The Team

Our team includes ace tourism professionals and aviation experts with an impressive history of Everest Skydive since 2008, 2009, 2010,2011 and 2012 events, gazetting our company in the top list of Adventure based company. Throughout your adventure, the expert skydivers and mountaineers – some of the best names in the business in the world, mountaineering specialists, medical doctors and highly skilled pilots will accompany you.

Suman Pandey

Team Leader

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Mr. Suman Pandey, is one of the few names in adventure history of Nepal, who dared to operate a skydiving event in the extreme and difficult mountain environment of Nepal’s Everest. From procuring special permits to arranging logistics and ensuring nothing untoward happens during the event, it needed (and still needs) a lot of hard work, determination, planning and a fair amount of bureaucratic clout to organize and hold an event of this caliber in the Himalaya. Mr Suman Pandey, who remains in the core of Everest Skydive and Pokhara Skydive has proved this true.

At a time when most Nepalese hardly knew what skydiving is, Mr. Pandey went ahead and introduced this adventure in his mountainous country – the first in Nepal as well as in South Asia. It took a lot of perseverance on Mr. Pandey’s part to persuade the Civil Aviation authorities, Ministry of Tourism and other bureaucrats to allow this adventure to take place in the Everest Region.

Mr. Pandey is charting out new plans and looking for ways to make the skydiving adventure in Nepal more challenging and exciting. Pokhara Skydive is the materialization of the same idea. Having been a part of path breaking adventures in the Himalaya like the GKN Mission Everest, Nepal Government’s Highest Cabinet meeting, and many more, Mr. Pandey has been adorned with the prestigious title of “Tourism Man of the Year 2010 – Nepal” by Gantabya Publications and Gorkha Dakshin Bahu (2004).

Wendy Smith

Chief Coordinator& Camera Flyer

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Wendy Smith grew up in New Zealand and has a great passion for the mountains; she has been based in France for many years and is the Chief Coordinator for Everest Skydive and Pokhara Skydive. She is also the director of aerial cinematography and production for the both events. She holds her Chief Safety Officer certificate for parachuting operations, is an AFF Instructor as well as the Ambassador for the Global Angels Charity Organization.

World and Guinness record skydiver Wendy Smithmade her first jump in New Zealand in 1985. Her resume to date is:

  • X 7 World Records
  • Emmy Award Winner
  • 19,000 Skydives
  • Professional Camerawoman and Aerial Cinematographer for 22 years
  • Live Broadcast, Media, Air to Ground Cameraman
  • International Events and Sports Athlete Recruiter
  • International Skydiving Competitor since 1989
  • Model Stunt Skydiver
  • Accelerated Freefall Instructor
  • Freefly Kiwi School of Body Flight (founder and coach)
  • Chief Safety Officer NZPIA for parachuting operations
  • First Everest Skydiver 2008 (8,843m oxygen-assisted)
  • Women’s World Record, September 09, 181 way formation skydive
  • World’s Highest landing at Kala Pathar – near Mount Everest at 17,192ft in October 09
  • Himalaya, Nepal NEW HALO record skydive from 30,000ft in October 2010

As the Chief Coordinator & Camera flyer for Everest Skydive and test jumps of Pokhara Skydive, Wendy has taken some fantastic aerial footage during the both events. Her technical abilities have allowed her to cover helmet cameras, exceptional reportages and international skydiving events. She has gained several medals in different disciplines, won Emmy Awards for best remote location camerawoman, and has gained a new women’s world record gold medal in speed skydiving. She has also produced, filmed and participated in extreme skydiving movies at the cutting edge of sport skydiving and published a photographic book, ‘Eyes in the Sky’, to compliment 15 years of sport skydiving.  She has been very active in live broadcast air to ground media transmissions all over the world and has actively participated in charity events helping raise millions of dollars for exceptional causes. Wendy is one of the most experienced members of our Everest Skydive Crew.

Tom Noonan

Chief Tandem Instructor, Operation In-charge 

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Tom Noonan is a professional skydiving instructor from the USA.  He is also involved in both Civilian and Military Tandem Equipment design and test jumping. Tom has made 4,000 skydives and is a USPA Tandem Instructor-Examiner, USPA  AFF Instructor, and USPA Instructor Examiner Rating Course (IERC) Director. He also holds a FAA Senior Rigger certification and is a USPA Safety & Training Advisor (S&TA). Tom holds the world record (along with Wendy Smith and Jai Kishan) for the highest parachute landing at 17,192ft. He has been with Everest Skydive since its launch in 2008 and is in charge of the tandem skydiving programme of Everest Skydive and Pokhara Skydive as well as the tandem equipment rigging and maintenance.

Doctor Ryan Jackson

Tandem Master / Expedition Doctor

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Dr. Ryan Jackson from England is a tandem master and our expedition doctor. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge in mountain climbing, skydiving and medicine to our crew. He has travelled extensively and jumped in many places around the world.

Derek Thomas

Master Rigger/ Jump Master

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Derek Thomas from USA / UK is a manufacturer and designer of leading skydiving equipment, Master Rigger, tandem master, AFF Instructor and International competitor in sport skydiving. Derek holds five world records for skydiving and has spent his life in the design and development of exceptional equipment for our sport.  He joins our team as Master Rigger and Jump Master.

Dawie du Plessis

Tandem Master/ Camera flyer


Dawie du Plessis from South Africa is a tandem skydiving instructor and freelance photographer. He started skydiving in Klerksdorp in 1995 and has made almost 5,000 jumps. He has done specialised stunts for films and commercials, such as tracker commercial, Virgin Mobile advertisement, Telkom broadband advertisement and lots of BASE-jumping stunts in Bollywood movies.

Omar Alhegelan

Skydiver, Jumpmaster & Videographer

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Omar helped pioneer what is now known as “free flying” and has received every single accolade related to Freestyle Skydiving. He was also a part of an international group of amateur and professional skydivers at the Everest Skydive 2008 programme. He’s highly sought after to perform.

Ted Atkins

Skydiver, Oxygen Supervisor

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He spent a large part of his career with the RAF Mountain Rescue Service where he was the Staff Officer for Scotland. Ted invented the Topout oxygen system that we use for jumping and has developed the systems we now use. He is a keen mountaineer with: Everest, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga and Makalu ascent records. Ted made his first jump with Ryan in 2011 to affirm the systems we now use.


Along with our skydiving experts, our team includes Nepalese Crew of experienced trekking guides and event facilitators to make the event par excellence.

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