Nepal guided paragliding holiday - February 2022
February 19th - 5th March 2022.
This trip is back on! The development of the Pokhara International Airport has been delayed until July 2022 and therefore paragliding from Sarankot as we know it has been saved for another season.
This may be the last chance to fly this legendary site before flying is band or severely restricted due to the international airport opening.
As of 2/9/2021, Nepal is still on the UK red travel list which would make this trip impossible. Pending the situation improving by February this trip should go ahead.
Pokhara, Nepal's second city, is nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalyas and provides the ideal backdrop for our paragliding adventures in this exquisite part of the world. Pokhara was pioneered as one of the worlds best paragliding destinations during the 90's by none other than one of our past Airsports Paragliding (Purple Haze at the time) instructors, Adam Hill. He set up shop in Pokhara and, ever since, people from all over the world have been coming here to this paragliding Mecca to fly.
Our base is at a lovely hidden gem of a villa that not many people know about in the popular Lakeside region of Pokhara. The hotel is tucked away from the road noise with a lovely, flower filled, courtyard garden for relaxing in and debriefs after a good days flying. From here we have easy access to the shops, bars and restaurants that cater for backpackers, trekkers, and of course paraglider pilots from all over the world.
The accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. There are a huge selection of restaurants and bars to choose from within very easy walking distance from the hotel that cater for all different tastes and budgets. Eating out is noramlly very cheap compared to the UK and there is a lot of variety. The beers and alcohol are more expensive than the food as alcohol is heavily taxed in Nepal but alcoholic drinks (after flying is over) are still cheaper than in the UK.
The weather in this region is some of the most reliable in the world at this time of year and there are easily accessible out and return and cross-country routes making this location ideal for learning or refining your thermaling skills and taking your first steps in cross country flying. What better place to do it than with three of the worlds highest peaks as the backdrop! For most people, this is the paragliding trip of a lifetime.
What's the plan?
Everyone is welcome if they are CP +10hrs but this trip is aimed at lower airtime pilots who want to learn to thermal in easy and reliable conditions and perhaps to go on their first cross country flights. We will become familiar with the take-offs, landings and get experience in the local Sarankot thermals in the first week then start to think about and hopefully complete the classic 'Green Wall' cross country route during the second week. This is a 25km triangle that takes us from the main Sarankot ridge over the back into the foothills of the Himalayas. The route takes us across a valley to catch the next thermal before progressing back further onto the 'Green Wall': an awesome steep jungle covered mountain with waterfalls and monkeys. From the Green Wall the direction is normally UP and once we get to approx 2500m on the vario we can head back towards the Sarankot ridge and the lake below for a cool beer or a cup of tea.
Mid way through the two week trip we may venture to one of two other flying locations for a change of scenary and to sample some of Nepals magic away from Pokhara. This is dependant on the wishes of the group.
Who is this trip for?
This guided holiday is suitable for qualified CP pilots with at least 10 hours of recent flying since getting their CP rating. We cannot be with all pilots at all times so pilots should be comfortable taking-off and landing on their own and should be comfortable making their own decisions as to whether the conditions are suitable for thier level of ability. We call this an "Autonomous Pilot". We are there to guide and advise you only and you will never be expected to do anything you are not comfortable with and the final decision to fly (or not) always rests with you.
- Bed and breakfast accomodation in Pokhara with your own en-suite room.
- Two nights stay in Kathmandu (one night either end of the trip).
- Return internal flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
- Radios if required. (better to be familiar with your own though. Ask for details.)
- Transport to the takeoff site. (Flexible but normally two per day for the first week then one per day as the flights get longer.)
- Paragliding guiding for the duration of the trip.
- GPS safety tracking device for the duration of the trip.
What’s not included
- Flights to/from UK to Kathmandu
- Insurance cover
- Nepali visa
- Local paragliding flying permits
You will need to be a current BHPA member and also must have additional holiday accident cover that includes paragliding with search and rescue and repatration if required. You can get this from a number of places online. I use jsinsurance.co.uk with additional sports cover. Paragliding is covered if you call them although not shown on their website. You can use anyone you like as long as paragliding is covered.
You should have your own paragliding equipment which is new or recently and suitable serviced including a glider, reserve parachute, harness, helmet and good ankle supporting boots. You probably won't get the best out of this trip without a decent vario. Please see elsewhere in this website for a selection of altimeter/varios if required.
To make the airport transfers simpler all participants should arrive on the same flight which will be arranged nearer the time. If you are arriving on a different flight then you may need to make some of your own transfer arrangements. We can assist with this.
This flying holiday will cost £1495 and a £300 down payment will be required to secure a place with the balance payable nearer the time.
If you have been on a trip with us before then you are intitled to a loyalty discount. Please ask for details.
Nepal - February 2022
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