The 1st ACPA tour and 18th Nepal Paragliding Open will take place in collaboration with the Nepal Airsports Association in a time when the weather in Nepal is best suited for cross-country flights.
We usually fly at altitude of 2500m+ ASL, with tasks up to 80km.
Sarangkot mountain is a peak approx. 1500m ASL located close Pokhara the third largest city of Nepal. In good weather Sarangkot offers a spectacular view of the largest mountains on earth, including Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world.
Three eight-thousand meter peaks -Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu – can be seen from the city. The Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain with an elevation of 6,993m is the closest to the city. The surrounding mountains are about 1500 – 2500 meters ASL, the floor of the valley is 600 – 700 meters ASL.
Sarangkot is the most famous paragliding site in Nepal offering good conditions for all levels of pilots. Usual cross country flying routes are to the north & north-west. The best cross country flying season is from the end of January into February. The usual cloud base during February is 2500m – 3500m ASL.
Thermic flying starts at about 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. The conditions are good for cross country tasks with no strong valley winds in the region, occasionally over-development is possible in the afternoon. Thermal strength is up to approx. 5 m/s. Flights exceeding 140km have been recorded from Sarangkot take off.
Famous for its rich history and ancient temples, Pokhara is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. It is the center of many cultural and sports events.
The climate is sub-tropical; however, the altitude keeps temperatures moderate: summer temperatures average between 25 to 35 °C, in winter around – 2 to 15 °C. Pokhara and the surrounding areas receive a high amount of precipitation. Snowfall is not usual in the valley, but the surrounding hills experience occasional snowfall in the winter. Summers are humid and mild; most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season (July – September). Winter and spring are dry and the skies are generally clear and sunny.
Take-off – 1450 ASL (28.243152, 83.950996)
Direction East facing. Winds NE. The take-off is located in 3km from the nearest town and can be reached road in approx. 25 minutes.
The take off ground is large enough to allow 4 simultaneous launches.
Landing – 800 ASL (28.221071, 83.949917)
The landing field is grassy, located on the lakeshore, less than 1 km from the city.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Pokhara one should arrive to Katmandu International Airport http://www.tiairport.com.np/ .
From there you can take local airplane Kathmandu – Pokhara, approx 65USD,
Pokhara is a popular tourist center. Touristic bus every morning at 7:30 starts from the center of Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Touristic bus $10 in any agency on arrival.
To arrive to Pokhara from Katmandu you can take a taxi, 5-8 hours.
90-110 USD/car. It takes up to 3 pilots with gliders.
ENTRY FEE & SELECTION
Member ACPA 200 USD (210 USD by PayPal)
• Non Member ACPA 230 USD (240 USD by PayPal)
Selection date – 1st January 2018
Registration is open to ACPA members and non members. Non members will be selected only if places are available 3 weeks before the competition start date. Non members pay the non-member registration fee.
Selection will take place according to the Asian ranking and pilots will be invited to pay. If pilots do not make payment within 4 days of the invitation to pat the place will be offered to the next pilot on the waiting list.
If you have any questions about selection please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment: Bank Transfer or PayPal. Details will be provided in the selection email.
There is a mandatory flying permit required for all pilots who wish to fly in Nepal. The costs is 50USD.
Pilots must purchase this in Nepal and present to the competition organisation at registration in order to be allowed to compete.
4 February – Registration Day
10:00 13:00: Registration in HQ
20:00 Mandatory Safety Briefing (Pilots who do not attend this meeting will not be allowed to compete)
(**Following days schedule info required from local organiser)