GKN Mission Everest accomplished!

GKN Mission Everest accomplished!

Posted Dec 20th, 2007 under Special Events,

Explore Himalaya is extremely thrilled to bring out news that Bear Grylls has set the World Record by flying over Everest by powered Paraglider (Paramotor). The mission was successfully accomplished in the morning of Monday, 14th May 2007. Bear Grylls and fellow pilot Gilo Cardozo took off from Pheriche situated at 4240 meter (13910 ft) in Everest region in Nepal.
They were both flying specially developed paramotors.

GKN Mission Everest Photo Gallery

Arrival of GKN Mission Everest team 2007

Arrival of GKN Mission Everest team 2007

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls preparing for GKN Mission

Bear Grylls preparing for GKN Mission

Bear getting ready

Bear getting ready

Gilo assembles the mission paramotor

Gilo assembles the mission paramotor

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

paramotor

paramotor

Sorting out equipment

Sorting out equipment

Testing the paraglider

Testing the paraglider

The GKN Mission Everest paramotors

The GKN Mission Everest paramotors

The GKN mission paramotor

The GKN mission paramotor

transporting equipment to Pheriche

transporting equipment to Pheriche

Wolfram launching the weather balloon

Wolfram launching the weather balloon

Bear and Gilo then flew successfully to 8,535 meter (28,000 feet) when a fault in Gilo’s machine forced him to abort only 300 meter below the summit and he had to glide back to safety. Bear continued to ascend until, at 0933 local time, he reached 8,990 meter (29,500 feet) and was able to look down on Everest as he circled above some of the most famous peaks in the Himalayas. Then his own engine developed problems and he too had to glide back to safety but he had achieved his goal. The project will be aired by Discovery Channel and Channel 4 in a few days time.

The historic project was sponsored by GKN, a UK based engineering firm while Explore Himalaya (Nepal) was appointed as a logistic partner in conjunction with High and Wild (UK). The specially designated team from Explore Himalaya spent over six months on the various assignments required for the mission such as getting several different permits from Government’s offices, handling entire arrangement during their stay in Nepal, getting whole team and their equipments to and from take off point, arranging sets of crew to cater to the mission team including their film shooting unit etc.

Besides two mission pilots there were over 20 GKN employees, who trekked on foot supported by a team of crew from Explore Himalaya to the take off point to witness the flight over world’s highest mountain in presence of liaison officers appointed by Government of Nepal.

Flying Paramotor is a very new concept introduced in Nepalese tourism, now the recent success of ‘Mission Everest’ can be taken as a guideline to develop a new adventure tourism sport in Nepal which, we believe, would attract many adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.

GKN Logo Explore Himalaya is proud to be associated as the logistic partner for the GKN Mission Everest in May 2007. Bear Grylls and Gilo Gardozo are all set to fly over Mount Everest by paramotors.

THE CHALLENGE
The two GKN Mission Everest pilots will take off in their powered paragliders (paramotors) from their Base-Camp, in the foothills of the high Himalaya, some 20 miles south of Everest in eastern Nepal. Once airborne, they will fly north valleys, over glaciers, towards Mount Everest. Once south of the infamous Nuptse Wall, a sheer ice and rock face that soars eight thousand feet high, the pilots will begin to circle and ascend towards their target altitude of 33,000 feet. On reaching this ceiling altitude, they will turn north, finally crossing the Nuptse Wall from where they will look down on the summit of Everest.

It is then time to turn for home and return to Base Camp, back the way they came. The record-breaking flight will have lasted four hours – the achievement will last forever.

Grylls Bear Gardozo Gilo

GKN Mission Everest Website

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