Helicopter sightseeing tours are gradually becoming a popular alternative to explore the beauty of Nepal with comfort and luxury. You can now enjoy the raw and wild side of Nepal with a bird’s eye view. The remote areas of Nepal which are very difficult to travel to but which also contain the essence of Nepal are accessible with Helicopter tours.
People who love to travel and explore nature and different landscapes, but do not have the time or the strength to trek are mostly attracted to Helicopter tours. Helicopter sightseeing tours offer you the most scenic and panoramic views of the Himalayas and the various landscapes here in Nepal.
Helicopter sightseeing tours here in the best places in Nepal usually last from 2 to 5 hours. With experienced pilots and professionals, you do not have to worry about safety issues. Our Helicopter service companies have excellent records and are determined to make your flying experience wonderful. Following are some of the best Helicopter tours and sightseeing places in Nepal:
Tour area: Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhumbu
Duration: 3-4 hours
Mt. Everest at an elevation of 8848m is the highest mountain on earth and attracts many travel enthusiasts all year round. For people who have no time or physical strength to see the beauty of Mt. Everest, helicopter tours are the best alternative.
The flight starts from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport towards Lukla. On the way, you will get to see the high-standing Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Gaurishankar, and more. You will land at Lukla which is the gateway toward Mt. Everest. From there, the helicopter will take you on a scenic flight toward Everest Base Camp. You will get a bird’s eye view of the majestic Mt. Everest blanketed with snow. The helicopter will land in Kalapatthar for 10-15 minutes. From there you will get to see the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Changtse at their fullest. You will then take off to Namche Bazaar and then head back to Kathmandu.
Langtang Helicopter Tour
Tour area: Langtang National Park, Rasuwa
Duration: 1-2 hours
The flight towards the wondrous and wild, Langtang, begins from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. After a scenic view, you will land in Ghore Tabla. From the flight, you will get to spot the majestic and high-standing Langtang mountain range on all sides. The Langtang Heli-tour also includes a short trek towards the Langtang Village where you will stay at the local lodge. You will get to experience the authentic lifestyle of the Buddhist people living there. You will get to encounter the flora and fauna found in the Langtang National Park area. You might also spot the endangered Red Panda in the bamboo bushes along the way if you are lucky enough. After the excursion, you will head back to the helipad and then fly back to Kathmandu.
Tour Area: Annapurna Conservation Area
Duration: 1-2 hours
The Annapurna massif is one of those mountain ranges that will not just offer you a view of the white mountains but will welcome you to a wide variety of flora and fauna tucked amidst the valley below. However, not everyone has the strength to climb atop the Annapurna Base Camp, thus for their convenience Helicopter services have been formed.
The Annapurna Helicopter tour begins with a flight from the wide and naturally beautiful city of Pokhara. The flight will give you a chance to spot the entire Annapurna range in a clear sky. You will be flying towards Poon hill which offers a spectacular view of the Annapurna Range, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Machapuchrey standing majestically on all sides. You will not just get to see the high-standing mountains but will also get the full display of Kali Gandaki Gorge which is the world’s deepest gorge. Annapurna Heli-tour is one of the most sorts after flight rides in Nepal due to the unique experience that it provides. Additionally, on the way back you will also spot Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Lamjung. The flight will eventually take you back to your starting point, Pokhara.
Muktinath Temple Helicopter Tour
Tour Area: Mustang District
Duration: 3 hours
For religious tourists, Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimages in Nepal. However, some of the people cannot reach there due to health or time constraints. But for them, Muktinath Heli-tour proves to be the best alternative.
The flight begins from Pokhara and leads to Rnaipauwa which is the helipad area for Muktinath. The flight takes about 45 minutes and you will get the chance to spot the various lakes, rivers, and dense forests from above. After landing in Ranipauwa you will head towards Muktinath which will take about a half-hour. Muktinath Temple located in the rain shadow area in the Mustang District of Nepal at Thorong-La pass is a pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. Thousands of pilgrims flock here every year from around the world to seek Moksha. You can perform your rituals in Muktinath Dham, take the water of 108 water sprouts, and bathe in Mukti Kunda. Since the place is generally very windy, a short time is taken for all the rituals as it may affect the flight. The best time to visit Muktinath temple is regarded to be from March to June and September to November. After the refreshing trans-Himalayan cultural experience you will head back to Pokhara in your helicopter.
Rara Lake Helicopter Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Area: Rara National Park, Mugu district
Rara is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal and is one of the most serene places in Nepal. Lying in the Karnali zone, Rara is also referred to as a pilgrimage for Hindus. A helicopter tour in Rara will offer an exceptional experience to view the Rara national park, Rara lake, and high-standing mountains on the backdrop.
The tour begins from Kathmandu. You will fly towards Nepalgunj and then have a scenic flight to Rara lake. Along with the flight, you will get a chance to spot the Langtang, Manaslu, and Annapurna Range. You will get to view the dense thick pine and juniper forest from above as you gradually land near Rara Lake. Rara Lake sits at an altitude of 3000 m and covers an area of 9.8 km square. The park offers a view of the unique flora and fauna like Himalayan Black Beer, Danfe, Musk Deer, and many more. Through the flight, you will also see panoramic views of high-standing mountains like Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa.