“I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.”
– Yuichiro Miura
Yuichiro Miura climbed Mt. Everest at the age of 80. I decided to do a flyby at the age of 38. He’s better than me in every way, but I still had a lot of fun 😉
From Kathmandu you can book a “mountain flight” with several airlines (BuddhaAir, YetiAir, etc etc) – I decided to go with Sworna as a booking agent because they were recommended to me and I was not disappointed. A quick e-mail with my passport details and dates that fit me got a swift response with a temporary booking on the flight plus details of pickup at my hotel and drop off after the flight was done. All they needed was for me to confirm and I would be good to go.
The guys picked me up (on time!) at my hotel and drove me to the airport where I was given a boarding pass and shown where to wait for my flight. Naturally I met several other tourists there quickly realizing this was a really popular attraction. The flights were being called so often we started joking that there would be a queue up by the mountains. Luckily, there was not.
The flight is organized so that everyone on the plane has a window seat, you get a cup of tea with some of them, we also got a glass of champagne (*lol*) and at the end the stewardess came around with some Nepalese candy for that freshness of mouth, you know. During the flight everyone gets to go into the cockpit to take some pictures from the front and to chat a little to the captain.
At the very end yo also get a diploma, which I thought was hilarious. I am definitely saving that as a souvenir *lol* #WorkedSoHardForThatDiploma
The flight time is 1 hour and everything, including pick up/drop off at my hotel was $200 (US).
Was it worth it?
Well, I thought so. It wasn’t the most super spectacular thing I’ve ever done, but if was good fun and the views -were- absolutely breathtaking. I have no pictures or video that do them fully justice, which is a bit of a shame. It’s also a cool thing to do if you are looking for stuff to do in Nepal that is NOT hiking/trekking. A bit of a gimmick, sure, but still, I remember the feeling while looking out through my window and just for that, yeah, I think it was worth it.
You can check out Mountain Flights here.