The following is a guest post I did for the CheapOair travel blog:
Nestled between two giants (China to the north and India to the south) sits Nepal, a tiny country famous for the Himalayan range. Since 1951 when Nepal opened its doors to foreigners, the country has maintained a sense of majestic wonder for visitors.
Despite its small size, Nepal packs a major punch. Within the country’s borders are some of the greatest adventure opportunities on Earth: Mt. Everest, the Annapurna circuit, raging rivers, craggy cliffs and more. Nepal is known for its awe-inspiring trekking routes, so here are three other extreme adventures to try out on your next visit.
1) Bungee Jumping
The Nepal bungee jump, run by The Last Resort, is the perfect antidote for the extreme adrenaline junky. Participants jump off a metal suspension bridge that’s strung between two cliffs over the churning Bhote Kosi river. After being strapped around the ankles, jumpers dive off the teetering metal platform into the 160-meter deep gorge. Travel agencies based in Kathmandu can arrange the bungee jumping trip, which includes a bus ride to and from the location, the jump itself and lunch.
Paragliding is an extreme sport that induces an adrenaline rush while at the same time inspiring an overwhelming sense of tranquility. Flying high through the Nepal skies is perhaps one of the greatest adventures in the country. Most paragliding flights open to travelers are based in Pokhara, a town about 200 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu (5-7 hours by bus or minivan).
There are several paragliding companies based in Pokhara, including Frontiers Paragliding and Sunrise Paragliding. Paragliding companies will arrange tandem flights, most of which depart from a location high on a hill near Sarangkot. Start out running and glide off the hill with your certified paraglider steering the whole way down. On clear days, the Annapurna mountain range, including Macchapucchre (Fishtail Mountain), can be seen jutting into the sky. Try catching a thermal air pocket and soar through the clods with hawks. Make sure to bring your camera to get snapshots of the shimmering Phewa Tal lake below.
3) White Water Rafting
Churning rapids, raging white water, seething river dips and curves: these are just a few things to look forward to on a rafting trip in Nepal. All those mountains means a great deal of runoff, which means some epic white water rafting opportunities . For a surprisingly reasonable price, private trips can be arranged for small or large groups. Between the heart-pounding sections of river, expect to see some jaw-dropping scenery: lush green jungles, spiky cliffs, herds of goats and huge mountain ranges. There are white water rafting companies based in both Kathmandu and Pokhara that are readily available to arrange trips and river guides.
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