Muktinath Helicopter Tour is easy and short way to visit and Darsan Muktinath within few hours time. In this tour, you will fly direct from Kathmandu to Muktianth with small chartered Helicopter. Since flight is toward highland and windy valley, 5 or 6 seat helicopter may bring only 4 peoples at a time. It is also depend on total weight of peoples. It is about 4 hour’s tour including enough time to make Darsan at Muktinath temple.
Muktianth is a holy temple both for Hindu and Buddhist, located in Muktinath valley at altitude of 3,710 miters at the foot of Annapurna Himalayan and near Mustang. It is strong believe that, performing ritual pilgrimage and take bathing in Muktianth temple takes way all the sins done in life time. Thousand of devotees reach there every year. Muktianth is home of Lord Bhisnu and also called Mukti Chhetra. There are 108 holy taps around the temple and two ponds in front of temple, where peoples take holy bath.
The helicopter tour begins early in the morning. Normally we have to reach at Kathmandu domestic airport at about 05:30. Flight is scenic with green valleys, River valleys and Mountains. It takes one and half hour to reach helicopter to Muktianth. You will get one hour to Darsan temple. Then takes same time to be back Kathmandu again. You can make special Aarati in Pashupatinath temple at this evening.
Muktinath Heli tour also can start from Pokhara. This is also the way of making this tour cost low. A regular flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu is 22 minutes. It also can reach by overland visiting Manakamana devi temple on the way. this will be 6/7 hours driving. in this way, you should overnight in Pokhara. Pokhara to Muktinath is 30 minutes flight by Helicopter. The high mountain ranges, Fishtail, Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and other Himalayan rages are closely encounter from windows of heli. The deepest Kaligandaki George valley looks gorgeous.
Muktinath Darsan can be done with regular flights and driving. 5 nights 6 days Muktinath Darsan Package by Nepal highland Treks, is including Pashupatinath temple, Mata Manakamana temple, and Muktianth. The package includes other special visits to the main monuments of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Best season for Muktinath tour
Muktinath tour the best season is in the months of March to May and September to December. The rainy season may disturb helicopter flight due to rain and bad weather. Months of January and February are too cold in Muktinath area. Overland tour to Muktinath still possible in the winter season. It is a day driving to reach Muktinath from Pokhara. Good opportunities to visit unique villages like Marpha, Kagbeni, Kobang, Jharkot, Jomsom, Muktinath the on the way. Due to the landslide area and mountain road, raining months from June till August is not recommended a plan for this trip. Tour of flying to Jomsom airport is still possible in raining time.
Itinerary of Muktinath Helicopter Tour
05:00 AM: Pickup from Hotel and drive to Domestic Airport. Be preparing for flight. It is worth packing your breakfast from Hotel. In case of getting delay your flight (It may happen sometime because of weather), we might stay and wait at Airport.
06:00 AM: Start flying to Muktinath. Shortstop either at Pokhara or Jomsom airport for fuelling without getting out. Reach near Muktianth temple and walk 10 minutes to Temple. Darsan, take bath and collect holy water. Fly back to Kathmandu again.
10:00 AM: Arrive at Kathmandu domestic airport. Pickup and transfer to hotel.
Where is Muktinath temple?
Muktinath temple is inside the Annapurna conservation area and in the Lower Mustang region. It is about 25 kilometers toward the Thorong-La Himalayan pass. The nearby village from the temple is Ranipauwa also called Muktinath village. It is about 175 kilometers from Pokhara and takes 8/9 hours by jeep driving. Only one airport near the temple is Jomsom airport. From Jomsom airport, it takes about 2 hours driving to reach the temple.
What is the altitude of the Muktinath temple?
The altitude of Muktinath temple is 3,710 meters from sea level. It lies in the lope of the Thorong-La Himalayan ranges. Peoples who are new to reach such high altitudes may face high altitude sickness. Muktinath by helicopter reaches fast to this altitude from low altitude land. So it is not recommended to stay there for a long time more than one hour time.