MOUNTAIN FLIGHTS

Aerial Adventure - Mountain Flights in Nepal

For the traveller who is unable to make a trekking  trip  to the  mountains  either because of lack of time or physical fitness, or due to sheer want ofthe adventure streak, there are mountain flights to simulate the experience.

The one hour flight takes you within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world, and cruising this close to the aweinspiring massifs of rock and ice, is an out-of-this earth experience. The aircraft takes offand heads eastward and almost immediately, the peaks come  into view. The  first peak that appears  on your  horizon is  the  majestic Gosaithan, standing 8,013m tall. To its right, appears Dorje Lhakpa (6,966m), looking like a massive figure of 8, lying prone and covered in snow. To its right is Phurbi Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.

Next on your vision is Choba Bhamare, rather small in this company at 5,933m, but singularly stubborn as it remains unconquered to this day.  Then  comes Mt.  Gaurishanker (7,134m), standing out    sharp and conspicuous Hindus believe that Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati protect this mountain.

As the  flight moves toward  the Eastern Himalaya, a succession of majestic mountains follows.  Melungtse, with  a plateau-like top stands at 7,023m;  Chugimago is at 6,297m, and still remains to be scaled. At 6,956m,  Mt. Numbur resembles a breast, and is believed to be the  maternal  source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of Solokhumbu. Then, Karyolung, a gleaming-white mountain at 6,511m, and Cho-Oyu, the sixth highest in the world at 8,02lm.  

The last and most exciting stretch of the journey  takes you close to the 7,952m tall Gyachungkang, which is considered extremly tough climb. To its right is Pumori at 7,161m and Nuptse at 7,855m. Finally, there is Mt. Everest itself (8,848m),  called Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma
by the Tibetans. It is an altogether different feeling as one comes face to face with th world's  tallest  and  most  enigmatic  of mountains.

Service Providers 

Mountain flights are offered by host of airlines. All flights leave Kathmandu between 7.00 and 9.30am. Helicopters and aircrafts are also available for charter use, especially for group treks and expeditions.