Paragliding in Nepal and much more
By Utpal Parashar:
Jumping off a cliff 1600 metres above sea level can be fun. If you are doing that from Sarangkot in Nepal, just above the tourist town of Pokhara, located some 200 km west of the country’s capital.
The views of the Himalayan ranges on one side and the breathtaking Fewa Lake below are amazing and with experienced pilots from Nepal and abroad taking care of your safety, one can just sit back and spread wings.
There are over a dozen operators offering paragliding experience to tourists, both domestic and foreign, in this town known as much for its adventure sports facilities as the famous lakes.
Hundreds of tourists are enjoying paragliding daily this tourist season. Yours truly also enjoyed an amazing flight with an experienced Bulgarian pilot with over thousands of successful flights.
Pokhara is the only place in Nepal where one can enjoy paragliding. If you seek more adventure there’s base jumping, canyoning, rock climbing, ultra light flying, boating, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting as well.
Recently another feather was added to Pokhara’s adventure sports cap. The city became host to the world’s longest, steepest and fastest zip-line, also known as death slide, flying fox, aerial runway, zip wire, foefie slide or aerial rope slide in some places.
For those who are unaware, zip-line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable and mounted on an incline. The adventure lies in sliding down from the top to the bottom at rapid speed with the help of gravity.
The one in Pokhara is 1.8 km in length and at an incline of 56%. Starting at 5000 feet above sea level Zip-Flyer Nepal includes a 2000 feet vertical drop and operators claim it’s the “most incredible zip-line ride in the world”.
The adrenaline rush is not limited to Pokhara alone. There are other options across Nepal that are besides being among the best also comparatively cheaper on the pocket.
Trekking is the most popular of them. Every year thousands reach here to test their strength, skill and endurance on treks to the Everest and Annapurna regions and areas like Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga and Langtang.
The country recently launched a 19-day Guerrilla Trek through the region under control of Maoist rebels during the 1996-2006 Civil War. And the three-month long Great Himalayan Trail across Nepal is sure to test even the best adventure junkies.
That’s not all. Nepal also has one of the most scenic bungy jumping sites in the world. Jumpers take a plunge from a narrow bridge over a 160 metre high gorge with the Bhote Koshi—one of Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below. It is one of the longest free falls in the world.
The above information must have set your pulse racing. If you are one of those daring types, and need thrill to spice up your routine existence, pack your bags and head to Nepal.
Source: Hindustan Times
Published Date: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 | 09:14 AM