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Paragliding is a relatively new adventure sport in Nepal, and little information is available in tourist guidebooks. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure-seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites, while floating over villages, monasteries, temples lakes and jungles, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.
The last three years have seen the activity flourish in Pokhara, and it now is an internationally recognized destination for free-flight enthusiasts.
Geography and seasons
Gliding is a weather dependent sport and the flying season in nepal commences from November through February, the best months being November and December. By virtue of its latitude and monsoonal climate, the tree line in Nepal is at am incredible 3,900 m above sea level. With conditions milder than constant atmospherics. The topography and climate of nepal also make in an ideal destination for all levels of pilots sub tropical conditions provide plenty of thermals and combined with the long valleys common in nepal, they produce perfect ‘cloud streets’ ideal foe Para gliders, inviting them to fly along this “ sky highway”. The local microclimate, controlled by the numerous lakes in the valley, is unique, which makes it even better for the glider
The Himalayan is made up of a series of lesser mountains increasing in size, before the greater Himalaya, with its majestic snow – clad peaks, dominate the sky. The range that is offered for paragliding is the Mahabharat range, south of these giants. Most flights are out of Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside town at the foot of the Annapurna Himal.


There are various deals for the paragliding enthusiast 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 or less brave. 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 Sarankot (1592 m), which offers prime views of Phewa Tal and the mountains at sunrise and sunset (provided the skies are clear), the landing is by the lake.
Alternatively, experienced gliders can strike a package deal, which includes being picked up a Kathmandu airport on arrival and spending a night in the capital before heading for Pokhara. At Pokhara, after a few introductory flights, you could take off on a six-day Para-trek to the incredibly beautiful west. While on the Para trek, the flyers will be lodged or camped in villagers, with local Sherpa guides helping with equipment or in cooking.

Accept and accommodation

The bus trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 7-8 hours and most departures are in the early hours of the morning. Public transport buses cost around $2, while the transport buses charge $2.5 and the minibuses cost $3. Besides there are many daily Kathmandu-Pokhara flights, which take about half an hour, costing $61. The flight also gives you some seated on the right side of the plane from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and vice versa.
Pokhara offers a wide variety of places to stay and for all kinds of budgets. There are roughly four accommodation areas around the bus park and bazaar, by the airport, Damside (pardi) and lakeside (Baidam). While the bazaar area offers some cheap loading, it is noisy and far from pleasant. The hotels by the airport are more expensive, but they are a long way from lakeside. It is best to check out places around lakeside, where all the action happens, and Damside, which has some good mid-range hotels and great view.

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