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‘a scenic flight to Lower Mustang at holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath Temple’
Muktinath Heli Tour takes you from Pokhara city towards the Far North West of Nepal. At the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath Temple, revered as the holiest of holy places for both Hindu and Buddhist followers. Located within the district of Mustang within arid desert-like terrains, beyond Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. 

Although a holy place, where all people of different religions can visit the beautiful and remote site of Muktinath. Besides being a sacred spot, offers grand views of Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri Himalayans' rare north face. 

Muktinath Temple and its holy premises of religious temples and monasteries stand at 3,710 m / 12,172 feet high. Above the Muktinath village of Rani-Pawa has many nice houses with shops and good lodges with guest houses.

Muktinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu one of the main three Gods in the Hindu religion. Muktinath means a place for Nirvana or Salvation and to liberate oneself from bad deeds and omens.  Thousands of Hindu devotees from all over India and Nepal visit for prayer and worship and takes bathe in the 108 holy water spouts. 

Muktinath Temple stands high above the Kaligandaki River Valley of Lower Mustang, at the foot of Thorang La. A mountain pass that forms the boundary between Manang and Mustang, on the route of famous, popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trails. It is one of the world’s highest of all Hindu temples, the source and tributary of the great Kaligandaki River. Which flows from its holy and beautiful 108 water spouts from a hidden natural spring.

Muktinath Temple at an air distance of 91 km / 57 miles from the charming city of Pokhara. A renowned and popular tourist destination as well for various adventures and sports activities. The driving distance is about 219.8 km
  / 137 miles, taking more than 8 hours. But on a Helicopter less than an hour flying directly towards Far North West from Pokhara.

A wonderful trip on Muktinath Heli Tour, visiting the highly picturesque country to experience for once in a lifetime.
Detailed Itinerary for Muktinath Heli Tour:

Starting as early as possible by 6:30 to 7 p.m. from Pokhara domestic airport for Muktinath Heli Tour. Walk towards the airline counter, where our staff will hand you the boarding pass for an exciting short flight.

As you board a small spacious Helicopter, greeted by airline staff and the pilot of the Heli flight. Once seated the captain starts the engine lifting it higher up into the blue clear Himalayan sky. Enjoy the panoramic views of Pokhara city and the valley with simmering lakes, as the chopper heads higher. Facing spectacular scenery of the snow mountain range of Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung, and Dhaulagiri Himal with the majestic peak of Machhapuchare. 

The flight heads above the green hills over the villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani, and the famous scenic view-point Poon Hill. The flight then heads towards Mustang district following the Kaligandaki River upstream to land at Jomsom.
 A large town with an airport, where regular flights operate from Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara, also the headquarters of Mustang district.

At Jomsom, the pilot might store the fuel for the return journey, while you enjoy the surrounding views of Nilgiris peaks. From Jomsom a short scenic flight heading north to land at a small Helipad next to Muktinath Temple premises.

The pilot on landing informs you about the areas of the tour, as well as the time for a return flight. Enter the sacred compound of holy Muktinath coming across a huge Buddhist colorful designed Prayer Wheels. 
A few minutes’ walk up on a nice paved path to the main premises of Muktinath Temple with a typical Nepali pagoda roof. Observe the devotees having a cold bath on the 108 spouts holy water, before performing a puja or religious rites. Get blessed by the temple Hindu priest and walk around and visit the Buddhist Monastery. Witness the natural blue/greenish flame inside the monastery's main prayer hall, as its rises from underground. The area of Muktinath is also rich in natural resources like natural gas and other rare elements.

After a religious and scenic tour of great spiritual interest, board a chopper for a return flight to Pokhara. Time permitting stopping at Jomsom town for refreshing drinks or breakfast. The Helicopter then flies on the same scenic route to land at Pokhara domestic airport. After a wonderful and pleasant morning ride on Muktinath Heli Tour.

Important Note

Area of Heli flight: North Mid-West around Annapurna Himalaya range.
Tour duration: 2-3 hours from 7 a.m. to maximum 09 / 10 a.m. 
                                              Includes short stops for views and refreshment.
Highest Landing spot: At Muktinath Helipad 3,710 m / 12, 172 feet high.

Types of Helicopter Model:
The most popular helicopter model for mountainous and Himalayan regions is AS Euro copter AS 350 and Ecureuil models. Much more efficient for smooth flights and safe landings on good available space. Seats for a maximum of 5 adult passengers as per altitude wise and temperatures on the landing site. 

Ecureuil family namely AS 350 B 2 (2002 model), AS 350 B3 e (2012 model) & EC 130 B 4 (2002 model). Manufactured by Euro copter, France (a worldwide leader in civil and military helicopter production).

The Best Seasons for Muktinath Heli Tour:
Interested people can join on this exciting Heli tour to Muktinath Temple, all seasons of year. Except the wet months of monsoon, starts from mid-June to August. The best seasons are spring and autumn/fall. 

The spring starts from March to May, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Normally the morning till mid-afternoon days are clear for views and scenic walks can get overcast late afternoon sometimes. 

The next high season is autumn/fall, from September to November, most days are fine and crystal clear. One can enjoy pleasant Heli flight with glorious views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. Days are much shorter due to limited sunlight hours, cold afternoons, and nights till morning time. The winter times of December to February is also a good time with clear and sunny morning. 
But it will be cold with freezing temperatures in the morning, requires warm gear for Heli tour in winter times. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Depending upon the booking around the best seasons. Normally the helicopter have rooms for 4-5 passengers. Sometimes when co-pilot is not in, can enjoy seating on the front seat with the captain. We organize for any numbers of people from minimum 4-5 to more with shuttle flight to and from Pokhara and Annapurna base camp. We also arrange the flights for minimum 1-2 people also where cost comes little higher than in maximum group of passengers.

Everest Adventure Tour, also organize Heli Tour to Muktinath for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, combining with holy Damodar Kund around Upper Mustang

At the hotel in Pokhara it might be bit early for breakfast. But can enjoy the morning with refreshing cup of coffee with breakfast. Passengers who are eager can carry packed breakfast also. But at Muktinath depends upon the pilot decision; as weather wise and time of flights. Normally having time for refreshing warm drinks while enjoying the views at Jomsom town.

As per the season wise, but Muktinath located on a high altitude, is cold in the morning around all seasons of the year. Better with long sleeve shirts and trouser with down-jackets, as well carrying sun-hats or woolen tops. Wearing boots or comfortable runners / sport shoes, sun or snow goggles against the bright reflection of sun and snow. Carrying needful personal small items for an hour flight.

Depending upon one interest, much popular among Indian for holy pilgrimage to Muktinath in good seasons of the year. As well on auspicious time, as per the Hindu Lunar Calendar, where Hindu devotees with much demands for Muktinath Heli Tour. Including visit to sacred Lake of Damodar Kund, located around Upper Mustang not far from Muktinath on Helicopter flight.

Normally it is a straightforward Heli Tour from Pokhara to the Helipad near Muktinath Temple premises. But on special request, we will provide the service as per one interest to land at possible places with enough space for Helipad.
Around Kagbeni or villages close to Muktinath and Jomsom. It also depends upon the time duration and weather wise also. Where cost comes slightly higher to extend an hour or less on top of Helicopter flight hour duration.

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