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‘Pokhara - Now or never’


On previous journeys I was sometimes in places where you could paragliding.
It often appealed to me but most of the time the price was quite high and frankly, every time I had not enough courage.

When preparing my trip to Nepal, I also read about the possibilities of paragliding in the Himalayas.
This time I was determined. Now or never, I thought. After all, the location was particularly challenging. Only a high price could keep me from my decision.

You can book the paragliding trip that I made in different travel agencies and hotels in Pokhara.
From this tourist city you will be taken to somewhere in the area of Sarankot where the tour starts and you float first over the mountains and then over the Phewa Lake to finally land on its shores.

In retrospect, it was rather silly to be afraid of such a trip.
With a tandem flight you float with an experienced pilot who controls the coloured sail.
Everyone can make a tandem flight. All you have to do is take a few steps at the takeoff before the sail pulls you up into the air. At the end you follow the pilot's instructions to land on both feet. For those who want to know, I landed (sofly) on my butt :)

The experience is certainly worth repeating.
Actually crazy that I could have done it on so many places before and that I only did it for the first time after I turned 64.
The longer journey that I wanted to make on the occasion of my retirement, however, offered me several opportunities to do things for the first time in my life. Better late than never :)

During the flight the pilot took pictures with a selfie stick.
I think TE allows to post in the WS photos taken by others.
The main photo and another one in the WS are the pictures I took with my camera.

The mountain with the sharp peak you see in the main photo is the Machapuchare (meaning ‘Fishtail’ in Nepali).
It’s one of the most recognizable mountains in the Himalayas.
Its altitude is 6.993 meters and the Machapuchare has supposedly never been climbed to the summit.
This mountain can be seen during the Mardi Himal trek or the Annapurna Base Camp trek (for the bravest among us and I’m thinking of another TE member who dreams of a trek in a few months).

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6785 W: 24 N: 16023] (62804)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-11-12
  • Exposición: 1/21 segundos
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-07-22 23:51
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