Ultimate Nepal Bucket List – 45 Awesome Things To Do In Nepal

Visiting Nepal? This ultimate Nepal bucket list gives you over 40 awesome ideas of things to do in Nepal!

There’s so much to do in Nepal – not only is it home to the tallest mountain the world, there’s so much to see from temples to the birthplace of Buddha himself.

Read on for the ultimate list of things to do in Nepal.

Nepal Bucket List – Things To Do In Nepal

  1. Trek to Everest Base Camp which sits at an altitude of 5,600 metres on the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.  
Mount Everest

  1. Trek the Annapurna Circuit which winds through some of the world’s tallest mountains and diverse climate zones. 

  1. Hike up to Poon Hill which overlooks the beautiful Himalayan mountain range and valleys covered in fog below. 

Poon Hill
  1. Experience Tibetan culture and visit the Boudhanath Stupa, the oldest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.

Boudhanath Stupa
  1. Take a flight over Mount Everest. If trekking isn’t your thing, you can jump in a plane and soar past the peaks of the world’s highest mountain range.

  1. Explore Swayambhunath temple, aka the Monkey Temple! This incredible Buddhist temple offers amazing views of Kathmandu and has plenty of monkeys hanging around.
Swayambhunath Temple

  1. Marvel at the famous Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River. You can even see cremations being performed by the river. 
Pashupatinath Temple

  1. Be adventurous and go paragliding from Sarangkot over the beautiful Pokhara Valley. 

Paragliding in Pokhara Photo by Mamun Srizon on Unsplash
  1. Head out on a jungle safari at Chitwan National Park where you’ll see rhinos, elephants, birds and if you’re lucky, the endangered Bengal tiger. 

Chitwan National Park Photo by Kedar Bhusal on Unsplash
  1. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, go bungee jumping at The Last Resort which has the world’s 9th highest bungee jump.

  1. Visit the city of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. The city is filled with gardens, temples and monasteries. 

Monastery in Lumbini Photo by Rupesh Dangol on Unsplash
  1. Get wet and wild whilst white water rafting in the Himalayas. 

  1. Delve into Nepal’s rich cultural heritage in the city of Lalitpur. Make sure to check out Durbar Square and the many arts and crafts stores. 
Lalitpur Photo by binaya_photography on Unsplash

  1. Go on a yoga retreat and learn about the practices of meditation and yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayas.

  1. Visit the beautiful tea gardens in Ilam. You can head out on a tea tour and go hiking amongst the beautiful scenery here. 

Kanyam Tea Estate in Ilam
  1. Treat your tastebuds and try some Nepalese curry. 
  1. Explore the historical temples in Bhaktapur. This city was once one of the ‘Royal Cities’ of Nepal so has a lot of fascinating history. 

Bhaktapur Photo by Pritush Munankarmi on Unsplash
  1. Complete the Khumbu Valley trek which can take between 2 weeks and 1 month! It’s not for the faint hearted but you’ll get incredible views of Mount Everest, be able to visit a Sherpa village and monasteries too. 
Khumbu Valley

  1. Learn about the Sherpa people in Namche Bazaar where you’ll find the Sherpa Culture Museum. 

Namche Bazaar
  1. Do some shopping in Thamel in Kathmandu. You can buy pretty much anything here from trekking gear to food to souvenirs. 

  1. Delve into legend by viewing the alleged Yeti Scalp in the village of Khumjung. The scalp, which sits in a locked glass box, supposedly came from a yeti of Himalayan legend. 

Yeti Scalp in Khumjung
  1. Take some time out and relax in The Garden of Dreams. This beautiful garden is a peaceful oasis hidden in the middle of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. 
  1. Fly into the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla Airport. It consists of a 1500-foot runway that abruptly drops off into a river valley below.

  1. Set foot in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square which contains temples dating back to the third century. 

  1. Visit the towering Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur which is Nepal’s tallest temple at 30 metres.

Nyatapola Temple
  1. Take a trip to the Amideva Buddha Park where you’ll be able to see many statues including the largest Buddha statue in Nepal.

Amideva Buddha Park
  1. Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This begins in Pokhara and takes around 8 days to reach the Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp
  1. Head out on a jungle safari in the Bardia National Park – the best place to spot the rare and endangered Bengal tiger. 

Bardia National Park
  1. Delve into history and visit the Gorkha Durbar which is a fortified palace that sits high on a hill above the town of Gorkha. Historically, the kings of Gorkha ruled over Nepal. 
  1. Take a boat ride out onto Begnas Lake for stunning views. 

Begnas Lake
  1. Complete the Nagarjuna Hike. You’ll get incredible views and will only take around 5 hours.
  1. Visit the Shanti Stupa in Pokhara which was built as a symbol of peace and sits atop Anadu Hill. 

Shanti Stupa Photo by Prasesh Shiwakoti (Lomash) on Unsplash
  1. If you’re feeling adventurous, go motorbiking on the Himalayan plateau.
  1. Reach the peak of some of Nepal’s mountains. Some of the best include Chulu East (6,584m), Mera Peak (6,654m) or Yala Peak (5,732m). You’ll get epic Himalayan views from up here.

Chulu East

  1. Go rock climbing in Nagarjuna Forest.

  1. Take part in Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Nepal. It usually takes place between February and March. During this festival, people will throw coloured powder over each other to express good wishes. 

  1. Attend a free meditation course at the Nepal Vipassana Centre in Kathmandu. 

  1. Indulge in some traditional Nepalase food and try momo! Momo is a type of steamed dumpling with a filling, usually meat or vegetables.
Momo

  1. Browse the old bazaar in Asan, famous for its stunning old temples and shopping. You’ll find clothing, souvenirs, spices and much more. It can get very busy here!

  1. Visit the beautiful Hindu temple of Janaki Mandir, dedicated to the Goddess Sita. It has an interesting architectural style that mixes both Mughal and Rajput elements. 

Janaki Mandir Photo by Diya Pokharel on Unsplash
  1. Sit back, relax and take a ride in the Manakamana Cable Car which soars over the Trisuli River, rice terraces and many villages.
  1. Take a stroll along the shores of Phewa Lake, a vast body of water with an epic mountainous backdrop. 

Phewa Lake
  1. Explore the colourful street art in Kupondole in Kathmandu.

  1. Observe Mount Everest from Gokyo Lake. This serene lake in the Dudh Koshi Valley offers jaw-dropping views of the tallest mountain in the world.
Gokyo Lake Photo by Kalle Kortelainen on Unsplash

  1. Explore one of Nepal’s largest caves, Siddha Gufa. These caves are deep (around 437 metres!). 

Thanks for reading this ultimate Nepal bucket list that includes 45 awesome things to do in Nepal. I hope it gave you some inspiration and ideas for your upcoming trip to Nepal.

By no means is this list complete so please let me know if there is anything else I should add.

Happy Travels!

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