Hunza

Hunza is one of the most exotic places in Pakistan. Several high peaks rise above 6,000 m in the surroundings of Hunza valley. The valley provides spectacular views of some of the most beautiful and magnificent mountains of the world which include Rakaposhi 7,788 m (25,551 ft), Ultar Sar 7,388 m (24,239 ft), Bojahagur Duanasir II 7,329 m (24,045 ft), Ghenta Peak 7,090 m (15,631 ft), Hunza Peak 6,270 m (20,571 ft), Darmyani Peak 6,090 m (19,980 ft), and Bublimating (Ladyfinger Peak) 6,000 m (19,685 ft). Hunza Valley is also host to the ancient Baltit Fort and Altit Fort. Baltit Fort stands on top of Karimabad whereas Altit Fort lies at the bottom of the valley. (ref: wikipedia)  

Hunza Valley  

Location height: 2,438 meters (7,999 feet)
Site profile: Good site for advanced pilots.
Flying season: April to December.
Nearest Airport:Skardu, Sawat  

Gilgit

One of the most beautiful places in the north of Pakistan, Gilgit is certainly a place worth visiting. The valley is surrounded by the picturesque mountains of the Karakoram range. The lush green peaks of the valley provide an awesome platform to fly from. In winters GCoP also arranges take offs from snow as well.  

Gilgit  

Location height: 1,454 meters
Site profile: Good site for advanced pilots.
Flying season: April to December.
Nearest Airport:Skardu, Sawat  

Skardu

Skardu is located in a 10 by 40km long Skardu Valley, at the confluence of the Indus river (flowing from near Kailash in Tibet and through neighbouring Ladakh before reaching Baltistan) and the Shigar River. Skardu is situated at an altitude of nearly 2,500 m (8,200 feet). The town is surrounded by grey-brown coloured mountains, which hide the 8,000 metre peaks of the nearby Karakoram range.  

Skardu  

Location height: 2,500 meters
Site profile: Good site for advanced pilots.
Flying season: April to December.
Nearest Airport:Skardu 

Muzaffarabad

Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Azad State of Jammu & Kashmir, is situated at the confluence of the Jhelum & Neelum rivers. Muzaffarabad, being the capital city is not only the hub of political and cultural activities but it also serves as a base camp for the tourists. Pir Channasi, an awe-inspiring locus, with an altitude of 2924 meters above the sea level is located eastward of Muzaffarabad. Due to its tremendous scenic beauty, velvet green plateaus and wonderful climate, it wins admiration of nature lovers. The view of the summit of the neighbouring mountain peaks spell bounds a tourist. Devotees of Saint Shah Hussain Bukhari, take pilgrimage to rejuvenate their adust heart. The adjacent Pirchinassi, phawna da Danna and the areas in the bottom of Pirchinassi, i.e. Saran, Sud Bun, Mushki, Sakki and Jarran phirran are also worth seen and ideal for hiking, trekking, camping and free flying.

AJK Tourism Department has also constructed a tourist lodge at Saran to provide accommodation facilities to the tourists. Pir Chinassi is one the best developed sites for flying in Pakistan.  

Muzaffarabad  

Location height: 2,924 meters
Site profile: Good site for intermediate and advanced pilots.
Flying season: April to December.
Nearest Airport:Muzaffaabad, Islamabad 

Mansehra

A number of sites are being explored in Mansehra, one of the beautiful cities of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. District Mansehra has a number of valleys, plains and mountains that are considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the worls. Kaghan valley, Naran and Lake Saif ul Maluk are one of the few prominant places.

Take off points have been made in Naran, Shogran and Lake Saif ul Maluk which are one of the picturesque places to fly from in summers.  

Naran  

Location height: 3,000 meters average
Site profile: Good site for intermediate and advanced pilots.
Flying season: April to December.
Nearest Airport:Peshawar, Islamabad 

Abbotabad

Abbottabad is located in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan and is the third-largest city in the province after Peshawar and Mardan. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 150 km north of Islamabad and 200 km east of Peshawar at an altitude of 4,120 feet (1,260 m). The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high standard educational institutions and military establishments. It remains a major hub for tourism of the Northern Areas in the summer.  

Abbotabad  

Location height: 1,260 meters
Site profile: Good site for intermediate and advanced pilots.
Flying season: April to December.
Nearest Airport:Peshawar, Islamabad 

Khanpur

Khanpur is one of the 44 union councils, administrative subdivisions, of Haripur District in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. It is located to the south of the district capital Haripur and about 30 km from Islamabad in a beautiful green hilly town. It is famous throughout Pakistan for its oranges and is also known for Khanpur Dam.

Khanpur has a few well developed flying sites which are approachable almost throughout the year. Khanpur Lake is one of the sites where SIV trainings can be carried out as well.  

