Paragliding is one of the extreme sports adventures that will allow you to fly freely in the sky like a bird. Paragliding in Nepal will gift you with the wonderful aerial views of the Himalayas, and you will also get to witness gorgeous sceneries, lakes, and forest.
Moreover, Pokhara is one of the top 5 commercial Tandem Paragliding locations in the world. It has got all the right factors like convenient take-off, stable thermals, landing zones, and the safety of a large lake for paragliding.
The most famous paragliding destination in Nepal is Sarangkot. You can reach there by driving 30 minutes from Pokhara. You will fly over Sarangkot for a while heading towards Pokhara and land near Phewa Tal next to Lakeside.
The other famous places inside Kathmandu are Chapakharka, Kot Danda, Godavari, and Phulchowki. All these places will provide you with the gorgeous views of green hills, birds, and lush vegetations.
Best Time & Season
Usually, Paragliding Companies offers three flights a day, 7 days a week (10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM).
The best time is when the sun has been out long, which heats the earth and creates the thermals necessary for lift. If you choose to go on the early morning flight then, the flight will be little less than 30 minutes. This is also the ideal time for a calm and less turbulent flight.
But, if you want to get your money’s worth fly then 11:30 is the best time.
You can do paragliding in Pokhara from September to November and February to March. You can do paragliding throughout the year in Pokhara as long as it’s not raining and the thermals are active. The fall month is the clearest and you can fly up to 3,000 meters.
Tandem paragliding will allow you to seat in a separate harness in front of the pilot where you can sit carefree and enjoy your surroundings, talk with your pilot during the flight, and take pictures.
Flying On Your Own
You also have the option to do paragliding on your own if you are an experienced paraglider. You can take a flying permit from the civil aviation office in Pokhara. You can have 15 days permit for around $45 and can renew upon expiration. The documents you will need to show are visa photocopy, passport photocopy, proof of insurance, a photo of yours, and your paragliding license.
Generally, it is safe to go Paragliding in Pokhara but, it is still extreme adventure sport and got risks involved. During the peak season, you will find more than 250 flights a day. You will have a reserve chute and a large lake for your safety.
The biggest risk is during take-off and landing if there is a sudden change in the wind and that cannot be predicted for sure.
You also have to make sure the company you have chosen to go with includes insurance coverage. Most of them say they do have insurance even if they don’t. So the best choice is to go with the reputable company.
You should also know that there is no Nepalese paragliding license because Nepal has no system in place for regulating paragliding. However, pilots do own international certificates and enough experience to work as Tandem Pilot.
They will fly in different locations, and weather with different instructors as a test, and also pass an exam with an APPI instructor before working as a commercial instructor.