If you are thinking of learning to paraglide or you are already a Paraglider pilot looking to improve your flying skills or even come on a paragliding tour then Nepal is simply one of the best places in the world for Paragliding.
Frontiers Paragliding, are the most experienced company providing paragliding holidays in Nepal and are unrivalled in their knowledge of paragliding conditions, sites and local cultures.
Owned by Adam Hill, Nepal's paragliding pioneer, Adam single handedly pioneered paragliding in Nepal 13 years ago, and since then he has watched as Paragliding has become a major sporting activity in Nepal, attracting hundreds of pilots every year.
Frontiers Paragliding, offers beginners courses to XC and thermalling lessons plus SIV and flying tours for the more advanced pilots.
The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal's second "city", nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal, the views commanded from here, of 3 of the worlds 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that, year round, it is short and T-shirt weather. The micro-climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions than the Kathmandu valley 150km east.
There are several sites around Phew Tal (the lake) but the most accessible is Sarangkot (1500m ASL). A view point 700m above Pokhara, it is unique in that it has a road running to the top. A short walk brings you to the take off. With regular cycles providing easy reverse launches, you could not ask for a more picturesque site. With the lake 2000ft below, the mountains behind, and the unlimited potential for XC and out and returns, this has quickly become the main site for the area, and many pilots have based themselves in Pokhara for the season, flying from this mountain alone.
There are an abundance of other sites around the valley but all need to be walked up. With names such as Dikie Danda, Devi Falls, Poomdi and Matepani, all can be connected by air from Sarangkot.