoint with fantastic views. Then you make an exhilarating descent. It is an interesting trip ride to Royal Chitwan National Park.
The long bike tours require that you are physical fit. Unless you plan to ride along a trekking route, there is no required paperwork. To do any serious biking you need a mountain bike, and a normal bike will not do.

The Kathmandu Valley has some great places to ride. It has many trails and backroads. It is a good way to visit the interesting towns, temples and Buddha stupas. It can be really interesting visiting a rarely visited traditional Newari village. To get around the valley you most likely will want a good map, such as the Schneider or Nelles Verlag map. Most of the other maps are not very good and are often inaccurate.

Many trails are not on maps and you will need a good sense of direction and will have to stop and ask directions to get around. A little Nepali can really help.

Clothing Warning Tight fitting Lycra clothing, especially if worn by women, will not be well accepted by the local people. It shows too much of the body. It is better to wear shorts and a loose T-shirts.

Equipment
If you plan to ride to a really lot of riding, it would be a good idea to bring your own bike. Good mountain bikes can be rented in Kathmandu. A bike can be put on a flight as part of your baggage allowance. You have to deflate the tires, remove the pedals and wheel, and have the handle bars parallel with the frame. There is no problem to bring a bike to Nepal. If you bring a bike you should definitely bring tools and spare parts, as you are unlikely to find parts in Nepal.
It is a good idea to have a bell on your handlebars, as there are often many people on the roads and trails in Nepal.

Himalayan Mountain Bikes in Kathmandu are good at repairing bikes. Often they can repair foreign bikes and can substitute spare parts.
Most of the bikes rented in Nepal are low quality Indian made bike, which are not durable enough for trail riding. Usually rental companies do not rent luggage racks, helmets and spare parts.
You can rent good quality imported from some travel agencies.

What to Expect on the Road
Usually might is right on the roads and the bottom of the barrel are bikes. If you and a bus are heading for a head-on collusion, most likely you are going to lose, so it is more important for you to get out of the way. It can get very hectic sometimes on the road with all kinds of vehicles, people and animals going every which way.
The pollution in Kathmandu is getting really bad, so if you have a problem breathing you should consider bringing a mask.

You should be careful around a village not to hit someone who is walking, especially children. Children can run out onto the road at any moment. If you harm a child you will definitely be considered wrong and be beaten up or worst.

You should be careful when passing animal such as cows, buffaloes and dogs, as they can be very unpredictable. A cow can lunge at you for no reason at any time. If you hurt a cow the local will not appreciate it, and regardless what the cow did, you will be considered in the wrong.

To avoid long up-hill rides and to avoid areas with a lot of vehicle traffic local buses can be really helpful. You can put your bike on top of the bus for Rs 40 to Rs 100, depending on the length of the journey. You should have rope or something to make the bike secure. You should have it lie as flat as possible so as not to catch any low wires or tree branches. You should watch your bike being loaded, so it is done in the gentlest way to make sure it is not broken. Do not believe for a second that it will be done properly without you watching it.

If you plan to take a bike along a trekking route you may find that you have to carry the bike up to 75% of the time. There are often trekkers, porters and animals on the trail and will make it hard to get around.

What to Bring
These are some items you may want to bring
A helmet, cycle gloves, light clothing (Gortex or Coolmax), sunglasses, cycling clothing, bike bell, water bottle, sun screen, rain jacket, warm hat, iodine tablets, first-aid kit, electrolyte powder, flashlight (torch), bike chain and lock, pollution mask, windbreaker, sleeping bags, bungie cords (shock cords), tire repair kit, spare inner tube, tool kit, pump, spare parts, sweater and good shoes. Sleeping bags and tents can be rented in Kathmandu.

Pollution (face) mask can be purchased in Kathmandu.

Spare parts for the bike, inner tubes, and patches and a small pump.

Please, contact us(dntt@wlink.com.np) for details about  itinerary and cost.

  •  Bungy jumping

Bungy jumping is taking the world by storm, particularly after having recently found additional venues within the highest mountain peaks in the world – the Himalaya mountain range. It’s a crazy sport that has some of the best views imaginable, if you don’t mind heights and being upside down. It has to be said that the Nepal bungy jump experience, with the longest free-fall to date, is nothing like you could imagine at 160 meters over the untamed waters of the Bhote Koshi. It is about a three hour drive from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, to begin your adrenalin pumping adventure.

