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Billing, India - XC

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Soar high along the stunning mountain range, with the gentle flatlands to your south and the spectacular back drop of the Himalayas to your north. This is flying utopia and a wonderful place to discover by air!


Thanks for your interest in coming to Billing, India.

The plan is to arrive into Billing in the evening of the 16th October and to have an orientation day on the 17th, and then fly, 100% until the 27th October. That gives us 10 days flying in total. We aim to focus on one big XC flight per day, going up to launch for 11am and getting ready to launch for about 12-1pm. Then we fly as far as possible, along the impressive Himachal mountain range, with the stunning Himalayan back drop, to either Dharmasala to the west or Mandi to the East.

This intensive trip is designed to give you much more knowledge in Cross country flying and glider control as possible, it will enable you to fly in thermals, and on XC’s, with a better understanding of coring, decision making and route planning etc. With this new knowledge & skill, you will be able to focus on the positive aspects of flight like finding lift and flying further. To make the most out of this trip and the himalayan landscape, you need to have flown one minimum XC flight of 25kms and have logged atleast 50hrs airtime before signing up.

We will all live, eat, sleep and breath paragliding for this time, flying XC every day and setting tasks to maximise the conditions of each day, and to push your flying ability within your comfort level.

We want you to get 100% from the trip, so please feel free to ask many questions.



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Additional Info

Location Bir / Billing, Himachal Pradesh, India
Site details and weather updates
Guide / Instructor Jocky Sanderson
Course Fee Details Guiding fee is £900 for ten flying days.
Flights & Transfers

I appreciate that it is a big flight and people may want to do their own thing prior to, or after the flying trip. Whether it is just getting over jet lag, visiting family, or site seeing, so to start, we would meet in Delhi on the morning of Oct 15th and get a domestic flight to Dharamsala at noon and then drive to Bir.

You will need Visa's to travel in India, the best site to go to for all the required information is VFS Global. It can take a while and they are very good but posting your passport away may take a week or so, unless you go for the fast track option, so make sure you research it and get everything correct prior to booking your visa appointment.

You could meet us at Delhi airport at that time, then we can share the next internal flight from Delhi to Dharamsala. It is entirely possible and fine, for you to arrange your own travel to Bir, either by bus, train or plane.


Mandatory Requirement : You must have done at least one XC flight of 35km and have at least 50 hrs airtime, preferably in a thermic environment

Pilots who are joining us for this trip, please ensure you complete the below tasks :

1. Familiarize yourself with typical flying routes by studying the logs from our previous trips HERE

2. Have a valid insurance that covers paragliding

3. All students must read and complete Escape's Risk Manual

Once completed, please post the last three pages of the manual to Escape at the following address : The Flight Park, Braithwaite New Farm, Keswick, Cumbria, CA125RY, England. Non UK residents can bring the forms with them and hand them in at the first briefing.

Flight Logs

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