Muktinath Temple Helicopter Tour from Pokhara

Trip Facts

  • Duration 1 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy Helicopter Tour
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Helicopter Ride
  • Activity Cultural & Religious Helicopter Tour
  • Best Season Feb-May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1, Max 5 People
  • Trip Start/End Pokhara
  • Max Altitude 3755m / 12320ft

Muktinath Helicopter Tour from Pokhara Highlights.

  • A quick trip from Pokhara to Muktinath Temple in just 2 hours by helicopter.
  • The helicopter stops for breakfast and a short break.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak.
  • Get a bird's eye view of Pokhara Valley, including Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal.
  • Witness the stunning Mustang District Desert from above.
  • Admire the beautiful sights of Muktinath Village, the valley, and the Holy Gandaki River.
  • Take in panoramic views of towering mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Experience the holy bathing ritual under 108 chilled water springs and 2 holy Kunda.
  • Worship Vishnu God at Muktinath Temple.

Muktinath Helicopter Tour Overview.

The Muktinath Temple Helicopter tour from Pokhara is a popular ride to reach the Holy Muktinath temple. This Helicopter journey takes only 45 minutes each way, making it ideal for elderly and time-constrained individuals on religious trips. The Muktinath Darshan Yatra by Helicopter ride is a well-liked option for visiting the sacred temple of Lord Vishnu. This Heli Tour package is designed for those who lack time for a land trip or a trek to Muktinath via Jomsom.

Muktinath Temple is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area in the Mustang District of Nepal at an altitude of 3710 meters and 22 km Northeast of Jomsom. Muktinath is a sacred temple in the Mustang region, holding religious importance for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Every year, thousands of pilgrims come to Muktinath, believing that bathing in its waters cleanses a lifetime of sins. The temple, located at an altitude of 3710 meters above sea level in the Mustang district of Nepal, is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek.

Now, you can travel to Muktinath Temple in two ways: by helicopter from Pokhara or directly from Kathmandu. If you choose to go from Pokhara, it's a 30-minute helicopter ride, and you'll have one hour to explore the temple. Pokhara is 206 km away from Kathmandu, taking 6 to 7 hours by tourist bus, 5 hours by private car, and 25 minutes by a regular flight. So, the whole Muktinath Helicopter Tour from Pokhara takes about 2 hours.

A helicopter ride from Pokhara to Muktinath offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri regions, flying over scenic valleys and sub-tropical and alpine forests. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes, and there is an option to join a group from Pokhara. Muktinath Yatra by Helicopter from Pokhara is a common choice, especially among Indian visitors. Hindus and Buddhists alike flock to Muktinath temple to fulfill their religious aspirations.

The term "Muktinath Temple" is a fusion of two Sanskrit words, "Mukti," signifying salvation or Nirvana, and "Nath," meaning God or Master, both conveying a shared essence. "Mukti" holds profound significance among spiritual communities in South Asia. Muktinath resonates emotionally and spiritually with Hindus, epitomizing a sacred site where multitudes seek moksha, the coveted liberation. Hindus aspire to transcend the illusionary world of "MAYA" and break free from the cycle of rebirths, with Muktinath being a beacon on this spiritual journey. Recognized as one of the four religious sites, it is revered as Muktichhetra, translating to the "place of salvation." Pilgrims undertaking the Muktinath Tour venerate Shaligrams, believed to be incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who, according to Hindu Mythology, assumed this form due to Brinda's curse. Muktinath remains accessible throughout the year, witnessing heightened festivities during Rishitarpani and Ram Navami, drawing thousands of devotees seeking divine blessings.

Muktinath Temple Helicopter Tour From Pokhara 

To take the Muktinath Helicopter tour from Pokhara, first, make sure you are in Pokhara. Pokhara is 206 kilometers away from Kathmandu. If you drive, it will take 8 hours, but a regular flight from Kathmandu only takes 25 minutes. At 6:30 in the morning, head to the airport for the helicopter tour. Complete the necessary paperwork and board the helicopter. The helicopter will take you to Muktinath Temple. After arriving, perform ritual activities at the temple. Then, fly back to Pokhara.

Choosing the Muktinath Helicopter tour from Pokhara is more affordable than the tour from Kathmandu. You can save almost half of the money by selecting this option. If you have at least 2 days, this package is a good choice. The travel itinerary is as follows:

Itinerary

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6: 00 AM: Pickup from Hotel and Transfer to Pokhara Airport.

6: 30 AM: Check-in at the Airport and Transfer to the Helipad.

