Paragliding in Mankayan, Benguet: A Complete Guide

Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by Tina

Ever wondered what birds feel while flying? They say the closest you can get to the sensation of flying is through paragliding. Now you can do just that in Benguet over the picturesque mountains of Mankayan. Paragliding in Mankayan was officially launched at the Lepanto airstrip during the town’s 108th founding anniversary last March 2021.

Mountains in Mankayan
Lepanto Tailings Dam

Want to try this activity when the situation in the country gets better? Here’s a complete guide to the paragliding and paramotor activity in Mankayan, Benguet.

Paragliding in Mankayan: A Complete Guide

Where is Mankayan?

Mankayan is a first-class municipality in the province of Benguet. It is a mining and agricultural town. Located on the north-western tip of Benguet, it is bordered by Bakun on the west, Buguias on the southeast, Tadian and Bauko on the east, and Cervantes on the northwest.

How do you get to Mankayan?

Mankayan is a four-hour drive from Baguio City. If taking public transportation, you can take a van bound to Lepanto at the van terminal located at the back of Baguio Center Mall (Baguio City Dangwa Station).

From San Juan, La Union, Mankayan is a four-hour drive via Bessang Pass.

Related Post: Hiking Mount Gadagad/Prayer Mountain in Mankayan, Benguet

How much does paragliding in Mankayan cost?

There are three types being offered in Mankayan. All three activities can be enjoyed by a person with any physical disability. Six years old and above can do any of the three activities. Foot launch paramotor and paramotor quad use powered paraglider.

Paragliding

  • costs Php 3500 pesos
  • propelled only by wind therefore you must be willing to wait for the right direction of the wind
  • 8 to 15 minutes flight time
  • the weight limit of the passenger is 120 kg

Foot launch Paramotor

  • costs Php 4500 pesos
  • foot-launched paramotor
  • 15 to 25 minutes flight time
  • worn like a backpack to which a paraglider is attached
  • consists of a frame with a harness, fuel tank, engine, and propeller

Paramotor Quad

  • costs Php 4500 pesos
  • wheel launched paramotor
  • 15 to 25 minutes flight time
  • consist of a frame with a harness, fuel tank, engine, and propeller
  • with 4 wheels
The fee includes transportation from the meet-up place at ADA Office in Sapid, Mankayan going to the fly site (Lepanto Airstrip), and landing site. It also includes coffee and bread, insurance, and sightseeing at Lepanto Golf Course and Clubhouse. You can also do sightseeing at the landing site where you can see wild horses.
Wild horses at Lepanto Tailings Dam
Lepanto Golf Course

Is It Safe?

Yes, it is safe. You will be accompanied by the pilot, Mr. Aristotel Mendoza, when you do the activity. Mr. Mendoza is the chairman of Northside Paragliding Philippines. He was trained in Korea.

How to book a paragliding activity

You can contact Ms. Shalom Aleichem on her Facebook account or at +639639909103 (TNT) and +639266556772 (Globe).

A reservation of Php 1000 per person is required if you book a paragliding activity with them. You can send the reservation fee through Gcash at 09639909103.

There is no minimum number required to book an activity. The maximum is seven pax. You can schedule the activity anytime between 10:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening.

As per Ms. Shalom, people from other provinces can book the activity. But travel restrictions keep changing so better check with them first to be sure.

What to bring for the paragliding activity

  • Own food and drinks
  • Facemask
  • Face shield
  • Alcohol/hand sanitizer
  • Umbrella

Other Places to Visit in Mankayan

Lepanto Golf Course

Lay-Odan Farm

Prayer Mountain/Mount Gadagad

Hope you liked this post about paragliding in Mankayan. I will write about the other tourist spots in Mankayan in my next posts. Many thanks to Ms. Shalom for answering my queries about paragliding in Mankayan.

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2 thoughts on “Paragliding in Mankayan, Benguet: A Complete Guide”

    1. May kasama ka. D ko pa natry pero I think safe naman sya. Trained naman yung mga organizers. Try mo sya pag wala ng Covid. Magsightseeing ka na rin dito

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