Marshyangdi River Rafting
- Best Season: Autumn & Spring
- Departure: Fixed / On request
- Duration: 8 hours to Besisahar
Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia and is the world’s youngest republic. It is bordered to the north by the China and Tibet, and to the south, east, and west by India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolitan city.
Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, and religions. The mountainous north contains eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized. Although Hinduism is practiced by a majority of the population, the nation also has a strong Buddhist tradition, as it is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
Trekking in Nepal involves a walking trip following existing trails, most of which have been used for communication and trade for many years. Trekking is not mountaineering. Whilst some of the popular trekking trails are used by mountaineering expeditions on their approach marches, most are simply used by the local Nepali’s for everyday travel and trade.
Nepal’s mountainous, hilly and ‘Terai’ (flat) regions offer some of the most spectacular trekking and beautiful scenery in the world. Nepal undoubtedly offers some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in the world, with well-published photographs of Everest, Machhapuchhre, Ama Dablam and other huge mountains making them instantly recognizable to keen trekkers from every continent.
Nepal has a virtual monopoly on the world’s tallest mountains (eight of the ten highest peaks are located in Nepal) and a number of the popular trekking routes offer wonderful views or even visits to the base camps used by mountaineering expeditions. The hill country is also often breathtakingly beautiful with pretty villages, attractive houses and interesting temples, as well as subtropical lowlands, vast meadows or forests, fast flowing rivers, deep canyons and the cold and barren regions at the feet of the great mountain peaks. The views change with the seasons, such as different stages of planting and harvesting cycles or the brilliant displays of wild flowers in spring and autumn and there is always something interesting to see and experience.