Muktinath Helicopter Tour: 1 Day

"Holiest of all Holy Pilgrimage Sites within High and Scenic Himalayan Range of Mountains"
Good to Know
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 3700m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
  • Best Season March-June and September- December

Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flights between the massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • Pilgrimage to Muktinath, one of the holiest holy places in the Himalayas.
  • High and scenic Mustang area on the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route to Tibet.
  • Explore lovely Mustang villages enriches avec l'ancienne culture du Buddhism.
  • Impressive monasteries and trails decorated with impressive prayer walls and bells.
  • Walk on high windswept-dry and arid country within beautiful landscapes.
  • Grand views of snowcapped peaks of Dhaulagiri-Nilgiri and Mustang Himal.

Trip Introduction: Muktinath Helicopter Tour

Muktinath Helicopter Tour, one of the most fascinating and scenic trips, is an adventure of a lifetime. Chopper takes you around beautiful areas of the Mustang Region within Nepal's Far West Himalayas.

Muktinath Pilgrimage Tour on the helicopter will be a fantastic journey of a few hours between the massive mountain range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, listed as the world's tenth and seventh highest peaks.

The word 'Muktinath' literally means 'Salvation' or 'Liberty' relives you from the birth cycle or free you away from harmful and evil/wrongdoing, where Hindu Pilgrims from all over Nepal and India pay homage every year in large numbers defying high altitude and Himalayan arctic freezing temperatures. The main flow of pilgrims comes to free from the chain of the life cycle and to relinquish the sin of a hundred lifetimes.

Muktinath is adorned with ancient religious temples of impressive monuments and its famous old 108 water spouts, which are one of the sources of Kali Gandaki River, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the three main Gods in Hindu religion (Brahma - creator, Shiva - destroyer and Vishnu - provider).

At Muktinath, where visitors and pilgrims can witness significant natural elements in the miraculous form of flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burning on water, stone, and earth as an offering, they were said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the creator of the universe and living creature.

The story of Muktinath and its purity goes back to the antiquity of more than 2,300 years when both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims came on pilgrimage to observe the sight of natural power. On walks, pilgrims searched along Kali Gandaki River valley for black glossy fossils called Shaligram (ammonite), found in abundance around Kali Gandaki River Banks.

The Muktinath Helicopter Tour starts in Pokhara, a location renowned for its stunning mountains, landscapes, peaks, and lakes.As the air journey continues flying above high green hills covered with dense rhododendrons and pine trees, facing incredible views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain range, heading above Kali Gandaki River Valley (regarded as the world's deepest gorge), finally flying above arid and windswept country of Mustang.

At Muktinath temple, homage and prayer in the main Muktinath Temple, après taking a bath or washing on icy 108 water spouts, then enter the main temple complex and visit other temples and monasteries important to Hindu and Buddhist religions.

After a spiritual journey and tour around holy Muktinath, fly back to Pokhara with a mesmerizing journey of Holy Muktinath Pilgrimage on a Helicopter.

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how Does the Muktinath Helicopter Tour Begin and End?

The helicopter tour begins at Pokhara, where our company representatives will receive you and drop you at the airport. After entering and checking in at the airport, we go towards the helipad and take a helicopter ride from Pokhara to Muktinath. Upon reaching Muktinath, the helicopter will land at a walking distance of 10-15 minutes. We go towards the temple from there and visit the place. We have a time of around 45 minutes to roam around freely. Sometimes, even more, the pilot will tell us about the landing time, but usually 45 minutes, and then we go towards the airport. Then take a helicopter ride back to Pokhara from Muktinath. After arrival in Pokhara, Trekking Planner Nepal agency representatives will take you back to your hotel.

We have the option of conducting the helicopter trip from Kathmandu and landing at either Pokhara or Kathmandu according to the preference of our clients.

Where is the Landing during Muktinath heli tour, and How much time do we get?

The landing takes place at Muktinath, and the landing time is around 45 minutes and sometimes more, depending on what the pilot says and how critical the weather condition is. Still, the minimum landing time is 45 minutes.

If you're flying from Kathmandu to Muktinath, the landing can be at Pokhara Airport or Jomsom Airport for refueling.

Speciality of Muktinath Helicopter tour?

