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Oktoberfest 2017 Munich: The Insider’s Guide

Oktoberfest. The grandest and most exotic festival of Germany. Oktoberfest. One of the most spirited parties on the planet. A celebration that reminds you of all kinds of superlatives, provided you’re still in your senses after the first couple of hours. Oktoberfest is an annual event that stretches over 16 days and attracts more than … Continue reading Oktoberfest 2017 Munich: The Insider’s Guide → The post Oktoberfest 2017 Munich: The Insider’s Guide appeared first on...

Oktoberfest. The grandest and most exotic festival of Germany. Oktoberfest. One of the most spirited parties on the planet. A celebration that reminds you of all kinds of superlatives, provided you’re still in your senses after the first couple of hours.

Oktoberfest is an annual event that stretches over 16 days and attracts more than 6 million visitors from all over the world. It has often been showcased as a crazy, carefree, over-the-top party and it can definitely offer an experience unlike any other. However, if you’re a newcomer to this gala party, it’s essential to plan ahead and understand what to expect. This Oktoberfest 2017 guide helps you discover all you need to know about the largest festival in the world.

A Brief History

Crowds of visitors at the annual Oktoberfest celebrating the opening day
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Oktoberfest was first held on October 12, 1810, when the entire town was invited to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. The festival took place in the fields outside the city gates, which were later renamed Theresienwiese in honor of Princess Therese. The party turned out to be so popular that the king continued the celebration the following year, and the rest is history.

Oktoberfest Today

People enjoying beers in the Oktoberfest Germany
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Oktoberfest is a 16-day extravaganza where more than 6 million people come together to drink more than 60000 hectoliters of beer. The largest attraction of the fest is its breweries who serve food and beer in 14 tents. But that’s not all that the festival has on offer. It also presents all kinds of beer tasting contests, roller coasters, yodeling contests, carnival rides and more. Oktoberfest is a celebration of the German culture and you’re sure to have a blast watching all those people drink, sing and have fun in their traditional dresses.

The Venue

Aerial view on the Oktoberfest on Theresienwiese in Munich
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Oktoberfest is held at the Theresienwiese ground in Munich. The ground covers an area of 420000 sq. ft., and you can expect just about every inch to be covered with beer during the festival.

The Dates

Oktoberfest starts in the month of September and ends on the first Sunday of October or on October 3. The dates for Oktoberfest 2017 are September 17 to October 3.

How Much Time to Spend in Oktoberfest?

If you’re visiting Munich to become a part of this festival, a couple of days are usually more than enough. After all, there is only so much beer you can consume!

What to Wear?

Women's wearing the traditional costumes at the annual Oktoberfest
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You simply cannot become a part of Oktoberfest without donning its semi-official attire, a traditional Bavarian outfit. Men usually wear bandanas, shirts, lederhosen, suspenders, shoes and a hat. Women are traditionally dressed in a blouse, ribbon necklace, dirndl and apron. You can easily find the perfect Oktoberfest outfit for approximately €50.

Choosing Your Tent

Crowds in the Hippodrom Beer Tent on the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest fair grounds
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As you’re probably aware, Oktoberfest is all about its gala tents. There are 14 different beer tents at the venue, and each tent can seat between 4000 to 11000 people. Every tent is unique in terms of the décor, the music and the type of food served, so choose wisely.

  • Hippodrom: Small in size but huge in its reputation. Seating about 4000 people, this is one of the first tents you come across. Hippodrom is incredibly popular among singletons and it even serves sparkling wine.
  • Paulanerbrau Zelt: The Paulanerbrau Zelt can be marked by the humongous beer tankard rotating on top of its tower. The tent is famous for its comfy atmosphere and regulars, including FC Bayern Munich players.
  • Augustiner-Festhelle: A major favorite among locals, this Augusinter Brewery tent is considered to be the friendliest of all. The tent is known for its warm and cosy experience and the fact that the beer is still served in traditional wooden kegs.
  • Pschorrbrau-Festhalle: This particular beer tent is incredibly popular as it hosts its own female yodeler and is also the meeting place for the gay community on the first Sunday of Oktoberfest.
  • Scottenhamel-Festhalle: The most traditional and oldest tent of Oktoberfest is where the Mayor of Munich taps the first keg of beer. The tent mostly attracts students and is a popular meeting place for young adults.
  • Schutzen-Festhalle: Schutzen-Festhalle can accommodate just 700 people, but this is where the traditional shooting competition of Oktoberfest is held. And Schützenzelt feels cozy even on a cool day as its garden is protected against the wind.
  • Hacker-Festzelt: A tent unlike any other thanks to the stunning decors and rock n roll music.
  • Hofbrau-Festzelt: Popular among overseas travelers due to its affiliation with Hofbrauhaus, the best beer hall in Munich, this is one of the few tents that has standing room inside.
  • Armbrustschuten-Festhalle: Dressed to resemble the stunning Alpine foothills, this is the hall that hosts those famous German crossbow championships each year.
  • Lowenbrau-Festhelle: Popular among South Africans, New Zealanders and Australians, the huge lion statue guarding the tent’s door makes it hard to miss.
  • And remember, there’s a Weinzelt as well, where they serve as many as 15 varieties of red and white wines from all over Germany. The tent looks very different from its neighbors as it features u-shaped booths that make it resemble a Franconian wine garden.

Budgeting for Oktoberfest 2017

Here is a short breakdown of the typical costs associated with Oktoberfest. So plan wisely!

  • Entry: Free
  • Rides: Traditional museums and rides such as the Krinoline or the Witch’s Swing charge €3.
  • Sightseeing: Entering the Historical Wiesn grounds costs €3.
  • Beer: A 1-liter beer stein costs €10.
  • Food: Authentic German meals in the tents cost between €12 to €20. But you can always find more affordable meals outside the tents.
  • An entire day can cost about €100. This should usually get you a couple of meals and 2 to 3 beers.

Miscellaneous Tips for Oktoberfest 2017

  • Weekdays are usually quieter, and a better time to attend the fest. Tents start filling up around 02.30 PM.
  • You can book a table if you’re planning to go with friends and spend about €300.
  • Oktoberfest beer is usually stronger than normal beer.
  • Always tip your waitress.
  • Beer mugs are not souvenirs. Don’t forget to return them to the breweries.

So here’s to a gala time. Prost!

