PARAGLIDING

Aerial Adventure - Paragliding in Nepal

Paragliding  is a relatively new adventure sport  in Nepal,  and  little information is available in tourist guidebooks. Paragliding in  this  Himalayan  country can  be a truly wonderful and  fulfilling  experience  for the adventure-seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic  grandeur as you  share airspace with  Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles,  kites,  while  floating over  villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungles, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. The past years have seen the activity flourish in  Pokhara,  and it  now   is  an internationally  recognised destination for free-flight  enthusiasts.     

Geography and Seasons

Gliding  is  a weather  dependent sport and the flying season in Nepal  commences from November  through  February, the best months being November.and December. By virtue  of  its  latitude  and  monsoonal climate,  the  tree line in Nepal is at an incredible  3,90Om  above  sea level. With conditions milder than summer alpine, these are excellent and constant atmospherics. The topography and climate of.Nepal also make it an ideal destination for all levels of pilots subtropical  conditions· provide plenty  of thermals  and combined with ,the long valleys common in  Nepal, they  produce perfect 'cloud  streets'  ideal for paragliders, inviting them  to fly along this "sky highway". The local  microclimate,  controlled  by the numerous lakes in the valley, is unique
which makes it even better for the glider,

The Himalaya is made up of a series of lesser mountains increasing in size, before the greater Himalaya, with its majestic snow-clad peaks, dominate the sky. The range that is now offered for paragliding is the Mahabharat range, south of these giants. Most flights are out of Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside town at the foot of the Annapurna Himal.

Deals

There are various deals for the paragliding enthusiast as well as those checking this sport out for the first time. There is a three-day introductory course for beginners, as well as tandem flights (where you can fly with ah instructor) for the inexperienced or less brave. at 6000ft, you sit back in your seat as your qualified pilot takes you on an unforgettable journey. The take-off point for these flights is Sarangkot (1592m), which offers prime views of Phewa Tal and the mountains at sunrise and sunset (provided the skies are clear); the landing is by the lake.

Alternatively, the experiences gliders can strike a package deal. After a few introductory flights, you could take off on a six-day para-trek to the incredibly beautiful west. While on the paratrek, the flyers will be lodges or camped in villages, with local guides helping with equipments or in cooking.