By Kanika Dhupar @kanika_kd

IS THIS the world’s most dangerous school run?

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Videographer / director: Manish Duwadi
Producer: Kanika Dhupar, Nick Johnson
Editor: Sonia Estal, Jack Stevens

Man on Wire: A boy crosses the Trishuli river using the cable

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.

Cable Guy: Many of the villagers have no choice but to make the dangerous crossing every day

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.

A girl is helped by a local after she crossed the river using the cable

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. 

Villagers use a wooden trolley suspended over the stretch of water

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 Benighat district.

A young boy uses a rope to make the short but hazardous journey

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.

A group of friends hang precariously on the cable while crossing the river

Kumar said: "When the river is flooded, I try to avoid it and take the suspension bridge. 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."

A group of villagers - including children - use a wooden trolley to cross safely

Recently, Nepal's Prime Minister K. P. Oli 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.

Cable channel: Four schoolgirls hurry along the cable on their way to school

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