It for sure feels like ticking off an item from your bucket list and to put it straight in three words,
But before that, let me share how the journey was off and on in matter of just two days.
As it happened I had to miss early morning flight to Mt. Everest as it was cancelled.
The Culprit – Weather. Fog to be precise.
But hoping against the hopes, I tried my luck, the very next day despite similar weather conditions as I woke in the morning. The glimmer of hope led to eventuality, as the rays of the sun criss-crossed the skies almost suddenly. The golden hue of the slanting rays covered the mountains, and there I was.
The visibility was just enough for the flight to take off after 3 hours of delay from the scheduled departure. There were last minute jitters as the airline staff were hooked to their transmitters and travellers to the sky for the final nod to go ahead.
And there it was, announcements that led to stamping of the Boarding Pass(held till this date as a souvenir) and we were even more excited to be :
The mountain flights operate from the domestic airport of Kathmandu, viz. the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. The early morning sights of this airport is more of a flux of over-energetic foreign nationals and contrasting calm locals. There is some method to the madness here. One, the foreign nationals were either like me, the people taking one of the mountain flights or they were on their way to Lukla, the nearest airport to the Everest base camp. The locals were heading to Pokhara. That somehow explained the reason for the contrast.
The Airlines :
In the nutshell, I’d recommend the airline.
|Wings of Panorama|
The Experience : Journey is HEIGHT of Specialty:
|Golden Array of Himalayan Cousins|
The mountain flight goes around Everest and as close to it, as the weather permits.
- The mountain flights passes through several of the top 15 mountain peaks (eight thousanders as they say) of the world.
- Apart from that, there are several glaciers and landscapes that is sure to transport to a fairy tale dream like world.
- There is an opportunity to visit the Cockpit from a distance, which is an amazing experience in itself.
- Travel hostess was friendly and introduced us to the peaks that were passing by.
- At the end of the flight, the travelers are given a certificate of completion. As a memoir, it was a nice idea.
Tips for YOUR Mountain flight:
- Safety First: Generally all the carriers adhere to the basic safety norms. However, the reputed carriers have better aircraft and maintenance.
- Weather the Weather. Yes, the weather is the most important factor beside the safety. The best season to travel is from September – December. Next Best: March – May (Generally post local ‘Dushera’ festival). The reason being the rains. With clear skies, as in the above seasons, the views would be the best. Remember how I ended up missing my flight.
- Time it. The best views are on the offer in the first flight of the day. More to do with the dispersion of the sun rays. So the first morning flight is highly recommended. Check in Early to ensure that the first flight is not overbooked.
- Have ample juice in the camera batteries: The views in the mountain flight are simply amazing. So make sure you have spare batteries to support videos. PS: The views are even better through the cockpit.
- Air pressure all the way is well regulated, but it’s always better to take general precautions.
- Note: In case of poor visibility, domestic flights are given preference.
- It’s better to schedule taking mountain flights in the middle of your Kathmandu itinerary to allow cushion for some bad weather days (or rather not so good weather days). Many people miss it because of their last day attempt not having enough blessings from the weather gods.
- The flight is priced in USD, and it generally varies from season to season. There are many booking counters across Kathmandu, particularly near the city center.
- The best way to book is through the counter on the airport, for efficient refunds, if need be.
- Mountain flights are also available from Pokhara but to a different mountain range.
|Panoramic Views of Himalayas|