Adventure Sports & New Products
Nepal now offers the rush of extreme zip lining, the first of its kind in the whole of Asia. Zip Flyer Nepal is not just another zip line; it is the world’s longest, steepest and fastest zip-line to give you the ultimate adventure experience. Just imagine the adrenaline rush as you zip down at speeds of up to 140 km per hour on a cable 1.8 km long! The launch pad is situated at the peak of Sarangkot, Pokhara, offering most views of the Annapurna mountain range and the Pokhara Valley below.
The Zip Flyer has been in operation since June 2, 2012. Safety is the leading criteria, and the system by Zip-flyer TM LLC, USA is designed with the most advanced technologies, and has delivered a state-of-the-art zipline. So get ready to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush!
Emerging as an extreme form of aerial adventure, Everest Skydiving is one of the adventure world’s unique experiences. Skydiving is done from a plane or a chopper onto the world’s highest drop zone at Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar. The skydiving takes place in front of Mount Everest (8,848 m), and the free fall takes place past some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. It is a unique way of experiencing the Himalayas from both above and below. Experienced pilots with skydiving ratings man the aircraft, so safety is guaranteed. Skydiving can be either a solo jump or in tandem.
Starting from Everest Base Camp at 5,356 m, the Everest Marathon reaches over 42 km of rugged Himalayan terrain to end at the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar (3,446 m). The race is held every year on May 29 to mark the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on that day in 1953. The marathon retraces the traditional route to Everest and passes through monasteries, monuments, chortens, suspension bridges and stunning landscapes.
Annapurna Marathon (42.19 km), named after the Annapurna Himalayan range, starts from Annapurna Base Camp (4,395 m) and ends in Dhampus village (1650 m). It is held on June 3 every two years. The first Annapurna Marathon was held in June 2011 coinciding with Nepal Tourism Year. The marathon was also organized to celebrate the first successful ascent of the 8,000-m peak, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), by a French team led by Maurice Herzog on June 3, 1950.
In December of every year, the annual tournament of the World Elephant Polo Association is held at the Meghauli airfield near Chitwan in south central Nepal. The tournament was first staged in 1982, and has since become an annual event. Teams from all over the world including Scotland, Thailand, England and Hong Kong participate in the tournament.
Elephant Polo is similar to horse polo. Each team of four players plays on a marked pitch 140 x 70 m, using a standard size polo ball. The game consists of two 10-minute chukkers of playing time, with an interval of 15 minutes. Elephant Polo in Nepal and Thailand is played under the auspices of the World Elephant Polo Association which enforces strict rules regarding elephant welfare and game play.