The actual jumps of the Everest skydive took place this morning in Shyangboche. 10 solo and 3 tandem jumpers made their actual jumps today. Wendy Smith became the first solo jumper to land at the drop zone at 6:17am (local time). She jumped from a height of 22,000ft. Explore Himalaya’s trek guide Nima Tamang became the first Nepali to make a tandem jump (with Steve Hennessey) from a height of 22,000ft.
The jumpers were flown in 4 groups. All the jumps were made from Pilatus Porter aircraft.
1st Group – 22,000ft
The first group jumped from a height of 22,000ft.
|1.||Wendy Smith||New Zealand||Solo||6:17 AM|
|2.||Lucie Fenton (Britain) & Tom Noonan (USA)||Britain / USA||Tandem||6:18 AM|
2nd Group – 22,000ft
The second group jumped from a height of 22,000ft.
|1.||Omar Alhegelan||USA||Solo||6:57 AM|
|2.||Steve Hennessey (Australia) & Nima Tamang (Nepal)||Australia / Nepal||Tandem||6:58 AM|
|3.||Cheri Alhegelan (USA) & Ralph Mitchell (Britain)||USA / Britain||Tandem||6:59 AM|
3rd Group – 18,500ft
The third group jumped from a height of 18,500ft.
|1.||Neil Jones||Canada||Solo||7:45 AM|
|2.||Chris Parsons||Britain||Solo||7:47 AM|
|3.||Derek Thomas||USA||Solo||7:48 AM|
|4.||Holly Budge||British||Solo||7:49 AM|
4th Group – 18,000ft
The fourth group jumped from a height of 18,000ft.
|1.||Ryan Jackson||Britain||Solo||8:57 AM|
|2.||Adolphe Botha||South Africa||Solo||8:57 AM|
|3.||Thomas Laurie Hinds||Britain||Solo||8:59 AM|
|4.||Carrie Holmes||USA||Solo||8:59 AM|
A toast to the team and their spirit of adventure!
All the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. They accommodated all requests to the best of their ability. The trek was a good level of difficulty for our students. Meals have been excellent, especially on the trek. Porters were extremely polite and helpful. Service was very good.
We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.