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Muktinath Heli Tour
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Max. Elevation
3710 m / 12171 ft
Group size
1 to 5 pax
Level
Easy
Transportation
Private transportation hotel / airport / hotel
Best Season
Mar, Apr, May, Oct & Nov
Starts at / Ends at
Pokhara / Pokhara
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Trip Route
Pokhara - Muktinath - Pokhara

Highlights

  • An exciting scenic flight in between massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas.
  • Flying above beautiful hills, valleys of Western Nepal to holy Muktinath Temple.
  • Glorious panorama of towering Nilgiris, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Enjoy refreshing moments at Jomsom the hub of Mustang and Thakali people.
  • Visit the holiest of all holy temple of Muktinath, situated on a serene location.
  •  Land near Muktinath Temple, a revered Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and barren landscapes, offering stunning views and photo opportunities.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, known for its sacred natural spring and 108 stone water spouts, believed to have cleansing and healing properties for pilgrims.

Overview

MUKTINATH HELICOPTER TOUR: exciting journey to Nepal Far West on a chopper to picturesque Mustang area’
Muktinath Helicopter Tour is a magnificent short and swift air journey to and from a scenic and exciting Pokhara city. A flight in the comfort of a spacious seated chopper flying high above the charming valley of Pokhara. The helicopter heads due North-West over tiers of green hills covered in rhododendron forest, flying through Kaligandaki River gorge. Listed as the world's deepest gorge, sandwiched between the giant peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna. As the helicopter enters the Lower Mustang valley past the lovely villages of Tukuche and Marpha to land at Jomsom. The headquarters town of Mustang district and famous for delicious apples and its various products. From Jomsom, heading due north to land at the holy Muktinath temple premises on a small Helipad.
Enjoy the tour of Muktinath temple and its serene holy complex with beautiful 108 fresh water spouts. Where pilgrims and devotees take a holy bath and wash before entering the main temple of Muktinath dedicated to Lord Vishnu.  
Muktinath a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, is located at the foot of Thorang-La, a high mountain pass. A famous route for trekkers on Annapurna Circuit treks, Muktinath is one of the world's highest temples.

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all around Nepal and India visit the holy temple for prayer and worship. As per Hinduism belief, the site where Lord Vishnu got salvation from the curse of Brinda. Hence Vishnu is worshipped as Muktinath the lord of salvation, Hindu followers believe the shrine has risen on its own.
Having time for worship and prayer and getting blessed by the priest, enjoy a tour of the monastery. Where one can witness a bluish flame that rises from the ground, as the Muktinath area is rich in natural resources.

After feeling in high spirits visiting the holy sites of Muktinath along with the glorious dramatic scenery of beautiful landscapes. Along with views of the high snow mountains of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, and Tukuche peaks. The return journey to Pokhara on the same scenic route, after wonderful and exciting moments on Muktinath Helicopter Tour.
Detailed Itinerary:  Pickup time by 6:30 a.m. Flight Time from 7 to 8 a.m. as weather wise. Duration of flight with stops: 1-2 hours. Back to Hotel by 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. Flight distance of 51 km / 32 miles from Pokhara to Muktinath Temple area, one way.
Morning as time for transfer to Pokhara domestic airport, a short drive to the airport terminal. After security formalities head towards Helipad, where airlines staff and pilot welcomes you with introduction. Board on a well seated and spacious chopper according to group size, and then getting ready for the exciting flight.
During flight enjoy super views of Pokhara city and the scenic valley, rising high views of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas. Includes superb close views of majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famed Fish Tail that dominates the Pokhara valley. The view extends as far towards Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west, as the chopper heads towards north-west above rolling hills. Flying high and close above world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River; sandwiched between 7th high Mt. Dhaulagiri and 10th highest Mt. Annapurna-I. 

