Everest Skydive Reached New Heights with World’s Highest Parachute Landing

Posted May 23rd, 2019 under Company News, Skydive, Special Events, Tourism News,

Everest Skydive has reached new heights this year with a record breaking stand up parachute landing by Paul-Henry de Baere at 20,160ft MSL (6145m) at the West Col of Baruntse. The record setting skydive that occurred at 7:36AM GMT+5:45 on 19th May 2019 was made using a Performance Designs Navigator 240 main parachute with a wingloading 0.8 and into an 10kt headwind. Paul-Henry de Baere, who is the Media Director of Everest Skydive beat Everest Skydive’s all-time highest altitude landing record of 17,192ft MSL (5240m) set by Everest Skydive teammates Wendy Elizabeth Smith and Tom Noonan in 2009. The World Record jump was made from “The Dragon”, a Eurocopter B3 helicopter piloted by Deepak Jung Rana, Executive Director for Summit Helicopters and Captain Deepak Pun, with supplementary support provided by Simrik Air with Captain Siddhartha Gurung and Tsering Bothe. Everest Skydive’s Operations Director Tom Noonan managed the expedition’s oxygen support from Baruntse Base Camp at 17,857ft MSL (5443m) and Yorick Vion managed the drop zone set-up. The team of Explore Himalaya was responsible for the arrangement of the entire logistics and operation.


Explore Himalaya organized a felicitation program to honour Paul-Henry de Baere and Everest Skydive Team at Marcopolo Restaurant, Chhaya Center on 21st May. During the program, Paul-Henry de Baere, Tom Noonan and of Yorick Vion were honored with garland and Khada by Bibhuti Chand Thakur – General Secretary PATA Nepal Chapter, Abdullah Tuncer Kececi – General Manager Turkish Airlines Nepal, Ramesh Kharel – Ex Nepal Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Rajan Pokhrel – Deputy Editor Himalayan Times and Abhinav JBR – Chairman of Turbo Motors Pvt. Ltd respectively. Mountaineers Maya Gurung and Pujan Acharya who climbed tallest mountains on all seven continents, international mountain journalist Billi Bierling, Miss Tourism Samriddhi Rai were also present in the program. A video of the record breaking landing was also premiered in the program. The program was moderated by Suman Pandey, the President of Explore Himalaya.


Our Words of Gratitude:
We have always been a proud partner of Everest Skydive since 2008. However, at this moment, we are brimming with joy as well to be a part of this ambitious expedition. What could be more beautiful than complementing our 12 years’ togetherness with Everest Skydive in such a delightful note! Operating an event of such stature in the Himalayan terrain is of course a serious challenge. However, we made it possible! But needless to say, it’s a team effort and the benevolence of the Mountains. Our deep reverence to the Mountains for patronizing us! In the meantime, we would also like to have an honorable mention to Everest Skydive’s Operations Director Tom Noonan, the man behind the back of the whole project. Thanks Tom and the entire Everest Skydive team for instilling us with passion and dream throughout! Thanks Yorick Vion for your great effort in drop zone set-up & welcome to the Team! We couldn’t help ourselves thanking Summit Helicopters Nepal and Simrik Helicopters also for your valuable support. Together we made it happen- you all are a treat to work with! Once again Félicitations PH- you are an inspiration! Keep living your dream!

 

Everest Skydive 2018

Posted Nov 18th, 2018 under Photo Essay, Skydive, Special Events, Trip Report,
Christopher jumping in front of Everest

Christopher David Ings (Britain) 

Everest Skydive, world’s most adventurous aerial event, organized its 13th edition on 16th and 17th November 2018 at Syangboche (3780m/12400ft), a small plateau at the base of Mt. Khumbila. The two days’ event had two solo and two tandem jumpers from Indonesia, UK and Nepal. The first day’s jump started with clear blue skies at scheduled time. The first lift, which was done by AS350 B3 chopper flown by Captain Eric from Summit Heli, took place at 10:00 am local time. The lift had two solo jumpers Christopher David Ings (Britain) and Naila Novaranti (Indonesia); and two camera flyers Wendy Smith (New Zealand) and Paul Henry (France). After reaching the height of 19000ft, the members jumped off the chopper with Everest and other beautiful peaks in the backdrop. After the most exhilarating free fall, the jump concluded with terrific landing on Syangboche airstrip at 10:23 am local time. After the first lift, the jumps had to be pulled off due to poor weather condition.

