Mountain flight appeals all categories of travellers. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour. Even those visitors who like the rigours of a trek still don’t miss the opportunity to conquer the mountains in one fell swoop.
The Himalaya is the youngest yet highest mountain range in the world and forms a natural border for Nepal in the northern front. For Nepalese, these mountains are the sacred abode of the gods but they also continue to captivate millions around the world due to their sheer majesty and beauty; tempting thousands to attempt at conquering its peaks. Those who actually reach the Himalaya will tell you that the experience can indeed be very humbling.
Mountain flight offer the luxurious option of a Himalayan experience. The one-hour mountain flight from Kathmandu takes one close to the highest peaks, including Mt. Everest.
During the flight, you get to see Gosaithan (also called Shisha Pangma), Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chyachu, Choba Bhamare, Gaurishanker, Melungtse, Chugimago, Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse and, of course, Everest. Mountain flights are offered by several airlines in the morning from the domestic airport in Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu reveal the Eastern Himalaya, while flights from Pokhara take you on a bird’s eye view of the Western Himalaya.
Flight Operation: Every Morning
Duration: 1 hour
Best Season: September through May.
Airlines: Buddha, Yeti, Guana Air and Agni.
Mountain Ranges/Peaks: Mount Everest, Shisa Pangma, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang, Cho-Oyu , Shringi Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Melungtse and many named/ unnamed mountain ranges/peaks.
Short Description of Mountains:
- Langtang (7234 m): The first mountain, which can be seen, is Langtang. The valley of Langtang, which is not visible from the mountain flight, is considered to be the most beautiful in the whole Himalayan region.
- Gosainath (8013 m): The mountain lies on the Nepal – Tibetan border. Tibetan name for this mountain is Shisapangma. She is related to many Hindu Mythologies, especially of Shiva.
- Dorje Lakpa (6975 m): This mountain has a Tibetan name, which means “the mountains of many sacred Thunderbolts”. This mountain is considered to be a holy mountain for Buddhists and climbing permission was given only in 1964, and it was not climbed until 1981.
- Gauri-Shankar (7134 m): This single mountain has two peaks and also has two names together because the Hindus believe that the mountain looks like the pair of Gods Shiva and Gouri. This holy mountain was restricted till 1977 for the climbers. It was only in 1979 that an American – Nepal group reached the summit.
- Lhotse (8516 m): As this mountain lies to the south of Everest, the name given by the Sherpas is Lhotse, which means” South Peak”. The first ascent of this mountain took place in 1956 by the Swiss.
- Mount Everest (8848 m): This Mountain was discovered in 1852 and is the highest mountain in the world, is named after Sir George Everest, an English surveyor. Sagarmatha, top of the universe, is the name given by Nepal which means, “Mother of the world” and Qomolongma in Tibetan. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were first to climb Everest on May 25, 1953. As a coronation gift to Queen Elizabeth.