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Adventure Sports in Nepal

Adventure Sports in Nepal

The Nepal Tourism Board, in addition to promoting Nepal's cultural and religious heritage sites, is taking a major initiative to encourage adventure sports in the region. The new additions in Nepal's catalogue of extreme sports are ice hockey, figure skating and skiing.

The ranges, the hills and the geographical position of Nepal have proven to be an excellent place for adventure sports. Hundreds of holiday-makers visit Nepal annually to take part in such exciting events. Below we're summarizing the 13 best adventure sports experiences that Nepal will encounter.

What do you mean by Adventure Sports?

Extreme sports or Action sports better known as Adventure sports require high-risk practices. Typically this type of games requires advanced gears and knowledge. Usually, these activities involve high speed, height and a large amount of physical exertion.

Sports graded as severe are separate from traditional sports and regulated by factors such as snow, climate, water and mountains. Because these natural events can not be handled, they ultimately influence the result of the Action or occurrence in question.

Although the usage of the word 'competitive sport' has expanded everywhere to characterize a multitude of various events, it is debatable precisely what sports are deemed 'serious.' But most extreme sports have many features common to them.

The schools only allow excessive athletics for their program in physical activity. Extreme activities appear to be more isolated than other conventional, familiar games.

13 Best Adventure Sports to be experienced in Nepal

Below we have enlisted 13 most popular Extreme sports in Nepal. They are:

  1. Ice Climbing
  2. Mountain Biking
  3. Skydiving in Pokhara
  4. Ice Skating and Figure Skating
  5. Bungee Jumping
  6. Zip-Line
  7. Paragliding 
  8. Canyon Swing at Bhote Koshi
  9. Canyoning
  10. Paramotor gliding in Pokhara
  11. Kayaking
  12. Rock Climbing
  13. Skiing in Kalinchowk

Adventure Sports in Nepal

Nepal has proved to be a centre for visitors after many decades searching for experiences that entail a great deal of danger. 

People visit Nepal's demanding terrains for many reasons, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, ice climbing and much more.

To further develop the country's rugged areas, the government has launched a significant program to encourage modern winter sports such as ice hockey, skate figuring and, to name a handful, skiing.

The above mentioned extreme sports in Nepal have been described in brief below.

Ice Climbing

Nepal offers a number of ice-hiking opportunities for people obsessed with indoor hiking rocks. Home to a village near Besisahar, Annapurna Conservation Area, is the perfect location for such excursions.

Ice Climbing

Visiting Nepal for such activities is advisable throughout February and April.

Mountain Biking

The trekking and hiking paths and Nepal have proved to be profitable routes for riding enthusiasts. There are many tracks in the suburbs of Kathmandu and Pokhara, for vacationers searching for fast motor trip adventures.

Mountain Biking

There are several places in Nepal where you can enjoy Mountain Biking. They are:

  • Kathmandu Valley (1-14 days)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara (7-12 days)
  • Annapurna Circuit (+11 days)
  • Mustang (6-10 days)
  • Lower Everest Region (+5 days)

Skydiving in Pokhara

This adventure sport was introduced on November 1st 2010, and the event's participants were Bibek Pandey, Phul Bahadur Tamang, Dik Bhadur Khrissina and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation ministers. More than 75 jumpers from across the globe have encountered the rush since 2017.

Skydiving

The leap includes a freefall drop from an AS 350 B3 / B2 helicopter from a height of 9,000-11,000 ft.

Ice Skating and Figure Skating

Recently the Nepal Tourism Board held the first-ever ice hockey and figure skating event in Gokyo Lake, Nepal to encourage Visit Nepal 2020. The lake sits at an elevation of 4,700 m (15,400 ft).

Ice Skating

The sporting event is the first of its kind initiated to encourage Visit Nepal 2020, attended by athletes from countries such as France, Finland, the United States, Canada and India, to name a handful.

Dmitriy Viktorovich Dudarev and Aleksandr Chekarshev from Russia, Jeremy Abbott, Matej Silecky, and Laura Kottlowski from the USA were some of the prominent people to be present at the historic gathering.