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Top 12 Things to Do in Kathmandu

When you are visiting Kathmandu after its 2015 earthquake please be aware that there is still plenty of exciting things to do in Nepal’s capital. In this article we are listing the top 12 best things to do in Kathmandu. If you’re looking for what you can do in Nepal, check out the 12 Best … Continue reading Top 12 Things to Do in Kathmandu → The post Top 12 Things to Do in Kathmandu appeared first on BookMundi Travel Blog - Top things to do around the...

When you are visiting Kathmandu after its 2015 earthquake please be aware that there is still plenty of exciting things to do in Nepal’s capital. In this article we are listing the top 12 best things to do in Kathmandu. If you’re looking for what you can do in Nepal, check out the 12 Best Things to Do in Nepal as well.

1. Mount Everest Helicopter Tour  (above image)

From Kathmandu Airport’s domestic terminal, you’ll take off in a helicopter early in the day, flying within 200 meters of Mt. Everest and nearby peaks. The helicopter will then normally refuel at Lukla where after you will carry on to the Syangboche airstrip. Here, you can explore the Solu Khumbu also known as the Everest region and the Kala Patthar base camp on foot. After fantastic views and a great ride you will return to Kathmandu airport where the trip will end.

Highlights:

  • Land at base camps used by climbers to scale the world’s highest peak
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Mt Everest and the Himalayas

See Helicopter Tours.

2. Panoramic Mountain Flight over the Himalayas

High range of Himalayas mountains in Tibet
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A comfortable and exhilarating ride over the mighty Himalayas is a must during your visit to Kathmandu. Most of these peaks are among the highest in the world, and the pristine beauty of this desolate landscape is a reflection of how inhospitable and unreachable it is. You’ll be among the lucky few to witness the Himalayas this close, this comprehensively and this conveniently!

Highlights:

  • Fly over the most indomitable and revered mountain range in history
  • Admire the spectacular terrain from the convenience of your window seat

See Mountain Flight Tours.

3. River Rafting Tour on Trishuli River

Rafting in Nepal
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Trishuli River connects Kathmandu to Pokhara, and is a highly attractive destination for river rafting. The river experiences are sought after by those drawn to white water rafting, which offers excitement and adventure unparalleled by other sports in the world.

Highlights:

  • Experience the unmatched thrill and energy of river rafting
  • Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear rivers
  • Take in the natural beauty and scenic villages

See River Rafting Tours on Trisuli River. You can also read guide for the best rafting tours in Nepal.

4. Visit Monkey Temple

View Of Swayambhunath Kathmandu
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Pronounced “swahi-an-boon-eth”, this temple is surprisingly fun to visit! The monkeys are numerous and will happily accept any fruit that you offer them, but are similarly attracted to jewelry and shiny items. You’ll find several souvenir shops, albeit pricey ones. Visit early in the morning, and be prepared for plenty of walking and a small hike up the hill! Monkey Temple is usually part of a one day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Highlights:

  • Also known as Swayambhunath, it is the oldest stupa in Nepal
  • Climb all the way up the 365 steps for a great view of Kathmandu City
  • Feed the monkeys, but make sure they don’t steal your valuables!

See Sightseeing Tours in Kathmandu

5. Visit Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath Temple
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A popular destination for fans of mysticism and Hindu mythology, this temple is notable for the insight it provides into the lives of Sadhus – Hindu monks devoted to the service of Shiva. This is also where most people in Kathmandu are brought when they die. For Nepalese people a funeral is a public ceremony. When visiting Pashupatinath you will inevitably become part of such ceremony, a where the dead are burned. It it is a very interesting experience despite it at times can be too much for a Westener. For a more complete religious experience, follow this up with a trip to the Buddhist Boudhanath stupa, where you can learn about Buddhism principles from the monks themselves. Here, you can also visit one of the most famous astrologers in the country! Pashupatinath is usually part of a 1-Day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu.

Highlights:

  • Experience the reverence of devout Hindu monks at their most sacred temple in the world
  • Witness cremations along the Bagmati River

 6. Guided Tour in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur, an Unesco Heritage Architecture
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Bhaktapur, or the ‘City of Devotees’, is a juxtaposition of modernity and centuries-old culture. With cars and motorcycles plying on tiled roads against the backdrop of pagodas and temples, with jeweled metal gates that resemble the doors of fortress-cities, Bhaktapur is one of the most unique places in Nepal. Even the dialect here is different!

Highlights:

  • Visit the ancient Newar town of Bhaktapur, one of the oldest in Nepal
  • Home to some of the richest talent in carvings, pottery and weaving

7. Go to the Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu
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Restored with the help of the Austrian Government, the private garden of the late Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (originally known as “The Garden of the Six Seasons) was opened to the public in 2007. It is a mesmerizing expanse of exotic flora combined with new-age architecture, and is a sought-after retreat for locals and tourists alike!

Highlights:

  • Situated around Nepal’s largest library
  • A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu

8. Visit Thamel

If the local market experience was a little too much for you, then try Thamel; the food quality is better, and there are plenty of international-themed clubs and entertainment centers. A little pricey and a little crowded, but a more familiar experience for most tourists!

Highlights:

  • A tourist-themed market with Wi-Fi
  • Used as a base camp for the many mountaineering enthusiasts from all over the world

9. Take Cooking Classes in Thamel

Nepalese traditional momos served with tomato chatni and fresh salad in restaurant
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You can take back things other than souvenirs! Learn how to cook momos, dal bhat, and a number of tasty Nepali, Tibetan, Bhutanese and other dishes. Local methods like grinding chilies in a mortar and cooking bread in a tandoor will be used, and even though probably won’t be able to recreate the same thing back home, you’ll be pleased with what you learn in just three and a half hours!

Highlights:

  • Pick your ingredients from the bazaar under the chef’s guidance
  • Learn how to prepare a range of traditional dishes

10. Visit Asan and Indra Chok Bazaar

Handicrafts in Nepal
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It’s a 3-hour long walk, but an immensely rewarding one – it’s an authentic bazaar shopping experience – haggling, huge variety, and the odd souvenir. Brass, bronze and copper items with some great craftsmanship can be found here, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and condiments.

Highlights:

  • One of the most well-known “original” Nepalese markets
  • Buy local produce, clothing and local handicrafts

11. Enjoy 3 hours of Nepalese Culture and Cuisine

Delicious Nepali Thali meal set with chicken curry
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An evening of food, classical Nepali music and dances. You’ll be sure to relish the local cuisine, which relies on simple ingredients like rice, lentils, meat and spices to create a unique and mouthwatering variety of dishes. Add to the mix humorous and engaging songs and dances from all over Nepal, and you get an evening that you’re not going to forget anytime soon!

