Nepal is nestled between India (North) and Tibet (South). The
best area to fly is the Pokhara Valley, in the Annapurna
Pokhara, the 2nd largest city, sits beside its beautiful
lake and stares at the towering mountains above, of which 3
peaks reach over 8000m. The weather conditions are perfect for
flying, consistent and gentle. The view is awesome, few meters above the take-off you can see the Annapurnas, Machapuchare, Daulaghiri, Manaslu and many others smaller pics! Perfect weather conditions for beginners to accro pilot. Here we fly almost every day, except during the mooson season (July to august).
Best time to fly in Nepal
paragliding season in Nepal starts in September and ends in early
But it is good all year still in July or August we get only 3-4 days non flyingable.
The best time to visit is mid Sept till April. The
weather is consistent and therefore great for paragliding. July to September we fly almost every day ...
We are open all year around
more information about paragliding opportunities or general
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Ensure you are fully insured for paragliding and are covered for medical emergencies including repatriation.
You can get your visa from any Nepalese embassy.
However the easiest way is to get your visa either
at your arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal border (if you are coming from india by bus).(Check visa prices with embassy) 2 ID photos and 15 day 30 $, 30 days 60 $, 100+ $ cash are required
for a 3 months visa.
You can extend your visa either in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will have to pay the equivalent of 30 US $, in nepalese rupees and will need one ID photo. Each year, you can stay a maximum of 5 months in Nepal.
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Immunisations and first aid kit
No immunizations are required but the following
Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date.
Courses or boosters usually advised: hepatitis A; typhoid; diphtheria; tetanus; poliomyelitis.
Other vaccines to consider: hepatitis B; rabies; Japanese encephalitis (for eastern and low lying areas); cholera.
Pokhara is not in a malaria area.
Don't drink the water from the tap, don't clean your teeth in it. -Use bottled, boiled or purified water.
More info on travel health in Nepal.
First aid kit:
Here are the
main things which can be useful
Iodine tablets, tincture or crystals for water
purification, analgesics, antidiarrhoeal, intestinal disinfectants, antibiotics,
antiseptic, eye drops, bandages, coetaneous antiseptics, waterproof tape,
adhesive pads, cotton swabs, skin applications (burn, sunburn, bites or
With a credit card (visa card or master card) you can get
Nepalese Rupees from ATM's in Katmandu or Pokhara.
You can easely change euros and US dollars, either cash or traveler checks in any bank or money changer offices (Grindlays Bank takes
Exchange in August 2016 approx
1 US Dollar = 106 Nepalese Rupees
1 euro = 118 Nepalese Rupees
1 pound = 140
- hiking shoes
- long trousers
- few T-shirts
- a fleece jacket or a wind stoper
- swimming costume (the Pewa lake in Pokhara is warm and clear and you'll enjoy a dip between flights!)
For expeditions and cross country courses
- a sleeping
- a frontal lamp
or an electric torch
- a down jacket
All the above items can be purchased in Pokhara or Kathmandu at a good price. Most of the equipment you will find will be fake but the quality will be still good enough.
Paragliding in Pokhara
Information for Visiting Pilots
Please read & observe the following information. Your co-operation will help ensure the future of Paragliding in this beautiful valley.
Welcome to Paragliding in Pokhara
From1998 , Sarangkot has become the premium site for paragliding in Nepal. This is due to the excellent conditions, long season & hard work of maintaining 2 take-off sites & a good working relationship with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal !!!(CAAN).
See rule and regulation
Sarangkot(1592m),located 2.4km due north of Lakeside, Pokhara (793m).20 min jeep ride from lakeside will see you at the 2 purpose built take-offs. The official radio frequency is 146.62 MHz & 145.05 MHz.
Nearest Hospital: Manipal Teaching Hospital.
Sarangkot is situated within Controlled Airspace. It is very important to respect the Airspace Restrictions to preserve the future of this site. The simple rules are:-
Sarangkot is situated on the main flight path of Pokhara-Jomsom route. Due to strong winds in the mountains this route normally stops by 10:00a.m Paragliders are not allowed to fly before this time
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) since 2009 requires all pilots who fly in Pokhara to obtain a permit first. These can be purchased directly from NAA
You will need a copy of all the above documents plus 2 photographs and to show your flying permit for your Nepal Airsports Association Membership - 16$
Pokhara Airport Manager’s office. Pilots will need a copy of their license & proof of insurance, passport copy, visa copy 2 photos. The Permit costs $50 + 13% VAT for 15 days & and $90+13% VAT for 30 days.
Pilots must have Flying Licence, Insurance & minimum APPI Solo Pilot certification Para pro III Level.
Tandem licence valide for Nepal and third partie liability for passager.
Organization/Group needs authorization from NAA and CAAN and operate in supervision of one paragliding company
Course not allowed in any sites. Government rule
Commercial Tandem not allowed without AOC (air operation certificate ) gouvernement rule
The Pilot is responsible for any accident.
In absence of licence, Pilot can purchase licence through following companies:
Pilots Tandem, require Tandem licence, Insurance & Third party Assurance.
There are 3 private take-off currently in use. Please use all the Take-off to prevent congestion.
There are paragliding jeeps that go up to Sarangkot 3 times a day. A ride cost Rs 200 & taxi will also go for Rs 600.
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