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Traditional competitions with a large number of pilots taking place in a time when the weather in Nepal is best suited for cross-country flights.
We usually fly at altitude of 2500 ASL, task length is 50 - 100 km.

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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.

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How to get here

From Kathmandu: $90 for airplane, $100 for taxi (3 persons), $10 for bus

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Event info

Traditional competitions with a large number of pilots taking place in a time when the weather in Nepal is best suited for cross-country flights.
We usually fly at altitude of 2500 ASL, task length is 50 - 100 km.

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

Nepal Airsports Association
Nepal, Pokhara, Lakeside-6
Egor Terentyev
meet director
Robin Gurung
Nepal Airsports Association representative

Selection and entry fee

Entry fee 150 Euro
final selection date - 1st of Feb.
35 pilots - Nepali quote
15 pilots - Local pilots quote
10 pilots - Special guests
90 pilots are selected by FAI ranking, flying experience in Nepal.
we check FAI World Ranking position and send personal invite to selected pilots
If you have any questions about selection, you are welcome to write email to egorterentyev@gmail.com or call +79996559333

There are 3 ways to pay entry fee:
PayPal, Western Union, Bank Transfer. Depended of your comfort, you can choose the best way. In confirmation letter you'll get instructions how to make the payment.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Prize money for
Overall
Sport
Female
Nepali

General schedule

26 Of February - Registration Day
10:00 - 19:00 Registration in HQ
20:00 Safety breafing

27th of February - Training day
8:30 - General briefing
9:30 - Transport to Takeoff
10:30 - Task Briefing
16:00 - 19:00 - GPS control
19:30 - Information briefing

28, 29 of Feb, 1, 2, 3, 4 of March - competition days
9:00 - Transport to Takeoff
10:30 - Task briefing

5 of March - reserve day (if less than 3 valid days) + prize giving ceremony

Daily schedule

9:00 transport to takeoff
10:00 task briefing
11:00 window open
17:00 gps download

Accommodation and Activities

A lot of hotels around headquarter:
$7/night for simplest
$20 for good one
$50 for "luxury"

How to get here

Options:
Airplane. Daily every 30 minutes flights. 8:30 - 15:30 Ticket price $90. Contact egorterentyev@gmail.com to book
Touristic bus. Every morning, 6:30 from Kathmandu city center. $10 in any agency on arrival
Taxi, around $90 for car

Lake Side, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Pokhara NP

Plane

To get to Pokhara one should arrive to Katmandu International Airport http://www.tiairport.com.np/.
From there you can take local airplane Kathmandu – Pokhara, 65Usd, EMAIL egorterentyev@gmail.com to order the tickets.

Bus

Pokhara is a popular tourist center. Touristic bus every morning at 7:30 starts from the center of Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Taxi

To arrive to Pokhara from Katmandu you can take a taxi axi, 5-8 hours, 90-110 USD/car. It takes up to 3 pilots with gliders.

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Tasks and results

Task 1

28 Feb, 2016

44.4 km — Race to goal

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Task 3

01 Mar, 2016

50.6 km — Race to goal

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Task 3

02 Mar, 2016

43.3 km — Race to goal

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Task 4

03 Mar, 2016

47.5 km — Race to goal

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Task 5

04 Mar, 2016

51.8 km — Race to goal

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