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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33755 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-12-21 22:35:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-21 22:35:00 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_33756" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Paragliding over Phewa Lake. Pic: sunrise-paragliding.com"][/caption] IF you had to choose the perfect vista for your paragliding experience, it may well be the snow mountain backdrop over gorgeous Phewa Lake in Nepal's western town of Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna mountain range and the drive alone to the departure point at Sarangkot (1592m) gives you views of monasteries, Himalayan rivers, old world villages and towering mountains setting the scene for the adventure that is to come and giving you a taste of what Pokhara has to offer when your feet are back on the ground. For this first time paraglider, I was reassured by the fact that the flights were tandem and mostly run by those slightly grisly, athletic looking type of traveller that seems to have worked in every country in the world. Strapped to a 6 foot tall Swiss guy there was hardly even time to think about being afraid before we had launched off the side of the hill. I must say it was far more graceful than I had anticipated and we were soon soaring above one of the most picturesque landscapes on earth. The high reaches of Machhapuchchhre (6993m), the fish tail mountain in English, stood up like a beacon amngst the snowy mountains beyond Sarangkot hill while the 17km length of beautiful Phewa Lake stretched beneath us in all the hues of blue you can imagine. [caption id="attachment_33759" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="The Fish Tail mountain. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] It was an incredible feeling to watch the eagles, or maybe they were hawks, below us, along with the colourful sails of other paragliders. As we wound backwards and forwards I cheered at the views and the rush of air against us. The Swiss pilot seemed in effortless control, trying to get the best views on his camera of us and the backdrop behind. It was exhilarating, incredible and surreal to be suspended, almost in animation, some 1.5km above the earth and I felt I could have stayed there forever until, suddenly, my stomach lurched. [caption id="attachment_33761" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Gliders appearing above Phewa Lake. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] I must have gone quiet because the Swiss pilot suddenly offered me a plastic bag and asked if I wanted to continue doing all the twirls or head straight down. Shamefaced, although he couldn't see, I chose the latter option, and a few minutes later we had left paradise and were on the ground amongst paddy fields and buffalo. He told me later that 50 percent of people feel ill during the flight so there was nothing to be ashamed about. However if you can handle it they do aim to keep you up there as long as possible. [caption id="attachment_33757" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Pic: sunrise-paragliding.com"][/caption] I went with Paranova (find them on Lakeside Drive or at www.facebook.com/paraglidingnepal) but there are numerous companies in Pokhara that offer a similar experience for a similar fee. Video or images cost more - the pilot operates all equipment and you get a DVD at the end. Some companies also offer the option of paragliding with hawks but I somehow think the hawks have a better stomach than me also. [post_title] => Paragliding over paradise in western Nepal [post_excerpt] => If you had to choose the perfect vista for your paragliding experience, it may well be the snow mountain backdrop over gorgeous Phewa Lake in Nepal's western town of Pokhara. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => paragliding-over-paradise-in-western-nepal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-12-21 22:44:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-21 22:44:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33755 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Paragliding over paradise in western Nepal

Paragliding over paradise in western Nepal
December 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

If you had to choose the perfect vista for your paragliding experience, it may well be the snow mountain backdrop over gorgeous Phewa Lake in Nepal’s western town of Pokhara.

Nepal tightening up mountain rules in wake of disaster

Nepal tightening up mountain rules in wake of disaster
October 27, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

IN the aftermath of the recent hiking disaster in which at least 41 people were killed when a blizzard and avalanches swept across Nepal’s Annapurna region, the Nepal government has promised to introduce new rules to ensure the safety of trekkers. This will include improved weather forecasts and delivery of that information to remote trekking…>

Walking into paradise: Trekking in the Valley of Flowers

Walking into paradise: Trekking in the Valley of Flowers
October 15, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE Valley of Flowers is an alpine area in Uttarakhand, a mountainous part of north India where fields of flowers bloom through the summer and into October. The valley is every bit as beautiful as the name suggests as not only are there profusions of gorgeous flowers of various hues but also different berries and…>

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia
August 6, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to travel to less touristy areas in Asia and encounter wildlife, nature and local life, an animal safari is an excellent option. Elephant, camel and horse safari operators exist in places as varied as the Inner Mongolian steppe, Thailand’s northern mountains and India’s desert sands and their itineraries provide the chance to…>

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia
July 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE art of pilgrimage is an age old tradition that is not lost in modern day Asia where it is still possible to follow routes with other pilgrims to holy places such as the source of the River Ganges in India, the holy mountain of Kailash in Tibet or Buddhist monasteries perched on clifftops in…>

Trekking Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails

Trekking Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails
June 12, 2014 - 1 Comments - Cormac Quinn

IN ancient times it was called the ‘Land of Yomi’, meaning land of the dead, a wilderness of dense cedar forests and high mountain passes, believed to be embedded with spirits of Japanese and Buddhist deities.

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia
June 2, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to really get off the beaten track, feel the wind in your hair and explore some of Asia’s most beautiful regions, a motorbike is really the vehicle of choice. With options to buy or rent in many countries, it’s also often a cost effective means of getting around and leaves you plenty…>

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