A tourist can sign up for the heli-hiking after their arrival in Bhutan without any pre-arrangement as the general tour package (Photo: Tsewang Rinchen, Terma Linca Journeys)

Heli-hiking, new tourism product

Since the launch of helicopter service in November 2015, the two choppers have operated 1,542 flights between 2016 and 2018, according to the 10th annual info-comm and transport statistical bulletin.

Annually, the chopper service is largely engaged in keeping with its mandate for medical evacuations. The helicopters conducted 180 medical evacuations and 20 fire-fighting operations last year.

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