Monsoon generally comprises the month of June, July, and August in Nepal. There is a high chance of raining all day during monsoon so normally people do not prefer to do outdoor activities in Nepal during these months. It is wondrous to experience top 5 best monsoon activities in Nepal when you are in Nepal.
However, I can assure you that there are so many appealing things to do in Nepal in Monsson. Due to variation in geographical structures, the adventure activities in Nepal can be done all-year-around.
Here I would like to share five of the best monsoon activities that can be done during the rainy season.
1) White Water Rafting in Trishuli
It’s monsoon- rafting time in Nepal! Trishuli at its best right now. Trishuli River is widely known for its stimulation and exciting river trips in the world.
During monsoon, the river transforms itself into a swollen torrent of raging white water and offers brilliant white water action. The trip offers you scenic villages, attractive gorges, exhilarating rapids, and easier sections of river for swimming and relaxing. It creates excitement and heart-pounding adventure when the river is running high.
2) Homestay Tour
Homestay Tours are always based in the rural or semi-rural areas where you are enormously bounded by farmlands, nature, and natural beauty. Monsoon is the famous season to do homestay tours in Nepal. While the wet monsoon months are not peaked tourist season in Nepal, they can actually be a beautiful time to visit the countryside, as the greens of the farmland will be so vibrant and untouched.
‘National Rice Plantation Day’ usually falls during the first week of June. If you go for light homestay trek in and around Kathmandu Valley like Balthali Village and Chitlang Village during this time, you can join this awesome moment with the workers and can get knee-deep in the fields and join in the important task of planting crops. You can also join the herd of cows and ox grazing around the terrace farming area.
3) Adventure Sports in Pokhara
Pokhara is known as the adventure capital of Nepal. So, it is widely renowned for its mesmerizing paragliding, ultra flying, zip lining, hot air ballooning, boating, kayaking, mountain biking, day-hiking and many more.
Doing adventure sports in Pokhara is one of the best monsoon things to do in Nepal during monsoon. Upon paragliding, you will witness towering mountain range on one side and a beautiful lake on the other side with the bird’s eye view of the whole Pokhara valley. The thrill and excitement upon flying above the lake make your moment truly delightful.
Undeniably, zip-lining in Pokhara and Dhulikhel’s Superman-themed Zipline are one of the most unique zip lines in Nepal and worldwide. It is the longest, tallest and steepest zip line with the length of 1.8km with the vertical drop of 600m.
Ultra-flight is one of the wonderful opportunity in Pokhara that should not miss out. An appealing flight through the verdant vegetation and lush green forest in front of glistening mountain peaks will give you life-long experience and memory. You will be savored by the bird’s eye view of Pokhara Valley and spectacular views of Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and many more.
Hot air-ballooning– Pokhara is one of the few places in the world where you can balloon during monsoon season. The landscape around the Pokhara Valley looks incredible after rain. While on a flight, you won’t just see a few balloons, the sky will be filled with around 50 balloons of different colors and designs. Every day is like a fiesta.
Wonderful Phewa Lake, Begnas lake facilitates you with boating. Gushing waters of Seti River is favorable for Kayaking.
Australian Camp Trek is a day-hike from Pokhara. You will explore the excellent layered rice terrains, lush green and peaceful forests, waterfalls and glowing and close-up views of Annapurna II, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna South at the backdrop.
4) Day-Hiking in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal. There are even multi-day hikes in Kathmandu, but for monsoon season usually, day-hikes are much preferred.
Chandragiri is the highest viewpoint at the altitude of 2,425 meters that lies within Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the best hiking destinations that offer you the excellent ranges of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, etc. We will take an exhilarating cable car ride to the top hill of Chandragiri and return back with one-hour of downhill hiking.
b) Visit Bungamati and Kokhana-
These two villages offer you the pleasant smell of Nepalese culture and tradition within a few hours of your visit to Nepal. These two classical village lies across the sacred Bagmati River beside Chobhar. The major attraction of Bungamati village is the Shikhara style of a temple of Rato Machindranath where the rivered rain god is believed to have been born there.