Highlights:

  • Watch exciting and colorful local music and dance performances
  • Try authentic and tasty Nepali dishes and chutneys

On an ending note, Bookmundi highly recommends you to check out all the tours in Nepal, as they introduce you to some of the best and most exciting outdoor adventures on the planet. Please also check out the Top Things to Do in Nepal, if you’re looking for more adventures. 

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Top 12 Best Things to Do in Nepal

Located between the majestic Himalaya Mountains and the fascinating Indian jungles, Nepal is a land where things like yaks, yetis, mountain peaks and hidden monasteries appear to be seemingly common. Ever since the country opened its borders to foreigners, it emerged as an enchanting destination for hikers and trekkers of all types, many venturing to … Continue reading Top 12 Best Things to Do in Nepal → The post Top 12 Best Things to Do in Nepal appeared first on BookMundi Travel...

Located between the majestic Himalaya Mountains and the fascinating Indian jungles, Nepal is a land where things like yaks, yetis, mountain peaks and hidden monasteries appear to be seemingly common. Ever since the country opened its borders to foreigners, it emerged as an enchanting destination for hikers and trekkers of all types, many venturing to the famous Everest Base Camp. Its rugged trails proved unparalleled trekking opportunities while the appeal of climbing Mount Everest was more than enough to attract mountain climbers from all over the planet.

Over the years, Nepal has also managed to invent itself into a popular travel destination. Its rich natural beauty, historic attractions and vast cultural heritage has proven to be the perfect mix between the ancient and the modern, slow paced lifestyles and frantic city life. No wonder then that Nepal is featured high on the list of travel trends for 2016 and beyond.

Just for the anxious ones, Nepal’s earthquake did not destroy the country, although it was almost portrayed that way in the various medias. Old monuments were laid down and many local villages suffered, however, many monuments, buildings etc remains 100% intact and almost all trekking routes have already opened up again.


So, here’s our list of the top 12 best things to do in Nepal.

1. Trekking in Nepal (above image)

Whether your a novice or an experienced trekker Nepal is the land of trekking (and climbing), offering some of the best trekking routes in the world. Period. The 4 days Poonhill trek is one of the better short treks in Nepal; the Everest Base Camp trek is a great trek if having 12 days available; while the Everest Base Camp – 3 Passes trek or the Manaslu trek are some of the best adventure treks in Nepal, taking you on unparalleled trekking routes amidst pristine nature.

If you’re into climbing but lack experience we recommend Island Peak or Mera Peak. Both peaks reach +6,000 meters and can be summited by people with no prior mountaineering experience, yet promising a challenging adventure and memory of a lifetime! For more information about mountain peaks, please check out the top 10 best climbing peaks in Nepal.

2. Panoramic Flight Over the Himalayas

Everest range view from mountain flight with Mt Everest and Makalu.
Everest range view from mountain flight with Mt Everest and Makalu.

Trekking the great Himalayas may not be something that everyone is cool with. But that doesn’t mean that you must miss out on meeting the most majestic peaks on the planet. A himalayan panoramic mountain flight tour is the perfect way of enjoying unparalleled eye-level views of those majestic mountain peaks and watch true Himalayan beauty unfold right in front of your eyes, including Mount Everest. Some of the most popular peaks that can be seen through a panoramic flight include Mt. Makalu, Mt. Gosaithan, Mt. Dorje Lhakpa, Mt. Gauri-Shanker, Mt. Pumori and the Grand Daddy of them all – Mount Everest.

3. Visit to Chitwan National Park

Tourists watch a rhinoceros during elephant safari in Chitwan National Park.
Tourists watch a rhinoceros during elephant safari in Chitwan National Park.

Chitwan National Park, the first national park in Nepal, is considered to be another must-see destination in Nepal. More than 500 species of migratory birds call the park their home, as do one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers and Asian elephants. It covers almost 332 sq. miles and is supposed to be your best chance of seeing animals such as bears, tigers, crocodiles, elephants and rhinos while in Nepal. The most common bird sightings include kingfishers, paradise flycatchers, egrets and brahminy ducks.

Insider Tip – The ideal way to explore the Chitwan National Park is to go for a three-day trip and stay for 2 nights at one of the hotels in Chitwan. This also gives you a chance to explore a typical Tharu village while in Nepal.

4. Exploring Pokhara

Aerial view to Phewa lake and Annapurna range from World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara Nepal
Aerial view to Phewa lake and Annapurna range from World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara Nepal

Pokhara, essentially a lakeside town, attracts explorers, nature lovers and adrenaline junkies with its spectacular natural beauty, an array of fishing opportunities, mountain biking, exciting treks such as Poonhill, Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, visiting the peace pagoda, paragliding and sunbathing. It is one of those destinations that you certainly wish to visit for the second time in your life. Boating and strolling down the lakeside in Pokhara is definitely two of the top things to do in Pokhara.

5. Mountain Biking in Kathmandu Valley

A biker riding his bike in the forest of Godawari Kathmandu Nepal
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Kathmandu might not be one of those cities that offers bike-friendly locales to its visitors, but there is no shortage of biking opportunities once you head towards the east or the rim routes. One of the best and most challenging biking excursions can be found in Shivapuri National Park. The dirt roads that start off at the Budhanikantha entrance are hardly ever used, and the challenging patches in between simply makes riding all the more exciting. Those searching for easier options can explore the Godavari, Bungamati and Chapagaun roads, known for their serene beauty and easy trails. Another popular alternative is Dhulikel, the starting point of the circuit which leads to the town of Panauti and the Namobuddha stupa.

Insider Tip – You might want to explore the Dakshinkali road biking option as well. The area puts together an uphill ride with beautiful cultural attractions all around.

6. Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

The famous Durbar square in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The famous Durbar square in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The ideal way to explore Kathmandu is to have your own guide and conduct a real Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Almost each and every turn in the valley introduces you to intricate carvings, delightful pagodas and humongous stone images. The area is teeming with temples and shrines and seems to be a living history museum. As a result, it becomes impossible to understand what to explore and what to leave out, given your interests and time constraints. A guide helps you choose the right destinations and also provides non-stop entertainment in the form of history and local folklore. Some of the must-see attractions in Kathmandu Valley include Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and the Temple of Kumari.

7. Mount Everest Helicopter Tour

Tourist going on the Everest Base Camp in a Helicopter

If a panoramic flight around the Himalayas doesn’t sound exciting, a helicopter tour across Mount Everest certainly will. This tour lets you get up close and personal with some of the most traditional Himalayan cultures and admire majestic peaks such as Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Pumori at the same time.

