Why canyoning in Jalbire’s all-natural water theme park should be your go-to adventure this monsoon
Kathmandu, July 15, 2016:Â â€œJalbire is this gigantic, gorgeous waterfall not far from Mugling. I canâ€™t think of a better place for you to shoot your canyoning adventure in,â€ said my camping guide Suman Dai. It was a starry night, wrapped up in a pine-scented breeze with our tents camped next to a dark, silent lake. I hope to share that story with you in days to come, here in ‘Sammy Adventures’, a new fortnightly series in Nepali Times.
Suman Dai said those words with such conviction that I had to look up the place. Next thing I knew, I was packed up and on the morning bus to Chitwan.
From the Prithvi Highway where we were dropped off, it is a bit of a hike to where the canyoning begins. But finally seeing the tall beauty at the end of the trail made the uphill effort worthwhile. Locals have been thronging to Jalbireâ€™sÂ Lamo JharanaÂ for years now, but its popularity among non-locals is a recent trend.
â€œThe monsoon is the best time to come here for a dip,â€ says Maila Gurung, a trained river guide and also our canyoning expert for the day. The rains create a huge natural swimming pool at the foot of the waterfall.
While relishing your moment at the waterfall, taking pictures and swimming in the pond are quite fun, it is the adventurers who know how to truly enjoy the gifts of this little-known paradise. Apart from theÂ Lamo Jharana,Â the entire stretch of Jalbire has more than a dozen waterfalls, cliff-jumping spots and natural slides â€” just the perfect place for canyoning.
Generally, a canyoning experience means abseiling down a waterfall, and you would be pretty much done. But not in Jalbire. Here, you cliff-dive, slide, and canyon through several waterfalls. By the end of my three hours in this au naturel water park l was exhausted, and yet somehow still could not get enough of it.
I have undertaken several adventures throughout the country from sky-diving to rafting, but Jalbire canyoning is in a league of its own. And if anyone asks me for the one adventure they should look for in Nepal, I would definitely recommend this.
Kathmandu to Jalbire: 120 km
Approximate drive time: 3 hr 30 min
By Samriddhi Rai
The writerÂ is a singer/songwriter. Her ‘Sammy Adventures’ travel vlog on Jalbire canyoning is up on her channel,Â https://www.youtube.com/c/samriddhiraimusicÂ