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“Mind blowing!
The most audacious flying film ever made!”

Bob Drury, High altitude Himalayan pioneer and editor at
Cross Country Magazine.

Birdman of the Karakoram

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Ready yourself to be thrown into the heart of a terrifying world of extreme altitude flying that few humans will ever experience.

On the razor sharp cutting edge of adventure paragliding, The Birdman of the Karakoram takes you from armchair to the most extreme flying location on earth, when high altitude paragliding pioneer John Silvester takes Alun Hughes on the tandem flight to end all tandem flights.

Supported by nothing more than a ten kilo nylon wing and John’s uncanny paragliding skills, the pair commit themselves deep into a remote and hypoxic world of snow, ice and previously unexplored terrain, where flying to survive becomes the name of the game.

The Birdman of the Karakorum demolishes any ideas you may have had about paragliding being about serenely floating around the sky.


1. Bob Dury talks to John Silvester at length about his groundbreaking Chogolugma flight in 2009, flying in Hunza and his motivation for these flights. Also about the early days in Wales.

2. John's original footage of the tour of Nanga Parbat in 2005 - the first ever circumnavigation of an 8000m giant.

Click here to see the trailer on YouTube



John Silvester, John Sylvester, Jon Sylvestre, John Silv