Muktinath Helicopter Tour

Muktinath Temple: A Sacred Haven in the Heart of Mustang, Nepal

Muktinath Helicopter Tour

3 Da
4 hrs/day
Best Season

Nestled high in the Himalayan region of Mustang, Nepal, stands the revered Muktinath Temple. This ancient shrine holds profound importance for Hindu devotees, drawing pilgrims and travelers from far and wide to experience its spiritual aura and natural beauty. Muktinath, often referred to as "Mukti Kshetra" in Sanskrit, translates to "Place of Liberation," signifying its significance in Hinduism as a sacred site where one attains spiritual emancipation and liberation from the cycle of birth and death. For Hindu devotees, Muktinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations. It is believed to be one of the 108 Divya Desams (sacred abodes of Lord Vishnu) and is closely associated with Lord Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Within the temple complex, the central shrine houses a deity of Lord Vishnu in the form of "Mukti Narayana," which is a unique representation of the Lord with a miraculous combination of fire and water continually flowing together.

The significance of Muktinath extends to encompass other deities as well. The temple complex also includes shrines dedicated to the goddess Saraswati and Lord Shiva. Thus, Muktinath Temple serves as a symbol of harmony between Vaishnavism and Shaivism, two major sects within Hinduism. What sets Muktinath apart is its extraordinary natural elements. The temple is renowned for its 108 sacred waterspouts, known as "Muktidhara," which emerge from the Gandaki River and flow continuously. Bathing in these icy-cold waters is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and bring spiritual purification. Devotees often undertake this ritual with great devotion. Adjacent to the temple, there is also an eternal flame known as the "Jwala Mai Temple," where a natural gas flame burns continuously amidst a stream of cold water. This phenomenon is considered a manifestation of the divine and holds immense significance for pilgrims.

The journey to Muktinath is as spiritually enriching as the destination itself. Pilgrims often trek to this high-altitude sanctuary, navigating the rugged terrain and picturesque landscapes of the Annapurna and Mustang regions. The trek is a test of devotion and determination, and the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks along the way are a testament to the natural beauty of the region. For many, reaching Muktinath is a lifelong aspiration, and the moment of arrival is filled with profound emotion and reverence. Pilgrims offer prayers, perform rituals, and seek blessings from the divine to attain salvation and spiritual enlightenment. Muktinath Temple in Mustang, Nepal, stands as a testament to the enduring faith of Hindu devotees and the remarkable fusion of spirituality and nature. Its serene location amidst the mighty Himalayas, coupled with its spiritual significance, makes it a destination of profound devotion and breathtaking beauty—a place where seekers of spiritual liberation find solace and transcendence in the heart of the mountains.

What is the passenger capacity of helicopters used for trips to Muktinath Temple, and how does the pricing vary based on the number of passengers?

Answer: The helicopters available for charter to Muktinath Temple come in two configurations, accommodating either four or five passengers. Consequently, the cost of the trip can vary considerably depending on the number of individuals on board. For a single passenger or a couple, the fare might be relatively expensive, while larger groups can enjoy a more cost-effective per-person rate.

What specific permits do I need to obtain in order to visit Muktinath Temple, which is situated within a designated conservation and trekking zone?

To visit Muktinath Temple, which lies within a conservation and trekking zone, it is essential to acquire two distinct permits:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP):

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit, commonly referred to as ACAP, is a crucial document for gaining entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area where Muktinath Temple is nestled. This permit serves the dual purpose of environmental preservation and cultural heritage conservation within this spectacular region.

  • Trekker's Information Management System Permit (TIMS):

The Trekker's Information Management System Permit, known as TIMS, is another mandatory requirement for anyone planning to visit Muktinath Temple. This permit is specifically designed to ensure the safety and well-being of trekkers and tourists, while also facilitating efficient management of visitors within the area.

When is the most favorable time to plan a visit to Muktinath Temple, especially for experiencing clear weather and getting up-close views of the snow-capped mountains from a helicopter?

The optimal months for embarking on a journey to Muktinath Temple, where you can relish clear skies and breathtaking proximity to the snow-clad peaks from a helicopter, encompass a significant portion of the year. Here are the recommended months:

March: As the winter recedes, March ushers in pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to visit. The landscape begins to awaken with hints of spring.

April: Springtime in April is marked by blooming rhododendrons, adding vibrant colors to the region. The weather remains mild, creating a picturesque setting for your visit.

