Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mountain flight?
As the sun is rising, you board a small propeller plane and fly at eye level past the awe-inspiring peaks of the Himalayas. The spectacular views make for a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience.
What peaks will I see, and how will I know?
You will see all the peaks you’ve heard about; Langtang, Gauri-Shankar, Dhaulagiri, Ama Dabmlam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and of course, Everest. The flight attendant will stop by your seat to point out and name each peak and section of the Himalayan range as you fly past at 25,000 feet.
How long is the flight?
Mountain flights are an hour long, so if your flight is scheduled for 6:30, you should be finished by 7:30. In reality you may run a few minutes late, so plan for 1 hour and 15 minutes from gate to gate. Either way, you will be out of the airport before breakfast, with the rest of the day open for sightseeing.
When can I book a flight?
Mountain flights run year-round, but the best views are generally during the clearer periods of February-May and September-December. However, astonishing tower clouds make flights during the rest of the year absolutely spectacular, and do not hinder your view of the mountains at all. All flights are scheduled to take off between 6am and 8am, so that you can see the morning sunrise hit the resplendent Himalayan peaks.
What time should I be at the airport, and how do I get there?
Plan to show up at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport an hour before your flight is scheduled to take off, especially if you are going during tourist season. Your early arrival time ensures that you’ll easily pass through security without worrying that you’ll miss your flight.
We can easily arrange to pick you up in the morning! Otherwise, make sure to ask your hotel the night before, to ensure that there is a cab waiting the next day. There are very few cars on the road and no traffic at that time. , so the trip from Thamel to the airport will take no more than 15 minutes. Be sure to remind the taxi driver that you are going to the domestic terminal.
What happens next?
As you enter, you will be patted down and have your bag scanned by airport security. Collect your things and proceed to the appropriate ticketing desk, where the agent will check your I.D. and issue you a boarding pass. From there, proceed to departures and through a second round of security, where agents will rescan your belongings, stamp your ticket, and give you one final pat down. Then head to your gate! There is a small store with coffee and snacks inside, in case you didn’t have time for breakfast, and you can chat a bit with your fellow mountain flight passengers while you wait. The gate agent will announce your flight when it is time to board, so keep one ear open!
Will I be able to see the mountains from my seat?
Your assigned seat will be on the ticket issued by the ticketing agent. All flights are propeller planes with 2, 3, or 4 seats per row, and seat anywhere from 19 to 30 people. You are guaranteed a window seat, so the only difference your seat makes is whether you get the view going or coming back.
If you are facing the front of the aircraft, the left side will view the mountains on the way there and the right side will see them coming back. On the way there, you get a stunning view of the entire range, while on the return trip the mountains will be much closer, giving you a better view of the individual peaks. But don’t worry! Passengers will often trade seats for a short amount of time, so you’ll be able to see the mountains and take photos of the Himalayas both ways. If your airline permits, you may be allowed into the cockpit, to see the spectacular view from a totally different angle.
You will also be treated to stunning views of the Kathmandu valley during takeoff and landing, so don’t put your camera away too soon!
What should I bring?
The only two essentials are a copy of your boarding confirmation (either e-confirmation or printed) and a copy of your passport. We highly recommend bringing a camera as well; the view is truly spectacular, and you will probably want to document the experience.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you would wear to be comfortable on a domestic flight. You may want to bring an extra layer during the winter months as the plane can get a bit chilly, but if you’re comfortable on your way to the airport, you should be comfortable on the plane.
What if it’s cloudy? Will my flight be rescheduled or refunded?
Absolutely. The weather can be unpredictable, especially during the monsoon season, but time periods of February- May and September-December see fewer weather-related cancellations. If your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be booked on the next available day’s flight.
If you cannot make the next available flight, you will receive a refund. Please ask the the ticketing agent or flight attendant to endorse your ticket for a refund, and we will begin the process right away. Refunds generally take 5 business days and are subject to a 35% service fee. You will receive your refund in the same same form as the original payment.
How much does it cost?
Mountain flight costs vary by airline, ranging from 133USD - 209USD. Children under 24 months will be charged 10% of the adult ticket (Yeti Air) or 10USD (Buddha Air) at the airport. Please see our Pricing page for more information.
Why book through a travel agency and not directly through the airline?
Our ticket prices are exactly the same as the airline booking, but without the hassle of faxing your credit card details or heading to the airline office to stand in line. In addition, we offer guaranteed hassle-free refunds in the event of a flight cancellation.