Fishtail Air Helicopter - INTRODUCTION
Fishtail Air Pvt. Ltd. is a helicoptercharter company operating within Nepal, with its base in Kathmandu. The company was established in the year 1997 under the Air Operators Certificate issued by the government of Nepal. Since its commencement, the company has been actively involved in operation throughout the country with occasional Trans-border flights to Bhutan and India.
With a fleet of four helicopters, which includes two AS 350 B3 "Ecureuil", one AS 350 B2 "Ecureuil", and one Bell 206B III Jet Ranger helicopter, we have developed into the largest helicopter operator in Nepal.
Fishtail Air operates flights for sightseeing, rescue, medical evacuation, corporate movement, project support, expedition works or any other purposes that need the services of a Helicopter. We also operate support flights for trekking, which is getting really popular these days in the name of "Heli-Trekking". Aerial sightseeing flights over the heritage and tourist spots is quite popular these days who would like to have a glimpse of tourist spots within the Kathmandu Valley in a short time and from different angle.Rest assured, flying with us will be a special experience, as your safety and satisfaction are our prime concern. We give our best to cater to your needs and requirements. Thus, Fishtail Air has been able to make a prominent mark in the field of Helicopter in Nepal.
Fishtail Air basically a Helicopter Charter company operating within Nepal and sometimes transborder flights according to the demand in Bhutan and India. The company was established in the year 1997 under the Air Operators Certificate issued by the government of Nepal.
Our fleet of helicopters consists of 3 ‘Ecureuil’s–two AS 350 B3 one AS 350 B2 and one Bell Jet Ranger 206 BIII registered 9N-AJI, VT-DCB, 9N-AKA and 9N-AII respectively. The variances in the type of flights we operate are:
Aerial Sightseeing & Mountain Flights
Air Ambulance Service
A recently popularized adventure Heli-trekking in the Himalayas
Sling Operation, High altitude operation, Transborder flights
Special Adventure missions- Heli Skydive, Heli Skiing
Fishtail Air’s Management team:
Chairman- BIKASH JB RANA
CEO- SUMAN PANDEY
Director of Operations- CAPT. ASHISH SHERCHAN
Director of Marketing- CAPT. DEEPAK JB RANA
Director- COL. MR. BISHWO K. GORKHALI (RTD
Director of finance- MR. KIRTI BH. BASNET.
Our team of crew memebers consists of:
Nepalese captains- Capt. Ashish Sherchan, Capt. Deepak JB Rana and Capt. Yogendra Mukhia
3 Swiss national captains – Capt. Gregor Beer, Capt. Stephan Sägesser, Capt. JÜrg
3 young co-pilots – Ranjan Limbu, Anusha Udas and Sujal Shrestha.
Mountain Flights Mt. Everest Heli Tour
Everest or Solu-Khumbu region lies on the eastern part of Nepal. The region, which has some of the world’s tallest peaks gained fame with the identification of the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest (8848m). Solukhumbu is home to picturesque Sherpa villages (Lukla, Namche, Lobuche, Khumjung, Tengboche, Pheriche etc), Sagarmatha National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Center and several high Himalayan peaks, including three of the 14 eight thousand meter peaks - Mount Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m) and Cho Oyu (8210m). Other peaks in the region frequented by trekkers and climbers include Ama Dablam (6856m), Pumori (7161m), Lobuche( 6119m),Cholatse (6440m), Kwangde (6011m), Mera Peak (6654m) and Island Peak( 6173m). Everest Region is also the site for the highest skydiving event in the world, Everest Skydive.
Nepal Helicopter tour to the Everest region includes a lot of particular tours enlisted below. Heli Tour to Mt. Everest Base Camo
This unforgettable aerial journey takes you to the historic site of the ‘World's Highest Cabinet meeting’ at Kala Patthar plateau, EBC where on 4th December, 2009 ministers of Nepal Government held the world's highest cabinet meeting to raise concerns over the melting of the Himalayan Glaciers due to global warming. The visit to Kalapatthar (17192 ft / 5242m) included two Aircrafts - AS 350 B3 Helicopter and Pilatus PC-6 single engine Aircraft.
