Hot air balloon flights soar back to life in Pokhara as rainy season subsides

Published On: September 16, 2023 02:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

POKHARA, Sept 16: After a hiatus of nearly three and a half months due to the monsoon rains, the thrilling spectacle of hot air balloon flights has made a triumphant return in Pokhara. These gravity-defying adventures have long been a favorite among tourists seeking a unique experience in this picturesque corner of Nepal.

Bikram Bade, the President of Balloon Nepal, a prominent hot air balloon operator, confirmed that the balloon flights commenced again in Pokhara on Thursday. He expressed excitement, saying, "It's a sought-after experience for adventure enthusiasts, and it had to be put on hold for about three and a half months during the rainy season. But now, it's back in action."

Balloon Nepal is all set to elevate tourists' spirits once more, this time with two balloons ready to take to the skies over Pokhara. Bade assured, "We have balloons accommodating both eight and six passengers, ensuring a seamless experience regardless of group size."

Tourists who embark on these captivating balloon journeys are treated to breathtaking views of Pokhara's stunning landscape. The cost for a one-time flight in a balloon, operated at Pame in the serene vicinity of Fewa Lake, is Rs 9,500 for domestic tourists, $100 for visitors from SAARC countries, and $130 for international tourists.

These flights ascend to around 6,000 feet, offering passengers panoramic vistas that include the iconic Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains, the expansive Fewa Lake, the majestic Pumdikot Mahadev Temple, paragliders gliding gracefully from Sarangkot Mandredhunga, and the enchanting Pokhara Valley. To ensure safe journeys, the company has enlisted the expertise of two skilled pilots, one American and one Vietnamese.

For those eager to seize the day (and the sunset), Balloon Nepal has introduced two flight schedules. Morning flights will operate from 5 to 8 AM, while evening flights will take place from 4 to 6 PM, providing passengers with enchanting "sunrise and sunset" experiences.

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