From glacier-fed lakes up north to where rivers ease into the Terai plains, there are numerous lakes in Nepal where tourists can experience the pleasures of boatimg. With famous lakes like Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, Pokhara is known as the lake city and a popular place to go boating.
In the Terai, one can go canoeing on Narayani and Rapati rivers near Chitwan National Park. Boats and canoes can be rented from local dealers on hourly basis from nearby areas. A wide variety of accommodation and other facilities are easily available in both the places.
PLACES FOR BOATING IN NEPAL:
- Phewa, Begnas and Rupa lakes
Mountain flights offer a luxurious option of Himalayan experience. The one-hour mountain flight takes one close to some of highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest. One can clearly see and identify the peaks seen are Gisaithan, Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chyachu, Choba Bhamare, Gaurishanhkar, Melungtse, Chugimango, Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse and of course Mt. Everest. Mountain flights are offered by several airlines especially in the morning from the domestic airport in Kathmandu.
Paragliding in Nepal gives the opportunity to experience an aerial view of the Himalayas. Pokhara, the beautiful town at the foot of the Annpurna Mountains offers paragliding servives. There are various deals for the paragliding veterans and novices. Three-day introduction course is offered to beginners, and tandem flights where one can fly with instructor are also offered.
Rock climbing is a challenging sport for outdoor lover. Most of the areas for rock climbing are situated towards the north of Kathmandu in the Nagarjun forest and Shivapuri National Park areas. Trip to these places can be combined with hiking, bird watching, nature tours and other activities. Nagarjun, 3 km from Kathmandu city can be reached via Balaju near the New Bus Park. Shivpuri, can reached via Bhudanilakantha which is 9 km outside the city area in Kathmandu.
PLACES FOR ROCK CLIMBING IN NEPAL:
- Nagarjun: 3 km from Kathmandu city
- Shivapuri National Park: 9 km from Budhanilkantha
- Bandipur/Bimalnagar (Tanahun): 136 km from Kathmandu
Nepal’s diverse terrain is a mountain bikers dream. Biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring the country. It is possible to go biking the entire length of Nepal. Centuries-old dirt roads and trails offer a chance to go on extended trips to exotic locals like Annpurna and Kanchenjunga areas. 21 to 27 gear bicycles are recommended when riding through Himalayan terrain. Mountain bikes are available for rent at numerous bicycle rental outlets in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara. Riders can explore rims and ridges of Kathmandu and Pokhara through off routs that weave in land out of the cities. Food and accommodation facilities are available along the main trails. It recommended to use services of licensed biking companies.