Everest SkyDiving: Push to the Extreme

The noise of the wind rushing through your body is deafening, your oxygen mask whistles in delight, and your eyes are wide open, striving to capture everything that you see around you. Yeah, that is what unfolds when you skydive.

24, Mar 2023 | nepaltraveller.com

Everest skydiving has become one of the most incredible activities in the Himalaya because of the love and enthusiasm of everyone involved.

Jumping from the highest drop zone of a helicopter is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get your adrenaline pumping. Skydiving is a new adventure activity that has been introduced in Nepal. That is another reason for tourists to visit Nepal.

Everest Skydive, ranked as one of the most thrilling activities in the world, has come a long way since its initial test operation in May 2008. In the same year, in the autumn, it began its first commercial operation.

Skydiving in the severe alpine environment of the Everest area presents a significant difficulty in and of itself. To conduct an event of this level in the Himalayas, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, expertise, and preparation, from obtaining special permits to arranging logistics and ensuring nothing unpleasant happens during the event.

Everest Skydive has maintained its stunning appeal with over 400 jumps, including numerous world records, since its inception. Every October/November, the Everest Skydive creates the famous thrill of its initial flight, allowing extreme adventurers not only wings to soar over gigantic Everest, but also the opportunity to enter their names into worldwide record books and make history. 

In 2019, new heights to the Everest Skydive chapter were added. On May 19, 2019, Paul Henry de Baere (ESD Media Director) set a world record by parachute landing at 6145 m at the West Col of Baruntse. In the same year’s fall edition of ESD, two skydivers with prosthetic legs; Osama A Na Akamshad and Al Hodgson, performed Everest Skydive jumps, becoming the first two skydivers with prosthetic legs to do so.

Such is the history of the Everest Skydive, and it shines brighter each year as more explorers and record holders aspire to be a part of this adventure activity. Yet, the Everest skydiving adventure is not limited to skydivers. It also provides a fantastic show for onlookers, local clusters, and journalists from all around the world. The incredible devotion of the crew and the people who wanted to see this event continue to support and develop, which has made it such a big success.

For a less intense experience, head to Pokhara, which sits close to the towering Annapurna and the Phewa Lake below. The aircraft is flown by experienced pilots with skydiving credentials. So, safety is assured. 

Compiled By: Rebika Bishokarma

Photos By: everestskydive.com

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