Every adventurous traveler should visit Nepal at least once in their lifetime. And when they do, they need a Nepal bucket list! This awe-inspiring destination has something for everyone. From Everest Base Camp trek and hanging out with holy men in Kathmandu to white water rafting. There are so many unique things to do in Nepal that we’ve decided to narrow it down to what we consider to be the top things to do; worthy of being on your Nepal Bucket List anyway!
Here’s our pick of the top 10 Nepal Bucket List experiences
Trek the Himalayas
Whether you are into trekking or not, if you are in Nepal you cannot leave the country without experiencing one of their many trails. Nepal has a path for everyone. From the Poon Hill trek that can be completed in four to five days to the Annapurna Circuit which passes through beautiful tea houses and mountain villages giving you a peep into the lives of the locals.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and the place where most travelers come to take a break from trekking. It’s a hot spot for handicrafts and exotic art. It’s also home to seven world heritage sites, some preserving the architecture of a civilization dating back centuries. Wander around Durbar Square, enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, admire the ancient temples, haggle over the handicrafts for sale and get to know the other side of Nepal.
Mountain Flight to Everest
Your trip to Nepal is incomplete without a thrilling mountain flight. Since the country boasts the ten highest mountains in the world, it is a golden opportunity to take a short trip to get a glimpse of the highest peaks in the world. I am sure you are going to enjoy the spectacular view from a height as you glide over the large Himalayan regions. Witness the snowcapped mountains without putting in any physical effort.
White Water Rafting
Nepal has some of the best rapids descending from the Himalayas. It is also regarded as one of the best destinations in the world for whitewater rafting and kayaking. So embrace this rare opportunity to experience the thrills of rafting along side of the beautiful mountains, deep gorges, and exotic villages. The most popular rafting river is the Trishuli that will take you across the Chitwan National Park. You can explore the rivers by paddle rafting in a group, by kayaking or in a canoe.
Sightseeing in Bhaktapur
The city of Bhaktapur has been preserved in its medieval state by the Nepal government.The building of modern constructions and automobiles in the center of the town are therefore banned. The main highlights of Bhaktapur are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Royal Palace Plaza, traditional farming and ancient settlements.
Happy Hikes (also known as short hikes)
Kathmandu valley has some outdoor activities to offer its visitors. Here you can explore lush green hills, rich natural landscapes and the beauty of the outskirts. The valley has short hikes like Nagarkot hike, Champa Devi hike, Chisapani hike, and Nagarjuna hike that are incredibly famous. Enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the mountains while you hike these gentle hills near the city.
Buddhism is the main religion in Nepal, and Kathmandu Valley has some monasteries that are incredibly significant to the Nepalese culture. These monasteries are hundreds of years old and are home to some of the most exquisite statues of Lord Buddha. Some Monasteries in Patan and Kathmandu follow Vajrayana Buddhism, (Sanskrit: “Thunderbolt Vehicle” or “Diamond Vehicle”), and some follow Tibetan Buddhism.
Chitwan National Park
The Chitwan National Park is one of the unique eco-systems in the world. Rare one horned Rhinos, hyenas, wild elephants, leopards and around 450 species of birds reside here. Either go for a trek in the jungle for days or spend the hours watching hundreds of species of splendid birds, possibly even go for a canoe ride in the river too.
If you are an extreme adventure lover, try paragliding from Sarangkot towards Annapurna Mountain range or over the exquisite Pokhara Valley. Paragliding is among the best methods to experience the Himalayas and the mountains. Two paragliding options are available here. You can either take a non-motorized foot-launched inflatable glider or a free-flying foot-launched aircraft. In both the cases, a trained pilot will be present throughout to assist you. If you want to go paragliding alone, you will need to take a ten-day course beforehand.
Stupas are Buddhist temple designs made up of a white dome, brass canopy, glided spire, prayer flags and prayer wheels. Nepal has nearly a hundred ancient stupas. Among these Boudhanath, Charumati Vihara and Swayambhunath are believed to be almost 2000 years old and are declared world heritage sites by UNESCO.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country so creating an awesome Nepal Bucket List is actually super easy. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to to do.
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