Rafting & Paragliding

  • Rafting & Paragliding

    Rafting & Paragliding

Paragliding in Nepal can be a truly wonderful & fulfilling experience for the adventure seeking. A trip will take you over some of the best scenery on earth, as you share airspace with Himalayan gryphon vultures, eagles, kites & float over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes & jungle, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. Pokhara is now an internationally recognized destination for free-flight enthusiasts.

The hot spot for paragliding is the Pokhara valley. At 800 meters above sea level, the mild climate makes it an ideal area for flying, far more stable than the Kathmandu valley. Gliding is a weather dependent sport & the flying season in Nepal commences from November through February, the month being November & December. There is a dedicated takeoff area especially cleared for paragliding. The take-off point for these flights is Sarangkot (1592m), which also offers prime views of Phewa Lake & the mountains at the sunrise & sunset. As flying is dependant on thermals and ridge winds, this activity is highly dependant on the weather. The best times to glide during the day is between 9 and 11 o’clock in the morning. The best thermals form when the ground is just starting to heat the air.

A flight takes about ½ to ¾ hour, depending on the thermals. Once you book with us, we provide you pick up and drop facility to and from the hotel. Don’t forget to bring a windproof jacket and shoes for this adventure. It’s quite rude to send slippers or sandals falling down from the sky. Flying in the skies is quite safe and even acrophobics can consider the activity – just keep your eyes on the picturesque scenery of the Annapurna massifs towering high over the northern skyline.

How to FLY.
Paragliding requires a running start to take off; one cannot simply jump off a cliff as this is not parachuting. Observing the wind direction, an experienced pilot will walk into a gusty breeze to aid lifting the canopy. When one runs, the glider catches wind and chambers in the canopy fill up with air. This running start is done in a downhill direction. If one runs uphill, it is very tough for the glider to run fast and far enough for the chambers to fill with air. Once a strong wind is caught, the canopy fills and lifts, the pilot (and his passenger if in tandem flight) who is still running will feel being lifted off the ground. With hands on the guiding strings, the pilot can steer the direction, twisting, tugging and turning his or her body in the required direction.

What Happens When it FLY.
A common complaint by first-time fliers is that paragliding can be quite a nauseating adventure. This problem arises in certain situations. One is when the glider starts to spiral or spin when the canopy is caught in forceful winds. This is not the regular course for first-timers flying tandem with commercial operators, as the experienced pilots choose familiar and safe ‘air-routes’ to fly. It is usually towards the end, as the pilot carefully manoeuvres the glider for landing that a giddy feeling sets in. The pilot has to fly in a tightening circular path as its path spirals to that exact landing point

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