Paragliding in Nepal | Best Paragliding in Pokhara

Paragliding in Nepal


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TRIP OVERVIEW

Paragliding in Nepal is one of the finest adventures Nepal has to offer. It is a truly memorable experience to fly like a bird in the soaring sky looking down on lofty peaks and pristine lakes. Flyers will get some of the best views of the unexploited ecosystem of the country without going through the hassles of getting there. Due to factors such as stable thermals, reliable and convenient take-off and landing locations and safety of a big lake, Pokhara is one of the most commercially popular paragliding in Nepal. On top of that, the awe-inspiring view of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre elevates the paragliding experience to next level.

The sport was started in Nepal in only 1995 AD and in over 2 decades Pokhara has become the fifth most popular paragliding destination commercially. You can fly with highly experienced pilots, solo or tandem and leverage from local knowledge going cross-country or acro-flying. One can also get international license in Nepal.  However, because of closeness of flying paths it is not allowed to launch as a private pilot.

Flyers can experience out of the world scenic grandeur as they soar through the sky along with eagles and Himalayan griffin vultures looking down upon scattered villages, terraced farms and beautiful Himalayan ranges.

The main region for the paragliding in Nepal is the incredible Annapurna region, specifically the Pokhara valley. The lake city is settled at the foot of the Annapurna massif, and while paragliding in Pokhara we can have splendid view of 3 peaks over 8,000m. The micro-climate of the valley makes it suitable for flying as the conditions are far more stable. The safety of a big lake also makes it a favorable paragliding destination.

Another ideal location for paragliding is Bandipur, a beautiful hilltop Newari village in a ridge between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Paragliding from here will grant you spellbinding views of central as well as western mountains.

Sirkot is another popular destination for paragliding best suited for solo pilots. Solo pilots can fly all the way to Pokhara. It is a technical flight and takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Nepal’s monsoonal climate makes it suitable to launch paragliding flights so often. The country receives high rainfall in summer and the country’s tree line is at incredible 3,900m. Due to the subtropical climate, there are no prevailing or valley winds, making it a pure thermic flying, which is milder than late summer alpine conditions. And once the monsoon leaves, the condition becomes very stable.

The optimum season for paragliding is from early October to early May. However, the most popular months are November, December and January since the weather is very consistent during these months and Nepalese holiday season lies during this season. According to a report, on average over the past 4 seasons these months have only had 3 days out of 3 months as non-flyable.

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