| by: John Riggin
With its majestic Himalayan Mountains and
fascinating local culture, Nepal is a favorite travel destination for
adventurous travelers. Each year thousands embark upon the experience of
a lifetime to spend days or weeks in the breathtakingly beautiful
country of Nepal.
Most adventure travelers in Nepal will be treated
to magnificent views from high in the mountains. They will wander
through pure forests and past clear mountain lakes, rivers and
waterfalls. They'll visit remote Buddhist monasteries and shrines and
see tiny mountain villages, full of friendly locals.
Trekking expeditions in Nepal are quite popular.
They typically involve a small group of people who have been given a
list of equipment, such as hiking boots, to bring with them to Nepal.
Once they arrive in the country they set off together to explore. There
is usually a trekking staff that comes along on the trip and carries
most of the camping equipment and even the travelers' bags. They set up
the camp, cook meals and break camp, leaving the traveler to enjoy the
trek without the physical hardship of toting heavy packs.
Treks are available for people with various
abilities. While a person should be in good shape for these treks, one
does not need to be a tri-athlete to take part. There are more strenuous
treks for those in great physical condition, as well as easier treks.
Many of the easier treks are appropriate for families and allow children
to participate. Some companies rate the treks they offer by level of
difficulty, to help travelers judge which trek would be best for them.
While trekking is one of the most popular forms of
adventure travel in Nepal, it is by no means the only one. There are
many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in beautiful and mysterious Nepal.
- The Himalayas make Nepal a favorite destination
for mountain climbers. There are well over 100 peaks open to mountain
climbers in Nepal, including the famed Mount Everest.
- The mountains of Nepal also have trails for
mountain bikers of varying skills.
- Nepal offers challenging climbing cliffs for
avid rock climbers.
- While rafting and kayaking in Nepal, adventurers
can float along picturesque mountain rivers enjoying tranquil views, far
from the well-traveled paths.
- Finally, adventure travelers in Nepal can choose
to experience a jungle safari from a jeep or the back of an elephant.
Nepal's wildlife reserves and conservation areas boast a variety of
unique animals, including the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Greater One
Horned Rhinoceros. So go and travel to Nepal and travel to the
Himalayas. It will be an adventure of a lifetime.