Insider Tip – The base camp of Kala Patthar is famous for its 360-degree panoramic views of fascinating mountains from ground level.

8. Bardia National Park

A tiger drinking water in the Bardia National Park Nepal

Bardia National Park is the largest wilderness area in Terai. It boasts of beautiful wildlife and is considered to be what the Chitwan was about 30 years ago, before it became commercialized due to tourism. The park covers about 968 sq. kms. of grasslands and Sal forests and is famous as one of the biggest stretches of tiger habitats in Asia. Apart from tigers, you can also check out 30 different species of mammals such as one-horned rhinos and elephants, Gangetic dolphins, crocodiles and more than 250 species of birds such as sarus cranes and the Bengal floricans.

9. Pashupatinath Temple

Holy Sadhu men with traditional painted face blessing in Pashupatinath Temple.
Holy Sadhu men with traditional painted face blessing in Pashupatinath Temple.

The Pashupatinath Temple was constructed way back in the year 1696 on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is now known to the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. The temple was designed in a classic pagoda style, with a gilded rooftop, four silver-plated doors and beautifully carved rafters. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, but a glimpse of Lord Shiva’s bull, Nandi, can be seen from the western entrance. Even if you are not allowed to enter the temple, its exteriors and surrounding areas are certainly worth exploring. Watching the traders and priests go about their daily routines is considered to be an experience in itself.

Another interesting phenomena, despite some people might find it uncomfortable, is that the Pashupatinath Temple is also the place where most people from the Kathmandu Valley are burned after they pass away. In contrast with many Western nations Nepal’s funerals are public – a very different tradition but nonetheless also admirable.

A visit to the Pashupatinath temple should be high on your list of things to do in Nepal.

10. Two Day River Rafting on the Bhote Koshi River

Whitewater rafting on the Bhote Koshi river in Nepal. The river has class 4-5 rapids.
Whitewater rafting on the Bhote Koshi river in Nepal. The river has class 4-5 rapids.

The Bhote Koshi River offers one of the best and most exciting kayaking and rafting adventures in all of Asia. It is famous for offering some of the best short river trips in the world, and a two-day rafting package is the perfect way to understand why people across the globe long for the adrenaline rush that rafting has to offer.

11. Patan

Tourists and local people visiting Patan Durbar Square in Patan, Nepal.
Tourists and local people visiting Patan Durbar Square in Patan, Nepal.

Patan, the second largest town in the valley, is separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River (although Kathmandu and Patan has very much integrated nowadays). What makes Patan so special is that its history dates all the way back to the year 250 BC, when the corners of the ancient town were marked by stupas. It is also home to a greater concentration of temples when compared to Bhaktapur or Kathmandu and always provides exciting architectural beauties worth discovering. Some of the top attractions in Patan include the Golden Temple and the Kumbeshwar Temple. Be aware though that much of the ancient temples were laid-down by the recent earthquake in Nepal on April 25th 2015.

Insider Tip – Don’t miss out on the Patan Museum that is housed in the Malla royal palace. The museum is home to more than 200 copper or gilt statues of Hindu or Buddhist deities. The main highlights of the museum are its courtyard (featuring a red-brick façade, wood carvings, a golden door and a golden window) and the 12th century seated Buddha.

12. Four Day Kayaking Clinique down the Seti River

Kayaking down the Seti River Nepal
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The Four Day Kayaking Clinique down the Seti River is considered to be the ideal way to learn white water kayaking while exploring spectacular natural beauty and riverside scenery at the same time. This tour starts at the Phewa Lake in Pokhara and carries on for three days along the Lower Seti River, before finally ending close to the Chitwan National Park.

Insider Tip – The Seti River kayaking tour is perfect for kayakers looking to brush up on their kayaking skills before challenging the more dominant and difficult Himalayan rivers.

If you are looking for a package tour encompassing many of the above things to do then please consider the following 12 days package tour.

We tried our best to zoom in on the absolute best things to do in Nepal. However, please do not hesitate to write to us via the comment field if you think we missed out on something. We look forward to hear from you.

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Top 10 Best Treks in India

Although the Indian Himalayas cannot quite compete with their Nepalese counterparts in terms of height, the fantastic trekking routes they offer are second to none. With their unique blend of nature and culture, Indian trekking routes are definitely worth the money and effort. Sprawled across five Indian states, the Indian Himalayas encompass a large area at … Continue reading Top 10 Best Treks in India → The post Top 10 Best Treks in India appeared first on BookMundi Travel Blog -...

Although the Indian Himalayas cannot quite compete with their Nepalese counterparts in terms of height, the fantastic trekking routes they offer are second to none. With their unique blend of nature and culture, Indian trekking routes are definitely worth the money and effort. Sprawled across five Indian states, the Indian Himalayas encompass a large area at the northern boundary of the country.

In this article, we’ve enlisted the top 10 best treks in India to give you an overview of what options you have for trekking in India. These are the most popular guided treks in the Indian Himalayas based on the number of trekkers. Ultimately, the trek you end up choosing will be based on personal preferences more than anything else. The treks vary in terms of difficulty, duration, cultural elements, religions and, of course, remoteness. Depending upon these factors — and your budget — you can make an informed decision as to which trek would be suitable for you.

So, without further ado, here’s our list of top 10 best treks in India:

1. Chadar – The Frozen Zanskar River Trek

 the Frozen Zanskar River trek India
Photo By: Partha

An excellent trek along the frozen Zanskar river with beautiful winter terrain and a firsthand glimpse of the ancient culture of Ladakh region, this is an exciting journey for experienced trekkers. Icy routes, bone-chilling winds, pristine nature, and the experience of a lifetime, that’s what this trek is all about.

Location Leh Ladakh
Maximum Altitude 3390 m
Duration 9 days
Difficulty Level 3: Moderate to Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness Fairly Remote
Best Season January to February

2. Gangotri Gomukh trek

Gangotri Gomukh trek
Photo By: Soumen Photography

A journey in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, this trek takes you to the Gangotri glacier at Gomukh, the source of the Ganges. A true natural delight, the region features a large diversity of plants and animals, including rare blue mountain goats. The glacier is surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides, a truly mesmerizing sight to behold.

Location Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
Maximum Altitude 4463 m
Duration 12 days
Difficulty Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness Moderately Remote
Best Season May-June & August-Mid Oct

3. Ladakh – Markha Valley trek

Ladakh Markha Valley trek
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Markha valley trek is a very popular trek in the Ladakh region. You’ll be walking in a variety of terrains including dry mountains, streams, and small villages with fields of wheat, barley and mustard. Housing several old Buddhist monasteries, the region is a repository of ancient Tibetan culture. A trek through this region will be etched in your memory for a lifetime.

