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Upper Mustang helicopter tour

Upper Mustang helicopter tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Mustang region

  • Activities

    Activities: Helicopter Sightseeing

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Helicopter

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Lo Manthang (3730m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 1 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Around the year

Upper Mustang helicopter tour is a ride on a thrilling helicopter tour to the majestic Upper Mustang region in Nepal. Get ready to witness some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the Trans-Himalayan landscape as you soar high above the clouds.

Upper Mustang is known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal, and the only way to explore this remote region is either by trekking for several days or taking a helicopter ride. The helicopter tour is a perfect option for those who have limited time and are looking for a unique way to experience the wilderness and rugged beauty of the region.

As you take off from the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by panoramic views of lush green valleys and majestic mountains. As you fly towards the Upper Mustang region, the landscape transforms into a stark and barren desert-like terrain, with deep canyons and towering cliffs that seem to rise out of nowhere.

The flight takes you over several ancient Tibetan-style villages, where you can witness the unique cultural traditions of the Mustang people. The highlight of the trip is the visit to the iconic Lo Manthang Palace, a 15th-century fortress that serves as the residence of the last king of Mustang. The palace is an architectural marvel, with intricate carvings and stunning artwork that tells the story of the region’s rich history.

Apart from the palace, the tour also takes you to other famous landmarks such as the Choser Cave, a sacred site where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated and attained enlightenment. You will also get a chance to visit several beautiful monasteries that dot the region, including the Thubchen Gompa and Jampa Gompa, which are known for their unique murals and intricate wall paintings.

The Upper Mustang helicopter tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers a perfect combination of adventure, culture, and natural beauty. So, gear up for an exciting journey into the heart of the Himalayas, where every turn offers new and breathtaking vistas.

Upper Mustang helicopter tour Highlights:

  • Best aerial view of Nepal's remote region and city
  • The world's deepest canyon, the stunning Kali Gandaki river gorge
  • Muktinath Temple due to its significance to religion
  • Visit the ancient walled city, Lo-Manthang
  • Monasteries & Gumbas 
  • Experience some of the best mountain peak vistas


Upper Mustang helicopter tour

Kathmandu to Pokhara heli ride (30 minutes)
Meet at your hotel then drive to Kathmandu airport. After compelteing formalities fly to Pokhara.

Pokhara to Jomsom (2,743m/20 Minutes)
After refueling you will then fly to the small airstrip in Jomsom. Jomsom is the entry point to the Mustang region where many lodges, and restaurants for trekkers are located.

Jomsom to Lo Mangtang (3,840m/30 Minutes)
Fly to Upper Mustang region and to the kingdom of Mustang ‘Lo-Manthang’ over barren desert-like terrain.

Explore around Lo Mangtang (1 Hour)|
Finally land at Lo Mantang. Explore the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang visiting several age-old monasteries and ancient caves.

Fly back to Kathmandu (1.30 hours)
Afterward fly back to Kathmandu and drop-off at your hotel

What is included?

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Upper Mustang Heli-tour as per the itinerary
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Upper Mustang Special Permit USD500 per person
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses, meals, drinks etc.
  • Tips or gratuities.


1. What is the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour?
The Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour is a captivating and efficient helicopter flight that takes you on an aerial journey through the remote and ancient region of Upper Mustang in Nepal. This tour allows you to experience the unique culture, stunning landscapes, and historic monasteries of Upper Mustang in a short period.

2. What is the duration of the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour?
The duration of the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour is 5 hours, including the flight time, short stops for sightseeing, and refueling.

3. What are the major highlights of the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour?
The major highlights of the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour include flying over the rugged terrain of the Mustang region, witnessing the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, visiting centuries-old monasteries like Chhoser Cave Monastery and Jhong Cave Monastery, and enjoying breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Nilgiri and Annapurna.
4. Is the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour safe?
Yes, the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour is considered safe when conducted by experienced pilots and reputable tour operators. Nepal’s aviation industry adheres to strict safety regulations, and helicopters used for tours are well-maintained and regularly inspected.

5. What is the best time for Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour?
The best time for this heli tour is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months have clear skies with better visibility to enjoy the spectacular scenery and explore the Mustang region.

6. Do I need to be physically fit for the helicopter tour?
No, the helicopter tour to Upper Mustang does not require trekking or extensive physical exertion. It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, making it an excellent option for those who cannot undertake long treks.

7. Can I take photographs during the helicopter tour?
Yes, you are allowed to take photographs and capture the breathtaking views during the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will have large windows, providing ample opportunities for photography.


Upper Mustang helicopter tour offers a unique opportunity to explore this remote and restricted region of Nepal. Given the high-altitude and unique landscapes, it's essential to be well-prepared. Here's a packing list for an Upper Mustang helicopter tour:

Layered clothing for temperature variations (consider the time of year)
Moisture-wicking and breathable base layers
Insulating layers like fleece or down jacket
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Warm hat and gloves
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun hat or cap

Personal Items:
Cash and credit cards
Camera, Mobile phone
Sunglasses with UV protection
Travel insurance documents

Helicopter Tour Specific Items:
Confirm the weight limit for your helicopter tour. Pack as lightly as possible to avoid excess weight fees.
Ensure your camera and phone are charged and have sufficient memory for photos and videos.
​Earplugs and noise-canceling headphones for in-flight comfort.

Altitude Sickness Prevention:
Altitude sickness is less likely to be an issue on a helicopter tour, but it's good to stay hydrated and rest if you experience any discomfort.

It's important to check the weather forecast for the time of your tour and pack accordingly. Dressing in layers is crucial, as temperatures can vary significantly between lowland regions and high altitudes. Additionally, double-check with your tour operator for any specific recommendations or requirements for the helicopter tour.

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