Mountain Flight (Everest Sightseeing)
For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, there are mountain flights that offer a panoramic encounter with the highest peaks on earth. The plane departs from Kathmandu and Flies alongside the Himalaya to give you eye-level views of the snow peaks and then brings you back one hour. Cruising close to the awesome massifs of rock and ice, the flight presents a mind- boggling sight.
As the aircraft takes off and heads towards the east, you don't have to wait too long to find out what's in store for you. First to your far left, you see Gosaithan, also called shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. immediately to the right of Gosainath, there appears Dorje
Lhakpa (6,966m) a mountain that looks like the number 8 laying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
As the plane glides along, the mountain comes closer and closer. Next on the vision is choba-bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spirituality- Gauri- shanker. Lord Shiva (shanker) and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134m, and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shanker is Sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight. As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya, a succession of glorious mountains follows. Melungtse, a plateau- like mountain, stretches up to 7,023m. Chugimago at 6,297m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956m, Number Mountain resembles a breast, the maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solukhumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the sixty highest mountains in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.
Next on the menu is Gyachungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952m, considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyachungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As you get closer to Everest, there's Nuptse (7,855m), which means West peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there's Everest (8,848m) itself, known as sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains an enigma, this highest spot on earth. The spectacular mountain flights are offered by a number of airlines.
Name of the Mountains that can be seem from Mountain flight.
The first mountain which can be seen, is Langtang, the valley of Langtang which is not visible from the mountain flight, is considered to be most beautiful in the whole Himalayan region
Dorje Lakpa (6975m):
This mountain has a Tibetan name, which means "the mountain is considered to be Holy Mountain for Buddhist.
Gauri- Shankar (7134m):
This single mountain has two peaks and also has two names together because the Hindus believe that the mountain was restricted till 1977 for the climbers.
Desipate being comparatively low summit, it has never been climbed. This mountain lies at the tashi Lapcha pass (at a highest of 5750m) is the difficult pass over to Tibet. The local people of Khumbu valley are crossing in to Tibet ever now days through this pass.
As this mountain lies to the south of Everest, name given by the Sherpas is Lhotse, which means" south peak". The first ascent of this mountain took place in 1956 by the Swiss.
Mount Everest (8848m):
This mountain was discovered in 1852 and is the highest mountain of the world, is named after Sir Gorger Everest, an English surveyor. Sagarmatha, top of the universe, is the given by Nepal which means "mother of the Sherpa where Qomolongma in Tibetan. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa were first to climb Everest.
Ama Dablam (6812m)
Cho Oyu (8201m)
Phurbi Ghyachu (6637m)
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