ultralight flight in pokhara

Ultralight flight in Pokhara

Ultralight flight is something you would admire in Pokhara. It is the ultimate adventure that blends the sky with mountains in the open air.

Swostika Sapkota
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ultralight flight in pokhara

Ultralight flight in Pokhara can be a unique, thrilling, and adventurous experience for adventure enthusiasts during their vacation here in Nepal. Ultralight flight is a small aircraft, designed to provide short-haul aerial experiences for a single person or two people. It is considered one of the best adventurous activities in Pokhara as allows you to explore a wide range of the Himalayas and aerial views of the valley and outskirts of the city. 

The exciting experience of flying like a bird in the sky may be enhanced by attempting an ultralight flight and feeling what it's like to soar like a bird. Even if you're not a bird, you'll get a lifetime memory of gliding through the vast blue sky. Ultralight flight is probably one of the best activities to put and tick off the bucket list. It is the best way to discover the majestic Himalayas and adrenaline-packed experiences in the beautiful city of Pokhara in Nepal. 

The Ultralight Flight in Pokhara will allow you to experience a new perspective that is both literal and figurative. You'll be able to take off from traditional heights with this plane, but when it comes down on the ground all of your worries are gone as if they never existed at all!

An ultralight also called a microlight is a two-seater aircraft with a motor. The fleet can carry two people at once, the pilot and passenger, and has a capacity of 600 kg including persons on board and fuel (90 litres maximum). With an average speed of 80 km per hour, it can fly up to 130 kilometres per hour. It can fly for hours and ascend the altitude of 5000 m. Can take off and land in a field or on a dirt road, and in areas where other planes fear to tread. In order to fly an ultralight, no license is required but training is mandatory. 

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    Ultralight Flight in Nepal: The Thrill of Soaring Over the Himalayas

    It is a pleasure that one does not have to go anywhere outside the country to experience the mind-blowing ultralight flight as there is the availability of ultralight flights in Nepal. It is one of the most desired things to do in Nepal

    The first ultralight started in Nepal in 1997 A.D. One exciting fact is that it is claimed to be the first in South Asia. 

    Activity Name

    Ultralight Flight

    Location 

    Pokhara

    Best Season

    From September to May

    Duration

    15 minutes
    30 minutes
    60 minutes
    90 minutes

    Maximum no. of passengers

    1

    Starting Point

    Pokhara Airport

    Ending Point

    Pokhara Airport

    A Fascinating History of Ultralight Flight

    The idea of developing a low-cost "ultralight" aeroplane using small engines came from British and French gliding enthusiasts in 1922. The concept virtually vanished until a few hang-glider pilots began experimenting with tiny engines they termed "glide extenders" during the late 1960s.

    John K. Moody was the first to publicize their efforts. In 1975, K Moody put a 12.5 horsepower engine on his Icarus II hang glider, which had previously been powered by an 8.75-horsepower motor. Moody started the modern ultralight movement in America in August 1978, when he piloted level takeoffs and landings from level ground at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

    Ultralight flight in nepal

    Under Part 103 of the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations, ultralights are defined by their limits. If you exceed any of these restrictions, you're flying an unlicensed aircraft: one passenger, five gallons of gas, an empty weight of 254 pounds with a maximum speed of 63 mph, and a power-off stall speed of 27 mph or less. Because ultralight air-framed gliders are quite inexpensive, and pilots don't need a medical certificate or an FAA license to fly them, the hobby has exploded. Keep within the guidelines and stick to a list of no flying from sunset to sunrise, overcrowded areas or gatherings, or in regulated airspace, and the penalty is little if any FAA regulation is violated to the minimum. 

    Although the 1903 Wright Flyer does not fulfil the FAA's weight restriction, it may be considered the first ultralight in the Museum's collection. Though contemporary ultralights are easier to manage than the 1903 airplane, they provide a pilot with a similar sensation in the air: Open to the elements, devoid of structure, and flying low and slow, ultralight recapture the experience of the first airplane flights.

    While we're on the subject of Nepalese ultralight aviation, it's been reported to have begun in 1996 A.D., making it the first in South Asia. The pioneer of ultralight aircraft aviation in Nepal is the Avia Club Nepal and operated ultralight flights since 1996 A.D. 

    Avia Club Nepal is the first to bring air sports activities to Nepal. Their operations began in 1996 with the aim of offering sightseeing flights and expert services for film shoots, scientific research, and expeditions. From Pokhara, they offer flights. The pilots are qualified professionals with a lot of flight experience under their belts.

    Ultralight Flight in Pokhara

    The pleasure of doing the ultralight flight may be experienced in the lovely city of Pokhara, Nepal, which is approximately 5-6 hours from Kathmandu by road and 30 minutes by flight. 

