Events

Himalayan rush

Himalayan rush, run, swim, or cycle around Begnas Tal and promote healthy, community-based tourism around the lake. 30 March, Pokhara, 9851021852/9851102046

Documentary film-making workshop, explore principles and components of social-issue documentaries with Czech-Canadian film-maker Kristyna Balaban. Rs 2,500, 20 February to 6 March, Sattya Media Arts, Jawalakhel, www.sattya.org/2013/02/socialissuedoc

The play of plays, watch this humorous play to understand how frantic it gets during a theatre production. Rs 100 and Rs 200, runs till 2 March, Sarwanam Theatre, Kalikasthan

Sustainable workshops, learn how to make briquettes and a recycled roof so that you can cut down on your electricity bill. Rs 150 per day, 28 February to 3 March, 10am to 4pm, Hariyo Chowk, www.hariyochowk.sattya.org/2twodayworkshop/

Mustang trail race 2013, be part of a group of athletes and get the experience of a lifetime by running through the roof of the world. 27 April to 10 May, [email protected]

Chakati guff, Dutch art promoter Beata Wiggen will give a presentation on how to promote your artwork in the Netherlands and Germany. 8 March, 3 to 5pm, Gallery MCube, Chakupat, (01)5260110

Saturday readings, poet Bishma Upreti will read his work, but the audience can join in as well by sharing their poems with each other. 2 March, Sanepa, 3 pm.

Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival, the seventh edition of the annual NIIFF will explore issues related to Nepal’s minority. 25 to 28 April, City Hall, Nepal Tourism Board, Exhibition Road, (01)4102577, [email protected], www.ifanepal.org.np

Pranamaya Yoga, a yoga and Buddhism weekend in the hills of Pharping. Rs 9,750, 2 to 3 March, Neydo Tashi Monastery, 9802045484, [email protected]

Donate a book for Karnali, help the campaigners collect 15,000 books for students of remote Kalikot district who do not have access to any reading material. 1 to 5 March, 9841379246, 9841342768, 9841379246, 9849038889, www.facebook.com/DonateABookCampaign

With love from Paris, an exhibition of the works of two French photographers Nicolas Henry and Floriane de Lassee. 3 March, 5.30pm, Image Ark, (01)5006665, www.imageark.com

Mustang, a spiritual odyssey, an exhibition that showcases thangkas, photographs, sand mandala, installations, and dance from Mustang. Runs till 13 March, Siddartha Art Gallery


Zip, strap, go!

The darling of honeymooners and the gateway to Annapurna, Pokhara is now also a hub for adrenaline junkies. Those of you who have already felt the thrill of paragliding across Phewa lake, buzzed past the gleaming Peace pagoda in ultralight flights, and tried canyoning down steep, slippery waterfalls, can now add zip-line on your to-do-list.

The first of its kind and the longest in South Asia, zip-line looks similar to a cable car from afar, but unlike cable cars, it uses gravity to pull you forward on an inclined rope. You are securely strapped on a seat which is attached onto the cable. Then on the count of five, you will find yourself whizzing past the raging Seti River with the wind gushing against your face.

As you inch closer to Hyamja in less than two minutes, the magnetic breaking system brings the seat to a halt. Make sure you listen to the safety instructions properly to avoid a bumpy landing.

“It was the most exhilarating two minutes of my life so far and I will definitely come again,” said an exuberant Saurav Rai moments after landing.

Constructed by HighGround Adventures, zip-line was introduced under the name SkyZip last summer. In the past 10 months more than 3,000 people have experienced the 2,000 feet drop from Sarangkot to Hyamja at speeds of over 140km per hour.

The equipment was designed and fitted by an American company named Zip-flyer who also trained the staff. “We conducted many successful test rides before opening it for the public because we did not want to compromise on safety,” informs operations manager Santosh Shrestha.

Brace yourself for a speedy ride, screaming at the top of your lungs is encouraged!

Rs 3,890 for Nepalis, Rs 5,890 for non-Nepalis

10 per cent discount for students, 25 per cent discount for a group of five or more

www.highgroundnepal.com

Kathmandu: (01)4701281

Pokhara: (61)466349, (61)466350

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