February 22, 2024, Thursday
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Pokhara Balloon gets permission to fly up to 9,000 feet

The Nepal Weekly
February 6, 2024

Balloon Nepal, the only company in Nepal offering hot air balloon flights from Pokhara, has recently been authorised to ascend to 9,000 feet above ground level. 

Bikram Bade, President of Balloon Nepal, stated that previously restricted to a maximum altitude of 3,000 feet, the balloons can now offer passengers an enhanced view of the Annapurna snow range, Pokhara, and breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset.

Balloon Nepal was granted permission to fly from Lauruk to Chankpur area of Pokhara after frequently monitoring the tower frequency of Pokhara Regional International Airport by the ministerial decision of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, said Mukesh Dangol, an ATC officer with the ministry.

According to Bade, the approval was secured following a thorough technical examination of the flight site and a detailed study of the flight manual provided by the manufacturer of the balloon currently in use.

Hot air ballooning, offering an exhilarating blend of adventure and tranquillity, has become a unique attraction in Pokhara, Nepal, for enthusiasts of adventure tourism.

The hot air balloon comprises an ‘envelope,’ resembling a balloon, which is filled with air using internal fans. Once the balloon takes shape, gas combustion heats the air, elevating the balloon. The pilot controls the airspeed, and a 32-square-meter basket, suspended beneath the 21-meter-high balloon, accommodates up to eight passengers simultaneously. 

While drifting in the hot air balloon, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of Pokhara city, various lakes, Pumdikot, Sarangkot, and the expansive mountain range. The time of the flight allows observers to witness the stunning transitions of sunrise and sunset.

Nepali tourists can experience a half-hour hot air balloon flight for Rs 9,500 per person, with a reduced fee of Rs 5,000 for children aged between 3 to 9 years. Distinct fees apply to citizens of India, SAARC countries, and other nations.