Matevž Lenarčič of Slovenia
arrived in India after an eight-hour flight from Nepal, where he realized his dream of circling the very top of Mt. Everest. It took a practice flight or two to check out the aircraft and oxygen equipment. Nepal wanted endless paperwork, which he provided with the help of a Nepal flying club (yes, they have those there, too, just like in the U.S. Check out the Avia Nepal Web site.
) At the very last second Nepal pulled his permit to circle Mt. Everest, but somehow he got close. (I’m guessing the winds and updrafts sent him to the top of Everest. Yeah, that’s the ticket. The winds did it.) After that flight, he beat a hasty retreat out of Nepalese airspace to India.
Can’t help but feel sorry for the climber who has risked his life and his personal finances to climb Mt. Everest, and when he gets on top, some guy in a Pipistrel goes by at 29,413 feet.
He is now safely at Seychelles International Airport off the coast of Africa after an 11-hour flight from India. His average ground speed was 136 knots.
He’s circling the world to the west, traveling up and down continents rather than across to study the world’s fresh water supply, photograph key environmental areas, and prepare a photography book. Only Africa left to circle, and he’ll be home.
Mt. Everest in distance