Nepal Helicopter tour to the Everest region includes a lot of particular tours enlisted below.Kathmandu - Syangboche - Kathmandu
During this Kathmandu Syangboche flight, we fly eastwards towards the Everest Region. Enjoying the splendid mountain scenery and picturesque scenes we finally reach Syangboche (3700m). Syangboche,a tiny Sherpa village and one of the venue for the world’s highest skydiving event Everest Skydive, lies directly above Namche Bazaar(3450m). There is a small take off and landing airport at the place. From here you can enjoy close Views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse. This flight takes a duration of about 2.5 hours.
Lukla Heli Tour
The heli tour to lukla is a 2 hour flight from Kathmandu. Lukla is a village in Khumbu region at 2900m, which boasts of the region’s sole airport. The STOL airport in Lukla was built in 1964 by Sir Edmund Hillary as part of his project in Khumbu region during the early 60s to transport supplies for the Himalayan Trust projects in the Khumbu region. Today, somewhere between 90-95% of the foreign nationals who reach Lukla, arrive by a half hour flight from Kathmandu. After landing at the airport, you can spend your time exploring the village, taking pictures, enjoying the splendid mountain views before flying back to Kathmandu.
Kailash Yatra - Heli Tour
Amongst our variation of heli tours, one of our most renowned is the Mount Kailash yatra. Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss, is the most sacred peak for the Hindus. Located in the far west corner of Tibet, the 6700-meter high Mount Kailash is regarded by the Tibetans as the manifestation of Mount Meru, where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven; Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and by the Jains as a sacred site where their prophet, Rishaba, attained spiritual enlightenment. Parikrama around Mount Kailash over a 5630 meter Drolma La (pass) is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. Equally holy is the Manasarovar Lake. Bathing in the sacred Lake Manasarovar is considered an essential part of the entire pilgrimage. The lake is set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. Hence collectively called the Kailash mansarovar tour or Kailash mansarovar yatra. Your Kailash Yatra begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot, followed by a heli tour to Nepal-Tibet Border. A 4WD Land cruiser or tourist coach then takes you to Lake Manasarovar, where your spiritual journey begins.
Muktinath Yatra by Helicopter - Muktinath Heli Tour
The Holy Muktinath, a sacred place both for Hindus as well as Buddhists, is located at an altitude of 3,750 m at the foot of Thorong La pass in Mustang district. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra, which means the “the place of salvation“, while the Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, Tibetan for ‘Hundred Waters’. The main shrine of Muktinath is a pagoda - shaped temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Water from the Gandaki River spurts out of the 108 waterspouts near the temple,where Hindu devotees take their ritual bath. Muktinath is also one place where one can find ‘saligrams’. Saligram (Ammonite fossil) Is a black stone that when broken open, reveal the fossilized remains of prehistoric ammonites formed about 130 million years ago. Hindus believe that Lord Vishnu reside in the ‘saligrams’. Jwala Mai Temple, Marme Lhakhang and Gompa Sarwa are the other religious shrines located in the vicinity of Muktinath Temple.
You can either hike up there from Jomsom which will take you about 5-7 hours or simply choose our offer of heli flights to Muktinath. Heli tour to the sacred Muktinath has recently been gaining popularity. Helicopter tour is not only a great way to save time but also gives you an impeccable view of the whole region from a bird’s eye, something only a handful of people experience. Some say the muktinath heli tour felt like a ‘fairy tale’. One can only find out, right!
Taking a helicopter tour over the Himalayas is a truly magnificent adventure, filled with awe-inspiring scenery and magnificent peaks. You can see from overhead the amazing vistas of the Himalayas. The range of destinations for helicopter trips in Nepal make them a good choice for anybody looking to share something new with friends or loved ones. Here are some memorable aerial trips that Fishtail Air has designed just for you.
Kathmandu Helisightseeing Tour
In the comfort of our helicopter you get to feast on the amazing aerial views of the cultural prides of Kathmandu; namely the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambunath temple, Kathmandu durbar square and many more. You also get to fly over the Royal palace, Singha durbar, Thamel and many cultural delights of Bhaktapur and Patan. Unsurpassed beauty of Langtang and the Ganesh Mountain range will overwhelm you throughout the flight.
