Paragliding is the Height of Adventure Tourism in Nepal
Adventure tourism in Nepal scales new heights when you go paragliding. This is a relatively new adventure sport in Nepal, but a very fulfilling experience as you soar with the Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites. The view from atop is unforgettable with the lakes, rivers, villages, monasteries, temples, forests and of course the magnificent Himalayas.
Paragliding is increasingly popular as adventure tourism that Nepal offers in the Pokhara valley in the Annapurna region. The lakeside town of Pokhara is an internationally recognized destination for several forms of adventure tourism in Nepal. Free-flight enthusiasts will find several sites around the Phew Tal the lake. You can walk up to nearby places in the valley like Dikie Danda, Devi Falls, Poomdi and Matepani to go paragliding but the most accessible one is Sarangkot which is 700m above Pokhara. There is a road that goes all the way to the top in Sarangkot and a short walk brings you to the take off point built for the purpose on a clearing cut out of the slope.
Nepal is a great place to participate in any form of adventure sport for the first time. Even if you have never tried paragliding before, this is the place to do so. Many agencies for adventure tourism Nepal offer a three-day introductory course for beginners, as well as tandem flights with an instructor for the inexperienced or less brave. The topography and climate of Nepal also make it an ideal region for paragliding irrespective of your level of experience. Paragliding season in Nepal runs from November through February, the best months being November and December.
The subtropical temperatures are always comfortably mild conditions even in their cold months. Plenty of thermals and the long valleys that are common in Nepal, produce perfect ‘cloud streets’ that are ideal for paragliding. The thrill of sailing over lakes, and forests along this “sky highway” is unforgettable. The tree line in Nepal is at an incredible 3,900 m because of its altitude and monsoon. The local microclimate, controlled by the numerous lakes in the valley, is unique, and makes it even more conducive for paragliding.