ALL BIRD OF PREY ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
- Available to:
- Anyone, all ages welcome.
From our beautiful home on the banks of Lake Fewa you can get up close and personal with some of Nepal's native birds of prey. Learn the basic fundamentals of handling and training a bird of prey and how to make and use the equipment which has been used for hundreds of years. You'll then get the chance to exercise our birds out in the flying field, you'll gently cast our birds away then call them back to land on your gloved hand for a reward.
All ages welcome. Perfect if you're looking for something to fill a morning in Pokhara plus it's a great opportunity to get some memorable photographs. A breathtaking experience and a first in Nepal!
Note: Scott Mason is an internationally recognised and award winning bird trainer with over 30 years experience. Scott and his team are highly qualified specialists in this field.
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The Parahawking Tandem Experience
Ranked the #1 activity in Pokhara on Trip Advisor, featured on the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel and recommended by the Lonely Planet as one of Pokhara's highlights. Parahawking is essentially paragliding and interacting with a trained bird of prey in it's own natural environment. It was developed and pioneered in 2001 in Pokhara by Scott Mason. By combining paragliding with the ancient art of falconry, we have trained birds of prey to fly with us and guide us through the sky as we fly.
- Maya Devi Village, Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
- From October through to April
- Available to:
- Anyone (Age and weight restrictions may apply)
- £130 GBP
Parahawking is essentially paragliding and interacting with a trained bird of prey in it's own natural environment. It was developed and pioneered in 2001 in Pokhara by Scott Mason. By combining paragliding with the ancient art of falconry, we have trained birds of prey to fly with us and guide us through the sky as we fly.
IN THE AIR
We fly with Kevin or Bob our two world famous Egyptian Vultures. They will guide us to the best thermals, soar with us as we climb above the mountains then come and land on YOUR hand many times during the flight. We'll take pictures and movie of the flight from our on-board cameras for you to take away. A totally unique and unforgettable experience.
ON THE GROUND
On landing, our highly trained staff will educate you on Vulture Conservation and how by flying with us you have directly helped to save Nepal's vultures from extinction. If Paragliding was on your bucket list then Parahawking will fulfil all your dreams, a truly unique once in a life time experience not to be missed.
Parahawking has been featured on the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, ABC News and is recommended by the Lonely Planet as one of Pokhara's highlights.
The Parahawking Tandem Experience is RANKED #1 ACTIVITY IN POKHARA ON TRIP ADVISOR. Hailed as the "must do" activity and is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Nepal.
Photos and Video
Our Parahawking photos and videos have been seen all over the world. We use special wide angle HD cameras which are set to capture every moment, perfectly framed with you, your pilot, the scenery and of course the bird.
On landing we'll copy your pictures and movie onto a DVD. Your picture may even make the Facebook Picture of the Day. Photos and Video can be arranged on the day with your pilot. The price is 2500 rupees.
Domestic Flights in Nepal
BOOK YOUR DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL WITH US - CONVENIENT AND HASSLE FREE
It's important that when you book with us you arrive in plenty of time for your parahawking experience, and that you return to the airport in plenty of time for your onward journey.
We know how difficult it can be to arrange domestic travel in Nepal from overseas. We have partnered with the leading flight ticket agency in Pokhara to offer you the best service and competitive prices.
BOOK YOUR DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL WITH US - CONVENIENT AND HASSLE FREE
It's important when you book with us you arrive in plenty of time for your parahawking experience, and that you return to the airport in plenty of time for your onward journey.
We also know how difficult it can be to arrange internal travel in Nepal from overseas. Given that it's still not possible to book domestic flights online, we have partnered with the leading flight ticket agency in Pokhara to offer you the best service and competitive prices.
We can book your domestic flights tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara or any domestic airport in Nepal. We will send you an e-ticket via email in plenty of time for your flight.
Flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu run at regular intervals throughout the day.
The first flight is at around 8.00am and the last flight is at around 16.00pm.
Pokhara domestic airport is a short 10 min taxi ride to Lakeside and a further 10min to The Parahawking Project
The price is:
£100 per person - one way
£200 per person - return
How to book
Please fill out the booking form here
Do you need accommodation whilst you are in Pokhara? Maya Devi Village is the home of The Parahawking Project in Nepal, but it's also a lovely guest house and restaurant. It was built approx 20 years in ago in the traditional Gurung style to blend in with the local surroundings. Maya Devi was acquired by us in 2003 and has been carefully restored and renovated to provide modern facilities and some home comforts whilst retaining it's traditional theme.
Maya Devi Village is the home of The Parahawking Project in Nepal, but it's also a lovely guest house and restaurant. It was built approx 20 years in ago in the traditional Gurung style to blend in with the local surroundings. Maya Devi was acquired by us in 2003 and has been carefully restored and renovated to provide modern facilities and some home comforts whilst retaining it's traditional theme.
Maya Devi comprises of 5 traditional round stone and thatch huts plus the main house and restaurant and of course the aviaries where the birds reside. The accommodation comprises of a detached round lodge split onto two floors. The ground floor features an outdoor sun veranda, inside living area and attached bathroom, the second floor features the bedroom with 1 double bed and views over looking the lake. Each lodge has 24 hour hot water, battery backup power and free wireless internet.
Maya Devi Village is conveniently located just 2 km from the busy tourist center of Lakeside, close enough to enjoy the evening nightlife if you prefer but far enough to provide a hideaway for some peace and tranquility.
We have VERY limited availability, if you would like to book, please let us know as soon as possible.
We also offer Parahawking and Accommodation packages where you could save up to ¬£45
Everyone is welcome at Maya Devi Village, whether you are doing Parahawking or not.
The accommodation is available from September to the end of July.
Prices are as follows:
$65 USD per night - September to April
$50 USD per night - May to July
Discounts are available for longer stays
Frequently Asked Questions
Our birds need to be rewarded for guiding us into the thermals. During the flight the passenger will place small morsels of meat onto his gloved hand, the birds will come and gently land on the hand to take the food, and then gracefully fly away to find the next thermal. A perfect symbiotic relationship.
1. As we approach Spring, the wild Egyptian Vultures and other birds of prey in our flying area start to breed. They can become very territorial so out of respect for the wild birds, we choose to not fly our birds and not disturb them at this time.
2. Typically all birds start to moult in May, ie begin the process of replacing their feathers. This process can take up to 6 months. It's important that to complete a successful moult with good strong healthy feathers, we feed them a higher than normal nutritious diet. You may not notice but our birds are always in perfect feather condition throughout the entire year, this is why.
3. The weather starts to change in May, the regular afternoon pre monsoon storms means we can't fly as often as we would need to maintain the birds fitness. We would not want to force our birds to fly if they are not fit enough so it's best to just stop completely.
4. By the end of September, the birds have finished moulting, the rainy season is almost over and the wild birds are no longer breeding. We can then begin the training process to get our bird fit and ready for the flying season. We normally start slowly, building the birds fitness and stamina, this can take 3-4 weeks before we feel they are ready to fly with the Paragliders for a 20-30 min flight.
Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!
Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. The Parahawking Project is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.
We support vital Vulture conservation projects in Nepal, We donate approx 1000 rupees from every Parahawking flight to Vulture conservations projects. We have recently been appointed Patrons of the Ghochowk Vulture Restaurant project.
For more detailed information go to:
Save Vultures - www.save-vultures.org
Himalayan Raptor Rescue - www.himalayanraptorrescue.org