Updated: June 20th 2016
| Nepal travel guides
Paragliding in Pokhara is one of top places in the world to experience flying. Using Sarangkot as a take off area gliders get incredible views of the Annapurna mountain range behind them while under and ahead is the beautiful lake Phewa Tal.
Popularized since the early 2000's Paragliding in Nepal has been around for several decades. There are now many outfits offering lessons, tandem flights, solo flights and even a yearly competition.
If you don't fancy a flight you can always sit out along lake Phewa Tal for breakfast and watch the paragliders fly high above and land in front of you.
There's an annual paragliding contest held "nearly" every year in January / February.
You'll find most of the companies offering paragliding in Pokhara located along Lakesides main road. It's probably best to deal with the company directly than through an agent or hotel booking.
* Itineraries and prices quoted here are subject to change - i.e. each company will offer something a little different
- Do check out several of the companies offering paragliding in Pokhara. Select the one you feel most comfortable with with verifiable qualifications
- Do keep an eye on the weather yourself - if it's cloudy the day before you might want to reschedule
There are normally 3-4 flights schedules per day. Early morning, mid morning, early afternoon and afternoon.
A typical morning flight consists of:
- Pick up 8am by jeep
- Signing of insurance and relative documents
- 20 minute drive to Sarangkot
- Equipment / Weather checks
- Flights start after 10am due to morning winds
- Flights last 20 - 30 minutes
- There are two main zones. One to the North of Phewa Tal. And the other running along lakeside again beside Phewa Tal
- Pack up and return to rendezvous point
Paragliding season is from September until June as the weather is reasonably stable.
September until April are the peak months.
Generally speaking though paragliding takes place every day of the year - weather permitting.
There are air safety regulations in Nepal restricting paragliding to certain areas.
There are now many companies offering paraglides in Pokhara. Some have been around for over a decade others have just started up. Some have brand new equipment others use older equipment.
Most of the companies are highly competitive with their pricing. It is much cheaper to buy directly from a company than from a hotel or travel agent.
Some of the companies with good feedback have been Frontiers Paragliding, Sunrise Paragliding, Blue Sky Paragliding.
For parahawking contact Scott Mason at Parahawking. This is where you get to fly alongside birds of prey - vegetarians will have to handle meat!
Again there are many more companies out there in Pokhara. Many have international pilots and Nepalese pilots. Do make sure the company has qualified pilots and up to date safety certificates.
Every company will offer a slightly different price. But here's what you can expect to pay:
(you need to be qualified): can start as low a USD$65.
: can start as low a USD$85 for 30 minutes. However the average packages range between $85-$140 - There's a 30 minute flight and a 1 hour cross-country flight. Prices vary accordingly.
: 3 days = $390, 5 days = $680. Do note that there are different levels to courses and lessons e.g. Thermaling, cross-country etc.
Lessons generally start at 9am and finish after 5pm. Lessons include safety/equipment checks, monitoring weather conditions, theory and of course some flying.
It's worthwhile asking who your trainers will be when shopping around. Having a good rapport pays off.
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