The last three years have seen the activity flourish in
Pokhara, and it now is an internationally recognized destination for free-flight
A Paraglider is a foot-launched, ram-air, aerofoil canopy which flies with
the energy of wind, gravity and pilot's power to steer. It descends due to
gravity and ascends due to air pressure. With the help of air pressure, pilot
decides when and where to fly, soar, and dive and eventually land it safely.
Adventure seekers seek depths and space where ever they can find. In Nepal, you
have breathtaking depth of 700 meter or higher for the unparalleled Shangri-La
that lies beneath the Himalayan range offering a scenic ecstasy of the valleys
and lush green jungles combined with an infinitive visibility of the crisp clear
Himalayas all around you, all ready to add another dimension in your flight
Where will you Fly?
The main area for flying in Nepal is the
Annapurna region, more specifically the
Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal's second "city", nestled at the foot
of the Annapurna Himal, the views commanded from here, of 3 of the worlds 8000m
peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means
that, year round, it is short and T-shirt weather. The micro-climate of the
valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions than
the Kathmandu valley 150 km east.
There are several sites around Phewa Tal
(the lake) but the most accessible is Sarangkot (1500m ASL). A view point 700m
above Pokhara, it is unique in that it has a road running to the top. A short
walk brings you to the only purpose built take off in the country. Cut out of
the slope is a 45m by 45m clearing. With regular cycles providing easy reverse
launches, you could not ask for a more picturesque site. 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
There are an abundance of other sites around the valley but all need to be
walked up. With names such as Dikie Danda, Devi Falls, Poomdi and Matepani, all
can be connected by air from Sarangkot.
Best Time to Fly
November, December and January are the best three months for Paragliding in
Nepal. Superb weather and excellent mountain visibility can be expected during
those months. Annapurna region, also known as the arms of Pokhara valley, is the
best location for paragliding in Nepal. Sites around the Phewa Lake are popular,
one such is the Sarangkot hill which provides a breathtaking view point of 700m
above the Pokhara heaven!
With nothing to carry, and with a Nepali paragliding instructor you can take
the following popular courses or if you decide to do it on your own, add the
ownership/rent cost of paraglide, transportation cost and any tourism fees as
charged by Nepal Tourism Board.
- Fewa Lake View: View the lake and mountains from Fewa Lake in Pokhara. Cost
is from US$ 50 to US$ 75 per person.
- Pokhara and beyond: Fly to the north of Pokhara and go from a valley to
another and to another, and finally return back to Pokhara for US$ 100 to US$