[TRADE] Himalaya - XC flying

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18 Oct 2015 - 14:00
4 Nov 2015 - 19:00

BOOK NOW, this trip will fill up! For our fourteenth year running, we are once more off to that most reliable and mellow thermal paradise, the green and luscious Indian Himalayan foothills.

Each year pilots with differing levels of experience, ranging from absolutely zero hours since qualifying to near Skygods come with us.

We always leave with experienced pilots and everyone always wants to go again. Most break all their personal bests! In 2011 we completed a 110 km out and return cross country flight, probably the longest guided group xc of all time...

Session 1 – 2/10/15 – 20/10/15 - Learn to thermal and fly XC
Session 2 – 19/10/15 – 03/11/15 - XC flying

We aim to operate at a 3:1 student/instructor ratio. To help reduce 'flown-out pilot syndrome', which occurs with two weeks incessant paragliding, we have a non-flying day in the middle of each trip: Non-flying activities include visits to Dharamsala, hot springs, 1000 year old temples and fantastic trekking opportunities.

One of the benefits of our very high instructor to student ratio is that we can ensure the best possible experience for any level of pilot:

For the recently qualified and/or low airtime pilot you can expect to become a competent XC pilot, able to identify and use thermal lift to cover serious distances and then land safely in a field of your choosing, perhaps even occasionally the main landing field. Look upon out-landings as an opportunity to meet new friends and have an amazing travel experience and you won't go far wrong;

For the more experienced pilot on trip 2 who can already thermal well and is seeking some quality instruction in the awesome scenery and benign thermals of this classic XC paradise, we'll be aiming to improve your skills by guided XC flying every day with the occasional vol-bivouac, including some of the more dramatic routes and a flight over the famous high-altitude Prashar lake.

What's included for 2015: Half board (B&B and evening meals) Airport transfers, transport to launch.

This year, we aim to fly Air India from Heathrow to Delhi then Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary, to Dharamsala, so only a 2.5 hour car journey to Bir.

We do ask that you get the same flights as everyone else to simplify transfers - otherwise you may have to use public transport to get to Bir. This could mean bus journeys of 16 hours or longer. Alternatively of course, you could take flights that bracket ours and meet us at the airport.

I strongly recommend you source your flights through an agency. As such I can heartily recommend Experience Holidays pe@experienceholidays.co.uk, who have provided sterling service in the past! It may cost a few pounds more than booking direct, but trust me it helps immensely to have an agent when dealing with India.

Session 1
Depart LHR Friday 2/10 12:30 – land DEL 01:10 Saturday 3/10 Air India
Depart DEL Saturday 3/10 10:15 – land DHM 11:15 Alliance Air
Depart DHM Monday 19/10 12:10 land DEL 13:50 Monday Alliance Air then overnight hotel in Delhi. Depart DEL 14:05 Tuesday 20/10 land LHR 19:00 Air India

Session 2
Depart LHR Sunday 18/10 14:00 – land DEL 02:35 Monday 19/10 Air India
Depart DEL Monday 19/10 10:15 – land DHM 11:15 Alliance Air
Depart DHM Tuesday 3/11 12:10 land DEL 13:50 Tuesday Alliance Air then overnight hotel in Delhi. Depart DEL 14:05 Wednesday 4/11 land LHR 19:00 Air India.

It will be the festivals of Deshera and Diwali while we are there, so we need to book flights before they fill up! The cost of all this is £1399 for each session, plus flights. Those with a more leisurely schedule could opt for both trips for £2399 including free accommodation in Bir for the days in between.

Please make a payment of £1399 as soon as possible.

Once you have booked you will receive a pack with details of everything you need to know, through from visas and injections, to equipment and pre-trip get together.

See you soon!
Steve Purdie