I always wanted to go for a canyoning trip but had been failing to arrange one due to busy schedule. One fortunate morning, I received a call from Rajendra Lama, Chairman of Nepal Canyoning Association. "Please be at Grande Hospital tomorrow," he said, "We are heading to Nuwakot for canyoning." Such a luck it was!
We headed to Simle, Nuwakot some 35 kilometers from the capital city with a group of students, journalists and tourists. We received a grand welcome from locals at Simle. "I feel like going to a wedding party," friend Upendra Lamichhane said referring to grand welcome.
There are two water falls—Sanchahare and Thulchahare. The canyoning association has been providing training for the expedition. Thulchahare, the bigger one, has been selected for canyoning. We were asked to change for a special outfit for canyoning. After the change I started experiencing my cherish dream—canyoning. I was too scared to stare from the top.
My guide Dabindra Tamang who saw fear in my face suggested me to remain calm. He asked me to clap. As I clapped, I started experiencing a lot of self-confidence. It was really a great experience as water began splashing my face.
And I slowly descended. As I touched the soil, I started being more fear. "What if there was an earthquake," I thought.
TEXT AND PHOTOS: KESHAB THOKER