2020 PWCA Asian Tour ::: Nepal, Pokhara

Sunday, 23 February, 2020 to Saturday, 29 February, 2020
Flying site: 
Pokhara

Vertical Tabs

Sarangkot mountain is a peak about 1500 ASL located not far from Pokhara the third largest city of Nepal. One of the biggest and most beautiful flying areas. In good weather Sarangkot opens a spectacular view of one of the largest mountains including Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. 

Three eight-thousand meter tall peaks (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu) can be seen from the city. The Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain with an elevation of 6,993 m is the closest to the city. The surrounding mountains are about 1500 - 2500 meters ASL, the floor of the valley is 600 - 700 meters ASL.

Famous for its rich history and a number of ancient temples Pokhara is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. There are more than 300 hotels including 5-star. It's the center of many cultural and sports events including Annapurna circuit – the reckoned tracking event. 

The climate is subtropical; however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate: summer temperatures average between 25 to 35 °C, in winter around - 2 to 15 °C. Pokhara and nearby areas receive a high amount of precipitation. Snowfall is not observed in the valley, but surrounding hills experience occasional snowfall in the winter. Summers are humid and mild; most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season (July - September). Winter and spring are dry and the skies are generally clear and sunny.

Sarangkot is a famous paragliding place in Nepal offering good conditions even for beginner-pilots. The usual flights are made above the Phewa Lake and along the valley. Usual flying routes are North - North West. Best flying season is end of February – March. Usual cloud base during February and March is 2500 - 3500 meters ASL.

Thermal strength in up to 5 m/s. Usual best hours to start is about 11:00. Thermals begin at about 10 a.m. and lasted until 5 p.m. The conditions are good for flying - no strong winds in this region. But sometimes overdevelopment is possible in the afternoon.

The longest flights made from there exceed 100 km. And the pilots managed to climb as high as 5000 meters ASL.