Top 10 Adventures And Outdoor Activities in Kathmandu - Updated 2024

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Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital – the birthplace of Lord Buddha and the home to the majestic Mount Everest. It is a popular destination for adventurous travelers, especially for those with dreams of conquering the tallest mountain the world. If you are visiting this gateway city at the foot of the grand Mt. Everest, you are likely to find it overwhelming owing to the vibe and the culture of the exciting, but a somewhat chaotic city. However, behind the chaos, dust, and noise, there lies a plethora of adventure and outdoor activities that will turn your trip into nothing but pure bliss. Read below for our top 10 adventures and outdoor activities you should never miss when you visit Kathmandu, Nepal.

From transportation tips to medical essentials and everything in between, the Kathmandu local guides share all the must-know information to help you plan your trip.

1. The Manaslu trek

The Manaslu Trek is one of the best trekking tours you will find in Nepal. If you are an active traveler who wants to explore some of the lesser-known attractions in Nepal, then this trek is the key you will need. It is a 13-day trek of Manaslu to the eighth highest mountain in the world. It will treat you to incredible views of the countryside, and expose you to the warm culture of the locals. Accommodation and transportation will be included in your itinerary, and the local guides will help you stay safe and also help you plan everything for a successful 13-day trek in the wild.

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The Manaslu Trek - Trekking in Nepal

Duration: 13 days

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2. The Last Resort bungee jump (from USD 153.0)

If you are into bungee jumping, then this ought to be your first port of call upon arriving in Kathmandu. It was the first bungee jumping site in Nepal, and it is conveniently located on top of a gorge, 160 meters (524 feet) above Bhotekoshi River near the Tibetan border. To arrive at the site, you will need a three-hour drive from the capital to the suspension bridge over the Bhotekoshi River. Other than bungee jumping, the other adventures that await you on this tour include kayaking, swings, cannoning, and rafting among others.

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The Last Resort Bungee Jump 1 day

Duration: 1 day

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3. Private full-day hike to the Annapurna foothills in Pokhara (from USD 125.0)

This is a private full-day hike that will take you to the foothills of the Annapurna to explore the mountains and visit Nepalese villages. It is a hike that will see you visit the Dhampus Village, Australian Camp, and Phedi. All through, you will enjoy the fantastic views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna ranges and Fishtail. You will also increase your knowledge of the Gurung traditions as you go through Dhampus. In most cases, the tour includes a private guide, transportation, pickup, and drop-off points, but you can also ask to have it customized.

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Annapurna Foothills Private Full-Day Guided Hike From Pokhara

Duration: 6 to 7 hours

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4. Full-day Nepal heritage tour (from USD 125.0)

This tour is ideal for anyone who feels like exploring the busy, noisy, and dense city of Kathmandu. Embark on a trip that will take you to some of the historical highlights of the ancient city, including but not limited to a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage sites, palaces, and Buddhist and Hindu temples. As you go about the tours, your English-speaking guide will fill you up with stories, histories, and cultures of the respective sites you will be visiting. Since this is a private tour, there will be private transportation, so you will not have to haggle with taxi drivers or have to rely on unreliable public transportation. This will also give you the pleasure of visiting very many sites, something that would have been very difficult if you were traveling independently.

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Full-Day Nepal Heritage Tour

Duration: 7 hours

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5. Tuadaha Lake and Kirtipur hike (from USD 125.0)

For outdoor adventure lovers, the Kirtipur region has always been a favorite destination in Kathmandu. It is in the south-west region of central Kathmandu, and it offers incredible views of the valley and the mountains. However, not too many travelers usually get the pleasure to visit this region simply because they don’t know how to get there. With this tour, however, you get a hassle-free way to experience all the highlights of the medieval town and learn about the rich history and culture of a city that once thrived hundreds of years ago. You will also get a chance to experience a guided tour of the nearby Tuadaha Lake, the expansive farmlands and the rice fields.

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HIKE from Temples to Lakes

Duration: 4 hours

6. Kathmandu countryside bike tour (from USD 95.0)

kathmandu countryside bike tour

A great way to interact with and experience the hospitality of the host countries you could be visiting is to go for walking tours or bike rides, and the Kathmandu countryside bike tour is one of the best you will ever have. This tour takes you on a journey through the scenic countryside outside the city to the charming Nepalese villages. You will bike through small groups of mountains and the historic towns of Chobar and Kirtipur, appreciating the intimate side streets bordered by ancient stone structures. The tour will also enable you to explore beautiful roads with amazing views of the Himalayas. If you are confident enough, you can go on the bike tour alone, but it will be more fulfilling if you go in a group.

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Kathmandu Countryside Bike Tour

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7. Kathmandu Valley hiking (from USD 299.0)

Kathmandu Valley is a fantastic ancient natural hub which is home to a plethora of monasteries, temples, and palaces. A hike to this valley will always be relaxing since the terrain is very forgiving which makes it possible for the trekkers to explore the valley more intimately. The trails are non-touristy, and they will take you from one village to another, along hillsides, and rivers, and through terraced rice fields against the backdrop of the snow-covered Himalaya Mountains. The sceneries will be breathtaking, and every step you take down the valley will bring a reward of its own.

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Kathmandu Valley Hiking

Duration: 4 days

Have an adventurous time in Kathmandu

Kathmandu have always been a desirable destination for travelers who cherish the outdoors. Whether are an adrenalin junkie looking for the best bungee jumping spots in Nepal, or you are a trekking enthusiast keen on walking down the unbeaten paths, Kathmandu has something for you. To the adept history enthusiasts, the ancient towns, medieval cultures and the monasteries, palaces, and temples in Kathmandu will significantly increase your knowledge of the region. With the presence of the private tours, you have the convenience to plan a trip to remember in Kathmandu. Let nothing hold you back in getting the most out of your trip to Nepal.

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