The monsoon season in the country has just kicked in. As travelers, if you have planned to visit Nepal at this time of the year then you must be worrying that your intention will be squashed away by rainy days. Do not worry. Catch a breath and just relax. There are plenty of activities you can indulge in and enjoy.
1. Run for River Rafting in Trisuli
When the calendar hits June, rafting enthusiasts' attention shifts towards Trisuli River. The current, the flow, and the thrill presented by the river for rafting are well-known in the world. You just need to be prepared as the trip in the river offers what you signed-in for; exquisite village sceneries, breathtaking water flow, heart-pounding twists and turns through big stones, and natural swimming pools to relax.
2. Get Involved in Mud Festival
Nepal is also an agricultural country as large areas outside the concrete jungle of Kathmandu are occupied by vast farmlands, villages, and beautiful natural greeneries.
For travelers like you, although your plans can be hindered by heavy rainfall during this time, you can head towards villages around the valley like Bungamati, Machhegaun, Balthali, Chitlang, Thimi, Chapagaun, etc. During the first two weeks of June, National Rice Day usually occurs as farmers are engaged in planting rice in watery mud-covered fields. There you can pull your trousers knee-high and deep half of your legs in the farmland surface joining in with farmers as well as a herd of ox and cows to plant the rice. The songs, the dances, and the mudball festival all create a vibrant atmosphere. Believe us, it is fun and moreover, you will contribute to food cultivation and agriculture of the country.
3. Head towards Climbing Walls
Despite getting stuck in the rain you will want to flex your muscles and get involved in outdoor activities. You might be worried about getting wet due to rain. No problem about that because there are two awesome outdoors climbing walls in Thamel area covered in ceilings; Kathmandu Sport Climbing Center and Astrek Climbing Wall. These climbing gyms have big as well as short walls for bouldering along with shack-line and many more recreational activities. From kids to elders, anyone can go on a short cab or local transport trip to these centers and indulge in amateur and advanced levels of climbing. You do not have to sweat in search of bouldering gears as both these centers have rental facilities. Rain should not be the reason for you to stop from some hard rock climbing.
4. Go on a Museum Visit
If you are looking to explore and get involved in an intellectual activity then there are plenty of historical museums that you can visit. The rain will not affect the indoor tour of some of the most incredible and artistic buildings of Nepal. You will be able to take a closer look and understanding of historical arts, cultures, monarchs, war equipment, lifestyles, palaces, and so on. The museums you can visit with ease are:
- Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Museum (Located inside Kathmandu Durbar Square)
- Patan Museum (Located inside Patan Durbar Square)
- Bhaktapur Museum (Located inside Bhaktapur Durbar Square)
- Narayanhity Museum (Narayanhity Palace in King's Way, Kathmandu)
- National Museum of Nepal (Located in Chauni, Kathmandu)
- Natural History Museum (Located in Swoyambhu, Kathmandu)
5. Plan a Hike Day
Trekking in the monsoon season is the least suitable thing to do in Nepal. Nonetheless, hiking is always an adventurous option to delve into nature away from Kathmandu's hustle and bustle. There are plenty of hiking routes available inside and around the valley at a commuting distance towards their starting point. When you reach the top of any of the following places, you are in for a scenic treat of the Kathmandu Valley along with magnificent mountains surrounding its hills. Here are some of the exciting and thrilling hiking tracks in Kathmandu:
- Phulchowki Hike (Starting point Godawari to top and back | 6 to 7 hours)
- Nagi Gumba Hike (Starting point Budhanilkantha to Shivapuri Peak and back | 8.5 hours)
- Nagarkot Hike (Starting point Nagarkot base point to Nagarkot Tower and back | 3 to 4 hours)
- Sundarijal to Chisapani to Nagarkot Combined Hike ( Starting point Sundarijal to Nagarkot | 7 to 9 hours)
- Chandragiri Hike (6 to 7 hours)
We at WanderThirst Hostels wish you happy monsoon stay in Nepal. Take care!