Lesbian Adventure Trekking

Mountain Flight

Only awe-stricken silence matches the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains of this earth. No wonder mountain fly-bys have become a popular tourist attraction in Nepal. All domestic airlines offer regular forages into the snowcapped peaks of the Himalaya.

Mountain flights appeal to all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour. Even those visitors who like the rigors of a trek still don't miss the opportunity to "conquer" the mountains in one fell swoop.

First to their far left visitors see GOSAITHAN, also called SHISAPANGMA, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears DORJE LAKPA (6,966 M.), a mountain that looks like the Numbur 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is PHURBI-GHYACHU, which looms over the Kathmandu valley.

As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is CHOBA-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m. but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spirituality-GAURI-SHANKAR. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m., and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.

As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya, successions of glorious mountains follow. MELUNGTSE, a plateau-like mountain, stretches up to 7,023 m. CHUGIMAGO at 6,297 m. is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,996 m., NUMBUR Mountain resembles a breast, the maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Sholukhumbu. Next is KARYOLUNG, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m. gleams with the rising sun. CHO-OYU is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m., it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.

Next on the menu is GYACHUNGKANG, at a majestic height of 7,952 m., it is considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyachungkang is PUMORI (7,161 m.). As passengers get closer to Everest, there's NUPTSE (7,855 m.), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there's EVEREST (8,848 m.) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains an enigma, this highest spot on earth.

Bungy

Pink Mountain operates the Bungy jumping adventure in Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Bungy jumping place is located at 3 hr drive from Kathmandu and 100km northeast to within 12km of the Tibet border, there is a 166m wide reinforce suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river gorge on the Nepal/Tibet border is the longest free-fall in the world. Designed, constructed and operated by very experienced kiwis to exacting international standards your safety is guaranteed. It is Nepal’s ultimate rush. And at an altitude of 3600 feet, which is 600 feet lower than Kathmandu. The bridge: Swiss designed, especially for Bungy jumping with a 4x safety factor, the bridge has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tones. And those are Swiss measurements.

Ultimate Bungy at the last alternative in Nepal may be the most fantastic Bungy jump on the world.

Rafting

Nepal is a river runner’s paradise no other country has such a choice of multi-day trips away from roads, in such magnificent mountain surroundings, with warm rivers, a semi-tropical climate, impressive geography, exotic cultures, wildlife and friendly welcoming people.

But it’s not just the rivers –as anyone who has been there will tell you, Nepal has a magnificent holiday in its own rite – a fairy tale land of temples, mountain, dramatic festival, exotic culture, colorful people! Medieval villages, superb craft shopping, grate food and sights - the bonus are some of the world’s best rivers like Sunkoshi and Karnali!

Forget the images of hard ‘expedition’ boating – yes, there are a few rivers like this - but Nepal is just an outstanding holiday destination for the average recreational kayaker or river runners. Most of the rivers in Nepal are class 2 to 4. Everyone we know has enjoyed his/her holiday in these Himalayan Rivers. Neither you have to be an experienced river runner nor expert kayakers; you can enjoy the Nepalese river as you are. You don't need to bring any of your equipments with you but the most important thing that you have to bring is your adventurous state of mind. Values, especially time values, are different during your adventure trips and you do need to be more flexible and tolerant to enjoy your time here and avoid undue stress. Why to go for rafting?

The rivers of nepal take you away from the busy trekking routes and penetrate the heart of rural, road-less, un-spoilt nepal.

Rafting offers an attractive alternative to trekking, something to note if you don’t enjoy walking. It also complements trekking, in that you see the country from a different viewpoint like locality, custom and culture with the traditional way of life style. Rafting ‘leaves no footprints’, has minimal ecological effect, and if you wish, the exhilaration of running white water.

There can be few better ways of viewing wildlife, then from a boat.

White water or flat water?

Rafting has this image of crashing through horrendous rapids and monstrous waves, and yes at the time of high flow, in the monsoon, this may be justified but at most flows there are many class 3 and class 4 rivers of moderate difficulty and also many rivers of class 2 where you can float along admiring the scenery and running a few very small rapids. Rafting in Nepal is a superb experience in its own right- the thrill of running white water rapids is the cream on the cake for those who enjoy it! Many people are naturally a little bit fearful if they haven’t been on white water before, but after the first rapid ‘hit’ – as long as people are physically fit and not scared of water they can safely go on water of class 2 to 3. Remember that we grade a river on the hardest section – most rivers have days of easier water and long stretches in between the rapid in which to relax. For more difficult and exciting class 4 rivers people should be active, confident in water and preferably have some previous rafting experience.

Personal safety points

Your guide will give you a safety talk at the start of your trip and give basic guidance. He will probably cover the following points.

Normally were your life jacket at all times when on the water – check with the guide before talking it off, even just to don a sweater. Were your helmets when directed by the guide, (or more often if you don’t true the way your team mates wield their paddles!). Wear your life jacket and helmet with the traps done up comfortably so that they will protect you and not just fall off at the first bump.

