Mr.Sanjaya Kumar Bhatta from India was rescued today from Simikot on our B2 (9N-AKA) helicopter. He was on his pilgrimage to the Holy Kailash Mansarovar when he fell seriously sick because of the high altitude. He immediately called for rescue.
Our helicopter at the moment was based in Simikot and Captain Deepak flew him to Kathmandu.
We wish him the earliest recovery.
Our B3 helicopter is still based at Simikot for the Pilgrimage mission and other rescues on standby.
Namche, the Sherpa capital and the nerve centre of Everest Region recently reverberated with the celebratory sounds of the Namche Festival. Held for three days from 27th to 29th May, the festival was celebrated to mark the 5th International Sagarmatha Day. Foreign as well as domestic tourists flocked to this mountainous Sherpa settlement in hundreds to participate and join in the revelry. Fishtail Air flew in as many as 80-90 tourists to Namche during the festival. Record breaking mountaineer and SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Change, Apa Sherpa and other Nepali were some of our honored passengers.
The festival featured heli sightseeing tours, Sherpa cultural programmes, concerts featuring popular Nepalese singers like Nima Rumba and Avinash Ghising, food (traditional Sherpa cuisine) festival, paragliding, short hikes to places of interest etc. The festival also provided a platform to raise public awareness on the adverse impact of climate change.
Namche Festival 2012
Fishtail Air crew for Namche Festival
Fishtail Air's Helicopter at Namche Helipad
Our B2 helicopter has been stationed at Hilsa since the 3rd of May to cater to the tourists (pilgrims) who want to visit the Holy Kailash Mansarovar Lake. Like every year, this season of Hilsa mission also looks promising and we are proud to announce that so far we have carried out 28 shuttles to Hilsa and two other rescue missions from Hilsa.
Initially the mission was being flown by Captain A. Sherchan who was later replaced by Captain D. Rana. The mission is still on and passengers continue to fly. We shall be stationed there until June.
As they all say- for Hindus It Is Kailash, For Jain – Ashtapada – Meru, For Buddhist – Kang Rinpoche. It’s a common pilgrimage for all three religion and hence the beauty of this trip. Passengers fly to Simikot in a fixed wing aircraft from where we fly them to Hilsa (far-west Nepal at approx.12200ft). Here on they continue their journey by road/walk.
Fishtail Air thanking everyone who has contributed in making this mission a success so far.
Our Bell helicopter AII flew to Besisahar for scenic shuttles for locals and other interested people on the 17th. Interestingly, it has so far flown more than 100 people of all ages. Fishtail Air team consisting of Capt. Ashish, Rtd. Col. O.P Shrestha and Dilak Shrestha have been stationed there. They are still flying people around giving them a tour of Lamjung district viz. Ghaley Gaun, Ghana Pokhara and the valley besides.
Besisahar – the capital of Lamjung district- a village at approx. 2700ft with a population of about 7,000. Lamjung festival was in full swing since the 17th of Feb. for tourism, agricultural, hydropower, and cultural development of the district. They were to have around 100 stalls exhibiting local, cultural and other miscellaneous products. Lamjung has a huge share in honey, orange and cardamom production.
Promotion of heli flights in these small towns and villages has given a great boost to their identity and we are glad to be able to help with it.
Passenger boarding Helicopter to Experience Heli Tour
View from Ghana Pokhara
With the local childern
We stationed our AS350B2 – AIW at Simikot (2190m) since the 14th of May this year for shuttles to Hilsa and back. We started this mission to provide ease of access to all our religious clients who want to visit Kailash Mansarovar.
Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss, is the most sacred peak for the Hindus. Equally holy is the Manasarovar Lake. Bathing in the sacred Lake Manasarovar is considered an essential part of the entire pilgrimage.
It has been a month now since we started with this one of a kind service with rotational duties of our crew. We initially had Swiss Captain Jurg Segessennmann stationed there for the mission until recently Captain Deepak Rana replaced him. So far we have carried out more than 400 pilgrims from Simikot to Hilsa in the past month. Today the 15th of June we had 35 passengers going up from Simikot. AIW is still based at Simikot and the mission is still on.
We congratulate the crew and the team for such an achievement and all our passengers for flying with us.
Way to Hilsa from Simikot
Kailash manasarovar lake
Kailash view before Darchen
Five of our Buddhist friends; Ven. Dhakpa Tulku, Ven. Bari Rinpoche, Ven. Khadro La, Ven. Zin Sangpo and Losang C. Bhutia were flown to Halesi (at 4350ft) this morning on our B3-AJI by Captain Ashish Sherchan. Halesi is situated at the hilly region of the country in between the holy rivers Dudh Koshi to the right and Sunkoshi to the left. The temple is situated at the top of a small hill inside a beautiful cave.
It is the natural cave, which lies in 4th remote hilly region and is believed to be in existence since 6000 years. It is the place full of natural beauty and cultural inheritance. It is popular among the Hindus as well as the Buddhists all over the world.
They were flown back to Kathmandu after the brief ‘darshan’.
Buddhist pilgrims @ TIA
Halesi Mahadev Temple
Main statue of Halesi Mahadev Temple
Halesi Mahadev Statue
Buddhist pilgrims at Prayer
Photo Courtesy: Rakesh Rana & Capt. Ashish Sherchan