Kokhana is the fertile farming village, where mustard oil is harvested and locals spend most of their days engaged in agriculture.
c) Budhanilkantha and Hike to Nagi Gompa
This one-day hike will take you to the incredible Hindus and Buddhists religious sites of Nepal. Budhanilkantha is the sacred site for Hindu which pays homage for sleeping statue of Hindu deity Lord Vishnu which is elegantly carved with stones.
Located on the foothills of Shivapuri National Park(laid back hill to Budhanilkantha Temple), Nagi Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist convent which is home to more than 100 nuns. It lies in a peaceful region in the middle of sub-tropical and mild atmospheres. The trail goes steeply uphill through the oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests.
Nagarkot is a resort village lies 32 km east of Kathmandu and is one of the most scenic spots, greatly popular for sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. Located at the altitude of 2157 meters, Nagarkot viewpoint offers the acquainted views of glistening Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Everest, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Rolwaling, Jugal, Mahalangur with the view of Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park.
This hike is an excellent walking day tour on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. The hiking trail is gradually accompanied by the terraced fields through Tamang, Chettri, and Brahmin village.
e) Visit Panauti
Namo Buddha stupa is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Buddha. There is a magnificent Buddhist monastery beautifully built on the top of the hill situated at Kavre district of Nepal, 56 km away from the area of Kathmandu. Namo Buddha is the perfect place to gaze over the captivating ranges of the Himalayas like Langtang, Gaurishankar, etc.
The environment needs no magnification. This place is just quite, pure, and totally untouched with pollution. It is also the right place for meditation and retreat. You will hike up to the top to visit Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery and enjoy the panoramic views of Panauti Village and Khopasi.
Although the best time to visit Nepal is believed to be the autumn and spring season there are still flow of tourism in Nepal during monsoon as well. Monsoon in Nepal doesn’t mean too much rain all the time. The rain falls for a couple of hours during the day leaving a clear, sunny weather for the rest of the day. The rain turns all the scenery into a colorful, lush garden which can be viewed from the warm balconies or rooms of the tea houses.
a) Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang, as known as the Himalayan Kingdom, is truly an exotic Kingdom which lies behind the massif ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. It is the most preserved and mysterious hidden jewel of Nepal. Upper Mustang has so much to offer. Many explorers around the world dream to visit this precious land.
As it lies towards the rain shadow area of Nepal, it is the perfect place to trek even if its monsoon. The land of Mustang is dry and barren which does not possess any vegetations. The description of this hidden treasure is beyond words. There are more than a thousand caves in Upper Mustang. Only 300 of them are discovered until. Some of the people still live inside the caves and those people are called sky people.
Upper Mustang is also known as ‘The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo’, which is hugely rich in its Tibetan culture. This nomadic land is absolutely untouched by modernization. If you want to travel back to your time, hands down Upper Mustang that you will not regret. People in this land are unchanged for thousands of years, follow the same culture and rituals that we study from history books or magazines.
b) Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
We trek in the appealing and beautiful Annapurna Region and enter into the Mustang Region, which is beyond the Himalayas, so it often rains there making it one of the best destinations to trek during monsoon season in Nepal. The trekking trail passes through the amazing lush green forests, high cascading waterfalls, dramatic landscapes encountering excellent paddy, corns and maize fields.
This short Everest base camp trip is designed for those travelers with very limited time, yet who have an enduring desire to wave the almighty Everest. On this short Everest Base camp trek, you will be able to experience astounding mountain views. The highest altitude of this trekking is only 3790m which is ideal to trek even in monsoon as well.
Everest Short Trek starts with an exhilarating Himalayan flight towards Lukla from Kathmandu. Then we continue our trek towards Khumbu Region. The trek offers you to explore the culture and lifestyle of legendary and brave mountain climbers ‘Sherpa’ in the Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the popular trading center of the Everest region and also the one and only gateway to Everest.
- Bring good quality breathable rain gear
- Nepal Monsoon Travel Checklists
- Ensure your footwear is either waterproof or easy to dry
- Bring waterproof bags for your electronics
- Be patient
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