Canyoning Sport In Nepal – Location, Timing, Cost, & Precautions

Canyoning Sport In Nepal – Location, Timing, Cost, & Precautions

What is Canyoning?

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Canyoning is one sport that comes from the heart and soul of several other sports. I, for one, feel canyoning is the most formidable challenge of all. It takes on characteristics of several extreme sports adventures and adds its own in the mix.

Canyoning, like its name, takes place in canyons, and the water, for the most part.


Are special skills needed for canyoning?

With canyoning, you need to know mountaineering, be a vigorous climber, own excellent skills with diving and swimming, trekking, and of course, your way around the unexpected canyon challenges. Added it all together, and you have the sport of canyoning.


What is needed to go canyoning?

Several components from each sport, link them together. Those components are wetsuits, climbing equipment, harnesses, ropes, waterproof bags for clothes, food, and water plus gear, etc. Be sure to verify what mandatory equipment is needed before heading out on your journey to canyoning. Your equipment is of particular importance. First, you must decide the canyon and area you plan to challenge. Once determined, you will learn what equipment is needed for this journey. Everything is determined by the water. Water level, time of year, season, the rainfall accumulation, the canyons water level, and all the data will give you the amount of time allowed during the walkthrough.


What influences canyon exploration to have the best experience?

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The water in the canyons is responsible for determining the wetsuit needed. The water temperature inside the canyons is usually colder. In general, a Dual 5mm thick wetsuit usually is the perfect choice so that the top and lower parts of the wetsuit accommodate your needs if you do not go through water and its warner inside the canyon. One suit recommended from different canyoneering is MARES 5mm. 

In the United States, canyoning is also known as canyoneering, but no matter what name you give it, it is a sports adventure that is growing popular worldwide, and one of Nepal’s most popular attraction in Nepal. The adrenaline junkie will be thrilled-to-death about this sport by canyoning in the Nepal waterfalls, so long as you research the right conditions before going to Nepal!


Where is the best area to visit in Nepal for canyoning?

The area between Kathmandu and Pokhara, headed towards Chitwan, are canyons that boast of being the top vacation location for canyoning. While Nepal offers many tours, the best site for canyoning is in a small village called Jalberi. It’s out of Kathmandu, Chitwan, or Pokhara. and they offer day trips from each of these locations. While in that area you may even unwind with a tour of Chitwan wildlife tour.


When is the best time to visit Nepal for canyoneering?

If canyoning is your main focus in Nepal, I would be careful about not go during Monsoon season. It would hamper your vacation a great deal! The monsoon season in Nepal is between  June and August. From May to September, you are most likely to find the best times for canyoning.

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White water rushes through the breathtaking Jalbire Canyon – Chitwan, Nepal. When reserving your tour, please consider one of the travel agencies whose photographs you see here. Thank you. This area is a must-see and experience in Nepal.



What is the cost to go canyoning at Jilbire?

The cost to enjoy the experiences of canyoning depends on several factors, but it ranges from $120 and $150. per person. You can go for one day or up to 7 days, and reserve your party of however many people or just yourself. There is at this time,(2020), a tour you can take. All equipment, transportation r/t from Kathmandu, lunch, and guides. – $105 per person

Departs: 6:30 am from Hardcore Nepal office in Thamel (custom departure from Chitwan or Pokhara available)


What do I need for clothing to participate in canyoning?

Preparing for a canyoning trip is not difficult but important. 

  • Your clothing should be fitted but not too tight and must be comfortable to wear under a wetsuit.
  • If you have long hair, it needs to be pulled back away from the face and close to the head.
  • No jewelry should not be worn.l No rings or bracelets.
  • Your shoes should be closed-toe water sport shoes. (sports shoes, canyoning shoes, or Keens)
  • Take a change of dry clothing and shoes.
  • Carry extra money for snacks and the extras you may need.


Are there dangers or risks in canyoning?

Photograph from Pinterest Canyoning at Sundarijal, Kathmandu, Nepal

One of the worst consequences of canyoning is the fact that many canyons are difficult to rescue those in trouble, due to their remoteness from several hours or several days. Escaping from the sides of the canyon is often impossible. The canyons with significant water flow can be hazardous requiring the canyoneer to have a full working experience in ropework techniques to maneuver themselves to safety. The water can present with several risky conditions such as undercurrents, and hydraulics which can trap or wall off the cannoneer causing death.

Canyons are also known for their flash floods taking a cannoneer by total surprise and can rise quickly. Even a dry canyon can become a violent torrent should a violent thunderstorm be taking place nearby. Fatalities have occurred as a result of such flash floods. Another canyoning illness is hypothermia and hyperthermia, and cannoneers should be sure to be prepared for either condition. 

Many dangers surround extreme sports adventures, but if you are an enthusiast who must challenge nature for that rush in emotion, then please be sure to know the ins and outs of each sport you plan to enjoy, so memories are great ones and not of sad endings.


Just a final thought:

Photograph from Nepal (Even a tour bus headed for Canyoning can be hazardous not your well-being!)

Canyoning in Nepal is an amazing full-body workout as well as one that challenges your mind. You will have the opportunity to see up close the last of Himalayan forbidden places.

You will experience most of the many other sport challenges such as jumping, sliding down canyon walls, or waterfalls. Can you imagine seeing yourself rappelling down to deep pools below and diving into pristine pools of turquoise water? Tired of the hustle and bustles of everyday life? Take your mind and see yourself in the cool or cold water splash across the face. It is one of the rewards after the handwork of repelling from the top of the waterfall. If so, this is one must-do for that adrenaline rush you are longing to experience. If you ask a travel agent how they would describe the challenges of sports adventures, here is the reply I have heard from many: When you visit Nepal, you can enjoy the beauty of Himalayan Mountain caves, canyons, waterfalls, rivers, dense forest, and rolling hills, coming away as an experienced canyoneer. You can also experience many other sports activities which will provide you with the thrill Nepal has to offer. It is a tourist-friendly kingdom in all of Nepal. 

Some canyons can be found extremely rough. You may feel it should be passed for one to consider exploring. But, it all depends on the current water level. You also need to consider other attributes of the canyon such as access to the canyon, the height difference between entry and exit points, the vertical arrangement, and the route of evacuation.

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