Discover The Mount Everest
This flight takes you from the Tribhuvan International Airport towards the east flying parallel to the Himalayan range and finally reaches to the point from where a spectacular view of the Everest can be seen. You shall be flying close to Mt. Langtang and Jugal himal on your way back, finally ending up with an aerial view of the entire valley.
This flight departs from Tribhuvan International Airport and lands at Ghore Tabla, where you begin trekking towards Langtang village, mostly inhabited by the Sherpas. On the second day, you continue trekking to Kyanjin; yak pastures and quaint villages can be encountered en route. Kyanjin Gompa and a government operated cheese factory makes it an insightful sightseeing tour. Eventually on the third day you fly back to Kathmandu from Kyanjin.
Pokhara and The Annapurnas
This flight takes you to Pokhara with an opportunity to closely Sanctuary and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Ganesh himal, Manaslu, Lamjung himal are also the mountains that can be seen while passing by the famous Marshyangdi river. We also fly over the lakes, namely Begnas, Rupa and finally Phewa where we take a break. After enjoying the serene beauty of Pokhara with its lakes, mountains and friendly people, we fly back following the up stream of river Trishuli. If you require we can land at poon hill for half an hour to one hour. Poon hill is the best (1050 M) sight seen spot of this rigion, form here you can see the breathe taking panoromic view.
Chitwan Wildlife Tour
We fly you to Chitwan for an exquisite wildlife experience in the Royal Chitwan National Park. On the first day, you get to see rare species of birds, wildlife and lush vegetation. Activities in the jungle include elephant safari as well as jeep safari for exploring the jungle for exotic wildlife and diverse ecosystem. Canoeing and a walk in the wilderness accompanied by a trained guide are also available. Finally on the third day you fly back to Kathmandu.
Rescue flights and medical evacuations are considered as a very important part of our airline's operation. Our team has carried out innumerable such flights with the help of our elite pilots and highly maneuverable aircraft. We are proud to say that we have saved hundreds of lives doing so and look forward to saving more lives in our future missions.
We carry out rescue flights within the shortest time possible after a request is made to us confirming the mode of payment for the flight. We ensure that an ambulance is on standby to transport the client from the helipad to the appointed medical facility.. World's Highest Meeting Point
This unforgettable aerial journey takes you to the historic site of the World's Highest Cabinet meeting at Kala Patthar plateau, Everest Base Camp, where on 4th December 2009 ministers of Nepal Government held the world's highest cabinet meeting to raise concerns over the melting of the Himalayan Glaciers due to global warming.
Nature lovers, holiday makers and extreme adventure enthusiasts can now visit this place at Kalapatthar and have a close view of Mt Everest or hold a corporate meeting. The visit to Kalapatthar (17192 ft / 5242m) shall include two aircrafts - AS 350 B3 Helicopter and Pilatus PC-6 single engine Aircraft. The group size for this package is 10 but the itinerary will be modified accordingly, if the group size is bigger.
You begin your aerial journey from Kathmandu airport with one PC-6, single engine Aircraft and B3 Helicopter taking off simultaneously. Moving eastwards, the aircrafts fly parallel to the Himalayan range, allowing magnificent vistas of the soaring Himalayan peaks. After landing at the airstrip in Shyangboche (12,340ft), final preparation will be made. A set of Oxygen system consisting of 4 liter cylinder of Mountaineering Oxygen fitted with regulator and hi-tech Top Out Mask will be provided. Once equipped, the AS 350 B3 shall make shuttles to Kala Patthar, 4 passengers at a time. After spending around 30 minutes viewing the Mt. Everest or conducting a special meeting, the helicopter will fly you back to Shyangboche. Once we gather at Shyangboche, we shall take the return flight to Kathmandu.
ABC Heli Trekking
This flight departs from TIA and land at place called Chomrong (7800 feet) which is approximately 2 days away from the ABC. Second day you continue trek towards ABC seeing beautiful scenario. On fourth day as your requirement we will pick you from ABC to Ktm Via PKR.