Muktinath is one of the holiest sites in Nepal. Located at an altitude of 3,710 meters and draped with some fantastic mountainous views, Muktinath is a dream of a place to go. Many travelers visit here for pilgrimage while others come to cherish the beauty of this region.
In order to make the trip to Muktinath delightful, Sublime Trails has come up with a wonderful tour to Muktinath in a helicopter.
While going to Muktinath, you also go to the wonderful valley of Jomsom. During the Jomsom Muktinath helicopter tour, you will not only experience some fantastic views of the Himalayas but also of astonishing landscapes, the deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki gorge, and the apple garden in Marpha.
The flight in the Jomsom Muktinath helicopter flight tour flies between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. So you can get thrilling views of these two mountains as well as the Kali Gandaki gorge that is carved out by these two ranges.
Some of the mountains whose bird eye view you will get during this trip include Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Throng Peak, and Tilicho Peak.
Muktinath is a unique religious center that has its ties with Hinduism as well as Buddhism. This temple, which lies 20 km North East of Jomsom, derives its name from two words- ‘Mukti’ and ‘Nath’. Mukti in Nepal refers to liberation or freedom while ‘Nath’ means a god.
Thus any person that visits this place is said to achieve liberation or freedom. Hindus also consider Muktinath temple to be the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the 108 sacred temples of Lord Vishnu.
Muktinath is also a temple that is highly regarded by the adherents of the Buddhist faith. Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava), who is regarded as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism is believed to have mediated in Muktinath on his way to Tibet.
So this temple buzzes with people across both of these faiths in festive seasons. Muktinath temple is also believed to be the only place on Earth where the five elements, which are regarded to be quintessential for life- Fire, Water, Sky, Earth, and Air- exist at the same place.
From the flight, you will get some wonderful views of stone houses that are expertly crafted with firewood on the roofs of these houses. In around 90 minutes or so, you will land in a runway along the banks of Kali Gandaki River.
Muktinath temple is nestled beautifully quite close to a tributary of Kali Gandaki river- Jhong Rivera. The temple is located in the Mustang district, which is popular for its dry climatic conditions and the various sky caves in this valley.
After your helicopter lands near Muktinath temple, you will ride on the back of a horse to the temple. You can also find many people in this temple who have come here to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
While you are at the temple, you can also be a part of religious ceremonies. There are exactly 108 waterspouts around the temple. You can also take a shower in the water flowing in these spouts before the Pooja.
Muktinath Helicopter Tour by Sublime Trails is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the picturesque temple of Muktinath and the wonderful valley of Jomsom.
Muktinath Helicopter Tour Highlights
- Fly over the two most popular cities in Nepal- Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara City.
- Get some striking views of the lakes in Pokhara like Rupa, Begnas, and Fewa.
- Some of the most majestic views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri & Nilgiri.
- Easiest Way to Enjoy the beauty of Muktinath temple and Jomsom Village
- Fly over the deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki Gorge.
- UNESCO World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu valley
- A thrilling horse ride to Muktinath temple after the landing of the helicopter.
- Take a holy bath under the in cold chilling water spouts in Muktinath temple.
Best Time for Muktinath Helicopter Tour
You can come for the Muktinath Helicopter tour all year round. Most numbers of people come for this tour in autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, and May).
As this trip is to Muktinath and back is merely 5 hours long, you can easily come for this trip in the winter season (December, January, and February) as well. I
In the summer season, inclement weather conditions can postpone your flight. In case the weather is fine, you can also come for this trip in the summer season as well.
FAQ About Muktinath tour by helicopter from Kathmandu
What is the state of travel access to Muktinath?
You have three ways to go to Muktinath temple. You can either take a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by another 15-minute flight to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you can go for a 90-minute drive to the temple.
The other way is to take a 7-hour road trip to Pokhara followed by a 9-hour jeep ride to Jomsom. After getting to Jomsom, you can get to Muktinath temple.
Finally, you can also fly directly to Muktinath in a helicopter ride that lasts 90 minutes.
How many people are carried by Helicopter?
A helicopter can accommodate 5-6 people depending upon the type of the helicopter. Chartering a helicopter for a single person or a couple will cost more than that for a group. You can share the cost if you choose to come in a group.
What permits are required to visit this temple?
Two permits are required for the Muktinath Helicopter Tour. One of the two permits needed is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP). The other permit needed for this trip is the Trekker's Information Management System Permit (TIMS).
Can I visit Pokhara and stay there instead of returning back to Kathmandu?
You can contact us easily to customize your trip. We will help you arrange a visit to Pokhara after the completion of your trip. You can also choose to take a trip to another place in Nepal after you have completed the Muktinath Helicopter Tour.