7: 00 AM: Fly to Muktinath, Take a Bath, and Do Ritual Puja. (30 minutes flight, and 1 hour for worship, Darshan, Pooja)

08: 30 AM: Fly back to Pokhara from Muktinath Temple.

09:00 AM: Transfer to Hotel.

    Cost Details

    Price Includes

    • Pick up from hotel to airport.
    • National Park permits
    • Heli-tour to Muktinath
    • Domestic airport departure tax.
    • All government taxes, VAT, and office service charges.

    Price Excludes

    • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days, and USD$125 for 90 days)
    • Lunch and Dinner.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • Clients insurance.
    • Items of personal nature.
    • Expenses due to Medical evacuation, etc.
    • Tips for the staff

    Useful Info

    Why Do People Visit Muktinath Temple?

    Muktinath Temple is one of the most sacred temples in Nepal for Hindu devotees. People visit this temple due to the mythology that will wash your sing if you pay homage to the Muktinath temple. It is a wonderful destination for travelers with its elegant setting surrounded by the impressive Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna region. The wide terrain, sandy cliffs, and snowy summits are some of the representative attractions of this location.

     

    What is the Weight Limit of the Muktinath Helicopter Tour?

    The weight limitation for a helicopter tour is 500 kg, excluding the captain, and it can accommodate a maximum of 5 pax. We operate the group joining a tour with a minimum requirement of 3 pax.

     

    Weather And Climate

    The weather condition cannot be predicted as it is mountain terrain. The Mustang region, where the Muktinath temple is located, remains cool in the morning till noon. The crystal-clear weather allows incredible Himalayan views, but it remains an extremely windy afternoon. It is a Himalayan rain shadow area, so rain is very rare in the Mustang region. Due to weather conditions, the helicopter can only fly in the morning.

     

    What are the Helicopter Models used for Muktinath Helicopter Flight?

    Adventure Club Treks and Expedition has offered unique helicopter tours to various destinations for over a decade. All the trips are safe and operated with timely serviced helicopters of multiple models.

    Different helicopter models are used for the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. They are well-maintained, reliable, and offer safe Himalayan journeys. With the rules of the Nepal government, the helicopters can carry five passengers at once, so there will be six people maximum at once, including captains.

    Model: AS350B3e is used, which has been manufactured by Airbus, France. It has got an Ariel 2D engine type. The maximum takeoff weight is 2250 KG, with five passengers capacity excluding the captain, which can operate at a maximum altitude of 23000 feet.

    Model: AS350 FX II is another type of helicopter built by Airbus, France. It has got LTS – 101 700D2 engine type. The maximum takeoff weight is 2250 KG, with five passengers capacity excluding the captain, which can operate at a maximum altitude of 23000 feet.

    Model: AS350 BA, which Airbus, France, has built, has got Ariel 1B engine type. The maximum takeoff weight is 2100 KG, with five passengers capacity excluding the captain, which can operate at a maximum altitude of 16,000 feet.

     

    How To Deal With Altitude Sickness?

    High altitude sickness is a disorder that people might feel above 3000 meters. It is directly connected to altitude adaptation, which makes people have difficulty breathing. Altitude sickness is also called Acute Mountain Sickness.

    The ultimate altitude of Annapurna Base Camp is 4130 meters, which is not a risky zone for getting caught in altitude sickness. It's very unlikely to be suffering from AMS. However, you may experience it accidentally once you get out of the helicopter. Mild headache and dizziness can be the common symptoms you feel at ABC. Initially, you will be given oxygen support in the helicopter, as oxygen cylinders will be in every helicopter. If it's risky, flying back to the lower altitude is another best way.

    You will get a maximum of half an hour of landing time at the Annapurna base camp. You walk around and get abundant miraculous glimpses of the mighty Himalayan peaks like Mt. Annapurna.

     

    What are the essential Safety Measures for Muktinath Helicopter Tour?

    There are some sorts of essential safety measures for the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. It starts from entering the aircraft, where you should follow the captain's instructions, and also at the exit.

    • If you are in a group, do not move from your place during the flight or exchange your seats with other travelers
    • You should not put your hands or head out of the window and do remember to keep your belongings safe.
    • Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the helicopter, and it's very sensible
    • Please, do remember to tighten your seat belt properly.
    • If you feel any breathing problems or dizziness, tell your captain about it.
    • Aftermath of COVID-19,
    • Helicopters are sanitized properly in all corners with spray
    • You should follow the safety instructions like wearing a mask, gloves
    • Test your temperature before flying

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