Tag Archives: Nepal
Herve Burdet above Machapuchare. Photo: Herve Burdet / Facebook

Herve Burdet paraglides over Machapuchare in Nepal

French paraglider pilot Herve Burdet flew over the summit of Machapuchare in Nepal on Monday 24 November 2014. Second to Everest the mountain is the most iconic in Nepal, its 6,993m ‘fishtail’ summit the background to the view of the Himalayas from the lakeside town of Pokhara. Considered sacred by the Nepalese the mountain has […]

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Andy Pag in Nepal

‘Never again’ – Andy Pag on a bad season in Nepal

  When Andy Pag met up with Cross Country in March he was still wearing his duvet jacket from Pokhara to ward off the chill of an early spring wind in England. The dust on it stood out against the clean blacks and greys of the city folk milling around. Sitting down over hot coffee […]

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Neal Michaelis

Video: A Higher Calling – a trans Nepal paragliding journey

Our recent post about the trans-Nepal 1999 paragliding classic Kingdom of the Clouds prompted a response this week from Neal Michaelis, a US pilot who was out in Nepal paragliding at the same time. He and his team also made a film about it. Neal wrote: Saw your post on Rob and Bob’s 1999 Nepal […]

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The candlelit memorial service for Premek in Nepal. Photo: Stan Radzikowski / Facebook

Trans-Nepal Expedition Ends in Tragedy

Andy Pag reports from Nepal   Premek Hulek, one of the three pilots flying on a Trans-Nepal vol-biv expedition, met with a fatal accident on the 13 March 2014. His death has sent shockwaves through the tight-knit paragliding community in Pokhara, where Hulek was a well loved and respected professional tandem pilot. No one knows […]

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Kingdom of the Clouds

Video: Extreme Lives: Kingdom of the Clouds

  Follow Rob Whittall and Bob Drury as they traverse western Nepal by paraglider. A classic, defining paragliding film from 1999, recently uploaded to Vimeo. • Got news? Send it to us at Buy and sell gear on Home

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Mitch Riley paraglides in Nepal

Three pilots start 20 day Vol-Biv across Nepal

  A trio of pilots have embarked on a 20 day vol-biv flight across Nepal. Mitch Riley, Brian Thibeault, and Premek Hulek hopped a 30 hour bus ride from Pokhara to Patan in the far west of the country earlier this week, and will spend the next three weeks flying with the prevailing winds eastwards […]

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The stunning fishtail of Machaphuchare (6,993 m) dominates flying in Pokhara. Photo: Peter Wolf

Guide to Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is a must on any serious pilot’s world tour – fly warm winter thermals against the backdrop of the snow-clad Himalaya

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YoungMin Ham

YoungMin Ham, 1970-2013

South Korean pilot YoungMin Ham died in a paragliding accident in Pokhara on Saturday 7 December. He was 43. YoungMin was flying acro when the accident happened. Witnesses report that after getting into trouble his reserve did not deploy properly and he drifted away from the lake and impacted with the ground. Police said the […]

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A cancelled Nepali tourist visa

Nepal deports foreign tandem paraglider pilots in clampdown in Pokhara

Andy Pag reports from Pokhara on a visa crisis for foreign tandem pilots in Nepal International tandem pilots working under tourist visas in Pokhara, Nepal are facing deportation for working illegally. At least six pilots have already been deported, while an estimated 30 other tandem pilots have been required to submit their passports to the […]

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Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsering Sherpa tandem paraglide from the summit of Mount Everest on 21 May 2011. Photo: Babu Sunuwar

60 years of Everest: Paragliding and hang gliding on the world’s highest peak

As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, Cross Country magazine editor Ed Ewing takes a look at the history of free flight on the highest mountain in the world.

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Squash Falconer on Mount Everest

Video: Squash Falconer’s Everest paraglide attempt

‘One out of two isn’t bad.’ A 14-minute film of trying to paraglide on top of the world

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Babu Sunuwar on the summit of Everest at 8.50am 21 May 2011, shortly before his flight from the summit. Photo: Babu Sunuwar/Lakpa Tshering Sherpa

Babu Sunuwar flies off Everest

Tandem pair fly 20km XC from 8848m summit

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Mike Kung in altitude record attempt in Himalaya

Mike Kung plans to fly up the south face of Lhotse in Nepal, and gain the world altitude record for soaring flight.

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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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Parahawking in Nepal under threat

Scott Mason is standing firm in the face of a sustained local media campaign to shut down his parahawking operation in Nepal.

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Paraglider pilot missing in Pokhara after tragic accident

A German acro paraglider pilot is missing in Nepal after a stunt to celebrate his 200th flight in Pokhara went tragically wrong.

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Horacio Llorens tumbles to new acro record

Spanish acro paraglider pilot Horacio Llorens has broken the world record for Infinite Tumbles. He executed 281 successive revolutions on Saturday 5 December in Nepal after D-bagging from a helicopter at 5,000 m…

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Blackout in Pokhara: Felix Wolk discovers Nepal

Paragliding photographer Felix Wölk leaves the chilled-out lakeside retreat of Pokhara behind and gets too high, too fast in the big mountains of Nepal

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