May: May continues the springtime charm, with mild temperatures and an abundance of blooming flora. The scenery is at its most captivating during this month.

June: Early summer in June brings warmer days to Muktinath. While daytime temperatures rise, the scenery remains stunning, and the weather is generally cooperative.

September: After the monsoon season, September welcomes visitors with clear skies and rejuvenated landscapes. It's an excellent time to explore the temple and its surroundings.

October: The onset of autumn in October provides delightful weather for visiting Muktinath. The skies are clear, and the surroundings are bathed in a golden hue.

November: Late autumn in November boasts pleasant temperatures and excellent visibility. The mountain vistas are particularly striking during this time.

During these months, you can anticipate the best conditions for your Muktinath Temple pilgrimage, ensuring that you not only experience the cultural and spiritual aspects but also relish the majestic Himalayan panoramas, especially when taking a helicopter ride. However, it's advisable to plan your trip well in advance and check local weather forecasts for the most up-to-date information to make the most of your visit.

What type of food will be provided to the participants or Yatris?

The food provided to the participants will strictly adhere to a vegetarian diet. This choice is made out of utmost respect for religious and cultural considerations. Vegetarianism is not only a dietary preference but often a deeply ingrained practice in many spiritual and religious traditions. By offering exclusively vegetarian meals, we aim to honor these beliefs and ensure that all participants can partake in the nourishment provided without any concerns related to their faith or dietary restrictions. Your culinary experience will include a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes that cater to diverse tastes while upholding the principles of religious sensitivity.

Standard Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu at an elevation of 1350 meters (4428 feet), you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Nepal Trek. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will be on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan, allowing you to settle in and relax after your journey.

Day 02: Muktinath - Kathmandu

Charter Helicopter to Muktinath, Complete the ceremony, and fly back to Kathmandu.

Your day begins with an early breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. Afterward, you'll be transferred to the domestic airport for a remarkable journey. You will embark on a one-hour helicopter flight to Muktinath, a destination of immense spiritual significance. Upon landing, a short ascending walk will lead you to the Muktinath Temple, where the serene ambiance is filled with devotion. The temple complex is renowned for the 108 waterspouts, known as "Muktidhara," where pilgrims take a holy bath. It is believed that this ritual purifies the soul and leads to salvation.

Adjacent to the temple, there are two sacred ponds known as "Mukti Kunda," where Hindu devotees take a dip under the chilled water, believing that it brings them spiritual liberation. You'll have the opportunity to offer prayers, perform worship rituals, and seek blessings at Muktinath Temple.

After your spiritual sojourn, you'll return to Ranipauwa, where the helicopter awaits. You'll then board the helicopter for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and engage in leisure activities. You'll spend the night at the hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu

Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Your third day in Kathmandu begins with a hearty breakfast. Following breakfast, you will embark on an enriching sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. If you prefer, we can arrange a guide proficient in your language.

During the sightseeing tour, you will immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, rich heritage, and local life of Kathmandu. The tour will include visits to several iconic sites, including:

Pashupatinath Temple: A revered Hindu temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Jaal Narayan (Budhanilkantha): Home to a remarkable reclining statue of Lord Vishnu, also known as Budhanilkantha, this site is a marvel of ancient artistry.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stupa is a symbol of peace and harmony and offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: A historic palace complex showcasing intricate architecture, ancient temples, and the living heritage of the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 04: Departure

On your final day in Kathmandu, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel before bidding farewell to this enchanting city. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey or departure to your next destination. Your unforgettable Muktinath pilgrimage and exploration of Kathmandu's cultural treasures will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for Nepal's rich heritage.

Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes :

Cost Includes:

  • All accommodations
  • Three times food per day Breakfast Lunch and Dinner with Tea or Coffee.
  • English/Hindi-speaking guide in necessary places.
  • Entry fees for sightseeing spots and boating in Pokhara.
  • ACAP/TIMS permits in Jomsom.
  • Chater flight KTM - MUKTINATH - KTM

Cost Excludes :

Cost Excludes:

  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Loss and Damage.
  • Tips for the guide, driver, and other service providers.
  • Extra Days except for the mentioned itinerary.
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Jessica D



Himalayan Nepal Trek is a very professional company with a great price point. Their service is top notch and the company owner, guides, and porters will go above and beyond for their clients. They made sure we had everything sorted before arriving in Nepal and cared for us for the duration of the stay in Nepal. They answered any questions or concerns we had. They have many connections and can assist with any need from finding things to buy or even getting a medical evacuation from the mountain. I highly recommend using Himalayan Nepal Trek and planing your trip directly with Mr. Gopal. Gajen was a fantastic mountain guide. Bijay is also a great tour guide for any city adventures and sight seeing. I used this company for Everest Basecamp in 2014 and again for Annapurna in 2022.


