Everest Skydive 2015 – the legacy of world’s greatest adventure continues

“Walking along with the painful scars given by devastating quake of April 25 2015, Nepal decides to continue the legacy of World’s Highest Skydiving Event – the Everest Skydive. Like the previous years, the elite aerial adventure on the top of world will bring many adventure extremists and adrenaline junkies to the elevated airstrips of Syangboche. The flight loads flying with these adventure seekers taking them high into the thinner air and the electrifying jumps (tandem or solo) from the lofty clear skies facing Everest will once again seek the attention of every adventure lover across the globe.”

Backed up by expert skydiving professionals and our team to support these experts in every possible ways are more than ready to deliver the biggest adventure of the world once again. The Everest Skydive 2015 will begin from October 30 and will end on November 9.

If you dare to test the limits of adventurous soul within you and if you wish to eliminate acrophobia that might have haunted you for years, we offer you Everest Skydive – Give it a try.

In today’s post we have few photographs of previous years Everest Skydive just to remind and refresh the moments we have lived while organizing the event that has set many astounding records in the adventure arena.

Have a look.

Everest HATES intimacy: However, she couldn’t stop these legends to love being “Into Thin Air”

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33% of oxygen in the air, extreme physical and mental exhaustion- yet Everest is a passion for millions of mountaineers across the globe. The highest point on earth where, the climbers can leave their footprints is Everest summit. Literally, the heads of the Everest climbers and Everest skydivers are in the space. The veteran Everest climbers/skydivers whose heads have felt the space speak on Everest.

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Edmund Hillary

“Strong motivation is the most important factor in getting you to the top” — Edmund Hillary

 

Sir Edmund Hillary is the first person to climb Everest with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953. A Kiwi National, Hillary is adorned with awards like, Knight Commnader of the Order of the British Empire, Fourth appointee to the Order of New Zealand, Knight Companion of The Most Noble Order of the Grater, Padma Vibhushan (India) Polar Medal (for Trans-Antarctic Expedition), Order of Gorkha Dakshin Bahu 1st Class (Nepal) and Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Merit of Republic of Poland among others.

“It has been a long road … From a mountain coolie a bearer of loads, to a wearer of a coat with rows of medals who is carried about in planes and worries about income tax.” Tenzing Norgay Sherpa 

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Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

A young Sherpa who began his mountaineering career as a High Altitude Porter in 1930s, Tenzing was a member of several expeditions to Everest before he made the first ever ascent of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary. Born in the far-flung village, Tengboche of Khumbu Nepal, Tenzing is honored with the awards like Geroge Medal and Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal by Queen Elizabeth II, the other honors like Order of Star Nepal, Padma Bhusan (India). Times Magazine enlisted him as one of the 100 influential people of the 20th century.

“I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest — it’s only a mountain” — Junko Tabei

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Junko Tabei

In 1975, Junko Tabei followed the route set by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and became the first woman to summit Everest. Prior to her success she was buried in snow for a while, before she was dug out by a Sherpa guide. At 6,300m, during the Everest Expedition an avalanche struck the team and hence the incident happened. However, Japanese mountaineer, Tabei survived and 12 days later she accomplished the feat.

“Everest? Don’t forget it’s really just a big pile of rocks” —- David Breashears 

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David Breashears

David Breashears was the one who guided Richard Bass to the Everest summit, thus Bass completed his feat of climbing the highest summits of all seven continents. Five times summiter of Everest David Breashears is an avid cinematographer who has worked in the feature films like Seven years in Tibet, Cliffhanger and Red Flag over Tibet. First American to summit Everest twice is also a four time Emmy Award Winner.


“Everest for me, and I believe for the world, is the physical and symbolic manifestation of overcoming odds to achieve a dream” —-
Tom Whittaker

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Tom Whittaker

After the amputation of his right foot in 1978, his passion to summit Everest became stronger hence he made his first attempt to summit Everest in 1995. First disable person to climb the Everest, Tom Whittaker accomplished the feat in May 27 1998.

“You’ve climbed the highest mountain in the world. Now what’s left? It’s all downhill from there. You have got to set your sights on something higher than Everest.” — Willi Unsoeld 

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Willi Unsoeld

 

Honored with Hubbard medal by John F. Kennedy, Willi was the member of first American Expedition Team to Everest summit in 1963. Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein are the legendary names of mountaineering as they were the first one to summit Everest from its west ridge. Willi died in an avalanche while climbing Mt. Rainer.

 

Also, Everest Skydive have created the possibilities of experiencing the space during the yearly event Everest Skydive which takes place in the Everest Region, during the autumn. Here we have two bonus experiences shared by the veteran Everest Skydivers.