A helicopter tour to Muktinath in Nepal offers several advantages and benefits, making it an attractive option for travelers. Here are some reasons why people choose to take a helicopter tour to Muktinath:

  • Time-Saving: The main advantage of a helicopter tour is that it significantly reduces travel time. Instead of several days of trekking, a helicopter can take you from Pokhara to Muktinath in just a couple of hours. This is particularly beneficial for travelers with limited time or physical constraints who still want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas and visit Muktinath.
  • Spectacular Views: The helicopter ride provides stunning aerial views of the Annapurna and Mustang regions. You get a bird's-eye view of the Himalayan peaks, deep valleys, and diverse landscapes, offering a unique perspective you wouldn't get on a trek.
  • Accessibility: Muktinath is at a higher altitude, and trekking to this sacred site requires moderate physical fitness. For those who cannot undertake a challenging trek, a helicopter tour is a convenient way to access Muktinath and explore its religious significance.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Helicopter tours offer a comfortable and luxurious travel experience. You avoid the physical exertion, potential discomforts, and basic facilities that come with trekking. It's a convenient option for individuals and groups seeking a more leisurely and hassle-free journey.
  • Sacred Pilgrimage: Muktinath is a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Many people undertake the journey to seek spiritual blessings and cleanse themselves of sins. A helicopter tour allows for a sacred visit to Muktinath without the physical demands of a trek.
  • Flexible Itineraries: Helicopter tours can be tailored to suit individual preferences. Trekking Planner Nepal often offers customizable itineraries, allowing you to combine Muktinath with other destinations or activities according to your interests and time constraints.
  • Adventurous Experience: The helicopter ride can be an exciting and adventurous experience, especially for those who have never flown in a helicopter or haven't experienced mountainous terrain from above.

However, it's essential to know that helicopter tours to Muktinath can be relatively expensive compared to trekking options. Additionally, weather conditions in mountainous regions can be unpredictable, so that flight schedules may be subject to change.

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How to know if the Muktinath Helicopter Tour is safe?

However, it's essential to remember that helicopter flights in mountainous regions, like Nepal's Annapurna and Mustang regions, can be subject to weather changes and challenging flying conditions. Helicopter pilots in Nepal are well-trained and experienced in navigating these conditions but prioritize safety. Flights may be delayed or canceled if weather conditions are not suitable for safe flying.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, Trekking Planner Nepal considers the following:

  • Choose a Reputable Operator: Trekking planner Nepal with a good safety record and positive reviews from previous customers, is one of Nepal's best travel and trekking operators.
  • Weather Conditions: Be prepared for potential delays or rescheduling due to adverse weather. Safety is the top priority for helicopter operators, so they will not fly in unsafe conditions.
  • Follow Instructions: Listen to the pilot's instructions and adhere to safety guidelines provided by the tour company.
  • Seat Assignments: Weight distribution inside the helicopter is crucial for safe flying. Follow the operator's guidelines for seat assignments and weight restrictions.
  • Health Considerations: Inform Trekking Planner Nepal about health conditions affecting your ability to fly at higher altitudes.
  • Travel Insurance: Make sure you have travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuations in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Remember that conditions and safety standards may change over time, so it's essential to check with the Trekking Planner Nepal operator and recent reviews to get up-to-date information on the protection of Muktinath helicopter tours. As with any adventure activity, there are inherent risks, but when approached with caution and through reputable companies, helicopter tours to Muktinath can be a memorable and safe experience.

Permits and documents required for a Helicopter Tour to Muktinath?

The required documents and permits are mentioned below and arranged by Trekking Planner Nepal after receiving the booking from our travelers and customers.

  • Booking and Permits: You must book the helicopter tour in advance through a reputable travel agency or tour operator like Trekking Planner Nepal. They will arrange the necessary permits and paperwork for the flight.
  • Valid Passport and Visa: Ensure you have a valid passport with at least six months of validity from your intended entry date to Nepal. Depending on your nationality, you may also need to obtain a visa before arriving in Nepal.
  • Fitness and Health: Helicopter tours to Muktinath involve flying to higher altitudes, so being healthy is essential. Individuals with respiratory or heart conditions should consult a doctor before the time.
  • Weight Restrictions: Helicopters have weight limitations, and you may be asked to provide your weight before the flight for proper weight distribution.
  • Weather Conditions: Helicopter flights are subject to weather conditions, especially in mountainous regions. Flights may be delayed or canceled if the weather is unfavorable.
  • Dress Code: Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for the altitude and temperature. It can be cold at higher altitudes, so bring warm layers.
  • Respectful Attire: Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. Dress modestly and respectfully when visiting the temple.
  • Travel Insurance: It's strongly recommended to have travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuations and medical emergencies in case of unforeseen situations.
  • Photography and Devices: Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking views, but ensure you secure them properly during the flight.

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Can we get Altitude Sickness During Muktinath helicopter tour?

Altitude sickness, or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can occur during a Muktinath Helicopter Tour or any other activity involving a rapid ascent to high altitudes. Muktinath is around 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. While helicopter tours reduce the time spent at high altitudes compared to trekking, there is still a possibility of experiencing altitude-related issues.

The likelihood of experiencing altitude sickness depends on several factors, including the individual's susceptibility, rate of ascent, duration of exposure, and overall health. Helicopter tours to high-altitude destinations like Muktinath are usually of short course, which may reduce the risk compared to prolonged stays at such altitudes.

However, altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of physical fitness or prior experience at high altitudes. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. In severe cases, it can lead to more serious conditions like High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)or High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), which are medical emergencies.

Note: Contact Trekking Planner Nepal for additional information and to know about the suggested equipment dos and don'ts or any queries.