Location Ladakh
Maximum Altitude 5150 m
Duration 7 to 9 days
Difficulty Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness Fairly Remote
Best Season Mid-June to Mid-October

4. Kuari Tapovan trek

kuari-tapovan-trek
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A journey through the enchantingly beautiful Garhwal region of India, this trek has you walking in the shadows of several 7000+ peaks. The region houses rare HImalayan fauna such as the snow leopard and the musk deer. The highlight of the trek is the Kuari pass at an altitude of 4264 m. The trek is quite easy, featuring a hands-on experience of the local Hindu culture.

Location Garhwal
Maximum Altitude 4264 m
Duration 6 days
Difficulty Level 2: Easy
Remoteness Not Remote
Best Season April-June and September-November

5. Nanda Devi trek

nanda-devi-trekking route
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Rising to an altitude of 7816 m, Nanda Devi is the highest peak in the Garhwal region of India. Sprawled across the lap of the mountain, the Nanda Devi national park, housing unique Himalayan flora and fauna, is a place of beauty in and of itself. You’ll be trekking along Himalayan foothills and several small rivers, streams and glaciers. The place is an epitome of pristine natural beauty, attracting thousands of photographers, trekkers and mystics every year.

Location Garhwal Himalayas
Maximum Altitude 4150 m
Duration 10 days
Difficulty Level 3: Moderate to Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness Moderately Remote
Best Season May-June and September-October

6. Goecha La trek

Goecha La India
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Goecha La, a trek in the heart of the beautiful Sikkim region, puts you face to face with Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak on the planet. Be it beautiful rhododendron forests, picturesque hill stations, or clear blue Himalayan lakes, this trek has it all. The trek is quite challenging, but when you view the majestic Himalayas from Dzongri, you’ll definitely find it worth the effort.

Location Sikkim
Maximum Altitude 4940 m
Duration 10 days
Difficulty Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness Fairly Remote
Best Season Mid March to June and September to Mid November

7. Valley of Flowers

Located high in the Himalayas of Uttaranchal at an altitude of 3658 m, the valley of flowers is named quite appropriately: it is a huge valley blooming with more types of flowers than one can possibly count. It is a spectacular site surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides. The valley floor is resplendent with flowers of all colours and the whole area has an intense, pleasant aroma. After an exciting trek in the Himalayan foothills, the valley of flowers feels like heaven on Earth.

Location Garhwal Himalayas
Maximum Altitude 3658 m
Duration 6 days
Difficulty Level 2: Easy to Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness Fairly Remote (No Accommodation)
Best Season July to September

8. Roopkund trek

Roopkund is a lake at an altitude of 5029 m, famous for the human skeletal remains found at its bottom. A journey to the remote Roopkund lake takes you through pristine forests with rivers gushing below you. The lush greenery, the numerous birds of several species, the surrounding Himalayan peaks, the flat plains, the Hindu temples, all serve to make the trek to Roopkund a memorable experience.

Location Uttarakhand
Maximum Altitude 5029 m
Duration 8 days
Difficulty Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness Fairly Remote
Best Season Mid-May to mid-June and September to October

9. Dodital trek

Dodital Trek India

Among snow-clad mountains in the Uttarakhand region lies a small freshwater lake named Dodital. The lake is considered holy and is a site of natural beauty and cultural importance. The leisurely-paced journey to the lake takes you through soft snowy terrain with cool winter winds blowing through your hair. All in all, Dodital is a splendid trek in the Indian Himalayas that you will fondly recall even after many years.

Location Garhwal Uttarakhand
Maximum Altitude 3307 m
Duration 6 to 7 days
Difficulty Level 2: Easy to Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote
Best Season April to November

10. Stok Kangri trek

Stok Kangri trek takes you to the highest climbable summit in India at an altitude of 6153 m. It is a moderately difficult trek in the Ladakh region that is perfect for experienced trekkers, though it does not really require mountaineering skills. The majestic view of the Himalayas from the Stok Kangri summit makes the whole trek a journey to remember.

Location Ladakh
Maximum Altitude 5260 m (6153 m with climb)
Duration 9 days
Difficulty Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness Fairly Remote
Best Season July to September

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Top 10 Best National Parks in Tanzania – Overview

Stalk the stalker, watch it pounce upon its prey, see millions of animals crossing a river, track gorillas, live in the wild and discover unusual species while you’re at it. A wildlife safari is one of the biggest charms of any African adventure and Tanzania is perhaps the best country for a journey into the … Continue reading Top 10 Best National Parks in Tanzania – Overview → The post Top 10 Best National Parks in Tanzania – Overview appeared first on BookMundi Travel Blog -...

Stalk the stalker, watch it pounce upon its prey, see millions of animals crossing a river, track gorillas, live in the wild and discover unusual species while you’re at it. A wildlife safari is one of the biggest charms of any African adventure and Tanzania is perhaps the best country for a journey into the wild. Tanzania’s national parks are designed to suit all kinds of interests, preferences and comfort levels, and you can be rest assured that there is a safari which is perfect for you.

But before you embark on your safari adventure, you need to make one of the biggest decisions – which park to visit and which park to leave out. Serengeti or Ngorongoro feel like the most obvious places to be, but it is equally possible that you have a much better time in one of the lesser-known parks.

Bookmundi recommends you to ask yourself the following questions as they should help you zero in on the best national park in Tanzania.

  • When do you plan to visit Tanzania?
  • Which animals attract you the most?
  • Do you prefer crowds or wish to explore the park without having to come across other tour groups?
  • Game drives, hot air balloons, fly camping, walking expeditions into the wild – which of these attract you the most?
  • Would you like to watch a few predators or thousands of game animals?
  • What kind of accommodation are you looking for?
  • Are you a budget traveler or are you searching for luxury?

Below we are listing highlights, lowlights, and facts about some of the top national parks in Tanzania:

Serengeti National Park

Home to the Great Migration, the Serengeti easily makes its way into most bucket lists. This fascinating park presents all kinds of ecosystems which allows it to host a variety of plants, birds and animals. The sheer diversity makes it one of the most unique national parks in Africa. Over the years, Serengeti National Park has attracted people from all walks of life, including movie stars, celebrities, writers and poets, and it easily ranks as one of the most coveted safari destinations in Africa.

