Throw caution to the wind
You never know where life will take you. Dare to dream and let your heart wander. Life is beautiful. Just live it.
The first time I learnt about bungy jumping was through a famous Nepali music video by The Axe Band ‘Timro Najarley’, which featured the The Last Resort and all three members of the band leaped off from the 160m bridge. That’s when I made up my mind that one day I would try to do the same and I am glad I realised my dream a couple of days ago.
I wasn’t prepared to bungy jump until I received an invitation from The Last Resort Adventure. We were about 20 of us heading to The Last Resort to bungy jump and the excitement was brimming in all of us. We started at around 7.30 am and only stopped at a restaurant in Kavre for a quick breakfast and reached our destination at 11.40 am.
The resort is in Tatopani, Sindhupalchok. The bridge that we would bungy jump from is 160m long and stretches over the Bhote Koshi River. As soon as we reached, we were asked to cross the bridge and gather in the open hall of the resort for the bungy/swing briefing.
Prakash Pradhan, the bungy master, started the briefing session. He showed us harnesses, bungy cords and explained the do’s and don’ts to us. After our weight check we were divided into groups/weight categories. I was assigned to the third group which left me with ample time to grab lunch. As the first group completed their bungy, it was time for the swing. I saw an adventurer from Israel, Igor Nazarov leap off the platform. The jump was sudden and breathtaking. My eyes were glued to him as he went head first screaming in excitement. I opted for the swing instead of the bungy hoping for the same thrill.
The staff helped me to put on the harness and tightened the belts. The film crew fixed the GoPro camera on my right wrist and instructed me to focus on the lens. As I was given the final instructions, I was excited to jump. However, when I took the position to jump, I became nervous. I was in two minds; I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could but I also wanted to throw caution to the wind and just jump. With much coaxing from a friend who was cheering me up I leaped into the air. The ropes pulled me down, the wind blew stronger. My heart was in my stomach. It was so sudden and for the first time I felt like a bird, I was over the wild Bhote Koshi river and a big rock. No one was there, only me, my imagination, and my anxiety. I closed my eyes. I couldn’t believe that I jumped from a 160m bridge. All this happened in about five seconds. Once I came to my senses, I recall feeling like a warrior who was returning victorious from war. When the winch started pulling me up, I took in the dense forest and lush greenery around me. After the swing, I wanted to bungy jump too but it was already getting dark and it was time to head back to the city.
The trip came to an end but for me the memory will last forever. I made a couple of good friends. I realised that life has so much to offer and the only thing we need to do is step out of our comfort zones and push our limits. You never know where life will take you. Dare to dream and let your heart wander. Life is beautiful. Just live it.
How to get there:
The Last Resort
Adventure bus leaves early in the morning at 6 am from Thamel.
The journey is about 3.5 hours.