‘Nepal surfing’ is a pairing of words that generally have no business being placed beside each other, in fact Nepal is about as far from the Ocean as you can get. Lying on the wind battered Himalayan steppe between India and Tibet it is the home of a colourful charming people, a rich history and the mighty Mount Everest. So while it may have many other charms, a surf holiday to Nepal would be a very bad idea indeed.
If I were to be flung into the lofty wilderness of Nepal and fancied a bit of a surf, I reckon a road trip might be on the cards. After I had finished my trek to Everest base camp, finished zip-lining across the Pokhara Valley, finished playing elephant polo – and generally finished absorbing the myriad delights that this bizarre country has to offer – I’d head south to India.
India has nearly 5,000 miles of coastline stretching from it’s slightly dodgy western border with Pakistan, right down to the tropical southern tip of Nagercoil and back up to Bangladesh. Exposed to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean there is a guarantee of surf to be found along the huge and varied coastline.
I’d begin my adventure by finding a car, or a tuk-tuk, or anything else that might last carry me through Nepal and journey southwest, away from the surfless Nepal to the swell battered Arabian coast of India. Here I would seek out the big Monsoon swells that hit this coast from January to April – huge emerald green waves being battered by torrential Monsoon rains would be a beautiful experience.
A Nepal surfing holiday will unfortunately never be an option. But there is an awful lot of unexplored surfing territory in the Indian subcontinent. My advice would be to visit Nepal and enjoy all this country has to offer and to use it as a starting point for an Indian surf adventure.