A herd of Zebra at Serengeti National Park
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Highlights

  • Home to the Great Migration
  • Authentic game viewing opportunities
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • One of the best destinations to spot African predators
  • Excellent accommodation options

Lowlights

  • The park is very crowded during peak season

Serengeti Facts

  • Number of annual visitors: 90,000
  • Size: 13,250 sq. km.
  • Altitude: 3737 feet to 7133 feet
  • Common Animal SightingsWildebeest, giraffe, gazelle, big cats, elephant, zebra, eland, topi, kongoni.
  • Best Season to Visit: June to July and January to February
  • Nearby Attractions: Ngorongoro Conservation Center, Lake Natron, Tarangire National Park

Ngorongoro Conservation Crater

Formed millions of years ago, the Ngorongoro Conservation Crater closed off its borders to man with the help of walls that rose to heights of 400 to 600 meters. As a result, nature was allowed to run free here and create some of the most exotic species of plants and animals that the world has ever seen. This is one of the few places where you can see the Big 5 in a single day and it also hosts the endangered black rhino.

A Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis) walking in the rain at the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
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Highlights

  • Year-round wildlife viewing
  • Watch the endangered black rhino
  • Excellent accommodation
  • Explore the Maasai culture by visiting a traditional village
  • See the Big 5 in a single day

Lowlights

  • Expensive
  • Very crowded during peak season

Ngorongoro Facts

  • Number of annual visitors: 400,000
  • Size: 8228 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 3310 feet to 1959 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, elephant, topi, buffalo, cheetah, lion, spotted hyena, leopard, golden jackal, bat-eared fox
  • Best Season to Visit: June to September
  • Nearby Attractions: Serengeti National Park, Empakaai Center, Mount Kilimanjaro

Lake Manyara

Think of Lake Manyara as a mini Serengeti. The place is very small in size, and a majority of the area is covered by the lake itself, but it still hosts as many as 11 ecosystems and a vast and varied wildlife. The groundwater forest surroundings at Lake Manyara offer a much-needed break from African savannahs. Tree-climbing lions are the superstars here, but predator sightings are difficult. A close encounter with hundreds of elephants is the next best thing.

Giraffes in Lake Manyara national park Tanzania
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Highlights

  • Night safaris, hiking and trekking available
  • Tree-climbing lions
  • Splendid bird-watching opportunities
  • See elephants from up close
  • Breathtaking natural beauty
  • Wildlife is usually concentrated in certain pockets

Lowlights

  • Very crowded during peak season

Lake Manyara Facts

  • Size: 330 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 3127 feet to 4741 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Baboon, flamingo, elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, blue monkey, buffalo, water-buck, impala, warthog, zebra, klipspringer, Kirk’s dik-dik, lion, leopard.
  • Best Season to Visit: July to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Center

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park isn’t located on the main safari route, and is less crowded than most other national parks in Tanzania. The park is 10 times larger than Manyara and its game tends to be incredibly concentrated during peak season. The park is also known for its breathtaking baobab trees and stunning natural beauty.

Zebras, Imapala, Baobab tree at Tarangire National Park
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Highlights

  • Night safaris and walking safaris available
  • Excellent accommodation options
  • Concentrated wildlife viewing opportunities during dry season
  • Breathtaking scenery

Lowlights

  • Animal sightings are difficult during wet season
  • The park tends to get crowded during peak season

Tarangire Facts

  • Number of Annual Visitors: 160,000
  • Size: 2850 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 3222 feet to 5400 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, eland, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, buffalo, wildebeest and giraffe
  • Best Season to Visit: July to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Center, Lake Manyara National Park

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve represents the largest uninhabited area in the continent, and this alone makes it worth visiting. The large untouched expanses of land showcase nature at its beautiful best. The reserve also presents the best bush vibe in Tanzania. Selous Game Reserve is one of the two destinations used by elephants for their annual migration, and if watching millions of wildebeests isn’t possible, you can go for the next best thing, watching thousands of elephants at Selous.

African Elephants in Selous Game Reserve
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Highlights

  • One of the few destinations in Africa to see wild dogs
  • Elephant migration Boat safaris available
  • Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities during dry season
  • Lion sightings are common
  • One of the best destinations to see wild dogs
  • Excellent accommodation

Lowlights

  • Hunting allowedMalarial area
  • Animals are scattered during wet season
  • Compact wildlife viewing circuit

Selous Facts

  • Size: 47,665 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 118 feet to 4793 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Elephant, wild dog, crocodile, black colobus monkey, hippo, antelope, bushbuck, sickle-horned sable, reedbuck, waterbuck and curly-horned greater kudu
  • Best Season to Visit: June to November
  • Nearby Attractions: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar

Ruaha National Park

The largest national park in Africa might not come with a world-famous reputation, but it certainly presents the wildest encounters for those who know what to look for. Ruaha National Park is most famous for its fascinating beauty, ancient baobab trees, picturesque river and dramatic scenes and it offers incredibly exciting game viewing experiences to its visitors.

Lion seen in the Ruaha National Park
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Highlights

  • Fly camping trips
  • One of the best destinations to see wild dogs
  • Guided treks
  • Unusual antelope species
  • Doesn’t get crowded

Lowlights

  • Remote location
  • Lack of proper low-budget accommodation
  • Animals sightings are difficult during wet season

Ruaha Facts

  • Number of Visitors: 20,000
  • Size: 10,300 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 2362 feet to 6188 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Giraffe, greater kudu, sable antelope, lesser kudu, zebra, impala, bushbuck, buffalo, hartebeest, gazelle, waterbuck, elephant, lions, black-backed jackals, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs
  • Best Season to Visit: June to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe may be small in size, but its attractions pack a punch. The park is famous all over the world because of its connection to Jane Goodall and her pioneering research on chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking expeditions are an obvious highlight, but one can also expect to see several species of primates here. Gombe presents a trail system which lets visitors penetrate deep into the forest and enjoy some of the best views of the African bush.

Chimpanzee on a tree in the Gombe Stream National Park
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Highlights

  • Home to Jane Goodall’s research
  • Chimpanzee sightings are common
  • Hikes available
  • Exclusive and uncrowded

Lowlights

  • Accommodation is limited

Gombe Facts

  • Size: 52 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 2516 feet to 5269 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Chimpanzee, vervet monkey, olive baboon, blue monkey, red colobus monkey, white-tailed monkey, bushbuck, bushpig and leopard.
  • Best Season to Visit: July to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Ujiji, Mahale Mountains National Park

Katavi National Park

Katavi is remote, very remote, and reaching the park requires a lot of effort. This alone dissuades most travelers from visiting Katavi. However, take the first step and the park does its bit to ensure that you never have to go home disappointed. Katavi presents untouched wilderness and it is common to run across more predators than humans while you’re here.