Alastair H



Amazing trekking experience on the Annapurna circuit. I had a great trekking experience across the Annapurna circuit. My guide (gajen) and Porter (Pasang) were great and I learnt a lot from both of them about Nepal /trekking from my time with them. I would thoroughly recommend the Himalayan Trekking Company as they really care about their clients and go the extra mile to make sure you get the most out of your trip and Nepal!


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Very good experience with Himalayan Nepal Trek in a remote area of Nepal: Kanchenjunga north BC and Dromo Ri 6121m. The professional service we got to undertake this expedition has been very good. In particular we can point out the good support of the guides (really professional) and we appreciated the full and flexible organization.


MK Iyer



Everest view trek to Teng Boche on the EBC. Out of the world views. Excellent trekking Company. Took care of all the details. 6 day Teng Boche trip was very well organized. The tea houses we stayed in were all very clean and the food was good. Our guide and porter were excellent. Very patient and took care of us on all six days. Jangpo, our guide was a very experienced Sherpa, having climbed many of the top peaks, including Everest, multiple times. Being a Monsoon Trek, we were a bit worried about rain and its effects on the trail. But as Gopal, the owner, had predicted we had a few patchy showers, but mostly glorious sunshine and greenery every where. There was a weather issue at Lukla on our return with low clouds preventing air travel. Both Gopal, in Kathmandu, and our guide with us in Lukla, coordinated very well and ensured that we were on the first flight out without any delay, especially since the flights had been fully cancelled the previous day and the first couple of flights on the day of our return as well. Ours was the only flight of the day, and we were so glad that we were able to be on it.We will definitely recommend Himalayan Nepal Trek and are already planning our next trip to the Ama Dablam base camp for next year with this Company.


John E



Excellent organization that ensured we could enjoy the trekking and the views. This included everything from cups of tea to flights. Our guide was a highly experienced professional who shared his knowledge of the mountains. All we had to do was trek!





Mr Shresta went out of his way to put together a custom itinerary for me that included hiking the foothills of Annapurna, going up the Lower Mustang & Muktinath, and then all the way down to Chitwan National Park over the course of roughly two weeks at an amazingly budget friendly price.

All along the way, he successfully organized everything, and his extremely experienced guide made sure to take us off the beaten path and allowed me to see amazing spots that everyone else just walked past.





WOW! This trip was an incredible experience and exceptional because of Himalayan Nepal Trek as our guiding company! We were 2 women over 50 years that were part of a larger group that was going to EBC - but we had chosen to do our 'own thing' and stay around 4,000m - and trek to villages around Namche (included Thamo and Thame, Kumjung, Pangboche) and then trek to meet our friends after their successful trek to EBC. Gopal with Himalayan Nepal Trek made this happen for us - he is an excellent communicator and he considered all our input and put together a great plan that we felt confident before we left on our journey! On our trek, we were well matched with our guide Mingmar and porter Manouj who were excellent! We trekked less travelled trails, and went to Monasteries, schools, a hospital, and immersed in culture! We trekked as a larger group for 6 days with Head Guide Temba - who was exceptional. Gopal pays attention to all the details - communication prior to the trip, meeting us at the airport at Kathmandu, and ensuring we had everything we needed; and when we were trekking - he was in communication with our guides. Don't hesitate to contact Himalayan Nepal Trek to share what your goal, dream or what you want your experience to be - I have no doubt that Himalayan Nepal Trek can make this a reality!


Jeffrey Hall



Visiting Everest Base Camp and participating in a semi-technical climb in the Himalayas has been a long time goal of mine. After gettting into contact with Gopal, he reccomended I do the EBC Trek and Island Peak cimb. Since I was crunched for time and could only take 19 days off of work, Gopal tailored the itinerary with enough flexibility to achieve both objectives. The logistics and transportation upon arrival was clearly planned out. He was able to answer all the questions I had and gave reassurrance that the trip would be a success.

