Paragliding begins in Surkhet

Published On: February 6, 2022 02:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

SURKHET, Feb 6: Regular paragliding flights have come into operation at Surkhet from today.

The venue for the adventure sport is Bayalkanda and Deutithan of Birendranagar Municipality-14 and 1, respectively. It aims to promote adventure tourism in Karnali Province, according to the sport operator Padam Bahadur Shahi.

Earlier in 2070 BS, attempts to operate paragliding on a regular basis failed due to various reasons. “Earlier, we tried to operate paragliding in Surkhet. But the lack of human resources thwarted our attempt. Surkhet is suitable for the sport in terms of geography and weather. Arrangements have been made for emergency landing too,” he said.

Welcome Paragliding Pvt Ltd has received permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to operate the sport for one year. It has partnered with Babu Adventure in Pokhara for the sport and has hired 12 pilots.

The flight fee is fixed at Rs 3,500 per person. “Pilot Sanu Babu Sunuwar, the world record breaker in paragliding, has been hired for the sport,” said Shahi.

To attract customers, discounted fees are on the table too. A group of five people can enjoy a flight for Rs 3,200 in a package. Likewise, a group of 10 people has to pay Rs 2,800 and a group of more than 10 people Rs 2,500. One has to pay an additional Rs 1,000 for taking photos and videos while flying. The time for a flight is 20 minutes at one go.


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