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Mountains Flights

We offer daily mountain flights through various domestic airlines that take-off from Kathmandu Airport in the early morning for spectacular mountain views. These flights are suitable for all categories of traveler including those who either don't have suffiicient time to go hiking or are unable to do so for physical reasons. It is one of the most adventurous and popular actiivities in Nepal for international visitors.


There are four airlines that offer regular flights over the snow-capped peaks giving panoramic views of the Himalayas over the course of one hour. As the aircraft takes off and flies east, you do not have to wait too long before you see the first peak, Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, 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 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 horizon is Choba-Bharnare, the smallest at 5,933m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent visually but also spiritually (Gauri Shanker). Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134m, and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts until 1979. Gauri Shanker is a jagged and therefore very conspicuous mountain during the 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 7,023m. Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin peak, waiting to be climbed. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is 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, considered an extremely difficult mountain to climb. To the right of Gyachungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest, there's Nuptse (7,855m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest.


Finally, there's Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been 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.