With arid land, heatwave, and remoteness, Upper Mustang might not seem an excellent choice for a trek. But, what if you don’t have to walk a mile to feast on the picture-postcard views of this ancient Tibetan kingdom?
Strange as it may seem, but travelers won’t have to navigate the rugged path with the Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour. They can easily escape the winding trails filled with rocks and boulders by opting for a picturesque flight from Kathmandu.
Nepal’s hidden treasure, Upper Mustang, has numerous famous landmarks and impressive sites to explore. There are deep gorges, magical ravines, and remote settlements inhabited by Thakali people, which exhibit the culture and heritage of the region.
It’s hard to resist the allure of Upper Mustang, especially with so many epic places. But, the one that has made every people’s jaw-drop with its natural splendor and magnificence is Lo Manthang, a rural village in western Nepal.
Cradled at the northern end of the Mustang district, Lo Manthang is the most popular destination in the Upper Mustang. It’s the first choice for many travelers who stop at the village as there are plenty of incredible places here.
The Upper Mustang Helicopter tour kicks off with a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Jomsom. It doesn’t last long but comes with an impressive vista. Shortly afterward, the aircraft flies to Lo Manthang, where it stops for a few minutes so that you can explore the place, and we head back.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour
- Aerial view of colorful rock cliffs, stunning landscapes, and mountains
- Scenic tour of the ancient royal palace in Lo Manthang
- Exploring primordial Tibetan monasteries, Choertens, and mani walls
- Panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri
- Glimpses of deep gorges, colorful walled cities, and sky caves
Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour Itinerary
Phase 1: Kathmandu to Jomsom via Pokhara
Phase 2: Jomsom to Lo Manthang
Phase 3: Lo Manthang to Jomsom
Phase 4: Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
The Upper Mustang Helicopter tour starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which lasts nearly half an hour. The trip is enthralling with the spectacular views of Rara lake and Annapurna. Flying over the beautiful city of Pokhara, we head towards Jomsom in Ghapranjong.
The expedition takes another 20 minutes, during which you can catch a glimpse of the Kali Gandaki River, deepest ravines, and mountain ranges. On the way to Lo Manthang, we get to view diverse landscapes, rocky cliffs, and rhododendron forest.
After a flight of an hour, we’ll arrive at Lo Manthang, a beautiful Tibetan village at 12,600 ft. high. As the flight stops at the town, you can take a tour of the kingdom, which is quite impressive.
Nestled at the northern end of the Mustang district, Lo Manthang is a walled capital. It’s blessed with primeval gompas, white-washed mud-brick walls, and historical sites. The Royal Palace in Lo Manthang exhibits ancient Tibetan culture and takes the visitors back in time.
There are many hidden caves and primordial monasteries, which you can explore during the visit to Upper Mustang. On a clear day, visitors can spot Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from the hilltop. After the sightseeing is done, we’ll board the flight and fly back to Pokhara via Jomsom.
Same as previous, the trip provides an incredible view of Tibetan plateaus, eroded cliffs, and deep canyons. From Pokhara, we’ll head back to the valley, which takes roughly 10 minutes and comes with a lovely sight of wild forest, cascading waterfalls, and lush meadows. As soon as the heli lands at Tribhuvan airport, we’ll drive you back to the hotel, where you can get some rest.