Upper Mustang by Helicopter is a tour by helicopter from either Pokhara or Kathmandu to the inner circle of the Upper Mustang Region of Nepal where the climax of the trip is the forbidden city of Lo Mangthang. This tour by helicopter to Lo Mantang in the Upper Mustang Region can be termed as an eco-cultural tour.
This Upper Mustang by Helicopter tour takes you and others on a helicopter ride from either the cities of Kathmandu or Pokhara depending on you till Jomsom and then onto the once termed forbidden city of Lo Mangthang. The region of Upper Mustang was off-limits to the outer world till of late where it was opened to the outer world in 1992. This area is, in what is known as the forbidden valley which evolved over the millennium to create a sparse civilization vastly different from other parts of Nepal somewhat similar to the ways of life followed in the Tibetan Plateau but following its own means of Buddhism. The forbidden valley which has the city built mainly from local material over the length of time is of mud which is walled in from all sides with lookout towers. The homes of the city are also of mud, stone and timber which medieval sculptures and paintings. The surrounding hills of the forbidden valley are dotted with caves which were once used as living spaces making the past of the people’s ancestors of the valley, troglodytes. You still find cave monasteries which were once used by the monks who settles from the inner Tibetan plateau. The Upper Mustang by Helicopter tour is the best and fastest means of seeing this area and all its medieval wonders, it has kept hidden or take the Upper Mustang Trek of seventeen days to this region, mainly meant for those who love trekking to such regions. Treks and Helicopter tours to the Upper Mustang Region fall into the restricted area and special permits are required.
This tour of Upper Mustang by Helicopter gives you much from which you gain. The first being it is completed in a single day where you are picked up and dropped off from your destination of Pokhara or Kathmandu to the airport in a private vehicle. The next being, your helicopter ride from Jomsom, where you stop for refueling from your destination to over the Upper Mustang regions. This ride in the air gives you an aerial view of the villages and the landscape of the isolated region and the mountain peaks of various ranges that surround and make this area what it is. The next is the stopover next to Lo Mangthang, the forbidden city of the Upper Mustang, which you get to visit along with some of the caves and monasteries which dot the surrounding hillsides. Plus, you get to visit the villages and interact with the friendly people of the area, learning much in the bargain. When completed, you are returned to Jomson, for refueling and head back to your destination of either Kathmandu or Pokhara. In the other part of the ride, you will get picturesque aerial views of the lush green hills below, with villages and the rivers gushing below.
Is a helicopter ride to this isolated region safe?
Yes, they are, because the latest machines are used under the skillful hands of a trained pilot who knows the terrain and region by the back of his hand. He gives you one of the best tours experienced such kinds. Plus in case of any foreseeable problems, the tour might be canceled at the discretion of the pilot, who knows better for our safety and his. These are rescheduled to a later date time for which we ask you to keep some days on hand when taking such helicopter tours.
Outline Itinerary for Upper Mustang by Helicopter
Day 01 : Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang then fly back to Kathmandu
- Witness majestic mountain panorama of snow-capped peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri & others
- Explore Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled city with thousand year’s old monasteries
- Enjoy scenic helicopter flight starting from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Jomsom, Kagbeni & Lo-Manthang
- Discover culture & traditions of the people of Lo-Manthang similar to the Tibetans
- Visit Pokhara, the natural wonder & Jomsom, the windswept town en-route the flight