Paragliding in Nepal

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Paragliding is a relatively new adventure sport in Nepal. Paragliding in the Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure-seekers. Gliding is a weather-dependent sport.

Firstly, the flying season in Nepal commences from November through February. The best months are November and December. The climate and atmosphere are looking pleasant and wonderful this month.  Secondly, the main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. Furthermore, the micro-climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying. And the lake of the valley reflects the unique and better scenic view of the Himalayas for the glider. This lakeside town is the second “city” in Nepal. Annapurna Himal is nestled at the foot. Three of the world’s 8000m peaks views can command from here are unsurpassed. 

Most importantly, there are several sites around Phew Tal (the lake) but the most accessible is Sarangkot (1500m ASL). A viewpoint from Pokhara is unique due to its road running to the top. With the lake 2000 ft below, the mountains behind, and the unlimited potential for XC and out and returns. This has quickly become the main site for the area. And many pilots have based themselves in Pokhara for the season, flying from this mountain alone.

In short, there are various deals for the paragliding experienced ones 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. At 6000 ft, you sit back in your seat as your qualified pilot takes you on an unforgettable journey. The take-off point for these flights is in Sarankot (1592 m). This place offers prime views of Phewa Tal and the mountains at sunrise and sunset (provided the skies are clear); the landing is by the lake.

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