Tag Archives: India
Himalayan traverse

Two X-Alps Pilots Take On the Himalaya

Stefan Bocks and Sebastian Huber have set off on a 1,700km vol-biv from Leh in India to Pokhara, Nepal. Starting on the north side of the Himalaya they will cross through the highest mountain range on Earth passing near the famous Rohtang Pass and Manali. The pair will then traverse the range through the remote […]

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Paragliding temple tours India

Temple Tours: Flying sacred Kailash in India

“Our mad game was back on. I turned around a second time, pointed my pod towards the summit of sacred Mount Kailash, and sped after Jim.” John Silvester and Jim Mallinson leave Bir in their wake, grit their teeth – and embark on a daring flight into the spiritual Himalayan heartlands. See what else is […]

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Epic in Ladakh: by Bryan Moore

By car, it’s 500km and a bone-crunching three days of bumpy roads to get from Leh to Bir in the High Himalaya. But what about by paraglider? Bryan Moore packed his Mentor 4 ¬Light – and battled altitude sickness, MiG 29 jets and some very feisty flying to complete one of the world’s great vol-biv […]

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Paragliding in Bir

Filmmakers crowdfunding paragliding film on Bir

Filmmakers in India are crowd-funding what looks like a stunning documentary on paragliding in Bir, India. Filmed over nine months the production team are looking to raise €4,000 to help finish the project. They have raised €670 so far. Find out more here

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Paragliding in Ladakh

Hike-and-fly above Lake Pangong Tso in Ladakh

Jakub Beňo and Andrej Ďurana hike-and-fly above Lake Pangong Tso in Ladakh, India at an elevation of 4,720msl. “Fresh snow coming the day before made the panorama even more beautiful… Is this an epic place to fly?” they ask.

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PWC Bir 2015

Michael Kuffer and Yuki Sato win PWC Bir 2015

Michael Küffer (CH, GIN) and Yuki Sato (JP, Niviuk) have won the PWC that finished in Bir-Billing, India on 31 October 2015. The comp was a brilliant success, with five tasks flown and a lot of mainstream media interest in India. France topped the coutries rankings, ahead of the UK and Slovenia, and the first team were team […]

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Paragliding in Keylong

Beyond Bir: Chasing 7,000m in Keylong

If we told you there was a place beyond the pass with crystal blue skies and base at 7,000m you’d sell your grandmother to go there, wouldn’t you? Manu Beno, Andrej Durana and Martin Gaborik went there last year to try to set their own personal height records, camping at close to 4,000m and flying […]

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Paragliding in Bir with Steve Ham and Jim Mallinson

Lord of the Himalayas: Steve Ham animation

Piedrahita-based paragliding guide Steve Ham has produced another animation classic – this time he interviews Jim Mallinson, who is a Bir/Billing regular and a founder member of the Himalayan Sky Safaris team. • Got news? Send it to us at Buy and sell gear on Home

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Olivier Laugero paragliding in Zanskar

Video: Olivier Laugero flies Zanskar

As featured on the cover of Cross Country issue 152, Olivier Laugero hits hypoxic heights in Zanskar, India where cloudbase is 7,400m.. • Got news? Send it to us at Buy and sell gear on Home

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Kanchenjunga 8,586m, the world's third-highest mountain. Photo: Parvin Singh

Guide to Gangtok, India

Fly Sikkim, one of the Himalaya’s ‘secret kingdoms’, with 8,000m Kanchenjunga as the stunning backdrop

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Guide to Bir, India

Bir is a Tibetan colony in northern India. Come here pre- or post-monsoon and fly the front ridge of the mighty Himalayas – or back into the big peaks

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Alexey Druzhinin in the Indian Himalaya

Beyond Billing: Alexey Druzhinin’s Himalayan Vol-Biv

October in Billing, north India, sees hundreds of pilots converge on the small Tibetan refugee village of Bir to take advantage of the superb flying weather that sets up here each season. Accessible, adventurous and hugely exciting, flying here for many is a once in a lifetime experience and they return satisfied simply to have […]

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The traditional Snow Lion dance, performed at the opening to the Sikkim Paragliding Festival. Photo: Ed Ewing

In issue 145: Paragliding in Sikkim

The Sikkim Paragliding Festival in November was a chance for pilots from across India and Nepal to meet up and fly in this small, mountainous state in the north east of India

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Tuesday Tip: The Dharamsala Run

Today’s Tuesday Tip comes from Jim Mallinson writing in Classic Routes.

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Tower Hill, Kamshet. Photo:

Guide to Kamshet, India

The perfect place for a winter paragliding adventure with added spice

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Eric Reed, left, and Brad Sander in custody on 20 March 2011. Photo: Himalayan Odyssey

Himalayan Odyssey pair bailed

Arrested US paraglider pilots to be released on bail but no court date set

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The team waiting to launch on the HImalayan Odyssey

Himalayan Odyssey arrest update

Brad Sander and Eric Reed, the two adventure paraglider pilots arrested in India, will face a local court on Saturday 19 March.

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Brad Sander, high above the Himalaya.

Himalayan Odyssey pilots arrested

US paraglider pilots Brad Sander and Eric Reed have been arrested in Sikkim, India, after flying in from Nepal without permits.

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Paragliding in Billing with Himalayan Sky Safaris. Photo: HSS

Fly-Guiding in the Himalaya

New trips and new operator at Himalayan paragliding site of Bir

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Paragliding banned in Bir, India – again

Paragliding in India has been banned until 20 October 2010, dealing another blow to the sport in the country…

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