Facts about Muktinath tour by helicopter from Kathmandu
Why people visit Muktinath Temple?
Muktinath holds a great meaning on its own. "Mukti" means "preservation” or Nirvana" and "Nath" mean "God or Master". Mukti holds a huge meaning for all religious people all over south Asian sub-continent.Muktinath is derived from Sanskrit name. It carries lots of cultural and religious values amongst the Hindus; Buddhist .It has got its own religious overtone and a sort of touching ring to it for the devoted Hindus. The name is synthesis of two words - (the provider of preservation).It has been one such holy site. This place is visited by thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after Freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
Where does the temple located and its travel access?
Muktinath temple is located Mustang district of Nepal. It is the north west of Kathmandu valley & north direction of Pokhara valley. Once can travel by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and take 25 minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. It’s a great time to explore the Muktinath temple & many Hindus & Buddhist devotes are going to Muktidham & having fulfill their desire. While Muktinath temple can access by surface or schedule flight to Jomsom and drive to Ranipauwa or can charter the heli service from Pokhara & Kathmandu. It will be take about 1. 30 hrs from Kathmandu 45 minute from Pokhara.
How much time is required by Helicopter?
Muktinath Temple is in one and half hour flying distance from Kathmandu and forty five minutes from Pokhara. After landing at Ranipauwa - the helipad at Muktinath, you will be provided one hour to have a darshan of Muktinath Dham. Temple is half hour hiking distance from the helipad. So, hiking might take longer time therefore, you can ride on horse and perform pooja at temple on time. Since it's the windy place spending long time for pooja might affect the flying time.
How many people are carried by a Helicopter?
There is five and six seated helicopter available to be chartered to visit Muktinath Temple. So, it might cost expensive for one or two people and cheaper fare for more people.
What permits are required to visit this temple?
Muktinath temple lies in conservation and trekking zone of Annapurna Circuit as well as the Jomsom & muktinath treks. So, two permits are required to enter in this area. One is Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and another is Trekker's Information Management System Permit (TIMS). It is restricted to enter in this zone without collecting these two permits.
Which are the best months?
March, April, May, June, September, October and November are the best time to visit Muktinath Temple. During these months weather will be clear and snow-capped mountains can be observed closely from Helicopter.
Can I visit Pokhara and stay there instead of returning back to Kathmandu?
Yes you can. After Muktinath Yatra, you can land at Pokhara and stay there. Helicopter will be return to Kathmandu. You can come back to Kathmandu either by Tourist Bus, Private Car or schedule flight. By road it takes seven hours and 25 minutes by flight.
Itinerary 1 : Kathmandu to Muktinath by helicopter
Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival
Day 02 : Fly from Kathmandu to Muktinath by chartered helicopter, after worshipping fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 04 : Final Departure
Itinerary 2 : Pokhara to Muktinath by helicopter
Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival.
Day 02 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara - 206km - 7 hours.
Day 03 : Fly from Pokhara to Muktinath by helicopter, perform ritual activities (worship, darshan, pooja) then fly back to Pokhara.
Day 04 : Half day Pokhara sightseeing and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 05 : Kathmandu sightseeing.
Day 06 : Departure.
[Note: Four passport size pictures and a copy of your passport are required for this Muktinath Tour to collect required permit.]