    Pokhara is a hub and a gateway to many mesmerizing places and a package of adventurous, pilgrimage ranging to sightseeing activities and many more which will awe the tourists and provide them with many choices to choose from. 

    ultralight flight in pokhara

    Also known as the tourism capital of Nepal, the beauty of Phewa Lake, Talbarahi temple situated in the mid of Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, World Peace Pagoda, and different unique caves such as Mahendra Cave, Chamero Cave, and different unique destination constitutes the beautiful city, Pokhara. 

    One major adventurous activity that is added to the beauty of Pokhara is the ultralight flight which is an exciting thrill for many young adrenaline seekers and has become an exciting trend nowadays. The beautiful scenery and proximity to the mountains are what make Pokhara Valley an ideal spot for ultra-light aircraft. 

    Related Article: Things to do in Pokhara

    Ultralight flight duration

    The duration to complete the ultralight flight varies according to the ranges that a customer wants to cover in his flight. There are different schemes of packages in the ultralight flight and the price varies according to the types of packages they prefer and the ranges of Pokhara they want to cover.

    The time ranges from 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes. These different time durations cover the different ranges of Pokhara that the ultralight flight covers. 

    Cost of Ultralight flight

    The rate of ultralight flight depends upon the time duration of the flight. The rates according to the duration are provided here.

    Ultralight flight Cost for Indian Nationals

    Flight Duration

    Cost

    15 minutes

    NPR 12000/-

    30 minutes

    NPR 17000/-

    60 minutes 

    NPR 30000/-

    90 minutes

    NPR 39000/-

     

    Ultralight flight Cost for Nepalese

    Flight Duration

    Cost

    15 minutes

    NPR 10000

    30 minutes

    NPR 16000

    60 minutes

    NPR 21000

    90 minutes

    NPR 36000

     

    Ultralight Flight Cost for Foreigners (Other than SAARC Nationals)

    Flight Duration

    Cost (USD)

    15 minutes

    $110.00

    30 minutes

    $190.00

    60 minutes

    $310.00

    90 minutes

    $440.00

    Ultralight flight packages

    Our enthralling ultralight flight ranges from a variety of packages through which you can achieve once in a lifetime experience of flying high in the sky like a bird and viewing the wonderful landscapes of Pokhara, including the lakes, hills, mountains, and many more. The flight packages are included here. 

    Fun-filled Pokhara

    Flight Duration - 15 minutes

    This package is specifically made for those flying enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges as well as you can view the magnificent views of Sarangkot, Fewa Lake, Lakeside, and World Peace Pagoda.

    Marvelous Mountain Air-trek

    Flight Duration: 90 minutes

    This package is designed for those flying enthusiasts who wish to explore the overall Himalayan ranges and who want to be completely surrounded by the Himalayas.

    When you fly over the mountains, it’s hard to keep your thoughts off of what's waiting for us down below. The rugged terrain and vastness will make every breath an adventure in itself! The view from up here is truly breathtaking; there are no other words that can describe this feeling better than "blessing" or maybe even “amazing." 

    You can observe Pokhara airport, Sarangkot, Annapurna Himalaya  Range, Glacier Lake, Yeti House, World Peace Pagoda, and the overall lakeside.

    Mystic Fishtail

    Flight Duration: 30 minutes

    The flight takes passengers higher and further than the introductory one, so they can see all of Pokhara from above. Passengers are also fortunate enough to enjoy an amazing view over Tibetan Refugee Camp as well! On this particular adventure into Nepali aviation history, there’s no better way for you to get a bird's eye perspective on what life is like here in our beautiful country - especially if it includes exploring Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchhare), which remains unclimbed yet still stands at 6993m.

    Exploring above the clouds

    Flight Duration: 60 minutes

    This package takes the passengers to explore between the clouds and fly between the majestic Himalayan ranges situated within Pokhara.

    The flight will take you over the city and through picturesque valleys that lead up to Pokhara. Once there, we can show how close Mt FishTail (Machhapuchre) is! You'll also get an amazing view of the Annapurna mountain range with its three highest peaks-Dhaulagiri, Manaslu & Mansarovar. This trip gives guests access not only rare opportunities but experiences like no other because they are able to see these incredible sites from altitude without having to deal with serious hiking or climbing.

    Package Inclusions and Exclusions

    Inclusions

    Exclusions

    Pick-up and drop service from and to the respective hotel.

    Personal expenses incurred by the passenger themselves.

    Insurance Coverage

    • Overall insurance including the aircraft is $80,000.
    • In case of the death of the passenger, the compensation of $25,000 is provided.

    Cost other than mentioned.

    • Personal expenses.
    • Cost of food and beverages.

    Ultralight Flight for Everyone: Who Is Eligible?

    In order to be eligible to experience an ultralight flight in Nepal, the passenger must have the following requirements:

    • The weight of the passenger should not exceed 110 kg.
    • The passenger should be above 18 years of age. If they have not reached 18, then a consent form should be signed by their guardian and then they will be eligible to undergo ultralight flight.
    • The passenger should not have any serious medical conditions.
    • The restrictions also include, but are not limited to, the weather condition and visibility during the time of flight. 