A success it was, completing everything on the itinerary (and more). My personnal guide Domi and porter Lhapa were both excellent. They gave me a unique introspective to the customs and lifestyle of the Sherpa family. Since I went solo, the three of us were limited only by my pace and capabiity. I did experience symptoms of altitude sickness, but this was my own doing as I did not properly pace myself going up. I saw a lot of people get evacuated due to altitude sickness at the higher camps, but if you take it slow and listen to your guides your should have no problem getting to EBC.

If you want to climb Island Peak, doing the EBC Trek is a great way to get acclimatized in a relatively short period of time. The climb itself was not hard, but did take all day to accomplish. We had the mountain to ourselfs which truly made it a memorable experience (no lines waiting on people). We crossed and climbed 8 ladders over glaciers which was a new experience for me. Domi paid careful attention the entire time, and I did not question my safety once while I was with him.

All in all, the trip was well worth the money spent. Customers/future trekkers should remember to stay flexible as weather, transportation, personal fitness, and altitude accimitization can alter the planned itinerary. Would highly reccomend this agency to those who wish to expericence the Khumbu valley from a local persective!





Trek in the Langtang Valley

I did a wonderful trek in the Langtang Valley with Himalayan Nepal Trek P. Ltd. Friends of mine recommended this company and i understand why. I dealt with the owner, Mr. Gopal, to organize my trip and he made things simple and easy. I was warmly greeted at the Kathmandu airport and things went smoothly from there. Special thanks to my guide and my porter, Gajendra and Gelu, who made sure i had a good and safe trip. They proved also very knowledgeable of the features of the Valley and its people.

If you choose this company, you will have a great trek.



Eric M



Trek to Basecamp Via Cho La Pass

In April / May of this year 7 of us from Nova Scotia Canada used Himalayan Nepal Trek as our guiding company to hike to Mount Everest Basecamp in Nepal. The overall experience with this company was extremely positive. I found them well organized and very experienced in delivering a positive and successful excursion. We had a complicated ask for an itinerary with two of us staying at lower altitudes and 5 of us heading for basecamp. Gopal, our main contact, developed and delivered an itinerary that worked well for both groups. All logistics were handled very efficiently and professionally.

The trek itself was led by Tempa Serpa an experienced climber who looked after us all individually and made sure all were doing the right things to make it to Basecamp. He paid attention to detail and looked after us extremely well including added things like a picnic at basecamp with his brother. His knowledge and life stories of the Kumbu region are amazing. by the end of the trip my wife and I were good friends with Temba.

This is my second time using Himalayan Nepal Trek and this trip was even better than my first. I highly recommend this company for any trek you may be considering in Nepal and Tibet. They gave us a fun and successful excursion that delivered good value.


art m



Base Camp Trek

I highly recommend this company for trekking. We did a 15-day hike to base camp with Temba as our guide. We were a group of mostly 60 years and over. Temba set a very good, steady, pace that we could all maintain . He watched each of us closely to make sure we ate properly and did not get altitude sickness. (None of us got altitude sickness, although we meet many people in other groups who did)

Temba is a very conscientious, knowledgeable, experienced guide. He has summited mount Everest four times and participated in high altitude mountain rescues. He has also climbed many of the other mountains in the region.

I do not think there is a better guide on the mountain.

Gopal was our contact for organizing all the details of the Trek. He made sure everything was was booked and ready to go when we arrived. He is very organized and has been setting up treks for years. He was in constant contact with us and answered all our pre arrival questions quickly and concisely. He took very good care of us in Kathmandu before and after the trek, inviting to his home for a pre hike meal, meeting us at the airport ,etc.

This is a well-organized, friendly, local company. I recommend them with no hesitation nor reservations.






Everest Base Camp with Best hands

Me and two of my friends from Sri Lanka did Everest Base camp in April 2019 with Himalayan Nepal Trek. Mr. Gopal handled this tour arrangement with high accuracy and no mistakes. He gave a tour guide Mr Indra, from my heart he has become a family member to travel with and took care of us very perfectly just like Mr. Gopal's perfectness. We have done all what we can do in a EBC tour and more than also i believe. I highly recommend Himalayan Nepal Trek to do the EBC tracking also Mr. Indra as a guide personally. I also got a chance to meet all their guide on the hiking duration all are so good and fun.





I spend 3 weeks in Nepal. Our guide was Temba. He is a very good guide. He is very kind, organized, answered all the questions regarding Nepal and he paid attention at every person needs.


