If you’ve ever wanted to soar through the sky with the birds, have a look at parahawking — the combination of paragliding and falconry.
From the Parahawking Project website:
“In an effort to advance the interaction between man and bird, and to provide a unique opportunity to interact with birds of prey in their own environment, Scott Mason conceived and developed Parahawking. Parahawking is paragliding with trained birds of prey. By combining ancient falconry methods with the modern techniques of Paragliding, birds of prey are trained to fly and interact with paragliders and their tandem passengers and to guide them to thermals. Some birds of prey are natural soaring birds that have an amazing ability to conserve energy whilst flying. By using rising currents of warm air, birds of prey are able to gain height and fly long distances without flapping their wings. We as paragliders harness their natural ability to conserve energy by following them as we fly.”
It’s not all just for aerial high fives with birds of prey, though. The Parahawking Project has a higher purpose and gives 1,000 rupees from each parahawking flight to vulture conservation projects in Nepal. Asia’s vultures are under serious threat of extinction and some species of declined 99.9% over the past 15 years, so we think any adventure that helps promote tourism while conserving wildlife is ok by us.