Since Nepal is a country full of beautiful mountain ranges, mountain flights in Nepal is one of the best ways of experiencing the magic of this country. Mountain flights also offer a great alternative for anybody short on time or anybody who is not fit enough to hike through the often challenging trails of Nepal. Even those visitors who like the rigors of trek still don’t miss the opportunity to “conquer” the mountains in one fell swoop.
Travelers take off from Kathmandu in the early morning for an hour’s worth of spectacular mountain scenery. As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait lon to find out what’s in store for them. First to their far left visitors see Gosaikunda (The top Hindu’s holy lake), also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013m. Immediately to the right of Gosaikunda, there appears the mountain Dorje Lakpa (6,966m.). To the right of Dorje Lakpa, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Next on the vision is the mountain Choba- Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then there appears the holy mountain Gauri Shankar (7134m). Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain. Gauri Shanker is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.
As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalayan, a succession of glorious mountains follow. Melungtse, a plateau-like mountain, stretches up to 7,023m. Chugimago at 6,297m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956m, the mountain resemble a breast, the maternal source in the sky, providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solukhumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain, that at 6,511m gleams with the rising sun. Then there is Cho-Oyu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft. Next on the menu is Gyachungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952m, which is considered a difficult ascent. To the right of Gyachungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest, there’s Nuptse. Then finally there is the Everest itself (8,848m), known as Sagarmatha (Everest) by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans.
Note: The mountain flight ride takes one hour.
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