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ABOUT BALLOONING IN NEPAL

On Balloon Sunrise Nepal's one hour hot air balloon flight, this spectacular view become unforgettable. Rise gently over the red-tile roofed houses, temples and stupas and drift weightlessly over green terraced fields in the crip morning air. Within minutes of the ascent, the majestic Himalayan panorama will greet you, from the rugged Langtang Himal all the way to Mt. Everest.


Let moments freeze as you beyond the pristine valley and drift along on board the world's oldest but safest method of air travel. One hour on the balloon will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.


Flying 3000 m. above the Kathmandu valley safely perched on a wicker basket, opens up vast of enchanting sights accessible only to the initiated. Breathe easily in the fresh, crisp air of the quintessential Kathmandu dawn as you absorb the 360 view of awe-inspiring landscape - lush green hills, terraced fields enriched by nature's colours, terra-cotta structures huddled together like watchful sentinels, a gilded temple spire, lonely stupa. Each one bathed by the first golden rays of the rising sun.


Look right on and there before you rises in majestic splendor the fabled. Himalayan peaks. Illumined by stray strands of sunlight the snow capped Gosainthan, Phurbi-Gyanchu, Guari-Shanker, Chhoba-Bhamare, Melungste, Cho-Oyu, Chomolungma and Gyanchungkang all stand to greet you and lull you in to a dreamlike state, that will live on as memories forever.


Where but in this Himalayan kingdom of Nepal will you experience such breathtaking sights at minimal costs and maximum safety. Ride the winds with Balloon Sunrise Nepal and experience the most mesmerizing sky ride over Kathmandu-the moment that makes dreams a reality.


SCHEDULE

Daily flight, weather permitting, from the first week of October through to the end of April.

RATE

US$ 195.00 per person (inclusive of Hotel Transfers and Souvenir pack, Flight Certificate)


PASSENGER INFORMATION:

AGE : There is no age barrier to enjoying our flights. However, a detree of fitness is required as we may have to walk through paddocks after landing. There are no seats in the basket - therefore, standing for the duration of the flight ( about on hour) is unavoidable.


We do not recommend bringing very small children. The reason are twofold-the first being the comfort and enjoyment oof the other passengers. The baskets are quite small and young children often get restless when in confined areas. The second reason is more practical. The walls of the baskets are four feet high, small children would have difficulty in seeing over, unless carried by an adult ( an arduous task for a one hour fight). We do stipulate that children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.


WHEN : We take off soon after sunrise. Winds are usually at their calmest then. Winter months provide the most reliable conditions. We fly in the summer, but very early in the morning.


DURATION : Normally we fly for about an hour, but this is at the pilot's discretion, taking into account the winds, temperature and weight carried on the day.


WHAT TO WEAR : Dress as for hiking, including sturdy shoes or boots plus sun glasses, gloves and a cap. It does not get any colder in the balloon than on the ground.


PHOTOGRAPHY : Our advice is to bring more film than you think you'll need. There is so much to see, from an entirely new perspective - you'll want to record it all to relive later.


WHAT TO EXPECT ON A PASSENGER FLIGHT ?

Everyone meets at a predetermined spot, usually half an hour before daybreak. After a cup of tea and a short flight briefing the adventure begins. At this time the wind direction is determined and a launch site is chosen. Launch sites are dotted around the valley, so that no matter where the winds is coming from, the passengers are guaranteed a lovely flight. The actual launch of the hot air balloon usually takes place no more than half an hour after arrival at the launch site. The balloon and the basket are carried in a truck. The basket is laid on its side and the gaily colored fabric is pulled out of its bag. Flying wires from the "Envelope" are attached, and the whole system is given a "walk around" inspection by pilot and Passengers may assist with the inflation, or stand back and take photographs, whichever they desire to do.


Initially, a large fan is used to direct cold air into the envelope - later the burner is fired, thus heating the air already in the balloon. As the warm air expands, the envelope rises into position above the basket, ready for flight..............a sleeping beauty brought to life. As the balloon can only move in the same direction as the wind is blowing and cannot return to the launch site, it is necessary for the ground crew to follow in a retrieve vehicle. Communication beween the pilot and ground is maintained via two - way radio. Flights are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour in duration. At the final landing point, the retrieve erew assist in packing up the envelope and basket. A flight certificate and souvenir pack are distributed to all passengers, rounding off a fabulous adventure. From the start ti finish the ballon adventure takes about 5 hours, yet the experience will leave you with warm memories which will last a lifetime.

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