Muktinath Helicopter Tour - 1 day

Muktinath Helicopter Tour - 1 day


Muktinath Helicopter Tour is an exciting pilgrimage helicopter tour to the sacred Muktinath Temple. Lies at an altitude of 3,750m/12,300ft, the temple sits on the laps of the remote Muktinath Valley. It lies in the Mustang district of Nepal and at the base of Thorong La Pass, which is a prominent part of the Annapurna Circuit Trail. The major highlights of the Muktinath Heli Tour are exploring significant Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites, enjoying the panoramic views of mighty peaks both aerial and from the ground in a very brief time. 

Whether you choose to fly from Kathmandu or Pokhara, this one-day Muktinath Helicopter Tour begins early in the morning and ends in a couple of hours, still covering all major highlights of Muktinath Trek. The term Muktinath comes from two Sanskrit words "Mukti" stands for Salvation or Moksha, and "Nath" stands for God. According to mythology, there is a belief that after completing the pilgrimage tour of four religious sites, i.e., Chardham Yatra of India, the pilgrims must visit Muktinath Temple once. So, this Muktinath Darshan Helicopter Tour is famous among Indian tourists. 

Muktinath is famously known as "Chuming Gyatsa" among Buddhist devotees and "Mukti Dham" for Hindu Devotees. Even though it lies in one of the remotest parts of Nepal, thousands of pilgrims, both national and international, visit this place. Likewise, it lies at a high altitude; the fascinating mountain scenery and surrounding unique landscapes attract thousands of trekkers. Festivals such as Ram Navami, Vijayadashami, and Rishi Tarpani temple receive thousands of visitors. 

Muktinath Heli ride starts from the domestic airport of Kathmandu or Pokhara. As soon as you fly from any of these beautiful cities, you'll discover the aerial views of lovely lakes, green hills, and snow-capped mountains. Flying over the deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, you can get a bird's eye view of the famous gorge as well as the gorgeous desert that surrounds it. As soon as you get close to the Muktinath temple, you'll witness changes from lush green landscapes to deserted mountains with snow-capped peaks lingering in the backdrop. 

Once the helicopter lands on Ranipauwa, from here, you'll walk approximately 30 minutes and reach Muktinath Temple. The path is uphill, but it is moderate, not too strenuous. However, you can also opt for a horse ride. You'll get two hours of grounding time where you can visit Muktinath temple worship there and enjoy the surrounding breathtaking panorama. While exploring the temple, you'll witness Himalayan culture highly influenced by Tibetan borderland culture. The local people here dress in Tibetan clothing and speak the Tibetan language. 

In front of Muktinath Temple, there are two holy ponds; Laxmi Kunda and Saraswati Kunda. There is a strong belief that taking a bath in these ponds will wash all your negative karma and set you free, so it is also called Mukti Kunda. Behind the temple, there are 108 water sprouts in the shape of bullhead. The water directly comes from the Kali Gandaki River and flows through the mouth of these 108 bull faces. If you take a holy bath here, then all your sins are washed away and keep you healthy and prosperous. Further, east of the main temple, you can visit Jwala Mai Temple, famously known as the "temple of the eternal flame." You'll witness a small natural gas being continuously produced inside the temple. 

Apart from this remarkable main temple, there are other many stupas, monasteries, and prayer wheels. It is commonplace for people from two different religions, both Buddhist and Hindu, to worship. There is also a religious belief that it is the only place on the earth where you can see all the five primary elements: fire, sky, water, air, and earth in one place.   

The temple is open throughout the year. However, the best time for the Muktinath Helicopter Tour is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). You'll find the perfect weather with the blue sky around the Muktinath area throughout these months. Not only that, but you'll also get captivating views of snow-capped mountains ranging from Langtang to Annapurna while flying in the chopper. 

This luxurious heli tour is specially designed for physically disabled people who want to visit the world's most famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath Temple, without any difficulty. Likewise, the Muktinath Helicopter Tour is suitable for all ages, from children to old-age people. Also, this heli tour will make their dream come true to visit the holy Muktinath Temple within a few hours for the people who don't have enough time for several long trekking days.

