Enjoy the Adrenaline Rush of Zip-Flying in Nepal
Covering a distance of 1.8 kilometers, with a vertical drop of around 2,000 feet, the ZipFlyer Nepal offers an adrenaline rush that is sure to last long after the two-minute ride is over. Based at Sarangkot, near the bustling city of Pokhara, the zip-slide may not be the longest in the world, but with an incline of 56 percent, it is believed to be one of the tallest and steepest. Speed can vary depending on the weight of the rider, but can reach up to 140 km/hour before being slowed down by the state-of-the-art magnetic braking system which brings the rider to a safe and complete stop.
Zip-line adventurers travel to the launch point aboard a shuttle which follows the road through the village of Sarangkot, before heading up the mountain-side to an altitude of 5400 feet above sea level. There participants can take in the spectacular view while waiting their turn to be harnessed in and ride the ZipFlyer. Riders launch two at a time, and with a view of the dense forest below, majestic mountains and the fast-flowing Seti River in the distance, it is a ride to remember. Among the mountains to be viewed is the 222,943 foot Machapuchare – a mountain considered so sacred by the local population, who views it as dedicated to Lord Shiva, that it is off limits for climbing. Riders finally come to a stop at the HighGround Adventure base in the village of Hyangja. Here they can relax at the restaurant overlooking the gorge, and include a visit a local Tibetan refugee settlement to add a cultural element to the adrenaline-pumping adventure.
The ZipFlyer operator, HighGround Adventures, was founded by three friends – Bharat Golchha, Abhinav Churiwal and Sharad Golchha – who wanted to open up the world of adventure to be found in Nepal. Their stated mission is to share the simple pleasures of life which can be found in the world of nature through adventure travel and self-discovery. They assure their customers that the SkyZip was constructed with safety as the primary consideration. They collaborated with manufacturers in the design of the system, which has been reviewed and approved by a professional engineering team, either meeting or surpassing required safety standards. So, go on, enjoy the adventure of traveling down a mountain in Nepal at breathtaking speed, it will be an experience like no other.