Himalaya Thermalling and cross country courses


Have you ever dreamed of thermalling like an eagle?

Airtrips can make that dream a reality...


  • Trip One 4/10/24 to 19/10/24 - Thermalling & Cross Country Flying 101

  • Trip Two 18/10/24 to 4/11/24 - Advanced Cross Country Flying 201

  • Introduction

    BOOK NOW, these trips will fill up! For our twenty third year running, we are once more off to that most reliable and mellow thermal paradise, the green and luscious Indian Himalayan foothills.

    Each year pilots with differing levels of experience, ranging from absolutely zero hours since qualifying to near Skygods come with us. We always leave with experienced pilots and everyone always wants to go again. Most break all their personal bests! In 2015 we completed a 125 km out and return cross country flight, probably the then longest guided group xc of all time... We have now guided 145km flights here without infringing airspace. Flights of well over 200km are possible!

    Group Sizes

    We aim to operate at an incredible 3:1 student/instructor ratio to ensure that pilots progress as quickly and securely as their ability permits.

    One of the benefits of our very high instructor to student ratio and multiple instructors is that we can ensure the best possible experience for any level of pilot: For the recently qualified and/or low airtime pilot you can expect to become a competent XC pilot, able to identify and use thermal lift to cover serious distances and then land safely in a field of your choosing, perhaps even occasionally the main landing field. Look upon out-landings as an opportunity to meet new friends and have an amazing travel experience and you won't go far wrong; For the more experienced pilot on trip 2 who can already thermal well and is seeking some quality instruction in the awesome scenery and benign thermals of this classic XC paradise, we'll be aiming to improve your skills by guided XC flying every day with the occasional vol-bivouac, including some of the more dramatic routes and a flight over the famous high-altitude Prashar lake.


    Typical Autumn conditions start with the end of monsoon a week or two before we now arrive in Bir. Of course, with global warming, even the monsoon, upon which you can normally set your watch, could be affected.

    Days typically start with cloud base just a little above launch at 2400m. We still have 1000m down to the valley floor to play with and we have flown 100km out and return flights in these conditions. Cloud base rises quickly and within a few days we are usually able to climb to more than 3500m on the launch spine. Thermals are about 3 m/s, similar to the nicest days in UK summer, but generally larger and much more frequent & consistent.

    As the season develops it usually becomes more tenable in the bigger mountains over the back, where climbs to 5000m are almost routine. Hence group two pilots will want to bring particularly warm flying kit if they anticipate flying over the back or on the main 4980m back wall. (You will need to acclimatise before going this high.)

    Non-Flying Activities

    We may append a week of backcountry skiing or snowshoeing for anyone interested.

    To help reduce 'flown-out pilot syndrome', which occurs with two weeks incessant paragliding, we have a non-flying day in the middle of each trip: Non-flying activities include visits to Dharamsala, hot springs, 1000 year old temples, fantastic trekking opportunities and a group will usually go on a motorcycle adventure

    What's included

    Instruction, Airport transfers from/to DHM, transport to launch and half-board (B&B and evening meals) accommodation.


    This year, we aim to fly Air India from Heathrow to Delhi, then fly to Dharamsala.

    Alternatively of course, you could take flights that bracket ours and meet us at Delhi or Bir.

    STOP PRESS: We may fly into Amritsar again as LGW-ATQ flights have resumed.

    You can of course leave earlier if you cannot get the leave from work for a full trip. Do call to discuss travel options.

    I strongly recommend you source your flights and transit hotel if required through a travel agent such as Southall Travel. It may cost a few pounds more than booking direct, but it helps immensely to have an agent when dealing with India.

    In autumn it can be the moveable festivals of Holi, Deshera, Navratra and Diwali while we are there, so we need to book flights before they fill up!

    Autumn Session 1

    Autumn Session 2

    Spring 2025


    The cost of all this is £1899 for Autumn session one and £1999 for the longer Autumn session two, plus flights. Those with a more leisurely schedule could opt for both Autumn trips for £2399.

    Please make your payment to AIRTRIPS as soon as possible. You can secure your place with a non-refundable £500 deposit, the balance falling due six weeks before departure.


    Information pack with details of everything you need to know, through from visas and injections, to equipment is here:
    Information and Essentials

    The contact details and risk acceptance form are here. Please complete and return before your trip:

    Risk Acceptance and Contact Form

    To discuss your needs please feel free to pop in for a coffee and a chat, call us on (01273)434002 or email info@airworks.co.uk.

    See you soon!


    Find Us

    Airworks Paragliding Centre |BHPA Registered School No. 282 | Unit 4| Stone Cross Farm Industrial Estate | Laughton | East Sussex | BN8 6BN | Shop Tel. 01273 434002 | Weathercheck Tel. 01323 811770 | info@airworks.co.uk © 2020 Airworks Paragliding Centre

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    Before You Book

    Before you book, please read our terms and privacy policy.

    Age limits: Dual flights - 12 (can be waived in exceptional circumstances,) One Day Introduction & EP - 14, Club Pilot - 14.

    Please Note: Lessons do not have to be taken on consecutive days and may take more or less days than stated, depending on the individual's ability. It is advisable not to leave too much time between lessons, as progression through your course will be detrimentally affected. If you leave more than one month between lessons, you will be required to purchase an additional days training (£99) for each month without flying. Courses must be completed within 12 months of commencing. On all our courses we will only fly if it is safe to do so and in this regard the Duty Instructors decision is final.

    BHPA Membership

    Membership to the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association is mandatory because it covers you for third party liability. This is taken out on arrival at the school.

    Day membership is £18 and full annual membership is £148.

    Personal Accident Insurance

    Aviation is inherently dangerous and can result in injury or death.

    Personal Accident Insurance is not included in your BHPA membership nor is it currently available through the BHPA. We strongly recommend that you take out Personal Accident Insurance for the duration of your paragliding course. You would have to arrange this prior to your lesson(s). We are aware that Sportscoverdirect offer such insurance

    Airworks Paragliding Centre |BHPA Registered School No. 282 | Unit 4 Stone Cross Farm Industrial Estate | LAUGHTON | East Sussex | BN8 6BN | Shop Tel. 01273 434002 | Weathercheck Tel. (01323) 811770 | email: info@airworks.co.uk © 2018 Airworks Paragliding Centre


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