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Active vacation in Nepal - things to do, entertainment and nightlife

Nepal is located in a mainland territory between India and China. The country doesn’t have access to the sea but it has large mountain areas, 9 national parks, and 3 national reserves. Almost 20% of the country’s territory is protected by the government. In local national parks, tourists can participate in safaris on all-terrain vehicles, on their foot, and even on elephants. Chitwan is one of these parks. An elephant excursion in the tropical jungle is a truly mesmerizing activity, so no wonder why so many tourists choose to try it. As a rule, the procession consists of several elephants. Each of the animals has a “cart” attached to it. This cart has enough space for four tourists.
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Elephant bath is a curious activity, and it is twice more exciting when you are a part of it. In Nepal, tourists can visit the village of Sauraha in Chitwan Valley (3 hours by bus to the west of Kathmandu) and not only see how elephants are taking bath but also to participate in this process. The elephant bath procedure is the following: a visitor is helped to get on the spine of an elephant. The animal then enters the water and starts bathing, pouring itself with water from the trunk. Tourist sitting on the elephant becomes wet, happy, and gets an adrenaline boost. This entertainment costs 100-200 rupees.
Active recreation in Nepal is diverse and exciting. Both beginners and physically advanced people can find a suitable activity. Rafting and kayaking can leave many happy memories. They are available on such rivers as Balephi Kohola, Kali Gandaki, and Marsyangdi. Rafting on the Sun Kosi River is the longest. Its length is 270 kilometers, and it takes 8-9 days to reach the final destination. The journey starts in the Himalayas and ends in the Gangetic Plain. Tourists make stops on the way and visit small villages. A constant change of landscapes, the beauty of mountain views, adrenaline boost, and a feeling of being united with nature – this is a truly unforgettable journey. Copyright
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Beginner rafters, who only make their first steps in rafting and kayaking, can choose more suitable routes that are perfect for inexperienced tourists. These are rivers Seti and Trisuli. The routes are significantly shorter here – up to 40 kilometers. Besides that, there are no strong currents. The price depends on the length of the journey – a one-day rafting excursion on the Bhote Kosi River can cost 40 U.S. dollars, and a ten-day-long rafting journey on the Karnali River is significantly more expensive, around 600 U.S. dollars. Don’t forget that it doesn’t matter whether you are an advanced rafter or your group leader is a professional, you still need to have special medical insurance that covers all risks associated with rafting in the mountains. Your insurance must include emergency evacuation and hospital fees.
Mountain rivers flow into lakes that are also great for active recreation. Boat riding is perfectly suitable for tourists who prefer a calmer and more romantic pastime. Cold mountain lakes on the north and warm lakes of the tropical Terai are places of incredible beauty. There are more than seventy registered lakes in the country. Many of these lakes are in the mountains, and they are not suitable for boat riding. First of all, take a look at such lakes as Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa located in the Pokhara Valley. It usually costs 3-5 U.S. dollars per hour to rent a boat. The price is cheaper if the rental period is long.
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Nepal is a mountain country, so there are many routes for fans of hiking and ecotourism. Some hiking excursions are easy and short (up to several days). They are suitable even for travelers with children. During these tours, participants walk on rural roads, admire local nature, make stops to relax, and visit historic landmarks. As a rule, there are several sleep options available during such tours: village hotels, campsites, and sleeping in tents. For casual tourists, there are routes that end at 3,200 meters – this altitude is safe for most people. Tours like “Around Annapurna” are routes intended for 12-15 days.
It would be a mistake to forget to mention the most complicated and dangerous type of active recreation – alpinism. Eight of the tallest mountains in the world are located in Nepal. All of them are higher than 8,000m, with Mount Everest (8,848m) being the highest and most famous. Alpinists prepare for each expedition for a long time. Besides the skills and physical form, they need to have a permit to climb the mountain. The price of this permit can be up to several thousand dollars. Alpinism doesn’t look like recreation; this is a hard and exhausting activity that can be dangerous.
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Canyoning is a type of active recreation that implies traveling in canyons. It can include climbing, walking, and swimming in waterfalls. If you are not scared of discovering new places and enjoy gorgeous panoramas from cliffs and mountains, give this activity a chance even if you have never heard of it before. If climbing and scrambling sound fun, it is time to try it. Canyoning is usually significantly easier than traditional alpinism because you do not need to climb up. In canyoning, people move down the canyon using alpinist gear. Experienced instructors teach, guide, and make sure everyone is safe.
Canyoning is active recreation without any excessive physical exercise, but it is great for obtaining some knowledge in alpinism. Test yourself and admire the picturesque views of the Bhote Kosi River. Such canyons as Panglang Khola, Kanglang Khola, and Bhukuthe Khola have become popular with tourists. The period from April to May and from October to November is the optimal time to visit Nepal. It is quite cold here in winter, and summer brings rain season and possible floods. If you want to enjoy a spiritual journey in Nepal, individual travel is more suitable. Otherwise, active recreation, especially in the mountains, is a group journey that requires a professional guide.
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Unique attractions in Nepal

Kali Gandaki Gorge

From the series “The Deepest Canyons on the Planet”
Kali Gandaki Gorge and the river flowing along its bottom owe their names to Hindu goddess Kali, who is the personification of the powerful forces of nature. The exact depth of the canyon remains unknown; it’s estimated that latter is more than 6,000 meters deep. Kali Gandaki Gorge is surrounded by majestic mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, whose height is more than 8,000 meters. Annually snow-capped peaks attract thousands of travelers. If tourists consider these places to be natural landmarks, then for the indigenous peoples they have been sacred since ancient times.

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Hanging Bridge of Ghasa

From the series “The Most Dangerous Bridges in the World”
The Hanging Bridge of Ghasa situated in Nepal belongs to those facilities, the mere appearance of which is breathtaking. It is close to the village of the same name and is actively used for ferrying not only people, but also cattle. Cattle have remained the principal mean of livelihood for locals for many years. A huge amount of pets resulted in the construction of the bridge.

Before that, herds of animals were constantly accumulated in and around the village, occupying the narrow mountain road almost completely. Today, hundreds of shepherds and animals move freely across the bridge and get access to picturesque pastures.

The narrow bridge is laid at a great height; moreover, it is quite narrow and extremely unstable to wind gusts occurring regularly in this area. Passing through the … Read all
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