Top Adventure Destination
October 29, 2014
Indeed, it is as true today as it has always been that Nepal is one of the world’s best destinations for adventure tourism. The recent feat of Sunuwar and Sherpa only serves to further substantiate this claim. However, adventure tourism is not the only thing that this small but vibrant country is renowned for. Need one remind that Nepal has eight of the world’s highest peaks (the eight-thousanders) including the biggest one of them all, Mount Everest? Need one also remind that Nepal has rich flora and fauna and some of the world’s friendliest people? And, how can one forget that Nepal is the homeland of the world’s bravest soldiers, the valiant Gurkhas? It must also be said that any visitor to Nepal is sure to be entranced by the artistry of the Newars, the original inhabitants of Kathmandu Valley, many fine examples of which can be seen not only at the country’s seven World Heritage Sites but at almost every nook and corner of the Valley.
In addition, Nepal has such a rich diversity in ethnicity, culture and language that even a six-month trek on the Great Himalaya Trail will perhaps only succeed in giving a glimpse of the full complexity of this small country. At last count, Nepal had 103 caste and ethnic groups and 92 languages! As far as biodiversity is concerned, the country has a unique geography due toextreme variations in altitude and climate within a span of just 200 km— from the heat and humidity of the sub-tropical Terai in the south to the cool dry temperate and alpine conditions of the Himalayan range to the north. Summer temperatures in the Terai can rise above 45° C while in the middle hills, summer climate is pleasant with temperatures around 25° C – 27° C. However, it is Kathmandu Valley that is most blessed, with average summer and winter temperatures of 19° C – 27° C and 2° C – 12° C respectively.