Read on to learn about our travel experts’ top recommendations for activities to do in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan!
The Langtang region lies in the northern reaches of the country, along a valley running east to west below the Lirung Glacier, and the area is inhabited almost entirely by Sherpa farmers. The region consists of two distinct landscapes; rugged valleys and ridges, and a high, alpine-like col full of burrows and lake-laden vistas. At certain times of year you can even cross between them, for a complete scenic experience. The spirituality of the region will stun you, and you explore countless gompas and stupas on the ascent, all complimented by the giant Langtang as the backdrop. Our Langtang trek operates as a circuit, starting and ending in two different villages.
Our river rafting experiences take place on the Trishuli River, which has carved some truly impressive gorges out of the Mahabharat Range, through which it runs. The Trishuli provides bouncy but manageable Class 2 and Class 3 rapids, so it’s an excellent choice for both beginners looking for adventure, and experienced rafters looking to experience something difference, as well as some scenic landscapes. Choose either from a half-day trip, or a multi-day excursion of 2 – 3 days, while staying in a tent camp.
Elephant Riding in Chitwan National Park
Chitwan is Nepal’s first national park and wildlife reserve, and a designated World Heritage site; the park is home to grasslands and subtropical deciduous forests, and provides a protected space for Bengals tigers, one-horned rhinoceroses, leopards, antelopes, monkeys, and other wild creatures in numbers to great to count. Chitwan is a paradise for nature lovers, bird watchers and adventure seekers alike! One the best ways to view the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park is from the back of an elephant. You’ll be able to travel deeper into the jungle this way, making your way through the tall grassland to watch the wild creatures in their natural environment.
Tibetan Plateau Driving Adventure
Tibet spans the world's largest and highest plateau, and is often referred to as the “roof of the world”. Visitors are guaranteed to enjoy the enthralling year-round snow, aerial mountains, mysterious religions, exotic customs and spectacular inhabitants of Tibet. The diverse geographical and climactic conditions of Tibet also make for an interesting landscape; the plateau spans most of the provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Gansu and is flanked by both the Himalayan and Tanggula mountain ranges.
Paragliding in Nepal is a truly wonderful experience for the discerning adventure-seeker. Be enthralled by the scenic grandeur of the Annapurna range, while you share airspace with griffin vultures and eagles, drifting over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungles. Nepal’s single purpose-built takeoff platform is located near Pokhara. The topography and climate of this region provide plenty of thermals combined with a long valley, making it an ideal destination for pilots ranging from beginner to expert. Choose an introductory course and fly solo, or sit back and relax on a tandem flight!
Lumbini is most well known as being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha. Though she was married to King Suddhodana, Maya Devi, the mother of Buddha, is said to have given birth on her way to her parent’s house while taking rest in Lumbini under a sakhua tree. A great stone pillar, with an inscription of the history of Buddha on the side, marks the general spot of his birth. One main attraction is the Lumbini Garden, which is spread over eight square kilometers, and is home to numerous ancient stupas, temples, ruins and antiquities dating back more than 2,500 years. The other main point of interest is the Maya Devi Temple, devoted to the mother of Buddha.
Culinary Tour of Kathmandu
Let us astound your palate! Kathmandu is home to dozens of tasty traditional morsels, and our culinary tour is not excepting of any of them. Our approach takes you on a walking tour around the city, trying the best and most interesting street food you can imagine! Sample freshly squeezed juice from exotic fruits, have a taste of panipuri, watch mas ko bara being made, and be brave enough to try fried yak tongue or tandoori goat meat, amongst many other delights.
At GAPTrex, we are proud of our commitment to give back to the communities we utilize during the regular course of our operations. As such, we always provide great opportunities for you to help with this! No matter how long you’re visiting Nepal for, you’re welcome to participate in one of our community-based work projects, which range from teaching English, assisting with school reconstruction, gardening or farming, outreach to women’s groups, and career counseling for youths, among many others. So come immerse yourself in rural Nepal, and gain an invaluable cultural experience.
Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Ri
The popular Everest trekking route will amaze and enchant you, as you immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Sherpas, and experience the tranquility of the millennia-old Buddhist monasteries you can visit on the way. Everest Base Camp, at an altitude of 5365m, is the climax of the trip, but you will get more magnificent and stunning mountain vistas from a hike to Kala Pattar, at 5545m. We recommend making an add-on to your Everest Base Camp trek, and the Gokyo Ri extension is our favourite. This detour on the decent will take you through the beautiful lake-filled vistas of Gokyo Ri. Though you eventually pick up the main route again, the detour allows you to see an additional cross-section of enriching Sherpa culture in Gokyo village, as well as see the stunningly blue mountain lakes of the Himalayas.
Paro Taktsang Monastery
The Paro Taktsang monastery is a Buddhist temple located in the Paro district, clinging to a cliff at an altitude of 3120m. After an uphill hike along a narrow mountain path decorated with bright prayer flags, you are awarded with unforgettable views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The monastery consists of four temples, connected by steps carved into the rocks, and features a main courtyard, where the prayer wheel is located and is turned anew each morning, a golden interior where numerous Buddha paintings can be found, and a series of eight historically and spiritually significant caves.