While adrenaline junkies around the world spend thousands on death-defying adventures, the schoolchildren of Dhaing village in Nepal have no choice but to face down danger on a daily basis.

They are forced to endure a hazardous river crossing by cable to attend school, go shopping or meet friends and family who live the other side of the Trishuli River.

Schoolgirls use the perilous rope bridge to cross the Trishuli River

Schoolgirls use the perilous rope bridge to cross the Trishuli River

There are a number of such crossings in the Benighat district of central Nepal, which require villagers to sit in either a basic loop of fabric or a small ramshackle wooden crate and operate the flimsy cable by hand.

Crossers have lost fingers operating the cables, while in 2010 tragedy struck when five people fell into the Trishuli River after a cable snapped.

Some of the high wires have been improved recently with the addition of supporting pillars or by upgrading the boxes.

However, accidents in recent years have galvanised local demand for more footbridges to be built in the district.

Don't look down!

Don’t look down!

Following the 2010 tragedy, an investigation committee was formed, which submitted a report outlining the dangers of cable crossings for children and identifying places to construct suspension footbridges.

So far only one has been built in the area and while some locals, such as Shreyasa Kumar, use it, many villagers still opt for the shorter rope bridge routes.

‘When the river is flooded, I try to avoid it and take the suspension bridge,’ says Shreyasa. ‘It’s a longer route, but safe.

‘My family is scared, because five people lost their lives in an accident that occurred in late 2010. I have children. If something happens to me they will be orphaned.’

It makes sitting in traffic seem not such a big deal!

It makes sitting in traffic seem not such a big deal!

Recently, Nepal’s Prime Minister announced a two-year plan to replace these dangerous cable crossings with 366 suspension bridges in the surrounding area.

The first of these opened in January 2016, connecting the nearby villages of Manthali and Gimdi.

But in the meantime, Dhaing residents will have no choice but to continue using the perilous rope bridges.

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