Harpreet Singh, Formerly of MTV Fame Organizes Extraordinary Adventure Sport Experiences, like Skydiving the Himalayas
Harpreet Singh, who has worked with MTV and VH1, left several years ago to organize extraordinary adventures for thrill-seekers.
Singh, also called Harry and Mister Beep by friends and clients, has been embarking on new voyages for a while now. With the music channels for seven years, he traveled to festivals and worked on reality shows.
Now, his Secret Party Island in Vietnam will feature 10 to 12 singles who will go on a no-holds-barred adventure.
“It is a six to nine-day trip and you get the partying out of your system on an island cut off from the mainland, with only about 70 people, and no internet,” says Singh. “It is a booze cruise that will appeal to singles. And the rest of the trip is about hills and paddy fields for that Shanti vibe.”
Beep (Beautiful Experiences, Extraordinary Places), Singh’s Mumbai-based travel company, was founded two years ago after he left MTV.
His desire to “hang out underwater” with manta rays in the Maldives is what led to the Beep idea.
“Fifteen people signed up,” he said about his first outing.
The thirty-five-year-old Harpreet Singh has lead 30 trips since, including hiking the psychedelic honey trail in Nepal, mastering Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple in the Henan Province of China, and skydiving over the Himalayas.
All candidates must go through a screening process, which looks at their motivation. For example, if a potential participant asks whether there is a pool at the hotel, they are immediately disqualified.
“Why would someone planning to swim in the open sea with whale sharks or blue whales (some are as large as a 10-storeyed building) be so hung up on a pool, even if most hotels have one?” Singh asked.
He puts participants into two categories: enthusiastic, young and ready for adventure and those looking for a free vacation.
Harpreet Singh favors the former. “They are price conscious, but splurge on things that are worthy.” He said.
Samriddhi Rai, who recently enjoyed skydiving in the Himalayas, said, “After signing up, the first thing on the to-do list is meeting the team in Thamel. The first thing that strikes you in that roomful of professional skydivers is how big they are. They need to be since most have to make tandem dives as instructors.
“Ryan Jackson was my instructor pilot for the big dive and has been closely allied with Everest Skydive expeditions since its inception in the year 2008. Led by Team Leader and veteran skydiver Tom Noonan, the team was complete with experienced divers, engineers and a filmmaker.”
Once in the air, Rai faced the challenge of a lifetime jumping out of the plane.
“As Ryan got to the edge of the chopper, with me buckled like a baby kangaroo, I could see Namche Bazar below looking like an anthill. Then at the count of three, off we went flying down. It felt like I was floating in a beautiful dream that would never end. There was a brief few seconds of fear during the free fall with the wind roaring in my ears.
“Because the landing zone itself is at quite a height, the free fall did not last more than 13-15 seconds, but it was more than enough to completely push me into a zone of ecstatic, in-the-moment living. I doubt anything I do for the rest of my life will ever come close to the Everest Skydive experience.”