The hot air balloon obtains lift by making the air within the envelope lighter than the surrounding air.
The operator only has control of the altitude of the hot air balloon by heating and cooling the air in the balloon. While the operator has no directional control of the hot air balloon, the operators can guide the balloon by riding different wind stream. In the case of Ballons du Monde, our balloon will be tethered to the ground so we will not leave our geographic location.
Hot air ballooning is the safest form of flight and Ballons du Monde takes it upon itself to ensure we do our part to maintain that cherished reputation. Ballons du Monde's trained operators only use aviation-grade ballooning equipment and our setup has been over-specified to ensure safety for all stakeholders. This focus on safety is what dictates whether we operate, and how high and for how long we can operate on any day.
For our tethered setup we recommend people dress in comfortable clothing because they will be required to climb into and out of the basket. We do not allow high heels because this can cause injury during landings as well as during boarding and disembarking.
We also recommend to wear headwear (e.g., a cap) because of the burner overhead will generate a lot of heat that may be uncomfortable for some people.
Ballons du Monde will operate two sessions:
Please visit our Book Tickets page for the available slots.
Passengers must be at least 130cm tall; this is so that can see over the basket. Children (i.e., people below 18 years of age) shorter than 130cm can participate as long as they are comfortable with seeing through the basket's foot holes and must be accompanied by an adult.
For safety reasons, we do not permit the following people to participate in our flight sessions:
If you have any questions, please consult your medical practitioner if you have a pre-existing medical condition that may be affected by the physical nature of ballooning.
Ballons du Monde's tethered ride will operate between 25m and 30m, depending on the weather. Because this is a highly personalised experience, please let the operator know if you become uncomfortable with the height at any point during your ride and we can adjust accordingly.
Despite our meticulous planning for every session, we do experience unexpected changes in the weather. We will confirm each flight session one to two hours before the schedule time. However, if the weather becomes unfavourable for us to operate a safe and enjoyable flight, we will reschedule the flight to the next available date, at no extra charge for ticketed passengers.