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Marc Kopp

“I hope my action will inspire others living with this illness. I hope many more will follow in my footsteps,”– Marc Kopp

French national, Marc Kopp, successfully completed a tandem dive with his friend, champion skydiver Mario Gervasi setting a record of first disabled to skydive over Everest during the Everest Skydive 2013. The 55-year-old Kopp, living in Longwy northeast of Paris, has suffered the degenerative disease of the nervous system for more than a decade.

“Everest Skydive, the Himalaya is absolutely unique. It is the top of    the world and  unique to respect or appreciate trekking and  acclimatizing to get to the destination  where we take off from.”–  Wendy Smith

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Wendy Elizabeth Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first skydiver to take the highest free fall during Everest Skydive 2008 Wendy Smith, is very talented photographer and an experienced skydiver with more than 20000 skydives. Kiwi Sky Angel, Wendy is a well known figure in the adventurous world who is also a winner of Emmy Award. Coordinator of the Everest Skydive since 2008, Wendy fell in love with Nepal long time ago.

Everest Skydive Gets Featured On CNN!

Everest Skydive has been featured on CNN‘s travel site CNN GO on the top 50 thrills in the world! Ranked eighth in the list of ‘50 experiences to try before you die,’ Everest Skydive joins the rank with extreme adrenaline pumping thrills like flying a fighter jet, cliff walking, power boating, volcano boarding etc.
Read about it on ’50 Experiences to try before You Die’

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(Pic: Wendy Smith)

Veteran skydivers share their Everest Skydive experience

On 20th October 2010, Explore Himalaya met up with veteran skydivers Roger Hoe from England and Peter Rotelle from Germany who had just arrived from Lukla after skydiving solo from 28,000 feet at Shyangboche drop zone.

Roger Hoe, who turns 65 in a month’s time, holds the distinction for being the oldest skydiver to jump solo from 28,000 feet.

When asked how did their adventure go, and  both of them unanimously said that it was an experience of a lifetime – beautiful and unforgettable.

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“My name is Roger Hoe. I come from Devon in England and I have been skydiving now for 33 years.  I have visited Nepal on six occasions but never skydived. So I thought, I better put the record straight and do skydive here, because most of the countries I have visited, I have skydived in, which was Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America. Wherever I go I always manage to do some parachuting. But now today, I have jumped from the same height as Sagarmatha – 28,000 feet and I am overjoyed with it.
The scenery on the climb to altitude was fantastic. We got very close to Ama Dablam which is my favourite mountain. We also saw people moving on Mount Everest. We were so close and to climb for 45- 60 minutes in the aircraft up the altitude, going over the world’s highest mountains is something I will never forget. Well the whole experience, if  I could sum it up in one word, I think the only word I could say is WOW!

I would love to skydive again. It may be a bit expensive but it’s worth every penny!

Roger Hoe
Country: England
Solo Skydiver


Peter- solo skydiverI have been a skydiver since 1968. As a solo skydiver I have made more than 2,500 jumps. But this adventure, Everest Skydive, was so unforgettable and so impressive.To see the mountains and to fly over peaks more than 7000 metres high , it was so impressive, one just cannot imagine it.

In the beginning we had some difficulties with the weather. But afterward, today, we had a great flight on the Himalaya. We were high up there, so close to Mount Everest, that we could see the climbers. It was so beautiful. I will never forget this adventure.

It was perfectly organized by Explore Himalaya and the Everest Skydive team was wonderful. There was safety first and the whole thing was organized so perfectly. It was great. I will never forget Wendy Smith and this adventure. It was impressive.

I plan to come back to Nepal next year with my wife,  probably do some trekking.

Peter Rotelle
Country: Germany
Solo Skydiver

Interview with Klaus Leo Michael Gachter

Klaus Leo Michael Gachter from United States is no stranger to Nepal. He has been to Nepal several times and had visited Khumbu thirty years for the rebuilding of the Tengboche Monastery. According to him he was amazed to see the changes in Khumbu since his last visit.

Klaus, who is in his 70s, jumped tandem from a height of 21,000 feet & 27,000 feet during the  skydiving (Everest Skydive 2010) event held  at Shyangboche drop zone. He is one of the oldest Everest Skydive member to skydive from this height. Explore Himalaya salutes this adventurous soul. A few minutes before his departure, we got to meet and talk to him at Radisson Hotel. He seemed delighted with his skydiving experience and plans to come back next year.

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Excerpts from the interview:

EH:How do you feel after skydiving in the Everest region?

Klaus: I feel great and it was an awesome experience. I really hope I will do it again next year.