From green forested valley and hill, the journey reaches a barren windswept plain of Kaligandaki River plain at Jomsom. The headquarters town of Mustang and the route to Muktinath and Upper Mustang towards Tibet / China border. A nice large town with a small airstrip, landing at Jomsom for short refreshing breaks. To get glimpse of the local Thakali people cultures, the indigenous habitants of Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki River valley.  From Jomsom a short flight above the windswept river valley to land near Muktinath Temple premises. A small Helipad just outside the temple, a short walk up to enter tranquil surrounding towards the main temple.
Observe the pilgrims on prayer and worship, after getting holy wash from the beautiful old 108 water spouts. The origin of Muktinath site and the temple is related to 19th Centurry. It is believed that Lord Vishnu Temple was hallowed by the Hindu’s, as well visited by a famous Tibetan saint. By the Guru Shabkar in 1818, mediated and got connected with this holy place. Enjoy the peaceful environment and get blessed from the priest, and explore the surrounding important holy sites.
Completing the refreshing morning tour of the sacred site, the holiest of all holy sites of Muktinath. Then get on board for sweeping scenic flight back to Pokhara, after a glorious, wonderful experience on Muktinath Helicopter Tour.

1. Pokhara to Muktinath Helicopter Tour
Embark on a breathtaking journey from Pokhara to Muktinath via helicopter. The aerial route offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, providing a visual feast before reaching the sacred destination.

2. Explore Muktinath Temple
Upon arrival at Muktinath, explore the revered Muktinath Temple. This sacred site is a significant pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple's unique architecture and religious importance make it a focal point for spiritual seekers.

3. Land at Jomsom for Refueling and Fly to Muktinath
The helicopter tour includes a strategic stop at Jomsom for refueling before proceeding to Muktinath. This allows for a seamless and efficient journey, ensuring ample time to explore the religious and cultural richness of Muktinath.

4. Muktinath Helicopter Tour Major Attractions
  • Muktinath Temple: Visit the sacred temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, housing 108 water spouts and eternal flames.
  • Jwala Mai Temple: Explore the nearby Jwala Mai Temple, known for its eternal flame.
  • Muktinath Village: Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the Muktinath Village, surrounded by captivating landscapes.

5. Why People Visit Muktinath Temple?
Muktinath Temple holds immense religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. Pilgrims believe that visiting Muktinath liberates the soul from the cycle of birth and death, bringing salvation and spiritual enlightenment.

6. Which Are the Best Months?
The best time to undertake the Muktinath Helicopter Tour is during the clear months of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons offer optimal weather conditions for a safe and enjoyable journey.

7. How To Know If The Muktinath Helicopter Tour Is Safe?
Ensure a safe tour by choosing reputable helicopter operators with experienced pilots and well-maintained aircraft. Prioritize safety protocols, weather assessments, and adhere to guidance from aviation professionals.

8. Permits And Documents Required For A Helicopter Tour To Muktinath?
While no specific permits are required for the Muktinath Helicopter Tour, ensure you have necessary identification documents, such as a valid passport or government-issued ID.

9. Can We Get Altitude Sickness During Muktinath Helicopter Tour?
The Muktinath Helicopter Tour's strategic route minimizes the risk of altitude sickness. However, individuals with pre-existing health conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on the journey.

Important Note

Tour Grade: Leisure, short walks with touch of high altitude.
Highest landing spot: At Muktinath Temple premises 3, 800 m /12,467 feet
Flight duration: Maximum 1-2 hours both ways as weather permits.
Type of Helicopter:  AS 350 B series of helicopters of Euro-Copter, France popular world-wide and Ecureuil model or similar types. 
Stops and Landing: At Manang village, Tilicho Lake and back to Pokhara.
Maximum Seating: 4-5 passengers with spacious wide seating beside pilot.

Best Seasons for Muktinath Helicopter Tour:
Nearly all seasons of the year, spring, pre-summer, and autumn/fall as well as winter time also. But during mid-summer of monsoon wet months from middle June to August months. The most favorable time is in spring from March to May, when days are longer with enough sun shining. 
Can be cloudy and windy afternoon, the next best season is autumn/fall. Days are fine and crystal clear for views and scenic joy ride on a helicopter, but shorter days due to limited sunshine hours. Most days are clear and fine, but very cold mornings and late afternoons with deep snow sometimes.

