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This competition is organized by a group of pilots from Russia who often fly around Pokhara in Nepal.
If the competition is given the official status of the FAI, then the task will be set for the fulfillment of standards of the Russian sports classification.

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Sarangkot mountain is a peak about 1500 ASL located not far from Pokhara the third largest city of Nepal. In good weather Sarangkot opens a spectacular view of one of the largest mountains including Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world.

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Event info

This competition is organized by a group of pilots from Russia who often fly around Pokhara in Nepal.
If the competition is given the official status of the FAI, then the task will be set for the fulfillment of standards of the Russian sports classification.

Flying site

Sarangkot mountain is a peak about 1500 ASL located not far from Pokhara the third largest city of Nepal. In good weather Sarangkot opens a spectacular view of one of the largest mountains including Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world.
Three eight-thousand meter tall peaks (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu) can be seen from the city. The Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain with an elevation of 6,993 m is the closest to the city. The surrounding mountains are about 1500 - 2500 meters ASL, the floor of the valley is 600 - 700 meters ASL.
Famous for its rich history and a number of ancient temples Pokhara is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. There are more than 300 hotels including 5-star. It's the center of many cultural and sports events including Annapurna circuit – the reckoned tracking event.
The climate is sub-tropical; however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate: summer temperatures average between 25 to 35 °C, in winter around - 2 to 15 °C. Pokhara and nearby areas receive a high amount of precipitation. Snowfall is not observed in the valley, but surrounding hills experience occasional snowfall in the winter. Summers are humid and mild; most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season (July - September). Winter and spring are dry and the skies are generally clear and sunny.
Sarangkot is a famous paragliding place in Nepal offering good conditions even for beginner-pilots. The usual flights are made above the Phewa Lake and along the valley. Usual flying routes are Nord - Nord West. Best flying season is end of February – March. Usual cloud base during February and March is 2500 - 3500 meters ASL.
Thermal strength in up to 5 m/s. Usual best hours to start is about 11:00. Thermals begin at about 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. The conditions are good for flying - no strong winds in this region. But sometimes overdevelopment is possible in the afternoon.
The longest flights made from there exceed 100 km. And the pilots managed to climb as high as 5000 meters ASL.
This place has already host a number of paragliding events: XC Russian Open Cup in 2011, 2012 and Nepal Open Cup 2013
"Pokhara cheat sheet" - thermal GPS waypoints for downloading by Stanislaw Radzikowski and Kostya Marchenko can be found here:
http://aviacamp.com/users/4efc49560a7fd40001000022/posts/4f1bff31f362320001000bf1
http://parakros.com/2012/01/21/pokhara-cheat-sheet/

Take-off - 1450 ASL (28.243152, 83.950996)
Exposure East. Winds NE. The launch ground is located in 3km fro the nearest town and can be reached by taxi or Jeep. It takes 25 minutes to get there.
The slope descend is about 15 degrees, it is covered by dusty grass. The take off ground is large enough to allow 4 simultaneous launches. Top landing is difficult, but possible.

Landing - 600 ASL (28.221071, 83.949917)
Ground is covered with grass. The landing is located in 500 meters to the city, near the road

Organizers

FS SLA of RUSSIA
Himalayan pilots
www.himalayanpilots.com
himalayaopencup@gmail.com

Selection and entry fee

Pilot selection will take place under a simplified procedure with the priority of pilots who have experience of flying in mountainous areas.
The size of the entry fee 25 euros.
For women participation in the competition is free!
Payment of the fee is made at registration.
Entry fees are spent to pay for the work of the airtribune site, to pay the fee to the FAI, to award the winners.
Taxi to the place of takeoff and return from the route the pilots pay for themselves.

Pilots with the status of "Waiting payment" can make the payment by the PAYPAL system to the address paracompal@gmail.com The amount of the entrance fee is 25 EUR.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Became already traditionally prize money for
Overall:
To the athletes of other states who took prizes in the overall ranking (1) transportation to a residence is paid.
1 place - It will be brought later
2 place - It will be brought later
3 place - It will be brought later

General schedule

26,27 feb Official Registration
27 оf Feb: 11:30 - 16:00 -Training day
28 Feb-06 marz - competition days
06 - 19:00 - prize giving ceremony
the minimum quantity of exercises 1.

Daily schedule


08:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
09:00 - Transport to take-off
12:00 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

The headquarters of the competition and the majority of pilots plan to live in the Hotel Venus https://www.booking.com/hotel/np/venus.ru.html .
The organizers will help you book a room there, if necessary.
For booking send a message to andreyshalygin@gmail.com with the required dates and type of room (available, single, double, apartments with kitchen)

How to get here

Venus Hotel

taxi

Покхара, Непал
Pokhara, Gandaki NP

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