Khanpur  

Site profile: Good site for training beginner and fun flying

Flying season: throughout the year
Nearest Airport:Islamabad 

Haripur

District Haripur has a number of flying sites that have been very well developed and are open almost all over the year. The flying sites in this area are:
Rajdhani, Kohala, Chajjian, Thipra and Mang.  

Haripur  

Site profile: All sites in the region are good for fun flying and suitable for basic training as well.

Flying season: Sept to May
Nearest Airport:Islamabad 

Murree

Murree is a popular hill station and a summer resort, especially for the residents of Islamabad, and for the cities of the province of Punjab, Pakistan. Murree is also the administrative centre of Murree Tehsil, which is a sub-division of Rawalpindi District and includes the Murree Hills. Murree and its surrounding towns provide suitable flying options for paragliding and hang gliding during the summers.  

Murree  

Site profile: Suitable for advanced pilts only

Flying season: Sep to May

Nearest Airport:Islamabad 

Islamabad

Islamabad is located in the Pothohar Plateau in the north of the country, within the Islamabad Capital Territory. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and North-West Frontier Province, Margalla pass being a gateway to the North-West Frontier Province.Islamabad is one of the greenest and most well-planned cities of South Asia. According to a survey, the city is well-organized and divided into different sectors and zones. It was ranked as a Gamma world city in 2008.

Margalla hills that surround the city from one end provide a number of spots to fly from. Flying over the capital of Pakistan is an awesome experience which gives you an opportunity to appreciate natural beauty and awesome man built structures at the same time.  

Islamabad  

Site profile: Fun flying, basic training can be provided

Flying season: Sep to May

Nearest Airport:Islamabad 

Khewra

Khewra is located in district Jhelum, Punjab and is popular for its salt range. It attracts up to 40,000 visitors per year and is the second largest salt mine in the world. Situated in the foothills of the Salt Range, the Khewra Salt Mines are the oldest in the South Asia. Salt has been mined at Khewra since 320 BC, in an underground area of about 110 sq. km. Khewra salt mine has estimated total of 220 million tones of rock salt deposits.

Khewra is one the newly developed flying destination. Because of its easy approach, this site is open all around the year and can be reached from Lahore or Islamabad in 3 hours.  

Khewra  

Site profile: Fun flying, suitable for intermediate and advanced pilots

Flying season: All around the year

Nearest Airport:Islamabad, Lahore 

Choa Saidan Shah

The town of Choa Saidan Shah is the base of GCoP. Located 40 Minutes away from Kallar Kahar Motorway interchange, in the district of Chakwal, this town is famous for a saint shrine, the Ketas temple and Rose water. GCoP has developed a number flying sites in and around this area vicinity for new and experienced pilots. So far a total number of 5 sites have been developed by the club each of which has excellent slopes for take-off and large areas for safe landings.  

Choa Saidan Shah  

Site profile: Suitable for fun flying as well as training, suitable for all pilot levels (two of the sites are suitable for beginners). Excellent for learning soaring techniques.

Flying season: All around the year

Nearest Airport:Islamabad, Lahore 

Lahore

Lahore is one of the historical cities of Pakistan and is considered as the cultural centre of the country. Gliding Club of Pakistan is based out of Lahore. We are planning to start free flying in the vicinity of Lahore with the use of winch and other artificial arrangements. These facilities will be available very soon. Ground trainings for beginner courses are however arranged for our students in Lahore


Flying Destinations in Pakistan
Starting from the shores of the Arabian Sea all the way to the highest peaks of the Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan is one of the most picturesque and beautiful countries of the world. Home to the one of the World's earliest civilization- the Indus valley civilization, Pakistan is also rich in history and culture. Its Beautiful old Mughal mosques and forts as well as its colonial monuments are a living proof of its rich and diverse past and are a treat for every visitor. The busy cities of Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar, are full of fascinating sights, bustling old city bazaars and delectable eateries and are a delight for every tourist. In contrast to the rich past represented by old cities are modern cities like the capital of the country- Islamabad.

With a God gifted landscape, Pakistan presents extreme sports enthusiasts
excellent opportunities for paragliding. The country is a home to the
Karakoram, Himalayan, Hindukush and Pamir mountain ranges where
mountain peaks such as the K2 and Nanga Parbat reach the
heights of 8,611 and 8,126 meters. The smaller
mountain ranges also offer excellent conditions
for paragliding and other free flying activities.

GCoP which uses the Salt
Range as its training ground and
is continuously discovering and
developing new sites for paragliding
and hang gliding within this area.

Currently our club members can fly from
5 different sites located in the
salt range which have heights
ranging from 50 feet
(beginner slopes) to 1900 feet.
In addition to these sites GCoP
arranges tours and expeditions
for interested individuals to other places.

Contact us for more details about
these sites or to arrange a flying trip to
any of these destinations.
email: info@gliding.pk
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