Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you will need a visa to enter Nepal when you book one of our tours or course. The visa can be obtained from the Nepalese embassy or consular in your country or can be obtained upon arrival to the airport in Kathmandu. A Tourist visa costs US $30 per month and can be had for a maximum of five months for each calendar year.
We need to see a copy of your license and insurance document before your departure. For flying in Nepal we require a permit from The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). We arrange these for all our clients, please fax or email us a copy of your documents.
We require all pilots to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation and repatriation.
Yes, anyone without any experience can enjoy paragliding. You can take a tandem flight where you will fly with a pilot where you just sit, relax and enjoy the smooth sail.
The Rupee is the currency in Nepal. It is a closed currency, so you will not be able to obtain any until you arrive in Nepal. We recommend that you purchase your Rupees after you arrive at your Hotel; they all have exchange desks. Alternatively there are numerous ATM (cash point) machines in both Kathmandu and Pokhara that accept most western credit cards. Bring some US dollars with you (we suggest at least $100), as if you haven’t arranged your entry visa in the UK, you will need $30 for your visa application at the airport. All major currencies can be exchanged and credit cards and Travellers Cheques are accepted in the main cities.
Nepali is the national language but only around 55% of the population can speak it as there is a wealth of other ethnic dialects spoken within the Kingdom. English is now very widely spoken and you will have no problem communicating in the cities and on the major trekking routes. However, once off the beaten path it is best if you learn a few simple words and phrases. A simple “Namaste” can work wonders in opening opportunities and interactions with locals. All our Sirdars and most of the porters speak excellent English and will gladly help you in expanding you vocabulary.
We have taken particular care in choosing our hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara for quality, comfort and location. The Kathmandu Guest House in the heart of Kathmandu offers outstanding accomodation and excellent service. In Pokhara, the Barahi Hotel offers a quiet location near the heart of town, with clean comfortable rooms and access to a beautiful swimming pool.
As you exit the terminal building at Kathmandu airport, you should look for the Sunrise Paragliding signboard. The man holding this will lead you to the minibus that takes you to your hotel. That evening, a Sunrise Paragliding representative will meet you at your hotel to discuss all relevant aspects of your trip and pass on your flight ticket to Pokhara. *This question is only relevant to those who have requested the service if they are joining us for a course. If you are participating in a flying tour, then this is part of the package, but arrangements can be made for you to meet us in Pokhara as well if you prefer a couple days of exploring Kathmandu on your own.
We offer two flight types for our tandem passengers to choose from. We offer the half hour Cloud Buster flight three to four timesper day depending on seasonal conditions. We also offer an hour long Cross Country flight. Both flights begin and end in the same locations, and may vary in length depending on the daily conditions.In general, the Cloud buster flight can range from 15-30 minutes, and the cross country from 45-60 minutes. Again, this is due to Paragliding being a sport completely at the mercy of the current conditions, which can shift throughout the day.
You will need to consult your doctor at least 6 weeks prior to departure to enable you to have a full course of the immunizations. The following is a guideline only – you should ask your doctor if there are any changes to this list:
Malaria has been all but eradicated in Nepal, and is not considered a high risk.
The following may be considered optional, but some are difficult or expensive to obtain. Your doctor will let you know if they are appropriate:
|Rabies||If you take sensible precautions to avoid animals there is a very low risk|
|Hepatitis B||There is only a very low risk as transmission is only through sexual contact or exposure to contaminated blood, needles and syringes|
|TB||Children should be immunised at any age – less important for adults|
|Japanese Encephalitis||This is a very low risk in Nepal.|
With a few easy steps you can greatly reduce your chances of sickness spoiling your trip. Your trek cooks are trained to prepare the food. The main problem comes in eating and drinking in cities, where there is untreated water. In cities always drink bottled mineral water or water you know to be safe or treated. We recommend using a water bottle of your own, as it is cheaper to refill at a variety of “refill centers” and reduces the plastic waste that is already becoming a growing concern for Nepal. Do not brush your teeth in the tap water and keep your mouth closed in the shower. Wipe your knife, fork and plate with a paper napkin or handkerchief, particularly if they look wet. Do not eat anything from street vendors unless it is fried up in front of you, do not eat cold, sweetmeats, ice-cream or fruit unless you can peel it. Always try and wash your hands before eating. Wash your hands after going to the toilet.
Internal flights are by Twin Otter STOL aircraft. These offer excellent views of the country. Bus transfers are either by private minibus for larger groups or by the excellent Greenline coach company that provide a quality service between the major towns. Most of the transfers to road heads at the start of our paratrek are by jeep.
On our paratreks you sleep in double tents and have meals in the mess tent. Supplements will apply if you require a single tent. The mess tent is the main tent for hanging out at night for games, reading or writing diaries. We supply tables and chairs and a lantern or candles. There is a full team of Sherpas to set and break camp, cook, serve meals, wash-up, produce hot water for washing and the all important morning cup of tea in bed. There is a separate kitchen tent and toilet tent. If you are coming for a course or to enjoy a tandem flight, there are many options in Pokhara at a wide range of prices so you can customize the costs of your trip based on your own desired experience and comfort level.
On all our paratreks we provide a trek cook and assistant. The trek cooks and assistants are trained to prepare food hygienically in the field and antiseptic water is provided for you to wash your hands before mealtimes. Vegetarians can be catered for quite easily, and other special diets can be accommodated with plenty of advance notice. It is amazing what the trek cooks can produce on occasions. With quite basic equipment they manage to produce very good cakes, apple tarts, pizzas, fried chips, spaghetti and a multitude of other dishes. On the majority of treks most of the food is carried in from the road head, and this is supplemented by purchasing fresh vegetables and meat in villages along the way.