Paragliding - view on Himalaya from Pokhara Nepal

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Paragliding - view on Himalaya from Pokhara 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 last three years have seen the activity flourish in Pokhara, and it now is an internationally recognized 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 3,900 m 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 combine 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 netter 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.

Sarangkot Paragliden Paraglider

Paragliders above Sarangkot

Paragliding above Phewa-lake



        There are various deals for the paragliding enthusiast as well 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 fly with an instructor) for the inexperienced or less brave. At 6000 ft, you sir back in your seat as your qualified pilot takes you on an unforgettable journey. The take–off point for these flights is Sarangkot (1592 m), 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, experienced gliders can strike a package deal, which includes being picked up at Kathmandu airport on arrival and spending a night in the capital before heading for Pokhara. At Pokhara, after a few introductory flights, you could take off on a six–day paratrek to the incredibly beautiful west. While on the paratrek, the flyers will be lodged or camped in villages, with local sherpa guides helping with equipment, or in cooking.

Access and Accommodation

       The bus trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 7 – 8 hours and most departures are in the early hours of the morning. Public transport busses cost around $2, while the larger tourist buses charge $2.5 and the minibuses cost $3. Besides, there are many daily Kathmandu – Pokhara flights, which takes about half an hour, costing $67. The flight also give you some great Himalayan viewing if you are seated on the right side to the plane from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and vice versa.

        Pokhara offers a wide variety of places to stay and for all kinds of budgets. There are roughly four accommodation areas around the bus park and bazaar, by the airport, Damside (Pardi) and Lakeside (Baidam). While the bazaar area offers some cheap lodge, it is noisy and far from pleasant. The hotels by the airport are more expensive, but they are a long way from lakeside. It is best to check out places around Lakeside where all the actions happens and Damside, which has some good mid-range hotels and great views.
For more information about guest houses or hotels in Pokhara, click here.

You can book a Tandem flight or Paragliding course at the office of Sunrise paragliding, Lakeside, Pokhara, or visit their webiste .


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