Hippo Family in the Katavi National Park
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Highlights

  • Game safaris and walking expeditions available
  • Spectacular hippo viewing opportunities
  • Exclusive and uncrowded
  • Unusual species of antelopes

Lowlights

  • Limited accommodation
  • Very difficult and expensive to get to the park
  • Animals are scattered during wet season

Katavi Facts

  • Size: 4,471 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 2677 feet to 5361 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Eland, sable, roan antelope, hippo, buffalo, reedbuck, giraffe, impala, zebra, duikers, elephant, lion, leopards and wild dog
  • Best Season to Visit: June to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Ruaha National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park may be ignored by most tourists visiting Tanzania, but those wanting to get closer to their closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, simply have to visit the Mahale Mountains. The park presents the best chimp tracking experience in Tanzania and visitors also fall in love with its stunning beauty. Better yet, Mahale Mountains is home to some of the glittery sand beaches that Africa is so famous for.

Highlights

  • Excellent place to see chimpanzees
  • Hiking expeditions available
  • Exclusive and uncrowded
  • Fishing and kayaking available
  • Walking tours available
  • Spectacular beaches

Lowlights

  • Very difficult to get to
  • Limited accommodation
  • Expensive

Mahale Mountain Facts

  • Number of Visitors: 1,000
  • Size: 1613 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 2484 feet to 8117 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, antelope, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, warthog, bushbuck, hippo, crocodile and leopard
  • Best Season to Visit: May to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Nkungwe, Kigoma

Mikumi National Park

Mkata Floodplain, the star attraction at Mikumi National Park, has often been compared to the great Serengeti because of its amazing diversity and concentrated wildlife. This alone makes Mikumi worth visiting. The park is also popular for presenting stunning photo ops and large herds of game animals.

Highlights

  • Good animal sightings during dry season
  • Perfect for weekend getaways
  • Excellent accommodation
  • Guided walks available

Lowlights

  • Animals are scattered during wet season
  • Single road circuit
  • Lack of wilderness appeal

Mikumi Facts

  • Size: 3220 sq. kms.
  • Altitude: 653 feet to 4131 feet
  • Common Animal Sightings: Hippo, zebra, giraffe, elephant, impala, wildebeest, spotted hyena, buffalo and lion.
  • Best Season to Visit: June to October
  • Nearby Attractions: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Selous Game Reserve

We also have prepped the Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania – A Bookmundi Guide, a guide that focuses on Tanzania and helps you understand what to expect and how to move forward.

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10 Best Rafting Tours in Nepal – The Ultimate Rafting in Nepal Guide

Normally Nepal is all about Mt. Everest and trekking in the Himalayas. But did you ever pause a moment and think about Nepal’s rafting tours? If you’re going rafting in Nepal, you will be up for some of the best river rafting trips in the world. The rafting rivers of Nepal descend faster and further … Continue reading 10 Best Rafting Tours in Nepal – The Ultimate Rafting in Nepal Guide → The post 10 Best Rafting Tours in Nepal – The Ultimate Rafting in Nepal...

Normally Nepal is all about Mt. Everest and trekking in the Himalayas. But did you ever pause a moment and think about Nepal’s rafting tours? If you’re going rafting in Nepal, you will be up for some of the best river rafting trips in the world.

The rafting rivers of Nepal descend faster and further than most rivers on the planet, ensuring the presence of thrilling rapids that are perfect for rafting.

Without further ado, please below find the top 10 best river rafting tours in Nepal that are sure to give you everything you’re looking for, from easy and lazy rapids for newbies to some of the most difficult and memorable rafting tours in Nepal!

Upper Seti River Rafting Tour – Half Day Tour

Unlike the lower Seti, Upper Seti rafting lets you enjoy a quick adrenaline rush, taking you through continuous rapids for more than 40 minutes. What makes it so special is that it presents the same number of rapids as the Kali Gandaki, with the difference being that it presents them in just 40 minutes while Kali Gandaki takes three days! If you’re an adventure lover, you’re sure to fall in love with the landslide rapid, the most challenging rapid of Upper Seti. Be aware though that Upper Seti is most fun after monsoon season in mid September through October as the water levels are high.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Bamboo Bridge
  • Rafting Ends At: The Dam
  • Grades: Class III – IV
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Distance: 7 kms
  • Best Season: September to June
  • Perfect For: Adventure lovers, thrill seekers
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Tour Starts At: Pokhara. Half hour bus ride from Lakeside, Pokhara.

Karnali River Rafting Tour – 10 Days

 Extreme rafting in Karnali river in Nepal
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This is one river rafting adventure that demands quick paddling. Hydroelectricity is growing at a great pace in Nepal and River Karnali is one of the rivers where a dam is expected to change the river rafting forever. Thus, it’s now or never if you wish to go on one of Nepal’s greatest river rafting adventures having up to class IV rapids.

The first four days of your expedition are easily the best and most adventurous as you get to encounter a number of good rapids. The river levels out over time and allows for easy float trips that are the perfect excuse to keep an eye out for the rare freshwater dolphin that also lives in the Karnali River.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Dungeswar
  • Rafting Ends At: Chisapani
  • Grades: Class IV – V
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Distance: 180 kms
  • Best Season: October to November, April to June
  • Perfect For: Remote adventures in the wild, dolphin encounters
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Tour Starts At: Kathmandu. One-day drive from Kathmandu.

Sun Kosi River Rafting Tour – 8-10 Days

 Tourists rafting in Sun Kosi river in Nepal
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The Sun Kosi River is born in the highest peaks of the world and it lets you dive into the majesty of the Himalayas before it joins the Ganges on the plains below. Rated as one of the top ten river rafting adventures in the world by Nat Geo, rafting in the Sun Kosi is a must-do for any adventure lover. The forested canyons and gorges are full of Class III-IV rapids and the final stretch takes you through a dense jungle with chattering monkeys to keep you company. And it isn’t just about rafting. You also get to enjoy exotic beaches, pass local villages, visit remote temples and marvel at the stunning scenery all around you.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Dumja
  • Rafting Ends At: Chatara
  • Grades: Class III – IV
  • Duration: 8 to 10 Days
  • Distance: 270 kms
  • Best Season: September to November, May to June
  • Perfect For: Nature and adventure lovers
  • Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Tour Starts At: Kathmandu. 3 hour drive from Kathmandu.

