View of everest from Gokyo Ri with prayer flags, Nepal

Nepal

One word: Himalaya. Nepal is a pilgrimage every walking devotee must make

Adventure Holidays in Nepal

When it comes to Nepal, one word says it all: The Himalaya. For this magical kingdom sits high on the spine of the world’s most famous mountain range. Nerve-tingling scenery, a complex culture and some of the best walking trails in the world make Nepal a mecca for the adventure traveller. Here you can trek to the top of the world, raft down raging rapids, cycle awesome mountain passes or simply contemplate the meaning of life as you listen to monks chanting.

Life in Nepal adds new meaning to living on the edge, a delicate balance of high altitude, hard work and social festivities, all steeped heavily in ancient tradition. And although poor, Nepal's culture is rich. It’s not hard to see why this is a haven for Buddhism, and you’ll come across monasteries, village temples, and prayer flags atop passes and houses wherever you go. The people leave an indelible impression too.

We use experienced local leaders, whose friendly, caring nature is much appreciated when you need support in what can be challenging conditions. And they provide a genuine insight into this fascinating world. With eight of the world's ten highest mountains found here, trekking in Nepal cannot be beaten. Whether it's around the mighty Everest or the vast Annapurnas, there’s something for trekkers of all abilities, and we offer Premium adventures here for those requiring a few creature comforts.

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Nepal Adventure Holidays

Delhi to Kathmandu

Take a classic journey from India's plains to the mountains of Nepal

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Discovery & Wildlife
15 days
From $2,305 USD
Activity Level: Leisurely
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Annapurna Circuit

This route is said to offer the most varied scenery of any classic Nepal trek

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Walking & Trekking
22 days
From $2,215 USD
Activity Rating - Challenging
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Expert view: essential Nepal Activity Holidays

Asia Base Camp Manager Valerie Parkinson has been leading treks in the Himalaya for more 30 years, and has spent over 50% of her life surrounded by the most magnificent mountains on earth. She’s a little bit of a legend in the Exodus world, having led treks in Kashmir and Ladakh, as well as Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet, accumulating vast knowledge. In 2008 she became the first British woman to climb Manalsu without supplementary oxygen and in 2009 she reached 8,761m, the South Summit of Everest. Here she selects her top Himalaya adventures.

1. Trekking Everest and the surrounding mountains: Most activities here revolve around the mountains, with Mount Everest taking the spotlight. The Everest trail takes you through the Sherpa heartland with awe-inspiring views. “Straddling a ridge with breathtaking views of Everest, Thyangboche Monastery is the holiest place in the Sherpa Highlands. En route to Everest, Hillary and Tenzing paused for a blessing. We stay in the teahouse next door, so close you can hear monks chanting,” says Valerie. Trekkers up for the ultimate challenge aim for Everest Base Camp located on the rugged Kumbhu Glacier, the foot of the world’s tallest peak.

2. Cycling holidays in Nepal: Cycling from Lhasa, in Tibet, to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu is an epic journey that takes adventure cycling to new levels. This overland route takes in high altitude desert, awesome mountain passes and the north face of Everest. “The highlight of this challenging ride is undoubtedly Khardung La. At 5,602m it’s the highest drivable road in the world. Get to the top and be rewarded by close-up views of the Karakorums, and an exhilarating 40km ride down,” she says.

3. The Annapurna Circuit – in luxury: What Everest has in size, the Annapurna range more than makes up in sheer diversity. It takes in virtually every range of scenery Nepal has to offer, ranging from the sub-tropical to alpine forests, from semi-desert to mountain passes. It is also home to many tribal villages, both Buddhist and Hindu. Whilst trekking in Nepal you’ll get to meet the hospitable people of these remote villages. And there’s good news for those who like a little luxury, says Valerie: “Not all Himalayan trekking holidays require roughing it. Our low-altitude route through villages and farmland to the Annapurna foothills includes two nights at Himalaya Lodge. Where the snow-capped Annapurna peaks feel close enough to touch and there are fluffy duvets…”

4. Wildlife holidays in Nepal: Nepal isn’t just about mountaineering. Lush valleys give way to incredible gorges and rivers, a stunning backdrop to its amazing flora and fauna. Wildlife holidays don’t come much better; elusive snow leopards inhabit the mountains and Chitwan National Park is home to elephants and rhino. Walking, cycling, river rafting and elephant bath time are perfect activities for an unforgettable adventure holiday. “Follow in the footsteps of the BBC's Planet Earth and track snow leopards with guides – with an 80% success rate – in Hemis National Park. You’ll also see Tibetan ibex, blue sheep, red foxes and wolves on your journey, and visit a monastic festival.”

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Valerie has also initiated various Responsible Travel projects, and following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in 2015 helped Exodus raise over £270,000. “The money has supported our local staff, built five schools and funded two medical camps," she explains, and we put money back into the community every time you book. Exodus offers more than 500 holidays across 100 countries on all seven continents. And although we’ve grown in the last 40 years, our philosophy stays the same: to bring like-minded people together on authentic adventures, with minimal impact to the environments and cultures we visit. We only work with reputable partners, with whom we’ve built longstanding relationships, and work on various community and environmental projects around the world. Read more about our Responsible Travel initiatives here.

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