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!]
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.
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.
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“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.”
Photo Credits to Paul Henry de Baere
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
The seventh edition of Everest Skydive, the highest skydive and by far the most thrilling adventure on earth was held on 7th and 8th of November 2014. Held at Syangboche drop-zone, Everest Skydive this year had six skydivers including the crew.
During the most elite adventure on the top of the world, Fishtail Air, the exclusive partner of Everest Skydive took all six flights loads. Five flight loads were executed by veteran Italian pilot Maurizio Follini and a load was carried out by expert pilot Deepak Rana on the AS 350B3 Fishtail Air, Helicopter. Tom Noonan, the chief tandem instructor of Everest Skydive since 2008 played his usual role and Joe Johnson, the first timer in ESD was the tandem master of the event. Mr. Paul Henry de Baère led the photography and cinematography whereas; Mr. Ted Atkins was an Oxygen Supervisor of the event.
Here, we have a brief story on Everest Skydive 2014.
Pilot Maurizio Follini took the first flight load with Mr. Ossie Khan. Mr. Khan made the solo jump at 11:57 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 12:10 PM.
Follini took the second flight load with Mr. Joe Johnson and Jen Sharp. Both made the solo jumps at 12:10 PM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 12:21 PM.
The last flight load of the day was once again taken by Mr. Follini with Chief Tandem instructor Mr. Tom Noonan and Mr. Sanjeev Gautam. Tom and Sanjeev made the tandem jump at 1:08 PM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 1:30 PM.
Mr. Maurizio Follini took the first flight load once again, with Mr. Ossie Khan. Mr. Khan made the solo wing suit jump at 10:07 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 10:17 AM.
Maurizio Follini took the second flight load of the day with tandem master Mr. Joe Johnson and Mr. Paul Schaeffer. They executed the tandem jump at 10:57 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 11:10 AM.
Pilot Deepak Rana took the last flight load of the event with Mr. Joe Johnson and Jen Sharp. Both made the solo jumps at 11:42 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 11:55 AM.
November is probably the month for the Ultimate elite adventure in Nepal. Just few days after the Everest Skydive, the next chapter of Skydiving in Nepal is about to begin. The annual Pokhara Skydive will kick off on 12th November and will end on 15th November.
The skydivers will fly in Fishtail Air Helicopter to the elevation between 10000ft-12000ft and make a freefall from the chopper before they land in the drop zone at the Shore of Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Immediately after the jump, the skydivers face the amazing Annapurna and dazzling Dhaulagiri sprawling right before them. The lush vegetation, beautiful lakes and the wide-spread human settlements within the deep valley are the bonus feast for eyes.
Skydiving in Nepal is the newest form of thrilling adventure. Everest Skydive for sure is not for all as it demands hefty price with outstanding rewards. However, Pokhara Skydive still caters the highlights as of Everest Skydive in the price, which is in a way affordable compared to Everest Skydive.
The crew of Everest Skydive executes all solo and tandem jumps during Pokhara Skydive as well. Hence the safety regarding the biggest aerial adventure in Pokhara is not a question.