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Mountain Flight

Only an awe-stricken stillness can come close to match the skill of leaving on a mountain flight to meet the tallest Mountains of this earth. No doubt mountain fly have become an accepted tourist hold in Nepal and offer a huge panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour. As the mountain flight lifts up and head toward the east, traveler don't have to hang around too long to find out what's in store for them.

First to their far left visitors see Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there become visible a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.

As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba-Bharnare, 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 and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m, and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shanker is sharp and very striking throughout 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 7,023 m. Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.

Everest Next on the menu is Gyachungkang, at a magnificent height of 7,952 m, scrupulous an tremendously tricky climb. To the right of Gyachungkang is Pumori (7,161 m). As passenger get closer to Everest, there's Nuptse (7,855 m), which means West Peak, suggestive of route from Everest. Finally, there's Everest (8,848 m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but actually witness it to face to face during a mountain flight is amazing as well. Horizontal though there in front of the eyes, it residue a mystery, this highest smudge on earth.