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9 best fun activities to explore in Nepal this monsoon

A young girl plays as a rainbow is seen on the monsoon sky in Kathmandu.

In Nepal, the monsoon begins in June and lasts until mid-September. With the arrival of the monsoon season, many might want to keep themselves warm in their beds and do nothing but sleep. After all, monsoons are a great time to get comfy, drink hot beverages, read books, watch movies, sit by the window and stare at the rain as well.

However, keeping active throughout this season is equally essential. This season has a lot to offer, from adventure to sports. And if you are interested and looking for something to do during monsoon/summer, we have got some fascinating ideas for you.

1. Soak up the greenery

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Monsoon is one of the most cherished seasons around the globe. Rain has just evoked a wide range of emotions in humans for generations. It is a season that is not only full of heat but also gives people sheer joy. It is also a period when the city’s rain-soaked flora shines out. Some individuals eagerly await the monsoon to bring more vegetation into their houses. With rainfall that has not yet dried out, the green terrain appears a little greener. If greenery makes you happy, the smell of the fresh air after the rain and the blooming flora is quite a sight to look upon.

2. Take a city day tour

File: This photo was taken when it rained in Kathmandu, in the monsoon of 2020.
File: This photo was taken when it rained in Kathmandu, in the monsoon of 2020.

Taking a city day trip after it has rained during the monsoon season will give you a new perspective of the city. After the rain has washed away the dullness and mist from nature, a city day visit will feel much more calm than normal. To gain a better perspective of the city, you can walk to the top of Swayambhu Stupa and gaze upon Kathmandu or you can go around the durbar square areas of the Kathmandu valley. You may also go to Pokhara and see Devi’s waterfall. Or, visit the Lumbini World Peace Pagoda, which will undoubtedly give you a feel of peace.

3. Experience white river rafting

activities in monsoon white water rafting in nepal
File Photo: People enjoying white water rafting in 2017.

If you enjoy staying active during the monsoon, rafting in the white rivers can be for you. It is a difficult yet exciting adventure sport that takes place in Nepal’s big white water rapids. The rivers in Nepal are mainly formed by glaciers melting, making them excellent for rafting on flowing water. The rain heightens the ferocity of the raging white rivers. If white river rafting without the rainy season is thrilling, the experience gets multiplied throughout the season. Without a doubt, the rafting staff will prioritise your safety, but if you get a go-signal, then you are up for an exciting adventure ahead. 

4. Enjoy the rain and read a book

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Photo: Pexels/ Gabby K

If you are not adventurous, the best thing to do during the monsoon is to relax and enjoy the rain while reading your favourite book. You may also go to a cafe and read there. There are several nice cafes and coffee shops across Thamel and Patan where you may unwind for a few hours. Order some tea or coffee, have some lunch and read that book you have been meaning to read for three months. 

Many of them also sell Nepal-related literature, so if you do not have your book, you can borrow them too. Otherwise, bring your laptop and make use of the free wifi available at many cafés to finally look through your holiday photographs and catch up with your friends.  

5. Play football in the rain

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Photo: Unsplash/ Arun Sharma

It is tough to play football in the summer heat and winter has its issue with making many inactive, making them choose to sleep or rest rather than play. But, monsoon is the time of year suitable for a nice game of football, even in the rain. Nothing beats a mud splash when kicking a ball or being surrounded by nature. Many Nepali youngsters have probably participated in this sport while it is raining. A very nostalgic experience for many. But, if you have not done so, you are losing out on the best event of your life.

6. Trek to the Everest base camp

File: Everest base camp
File: Everest base camp

Trekking to the Everest base camp is one of Nepal’s most famous treks, and it is a journey you will never forget. July marks the start of the summer monsoon season and the end of the trekking season in Nepal. As a result, the Everest base camp trek paths are least busy this season. And, the best sights will be when the rain has stopped. 

For tranquillity seekers, the Everest base camp hike in July is the ideal option. The 14-day journey is filled with breathtaking scenery and various delights along the route. There will be various lodges and motels along the journey, so lodging and eating will never be an issue. With porters that you can hire, you can get assistance to carry your bags too.

7. Do mountain biking

mountain biking in monsoon nepal
On the bike ready to explore the land beyond the mountains.

In recent years, Nepal’s fastest-growing sport has emerged as a major tourist attraction. Exploring dirt roads, going through lush forests, soaking in the beauty and experiencing an adrenaline rush is among the most exhilarating activities available in the nation. 

Mountain biking is a popular pastime in and around the capital valley, especially at Shivapuri National Park, Lele valley, Lakuri Bhanjyang, Dhulikhel, Pharping, and Kulekhani. Mountain bike adventures such as Lower Mustang mountain riding, Upper Mustang mountain biking, Annapurna circuit mountain biking, lower Everest area mountain biking, and others are popular alternatives for a week-long adventure, with lengths ranging from five to 21 days. You may wander through the city, taking in the region’s beautiful surroundings as well as its distinct culture and traditions.

Many people believe the monsoon is not the best time for cycling. But, as Cycle City Network organises Kora, a reverred cycling event every year, Nepalis and foreigners can participate and cycle around different destinations to enjoy the rainy season. The organisers say they want to promote the idea that cycling indeed is possible and fun during this season also.

8. Paragliding

File: Paragliding above Phewa Lake, Pokhara
File: Paragliding above Phewa Lake, Pokhara

Another exhilarating activity that adrenaline junkies will appreciate throughout their vacation is paragliding. Travellers can truly appreciate the spectacular aerial view of the Himalayas and the pristine blue lakes, which is one of the country’s most famous things to do. After soaking in the breathtaking scenery from above, the paragliders may relax by sitting by the lake. The setting is attractive and may be used for both relaxed vacations and exciting activities.

9. Trek to Ghorepani Poonhill

The view from Poon Hill. Annapurna circuit trek destinations
The view from Poon Hill. Annapurna I (8,091m) and Annapurna South (7,219m) are on the left. Photo: Frank Jones/Wikimedia Commons

Poonhill trekking is an excellent monsoon/summer hike and is a reasonably short trip (seven to nine days) in Nepal’s famed Annapurna area. Even though the region receives ample rainfall throughout the monsoon season, trekking is viable. To begin with, the hike is very straightforward, and there are lots of guesthouses and teahouses along the way. 

Apparently, the pathway can be obstructed due to floods and landslides. Yet, if you are for adventure, you should not miss an opportunity.

After the clouds clear, you can still enjoy the panoramic vista of the Annapurna mountains, including others from Poonhill. The area is also densely forested. For those interested in botany, the monsoon season is the best time to hike the Ghorepani-Poonhill path. Another noteworthy feature is the spectacular view of the Milkyway strip and shooting stars from Ghorepani on your way to Poonhill for the dawn during the summer.

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