The Bird’s-eye View of Nepal
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fun. Mountain flight, paragliding and zip flying – these are adventures you cannot miss when in Nepal. We often imagine flying like birds to enjoy the scenic beauty around us. Nepal’s idyllic location in the lap of the Himalayas is accentuated by the possibility to take flights that give you the most exotic views in the country. The shift in perspective is refreshing even after a tiresome trek and feasible for everyone regardless of their physical robustness.
This luxurious outreach to the mountains offers awe-inspiring views and fulfills your insatiable desires to chase the beauty of the Himalayan range. Even as the aircraft starts to lift up to a certain height, it becomes clear what this flight has in store for its passengers. For starters, from the far left one can see Shisha Pangma (8,013m) and Dorje Lakpa which leads to Phurbi-Ghyachu, Choba-Bhamare, Gauri-Shankar (7,134m), Melungtse, Chugimago, Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyu (8,201m), Gyanchungkang (7,952m), Pumori (7,161m), Nuptse (7,855m) and Everest (8,848m).
Flights are operated throughout the year, however February to April, October and November are the best times for this activity. Mountain flights are suitable for everyone and the fun flight lasts for about an hour.
As joyful as the flight of birds, paragliding definitely started with the first flying attempts of mankind. However, the beauty and thrill is such an extravagant experience that people pine for this escapade. Pokhara is inarguably among the best paragliding hosts over the world. All conveniently set in this lake city with hills, lakes and rivers below and snow clad mountains giving a backdrop to your flight. You can choose between tandem paragliding (with a pilot) and flying on your own if you have trained in paragliding. The take off area is Sarangkot, from where the sport has seen almost two decades of flight. Flights last for around 30 minutes and start after 10 am.
A pulley suspended on steel cable is what basically forms a zip fly. However imagine being able to reach the speed that makes wind gush over you breaking the limits! Pokhara’s zip flying frenzy consists of 1.8 km long line dropping a vertical height of 610m with maximum speed reaching up to 120 km/hr. So you will be passing dense forests and the Seti River below along one of the steepest and fastest zip lines in the world. Although it may look simple and lasts only a few minutes, zip flying rushes the adrenaline so much that restrictions have been applied depending upon the condition of the interested. Safety precautions are well applied and the rider has brakes to control the speed at the end of the line. Your flight kicks off at Sarangkot with the most wonderful panoramic views of Machhapuchre, Annapurna massif and other mountain ranges.