Pokhara is the main hotspot for Paragliding in Nepal. Paragliding in Pokhara is done at Sarangkot, close to Lakeside and provides spectacular panorama views of the Himalayas as well as Pokhara valley and of Phewa lake below.
One of the most common adventure sports in Nepal, Pokhara has pristine conditions to offer one of the best paragliding experiences you have ever had in the world. Flying amongst the birds over small Nepali villages, you are able to take in views of the popular tourist destination of Lakeside Pokhara, and of the Annapurna Range to the north.
Thinking about taking part in the most sought after adventure sport while traveling in Nepal?
This blog will cover all the information you need to know about deciding if you want to do paragliding in Pokhara!
How much does Paragliding in Pokhara cost?
The Pokhara paragliding experience will cost you between NPR 3,500 and NPR 4,500 (USD $35-$45). The price depends on the paragliding company you sign up with and the number of people going. Booking as a large group will allow you to negotiate and get better discounts.
The above paragliding in Pokhara price will include pick-up and drop-off at Lakeside, insurance and taxes. You can also pay an extra NPR 1,500 (USD $15) for photos and videos to be taken on the company’s GoPro camera.
When is the best time to go paragliding in Pokhara?
Paragliding can be done anytime during the year as long as it’s not raining in Pokhara. The best time to go is from March to May and September to October, as this is when skies are clear and you will have the best view of the mountains.
Flights are available seven days a week and there are typically three different time slots to go paragliding: 10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM. Moreover, the mornings are not opportune times to go gliding as it is usually cold and the thermals are not active yet.
Paragliding can be done in the morning, but with less active thermals, means a shorter flight time. However, the flight will be calmer and less turbulent. Best thing to do is talk to the company and let them know what kind of experience you are looking for while gliding through the air. They will be accommodating, and make sure you get the best experience possible!
How safe is paragliding in Pokhara?
Paragliding in Pokhara is extremely safe. There are more than 250 flights per day during peak tourist season, the air sport has been operating since 2001 and has over 69 registered companies. These companies all have to be certified and abide by safety regulations to operate.
There are of course risks with any adventure sport. However, there are rarely any fatal accidents or major injuries while paragliding in Pokhara. As long as you fly with a reputable company, you can feel safe knowing that the pilots are well trained, certified and have been conducting flights daily in Nepal for a long time.
If you ever have any doubts, you can ask about safety regulations with the company, ask to see their certifications, or to fly with a more reputable company. Safety is most important while paragliding, so make sure you are completely comfortable before moving forward.
Starting and landing point of Pokhara paragliding:
The starting point of paragliding in Pokhara is from Sarangkot, situated on the north side of Lakeside. The drive is around 30-40 minutes from the lakeside. You can also decide to forgo the long drive and take the newly built Annapurna Cable Car ride to the top, and then make the short walk or ride to the paragliding starting point.
Sarangkot, known for its breathtaking scenic views, also provides the take off point for paragliders to take to the sky. The starting point and height of your paragliding journey is at 1,592 meters, and gives the flyers around 20-30 minutes of flight time before landing close to lakeside.
The ending point, which is along the edge of Phewa lake, is at an elevation of 593 meters. The landing zone, nestled on a small outpost of land surrounded by water providing you with wonderful views of the lake as you land.
Do you need experience to go paragliding?
To take part in the Pokhara paragliding adventure, you do not need any previous experience. Flights are done in tandem with a certified and well experienced pilot. The pilot will handle all the flying in the air leaving you to enjoy the flight and views of the beautiful lake and towering mountains.
Additionally, during your drive up to Sarangkot, and before take off, your pilot will cover all procedures and safety measures to make sure you understand the process and what to expect. By covering all the important aspects before the flight, you can feel comfortable during your paragliding flight with no prior experience at all.
What to wear paragliding in Pokhara?
As it can get cold while flying through the air, I recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt, pants, and possibly a windbreaker depending on the weather during the day. Additionally, it is important to wear sunglasses during the ride to protect your eyes from the wind and the sun during your ride. Make sure to have them secured around your neck as well, or you may end up saying bye bye to your glasses half way through the flight!
Are there restrictions on who can go paragliding in Pokhara Nepal?
Paragliding is open to almost anyone that wants to fly high in the sky. However, most companies will not allow you to go paragliding if you are over 90 kg (about 200 lbs). Additionally, kids are allowed to go gliding as long as they are over the age of 10 and weigh more than 15 kg (about 33 lbs).
How to book Paragliding in Pokhara?
You can book your paragliding adventure online. Many of the reputable companies can be found easily, and will showcase testimonies from past clients. When booking online, many of the companies will want you to put a down payment down to reserve your spot (about NPR 500 or USD $5). Be aware, that this down payment is non refundable with some companies.
However, as there are over 250 flights per day, you can easily wait to book your flight in person as well. Many of the tour agencies and paragliding companies are located on Lakeside and will be happy to help you.
Personally, I prefer booking in person as it gives me a chance to meet the pilots in general and to check out their operation to ensure that I am comfortable with booking with them.
Pokhara Paragliding – Quick Facts:
To recap everything discussed in this blog, you can find the important information in the table below:
|Starting Point||Sarangkot – 1,592 meters|
|Ending Point||Lakeside, towards Pame – 593 meters|
|Paragliding Cost||NPR 3,500 and NPR 4,500 (USD $35-$45)|
|Flight Duration||20-30 minutes|
|Best Season to go Paragliding||From March to May and September to October|
|Best Time to go||10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM|
|Is Paragliding Safe?||Yes. The flights are in tandem with experienced and well trained pilots.|
|Do You Need Experience to go?||No. The pilot will brief you on the process and safety measures and handle everything for you|
|What to Wear Paragliding?||Long sleeve shirt, pants, wind breaker (if it is the cold season) and sunglasses that are securely fastened around your neck|
|Are There Restrictions to Who can go Paragliding?||People over 90 kg (about 200 lbs). Additionally, kids are allowed to go gliding as long as they are over the age of 10 and weigh more than 15 kg (about 33 lbs)|
|Booking a tandem Paragliding flight||You can book online and pay a small down-payment (about NPR 500 or USD $5). Or you can walk in to one of the paragliding operators on Lakeside and book a flight in person.|
Take to the skies with paragliding in Pokhara Nepal!
Paragliding in Nepal provides an opportunity to witness aerial views you have never seen before. With amazing views of the city along with spectacular sceneries of some of the tallest mountains in the world and the natural beauty of the forests below, you may find yourself falling in love with the experience.
Nepal tandem paragliding takes you to the sky on thermals over the snow capped mountains and pristine lakes like nowhere else in the world. For the cost of about USD $30-40 you can have a 30 minute life that provides you with sights and scenes that will last a lifetime!