9 Best Monsoon-Based Activities to Explore in Nepal

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

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

1. Soak up the greenery

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Monsoon is one of the most popular seasons in the world. Rain has just evoked a wide range of emotions in humans for generations. It is a season that is not only full of warmth, but also gives people pure joy. It is also a time when the rainy flora of the city shines. Some individuals look forward to the monsoon to bring more vegetation into their homes. With precipitation that has not yet dried up, the verdant terrain appears a little greener. If greenery makes you happy, the smell of fresh air after rain and blooming flora are a sight not to be missed.

2. Take a day trip around the city

File: This photo was taken when it was raining in Kathmandu, during the 2020 monsoon.
File: This photo was taken when it was raining in Kathmandu, during the 2020 monsoon.

Taking a day trip to the city after it has rained during the monsoon season will give you a new perspective of the city. Once the rain has washed away the dullness and haze of nature, a day trip to town will be much quieter than normal. To get a better perspective of the city, you can walk to the top of Swayambhu Stupa and gaze out over Kathmandu or you can circle around the durbar districts of Kathmandu Valley. You can also go to Pokhara and see Devi Waterfall. Or visit the Lumbini World Peace Pagoda, which will undoubtedly give you a sense of peace.

3. Discover white river rafting

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

If you like to stay active during the monsoon, white river rafting may be for you. It is a challenging yet thrilling adventure sport that takes place in the great whitewater rapids of Nepal. Nepal’s rivers are mostly formed by melting glaciers, making them excellent for running water rafting. The rain accentuates the ferocity of the raging white rivers. While white river rafting without the rainy season is exciting, the experience multiplies throughout the season. Undoubtedly, the rafting staff will put your safety first, but if you get a go signal, you’re set for an exciting adventure.

4. Enjoy the rain and read a book

girl reading a book
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If you are not adventurous, the best thing to do during the monsoon is to relax and enjoy the rain while reading your favorite book. You can also go to a cafe and read there. There are several cool cafes and cafes across Thamel and Patan where you can relax for a few hours. Order some tea or coffee, have lunch, and read that book you’ve wanted to read for three months.

Many of them also sell literature related to Nepal, so if you don’t have your book, you can borrow them as well. Otherwise, bring your laptop and use the free wifi available in many cafes to finally browse your vacation photos and find your friends.

5. Play football in the rain

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Photo: Unsplash/Arun Sharma

It’s hard to play football in the heat of summer and winter has the problem of making many inactive, making them choose to sleep or rest rather than play. But the monsoon is the time of year for a good game of football, even in the rain. Nothing beats a splash of mud when kicking a ball or surrounded by nature. Many young Nepalese probably practiced this sport while it was raining. A very nostalgic experience for many. But, if you haven’t, you lose the best event of your life.

6. Everest Base Camp Trek

File: Everest Base Camp
File: Everest Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal, and it is a trip 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 trekking trails are the least crowded this season. And, the best views will be when the rain has stopped.

For lovers of tranquility, the Everest Base Camp trek in July is the ideal option. The 14-day journey is filled with breathtaking scenery and various delights along the way. There will be various lodges and motels throughout the trip, so accommodation and catering will never be an issue. With the porters you can hire, you can also get help with carrying your luggage.

7. Go mountain biking

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On the bike ready to explore the land beyond the mountains.

In recent years, the fastest growing sport in Nepal has become a major tourist attraction. Exploring dirt roads, traversing lush forests, soaking up the beauty and experiencing an adrenaline rush are some of the most exhilarating activities available in the country.

Mountain biking is a popular pastime in and around the Capital Valley, especially in Shivapuri National Park, Lele Valley, Lakuri Bhanjyang, Dhulikhel, Pharping and Kulekhani. Mountain biking adventures such as mountain biking in Lower Mustang, mountain biking in Upper Mustang, mountain biking in Annapurna circuit, mountain biking in lower Everest region and others are popular alternatives for a week-long adventure, with durations ranging from five to 21 days. You can walk around the city, enjoying the region’s beautiful surroundings and its distinct culture and traditions.

Many people think that the monsoon is not the best time for cycling. But, as Cycle City Network organizes Kora, a renowned cycling event, every year, Nepalese and foreigners can participate and cycle around different destinations to enjoy the rainy season. Organizers say they want to promote the idea that cycling is indeed possible and fun during this season as well.

8. Paragliding

Feature: Paragliding above Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Feature: Paragliding above Phewa Lake, Pokhara

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

9. Trek to Ghorepani Poonhill

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

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

Apparently the trail can be blocked by flooding and landslides. Still, if you love adventure, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity.

Once the clouds clear, you can still enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna mountains including others from Poonhill. The region is also densely forested. For those interested in botany, the monsoon season is the best time to hike the Ghorepani-Poonhill trail. Another standout feature is the spectacular view of the Milky Way band and shooting stars from Ghorepani on your way to Poonhill for dawn during the summer.

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