Everest Skydive at Shyangboche, Khumbu Himal

Posted: Jun 30, 2010 12:21 pm EDT

During Everest Skydive 2010 solo and tandem jumps were performed as high as 29,500 ft at Shyangboche drop zone (12,350 ft) in the Himalayas in Nepal last month.

Skydivers from New Zealand, UK, Nepal, USA, Australia and France participated.

All the jumps were made from Tara Airs Pilatus Porter aircraft.

The event was organized by Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, Kathmandu, Nepal, who sent the news through to ExplorersWebs Newsdesk.

On day one test jumps for Everest Skydive 2010 were performed at Shyangboche(12,350 ft) at 9:35 AM (local time). 1 solo and 2 tandem jumps were made from above 20,000 feet.

Wendy Smith (New Zealand) jumped solo from 27,000 feet, while Bibek Pandey (Nepal) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan (USA). Likewise Ful Man Tamang (Nepal) too jumped tandem with Dr. Ryan Jackson (UK).

The next day two lifts were made. The jumps were held at 8:15 AM (local time).

First Lift James Robert (UK) & Ryan Jackson made test jumps from 18,000 feet. Nik Halik (Australia) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan from 29,500 feet. Wendy Smith jumped solo as Camera Flier from 29,500 feet.

Second Lift - Jean Claude Mario (France) did a test jump from 18000 feet and Tom Noonan jumped solo from 25,000ft. Dr. Ryan & Dik Bahadur Khirsina (Nepal) made a tandem jump from 25000ft.

Jumps were cancelled the following two days due to bad weather.

On the last day Claude Mario (France) took Myriam Mura (France) on tandem jump, while James Robert (UK), Ryan Jackson (UK) and Wendy Smith (New Zealand) made solo jumps. The jumps were made from 29,500 ft.


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From left: Pilot 1, Tom, Ful Man, Bibek, Wendy, Ryan, Pilot 2, Pilot 3 (click to enlarge)

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