The Annapurnas in an Ultralight: Pokhara, Nepal

I’m writing this post from Delhi, India, which is a sweltering 105 F.
It’s funny to think I was in cold Himalaya air just a couple days ago.
I went on an Utralight flight tour of the Annapurna mountain range
above Pokahara, Nepal.  This is the coolest machine, I really want
one.  It’s basically a hang-glider with tandem seats, 3 wheels and a
propeller.  As a passenger, you sit right behind the pilot strapped
into a small seat with nothing but open space on either side.  It is
really gives you the ultimate sense of flying.I couldn’t believe how fast we got off the ground in a thing that
sounds like a lawnmower.  This little thing only has a 100 horsepower,
so it needs to circle to gain elevation which is controlled by the
hang-glider bar, not a stick. When up to altitude, the pilot can lower
the throttle and glide.Pokhara
is in a hot and humid climate, it was interesting feeling ourselves
travel through the several temperate zones as we climbed in elevation.
By the time we were right next to the towering Himalayas, I was glad to
have on ski pants and a parka.  The view was incredible!It’s possible to look straight down below and nearly 360 degrees
around.  We flew up and over the lush jungles and the foothills and
then along the Annapurna Range, which took a little over an hour.  This
same route take trekkers 14 days.  After we flew alongside the
mountains, we circled back to fly over the lake and a Buddhist temple
before landing at the airport.  Even if you plan on trekking the
Annapurna circuit, don’t pass up the incredible experience of getting a
bird’s eye view.
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I have a video ready for this, but due to the brown-outs, I’m having
issues uploading it.  It’s nothing too special, but it gives you a good
idea of what take off and landing in an ultralight is like.  I will let
you all know when I can manage to get the video up in the video tab,
stay tuned.
UPDATE:  The video is now up on our Video Tab above.  Please excuse the video quality, something happened during the upload.

4 Responses to The Annapurnas in an Ultralight: Pokhara, Nepal

  1. Sonya says:

    Wow, amazing birds-eye-view photography!

  2. Pat says:

    That’s getting high in the most extreme way. I was having anxiety on behalf of your mom although I’m sure she’s used to it by now. Beautiful — thank you.

  3. Diana says:

    That’s strange that they let you take a camera up there. When I went on one in Hawaii, the pilot told me it was too dangerous because if I dropped something, it would wreck the propeller. But now I think maybe he just wanted me to pay for the wing-mounted camera.

  4. casey says:

    i would love to do this. what an amazing experience!