Mountain flight is a very convenient way of exploring the Nepalese Himalayan peaks without the hardship associated with treks and mountain climbs. Most mountain flights are done in the mornings and during all seasons except in the rainy season of June through August. In addition to the spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama the flight also offers views of valleys, rolling hills and deep gorges.
Nestled at the foothills of the Annapurna range, the Pokhara valley is the destination for paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world. The valley offers almost 250km long panoramic view of the Himalyan peaks of Dhaualgiri, Annapurna and Manasulu ranges in a clear day. The view of Machhapurchhre or Mt. Fisthtail is the most stunning one, rising in the skyline without any immediate range between the valley and the mountain peak. Pokhara is also the starting or ending point for many popular trekking areas such as Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Jomsom Trek, Royal Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Round Annapurna Trek etc.
The flight operates from the Pokhara airport beginning September through June. The flights take place from sunrise to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to sunset every day during these months. Usually three different routes are taken. Duration of flight is from 15 minutes to one hour and covers the whole of the Annapurna range at the speed of 90 km/hr to 130 km/hr. The maximum altitude attained is 12, 000 ft, high above the clouds. This flight is intended for those who like to live life on the fast track, and love a little adrenaline rush.