I am petrified of heights, I hated rock climbing as a child and the thought of doing anything like sky diving just makes my stomach turn. Yet somehow Ru managed to convince/coerce(?) me into paragliding and I’m eternally grateful! It was actually one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.
Ru went paragliding pretty much as soon as we arrived. He came back raving about it and could hardly sit still. I have to admit I was curious!
I was so nervous on the drive up to Sarangot mountain, my hands were clammy and I felt sick. All I could think about was, what if something goes wrong? What if the parachute fails or the instructor has a fit? It didn’t help that the instructor barely gave any instructions other than just “walk and run.” That was all.
The view from the top of Sarangot is spectacular. You get a panoramic view of the Himalayas, the city of Pokhara and the beautiful Fewa lake. All around people are laying down their parachutes and getting into their harnesses. Watching people take off is an incredible sight in itself. Some people seem to just walk into the wind and be pulled up and others run down the mountain.
As soon as we were ready and I was in the harness I was filled with so much excitement and dread. Before I knew it the instructor shouted ‘run!’ and we were speeding down the mountain. Within moments I felt a strong gust of wind and suddenly we were flying, gliding through the air seeing eagles flying beneath us. It was one of the most incredible and exhilarating feelings I have ever had.
The ride was surprisingly peaceful and slow, I wasn’t afraid at all. I sat back to take in the beauty of the mountains and the Fewa lake. The city below looked surreal, like toy homes and cars whizzing around.
BBQ with our Airbnb hosts and friends
After an incredible day paragliding we had a lovely BBQ with our Airbnb hosts, who have treated us like family, and some Dutch friends we made.
For those of you who know Ru, you will know how much he loves a BBQ. Sadly we didn’t have a proper one to cook on but Ru managed to put together some scrap metal and wooden sticks to make a “man BBQ” as he called it. I was a bit dubious if I’m honest, but it worked! We had amazing BBQ fish with secret Nepali spices.
With the sun setting in, Ava running around with her new best friend Melisa, we sat gathered around the fire laughing and sharing stories. What was truly beautiful was that we didn’t need much but it was a truly wonderful evening.