High altitude thermalling, XC flying and exploration are the main ingredients of this paragliding adventure trip to the High Pamir, Celestial Mountains of Central Asia.
If you have a yearning to explore some of the lesser known regions of the world with your paraglider, this could be the trip for you.The Pamir Mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia offer an opportunity to explore new flying areas, thermal and fly XC in places that are very definitely "off the beaten track". This trip is aimed at paraglider pilots with 20 hours minimum experience, with a serious taste for adventure, who are wanting a lot more than their local flying site can give them.
Until quite recently the whole Pamir and Tien Shan range has been an area impossible to visit for mostly political reasons. The fall of the Soviet Union opened out a magical playground, similar in some respects to New Zealand in terms of adventure sport possibilities. Still largely undiscovered, the Celestial mountains hold vast potential for Paraglider pilots with a sense of adventure.
This trip is fully inclusive except for international flights to Osh, we provide minibus transport from Osh to and from the base camp area. All accommodation is provided for the duration of the trip including hotel in Osh on the night before departure. At the base area we will be staying in comfortable tents with wooden floors, electricity, heating and matresses with covers, pillows etc. (two persons per tent) Recreational Yurts are available for socialising and a mess area for meals.
Food for the duration of the trip (3 meals per day - packed lunches as needed) prepared by our kitchen/camp staff. We provide interpreter/local guide and the trip will be led by an experienced British Paragliding Guide/Instructor who knows the area and conditions to ensure you get the most from your trip.
The base camp area is equipped with high speed internet (additional cost), sauna, showers etc.
The Pamir Mountains offer paraglider pilots all the excitement and challenge of high rugged mountain flying, whilst being largely based in green grassy pasture areas that offer excellent camping. Cloudbases in this area are typically 6000m to 7500m giving Himalayan style high altitude flying and daytime temperatures on the ground similar to those found in summer in Alpine areas in Europe. We would expect to fly each day apart from travelling days and to thermal or fly X-Country as the conditions allow. Lightweight equipment will be a great advantage here as we have to walk to take off points. Most of the take off areas are snow free but it is possible to climb high on Lenin Peak to fly.
All necessary permits and visa invitations will be provided by our agents in Kyrgyzstan, as will the on the ground support arrangements. (You do however need to arrange your own visa if required for your country of origin - British and most European passport holders do not require a visa but you should make your own enquiries).
We shall be camping for most of the time whilst away from towns and hope to have the opportunity of staying in native yurts (a dome shaped shelter favoured by the nomadic Kyrgyz horseman) for part of the time.
04 - 11 August 2019
Cost £1095.00 Flights to Osh not includedlu Itlot Course Prices
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Realistically this is a trip for people with a genuine taste for adventure. If you are looking for a nice holiday where the plumbing all works and things always run like clockwork then you might want to think again. This is Central Asia where things have seemingly only changed slightly since Genghis Khan was in residence. The upside is the chance to do something that is really exploratory in a place that few will ever go.
Dare to be great
Someone once said that you never truly regret the things you do, only the things you never did. Life is a one time shot, if you fancy your chances or want more information drop us an email.
Only a Paraglider pilot can have have the opportunity to explore untravelled wild places from the air. A few have tried, but the surface has barely been scratched leaving good potential for development.