- Maya Devi Village, Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
- From Mid October through to early April
- Available to:
- Anyone (Age and weight restrictions may apply) Minimum 2 people.
- $275 USD per person includes breakfast and lunch
Book 2 people for Karma Flights Experience Day and we will donate 5000 nprs (approx $50) to Karma Flights to help with their ongoing Earthquake relief effort.
On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, killing over 8000 people, and injuring thousands more. Entire villages were completely wiped out and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.
Karma Flights, a local NGO, were the first on the scene in Gorkha district, the epicentre of the quake bringing much needed relief including food, shelter and medical supplies. In the weeks following the quake, international aid agencies had still not reached the hard hit rural areas, Karma flights team were on the ground helping those who so desperately needed it the most.
The country is now in the process of rebuilding their shattered lives, villages, communities and Karma Flights are at the very forefront of this rebuilding process. Teams of Karma Flights volunteers are scattered around the remote regions of the Gorkha district distributing aid, providing temporary shelters, setting up medical camps and now rebuilding schools. They are able to do this with money raised through donations but also through partnering with paragliding companies in Pokhara.
As a proud partner of Karma Flights, The Parahawking Project will be assisting in the relief effort where possible by donating 5000 rupees (approx $50) for every Karma Flights Experience Day package booked with us.
What is a Karma Flights Experience Day package?
A Karma Flights Experience Day package includes our increasingly popular BIRD OF PREY EXPERIENCE plus the PARAHAWKING EXPERIENCE in 1 action packed day.
Here's whats includes:
- 08.45: Arrive at Maya Devi Village, the Parahawking HQ
- 09.00: BIRD OF PREY EXPERIENCE - learn about raptor training with hands on experience.
- 12.00: Lunch at Maya Devi Village
- 13.00: PARAHAWKING EXPERIENCE - Paraglide with a trained Egyptian Vultures, the ultimate flying experience
- 15.30: Transport back to Lakeside
- 15.45: KARMA FLIGHTS BRIEFING - Get the low down on the Karma Flights Earthquake Relief and how the money is being spent.
The Karma Flights Experience Day package is available to a minimum of 2 people.
We will donate 5000 rupees (approx $50) to Karma Flights to help rebuild schools in earthquake affected areas.
We will donate 2000 rupees to our ongoing vulture conservation program at the Gachowk Village.
Book direcrly with us or at the Karma Flights offices in Lakeside to qualify for this offer. Bookings made via third party agents do not qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our birds need to be rewarded for guiding us into the thermals. During the flight the passenger will place small morsels of meat onto his gloved hand, the birds will come and gently land on the hand to take the food, and then gracefully fly away to find the next thermal. A perfect symbiotic relationship.
1. As we approach Spring, the wild Egyptian Vultures and other birds of prey in our flying area start to breed. They can become very territorial so out of respect for the wild birds, we choose to not fly our birds and not disturb them at this time.
2. Typically all birds start to moult in May, ie begin the process of replacing their feathers. This process can take up to 6 months. It's important that to complete a successful moult with good strong healthy feathers, we feed them a higher than normal nutritious diet. You may not notice but our birds are always in perfect feather condition throughout the entire year, this is why.
3. The weather starts to change in May, the regular afternoon pre monsoon storms means we can't fly as often as we would need to maintain the birds fitness. We would not want to force our birds to fly if they are not fit enough so it's best to just stop completely.
4. By the end of September, the birds have finished moulting, the rainy season is almost over and the wild birds are no longer breeding. We can then begin the training process to get our bird fit and ready for the flying season. We normally start slowly, building the birds fitness and stamina, this can take 3-4 weeks before we feel they are ready to fly with the Paragliders for a 20-30 min flight.
Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!
Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. The Parahawking Project is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.
We support vital Vulture conservation projects in Nepal, We donate approx 1000 rupees from every Parahawking flight to Vulture conservations projects. We have recently been appointed Patrons of the Ghochowk Vulture Restaurant project.
For more detailed information go to:
Save Vultures - www.save-vultures.org
Himalayan Raptor Rescue - www.himalayanraptorrescue.org