All Nepal Hiking kindly offers daily Mountain Flights in Nepal through various domestic airlines, taking off from Kathmandu airport in the early morning for an hour’s worth of impressive mountain scenery. Mountain flight is suitable for all categories of travelers. Those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get a panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour.
As the aircraft lifts and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait too long to find out what is in store for them. There they are – the mountains, as they always have been.
First, to their far left, visitors see Gosaithan (Nepali name, also called Shisha Pangma in the Tibetan language), Standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
When the plane moves along, the mountains come nearer and closer. The next vision is Choba-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but especially stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then, the mountain appears, which is not only a well-known insight but also spiritual – Gauri-Shankar. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain at the proud height of 7,134 m, and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.
As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalayas, a succession of glorious mountains follow. Melungtse, a Plateau–a mountain that stretches up to 7,023 m, Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956 m, Numbur mountain resembles a breast, a maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solu Khumbu. Next is Karyolung, a white mountain that, at 6,511 m, gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.
Next on the menu is Gyanchungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m, considered extremely difficult to climb as passengers get closer to Everest. there’s Nuptse (7,855 m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there’s Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to witness it face-to-face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains a mystery, this highest spot on earth.
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