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  Paragliding in Pakistan


It was the end of September 2004 when I met Mr. Markus Mayer at Fairy Meadows near Nanga Parbat base of Riakot face. Mr. Markus and some of his friends successfully enjoyed some of their Paragliding flights around Nanga Parbat region.

 Mr. Markus is a well-known Para Glider; he started this sport in 1987 and holding 3 world records to his name. i) Goal Flight ii) Free Distance iii) Altitude gain.

His passion took him to Mont Blanc, Norway in winter at minus 20 degree, Brazil when the world cup was happening, US Death Valley where he reached his personal highest flying altitude at above 20000 ft, Australia, Namibia Desert, South Africa, Egypt near the Pyramids, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel over the Golan Heights, Bali-Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and also took part in several World  Cup Competitions.

While talking to the author Markus mentioned that it is a very challenging, life-threatening sport for beginners in Karakoram, better the professional do this sport in Karakoram, weather is very different and unusual strong conditions even for good pilots. 

The brand of Paragliding he uses called Ozone a very good English brand he recommends the Vulcan as a perfect model for medium advanced pilots.

1997 first time in Pakistan he flew from Nathiagali down into the Jehlum Valley. During his recent visit to Pakistan he flew 4 days out of the 10days tour, over Karimabad, Hunza Valley picture showing view of Golden Peak and Nagar Valley in background, landing picture in Karimabad, and also he flew over the Fairy Meadows.

Note: Paragliding is a new sport in Pakistan, and there are yet laws to be defining to deal with this sport. Yet tourists are flying over Skardu Town, Hunza Valley, and Fairy Meadows and in Hushe Valley freely the authorities stop some but yet the pleasure of flying among the highest mountain range of the world is so great, peoples are taking the risk. 

Picture No 47: landing picture in Karimabad in background Karakoram Highwayand Hunza River.

Picture No 56: During the flight view of Golden Peak also called Spantik and the Nagar Valley.

Picture No 62: A Para glider (blue color) flying over Hunza Valley, in background another view of Golden Peak (Spantik) and Nagar Valley.

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Managing Director

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