I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things...

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things...

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Paragliding In India

At Above14000ft we offer Hike and Fly tours and Tandem flights.

 

Our Hike and Fly tours caters to both experienced pilots as well as non flyers who want to combine a trek in the Himalayas along with a tandem flight or fly down on their own. The idea is to trek up to 4000 - 4500m  over 2 days and then fly back down into Manali. If you are an experienced pilot and wish to hike and fly in the Himalayas then write to us and we are sure we have a ton of interesting ideas that we can share with you.

 

Tandem Paragliding is flying in a Paraglider built for two people. The pilot and passenger fly front and back, with the pilot in the rear. Tandem flights are a great way to experience the thrill of flying in a Paraglider. Passengers can even take the controls in the flight and learn about flying a Paraglider throughout the flight. The harness is extremely comfortable and the low flying speed of a Paraglider makes takeoffs and landings gentle and slow.

 

We are also now offering two new Climb and Fly tours (6000m and 5250m) for pilots who would like to explore high altitude mountaineering and flying.

 

  • For the uninitiated -  Paraglider is a parafoil wing that looks like a parachute. Paragliders launch like a large kite, and once in the air they glide and soar depending on the competency level of the pilot. Steering is done through control lines like a ram air parachute.

Deo Tibba and Indrasan Paragliding Video.

This was a flight done by friends Bryan Moore, Richard Binstead, and Shane Tighe in 2018. The Video is shot and edited by my friend Richard Binstead.

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Deo Tibba Paragliding Expedition 6001m

Deo tibba 2

Deo Tibba is a technical peak that can be graded PD on the Alpine grading scale. Set back in the Manali valley, Deo Tibba is popular among climbers who have some mountaineering knowledge. The approach is through the ancient village of Jagatsukh and the nearest town is Manali.

The Paragliding descent is only for experienced pilots. The Deo Tibba summit makes for a perfect take-off to soar over the peaks and gives us expansive views of the peaks of Kullu and Lahaul. Conditional on weather conditions, we fly back to Manali.

  • Trip Type: Mountaineering & Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 5-8 days

  • Max Altitude: 6001m

  • Best Season: May - Oct

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Friendship Peak

One of our most favourite areas for Basic Climbing, Ski mountaineering and Ski touring is the Beaskund glacier. This peak is approached from Manali. Friendship peak on the Beas Kund Glacier is an ideal non-technical or trekking peak for those with limited or no mountaineering knowledge. It makes for a great first mountaineering flight and is one of our most popular peaks in the area. The nearest road head is Solang nulla in Manali.

For the paragliding portion of this trip, we take off from the summit and fly over the Beas headwall as the peaks of Lahaul become visible. Fly over the summits of some of the most popular peaks in Indian Mountaineering. We have the option of landing at Solangnala or directly in Manali.

  • Trip Type: Mountaineering & Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 3-4 days

  • Max Altitude: 5250m

  • Best Season: May - Oct

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Hanuman Tibba 2

Bhrigu Lake, near the Rohtang Pass is a famous beginner trek during the summer due to its easy approach and gradual incline. During the winter, the expansive meadows that lead to it become a deserted winter wonderland and make for a challenging objective.

Irrespective of the season, it makes for a great hike and fly objective with the expansive Panduropa meadows and the amphitheater of the peaks surrounding Manali opening up as one gains height.

This trip is open for experienced pilots flying their own wing or for paragliding novices flying with our experienced tandem pilots.

  • Trip Type: Trekking and Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderate

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Max Altitude: 4300m

  • Best Season: May - Oct

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Climb Tharang 1 or Tharang 2 - Miyar valley

Patalsu Peak, near Solangnala is a famous beginner trek during the summer due to its easy approach and gradual incline. The terrain is easy enough for beginners and families but long enough that reaching the summit gives one a great sense of accomplishment.

This trip is open for experienced pilots flying their own wing or for paragliding novices flying with our experienced tandem pilots. We can land at Solangnala or in Manali depending on preference and weather conditions.

  • Trip Type: Trekking & Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderate

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Max Altitude: 4235m

  • Best Season: May - Oct

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Mangankot Hike and Fly - Day Trip

Indrasan peak

Mangankot is a unique formation on the old Manali mountain, that is clearly visible from the left bank of Manali. The trail starts from Majach village, as it meanders through thick pine and deodar forests and boasts some spectacular views of the valley below. As we trek to a height of nearly 3000m, the forest suddenly gives way to a gigantic glade cloaked in a wide variety of wildflowers in the spring and lush green grass through most of the year.

Experienced pilots can take off from the top of the glade or choose to fly in a tandem flight with our expert pilots. We fly over the Manalsu Nala and into the main Manali Valley and land in Bahang village.

  • Trip Type: Trekking and Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderate

  • Duration: 1 day

  • Max Altitude: 2950m

  • Best Season: Apr - Nov

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Khanpari Tibba Hike and Fly - Day Trip

Mt Nun

The Khanpari Tibba is the closest peak to Manali town. Fying from the top of Khanpari Tibba requires a longer day hike. We start the trek early from near the Hadimba Temple and make our way through deodar forests and sporadic forest clearings to reach Lamadugh. Once we pass Lamadugh we make our way through a small boulder field and into an old-growth oak forest. The Oak slowly gives way to rhododendron bushes which thin out gradually as we leave the tree line behind. The trail after Lamadugh is moderately steep and we gain altitude quickly to reach the top of the Tibba at 4025m.

Take off from the summit and fly overlooking the Chota Bhangal range, Hanuman Tibba and the Manaslu Nala. As we lose height, we make our way back to Manali town and land in Bahand Village, where our cars pick us up to take us to our hotel.

 

 

  • Trip Type: Trekking and Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderate

  • Duration: 1 day

  • Max Altitude: 4025m

  • Best Season: Apr - Nov

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Shangchar Hike and Fly - Day Trip

Kang Yatze 1 and 2 - Markha Valley

To the south of Manali, Shangchar is an expansive meadow that offers great views of the Beas Valley. We start the hike at Sangchar village and make our way up on a moderately steep trail that takes us high up to the meadows. It takes about 3 hours to reach the take off point from the roadhead.

We can change this hike into an overnight trip and go to Rani Sui lake or alternatively take off from the meadows. Option to fly on your own or on a tandem flight with one of our experienced pilots. We land at Bran village where our vehicles pick us up and take us to Manali.

  • Trip Type: Trekking and Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 1 day

  • Max Altitude: 2900m

  • Best Season: Apr - Nov

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali

Jana Hike and Fly - Day Trip

Mentok Kangri - Rupshu Valley

The flight from Jana is a great option for people who do not want to hike a long way to enjoy their flight but still want a take off site few people enjoy We start the trek from near Jana village - close to Naggar town.

Hike up about an hour through a thick mixed growth forest to reach the take-off in a clearing in the forest. We fly over Naggar and across the Beas river to land in Dobhi. Our cars pick us up and take us to Manali

  • Trip Type: Mountaineering & Paragliding

  • Region: Kullu Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Easy

  • Duration: 1 day

  • Max Altitude:2300m

  • Best Season: Apr - Nov

  • Trip Begins: Manali

  • Trip Ends: Manali