    When is the Best Time for Ultralight Flight?

    With a new perspective comes to an opportunity for adventure. If you're thinking about taking up flying in the future, this may be just what your heart desires!

    If you seek to grab the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of doing an ultralight flight, then the best months to enjoy Ultralight Flights are from September to May.

    The visibility should be clear in order to operate ultralight flight as it is operated from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 3:00 pm to sunset time. Morning time is mostly recommended as it is the most visible and clear time of the day and it would be the best time to explore the mind-catching views from the flight.

    In case of very strong winds, thunderstorms and rain, the ultralight flight should not operate as it may lead to very serious circumstances. The wind should flow in a uniform direction and pace to operate the flight smoothly and take full advantage of it.

    The weather condition is one of the major determinants which affect flight time. If the weather conditions are not appropriate, then it may result in a delay as well as sometimes cancellation of the flight.

    For the best Experience: What You Need to Know

    To explore the views, landscapes, and majestic mountains even more clearly and enthusiastically, the first-morning flight in the day is the most preferred time as in the mornings, clouds do not appear as much in the day.

    Clothing

    There are some things that need to be remembered when deciding on what to wear when doing an ultralight flight. Other essential gears will be provided by the professionals there themselves. But, what you need to remember is to wear sturdy boots which are comfortable to wear and prevent any sorts of uninvited injuries. 

    If you want to experience the famous ultralight flight in the winter or summer season, then a warm sweater or jacket is recommended. Other essentials might be a windproof jacket, pair of glasses, sunscreen, and comfortable joggers.

    Health Concerns

    If you are keen to experience ultralight flight, then you need to keep in mind that you do not have acrophobia i.e. fear of height. Because you need to fly from a very high altitude which will obviously cause acrophobia. 

    Another thing is that the blood pressure must be stable. Very high and very low blood pressure can cause complications while flying. 

    Another important point to be noted is you should not be taking any medications (It’s very hard to live without medicine nowadays) Maybe some cardiovascular medications can be specific for this sort of adventure. It is best advised to consult your doctor before doing an ultralight flight if you have any health conditions or are in observation of a medical facility.

    If these conditions do not occur, then you are ready to experience the marvellous ultralight flight.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is ultralight flight dangerous?

      No, ultralight flights are not dangerous but in case of unavoidable circumstances, the danger cannot be neglected. Ultralight aircraft are a great way to explore aerial beauty, and if maintained properly can be safe. With the right approach towards maintenance training flying conditions, an ultralight flight could provide you with an amazing experience!

    • Can pregnant woman perform an Ultralight flight?

      It’s dangerous for a pregnant woman to fly in an unpressurized flight.  The thin air in the higher elevation can be fatal to an unborn baby. So, for pregnant women, an Ultralight flight may not be an appropriate adventure.

    • How long is the flight duration?

      The ultralight flight duration can range from the choices that the customers make according to their interests. 

    • When does ultralight flight operate in Pokhara?

      The flight starts to operate early in the morning.

    • Do we need any experience to do ultralight flight?

      No, we don’t need any experience to do an ultralight flight. We can perform this exciting thrill of adventure by obtaining a full range of confidence, enthusiasm, and adrenaline rush. But, in case of any medical difficulties and without the proper permission from the doctor to fly in case of a medically unfit person, this activity is not advised to be done.

    • Is ultralight flight very fast?

      The speed of the ultralight flight depends on the factors such as speed and weather conditions. The average speed of the ultralight flight is 80 km/hr. So, if everything goes according to the favourable conditions, then the ultralight flight can be done with full exposure.

    • What age group is not permitted to do ultralight flights?

      The eligible requirement to do an ultralight flight is above the age of 18 and less than 110 kgs. However, for a person below the permitted age of 18, a parental consent form is required. And for people with medical conditions, consulting the doctor is advisable. 

    • What type of ultralight flights are provided?

      Two Delta Wing and two Fixed Wing Ultralight Flights are available for this aerial adventure. During the same time, fixed-wing planes have a lot of power, allowing them to go closer to the mountains than Delta Wing aircraft. Both are ultralight aircraft, however, fixed-wing jets have a lot more power.

    • Is there any food available on board the Ultralight Flight?

      You are welcome to bring your own light meals and beverages with you to the airport. However, no food will be allowed on board. It's a good idea to have a hearty breakfast before boarding or wait until you've finished your flight. Keep in mind that there must be at least a half-hour gap between your meal and your flight.

    • What documents do we need to carry while doing the ultralight flight?
      Nepalese nationals are required to carry a payment voucher, a valid photo, and an identification card. But for international tourists, an e-voucher, passport, personal identification card as well as a valid photo are required.
    • What else can I do in Pokhara?
      There are a lot of adventure options in this beautiful city. Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Boating, Ultralight flight, Hiking, and trekking are some of the options. To get more information, visit Things to Do in Pokhara

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