The one hour flight takes you
within camera range of some of the highest peaks in
the world, and cruising this close to the awe-inspiring
massifs of rock and ice, is an out-of-this earth experience.
The aircraft takes off and heads eastward and almost
immediately, the peaks come into view. The first peak
that appears on your horizon is the majestic Gosaithan,
standing 8,013m tall. To its right, appears Dorje
Lhakpa (6,966m), looking like a massive figure of
8, lying prone and covered in snow. To its right is
Phurbi Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
Next on your vision is Choba Bhamare, rather small
in this company at 5,933m, but singularly stubborn
as it remains unconquered to this day. Then comes
Mt. Gaurishanker (7,134m), standing out sharp and
conspicuous-Hindus believe that Lord Shiva and his
consort Parvati protect this mountain.
As the flight move toward the eastern Himalaya, a
succession of majestic mountains follows. Melungtse,
with a plateau-like top stand at 7,023m; Chugimago
is at 6,297m, and still remains to be scaled. Mt.
Numbur stands at 6,956m. Then, Karyolung, a gleaming-white
mountain at 6,511m, and cho-Oyu, the sixth highest
in the world at 8,021 m.
The last and most exciting stretch of the journey
takes you close to the 7,952m tall Gyanchungkang,
which is considered an extremely tough climb. To its
right is Pumori at 7,161m and Nuptse at 7,855m. Finally,
there is Mt. Everest itself (8,848m), called Sagarmatha
by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. It
is an altogether different feeling as one comes face
to face with the world's tallest and most enigmatic
of mountains. Mountain flights are also conducted
Can we charter?
Helicopters and Aircraft are also available for charter
use, especially for group treks and expeditions. STOL
(Short Take Off and Landing) airstrips are located
throughout the country.