Marshyandi River Rafting Tour – 2-3 Days

 Adventurer rafting in marshyandi river
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The Marshyangdi is a daring encounter with the wild. Your river rafting tour brings you closer to a raging river, a stunning exhibition of ferocious waters that truly bring out the daredevil in you. Marshyangdi is a recent addition to the river rafting tours in Nepal, but it is already becoming incredibly popular all over the world due to the number of technical difficulties and challenges it throws at seasoned rafters. Combine this with fascinating scenery, steep rapids and breath-taking mountain scenery, and you have all the ingredients for one of the greatest adventures of your life. It may not be the same as catching a glimpse of Mt. Everest from the Base Camp, but it certainly might end up being the next best thing to do in Nepal (or in fact, easily the best, if you’re an adrenaline junkie!).

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Bhule Bhule
  • Rafting Starts At: Sanghu/ Phailiya
  • Grades: Class IV – V
  • Duration: 2-3 Days
  • Distance: 27 kms
  • Best Season: September to November, May to June
  • Perfect For: Those looking for raging rapids and fast flowing water
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Tour Starts At: Kathmandu. 6 hour drive from Kathmandu.

Tamur River Rafting Tour – 11 Days

 Tourists rafting in Tamur river
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The Tamur River is perfect for seasoned pros looking for hard-core action. It combines a Himalayan trek with a white water rafting adventure and offers stunning views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. Highlights include navigating non-stop Class IV rapids and camping by the incredible Gufal Pokhari Lake. The Tamur flows through an unspoiled gorge that is visited by very few people on the planet and it also introduces you to a number of remote villages and scintillating beaches.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Basantapur
  • Rafting Ends At: Chatara
  • Grades: Class IV
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Distance: 120 kms
  • Best Season: October to November, April to May
  • Perfect For: Those wanting to combine trekking and rafting adventures
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Tour Starts At: Kathmandu. One day drive to Basantapur.

Trisuli River Rafting Tour – 1 Day

Tourists rafting in the white water of Trisuli river in Nepal
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If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, a river rafting adventure in Trisuli may be your best bet of enjoying the very best of what river rafting tours in Nepal have to offer. Some also use the Trisuli as an alternate route while traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara. How about that for your preferred mode of transportation! The river is a lot of fun and incredibly safe, offering all kinds of adventures such as cliff jumps and swimming. It also suits people of all ages and skill levels and easily ranks among the most popular rafting adventures in the country.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Charudi
  • Rafting Ends At: Gaighat/ Fishling
  • Grades: Class III
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Distance: 60 kms
  • Best Season: Round the year
  • Perfect For: Traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Difficulty: Beginners
  • Tour Starts At: Kathmandu. 3.5 hour drive from Kathmandu.

Bheri River Rafting Tour – 4 Days

Bheri River Rafting
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The Bheri is perfect for families wanting to spend some time enjoying the thrills and frills of nature. This beautiful river is full of fishing adventures and the stunning jungle is brimming with wildlife, with easy wildlife-viewing opportunities. If you’re looking for an adventure that lets you enjoy the best of nature and adventure, a journey which combines fascinating scenery to exciting white water rafting experiences, this is where you need to be. You also get to camp under starry skies and pass remote villages.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Samjhighat
  • Rafting Ends At: Bardia National Park
  • Grades: Class III
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Distance: 105 kms
  • Best Season: Round the year
  • Perfect For: Families, bird lovers
  • Difficulty: Beginners
  • Tour Starts At: Nepalgunj. One hour flight from Kathmandu + 4 hour drive to location.

Bhote Koshi River Rafting Tour – 1-2 Days

A group of tourists rafting on Bhote Koshi river
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Bhote Koshi is formed by glacial waters from the Shisa Pangama in Tibet. Located at a mere 3-hour drive from Kathmandu, it offers an adrenaline rush like no other. It doesn’t demand a lot of your time and it offers some of the most stimulating and wildest experiences in Nepal. Despite offering Class III to V rapids, the river is ideal for newbies as well as expert rafters. It is fun and stimulating as well as difficult and challenging, but never uncomfortable. Expect to encounter lush fields, beautifully terraced lands, remote villages, stunning waterfalls and deep canyons on your journey.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Lamasanghu/ Baseri
  • Rafting Ends At: Dolaghat
  • Grades: Class III to V
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Days
  • Distance: 22 kms
  • Best Season: September to November, April to June
  • Perfect For: Adventure lovers
  • Difficulty: Suits all skill levels
  • Tour Starts At: Kathmandu. 5 hour drive from Kathmandu.

Kali Gandaki River Rafting Tour – 3 Days

Tourists rafting in the Kali Gandaki river
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Rafters searching for something that is more than a mere day trip, but less than long and challenging encounters, will fall in love with the Kali Gandaki. Rafting in the Kali Gandaki brings you close to deep river gorges and the circuit is full of enchanting scenery. The journey has something for all kinds of adventure lovers as it combines challenging rapids with calm white waters, sandy beaches and remote villages. Overnight camps let you explore the region’s wildlife and majestic waterfalls make the journey even more exciting. Kali Gandaki rafting is also high on spirituality and culture, as this is one of the holiest rivers in the country, and it is common to see numerous Hindu rituals taking place on the banks.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Maldunga
  • Rafting Ends At: Mirmi
  • Grades: Class IV – V
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Distance: 90 kms
  • Best Season: September to November, April to June
  • Perfect For: Natural beauty
  • Difficulty: Suits all skill levels
  • Tour Starts At: Pokhara. 30 minute flight/ 6 hour drive from Pokhara.

Lower Seti River Rafting Tour – 2 Days

 Whitewater rafting on lower seti river
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The Seti River is one of the best rafting destinations for newbies and families wanting to enjoy river rafting in Nepal in a short period of time. The Lower Seti river is one of the warmest in the country and it takes you through easy rapids and beautiful forests, presenting glimpses into the region’s rich and varied wildlife. A river rafting tour of the Lower Seti proves to be particularly exciting for bird lovers and sightings of vultures, eagles and kingfishers are all too common.

Facts:

  • Rafting Starts At: Damauli (Kathmandu Pokhara Highway)
  • Rafting Ends At: Gaighat (3 hours from Kathmandu)
  • Grades: Class II to III
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Distance: 32 kms
  • Best Season: September to November, May to June
  • Perfect For: Newbies, families, bird watchers
  • Difficulty: Beginners
  • Tour Starts At: Pokhara. 1.5 hour drive from Pokhara.

Looking for the best and most challenging river rafting tours in Nepal? Searching for an easy, yet exciting, white water rafting experience? We’ve got you covered. Discover your favorite rafting tour with the help of our travel specialists today.

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