Christopher and Naila before the jump

Christopher and Naila before the jump

The next day, the jump started at 7:35 local time with the same crew and jump members but this time they had high-jump from the altitude of 20000ft. Both jumpers had spectacular touchdown at 8:00 am. Due to inclement weather on the second day also, rest of the jumps including tandem jumps, wing suit jumps and Amadablam jump were cancelled which brought the event to a close for this year. Considered as one of the most thrilling skydiving adventures in the world, the event was also particularly unique because of the two days’ exciting trek to Namche and a short uphill climb to the dropzone the jumpers had to do before their most anticipated jumps. Both skydivers Christopher David Ings and Naila Novaranti expressed their whole experience as the one nothing can beat! Now the whole Everest Skydive team is heading for Pokhara for Pokhara Skydive 2018, another splendid skydiving adventure in the Himalayas.   

Naila Novaranti with Indonesia flag

Christopher, Naila and Wendy Smith above Namche Bazaar

Christopher, Naila and Wendy Smith above Namche Bazaar

*Everest Skydive is an exclusive annual event of Explore Himalaya!

 

Pokhara Skydive 2017: Flying in the Himalaya!

Posted Nov 19th, 2017 under Company News, Photo Essay, Skydive, Special Events, Tourism News,

The morning of 09th November was different at Pame Lauruk, a small settlement 11 km northward from Pokhara lakeside. Excited skydivers were milling up in the dropzone, a wide grassland nearby the village. Crew were busy around preparing and briefing, jumpers were being all geared up and waiting with dreamy anticipation. Many of them were having their first ever jump – so things were being so intense for them. A whole lot of spectators were waiting for the moment to capture in their mobiles and cameras. The sky was exceptionally clear, the mountain was smiling its brightest smile and the hills around as lush as ever. It was quite a sight! At round 9 am, the jump started and added a real thrill to the already excited crowd. Well, to be honest, to jump off the chopper at the height of 11,000-13000 ft with the majestic views of Annapurna range at your backdrop and the sprawling valley of Pokhara along with serene Phewa lake below, is not just an adventure but a sublimity in itself! The first day, 27 lucky jumpers achieved that momentum!

This year’s Pokhara Skydive continued for three days till 11th November and a total of 65 jumpers from India, Nepal, Denmark, Australia and Netherlands achieved their dream of flying in the Himalaya. Among the happy jumpers, some were even able to make it to the record list of Pokhara Skydive.  Aniket Jain (India), aged 16 and Rajinder Singh (India), aged 65, became the youngest and the oldest skydivers respectively to have done Pokhara Skydive. They have proved that age doesn’t really count when it comes to adventure! Jad Kamel became the first Lebanese to skydive in Pokhara. The whole three days passed with amazing chopper take offs, crazy freefalls, spectacular landings, overwhelming moments and a series of never ending excitement. The event concluded with great memories and hopes of welcoming more skydiving enthusiasts next year. Congratulations to all the dare devils who ticked the dream of “flying in the Himalaya” out of their bucket list! 

[Pokhara Skydive https://www.nepalskydive.com/, is an annual skydiving adventure, organized by the pro team of Everest Skydive and Explore Himalaya, the only skydiving company in Nepal. Pokhara Skydive has officially started its commercial operation since 2014, after its first test operation in 2010. It has welcomed hundreds of skydivers round the world ever since. As the event is the blend of adventure and the exceptional beauty of Pokhara, every year Pokhara Skydive community is getting bigger and bigger!]

Take a look at the photo story of Pokhara Skydive:

Pokhara Skydive Squad 2017

Puja Ceremony before the jump starts! Pokhara Skydive

Puja ceremony before the jump starts! It’s not just a ritual, but a solemn request to Nature!

Gearing up before the jump!

Gearing up before the jump: Excitement starts right from here!

With crew before the jump! Pokhara Skydive

No rush: A photo moment with Tandem Master before the jump!

Smiles before the jump!

All about smiles and thumps-up!

Tandem Master and Skydiver on the way to flying...

When your heart pounds louder and louder at each step: Tandem Master and Skydiver on the way …

Before jump moments are not less exciting! Pokhara Skydive

Pre jump moments are not less exciting!

Pokhara Skydive with Nepali flag

When skydiving is an emotion, and not just an adventure: A Nepali diver with national flag!

