If you are thinking of paragliding, Pokhara is one of the best spots to do it. This city, also called “the gateway to the Annapurnas” (a popular route through the Himalayas), is found on the shores of Lake Phewa in central Nepal, where the proximity of the Sarangkot and the height in relation to the lake make it an ideal area for paragliding.
This has become one of the most classic activities in the region. Many tourists visit this year for this purpose, seeking an extreme and fun experience, even if they do not engage in any particular extreme sport.
WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF PARAGLIDING IN POKHARA?
The experience is more than incredible, one of those that you will not forget for the rest of your life. Without a doubt it is a sensation very close to that of flying, because it will not be at all like a "free fall" that you feel in other adventure sports, such as bungee or skydiving, for example.
Practicing paragliding in Pokhara you will feel in contact with nature, with the fresh air, and you will see how the birds pass by you very close to you, as if you were one of them; that feeling of freedom is unmatched.
If you will notice how the guide that accompanies you performs conditioning maneuvers and even some pirouettes, from the moment you take flight and then also to land, it may catch you off guard. But once they stabilize during the journey, which ranges between 30 and 60 minutes, you reach a total calm in which you only dedicate yourself to floating, and enjoying the walk and the panorama of this great location. Not for nothing is it one of the top 10 paragliding places in the world!
The particularities of each journey will depend mainly on the agency with which you make the trip because there are many options and therefore prices also vary. The good thing is that tourism has ensured that security is optimized for all options, as well as quality service. Locals live off this and put a lot of love and dedication into it. Normally they will raise you to the take-off point unless you want to arrive on your own.
Many of the guides even make recordings for you to take home and others tell you a bit about the sights during the trip. The truth is that the experience is amazing, it goes without saying that it will be incredible, especially if you are an adventurer who loves heights.
Something that will not change, even on cloudy days, are the breathtaking views that will leave you breathless. And it's not for less, it's the Himalayas! Imagine having at your feet its stunning mountains and Lake Phewa. This is something that only the experience of paragliding will offer you.
HIRE PARAGLIDER IN POKHARA
As we have mentioned before, it is part of the tourist activities offered in the region so it will not be difficult to get a paragliding agency. And although the prices vary depending on each one (the difference between them is not much), it will be much less expensive than doing it in Spain. In low season it can cost the equivalent of € 50-60 and in high season about € 80-90
You can ask the accommodation where you are staying if it includes an adventure agency that can offer you this experience instead of looking for an external one.
Normally the agencies set a time and place to pick you up at a point in the city, to get you up to the top of the Sarangkot, where the take-off runway is located. The trips are made 3 times a day, in the middle of the morning, around 10.00:12.00, at noon at 14.00:XNUMX and at XNUMX:XNUMX. The earliest takeoff usually has less activity because as the sun rises and the weather warms up, the wind turns are greater and therefore they are more exciting for the more adventurous.
It should be borne in mind that flying in these conditions makes it a risky sport, and although the agencies are increasingly preparing to offer the best conditions AND pilots have a lot of experience, it is important to consider the importance of insurance travel that includes this type of activities in their policies. If it does not, which they do not always do, take very into account the company you hire and its clauses and conditions, as well as look for the agencies with the best reputation and track record. Your safety first!
The high seasons for paragliding in Pokhara with between the months of March and May (spring) and between the months of September to November (autumn), which are the times when you will surely find more people and fewer offers. Not for that reason the experience will be less satisfactory. In fact, during these seasons it is when we find better weather and conditions to go paragliding, avoiding the rains and the cold, but the truth is that there is no one day of the year better than another, it will only be enough if the weather conditions are the appropriate to do. It is even possible that a journey is delayed or lasts a little less due to these circumstances, which sometimes get a little out of hand.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PLACES TO VISIT IN POKHARA
Pokhara as a city will not disappoint you at all once you have completed paragliding. So now you can enjoy other great activities that will also be very worthwhile.
We recommend not to stay alone in the vicinity of the lake, as all tourists do as normal. Our recommendation is that you also go to the old town. You can do it in many ways, but doing it by bike will help you better discover the authentic Pokhara. Here you no longer see the lights of the Lakeside ... the true protagonists are the temples of more than 200 years old and the impeccable Newar architecture.
Dedicated to Visnu in his incarnation as a boar, the Tal Barahi is a temple located on a small islet in the lake, considered the most important place of worship in the entire city. You can visit it at reasonable prices from a boat that takes you there, and be impressed by its original structure and cultural value. The most impressive thing to see is the celebration of the rituals: The Tal Barahi Aarati ritual is the one that pays worship to the temple and is celebrated with every sunset in front of the temple.
It is a large white pagoda built by Japanese monks with the aim of promoting peace, built after the explosion of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. In fact, there are 80 pagodas of peace worldwide and in Nepal we find two of them. You find the pagoda of world peace in Pokhara located majestically on one of the hills that emerge from the lake, from which you can observe incredible views of the Himalayan peaks.
Mountain lovers cannot miss this must-see stop. Founded in 2005, the International Mountain Museum is practically an ode to this type of land relief, exploring its majesty and taking it to another level. There you can learn more about the highest peaks in the world with a special focus on the Himalayas, where they explore its history, its flora and fauna, its culture, its people and the climbers who have reached its peak.
Enjoy walks along the banks of the immense Phewa Lake, the second largest in Nepal. It will be a cultural experience that will immerse you in the true bustle of the city, between the arrival of fishermen, children playing, exotic animals, groups of tourists and couples appreciating the sunset.
By renting rowing boats you can enjoy the lake from the lake itself. You will be fascinated by the whole experience, as well as the peaks of the mountains that border it, highlighting of course the Annapurnas and also the Machapuchare, which because of its sacred status is not allowed to climb.
Nepal is screaming an adventure story, and Pokhara is no exception. It is a well-demanded tourist destination also for adventure sportsmen who also find paragliding challenges there, such as bungee jumping and ultralight flight, trekking.
Of course, this location has become an ideal meditation destination for many travelers, who find in that culture a source of peace. For them, there are excellent options for yoga, breathing, and meditation classes. A purifying experience, truly unmatched.
STAY IN POKHARA
Staying in Pokhara will depend a lot on your personality, you can choose hotels or hostels, including hostels, on the main streets with more life, but also more bustling, or choose a location north of the lake or in streets parallel to the Lakeside that will be calmer .
You can find excellent attention, care and quality at reasonable prices. In most you find wifi and hot water service, balconies and a private bathroom. As in all tourist sites, you will find luxurious options or more amenities such as swimming pools, spas, bars, private parking lots and more, but everything will depend on your budget and the reasons for your trip.
If we recommend choosing some accommodation with a view of something, which is especially nice pleasant at any time of the year.
In addition, opting for an Airbnb can also be a great way to stay if you are considering it as an option.
Paragliding in Pokhara has been one of the most iconic and traditional activities of all for decades. The city, as well as Nepal itself, is very rich in culture, and is undoubtedly a location that can boast of being one of the best in offering this experience to tourists who visit it. In fact, it is a meeting place for professionals for competitions and others.
As we have mentioned previously, the ideal conditions for this practice align and combine in the take-off area of the Sarangkot hill, leaving thousands of brave people impressed with the experience of taking their feet off the ground and rising to adventure among its thermal currents. stable and indescribable views of the Himalayas.
So do not hesitate, and let yourself be carried away by the airs of freedom that paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal entails!