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Below we are highlighting some of the most famous tours and holidays in Nepal. Due to its mountainous terrain Nepal offers excellent tour opportunities within trekking and climbing, kayaking, river rafting, and mountain biking, all activities where Nepal excels compared with other destinations around the world.
Adventurers can get into the ultimate thrill of their lives by ascending one of the many peaks in northern Nepal. Popular mountaineering peaks include Mount Everest, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Lobuche East, Chulu West, Pisang, Dhampus Peak and Mount Amadablam. Trekkers can choose from a wide variety of trekking routes from “easy” to “extremely difficult”. Some of the most popular treks in nepal are the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and the Poonhill trek. If you're looking for more remote but yet amazing trekking trails the Manaslu trek, Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek, Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek and the Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Trek are some of the best treks in Nepal. For the very adventurous trekker, The Great Himalayan Trail is a good option because it runs all the way from East to West Nepal, right below some of the tallest mountains on earth.
Rafting in Nepal one of its many great rivers in Nepal has always been a popular activity. Whether you are a novice or a Class 5+ rafter, Nepal has plenty of rivers to provide you with a good dose of adrenaline rush.
Some of the famous rivers to explore in a kayak or on a raft are Bhote Kosi, Sun koshi, Trisuli, Karnali, and the Kali Gandaki River, and many others. Nepal is simply a mecca for river rafting and kayaking tours!
Pokhara has also been touted as one of the best places in the world to go paragliding, thanks to its unique geothermal patterns and stunning landscapes.
One of the UN World Heritage sites, Chitwan National Park is a must see for lovers of wildlife. It is Nepal's oldest national park and home to endangered species such as the Royal Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinos and Ghariyal crocodiles. Visitors can explore the park on elephants or in a safari vehicle. It is also possible to spend the night in watchtowers called Machans. If you have 3 days available that’s enough to see Chitwan National Park.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, is another UN heritage site that might be of particular importance to the spiritually inclined. This sacred site is not just a draw for religious devotees, though. The shimmering lights, sounds, beautiful temples, sculptures, and manicured grounds are artistic treasures and a pleasure to the senses.
Kathmandu boasts of seven UN World Heritage sites, so there is plenty to see for the cultural-minded. The Durbar (Palace) Squares in the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan highlight centuries of history, art, culture and tradition in the valley. These historical places are a host to opulent palaces, incredible woodwork and masonry, and impressive art galleries. Also worth the time is a visit to Nepal's holiest site, the UNESCO-listed Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, as well as Swayambhunath Stupa (also known as Monkey Temple), which offers sweeping panorama of Kathmandu valley and playful primates. Another famous attraction is the Boudhanath Stupa.
In Pokhara you will be able to visit many of its caves, extensive water system and the beautiful Fewa lake where one can take a paddle boat and visit Barahi Mandir, an island and temple in the middle of the lake. Other fascinating things to do in Pokhara are mountain bike rides, visit the peace pagoda, strolling up and down lakeside, paragliding, and perhaps a kayak tour down the Lower Seti River, or river rafting down from the Upper Seti section.
Nepal is a mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts. If you’re in Kathmandu Valley you will be able to find a host of different mountain bike tours, and the same goes for Pokhara. If you’re looking for adventurous mountain bike tours it is possible to mountain bike the famous Annapurna Circuit trek , or even magical Upper Mustang.
Nepal is a tour and holiday mecca with some of the best treks, climbing and river rafting tours in the world! Before you go, make sure that you know the best time to visit Nepal. If you're looking for more information, please do check our Nepal Travel Guide for further Nepal insights and travel tips.