Pokhara is a major adventure city on the edge of Phewa Lake in Nepal. As the gateway to Annapurna Mountains in the Himalayas, there really is no better way to view this spectacular scenery than from a paraglide. Let’s go flying!
Getting ready for take off
We drove up to Sarangkot in mini-buses collecting extra pilots along the way to cope with our big group of adventurers. Luck was on our side with the weather conditions; the day was clear with some cloud but most of all the wind was working in our favour. If you’re planning for paragliding you need to be aware that the pesky weather can sometimes be a reason to cancel flights.
The pilots get you securely strapped up in your gear, helmets on and give you a briefing on how to take-off. We stood on the take-off strip on the mountain’s edge waiting for the wind. Right we’re ready to go, we ran together and, all of a sudden, my feet left the ground and the wind took us into the air. His big advice was to trust each other and he was right!
Paragliding in Pokhara
Now this is the best feeling ever! We glide off into the clouds with tremendous views of Phewa Lake and the surrounding mountains of Annapurna, life just doesn’t get much better than this. Your legs are dangling down, you really feel like you are flying. The ride is smooth and very peaceful.
Time to land
The pilot pulled a couple of acrobatic moves as we descended to the landing spot by Phewa Lake, you feel yourself drop including your stomach, good fun though! The flight lasted around 20-25 minutes partly because we had such fabulous conditions, it can be less sometimes. When you are near to the ground, we had to keep our feet forward then we ran along together again. Ta-dah! The eagle has landed!
How was my first paraglide?
I think you get the idea that I LOVED it from my blog and will definitely be giving this another shot when I get the chance. Free as a bird!
For anyone with nerves about trying this, you feel totally safe and there are checks put in place in Nepal to ensure there is no undercutting on prices by newcomers to the area to ensure safety standards are met. You’ll regret it if you don’t experience this!
Don’t forget travel insurance
Especially if you’re getting involved in real adventure sports, make travel insurance a priority! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.
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