 

At the moment there is only one bungy jumping agency operating in Nepal, known as ‘The Last Resort’. This agency hosts some of the most experienced jumpmasters in the field of bungy jumping. The jump they offer was designed by one of the leading consultants in New Zealand and abides by the strict international standards, thus guaranteeing the utmost safety from beginning to end. The bungy jump in Nepal takes place from a 166 meter steel suspension bridge that is Swiss designed and made specifically for bungy jumping with a safety factor of x4 and a loading factor of 4.5t or 41,500kg. Interestingly, before the bridge was constructed, surrounding villagers would have to walk for about 5 hours in order to cross the river gorge safely.

The Last Resort offers a full package for adrenalin junkies. On the first day of your bungy jumping experience you will be provided with both lunch and dinner which will take place around the jump. As the time nears the anticipation almost seems too much before being transported off to the bungy jump site. It must be said, nothing can prepare you for this most unforgettable jump you will make. You will then spend the night at the resort, however, your experience does not stop here. On the second day you will enjoy a wonderful breakfast before you are once again whisked away from ‘The Last Resort’ to a site close to where you had previously jumped, this time you will get up close and personal, viewing the scenery from a totally different perspective while white river rafting and completing the Bhote koshi which entails 80 of the most challenging rapids. Lunch will then be provided before you make your way to your outside accommodation.

  •  Paragliding in Nepal

 

Paragliding is a relatively new adventure sport in Nepal, and little information is available in tourist guidebooks. Paragliding is available in Paraglidingtourist guidebooks. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as your share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites, while floating over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes, and jungles, with a fantastic views of the majestic Himalayas.

 

Gliding is a weather dependent sport and the flying season in Nepal commences from November through February, the best months being November and December. By virtue of its latitude and monsoon climate, the tree line in Nepal is at an incredible 3900m above sea level. With conditions milder than summer alpine, these are excellent and constant atmospherics. The topography and climate of Nepal also make it an ideal destination for all levels of pilots – subtropical conditions provide plenty of thermals and combined with the long valleys common in Nepal, they produce perfect “cloud streets” ideal for Para gliders, inviting them to fly along this “sky highway. The local microclimate, controlled by the numerous lakes in the valley, is unique, which makes it even better for the glider.

The Himalayas is made up of a series of lesser mountains increasing in size, before the Greater Himalayas, with its majestic snow – clad peaks, dominate the sky. The range that is now offered for paragliding is the Mahabharat range, south of these giants. Most flights are out of Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside town at the foot of the Annapurna Himal.

The take off points for these flights is Sarangkot (1592m), which offers prime views of Phewa Tal and the mountains at sunrise and sunset (provided the skies are clear); the landing is by the lake. No previous experience is required as qualified pilots provide a short briefing before launching.

  • Horseback Riding

Horse riding is another popular choice for touring in various hill regions of Nepal and Tibet especially in places where there are no other modes of transportation. Popular horse riding programs are of 8 to 13 days, and routes include

  1. Panauti to Nagarko
  2. Panauti – Nagarkot – Dhulikhel – Panauti
  3. Tour of Pokhara City
  4. Pokhara to Ghorepani
  5. Dakshinkali – Nagarkot
  6. Mustang Valley

Horseback riding can also be mixed with trekking. Some folks may prefer to trek for a few days and then horse-ride the rest of the journey. Not all travel companies offers horseback riding services, so ask with your travel agent for this service. Horseback riding in higher mountains is not a recommended sports.

  • Elephant Polo

 
Come December every year, Nepal brings a flock of polo enthusiastics. The Headquarter of World Elephant Polo Association is located at Chitwan, Nepal. World’s Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was born in Nepal, at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the Royal Chitwan National Park which is located south west of Nepal.

 

The game is much like the horse polo. Usually there are nine elephants on the field (each team has four elephants, and one for the empire), each player sits behind an experienced elephant driver, players communicate with the driver to steer the elephant. This game originated from Nepal, is now played in many countries.

Sources: http://www.dntt.com.np

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