Bringing skydiving to Nepal wasn't easy. At a time when most Nepalese hardly knew what skydiving is, it took a great deal of negotiations and persuasions before the Civil Aviation authorities, Ministry of Tourism and other bureaucrats gave sanction this adventure to take place in the Everest Region. But all the hard work paid off and in October 2008, the first commercial operation was christened the World’s Highest Skydiving event, making history and setting many records.
Syangboche, the highest drop zone in the world, lies 12 miles southwest of Everest Base Camp and 17.5 miles from its summit. The Everest Skydivers jumped from 29,500ft, which is higher than Everest, which made the event the “Highest Skydive in the World”. Flying from above the highest point on earth, amidst magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks, was probably the most thrilling and exciting experience of most of the skydivers who took part at the historic event. It was clear right off the bat the Nepali skydiving was here to stay.
If you want to take a leap from the highest commercial skydive in the world, landing on one of the two highest drop zones in the world, Syangboche (12,350 ft) or Amadablam Base Camp (15000 ft), experiencing a few before you did, all you have to do is to get in touch with Everest Skydive. The crew consists of highly experienced individuals. Some of the best names mountaineering an skydiving world has to offer, medical doctors, highly skilled high-altitude mountain pilots and the rest of the crew will take care of you from the moment you leave the gates of Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. All Everest Skydive tandem masters are qualifies under British, American and Australian regulations, trained in specialized HALO skydiving and been jumping in the Himalayas since 2008.
Apart from tandem jumps, the Everest Skydive is open to FAI “C” and “D” license holders, or those who can demonstrate over 200 logged jumps. The crew use the AS 350 B3 rescue helicopter (for 23,000ft jump) or the PC-6 aircraft (for 29,500ft jump). Below, you will find dates for 2016 season:
Arrival: April 30th, 2016 to KTM
Depart: May 11th, 2016 from KTM
If EBC trek booked: Depart May 15th, 2016
Arrival: October 29th, 2016 to KTM
Depart: November 10th, 2016 from KTM
If EBC trek booked: Depart November 13th, 2016
Detailed Itinerary and other information can be found on Everest Skydive's website.
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