For the traveler who is unable to make a trekking trip to the mountains, Mountain flight has become a popular tourist attraction of Nepal. Mountain Flights will offer you rare glimpses of even the remotest corners of the Himalayas. The flights offer the closest possible aerial views of Himalayan range. The experience of flying over the snow-capped mountains is breath taking. Wherever the eyes turn, you will find vast stretches of white heaven. The sheer chill that runs through your spine will leave the real chill far behind.
The mountain flight gives the best opportunity to get the closest and the best view of Mount Everest (8,848 m) & other peaks. Among others, it includes Shisa Pangma (8,013 m), Gauri Shanker (7,134 m), Melungtse (7,023 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Pumori (8,171m), Nuptse (7,855 m), Lhotse (8,516 m) & Amadablam (6,856 m).
The flights are operated every morning from Kathmandu airport. During the entire trip, the height of the flight fluctuates between 6500 to 7000 meters depending upon the mountain peak it is revolving around. These flights take the passengers as close as 5 Nautical miles to the Mount Everest. These flights usually last for about an hour. If you are an avid photographer, then special arrangement can be made to enable you to get some wonderful and extremely up-close photographs. It truly is an, once in a lifetime experience.
Though Mountain Flight is enjoyed by thousands all the year round, as per our experience, we would strongly recommend the time period from February to April and October & November as the prime time to enjoy the mountain flights.
Description of a few Mountains that can be seen from the Mt.Flight :
1. Langtang (7,234m):
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.
2. Gosainthan (8,013m):
The mountain lies on the Nepal – Tibetan border. Tibetan name for this mountain is Shisapangma. She is referred to, in many tales of the Hindu Mythology, especially relating to Shiva.
3. Dorje Lakpa (6,975m):
This mountain has a Tibetan name, which means “the mountains of many sacred Thunderbolts”. This mountain is considered to be Holy Mountain for Buddhists and climbing permission was given only in 1964, and it was not climbed until 1981.
4. Gauri–Shanker (7,134m):
This single mountain has two peaks and also has two names together because the Hindus believe that the mountain looks like the God Pair of 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.
5. Lhotse (8,516m):
As this mountain lies to the south of Everest, name given by the Sherpas is Lhotse, which means” SouthPeak”. The first ascent of this mountain took place in 1956 by the Swiss.
6. Mount Everest (8,848m):
This Mountain was discovered in 1852 and is the highest mountain in the world. It is named after Sir George Everest, an English surveyor. ‘Sagarmatha,’ top of the universe, is the name giver by Nepal which means, “mother of the world” and Qomolongma in Tibetan. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa were the first pair to climb Everest on May 25, 1953. This feat was presented to Queen Elizabeth as a special Coronation gift.