Nepal’s First Paragliding Firm Resumes Operations

The company resumed its operations three weeks back, after the 2015 earthquake
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Nepal’s First Paragliding Firm Resumes Operations

Nepal’s first paragliding organization is back to action after three years of the continuous shutdown!

The Valley-based Kathmandu Paragliding Company had shut its operations three years ago, citing a decline in tourist arrivals for adventure sports activities, after the 2015 earthquake.

The company finally resumed its operations three weeks back!

Built with an investment of NPR 30 million, Kathmandu Paragliding was established in 2007 and is currently in a joint venture with a South Korea based Paralove Paragliding company, where Korean firm owns 49 percent of the shares.

The company currently has six pilots including four foreigners and is also planning to introduce paragliding pilot training. The company’s paragliding flight takes off at Chanpkharka (2,100 meters) on the outer rim of the Kathmandu Valley.

Rise in Foreign Tourists

Speaking on the come-back, Narayan Wagle, Owner of Kathmandu Paragliding, informed that they are operating 10-15 flights a day since resuming operations three weeks back.

“Paragliding flights depend on weather conditions. We have operated as much as 20 flights a day,” said Wagle.

He went to say that the paragliding service offers tourists an unforgettable experience of the Kathmandu Valley.

Wagle is hopeful that the paragliding service will boost tourism activity in the Kathmandu Valley.

“The valley may not be as popular as Pokhara for adventurous activities. But we are offering a thrilling experience of paragliding to adventure enthusiasts,” adds Wagle.

According to Wagle, the company started witnessing a rise in a number of foreign tourists since its come-back, with most of them being Chinese.

A paragliding flight gives a panoramic view of mountain ranges and an amazing feel of the Kathmandu Valley while in the sky. The service’s landing point is at the Godavari.

Adventure enthusiasts can choose between solo and tandem flights, say, officials.

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