Nepal From The Sky

Watching the mighty Himalayas from the top as you paraglide is a feeling beyond words says Shantanu Moitra

Photo courtesy – Dhritiman Mukherjee

Text– Ayandrali Dutta

Daring adventure is not for the faint hearted. The moment Shantanu hooped into a hang-glider to soar the peaks of Annapurna, all he could think was Maurice Herzog’s novel – “Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8000-Metre Peak.” The grandeur and strength of the mountain range took him by surprise. The bird’s eye view was a stunning treat. In spite of the freezing cold and chilled winds, the flight of fantasy that he took made him forget all discomforts.

Gliding over the peaks of Annapurna and Macchapuchhre, Shantanu  had to come down for few minutes to the base camp. This was needed as time to acclimatize to the high altitude. Flying high he got the view of six of the eight highest mountains in Nepal including Lhotse, Makalu, and Dhaulagiri, each over 8,000m.

Shantanu and Dhritiman, both have trekked to the Everest base camp before, so this time they chose to take lesser-known trails in the Everest region. The attempt was to create all new memories with this experience. Taking the flight as they landed in Lukla- they found that their pilot was flying over the Annapurna on the day the Nepal earthquake happened.

It’s real adventure to see any landscape as you fly high. Not to forget that flying over mountains and glaciers in a small aircraft under a lot of influencing factors, it’s very tricky and needs to be navigated well. Few of these most remote regions will always be a mystery.

The view of the peaks all lit-up with the sun’s reflection and the sky above playing with different colour hues.

Stunning seems an understatement. The impressive peaks as you watch the clouds fly over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and the bone-chilling winds brush past. The heart skips a beat… and the mighty mountains seem to be calling out!