Annapurna Skydive 2013


A glimpse of  fun in the sky during Annapurna Skydive 2013

The crew of Everest Skydive and Explore Himalaya conducted test jumps for Annapurna Skydive 2013.Few lucky clients also had the opportunity to skydive during the event. Pokhara, a city located 200 km west of Kathmandu is the Base for Annapurna Skydive. Fishtail Air operated sixteen loads on November 12 and 13 during Annapurna Skydive 2013. The drop-zone of the event was at Pame, a spot closely located to tourist hub of Pokhara, Lakeside. Here, we have day-to-day details of Annapurna Skydive 2013 which includes skydives performed by the crew and the clients. During Annapurna Skydive test jumps twenty one solo jumps and 9 tandem jumps were made.ASD-2013-7

Client ready for the tandem jump during Annapurna Skydive 2013 

November 12 2013,

Load 1:  9:30 am

Paul Henry De Baere   (solo)                                                   

Joseph Johnson (solo)   

Tom Noonan (solo)   

Load 2:  9:30 am

Gaurav Man Shrestha tandem jump with Tom Noonan 

Derek Thomas (solo)   

Load 3:  9:30 am

Jorge Miclos (solo)   

Paul Henry De Baere (solo)   

Joseph Johnson (solo)   

Wendy Smith (solo)   

ASD-2013-6Hair raising adventure- Annapurna Skydive at Pokhara (City well known for Aerial Adventures)

Load 4: 11:20 am

Manoj Bikram Pandey tandem jump with Ryan  Jackson

Tom Noonan (solo)   

Load 5:  11:55 am

Laura Coe tandem jump  with Tom Noonan

Wendy Smith(solo)

Load 6: 12:45 pm

Phul Bdr Tamang (solo)   

Dik Bdr Khirsina (solo)   

Tom Noonan (solo)   

Ryan Jackson (solo)   


Solo divers during Annapurna Skydive 2013

Load 7: 12:45 pm

Alexander Behse (solo)   

Paul Henry De Baere (solo)   

Derek Thomas (solo)   

Wendy Smith (solo)   

Load 8: 12:45 pm

Pratap Babu Tiwari tandem jump with Ryan Jackson

Tom Noonan (solo)   

Load 9: 3:34 pm

Paul Henry De Baere (solo)   

Jorge Miclos  (solo)   

Joseph Johnson (solo)   

Wendy Smith (solo)   


Tandem dive with the tandem master during Annapurna Skydive 2013

Load 10: 3:34 pm

Prakash Karuppaswamy tandem jump with Ryan Jackson

Derek Thomas (solo)   

Load 11:  3:34 pm

Praveennath Ghanta tandem jump with Tom Noonan

Ryan Jackson (solo)   


Free falling can be fun

Day 2: November 13 2013

Load 1: 9:40 am

Paul Henry De Baere (solo)   

Kristin Merritt tandem jump with  Joseph  Johnson

Jorge Miclos (solo)   

Load 2: 9:47 am

Daniel tandem jump with Ryan Jackson

Derek Thomas (solo)   

ASD-2013-10Feast to the eyes: mountainous landscapes during Annapurna Skydive   

Load 3: 10:34 am

Corly tandem jump with Joseph Johnson

Paul Henry De Baere

Wendy Smith (solo)   

Load 4: 10:34 am

Feibe Jan  tandem jump with Ryan Jackson

Derek Thomas (solo)   


ASD-2013-9Parachute takes you higher and glides in the air after the free fall  

Fishtail Air operated an additional flight load carrying Ryan Jackson, Tom Noonan,Wendy Smith, Alexander Behse and Derek Thomas for the test jumps during Annapurna Skydive 2013. The five professional divers also the crew of Everest Skydive and Annapurna Skydive successfully landed at Manang drop-zone after the skydives in the closer shadows of Annapurna.


Drop zone at Pame, Pokhara


Tara Air to operate flights to Manang

Tara Air, a domestic airline is all set to operate scheduled flights between Pokhara and Manang from the first week of April, 2012.   According to the private airline, it will operate a 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft on the said route. The flight from Pokhara Airport to Humde Airport in Manang will roughly take 20-minutes. The fare (one way) has been fixed at Rs.3,300 for locals and USD 123 for tourists.Manang Valley ,which lies in close proximity to Mustang and the Nepal-Tibet border, has a varied landscape offering wonderful trekking experience.

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (9th – 13th Dec, 2010)

The 8th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) began yesterday in Kathmandu. Organized by the Himal Association, the festival will run till 13th december 2010. Movies will be screened at the Rastriya Sabhagriha and NTB‘s auditorium.


During the festival, a total of 62 films from 35 countries will be shown. The films to be showcased deals with issues as diverse as environment, conflict, globalization, wildlife, lifestyle, culture, climbing, gender and development. 20 films will be screened in the international competition category, 36 in the international non-competitive category, and six films in Nepal Panorama category. The three best entries in the international competitive category will recieve cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. A three-member jury comprising British climber and author Terry Gifford, Chinese filmmaker Li Wenming and British climber David Durkan will be selecting the winners. A photo exhibition “Manang: 30 Years After” by Czech photographers Michal Thoma and Zdenek Thoma and slide presentation/lecture, film-making workshop, animation workshop and alternative book exhibition will also be held during the event.