May 15, Kathmandu: South African Paraglider Pierre Carter 56 flew from the South Col (7,950m) and landed at Gorak Shep today. He took off from the South Col at 12:00 noon Nepal time and landed at Gorakshep at around 12:20 pm Nepal time.
He is safe as weather conditions were also good today.
According to sources, He obtained a flying expedition permit on Mt Everest from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for the first time in Nepal’s climbing history.
Pierre Carter is passionate about adventure, mountaineering, and paragliding.
The South African has been journeying around the world for his 7 Summits 7 Flights initiative. He started his 7 Summit 7 Flight dream in 2005 and has completed Mt Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Denali, Carstyns Pyramid, and Adolilongi, Mount cook.
In 1998 French alpinist and pilot, Jean-Marc Boivin was the first person to fly a paraglider from Mt.Everest
In 2001 Bertrand ‘Zebulon’ Roche and Claire Bernier made a tandem flight from the Everest summit point
In 2011, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa also became the first Nepali paragliders to jump off Everest.
Australian paraglider Ken Hutt (63) is also preparing to glide off Mt Everest.