Although Kuala Kubu Bharu is best known for its whitewater rafting activities, another pursuit to indulge in is paragliding.
Organised by Kelab Luncur Udara KKB (Paragliding Club of Kuala Kubu Bharu), the price per flight is RM250. Obviously, one is not allowed to fly solo unless he or she is qualified. Therefore, for the general public like us, we can only do in tandem.
Tandem flights, to me, are actually more interesting because one does not need to worry about anything technical at all except to enjoy the sights. And it looks amazing high up in the sky, looking down to the natural environment!
Do you know that this area has received testimonials from some of the top paragliders in the world for having the best view-cum-facilities? Last year alone, three major paragliding competitions were hosted here: Malaysia Accuracy Open, Paragliding Accuracy World Cup and Malaysia Open Cross-Country.
To fly tandem, just bring yourself but of course, you would need to wear sneakers as you are required to run during take-off and perhaps, even during landing. Also, it could be quite cold up in the sky!
If you are in Kuala Kubu Bharu for paragliding, the take-off point is from Bukit Batu Pahat which is 1400-foot above sea level, whereas the landing point is the Stadium Millenium, ideally. The meet-up point is at the stadium, where the organisers will ferry participants by 4WD to Bukit Batu Pahat, 15 minutes drive away.
Depending on wind conditions, a paraglider could fly some 100 to 120 km/h up to a height of 4,000 feet. This is the reason paragliders need to be patient and have basic fitness and arm strength. They also need to understand meteorological changes. Basically, skills and knowledge make a good pilot.
For more information, either to book a flight or to learn paragliding, contact Kelab Luncur Udara KKB at this Facebook Page.
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