What is Solo Skydiving?
Skydivers who have experience & training in freefall with a B license do solo jumps. While making a solo jump, the skydivers exit the aircraft from a certain altitude & fly their bodies at approximately 120 MPH. The skydivers then open their own parachutes & fly to the chosen landing zone. Everest Skydive is open for B + license holders, or those who can demonstrate over 200 logged jumps under the regulations of a recognized parachute association of any country. Documents, including FAI License, Logbook and relevant medical certification, have to be submitted. All your equipment will be supplied by Everest Skydive.
What is Tandem Skydiving?
A tandem skydive is the highest level possible we can introduce you to this incredible world of Halo skydiving. A tandem jump allows you the opportunity to enjoy the full thrill of freefalling and a high performance parachute ride, while being harnessed to one of our highly skilled tandem instructors above the Himalayas. You do not need to spend a whole day in a classroom to enjoy a freefall! At Everest Skydive you will exit the aircraft at an incredible 29 500ft above sea level. You will have the thrill of a whopping 10 000 foot long freefall, after which the tandem instructor will activate your parachute and guide you both back to the safe landing area. Although the parachute is made for two, we are using the latest equipment technology in the form of high performance tandem parachutes. This means that when the freefall part of the jump is over, the fun is far from over! Our world renowned cameramen will video your total experience – from being fitted with the harness, the briefing, plane ride, exit and freefall and your landing. You will receive a complimentary DVD edited with great music and your skydive of a lifetime! This way you can show your friends and family that YOU HAVE JUST MADE AN EVEREST SKYDIVE!!
The jump procedure
Our amazing team of tandem instructors and crew will brief you on the basics of the freefall body position and what you can expect to happen during your skydiving experience. You will be fitted with a jumpsuit and harness. With perfect weather conditions, you will board the aircraft and be shown the seating arrangement for the climb to altitude. During the climb up amongst the highest mountains in the world, you will have a chance to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views as far as the eye can see. Your tandem instructor will verify that everything is ready for the jump with your four attachment points securing you to his equipment (each upper attachment has a breaking strain of 5,500 lbs!!). At the correct Height the aircraft Pilot will signal ready to skydive and you will move to the aircraft door for the exit! The next few seconds will be an extraordinary rush of adrenaline. The excitement of freefalling above the earth at up to 200 kilometers an hour is a feeling you have to experience yourself. After freefalling, the parachute will then be opened for a calm 5 minute canopy flight ride to the mountain drop zone landing area.
Tandem skydiving requires equipment with some differences from sport skydiving rigs. All modern tandem skydiving systems use a drogue parachute, which is deployed shortly after leaving the plane in order to slow the freefall speed of two people down to that of a single skydiver. This is necessary for proper parachute deployment, lengthening the duration of the skydiving and allowing the skydivers to fall at the same speed as the videographers. Tandem skydiving systems also use larger main parachutes (360 square feet and larger) to support the extra weight of two passengers. Everest Skydive uses the UPT Sigma Tandem, Parachute canopies from Performance Designs and solo rig containers from Sunpath Products Inc.
Tandem instructors are required to pass an instructor certification course for the system they jump. All Everest Skydive instructors have this certificate. Our jump crew are all trained in specialized HALO skydiving and been jumping in the Himalayas since 2008.
Where do the jumps take place?
The skydive jumps and landings take place at Syangboche (12340 ft) and Ama Dablam Base Camp (15000 ft) drop zones in the Everest Region of Nepal. Both landing areas have been approved friendly for such jump operations,
Do I need previous skydiving experience to complete a tandem jump?
No. Your Everest Skydive tandem instructor ensures safety and provides all the training you require – the fun and excitement is your job!!
Is it safe?
Skydiving is an extreme sport, and therefore, like anything in life, has certain risks. However, all our crew have the skills and experience to make your tandem jump safe and enjoyable. The equipment is state-of-the-art and skydiving can be as safe as or safer than any other extreme sports.
What kind of aircraft is used for the event?
We use AS 350 B3 Eurocopter Helicopter which is a leading rescue helicopter in the upper Himalaya region. It is piloted by experienced mountain and skydiving aviators. It is best known for high altitude performance.
Can I skydive if I am disabled?
Generally disability is not necessarily a barrier. Tandem skydiving has made it possible for many people to participate, who would otherwise be unsuitable for solo parachute training. However, if you have a disability and would like to skydive, do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Chief Safety Officer Wendy Smith can answer any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy +64 274124199)
Our Everest Skydive Expedition location does require 3 days of gentle trekking and acclimatization. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
I wear spectacles / contact lenses. Will this be a problem?
No. Goggles to fit over spectacles will be provided, and these will securely retain your spectacles in place. Goggles will also protect contact lenses and prevent them from being displaced. Contact lenses would be preferable, so bring them along if you can. We believe it would be much scarier if you could not see what was going on!
What if the weather is bad on the day of my jump?
All aviation activities are mostly dependent on suitable weather conditions. We have chosen this period of the year for our expedition due to the historically calmer weather patterns and as you may be aware this is a chosen season for climbers to summit as well. We do allow a couple of days in the agenda for your jump process.
What do I need to take with me to the drop zone?
You’re going to have fun so in order to do so, be comfortable and warm. Your Expedition jacket is always a must to carry with you in your day back pack. There is always a selection of hot drinks and food available at the Drop Zone. A comfortable pair of running shoes is recommended for the jump – not high mountain boots with hooks. A warm hat, sunscreen and nice warm under layer (thermals) to go under your jumpsuit are also recommended. If you have long hair, bring a tie for your hair, some reading materials and your camera.