The final and the most exciting episode of Sammy Adventures, The Everest SKYDIVE, is finally here!! Diving from Everest , an ultimate skydiving experience from the world’s highest drop zone is, one of the most elite experience for adventure seekers. Everest Skydive is an extreme adventure hosted twice annually in Nepal. This extreme adventure which begun in the year 2008, has now been listed in the Forbes’ list (placing 3rd) of 11 Most amazing places to skydive around the world and CNN’s 50 ways to be a daredevil (placing 8th).
How it Started?
Writing about how Sammy Adventures happened, she writes: “Last August as I ushered in my 28th birthday in a luxury Chitwan Resort (Barahi Jungle Resort), I was stumped by what I saw. Spread over 12 hectares of lush savannahs, this mind-bogglingly beautiful resort but had four guests, and that’s including me. The resort’s F&B Manager Tej, explained to me how the April earthquake painfully cut down the number of tourists coming to Nepal. And that is when the idea of creating video blogs cooked up. If I could show, through a series of videos how Nepal is doing just fine, in fact, how it is awesome like it always has been. Wouldn’t people want to come here again?” His face lit up, and so did mine. And that is how ‘Sammy Adventures’ was born. I decided that the first of its series would focus on the country’s most exciting adventure sports. That is when the thought of skydive came across.”
Sammy’s dream finally came true when she was offered to join the team of Everest Skydive by Mr. Suman Pandey, the director of Explore Himalaya.
Meeting the Team
Sammy chose to fly to Lukla in a helicopter with her pilot friend. She met her dream team there at around 3 in the afternoon. Her team consisted of seven crew members and four clients. The crew members were handpicked from around the globe who were among the best divers and leaders in their field of expertise, but I wouldn’t know about all of this until the end of the expedition.
“The only name I worked hard to remember was of Ryan’s. Ryan Jackson would be my Skydive Instructor in the expedition, and I knew I had to get into his good books if I wanted to come out alive of this experience; hence, the extra effort 😉 “
“As soon as we reached Syangboche, I could read their energy turning solemn and focused. Phinjo Lodge that looked like a regular lodge just moments ago was transformed into a work station so fast, I suddenly felt like I was inside the sets of an old sci-fi movie. With oxygen masks dangling, skydiving gears neatly stacked and huge white men walking around talking technical gab—I definitely felt a little out of place.”
A puja was initiated by the monks to bless the skydiving team. The dives were to begin the following day if everything went as planned for them.
The Day that she had been waiting for!!
“The second day, as the clear blue skies beckoned action, I was instructed to gear up for the biggest adventure of my life—my first ever skydive! My heart raced and I moved about in a jumpy pace fueled with childish excitement as I waited for my turn. The locals knew that I was the only Nepali in the team and so started gathering around tossing in their myriad questions. The most common query being, “ Are you not scared?” And the answer everyone got was a clear “no.” Yes, I was thrilled, yes I was excited, but scared—not really.
Read Rai’s entire skydiving experience here
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Photo Courtesy:Samriddhi Rai