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Upper Mustang / Lo Manthang

Flight Information

Departs:        Kathmandu - TIA Airport

Duration: 3 hours

Experience

Preserving the Tibetan Buddhist culture, the land of Upper Mustang is a hidden gem consisting of beautiful landscapes. Until 1992, foreigners were not allowed into the territory since it was a limited demilitarized area. After it was open for newcomers, many hiking and trekking trails to places like Jomsom Muktinath, Damodar Kunda were discovered. Located in the northern part of Nepal near the Nepal-Tibet border, the location receives thousands of tourist every year via trekking or helicopter flight. Upper Mustang, also better known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, is a true visual representation of Shangrila– Heaven on Earth. The capital of Upper Mustang is Lo Manthang, where you can get a feel of Tibet in Nepal. Due to the regions relative seclusion from the outside world, you can explore the wonderful culture, tradition, language, religion, architecture and the remarkable local lifestyle that is well preserved up to this day. The views of these diverse landscapes, cliffs, and topography of the region will for sure make you want to fly with us again. 

Join us in this adventurous mountain flight to the Upper Mustang, where you can traverse some virgin lands of the hidden sacred valley with cultural treasures- all while taking the fastest, most convenient, and safest route to reach Mustang. With our helicopter tour, you can get an insight into the local lifestyle of Upper Mustang people by learning about their local culture, as well as exploring the ancient monasteries, chortens (symbolic buddhist stupas), traditional houses, occupations, and local harvests. Our helicopter tour is accessible for anyone, specially those who have a limited time to travel in Nepal but would enjoy indulging a few hours in witnessing Mustangs magnificent beauty. In this helicopter tour, you will witness the aerial view of both Upper and Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang is relatively remote and consists of mostly dry lands, caves, and deserts. Most of the old Buddhist monasteries that you will see in this area were built in 11th century- displaying the ancient history, paintings, and artifacts. You can also look around the Royal Palace in Lo Manthang (the only walled city in Nepal) that is over 600 years old. Whereas, Lower Mustang has more cultivable lands, vegetations, hospitality services, bigger communities, developed infrastructure, Hindu influence, with a dominant population of Thakali people.

We offer two options fly-out locations for this helicopter tour. The first starting point is Pokhara city, from where you can see the mesmerizing aerial views of the lakes, green hills, the snowcapped tall mountains– all while witnessing the gradual transition from the sea level to the high altitude Himalayas. The second city is Kathmandu, from where the tour will require an additional hour of travel time, solely for flying in and out of Kathmandu to Pokhara. While flying with us, you can testify the stunning views of the Himalayan range that covers Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Tukuche Peaks, along with the Kaligandaki River. You are in for a breathtaking heli ride, covering all plain-lands, rivers, hills, and mountains. With no age restriction, this tour is available for people of all ages, health complications, and physical conditions.

Schedule

Pokhara Schedule:

  • Departure from Pokhara Hotel

  • Fly from Pokhara Airport to Jomsom (20 minutes)

  • Fly from Jomsom to Mustang (30 minutes)

  • Explore around Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang (1 hours)

  • Fly back to Pokhara

  • Drive back to Pokhara Hotel

Kathmandu Schedule:​

  • Departure from Hotel to Kathmandu Domestic Airport

  • Fly from Kathmandu Airport to Pokhara (30 minutes)

  • Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (30 minutes) refuel break (15 minutes)

  • Fly from Jomsom to Mustang (30 minutes)

  • Explore around Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang (1 hour)

  • Fly from Lo Manthang to Jomsom for a quick 15 minutes refuel

  • Fly back to Kathmandu (1.30 hours)

  • Drive back to Kathmandu Hotel