World's scariest zip-line

A tour operator in Nepal runs what they claim is the world's fastest zip-line, a 1.8km run that drops 600m and attains speeds of 160km/h. Watching the helmetcam sections of this video actually made the blood drain from my face.

What is Zip-flyer?
Basically, zipline is a cable mechanism used for transportation across a river, gorge etc. In our context, it is a piece of recreation equipment consisting of a cable stretched between point of different elevations, a pulley, and a harness or a bar for attaching a rider, who moves by gravity. Zip-flyer Nepal also works with the same mechanism and is categorized as an adventure sports.

How long is it and what would be its max speed?
Well, its 1.8 km long and has the speed of 160kmph making it the world’s most extreme ride.

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  1. Doesn’t look too bad, but that (buried) video kinda sucks (double Wadsworth Constant at least). The greenish rope appears to be a brake.

    1.  I agree..first I had to mute, then fast forward, then I didn’t even finish the thing. Too much face and tongue.  The video doesn’t give me any feeling of the trip at all.

  2. Maybe it was just Cory’s setup or the music but I was really disappointed by the video.

    1.  The description did oversell it. I expected an almost vertical drop with screaming and flailing. “Shocker Bro.”

  3. Scary? No. I’ve done a ton of ziplines and I always want them to go longer and higher, so this looks pretty awesome to me. 

  4. Scary, no.  Scary would be poorly maintained equipment, and unconcerned crew.  This would be exhilarating.  

    Second, you are 100’s of meters up, traveling at up to 160kph, what is the point of the bicycle helmet? 

    1. It’s a climbing helmet incase you head is tossed against the ropes and restraints. Obviously not incase you fall to the ground.

    2. It seems about as important as the missing shoes part…

      -In reality it’s probably more for the launch and landing sides than it is about the actual ride itself.  I’m sure it’s part of their insurance clause…

  5. Probably the scariest bit was the guy’s tongue. Leucoplakia? Thrush? I think he should get it seen to. 

  6. This looks like fun. I’d try it, as long as every single person associated with it, including the shuttle bus driver who took me to the top, had a Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in metal fatigue.

    1. Bus accidents in the mountains in Nepal are really common and deadly. You should be worrying about the ride up, not the ride down.

  7. Not scary. Expected something like that guy BB posted down-hilling his bike on the wooden ramps in – where was that, Chile? – THAT was exponentially more scary and a truly thrilling helmet-cam video.

  8. A colleague of a friend just died when the zipline she was riding broke. This one looks fairly modern and presumably well-maintained, though. Also, it’s in Pokhara, which has a lot of tourist dollars coming through it, so they probably have the funds to do the job right.

    It might even turn out to be safer than getting there by road or air: Nepali roads can be scarier than any zipline, and the country’s air safety record is a bit patchy too.

  9. The 160 km/h claim sounds totally bogus to me.  I doubt they have some way of automatically regulating speed so as to ensure you don’t suddenly go flying off at 100 mph at the end of the thing, snapping your neck.

    Edited: the website claims that the ride is 2 minutes long, which would put the average speed at 55 km/h… so, there would have to be some serious acceleration/deceleration going on, which still sounds suspect to me.

    1.  That’s what happens with a cable hanging between two points.  It hangs in a curve called a catenary, so you naturally slow down because the cable levels off (and may even climb a little) at the end.

    2. 55 km/h seems right to me. It’s not that fast (driving around town speed) and can be decelerated easy enough.

  10. Yeah I immediately had to mute the music too – really tired of yuppie bedtime lullabies.

    While I apologize for digressing about an un-captivating zipline video…honestly, why do so many people like that type of limp-ass, doll-baby music? 

    The zipline track is in line with this popular, putrid pablum below, imho –

    EXHIBIT A:  

    …and do you see why this same style — from 30 YEARS AGO — seems more engaging –


  11. sounds like turin brakes to me. surely the most nearly famous song-writers of the past 15 years?

      1. I was so sure this was a spam post for a second. Then, I looked carefully at the URL and say that you were linking to the same thing I was talking about.

        Let’s hope they are more careful with safety than site building

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      I would argue whatever points they lost for bad music and Wadsworthing, they make back up with the Hatfield-McCoy lorem ipsum filler.

  12. When you walk up the mountainside through villages destroyed by landslides, when 50 year old farmers who look 80 invite you into their home for milk tea, passed by a troupe of schoolgirls skipping, skipping like mountain goats home from school in the early afternoon, knowing they were up at 5 am just go there, and tourists have spent pretty much that farmers annual income on one hang glider ride over an azure Fewa Lake outside Pokhara, I am a bucket of sorrowful mixed emotions over something like this. Hardly wonderful.

    1. The most heavily touristed areas have the highest standards of living. You think that they’d prefer to return to a subsistence economy?

  13. Canopy lines are far scarier,  with things whipping by and under you at high speed. That’s too high up, and sitting position makes it even less scary. Yeah, I’d ride it, but there are much worse!

  14. The scariest part of a zipline is calculating how well-set-up and -maintained the equipment is.  When you’re at ease about that, you can enjoy the ride a lot more.
    In the video above, I saw no evidence of a backup system the way you have with a conventional zipline.

    The ride itself didn’t seem all that interesting.  I think much of the fun is having the ride be over too soon.  You just start enjoying the scenery and darn-it-anyway, it’s time to brake.

    Yeah, great idea in theory, but I’d probably pass….and I normally seek out ziplines when I travel.

  15. When I was a kid there was a summer camp nearby with a zip line. No helmets, no safety harness, no soft landing. It wasn’t all that long of a line but you held onto a pair of bicycle handlebars, pushed off the platform, then hit a tire at the end. That seemed more exciting than this video. I think they took it away one year though, probably worried about lawsuits.

  16. Not nearly as scary as the one in Columbia that children had to take to school every day using only a stick for a break!

  17. I’d like a zipline with a harness that lets me lie on my stomach so I could feel like Superman flying.

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