Parahawking & Bird of Prey Experience - 2/3 Nights

 

ANNOUNCEMENT!

ALL PARAHAWKING ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Combine your Parahawking Experience with a 2 or 3 night stay at Maya Devi Village the home of The Parahawking Project.

We've put together 2 packages that will include accommodation at our beautiful lakeside resort plus the Parahawking and Bird of Prey Experience, the ultimate Parahawking mini break.

 

 

2 Night Package - Save up to $50 USD

Where:
TBC
When:
TBC
Available to:
Anyone (Age and weight restrictions may apply)
Price:
TBC
Includes:
2 night stay at Maya Devi Village, 1 x Parahawking Experience plus Bird of Prey Experience per person

Day 1 - Arrive at Maya Devi Village (Check in 12 pm)

From your very own traditional Gurung style round lodge at Maya Devi Village, put your feet up and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a free welcome beverage on the veranda of your own hut, watch the Paragliders coming in to land and enjoy the magnificent views of lake Phewa as the sun disappears behind the mountains in the distance.

Day 2 - AM: Bird of Prey Experience - PM: Parahawking Experience

During your Bird of Prey Experience with our highly trained bird trainers, you'll learn the basic fundamentals of training birds of prey including, bird handling, basic training and equipment skills. Then we'll exercise our birds out in the fields in front of the lake where they will fly to you for a reward. A great opportunity to get a feel for handling the birds and to get some fantastic pictures.

After lunch we'll start preparing for your Parahawking tandem flight. We'll head up to the take off site with one of our specially trained Egyptian Vultures. Once prepared we take to the skies accompanied by our feathered friend who will fly with us and lead us to the best thermal updrafts. You'll be overwhelmed at the feeling of sharing the sky with a trained bird of prey and to be a pat of their world. But that's not all, you'll also get to call the bird to your gloved hand and feed them during the flight. Now that's something you can't do everyday. We then land right outside Maya Devi Village, the home and birth place of The Parahawking Project.

Day 3 - AM: Depart from Maya Devi Village (Check out 11am)

 

Prices:

Bed and Breakfast:
1 Person - TBC
2 People sharing - TBC

Price: Includes 2 nights at Maya Devi Village on a Bed & Breakfast basis, Parahawking Experience/s and Bird of Prey Experience, FREE wireless internet. Lunches and evening meals are available on request.

Full Board - All meals inclusive:
1 Person - TBC
2 People sharing - TBC

Price: Includes 2 nights at Maya Devi Village on Full Board basis, Parahawking Experience/s and Bird of Prey Experience, FREE wireless internet.

 

3 Night Package - Save up to $80 USD

Where:
TBC
When:
TBC
Available to:
Anyone (Age and weight restrictions may apply)
Price:
TBC
Includes:
3 night stay at Maya Devi Village, 2 x Parahawking tandem flights and 1 x Bird of Prey Experience per person

Day 1 - Arrive at Maya Devi Village (Check in 12 pm)

From your very own traditional Gurung style round lodge at Maya Devi Village, put your feet up and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a free welcome beverage on the veranda of your own hut, watch the Paragliders coming in to land and enjoy the magnificent views of lake Phewa as the sun disappears behind the mountains in the distance.

Day 2 - AM: Bird of Prey Experience - PM: Parahawking Experience

During your Bird of Prey experience with our highly trained bird trainers, you'll learn the basic fundamentals of training birds of prey including, bird handling, basic training and equipment skills. Then we'll exercise our birds out in the fields in front of the lake where they will fly to you for a reward. A great opportunity to get a feel for handling the birds and to get some fantastic pictures.

After lunch we'll start preparing for your Parahawking tandem flight. We'll head up to the take off site with one of our specially trained Egyptian Vultures. Once prepared we take to the skies accompanied by our feathered friend who will fly with us and lead us to the best thermal updrafts. You'll be overwhelmed at the feeling of sharing the sky with a trained bird of prey and to be a pat of their world. But that's not all, you'll also get to call the bird to your gloved hand and feed them during the flight. Now that's something you can't do everyday. We then land right outside Maya Devi Village, the home and birth place of The Parahawking Project.

Day 3 - AM: Parahawking Experience

You'll wake up once again to the beautiful view of the lake. After breakfast we'll head up the mountain by car for your second Parahawking Tandem flight. You'll know the drill by now and with any luck the morning sun will be lighting up the Annapurna mountain range. We'll fly with our second Parahawking Egyptian Vulture this time, he'll lead the way, interacting with us as we climb in the thermals and cruise gently over the calm waters of the lake below. Remember to smile as he lands on your hand as we'll be taking pictures and movie.

Once again we land at the outside Maya Devi Village. You can then spend the rest of the day simply relaxing on your veranda or you can take in more adventure activities such as Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the lake. Either way, there is no better place to spend your precious time in Pokhara than at Maya Devi Village.

As if flying with our own trained birds of prey wasn't enough, Pokhara is one of the worlds premier destinations for paragliding with the worlds largest raptors. There is every possibility that we will also share the sky with Himalayan Griffon Vultures, White Backed Vultures, Red Headed Vultures, Cinerious Vultures, Egyptian Vultures plus Steppe Eagles, Bonellis Eagles, Black Eagles and even Peregrine Falcons.

This is one experience that you are unlikely to forget and sure to be the highlight of your trip to Nepal.

