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I want to bungee jump. Some heart-in-the-mouth ideas, please?

Extreme Bungee jumps

Pleased to oblige. Try these out – they’re guaranteed to leave you dizzy and screaming out for dear life!

Volcano Bungee – Chile

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Image: http://www.moski.si

Jumping off a skyscraper is going to sound like cakewalk after you hear about the Volcano bungee. It is exactly what the name says it is! You fly over the beautiful country of Chile, perched on a helicopter’s skid and just as you see molten lava – you jump in! No kidding – this is the real deal! And we are not done here yet – once you are safely dangling by your ankles, 700 ft above a red hot pool of liquid earth, the helicopter will whisk you away at around 130 km/hr while you stay suspended at 350 plus feet below its skids!

Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself at www.bungee.com/bzapp/volcano/index.html

The Last resort – Nepal

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Image: http://www.travel.cnn.com

Ah! The Himalayas – those majestic mountains that never cease to render us awestruck! Don’t start thinking that this is about jumping off a mountain – c’mon, that is impossible! But imagine this – the picturesque Bhoti Kosi gorge 160 meters below you and you are on a bridge right above one of Nepal’s wildest rivers. Now jump! If the raging rapids are bringing on an involuntary scream feast from within you, try looking sideways instead – the untouched Himalayan jungle could calm down your nerves.

Find out more about this highly respected jump at www.thelastresort.com.np/content/28

Victoria Falls bridge – Zambia/Zimbabwe

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Image: http://www.adrenalin-liberec.cz

Hey, wanna click a pic with a waterfall backdrop? How about posing upside down, free falling from a bridge 111m above the raging Zambezi River? The giddy adrenaline rush from plummeting at a heart stopping speed is toned down with some help from the spraying falls. If you have already had a fair share of head-first freefalls and want to take it up a notch – talk to the jumpmaster and do a back-flip or whatever you fancy.

Read about the rates and more adventure at the Victoria Falls at http://www.victoriafallsbungee.com/bungee-jump-adrenalin-victoria-falls-zimbabwe-zambia

 

Verzasca Dam Bungee – Switzerland

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Image: http://www.geolocation.ws/

If 007 did it, you can do it too – minus the background music and tux though! If you sat there wide-eyed, watching Mr. Bond set a bungee record in the opening sequence of Goldeneye, you might want to know where exactly he did that. Well, it’s Switzerland and instead of the usual backdrop of the Alps, we have a massive dam in Ticino. 220 m is how high you need to be to make this jump and if you manage to convince your jump master, you could give some competition to cinema’s legendary spy with some flips and twists spicing up the jump.

Ready? Find out how you can get started from http://www.verzasca.net/articles/161_Verzasca.Dam.Bungee.Jump

A J Hackett Bungee – New Zealand

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Image: http://www.madtravelshop.com

If you are a bungee junkie, A J Hackett should be your god and New Zealand your Mecca. Queenstown is the bungee capital of the world and jumping from anywhere around here is going to earn you instant respect. Kawarau Bridge and the Ledge are just two of Hackett’s pets. The opportunities here are ultimate thrillers – start with a run and fashion a flip or two before you soar down to the city lights below or get drenched as you head straight into ‘hard’ water!

Find out about all the other options at www.bungy.co.nz/

Read about avid traveler Jupiter Huidrom’s first time bungee adventure at travelsecretsmag.wordpress.com/category/adventure-2/bungee/

What does bungee jumping feel like?

Jupiter photo 1

Avid adventurist Jupiter Huidrom says it was his life’s most frightening and freeing experience.

Over to him:

 

The Bote Khosi River

“The moment had arrived. My friend who fears heights was the first to go, surprising me with his alacrity. Hearing his screams echo down the gorge, I felt the goosebumps rise along my arms.  The Bungee Master tied the harness on me, and I stood there, unable even to quake…I was so numb. I took three steps  toward the edge of the bridge. It was  the longest walk of my life.

The 160 m high suspended Steel bridge

And when I heard his voice “Ready…On a count of 3, 2, 1… and jump,” there was a sudden rush of emotions in my heart. Countless moments of my life flashed in my mind. My mom. Home. My office desk back in Delhi. And then I jumped.

Everything inside me froze as I plummeted toward the river, though I could feel each and every part of each and every bone. I so wanted to scream, but I was frightened as hell. At the same time, I felt so free that I closed my eyes and lived every second of the fall.

And when I was finally suspended, I thought it was over; only to realise I was upside down, spinning continuously. Below me, the monstrous river gushed in full flow. I reached desperately  for the bamboo that would pull me back up to the river bank.

The moment I felt solid earth beneath my back, I let out the pent up air from inside my lungs, and cried—bawled—like a baby!  My friend who had jumped first hugged me. We cried, and then we jumped  around crazily, as we didn’t know how to deal with the sudden rush of emotions.

If you asked whether I conquered my fear by jumping once, the answer is No! Because when we stepped on that bridge again, it shook as before, and I felt the same fear. ”

This is part of our May-June 2013 Cover Story, focusing on the Himalayas. Buy your copy of the issue here.

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