Trip Highlights

  • A luxury helicopter tour to one of the holiest temples of Muktinath
  • Marvelous aerial views of colorful Kathmandu Valley and gorgeous Pokhara Lake City
  • A bird's eye view of some of the best mountains above 8,000 meters in the world
  • Fabulous panoramic sight of some beautiful lakes of Pokhara; Phewa Tal, Begnas Tal, and Rupa Tal
  • The eye-catching vistas of some charming villages such as Ghorepani, Marpha, Jomsom, Kagbeni, and Muktinath from the sky
  • Flying parallel to the massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range 
  • Breathtaking panorama of cascading Rupse Waterfall
  • Savor perfect glimpses of mighty snow-clad peaks, including Ganesh Himal, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Himalchuli, Fishtail, Mt. Manaslu, etc. 
  • Easy and adventurous Helicopter Yatra to Muktinath Temple
  • Get an amazing panorama of Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, from the high above
  • Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight gets the mesmerizing view of splendid valleys, green hills, unique landscape, mighty snowy peaks, etc.
  • From the Jomsom airport, get a spectacular sight of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri
  • Explore Jomsom town, a major hub for trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal
  • Visit Jawala Mai Temple and witness an eternal flame produced by natural gas
  • Magnificent aerial view of the astonishing Kali Gandaki Valley
  • Take a holy bath under the 108 stone taps and two sacred ponds (Known as Mukti Kunda)

Itinerary Options I:  Muktinath Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu

Transfer from Kathmandu Hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport

After having a filling breakfast in the hotel early in the morning, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will escort you to the Tribhuvan International airport. 

Captain De-briefing and Fly to Jomsom

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, your guide will help you get through all airport formalities. After that, you have to attend a short de-briefing session with your fellow travelers. Here your captain will share with you some essential guidelines which you have to follow during this Heli tour strictly. After completing the briefing session, you'll head towards the chopper and fly to Jomsom. It is a beautiful village that sits on the lap of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountain range. 

Refueling at Jomsom and Fly to Muktinath Temple

After a few minutes of mountain flight, you'll land at Jomsom in the rain-shadow of the Himalayas. You can relish some best mountain views and surrounding landscapes from the airport. Further, you'll fly towards Muktinath temple, and after a few minutes, you'll land on Ranipauwa, also known as Muktinath Valley. From here, you need to walk for 30 minutes to reach the temple. If you don't prefer to walk, you can take a horse ride from the base to the top of the temple. 

Explore Muktinath Temple 

Muktinath Temple is a Vishnu temple sacred to both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims. It lies in Muktinath Valley at the foot of Thorong La Mountain Pass, and it is also one of the world's highest temples at an altitude of 3,750 meters. Once you land, you'll get a few hours to explore the temple and take photos. You can worship, take a holy bath in 108 waterspouts and Mukti Kunda (two Kundas in front of the temple). Next, you can visit Jwala Mai Temple and admire the astonishing views of surrounding landscapes. 

Fly Back to Jomsom

Spending a wonderful time at Muktinath temple and admiring the beauty of Muktinath Valley, you'll fly back to Jomsom. Once again, you'll get captivating sight of majestic peaks, a stunning landscape of Kagbeni and Kali Gandaki Valleys, Kali Gandaki Gorge, etc. After a few minutes of flight, you'll land at alluring Jomsom Valley. 

Fly back to Kathmandu  

After making a remarkable trip to the sacred pilgrimage Hindu and Buddhist religious sites of Muktinath Temple, you'll fly back to the vibrant capital city of Kathmandu. In this short flight, you'll appreciate the panoramic aerial vistas of Jomsom, Marpha, Pokhara valley, stone-paved way, apple orchard, some of the best mountain vistas, diverse landscapes, etc. 

