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Flying high in the Himalayas

Join Aaron Durogati for an incredible flight in the Himalayas of northern India.

This is what it’s all about: launching from incredible locations to enjoy epic flights in the mountains. And for speed maestro Aaron Durogati, it doesn’t get much better than northern India. The Italian just returned from his first trip to the Himalayas. He was there to compete in the paragliding world cup (he came eighth). But the real fun took place 10 days earlier.

 When you watch the epic POV footage, you’ll see why.

“The place is famous for xc flight,” Aaron tells us. “I had a target to do a 200km flight and I managed 206km with an average speed of 38km/h which is super fast. It could even be a speed record if I check but I’m not so bothered about that.

“It was my first time and I was really impressed. It’s a huge playground. I was able to fly the first 60 km without thermalling, just flying straight full bar. It’s way the highest I’ve been until now and was really amazing. My top altitude was 5,450m and I was wondering if I will get sick from the altitude but in the end I felt really good.”

There was one thing about the trip that was not so good however – and that was being on the ground. “It’s so loud and dirty,” adds Aaron. In fact, the smog and pollution from Delhi was so bad that at one point it reduced visibility to 200m during the competition. “We were flying totally on instruments like an aeroplane. That was not so cool,” he adds.

Aaron is now back home for an operation to remove the metal plates from his leg after breaking it last year. “I’m really looking forward to that,” he says.