When I landed in Nepal, I was prepared for adventure. I looked forward to spending days trekking in the mountains, sipping tea in small villages, and wandering through the untouched landscape that envelopes the country.
What I didn’t expect was an adrenaline pumping adventure at the Last Resort. As the name implies, the Last Resort lies near the border of Nepal and Tibet.
The place is a playground for adventure addicts, like myself, and offers a wide range of exciting opportunities: canyon swinging, bungee jumping, canyoning, high ropes, and whitewater rafting. I could have easily spent days diving head first into all these epic adventures. Sadly, because I visited toward the end of my time in Nepal, I only had one day to spend at The Last Resort.
I chose to do the tandem canyon swing with Nadja, my partner in crime. After waking up early, we headed to down town Kathmandu to catch the bus. We were eager as we traveled through the gorgeous Nepal countryside to the Last Resort. Even though the resort is only 100km from the city, on the curvy mountain roads, the bus ride took a few hours each way.
As soon as we arrived, we were thrown into the action. To reach the resort, we had to cross a long wire bridge used for both the canyon swing and bungee jump.
As I looked down into the Canyon hundreds of feet below, I was overcome with both anticipation and fear, a mixture I always feel before a big adventure. I couldn’t help but think, “what have I gotten myself into?”
After crossing the bridge we would soon willingly jumping off, we entered the beautiful resort. The whole area is surrounded by trees. There are areas to relax and little huts for people who want to stay more than one day. If you are looking for a place to relax and avoid the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, the Last Resort is a cool spot.
After a safety briefing, we headed back out onto the bridge. Now remember, I am an established adventure addict. I’ve skydived in New Zealand, ran with the bulls in Spain, and drove 1/3 of the planet on the Mongol Rally. However, none of that stopped me from being a little anxious.
My hands clutched the metal wire spanning the bridge as I forced my way down step by step. I love the feeling of adrenaline mixed with fear as I began talking myself into jumping off into the canyon below.
We were in a big group, but somehow they chose Nadja and I to go first. Slipping into our harnesses, we tiptoed to the edge and looked down into the canyon 160m below.
I felt the rush of exhilaration – adventures get me excited… just a one of the many fun facts about me is that I love these moments = and swallowed my nerves as the countdown started 3…2…1. I filled my lungs with air and held on to what could have been my last breath. Then, we leapt. My last breath before the plunge escaped as a high-pitched scream (I always scream) as the rushing water below rapidly approached.
The feeling of falling was thrilling. Adrenaline rushed through our bodies as we plummeted towards the rushing water below before being catapulted back and forth swinging through the canyon. The rush heightened our senses, bringing all the details of the beautiful nature surrounding us. It’s like an quote about adventure come to life.
We loved this crazy experience. I live for these types of adventures. As our momentum slowed, we pulled ourselves to a tiny platform at the bottom of the canyon, where a worker unhooked us and asked about our experience.
I loved the canyon swing because, unlike on the bungee jump, we were not pulled back up to the bridge. Instead, we got to trek 20-30 minutes back up the canyon to the resort. The hike was beautiful, with babbling brooks, tiny waterfalls, and glorious landscape. We even ran into a few hikers who were just hiking the trail for fun.
Back at the resort, we were able to watch the experience we just lived on film. It turned out awesome.
Afterward, Nadja decided to do a bungee, and I opted out and choose instead to spend the remainder of the time filming and working. Both the bungee and canyon swing are huge, among the largest in the world.
Overall, my experience at The Last Resort was fantastic! It’s definitely worth the bus ride, especially if you have fun days to spend on more than one adventure than make sure to do it. After all – Life is short.
Nepal is known for its hiking and trekking adventures, but the Last Resort can give you several action-packed days, and the prices are much cheaper than similar attractions in other countries.Adventures like this are the reason I fell in love with Nepal in the first place.