Bungee Jumping

Just a few locations approved for bungee jumps are present in Nepal. The famous among them is the one at Bhote Koshi and Pokhara.

Bungee Jumping

A 160 m freefall can be witnessed from a suspension bridge into the gorge of the Bhote Koshi River. The view of the bungee is not so big and is a 70 m leap from a bridge.

Zip-Line

Pokhara was widely recognized for providing the longest zip-line in the world before the UAE claimed the title in 2018. The line stretches over 1.8 km and achieves a maximum of 120 km/hr.

Zip-line

On the way down you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountains like Mt. Langtang (7,227 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Gauri Shankar (7,134), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and Mt. Phuribichyachu (6,637 m).

In Dhulikhel, Banepa, another zip-line is also built where you can witness a 72-meter drop. 

Paragliding 

Pokhara is one of the locations in Nepal to experience the Sarankot (Toripani) paragliding ride. The glorious Machapuchre and other mountains surrounding the valley and the lovely Fewa Lake below you will be observed during the glide.

Paragliding

The above view from the atmosphere can steal your breath away. The paragliding experience is not just skydiving and ultra-flight but one of the most common activities in Pokhara.

Canyon Swing at Bhote Koshi

The Last Resort at Bhote Koshi River is the only location in Nepal where you can witness Canyon Swing. It is at the same height as the bungee (160 m) and is released from the same bridge. The swing will hit a speed of 150 km/hr.

Canyoning

If you're searching in Pokhara for a risky adventure activity. It can be done at Ghalel village, just 1-hour drive from Pokhara. 

You can even witness a quick Rock and Slide at the Jalibre Canyon in Chitwan National Park and also along the Trishuli River in the Charaudni Canyon.

Canyoning

You're descending down a steep canyon in this trip, although the torrent of water rushing down the gorge makes it more difficult. 

The exercise is supervised and coordinated by a professional official who can help you overcome your fear of height and water to ensure your safety.

Lonely Planet has suggested this adventure tourism in Nepal and will give you the same experience as in Natural Water theme park.

Paramotor gliding in Pokhara

Since 2016 Tandem Flying Club Paratrike (Paramotor) has launched a project to encourage flying adventure. It's an ultra-flight, para-hiking and paragliding mix.

Paramotor Gliding

Currently, there are just motor engines from Sparrow Fly and Falcon Fly (flying above 7,000 ft) that support you conquer the sky. Pokhara is the perfect location to be for citizens finding excitement in the stars.

Kayaking

Pokhara is also famous for kayaking in the Seti River, in addition to paragliding and zip-line. You'll possibly see some uncommon types of birds breeding along the shores of the river on the rides down.

Kayaking

There are many other locations besides Pokhara where you can enjoy a kayaking trip like in:

  • Tamba Koshi
  • Modi Khola
  • Mardi Khola
  • Thuli Beri
  • Balephi Khola
  • Bhurungdi Khola

Rock Climbing

You will taste the excitement of short-rock climbing excursions as well as heading on a trekking expedition. Astrek Climbing Wall in Thamel includes an artificial wall that allows you the opportunity to scale rocks.

Rock Climbing

There are also many other popular climbing sites in and around the Kathmandu Valley, such as Nagarjuna and Pharping.

However, if you are prepared with proper gears and training, there are many other unknown places which are attractive to rock climbing.

Skiing in Kalinchowk

Recently Kalinchowk has proven to be Nepal's most visited tourist destination. Kalinchowk is now situated in the Dolakha district and is a huge draw for people who want to witness snowfall and winter sports like skiing.

Skiing in Kalinchowk

The sport opened in 2017 and was an important session among the Nepalese citizens and foreigners. Nepal's Ski and Snowboarding Foundation recently arranged a ski festival on March 7th, 2020.

Kalinchowk is also well known for its Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, at the height of 3,842 m.

Other Adventure Sports in Nepal

  • Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Stand-up Paddle-Boarding

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