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The best way to experience Nepal's unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is to walk through them. Trekking in the Himalayan country is a guaranteed experience of a lifetime.
Rafting is one of the best ways to explore the typical cross section of natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage of the country. There are numerous rivers in Nepal which offer excellent rafting or canoeing experience.
Honey hunters can set out on a perfect holiday package collaborating honey hunting activity with a scoop of trekking at Shangri – La valley. Honey Hunting has been a traditional activity for the indigenous Gurung and Magar community, which has been practiced from generations to generations especially in the areas of Bhujung and Pasgaon. Aside from these places, other hotspots for honey hunting are Annapurna region, Dhading, Jharlang across Ganesh Himal, Arun vallaey in Makalu. You will be fascinated by the techniques used by the tribesmen to collect the honey. Honey hunters climb uphill to cliffs at staggering altitude of 3500m, onlookers never cease to be amazed by watching how the hunters with their minimal traditional hunting gear gather honey. Huge honeycombs are built by Apis Laboriosa, the world's largest honey, and honeys are usually collected twice a year. A documentary shows a hunter ascending a 200 foot rope, balancing a basket and a long pole to chisel away up to 2 million bees from their combs.
The best way to explore the Kathmandu Valley is on a mountain bike. Nepal's diverse terrain is a mountain biker's dream adventure comes true. Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. There are plenty of dirty roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountain biker's wildest fantasy. Mountain biking is specially recommended if you wish to explore urban centres of Nepal such as Pokhara and Kathmandu as well as the countryside. You could even do the entire length of Nepal across the plains. Mountain bikes are readily available for rental or buying.
For all those cliff-hangers out there, Kathmandu offers a roster of stonewall that makes up for an experience of a lifetime. Rock climbing has become a popular sport in Kathmandu, and offers some really terrific places for rock climbing. Nagarjun, Balaju, Shivapuri and Budhanil Kantha are some of the places where you can try this sport.
Nepal is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, including the highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m). Special permits and physical fitness along with training are strictly required to climb mountains.
Paragliding in Nepal gives the opportunity to experience an aerial view of the Himalayas. Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside, town at the foot of the Annapurna mountains offers paragliding services. There are various deals offered for the paragliding veterans and novices. Three- day introduction course is offered to beginners, and tandem flights where one can fly with instructors are also offered.
Hot air ballooning is very popular with tourists for it offers the most spectacular bird's-eye view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan ranges towering in the background. On a clear day it's a superb way to view the Himalayan (from over 6000m up), and the view of the valley is equally breath-taking.
The ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can now be experienced in Nepal at one of the best sites that this sport has to offer in the world. The site is located at a distance of a 3 hour drive from Kathmandu and 100km northeast within 12 km of the Tibet border. Nepal's first bungy jumping site is situated 160m over Bhote Koshi River.
Ultralight aircraft takes off from Pokhara and offers spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and Pokhara valley. This is an ideal way to see life from a new perspective. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate chiefly because of the proximity of the mountains, and the scenic lakes
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When I was sitting high up on the steps of a temple looking over Bhaktapur, I came to think about asimilar situation in Cuzco in Peru. I had the same feeling of peace inside. The mountains surroundingthe town and old roof brought me back to the wonderful time in a beautiful town of Cuzco.a
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