My first time… Paragliding!!

Photos and post by Karen Sze

On October 18th, 2008 I signed up for one of the most exciting and relaxing adventure at that point in my life – Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal. I literally jumped out of bed with excitement!! I’ve always thought back to my time parasailing behind a speedboat in Phuket, Thailand. To me, parasailing was relaxing, yet super fun – feeling weightless and airborne, enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the world!

Some of you might be rolling your eyes and thinking why would I describe paragliding as relaxing?? My answer: To each their own – for me, I love floating in the sky, breathing the fresh crisp air. But seriously, give it a go and find out for yourself!! Now I get to kick it up a notch with paragliding – move over, parasailing! haha

Meet Jamie, my tandem paragliding pilot for the hour… He’s one of the many super experienced and fun loving people working with Frontiers Paragliding.Single Woman with paragliding instructor in the sky

 

The weather was perfect! Fluffy clouds, temperature slowly rising – astonishing landscapes to boot! Oh and I didn’t have to wake up at 4am for this activity – bonus points!!Paragliding over Pokhara, Nepal

 

I lost track what elevation we rose to with the thermals that day but did we ever soar!!! Mid-flight, we came across an eagle and what happened next was hilarious!! Jamie hollered at the gliding bird and the eagle literally jumped out of its feathers. I wish I’d filmed it… here’s proof of the healthy bird, after the incident – its Alive!!!Eagle glides in sky over Pokhara, Nepal

 

Every time I heard Jamie’s wrist altimeter beep, my adrenaline would kick in. It was such a rush to rise higher and higher into the sky. Literally free as a bird and since I totally trusted Jamie, I just sat in the bucket seat and enjoy the scenery.Paragliding is lots of fun

 

I was actually sad we had to return to solid ground… but Man! Did I have a great time!!View of paragliding landing area from above in Pokhara, Nepal

 

Now I get to look at my certificate, these pix and recall my memories, while looking forward to the next adventure!!

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Stay tuned for my next installment of this series – My first time… !!

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