Finished trekking and looking for something to do in Pokhara?
Pokhara is one of the top 5 commercial tandem paragliding locations in the world, with all the right ingredients: stable thermals, convenient take-off and landing zones, the safety of a large lake and incredible annapurna mountain views and the view of Pokhara valley in between the massive hills.
Paragliding might not be in everyone’s budget. That being said, if it’s something you want to try at some point in your life, Pokhara is the perfect place to do it. Looking back, most likely you won’t regret it.
There are 40+ paragliding companies operating commercial tandem flights in Pokhara, and there seems to be a fixed price (which includes transport and insurance) no matter which one you choose.
Standard flight (30 minutes) = Rs. 7500 ($75)
Cross-country (40-60 minutes) = Rs. 11,000 ($110)
Tandem paragliding means you are seated in a separate harness in front of the pilot where you can sit carefree and enjoy your surroundings, take pictures and talk with your pilot during the flight. It is quite comfortable apart from a large void beneath your feet.
If you are an experienced paraglider and want to fly on your own, you can get a flying permit from the civil aviation office in Pokhara. The permit costs Rs. 4520 ($45) for 15 days which you can renew upon expiration. It takes about 1 hour to get permit and you need to provide them with a passport photocopy, visa photocopy, photo of yourself, proof of insurance and your paragliding license.
Generally, it’s safer to go paragliding in Pokhara than it is to cross a busy intersection in Lakeside. There are more than 250 flights a day during peak-season. You have a reserve chute and a large lake for safety. However, it is an extreme adventure sport and risks are involved. The biggest risk is during take-off and landing if there is a sudden change in wind. However, we make sure you fly with the reputed companies companies which cover your insurance and have experienced pilots for your safety.
Book your paragliding right from Mountrance Nepal Adventure as we work with the most experienced companies in Pokhara and make sure you have a wonderful time.