Five Most Scenic Flights in Nepal

Five Most Scenic Flights in Nepal

Get ready to explore the diverse terrain of Nepal from the window seat of the plane! Nepal’s domestic flight journeys are laden with excitement and an incredible natural backdrop. Offering a whole new perspective, although short-lived, these flight journeys are remarkable. Commuters on board can get a glimpse of bewildering sights you have never seen before. Additionally, opportunities to witness breathtaking views from a birds-eye perspective don’t often occur when you are on the land. Therefore, when in Nepal, do gift yourself with one aerial experience and relish the majestic Himalayan beauty from a new perspective. Given the surreal nature of the journeys, here we present the 5 Most Scenic Flights in Nepal.

Everest Experience flight in Kathmandu

Everest Experience flight: Scenic flights in Nepal

Duration: Around 1 hour

Start/End Point: Tribhuwan International Airport

If you have ever wanted to see the tremendous white Himalayas of Nepal, you can do so easily by flying on this Everest Experience flight. The flight takes off every day from Tribhuvan International Airport and is about 1 hour. The scenes during the flight are breathtaking and magical. On borders from the window seat, get to witness a mass sea of ice and elevate rocks all at once. Also, every experience provider offers chill champagne to vibe with the enchanting scenery that’s underneath you. The pilot invites passengers into the cockpit to get a broad perspective of the mountain at once. Nothing compares to the sheer beauty of awe the Himalayas has to offer. This fantastic flight is an experience of a lifetime as its memories shall forever remain in our hearts and mind.

Kathmandu to Lukla flight

Lukla village: Scenic flight

Duration: Around 30 min

Start/Endpoint: Tribhuwan International Airport – Lukla Airport

Gateway to Everest, Lukla airport is pretty much known as the world’s dangerous airport. Well, given its location, it is understandable why anyone would give such a nickname. Lukla airport is in the small village of Lukla in the Solukhumbu district, surrounded by massive mountain peaks. Flying from 1400 meters altitude at Kathmandu, commuters land at the staggering short runway airport of Lukla at 2800 meters in just about 30 minutes.

Climbers and trekkers heading to trek in the Everest region or climb precarious Mt. Everest define the flight as a lifetime experience. The location and structure of the airport already make flying here daunting, but the scenes offered from the flight are out of this world. Flying amidst the giant green hills and overlooking the majestic snowcapped peak is visible from the plane. And if you look down, terraced fields, rivers flowing cutting the deep gorges are evident from the flight. Overall, because of its thrilling nature, it is a bonus during Everest Base Camp Trek. The combo of joy and mesmerizing experience makes it one of Nepal’s most scenic flights.

Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight


Duration: Around 30 minutes

Start/Endpoint: Tribhuwan International Airport – Pokhara Airport

Kathmandu to Pokhara route is probably one of the busiest domestic flight routes from Kathmandu. Soaking up the sheer natural beauty from the window seat, most trekkers start their Annapurna Base Camp Trek or any other treks in the Annapurna region with a flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the flight, travelers get to savor the mountainous splendor to the chains of craggy hills and tranquil Lakes; this flight is 30 minutes of delight. As the flight approaches Pokhara, the sky dominating the Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre becomes apparent before your eyes.

Furthermore, you get to admire the Pokhara’s legendary and sensational natural beauty, which is the epitome of incredible adventurous activities that the place offers for daredevils. Similarly, from your window seat, you get to witness engulfing beauty of walled valleys and razor-sharp ridges overlapped by the spectacular mountain range surrounding Pokhara valley. On the whole, with natural scenery to appreciate, you will forget how quick and smooth the flight journey was.

Bharatpur to Pokhara flight

Duration: Around 20 min

Start/Endpoint: Bharatpur Airport (Chitwan) – Pokhara airport

Bharatpur to Pokhara flight is a short inbound flight in Nepal that takes commuters from the southern plains to the central hills of Nepal. The flight duration is about 20 min and the whole time is serenely splendid. Bharatpur lies in the terai region of Nepal, which is the flatlands with no high Hill. In contrast, Pokhara lies in a hilly area surrounded by ample green hills and towering mountain peaks.

Most commuters on this flight tend to fly from Pokhara to Bharatpur to taste the wilderness of Nepal after witnessing beguiling mountains also. In this short flight, fliers get a chance to see the changing landscape while in the air. The beginning of the flight allows you to grasp the beauty in the vast plains of terrain, and then, the flight smoothly transitions to the mountainous terrain of Pokhara. Most passengers fly to serenade themselves with immaculate mountain scenes after spending quality time in the dense tropical forests of Nepal. Overall, it is a fantastic flight route with changing scenery to entice the commuters.

Pokhara to Jomsom flight

Short Annapurna Trek

Duration: Around 25 min

Start/Endpoint: Pokhara airport – Jomsom Airport

Pokhara to Jomsom flight is a beautiful flight journey in the Himalayas that lasts for about 25 minutes. Lifting off from the green surrounding of Pokhara, the flight lands at the Jomsom airport surrounded by the barren hills backed by snow-blanketed peaks. Mostly opted by pilgrims as Jomsom is the gateway for sacred Muktinath temple, commuters heading to the arid Mustang region also fly this route. There are other mediums such as land routes to reach these destinations, yet one would miss the splendid inflight experience of seeing fascinating landscapes and ghastly flowing rivers. Moreover, it is also an excellent choice for travelers who want to get away from the hoarding crowd of travelers. Nevertheless, the place does get many pilgrims, so the trip ahead of the flight allows one to witness a spiritual journey of a person traveling to seek salvation.

Final Words

As much as it is fun and relaxing for commuters to explore the excellence of Mother Nature on foot, flights experiences too are worthwhile and rewarding. If you are thinking of tasting the enthralling Himalayas of Nepal, do add at least a one-way flight journey. That way, you can appreciate the assortment of awe-inspiring sights from land and air. Also, aerial experiences in Nepal are not limited to plane journeys only. One can choose to touch the inaccessible and remotest places of Nepal with helicopter tours as well. All in all, make sure you relish the stunning terrain of Nepal from both land and air for an extraordinary experience in Nepal.

About Author

Balaram Thapa

Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.

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