Karnali Air Helicopter - INTRODUCTION
Karnali Air has been offering safe, reliable and comfortable helicopter services in Nepal for over eight years. As the leading helicopter services company, we continue to offer unparalleled customer service and experience in the region.
Nepal is a region with one of the most difficult and challenging terrain anywhere in the world, and our experienced pilots are not only familiar with the terrain but also have adequate experience in Nepal as well as on the type of helicopters being flown, to ensure the safety of our valuable clients.
We were the first private airline in Nepal to operate with a fully owned fleet of five helicopters, which till today remains the largest fleet of helicopters in the country.
Karnali Air maintains very close ties with the manufacturers and maintenance outfits for our fleet of helicopters. All spares are purchased from reliable authorized international sources. Likewise all maintenance work is carried out by authorized maintenance outfits.
Put simply - there is no compromise on passenger safety!
We pride ourselves on the perfect upkeep and maintenance of our fleet of helicopters. In order to keep them in a state of readiness and optimum performance, we maintain very close ties with manufacturers and authorized maintenance outfits. All spares are purchased from reliable authorized sources to ensure that there is no compromise on safety.
We work closely with several tour operators in India to promote affordable religious tourism. Besides, we also offer air logistics services to various domestic and foreign companies.
We are the only helicopter service company in Nepal with a fleet of five helicopters. We possess deep expertise in offering safe and reliable services even in the most challenging terrains of Nepal.
Our client list includes almost every travel agency in Nepal and many tour & travel companies of India. We also offer air logistic support to various Government agencies of Nepal.
We pride ourselves for being the only airline from Nepal to be a registered vendor with the United Nations. We also offer our services to the World Bank and World Food Program.
Veiled within beautiful snow covered mountains, the Himalayas offer some of the most spectacular and enchanting locations of the world. Many of them house ancient Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.
Helicopters charters not only provide a safe and comfortable means of travelling through mountainous terrain, they are also a highly cost effective means to reach your destination in minimal time.
Karnali Air offers long-term as well as one-off charters:
Karnali Air works on Long Term Charters with agencies like the World Food Program or Nepal Food Corporation to operate helicopters to meet their transportation requirement over long periods of time.
If you are an international agency or a tour operator, and recognize the need to use our services over continuous periods of time, then it may work to your advantage to contact us and discuss your requirements.
Whether it is a onetime mountaineering expedition or a religious pilgrimage, we offer one-off charters for safe and convenient transportation of goods as well as people.
If you are planning an activity in Nepal that requires air logistic support, please contact us with your requirement, and we shall be glad to offer a quote.
Due to the tough terrain, these locations are best visited through helicopter and our pilots possess deep expertise in flying to such areas. Helicopter based religious tours are not only time-saving and convenient, they also offer you breathtakingly beautiful aerial views of highly scenic places in the mountains that are impossible to catch through land travel.
Nepal is known as the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar, the mythical abode of Lord Shiva Visit Mt. Kailash
Muktinath (Chumig Gyatsa) is a place that is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. The temple is situated at a height of 3710 m.
Embark on a memorable pilgrimage to this holy temple, where all elements of nature combine to create an aura of spirituality.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Hindus believe that a pilgrimage to Muktinath assures "mukti" i.e. freedom from the cycle of life and death. The famous temple of Muktinath is situated in the district of Mustang in the north central part of Nepal, at an altitude of about 3710 meters from the sea level. The Pagoda style of the temple signifies its reverence by Hindus as well as Buddhists. Hindus fondly refer to this place as Muktichhetra, which means 'place of salvation'.
One day helicopter tour of Muktinath
Normally a several day hike from Pokhara, a short ride in one of our helicopters will allow you to complete this pilgrimage in one day from Pokhara. The Muktinath Temple also offers an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Himal.
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Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
Widely believed to be the ultimate spiritual centre of the world, Mt. Kailash is seen by no more than a few thousand privileged pilgrims every year.
About Mt. Kailash
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva resides at the summit of Mount Kailash. Accorded the virtual status of a paradise, the place is visited by no more than a few thousand privileged pilgrims every year. Mount Kailash Yatra by helicopter is a convenient way of paying homage to Lord Shiva and experiencing some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
About Lake Mansarovar
Lake Mansarovar, at 14,950 feet is also said to be one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Set between awe inspiring silver mountains, the lake is majestically calm and placid. As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma created this lake through his mind. Hence the name 'Mansarovar'.
Ten day trip including close up darshan of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar
You fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu by fixed wing aircraft. Early next morning, you fly in our helicopter to Simikot and then to Hilsa at the Nepal border. Take a drive to Taklakot via Khojarnath Monastery, and then to Lake Mansarovar. You have an option of on-foot or Yak-ride parikrama of Kailash Kora. Catch a close-up darshan of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar. Drive to Hilsa, fly back to Nepalgunj by helicopter and then Kathmandu by fixed wing aircraft.
Twelve day tour including darshan of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar
The trip starts with a city tour at Kathmandu. Fly to Nepalgunj, and then to Hilsa by helicopter. Drive through Purang, Mansarovar, and Darchen. Stay overnight at guesthouse or tented camp and trek through Derapuk Monastery, Dolma La Pass, Zudulpuk Gompa (camp) and back to Darchen.
Drive back to Hilsa border through Purang and fly back to Kathmandu by plane.
Medical Emergency Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services
The weather conditions in mountainous Nepal are often extreme. As a result, trekkers in the himalayas of Nepal, members of expedition looking to climb the Nepalese mountains and travellers to pilgrimage destinations such as Kailash Mansarovar may require urgent medical evacuation (Medevac), casualty evacuation (Casevac) in case of injury during their journey.
When you are hit by altitude sickness, the difference between life and death is measured by how quickly and efficiently you can arrange for medical evacuation (Medevac) services.
Karnali Air : Medevac Services
In emergency medical situations, for urgent medical evacuations (Medevac) you can rely on only a helicopter that can reach you in minimal time. You can depend upon Karnali Air to offer you professional helicopter medevac services for any emergency situation in the Nepal region.
Our helicopters are capable of flying at very high altitudes making them ideal for emergency medical evacuation (medevac) of trekkers/mountaineers/travellers from remote mountains of Nepal. Each of our Medevac helicopters is capable of carrying up to three stretchers with seating for attendants and fitted to hold equipment for for medical emergency evacuation services, such as saline drips etc.
If you are planning an adventure trip to remote areas in Nepal be it trekking in the Himalayas or pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar or planning a climbing expedition in Nepal, then plan ahead and keep our team pre-informed for any potential medevac requirements.
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Karnali Air is authorized by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS).
The terrain in the Nepal Mountains provides many instances where travellers tend to lose their way in the absence of a good guide. The most appropriate step in such instances is to contact a trusted helicopter search and rescue team.
The reliable quality of our helicopters and the vast experience of our pilots together provide us with an ideal advantage in handling search and rescue operations.
Our search and rescue team is trained in methodically searching difficult terrains of mountains and forests and is fully equipped to respond to search and rescue requests at all times.