First Ever Skydiving Event Over Mt.Everest in Oct 2008 – Explore Himalaya, a Key Operator
The first ever skydiving event over Mt.Everest is scheduled to take place this October. Explore Himalaya in partnership with High and Wild, a UK based adventure company is all set to organize the event, the first of its kind. Nigel Gifford, the promoter of High and Wild, formally announced this bit of news at a press conference recently held at ITB in Berlin. According to him the event would be repeated again in May 2009 after the successful completion of the ’08 skydive. He also added that so far 25 skydivers ranging from 16 to 72 years have confirmed their participation. This event he believed would help promote Nepal as an adventure destination.
According to Suman Pandey, the President of Explore Himalaya, they will sponsor the first Nepali skydiver to take part in this event and thus set a record for the highest skydiving event. He also added that they plan to raise US$ 1 million for different charities in Nepal from this adventure event.
The cost for participants in this momentous event has been fixed at 16,870 British pounds for a tandem jumper,12,675 pounds for a solo skydiver and 3,750 pounds for an observer.
The skydiving over Everest will be done from a Swiss made Pilatus Porter aircraft.