(Flying closest to Mt. Everest, from/to Kathmandu): Mountain flights appeal to all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time or other consideration from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalayas 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 full swoop.
From the comfort of a fully pressurized aircraft, you’ll experience the hour-long breathtaking mountain flight that shows you Everest and 17 other peaks from as close as 2 nautical miles. Guaranteed window seat as well as emergency oxygen mask are available for each passengers.
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 to long to find out what’s in store for them. There they are the mountains, as they always have been. First to their far justify visitors see Gosaithan, also called Sisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8013m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa 6966m. A mountain that looks like number 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 Bhamre, the smallest one of the lot at 5993m. 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 Shanker. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7134m. And the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri Shanker is sharp & very conspicuous during the mountain flight.
As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalayas, a succession of glorious mountains follow. Melungtse, a plateau-like mountain, stretches up to 7023m. Chugimao at 6297m. is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6956m. Numbur Mountain resembles a breast, the maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solukhumbu (Everest Region). Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6511m. Gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8201m. It appears Stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.
Next on the menu is Gyachung-kang, at a majestic height of 7952m. Considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyachung-kang is Pumori 7161m. As passengers get closer to Everest, there’s Nuptse 7855m., which means west Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there’s Everest 8848m. Itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but 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 dot on earth.
Mountain flights are offered by a host of airlines. All the flights leave Kathmandu between 0700 hrs to 0900 hrs.
Have a nice flight !