MOUNTAIN FLIGHT IN NEPAL
Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains of this earth. No wonder mountain fly-bys have become a popular tourist attraction in Nepal. Four airlines offer regular forages into the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya.
Mountain flight appeals to all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour. Even those visitors who like the rigors of a trek still don't miss the opportunity to "conquer" the mountains in one fell swoop.
Travelers take off from Kathmandu in the early morning for an hour's worth of spectacular mountain scenery. As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don't have to wait too long to find out what's in store for them. There they are - the mountains, as they always have been.
First to their far left visitors see Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also spirituality - Gauri-Shanker. Lord Shiva (Shanker) and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m, and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shanker is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight. As the plane moves towards the land of rising sun, the eastern Himalaya, a succession of glorious mountains follow. Melungtse, a plateau like mountain, stretches up to 7,023 m. Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956 m, Numbur mountain resembles a breast, the maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solukhumbu.. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.
Next on the menu is Gyachungkhang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m, considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyachungkhang is Pumori (7,161 m). as passengers get closer to Everest, there's Nuptse (7,855 m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally there's Everest (8,848 m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains an enigma, this highest spot on earth.
Fly above the kings of the world - the mighty Himalaya! You will be awe inspired by the majestic 8000 meter snow capped peaks flying over the top of the world. A once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a panoramic view of these natural wonders. A trip to Nepal must include this wonderful experience
The one-hour mountain flight is one of the most spectacular journeys that you will ever take.
You will see the whole stretch of the Himalayas that extend across Nepal. It is a view that you would not see normally in the regular mountain flights operated in Nepal. You will be awarded by close up views of all the eight majestic 8000 meter (26000 foot) peaks that tower over other lesser known mountains which nevertheless still stand tall in all their grandeur.
Mountain flight has created a niche for itself. We provide each passenger with an individual window seat during the entire flight. During the flight, passengers can also go to the cockpit from where they can take some spectacular pictures.
The Cost - USD 185.00 per person.
Departure Date: Every Day
The Cost Includes:
1 hour scenic flight
Hotel pick up and drop off
The Cost Excludes:
Airport Tax NRS (Nepalese Rupee) 200.00 payable direct on day of tour.
Cost arising out of road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
This tour must be booked at least 2 days in advance of your travel date
Confirmation of this service will be received once the tour is booked,
Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible