Muktinath is a holy temple for Hindu and Buddhist people, many followers visit this temple every year. This temple is also known as Mukti Kshetra which means “place for Liberation”. You either trek or ride through the routes of mustang to reach here. But if you have a hectic schedule then you can view the Muktinath Helicopter Tour package made by Nepal Recreation.
Muktinath is situated inside the Muktinath valley. It is located in the district of Mustang at the foot of Thorong La Mountain pass (at an elevation of 5416 m).
Lord Bishnu resides in this temple which is the reason for it being sacred to the Hindu people. People believe that when Brinda put a curse on Lord Bishnu he received salvation from here. This is the reason how the temple got its name Muktinath.
Whereas for Buddhist people it is a valuable place of goddess Dakinis and considered one of the Tantric places among 24 others. Buddhist know this temple as Chumig Gyatsa which means “Hundred Waters”.
Also, Guru Rinpoche, an 8th-century Buddhist master and, founder of Tibetan Buddhism meditated here on his way to Tibet.
Muktinath is considered one of the highest temples in the world that is situated at an altitude of 3800 m.
The temple is believed to have risen on its own and is one of the eight temples. It has three statues of god and goddess inside i.e. Bishnu, Garuda, and Laxmi.
The temple is famous for its puja and holy bath. It is said that if you bathe in these waters your soul will be purified. There is a pond in front of the temple and behind them are 108 water taps.
On this Muktinath helicopter tour, you will be flying above the central part of the Annapurna region. The temple lies on the trekking routes of the Annapurna Circuit area.
Muktinath Helicopter tour offers you the scenic views of mountains and valley below. You begin your journey from the airport of Kathmandu and fly to Muktinath.
You will notice two different landing grounds near the temple. The grounds are for VIP and Public use. One landing is pretty close to the temple and the other one is 2-3 km away.
We usually make the land near to the temple which is a 5-10 minute walk. But sometimes the land is made 2-3 km away which is about 1-2 hours’ walk.
If you are not that fond of walking then you can ride horses from there till the temple.
You can also start the journey from Pokhara if you are already there. This heli tour is one of the popular packages to visit Muktinath in a short time period.
Highlights of this Helicopter tour
- Scenic view of Mountains and Landscape
- Fly above the Annapurna region
- Thrilling helicopter ride
- Visit Muktinath
- Bath in holy water
- Endless burning lamp
- View the desert area of mustang
This is a direct flight from Tribhuvan Domestic Airport in Kathmandu to Muktinath. You will be flying above the Annapurna
Kathmandu to Muktinath
Our representative will drop you off at the airport. It is an early flight to Muktinath. You will be flying directly from Kathmandu to Muktinath which is about one and a half hours long.
As you arrive at the airport you will board the helicopter. After fueling you begin your journey into the sky. You will be flying above the Annapurna Sanctuary viewing the beautiful mountains of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, etc.
If you view below you can see the lush green forests and stunning landscapes. Also, you get to see the desert of Nepal – Mustang. Seeing these mesmerizing views you reach Muktinath.
Usually, the helicopter lands near the temple but sometimes it might land 2-3 km away.
As your flight lands, you will be given 1 to 2 hours for exploration and worshipping. You will first bathe in the pond and then walk through the 108 water taps that are behind the temple. It is believed that if you bathe in this water your sins will be forgiven.
Then you change your clothes and go inside the Muktinath temple to worship Lord Bhisnu who resides in this temple. After that, you can walk around the temple and you can see an eternally burning flame there.
You can take snaps for memories.
Fly back to Kathmandu
You now return back to the helipad and board the heli. You will return back to the same airway viewing the landscape and mountains.
After landing you will return back to your hotel.
Nepal recreation hopes the short flight to Muktinath was worth your time. And you had a fun time all along the way.
Other Helicopter Options
Above was the one-day direct flight from Kathmandu but you can also fly from Pokhara or plan a 2 days helicopter tour.
Muktinath Helicopter Tour from Pokhara
If you are already in Pokhara and want to visit Muktinath without losing much time. Then the helicopter option is best for you. Most Indian tourists also join this tour from Pokhara.
Pokhara to Muktinath
You will board the flight from Pokhara airport and fly towards Muktinath. It is about 30 minutes airtime from there.
The flight takes you above the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region as you view the alpine forest below. As you look out your window you get to sight the mesmerizing mountains.
You then arrive at Muktinath and land in the Helipad that is near the temple.
Roam the Temple Area
As the helicopter lands you will walk for about 5 – 10 minutes from the Helipad. You will then bathe in the holy pond and the 108 taps before performing the puja.
After your puja is finished you can visit Jwala Mai which is an everlasting flame of the temple. After spending about 1 to 2 hours there you head back to your helipad.
Muktinath to Pokhara
After a wonderful visit to the temple, you fly the same way back to Pokhara. Reaching the airport you have the rest of the day for you.
Muktinath Helicopter Tour – 2 days
This is a two days trip package that begins and ends in Kathmandu. If you have time to spare then this package offers the sightseeing of Pokhara as well.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
You have an early flight to Pokhara so you will be waking up early this day. Then you will be dropped off at the Domestic Airport.
From here you board your flight towards Pokhara which takes about 25 min to reach. Then reaching Pokhara you wait for your helicopter to fuel and take off towards Muktinath.
The time duration is about 30 minutes from Pokhara to Muktinath. On your flight, you will view the beautiful snowy mountains such as Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, etc.
As you look below you will see the wonderful valleys and unique landscapes. Viewing these you arrive at Muktinath temple.
Visit the temple
Muktinath temple is a holy ground for Buddhist and Hindu people. Before performing puja it is better to bathe in the pond and the 108 taps that are near the temple.
It is believed that the water is holy and purifies your soul and forgives all your sins. After the puja, you can visit and see the holy flame in the Jwala Mai temple. You can also explore the Gomba Samba, Swaminarayan, Shaligram, etc.
Return to Pokhara
After the wonderful day in the Muktinath valley, you fly back to Pokhara. You will be dropped off at your hotel. You can roam around the city and visit clubs, pubs if you like.
You will be staying here for the night.
Sightseeing around Pokhara
You will be touring the highlight places of Pokhara. You will ride small boats to visit the Tal Barahi temple that resides in the middle of Fewa Lake.
You also visit David’s fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev, Binadabasini Temple and many more.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
After roaming the beautiful city you will catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu you will be dropped off at your hotel. Hoping the tour was as you had expected.