It’s a good idea to keep your life jacket on if scrambling along the sides of a rapid to scout or take photographs – it’s all too easy to slip into the rapid.

Keep your legs and arms inside the raft. If you are going to hit a rock, then let the raft bounces off, don’t try and fend off – rafts are tougher then human bones and cost less to rapid.

Never, at any time, or in any circumstance, tie or wrap a rope around any part of you, (for example looped around your wrist) – this can hold you under water and drown you.

If you do take an accidental swim

Try not to panic.

Hold onto your paddle (this makes you more visible).

Swim to the raft if close.

Get into the white water swimming position, on your back, keeping your feet on the surface and pointing downstream (so you can see where you are going and can push off rocks with your feet).

Relax, practice breath control and enjoy the ride!

Keep your feet on the surface and don’t try and stand up until you are in still water as there is a danger of foot entrapment.

Nepal’s river systems

Nepalese rivers can be grouped into three categories on the basis of their origin.

1. Antecedent to Himalaya
2. After the Mahabharat
3. After the Churia range

Antecedent rivers belong to the period prior to the rise of the Himalaya, these rivers added their tributaries during or after the Himalayan origin along with the development of monsoon climate. After the formation of Mahabharat hills, the antecedent rivers changed their courses as Mahabharat stood as a barrier. As a result, most of the these rivers were responsible to deposit the sediments in the Churis basin.

The major river system namely the Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki belong to the antecedent group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat range and cutting through Churia hills come under the second group, these include Kankai, Bagmati, kamala etc. The third group of river orginate from the southern face of the Churia hills. For the purpose of commercial rafting, the following rivers are in use.

1.Saptakoshi river system (east Nepal)
2. Narayani or Saptagandaki river system (central Nepal)
3. Karnali river system (west Nepal)

Sixteen rivers in the three river system are open for tourists for rafting. The rivers are;

The Trishuli River (Trishuli-Narayanghat Section)
The Kali Gandaki River (Kusma-Tiger Tops Section)
The Bheri River (Birendranagar-Chisapani Section)
The Seti River (Damouli-Tiger Tops Section)
The Sunkoshi River(Baseri-Chatara Section)
The Tama Koshi River (Busti-Chatara Section)
The Arun River (Tumlingtar-Chatara Section)
The Budhi Gandaki River (Arughat- Trishuli Section)
The Bhote Koshi River (Kodari- Lartza Bridge Section)
The Marshyangdi River (Nadi-Bimalnagar Section)

Paragliding

Paragliding in Nepal can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventurous thrill seeker. A trip will take you over some of the best scenery on earth, as you share airspace with Himalaya griffin vultures, eagles, kites and float over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungles, with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. The last three years have seen the activity flourish in Pokhara and it is now an internationally recognized destination for free-flight gliding enthusiasts. The take-off point for these flights in Sarangkot (1592m), which also offers prime views of Phewa lake and the Mountains at sunrise and sunset (provided the skies are clear) and the landing is by the lake. No previous experience is required as qualified pilots provide a short briefing before launching.

The Best Time to Take Up the Sports

Gliding is a weather dependent sport and the flying season in Nepal commences in November and lasts through to February, the best months being November and December. By virtue of its latitude and monsoonal climate, the tree line in Nepal is at an incredible 3,900 m above sea level. With conditions milder than summer alpine, these are excellent and constant atmospherics. The topography and climate of Nepal also make it an ideal destination for all levels of pilots. Subtropical conditions provide plenty of thermals and, combined with the long valleys common in Nepal, they produce perfect 'cloud streets' ideal for paragliders, inviting them to fly along this "sky highway". The local microclimate, controlled by the numerous lakes in the valley, is unique, which makes it even better for the glider.

The best months for flying are November, December and January. Cloud base varies between 2000m and 2700m. Come February the extremely short and hardly noticeable winter is over and the ground is very dry, the air hazy. Gone are the mild conditions of the previous 3 months. By March and April there is a mountain wind, coming off the big peaks which can cause valley winds. Indeed you can windsurf in April on Phewa Tal, the biggest lake in the Pokhara valley. The heavy air is just waiting for the monsoon and the intermittent storms in April and May are only a forerunner for the spectacular break in the weather which comes in early June.

Where Do We Fly ?

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal's second "city", nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here, of three of the worlds 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that, year round, it is shorts and T-shirt weather. The micro-climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions than the Kathmandu valley 150 km east.

There are several sites around Phew Taal (the lake) but the most accessible is Sarangkot (1500m ASL). A view point 700m above Pokhara, it is unique in that it has a road running to the top. A short walk brings you to the only purpose built take off in the country. Cut out of the slope is a 45m by 45m clearing. With regular cycles providing easy reverse launches, you could not ask for a more picturesque site. With the lake 2000 ft below, the mountains behind, and the unlimited potential for XC and out and returns, this has quickly become the main site for the area, and many pilots have based themselves in Pokhara for the season, flying from this mountain alone.

There are an abundance of other sites around the valley but all need to be walked up. With names such as Dikie Danda, Devi Falls, Poomdi and Matepani, all can be connected by air from Sarangkot.