Don’t Leave Nepal Without Mountain Flight. Here is Why
For the traveller who is unable to make a trekking trip to the mountains either because of lack of time or physical fitness or due to sheer want of the adventure streak, there are mountain flights to simulate the experience.
The one hour flight takes you within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world and cruising this close the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice, is an out of this earth experience. The aircraft takes off and heads eastward and almost immediately, the peaks come into view. The first peak that appears on your horizon is the majestic Gosaithan, standing 8,013 m tall. To its right, appears Dorje Lhakpa 96,966 m), looking like a massive figure of 8, lying prone and covered in snow. To its right is Phurbi Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
Next on your vision is Choba Bhamare, rather small in this company at 5,933 m, but singularly stubborn as it remains unconquered to this day. Then comes Mt. Gaurishanker 97,134 m), standing out sharp and conspicuous – Hindus believe that Lord Shiva and his consort protect this mountain.
As the flight moves toward the eastern Himalaya, a succession of majestic mountains follows. Melungtse, with a plateau-like top, stands 7,023m, Chugimago is at 6,297 m, and still remains to be scaled. Mt. Number stands at 6,957m. Then, Karyolurg, a gleaming – white mountain at 6,511 m, and Cho-Oyu, the sixth highest in the world at 8,021 m.
The last and most exciting stretch of the journey takes you close to the 7,952 m tall Gyachungkang, which is considered an extremely tough climb. to its right Pumori at 7,161 m and Nuptse at 7,855 m. Finally, there is Mt. Everest itself 98,848 m), called Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. It is an altogether different feeling as one comes face to face with the world’s tallest and most enigmatic of mountains. Mountain flights also conducted from Pokhara.