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Zip-line: Increasing Adventure Tourism in Nepal

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Kathmandu: In recent years, domestic tourism has been booming in the country. According to the Nepal Tourism Board, about five million domestic tourists visit the country every year.

CEO of World Wide Adventure, which recently operated a zip-line service in Dhulikhel, Mr. Bhupesh Shrestha said -“Amidst this growing movement of domestic travelers, adventure tourism has been attracting more number of domestic tourists than foreigners in recent days.”

The zip-line in Dhulikhel of Kavre district is 1,100 meters long and extends from Dhulikhel Municipality -8, Thakle to Panchkhal Municipality 5, Khawa and Kavrepalanchowk district. The vertical drop of this zip-line service is about 100 meters.

The launchpad of the zip-line at Thakle is located at an elevation of 1,300 meters below sea level and the landing station is at an elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. On average it takes one minute and 20 seconds to complete a zip-line ride, depending on the weight of the rider and the wind speed at the time. The Zip Line at Dhulikhel offers three riding options – Classic, Superman and Tandem.

World Wide Adventure launches the Dhulikhel Zip Line from February last year, intending to provide even more thrill to tourists in the domestic market. Since then, the number of domestic tourists visiting business has been steadily increasing.

Shrestha said-” Our perception is that only foreigners love adventure activities, but because of the number of domestic travelers we are getting, we can say that Nepalis are also in love with adventure sports. Although our goal was to attract foreign tourists, the number of local tourists is high”

According to him, there are usually 25 to 30 people every day for zip-line rides and two or three of them are foreigners. Shrestha added that the number of visitors was high during the week. Currently, more than 20 people are directly engaged in the zip-line service.

The company has also set up a mini zip-line and rope course for children. With the launch of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, the company started offering different offers every week for both foreign and domestic tourists. The Zip-line service was launched at an investment of Rs. 50 million.

Source: THT