EH: Is this your first visit to Nepal?
I have been to Nepal six or seven times. But I have not been trekking for the last thirty years ,so it was quite different in Khumbu. I visited Khumbu thirty years ago when I went to Tengboche to initiate the rebuilding of the monastery and Khumbu has totally changed .Then it was all tents, now its all lodges and it is much more comfortable.But trekking is much hader now as you are thirty years older…

EH: What are your views about skydiving in Nepal?
Klaus: I think you can’t do this anywhere else. I think its nowhere as challenging and that’s why I have done it and I enjoyed it tremendously and I wanna do it again.The Himalayas are absolutely amazing. When you view Mount Everest from the top of the viewpoint there, it takes your breathe away!
Skydiving- it takes a certain type of people to do it. I have skydived 40 years ago, but only about a hundred jumps and so in the meantime I totally stopped till this event . But another thing is, I have enjoyed it so much that I will take new lessons in the States when I get back. I plan to come back to Nepal again.

EH: We believe you are involved in charity work.Can you tell us more about this?
Klaus: I am already involved in charity with three organizations in Nepal for the last 20 years, actually since 1981. Nick (Leventis) has just given me an idea during this trip, to maybe do the next jump also as a fund raising event. I don’t know yet how I can work this out but I think it will be an opportunity to take.

Nick Leventis sets a New Skydiving Record

After setting a new skydiving record at Shyangboche, Nick Leventis flew back to Kathmandu. Explore Himalaya caught up with the British racing pro at the Radisson Hotel to find out more about his skydiving experience and his fund raising endeavors for charity.

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EH: How are you feeling after Everest Skydive?
Nick Leventis: I feel good. I feel very good. We had a few tough days and the weather was not too favorable. But that’s the mountains and I am really happy I got the record this morning. I think a lot of hard work by Explore Himalaya went in to make this possible. I am really happy that we could get it done today and we could set a new altitude record in the Himalayas.

EH: Is this your first time in Nepal?
NL: First time in Nepal, but its definitely not going to be my last. I think I am gonna come back next year for sure and try and do something even more outrageous and try and raise more money to give back to Nepal.

EH: In your first visit to Nepal you got to see Mount Everest up close. How did you feel?
NL: Amazing, absolutely amazing. To be up so close, It was amazing to see the mountains, the views. It was just so incredible and for me, it’s a part of my heart now. I wanna come back next year and even the year after.

EH: What are your views about skydiving in Nepal?
NL: I think it’s great, I think it’s very challenging! I think it’s definitely not for beginners but I think it’s a trip of a lifetime. I think skydiving in the Himalayas, especially around Mount Everest is fantastic. Not only just the skydiving but also the trek up to the Shyangboche area. You know there’s so much history and such amazing views and amazing culture, that you really feel a part of the country. The whole trip has been an amazing experience!

EH: As a racing professional, how do you find  skydiving  different from racing?
I have been racing my whole life and it’s my career. So for me it comes very easily. Skydiving is something new for me but I definitely think I am gonna be doing more of it.

EH: Are you planning to get involved in more charity works in Nepal?
Next year I have got a project with Ryan. But we are just gonna go home now and try and get as much TV coverage as we can. I would definitely like to come next year and do a documentary on myself and Ryan, basically a solo jump on the highest skydiving jump and landing at the highest altitude drop zone. Primarily this would be to raise money for Nepal and we would probably focus on the deforestation and also for the impoverished communities around Khumbu area as well.

EH: Would  you recommend Nepal as a place worth visiting?
One hundred percent! Well if you haven’t been here already you should come here once, otherwise there’s no point in traveling anywhere else!

Everest Skydive 2010 Update: NEW RECORD- Skydivers Jump from 30,000 feet!

After three days of bad weather, the sky at Shyangboche  finally cleared up today. Since early morning there was hectic activity at the drop zone as ESD crew and group members  prepared for the jumps.

Between 8 to 9 AM (local time) the PC-6 aircraft took off.

Chris & TomTandem- Christopher rainier & Tom Noonan

The first lift had Christopher Rainier from Canada making a tandem jump with Tom Noonan, while Wendy Smith and Ryan Jackson jumped solo from a height of 29,500 feet.

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Nick & TomNick Leventis & Tom Noonan- Freefalling from 30,000 feet

The second lift saw British racing pro Nick Leventis making a record breaking tandem leap with tandem master Tom Noonan from a height of 30,000 feet:  a new Everest Skydive & WORLD record.No skydiver had ever attempted a jump from this height at this altitude.

Wendy( with her camera), jumped solo  and captured Nick & Tom’s free fall.

Everest Skydive 2010 (Autumn) Begins!

And the World’s Highest Skydiving adventure Everest Skydive gets underway….

Test jumps for the Autumn edition of Everest Skydive 2010 took place at Shyangboche (12350 feet) dropzone today (13th October 2010).

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Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas (UK)  jumped  solo  from 25,000 feet while tandem master Kevin Hardwick(UK) made a tandem jump with German camera flier/ television producer Alex Behse from the same height.

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Tandem Jump – Alex Behse with tandem master Kevin Hardwick

Both the jumps were made from Tara Air’s Pilatus porter aircraft at around 12 noon(local time).

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Watch this space for more updates!

(Photos:Wendy Smith)