Ultralight flights around Pokhara are the highlight of many people's visit to Nepal. An ultralight (ultralite, ultra light, microlight microlite, micro light) - there are many verson in Nepal - is a two-seated small aircraft with a fuel powered engine designed to carry no more than two people (a pilot and passenger).
Flights can last between 20 minutes to 90 minutes. You always fly in tandem with a qualified pilot. In Pokhara ultralight pilots are with both international and Nepali pilots.
Weather conditions do hamper ultralight flights so avoid monsoon season to do your flying!.
Did you know?
The average speed of an ultralight in Pokhara is 80 km/hr and reach an altitude of 12,000-13,000 feet.
Ultralight flights in Pokhara start at 15 minutes and continue up to 45 minute flights, 60 minute flights and 90 minute flights.Flight times depend solely on the company and flight time package you choose.
- Shorter flights (15-20 min's) fly over the World Peace Stupa.
- 30-45 minute flights cover Sarangkot.
- 60-90 minute flights cover the World Peace Stupa, Sarangkot and sections of the Annapurna mountain range.
Each ultralight company will have its own price and packages. Below is an average cost of ultralight flights.
- 15-20 minute flight = USD $90
- 30 minute flight = USD $170
- 60 minute flight = USD $270
- 90 minute flight = USD $390
Many companies now tag on a 13% VAT charge. All equipment is included in flight prices. Additional charges apply if you wish to have a video of your flight recorded onto a DVD (USD $25 approx)
The only three restrictions in ultralight flying are passenger weight and age.
Passengers must not exceed 110 kg (240 lb). A weighing scales is used if a passenger is believed to be close to the limit.
Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent sign a parental consent form before they will be allowed on a flight.
The weather should be clear with high visability.
Ultralight flights are generally considered to be very safe due to their low weight and speed. They can fly for long periods and land without the aid of an engine. They also contain a ballistic parachute.
Passengers are advised to wear sturdy boots when taking a flight and to have a strap for their own small camera which should be attached to them.
There are dozens of travel agencies advertising and offering ultralight and microlight flights in Pokhara around Lakeside. However there only a few companies who actually run the flights. Travel agencies usually add on a commission so it's generally cheaper to book directly with the ultralight company if you have time to do s
In January 2016 many ultralight companies closed their main offices in Lakeside to safe costs. Most bookings are now done through tour operators along Lakeside. Throughout 2017 and 2018 some of the main companies started opening offices along Lakeside again, however there is little difference in the price between them and a travel agent.
Keep in mind, it's much easier to book through an agent these days.
Avia Club Nepal +977-61-462192 www.aviaclubnepal.com
Pokhara Ultralight +977-61-466880 www.flypokhara.com
Fishtail Ultra Flights +977-61-464001 www.fishtailexperiences.com
Liked this page? You'll love my books!
100% independent guidebooks, with no sponsored trips or ads. Designed to help travelers get the most out their trip to Nepal with premium detailed guides, insider information, impartial hotel and restaurant reviews, complete trekking routes, dedicated heritage walks & much more ...
They are interactive & printable guidebooks like no other.
Full Nepal Guidebook
Was this page helpful to you? If so please tell others!