Before the take off: Moments are being too intense now! Pokhara Skydive

Before the take off: Moments are being too intense now!

Whoosh...there you go, off the chopper, in the Himalaya! Pokhara Skydive

Whoosh…there you go, off the chopper, in the Himalaya!

A Tandem Skydiver Pokhara Skydive

This is what flying in the Himalaya truly means!

The first thing that I see is a bird ...no a human! Skydiving is all about being birds!!

I was really high, almost near to the mountains and the first thing that I saw was a bird …no a HUMAN! Skydiving is all about being birds!!

Flying doesn't need wings, all you need is the mind of a bird! Pokhara Skydive

Flying doesn’t need wings, all you need is the heart of a bird!

Back to where we belong!! Pokhara Skydive

Back to where you belong!!

What to ask when you see that smile as free as the wind! Pokhara Skydive

That smile as free as the wind! No words!

Happy Mother after seeing her daughter fly!! Pokhara Skydive

Happiness multiplies if it’s shared: Delighted Mother after seeing her daughter fly!!

"I can't Keep calm, I went skydiving over the Himalayas!" Pokhara SKydive

“I can’t Keep calm, I went skydiving over the Himalayas!”

Skydive in Nepal is next

Posted Oct 24th, 2016 under Skydive,

 

everest skydive

Skydive in Nepal is the annual adventure organized each November and the jump dates for both Everest Skydive and Pokhara Skydive of this year is approaching. Everest Skydive has been scheduled from 4th November to 12th of November. Skydivers participating in Pokhara Skydive will attempt their jumps from 17th November- 20th November.

Pokhara Skydive in Nepal is happening in November

The elite extreme adventure sports Skydiving is organized annually in Nepal since 2008. However, with an exception, Everest Skydive is being organized twice a year for the first time having already operated once back in May 2016.

For further detail: enquiry@explorehimalaya.com

Dropzone of Everest Skydive witnessed adventure- ESD Autumn 2016

Posted May 18th, 2016 under Skydive, Special Events,

Everest Skydive Expedition Spring 2016 undertook during the month of May. The dropzone of Everest Skydive 2016 was Syangboche Airport. Including legendary skydiver Omar Allehgan, Emmy Award Winner for Aerial Photography Wendy Smith the crew of ESD 2016 Autumn had Thomas Noonan, Paul Henry de Baere, Ian Edward Atkins, Pablo Parazoli and Jean Phi Audhuy. Bibek Pandey & Dik Bahadur as usual were the Nepalese support team of the event. Fred Wiilliams, Brain Karuse & Fara Barnes as observers, ESD 2016 had three clients- Michael Tucker, Kim Marsh & Berigette Marsh.”

Everest Skydive 2016

The crew of Everest Skydive

Everest Skydive 2016

Omar Allehgan’s Spectacular dive- the legendary name in skydiving arena

Everest Skydive 2016

The most thrilling moment of any adventure – the beginning

Everest Skydive 2016

Freefall above Everest that’s why people call ESD the most impressive Skydiving in the world

Everest Skydive 2016

Higher we fly, more challenging it is to drop back to land- Syangboche dropzone

Photo Credits to Paul Henry de Baere

9th May 2016 was the day for the dives on which 12 skydivings were made in 5 flight loads. Here look at the exclusive images of Everest Skydive 2016 with the brief diving itinerary of the day.

First Flight Load – 07:44- 08:05 AM

2 solo jumps by Omar Allehgan & Paul Henri,

1 tandem jump by Pablo Parazoli with Jean Phi Audhuy

Second Flight Load 09:00- 09:15 AM

1 tandem jump by Thomas Noonan with Kim Marsh,

1 solo jump by Paul Henry

Third Flight Load 09:25- 09:40 AM

1 tandem jump by Pablo Parazoli with Berigette Marsh

1 solo jump by Wendy Smith

Recce Flight Load 10:24 AM

Fred Williams and Brian Karuse took off on a flight for Baruntse Recce

Fourth Flight Load 16:57- 17:12 PM

1 tandem jump by Pablo Parazoli with Michael Tucker,

2 solo jumps by Paul Henri and Jean Phi Audhuy

Fifth Flight Load 17:25- 17:41 PM

1 Tandem jump by Thomas Noonan with Fara Barnes,

1 solo jump by Wendy Smith

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