Drive back to Kathmandu Hotel

After having a thrilling Muktinath Helicopter Tour, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at your respective hotel. Rest of the day, you can explore nearby places, or you can even celebrate your successful completion of this scenic adventurous, and religious heli tour. You can even opt for other adventurous heli tour packages such as Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour, Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour, Langtang Helicopter Tour, etc.

Itinerary Options II: Muktinath Helicopter Tour from Pokhara

Transfer from Pokhara Hotel to Airport

Early morning, enjoy your hot breakfast in the Pokhara hotel. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will receive you from the hotel and escort you to the Pokhara airport. 

Captain de-briefing and Fly to Jomsom

Before getting into a chopper, you need to attend a short briefing session regarding essential guidelines which you need to adopt during the helicopter flight for safety purposes. After getting a quick brief from the captain, you'll fly to Jomsom, enjoying the fantastic view of the Pokhara valley surrounded by lakes, green hills, and snow-capped mountain peaks. You'll get the jaw-dropping vistas of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Langtang Ranges. 

Land at Jomsom for Refueling and Fly to Muktinath

After enjoying the scenic flight of 20 to 25 minutes, you'll land at Jomsom Village. It is the central hub for people who travel to Upper Mustang and Muktinath Temple. Thakalis are the residents of the village. You'll get a glimpse of Thakali culture and lifestyle. You'll enjoy some incredible sights of the snow-clad peaks of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri range from the airport. After refueling at Jomsom Airport, you'll fly towards Muktinath Temple, which sits on the lap of the Himalayas of Mustang Nepal.

Land and Explore Muktinath Temple 

After a few minutes of mountain flight, you'll land at Ranipauwa village near the base of the temple. From here, you have to walk for half an hour to reach the top of the temple. You can even opt for an exciting horse ride to reach the temple. You'll get approximately two hours for sightseeing around the Muktinath area. You can worship the Lord Vishnu and take a holy bath under 108 waterspouts and two Kundas around the temple premises. Nearby the temple premises, there is a Jwala Mai Temple where you can witness an eternal flame fed by natural gas. 

Fly back to Pokhara Airport

After worshipping Shree Muktinath Vishnu God and taking a holy bath under 108 water springs, you will get back to the chopper and fly back to Jomsom and then to Pokhara. Once again, enjoying the beautiful view of Muktinath valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks, you'll land at Jomsom. Here you'll get some to enjoy the panoramic sight of the nearby unique landscape of the Mustang region. After a short break for refueling, you'll again fly back to Pokhara, enjoying the breathtaking panorama from the air. 

Drive back to Pokhara Hotel

After a religious Muktinath Helicopter Tour, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at Pokhara hotel. Celebrate your successful completion of this short yet thrilling heli tour to the sacred Muktinath Temple. You can even opt for other enthralling heli tour packages such as Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour, Langtang Helicopter Tour, etc.



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Rio Young
flagsUnited Kingdom
Oct 15, 2021
Muktinath Heli Tour
Good service by the company. Everything was done in timely-manner. Good workers. Highly recommended company for heli service.
Ryder Ward
flagsCanada
Oct 12, 2021
Muktinath Heli Tour
We flew to a famous temple in Nepal called Muktinath temple and got back to Kathmandu in just a day. It is also one of the world's highest temples at an altitude of 3,750 meters. The tour is great if you have a day or two left before you fly back to your home. By the way, the tour is affordable too.
Alexzander O'neil
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 08, 2021
Muktinath Tour
The three of us did one day Muktinath Heli Tour. After landing at Muktinath valley, we chose horse ride to the temple. It took about 20 minutes to reach. Some people chose to walk along... We pay homage to the temple and return back to ktm.
Ankit Arora
flagsIndia
Sep 08, 2021
heli tour to Muktinath
Third Rock arranged our helicopter flight from Kathmandu. They picked us up from the hotel and drop to hotel after the luxurious helicopter flight. It was an amazing mountain views from a helicopter window.. The flight was a bit scary but not so much but overall it was great.

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