Aloke S



Personalized Attention to Detail

My friend John and I did the Everest Base Camp plus Gokyo Lake trek last year 2018 in Oct/Nov and Gopal, the owner of Himalayan Nepal Trek, greeted us personally on arrival and ensured we were comfortably ensconced in our hotel in Kathmandu. He also accompanied us while John shopped for some trekking items in Thamel, like down jackets and sleeping bags etc. After we had completed EBC at Gorakshep we had to reconsider our route to Gokyo as John had had some altitude issues. Gopal immediately advised our guide via phone from Kathmandu to reroute us via Phortse to Gokyo and this single decision provided us with the most enjoyable section of the trek! Gopal also organized our excursion to Chitwan after the trek. I would not hesitate to use Gopal's services if I was to return to Nepal for another trek!





Everest Basecamp Trek

Our trek from Kathmandu to Everest Basecamp, Kala Pathar and Island Peak and back to Kathmandu was arranged by Himalayan Nepal Trek P LTD.

The entire expedition was very well arranged right from the airport pick up to various logistics including arrangements at various locations including stay at night at various guest houses.

Our guide and porter ensured that our safety and comfort was well taken care of.

Gopal Shreshta the owner of the trekking company personally tracked and followed up to ensure everything was going well.

I would highly recommend this company for to anyone interested in travelling to Nepal





Amazing 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

We had an amazing trekking experience to the Everest Base Camp. The actual trek took about 11-12 days, and we experienced all kinds of weather. Throughout the trek, our guide, Indra and the porters took really good care of us. One of the porters, Kumar, always went the extra mile and always helped Indra to ensure that we were well taken care of. Indra is a humorous guide and we had fun while trekking or chilling out at the lodges. His sharing sessions gave us valuable insights to the Everest region, and we brought back more than just photos and memories.

Appreciate the help by Tembar when we were planning for the trek, and we would love to be back to do another one!


Yi Hui





Wonderful trek! The tricky bridges over the furious streams, the dark forests and the deep gorges, the glaciers, many Kham forts and monasteries, the desert and mineral landscapes, Himlung Himal base camp, the many blue sheeps and yaks and goats give a life-time memory. The Kang La was under snow but we re-planned the itinerary towards Tilicho Tal which was, in all its most pure whiteness, the icing on the cake. Thank you to Mr Gopal and his team!





Gokyo-Ri Trek

Back in January 2018, my girlfriend and I had the idea to celebrate my 30th birthday in the mountains. I approached Temba to plan the trip and like what I imaged, it is the most amazing birthday on the peak of Gokyo-Ri. The trek was very well organised. I feel safe trekking with Temba and Temba have become a true and good friend of ours. I will definitely recommend all my friends to trek with Temba / Himalayan Nepal Trek





Amazing trip of our lifetime, with the best guide ever

We had the trip of our lifetime, with the best Sherpa guide ever! We had a 10 days trek to Gokyo Ri, in the Everest region. Our guide, Temba Sherpa was the best guide that we could have asked for. We were shown with great hospitality the moment we touched down into Kathmandu airport.

Temba is extremely knowledgeable about the many peaks in the region and the world. He is also a very experienced trekker and mountaineer, having trekked through many of the routes several times in his 20 over years of experience, and also having reached the summits of many mountains, such as summitting Mount Everest three times so far.

Temba is also very organised and resourceful, ensuring that we had the best accommodation and food throughout the trek, and also ensuring that we had the first flights in and out of Lukla. He is also detail-oriented and pays great attention to our health and welfare throughout the trek.

Our trip was amazing, and we loved the Gokyo Ri trek, whereby we were able to appreciate the grandeur of Mount Everest amidst its surrounding peaks. We were blessed with great weather, and an amazing guide who made the entire trip such a pleasant and memorable experience.

We will definitely go back to Nepal soon, and will definitely trek with Temba and Himalayan Nepal Trek when we are back again. I would strongly recommend Temba and Himalayan Nepal Trek to anyone who wishes to do a trek in Nepal.





Amazing Guide

Had a great time! Our guide Indra was very kind, knowledgable and patient. We felt very welcome and safe traveling with him and any and all questions were answered with a smile. His son Sushil accompanied us as well and he was also very nice and great to have with us. The guest houses we stayed at were great and had all basic amenities you would need. The area was enchanting, the people were welcoming, and the views were amazing.