    Itinerary
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      Morning transfer to Pokhara/Kathmandu airport for a super scenic helicopter flight to land at Jomsom airport, above Kali-Gandaki River.

      At Muktinath, after a refreshing break, after rest, observe the different cultures of the Thakali people interwoven with Buddhism religion.

      A short walk up on steps leads you to the entrance of the temple area guarded by large Buddhist prayer wheels and monuments; a short walk into the main complex of the temple, take a bath or wash on the icy cold water from each 108-water spout.

      After cleaning oneself with holy water, worshiping with prayer, and offering in the main temple of Muktinath, after an hour of pleasant and delightful moments feeling great in religious and mountain spirits, head back to Pokhara in the comfort of a spacious seated Helicopter.

      After a pleasant stop, observe the local culture, then fly high above Kali Gandaki River valley to land at Pokhara or Kathmandu according to the itinerary.

      We have the option of conducting the helicopter trip from Kathmandu and landing at either Pokhara or Kathmandu according to the preference of our clients.

      Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

      Inclusions
      What's Included
      •  Transportation to Kathmandu/Pokhara domestic airport from the hotel and back.
      •  Our vehicle will be at your disposal waiting at the airport till you need for the transfer.
      •  Heli flight with pack breakfast or breakfast in Lukla (time permitting) with lunch on route either at Gorakshep-Thyangboche or at Namche at pilot discretions.
      •  Applicable permits for the flight with ACAP permit / TIM (Trekking Information Management System) if required.
      •  Service of guides on Heli Tour, daily wages-medical insurance, meals and other allowance.
      •  Comprehensive medical kits and First Aid Kit (for precaution against accidents and sudden illness.
      What's Excluded
      •  Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel and medical insurance.
      •  Expenses of personal nature, gratitude (tips) hard / soft and other major drinks throughout the flight and in Kathmandu.
      •  Personal gear for the day ride (down jackets and personal belongings) medical kit.
      •  Emergency evacuation and breaking away from the proposed duration flight where refund will not be entertained, however office will issue a letter to claim from your valid insurance.
      Departure Dates
      • This trip departs every day of the year.
      •  This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need; please contact us.
      •  This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
      •  This trip can be booked privately if you travel solo, privately, or with family.
      •  Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
      •  We can help you make it fit your budget.
      •  We accept instant booking and online payment.
      • Call/email now for a private trip, info@nepaltrekkingplanner.com, Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber) 
      FAQs
      • Depending on your package, additional sightseeing points or stops may exist. We can customize the itinerary to include specific attractions.

      • Expect a smooth and exhilarating flight with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The landing at Muktinath is a unique experience, allowing you to explore the holy site.

      • Dress in comfortable layers, considering the weather conditions. Remember to bring a light jacket or sweater.

      • Due to limited space on the helicopter, we recommend bringing only essential items. Luggage storage can be arranged at the starting point.

      • Your safety is our top priority. In case of unfavorable weather conditions, we will reschedule the tour for a more suitable time.

      • The helicopter has a basic medical kit to address minor medical needs.

      • Bottled water is usually provided during the tour.

      • We offer customizable tour itineraries to cater to your preferences and interests.

      • The tour cost generally includes all necessary permits and fees. We will inform you of any potential additional charges.

      • Our cancellation policy is designed to be flexible, ensuring your peace of mind. We provide detailed cancellation terms upon reservation.

      • Absolutely! We encourage you to capture the stunning views and your unique experience during the tour.

      • The experienced pilot will provide information about the landmarks, culture, and geography as you fly over them.

      • The Muktinath Helicopter Tour is a captivating journey that offers a unique opportunity to explore the sacred Muktinath Temple and its stunning surroundings in a single day. It allows you to experience the region's religious significance and natural beauty from an aerial perspective.

      • The tour includes a stop at the Muktinath Temple, allowing you to explore the temple premises and the surrounding area.

      • Muktinath is located at an altitude of approximately 3,800 meters (12,467 feet).

      • Since this is a helicopter tour and not a trek, altitude sickness concerns are minimal. However, you should consult a doctor beforehand for health concerns.

      • There are no strict age restrictions, but passengers should be in good health to handle the altitude and the flight experience.

      • The best time for the Muktinath Helicopter Tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear, and the skies are usually favorable for flying.

      • Trekking Planner Nepal can organize the tour for individuals or small groups, ensuring a personalized experience.

      • The helicopter can accommodate up to five passengers, including the pilot.

      • Yes, we highly recommend making early reservations to secure your spot on the tour, especially during peak trekking seasons.

      • The cost of the Muktinath Helicopter Tour varies depending on factors like group size, availability, and specific inclusions. Please get in touch with us directly for the most accurate pricing.

      • The tour starts from Kathmandu or Pokhara in Nepal. We arrange transportation to and from the helipad for your convenience.

      • The Muktinath Helicopter Tour typically takes around 3 to 4 hours, including flight time, time spent at the temple, and possible stops for sightseeing.

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