Trip Itinerary

Pickup time by 6:30 a.m. Flight Time from 7 to 8 a.m. as weather wise. Duration of flight with stops: 1-2 hours. Back to Hotel by 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. Flight distance of 51 km / 32 miles from Pokhara to Muktinath Temple area, one way.

Morning as time for transfer to Pokhara domestic airport, a short drive to the airport terminal. After security formalities head towards Helipad, where airlines staff and pilot welcomes you with introduction. Board on a well seated and spacious chopper according to group size, and then getting ready for the exciting flight.

During flight enjoy super views of Pokhara city and the scenic valley, rising high views of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas. Includes superb close views of majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famed Fish Tail that dominates the Pokhara valley. The view extends as far towards Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west, as the chopper heads towards north-west above rolling hills. Flying high and close above world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River; sandwiched between 7th high Mt. Dhaulagiri and 10th highest Mt. Annapurna-I. 

From green forested valley and hill, the journey reaches a barren windswept plain of Kaligandaki River plain at Jomsom. The headquarters town of Mustang and the route to Muktinath and Upper Mustang towards Tibet / China border. A nice large town with a small airstrip, landing at Jomsom for short refreshing breaks. To get glimpse of the local Thakali people cultures, the indigenous habitants of Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki River valley.  From Jomsom a short flight above the windswept river valley to land near Muktinath Temple premises. A small Helipad just outside the temple, a short walk up to enter tranquil surrounding towards the main temple.

Observe the pilgrims on prayer and worship, after getting holy wash from the beautiful old 108 water spouts. The origin of Muktinath site and the temple is related to 19th Centurry. It is believed that Lord Vishnu Temple was hallowed by the Hindu’s, as well visited by a famous Tibetan saint. By the Guru Shabkar in 1818, mediated and got connected with this holy place. Enjoy the peaceful environment and get blessed from the priest, and explore the surrounding important holy sites.

Completing the refreshing morning tour of the sacred site, the holiest of all holy sites of Muktinath. Then get on board for sweeping scenic flight back to Pokhara, after a glorious, wonderful experience on Muktinath Helicopter Tour.

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Includes

  • Private transportation hotel / airport / hotel.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and portable oxygen on request, but most helicopter carries a small oxygen cylinder for emergency purpose.
  • Helicopter fare as per the number of passengers.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks including breakfast wherever at landing spot of the helicopter; as time and weather permits.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Pokhara.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The holy temple of Muktinath located Nepal Far North West, around the district of Mustang. Which is on the trail of old Trans Himalayan Salt and Caravan route to Nepal and Tibet border via Upper Mustang. The headquarters town of the Mustang area is Jomsom, situated on the shelf of Kaligandaki River.

Where travelers can reach by short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom town airport, and drive or walk to Muktinath. The driving distance from Pokhara to Muktinath is 168 km. / 104.39 miles. Takes more than 7-8 hours. Due to rough dirt road conditions. But on a helicopter is just 51 km / 32 miles air distance of less than an hour flight.

Accommodates about 5 passengers in AS 350 B, Euro Copter for above 6 to 10, chartering bigger Helicopter like MI 17. A Russian built Helicopter also used for cargo and passengers in Nepal Mountainous region.

Depending upon the seasons, but mostly for all seasons carry a light day pack with necessary items for the morning trip. Wearing warm clothes, down jacket, sun hat and woolen tops, scarf, sun-glass and sun-blocks. On higher altitude the sun is bright with strong UV, needs protection against the bright sunlight. 

Wearing boots, or sport shoes, might need to walk for short distance around Muktinath Temple premises. As well some money for refreshment drinks and breakfast at a village near Muktinath temple or in Jomsom, time permitting and weather wise.  

At least a month ahead or minimum of a week or few days, after paying the amount charged for the flight. Full payment should be made before boarding the helicopter for Muktinath Helicopter tour. The cost depends upon the number of passengers or for chartering as private for one family or friends.

All age group are allowed on this helicopter tour to Muktinath from Pokhara to Pokhara. But the passengers requires personal medical / travel insurance in case of sudden illness as per own medical history background. 

However all passengers needs to be in sound health as well for young children, for below 18 years, must be accompanied by parents of guardian. 

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