Did you know that Annapurna massif is Nepal’s most beautiful range? Among the many stunning fields of Nepal, Annapurna is the most-loved one. And travel freaks all around the world dream of conquering this wonderland at least once in a lifetime.
Now, imagine flying above a superb range. You can see the snow-capped peaks glittering just below your feet, which is probably the most beautiful view you shall ever witness. Moreover, this Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour is not just about flying above the mountains. You can land at Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m above sea level. You can park your Helicopter right at the mountain base and enjoy a warm, yummy breakfast. That does sound magical.
As mentioned earlier, the incredible journey commences with the scenic view of Pokhara. We will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the Pokhara airport. Here, a Chopper will be waiting for your arrival. The flight is quite spacious, with a highly comfortable seat for five people. There will be a captain and a co-pilot assisting you in settling down. Everyone gets a window seat, and the most dramatic landscapes unfold before you. A short briefing about the tour will be made, and you will be announced some safety measures.
The Helicopter takes off from the Pokhara airport right on time, sweeping you off above the clouds. As we head north, the soaring high hills appear below us. The stunning mountains are already visible in transparent blue. Above the magnificent Pokhara valley, lovely villages and terraced farms can be seen.
The beauty of the Annapurna Conversation area is itself very mesmerizing. Lastly, we get into the gorge of the Modi River and enter the Himalayas. We fly 45 k.m. of areal distance from Pokhara before landing at the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Our pilot finds an appropriate place to land the Helicopter and signals us to get out. Now, the mountains will surround you in all directions. But the best part is grabbing a warm cup of coffee in such a wintry landscape. We enjoy breakfast while viewing the marvelous Annapurna Himalaya. You will have some more minutes for a photoshoot and refreshments.
Although we would love to stay longer, it’s time to hop back into the place. Staying longer at such altitude increases the chance of altitude sickness, which can be deadly. Also, we need to be back as per the Itinerary.
After the refreshment, we first fly to the Sanctuary rim at Machapuchhre. Also called Fishtail’s base camp is located at 3,700 m above sea level. We witness the North Face of mighty Machapuchhre Himal from the helicopter window and then fly south. Next, we fly above the traditional Chomrong or Ghandruk villages. Ghandruk is a prominent settlement in the Annapurna region, and it welcomes thousands of tourists each month. The pilot briefs you about critical architecture before you start flying above the hills. We can see a vast sub-tropical forest area with Rhododendron, Pine, and Oak trees. Then, we can finally see the dense settlement of Pokhara. The landing will be done in about half an hour.
After the plane lands safely, it’s time for farewell. You can either fly back from the airport. Or, we will drive to your hotel in the Lakeside. The ride will be about 30 minutes. In just 2 hours, you will be back in the hotel room.
Note: Nowadays, the local government hasn’t allowed helicopter landings in the Annapurna Base Camp. So, we are doing the Annapurna Base Camp flyover, landing in Mardi Himal Base Camp, and flying back to Pokhara. Mardi Himal is a recently developed trekking trail, and you can see Mount Fishtail, Annapurna Range, Mardi Himal, and many Himalayas. You can see a better Himalayan View from Mardi Himal Base Camp than from Annapurna Base Camp.
This is an approximately 3-hour tour package, so accommodation and meals are not included in this package. You can take breakfast in Annapurna Base Camp during this Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Suppose you need accommodation and meals in Pokhara. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need transportation from Kathmandu, Chitwan, or Lumbini. We will provide all necessary arrangements for the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour.
We have daily departures for private trips, so we recommend booking it according to your schedule. We do not need a minimum group size for the private trip and won’t charge additional charges for a solo traveler.
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Vaccinations You must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before traveling to Nepal. Vaccination documentation is required.
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To confirm the trek/tour package, we want a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour/trek fee. The remaining balance must be paid when you arrive in Nepal. We take Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards. The total cost of a Bhutan and Tibet tour must be paid in full at the time of booking.
We strongly advise you to purchase a SIM card for reliable internet access throughout Nepal. Nepal Telecom (owned by the government) and NCELL (owned by the private sector) are the two main SIM card providers in Nepal. It is preferable to get a SIM card at an airport, where staff will assist with activation and data plan purchases. If you have a SIM card, it will be easier for you to contact us and locate our airport agent.
You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.
This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour begins from Pokhara. The range lies 40km north of Pokhara, a wonderful lake city. The beauty of Phewa keeps on mesmerizing thousands of tourists each year. A private helicopter picks you up from Pokhara and takes you directly to the Annapurna Sanctuary. This oval-shaped plateau is circled by almost a dozen peaks of the Annapurna massif. The 360° panoramic bestows six prominent peaks above 7,000m altitude, i.e., Annapurna I, II, III, IV, South; Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri Himal North, Machhapuchchhre, and Hiunchuli. We get to witness these beauties all at a time. All these peaks are bound within the Annapurna Conservation Area, spread over 7,629sqm.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is, in fact, Nepal’s busiest trekking trail. Well, trekking to Annapurna has its perks. However, it’s a physically demanding and not-so-comfortable option. On the other hand, this helicopter tour can be done by people of all ages, fitness levels, and health conditions- it’s for everyone. So, If you don’t have a week to trek into the mountains yet wish to witness the best of Nepal, this Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour is something you will never forget.
In short, a helicopter picks you up from Pokhara and flies you to Annapurna Base Camp in about half an hour. Then, we stop at the Base Camp for 30 to 45-mins for some fantastic photographs. After a beautiful time in the base camp, we fly back to Pokhara. Sound short, but this tour can be a rejuvenating experience.
Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour is equally magnificent throughout the year. In the morning, the views are always picture-perfect. Winter views are just superb. The snow is very thick, and everything looks shiny. And we don’t have to mention that Autumn always has a clear sky and offers the best view. Spring has rather exciting views of the Himalayas, and the hills are covered in the colorful blooms of wildflowers. However, monsoons in the summer might block the sky, making it impossible to fly. The flight will be postponed until the sky is evident in such weather.
Before hopping into that Helicopter to Annapurna Base camp, we have listed some information you should know.
So, are you excited about the best 1 hour and 30 minutes of your life? Our team has organized the Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour for many years. So, you will be in safe hands, enjoying the journey to the fullest. Are there more details you want to know? Then, you can send us an email or leave a mail here.
The packing list highly depends on the season. Generally, it would help if you had these clothes and equipment:
This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour includes your hotel’s pick-up and drop-off service.
You do not need to pay any additional charges.
We will fly and land in perfect weather and wind condition. Also, we will follow all flight guidelines and have experienced and well-trained pilots. So, this will be safe.
You can charter a flight. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a price and flight details.
We do have daily departures for this tour. If you are a solo traveler, you can join our group. You do not need to pay any additional charges.
We will land at Annapurna Base Camp or Mardi Himal Base Camp. So, you can take photographs during that landing time or take photographs from a flight.
We can’t predict the high altitude weather like ABC or other parts. But we have advanced technology to forecast the weather. In the worst condition, we will postpone the flight for the next day.
Yes, there will be an oxygen cylinder we will use in an emergency.
To do this Annapurna Base Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu, you must charter a helicopter. However, per your requirements, we will arrange a Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu flight, bus, or car. Also, if you need accommodation services in Pokhara, we will provide that.
You can do this tour all around the year. But we recommend you do it in Autumn or Spring. You can see a better view at this time.
You have time to take breakfast and take photographs at Annapurna Base Camp. If we can’t land at Annapurna Base Camp, we will land at Mardi Himal Base Camp.
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