Day 4 - AM: Depart from Maya Devi Village (Check out 11am)

 

Prices:

Bed and Breakfast:
1 Person - TBC
2 People sharing - TBC

Price: Includes 3 nights at Maya Devi Village on a B & B basis, Parahawking Experience/s and Bird of Prey Experience, FREE wireless internet. Lunches and evening meals are available on request.

Full Board - All meals inclusive:
1 Person - TBC
2 People sharing - TBC

Price: Includes 3 nights at Maya Devi Village Full board basis, Parahawking Experience/s and Bird of Prey Experience, FREE wireless internet.

 

Parahawking has been featured on the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ABC News and is recommended by the Lonely Planet as one of Pokhara's highlights.

The Parahawking Experience is RANKED #1 ACTIVITY IN POKHARA ON TRIP ADVISOR.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is Parahawking?
Parahawking is paragliding with a trained bird of prey. It was pioneered in Pokhara, Nepal by renowned bird trainer and paraglider, Scott Mason. Rescued and rehabilitated raptors such as Egyptian Vultures are trained as part of an award winning enrichment program, to fly with paragliders and, by using their incredible ability to conserve energy, can guide the paragliders to the best thermals. They will then land on the passengers gloved hand for an inflight reward. Parahawking is a perfect mix of adventure, eco-tourism and conservation. A Parahawking Tandem Experience is more than just a paragliding flight with a trained bird, it's an education into vultures and the problems they face in the wild. Proceeds from Parahawking tandem flights go directly towards vulture conservation projects.

How does it work?
Birds of prey have a natural instinct to conserve energy wherever and whenever possible. During a flight, a bird will burn more energy than it would if it was just sitting in a tree, this means it has to eat to replace the used energy. Sometimes birds will travel long distances to find food. To conserve energy whilst flying, birds of prey use thermals. Thermals are rising currents of warm air that are created by the sun heating the ground. Birds can gain height and travel long distances without flapping their wings by using thermals. Paragliders also use thermals when they are flying and will often use wild birds to guide them to where the thermals are. Our trained birds are no different, they will find the thermals in order to stay aloft and conserve energy whilst flying. We as paragliders harness their ability to conserve energy by following them as we fly.

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.

Is there a weight and age limit?
All Paraglider wings have an upper and lower weight range, when the upper weight range is exceeded, it can make the glider difficult to fly in some situatons and conditions. Parahawking tandem flights are different from regular tandem flights, our weight limit for passengers is 100 kg/220 lb. The only other requirement is that you are able to run a few steps for the take off and landing. You do not have to be a qualified pilot, you will be a passenger attached to a qualified tandem pilot. We reserve the right to refuse to fly any passenger that does not meet our requirements.

When can I do it?
The Parahawking season runs from August to May.

Where can I do it?
You can do Parahawking in Algodonales, Spain only.

How does it help Vulture Conservation?
Vultures are in serious decline, in the last 15 years the numbers have dropped by a staggering 99.9% in some parts of Asia whilst vultures in Europe and African are experiencing similar declines. This catastrophic decline is due to a veterinary drug called Diclofenac. This anti inflammatory drug is routinely administered to sick and dying livestock including cows and buffalo and has proven to be very effective in reducing pain and suffering. However, when the animal dies with Diclofenac still in it's system, the vultures that feed from the animal carcass will ingest remnants of the drug which is poisonous to them and kills them within 24 hours.

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. Parahawking 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, proceeds from every Parahawking flight go to Vulture conservations projects.

How is this different from normal paragliding?
Ask yourself, when was the last time you marveled at the image of a bird of prey in flight? You probably had your feet firmly on the ground whilst gazing up at the bird in the sky. Parahawking gives you the unique opportunity to interact with these birds and see the world through their eyes while you share the sky with them. Paragliding is an exciting adventure activity on own but this takes Paragliding to a whole different dimension.

How do I book?
Ideally you should book your Parahawking activity directly with us via this website to gaurantee the best chance of a spot.

How much does it cost?
A Parahawking Tandem Experience costs: €200

How long does the flight last?
Parahawking flights are not based on time in the air but the overall experience of sharing the sky with a trained bird of prey. The weather can determine the length of the flight as can many other factors, especially when working with birds. We make no guarantees about flight times however we always try our best to stay in the air for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Can I take a Parahawking course?
We do not currently offer Parahawking courses. If you're not already a pilot and you want to learn to paraglide then there is no better place to learn to fly than here in Algodonales. Fly Spain - http://www.flyspain.com - offer beginner courses. If you want to learn more about the birds then you can take a Bird of Prey Experience with us. You can do a 2 hour session. See the Bird of Prey Experiences tab for more details and prices.

What birds do you use?
We use a variety of Vultures and hawks for Parahawking.

Where do the birds come from?
All of our birds are bred in captivity. Parahawking is an award winning project, it was voted Best Enrichment Behaviour by the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) in 2011.

Is it dangerous?
Paragliding and Parahawking is an adventure activity but it is not dangerous. We use only the best pilots for Parahawking. All of our pilots are internationally licensed and insured. 

What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring are a pair of training shoes or boots and a sweatshirt or jacket depending on the time of year. 

Can I take a camera?
Yes, you can bring your own camera or we can take inflight pictures and movie from our onboard cameras, at a small additional cost. 

Do you provide accommodation?
There is a range of affordable accomodation in the nearby village of Algodonales. We can help you arrange this.

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