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Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour

Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Helicopter Sightseeing

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Helicopter

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 1 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a scenic helicopter flight that takes you to the base camp of the magnificent Annapurna Mountain range in Nepal. This tour offers a unique and convenient way to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without the strenuous trekking usually associated with reaching the base camp.

The helicopter tour starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, it takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Along the way, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, lush valleys, and picturesque villages.

Once you reach the base camp, the helicopter will land, allowing you to explore the area and take in the awe-inspiring surroundings. You will have some time to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks, including Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), and Machapuchare (6,993m).

After spending some time at the base camp, the helicopter will take you back to Kathmandu or Pokhara, from where you can continue your journey or return to your hotel ensuring a comfortable and efficient journey back. This tour allows you to experience the majesty of the Annapurna region and its famous base camp in Annapurna just a few hours, making Base it Camp a helicopter great tour option is for those popular with activity limited among time tourists or visiting physical Nepal.

Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour Highlights:

  • Observe Beautiful lakes of Pokhara valley like Fewa Lake, Begnas Tal & many more
  • Aerial View of entire Pokhara valley
  • Rhododendron Forest of Annapurna Regions
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna Ranges along with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Fishtail & many more
  • Annapurna Conservation Area

Itinerary

Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour

5.30 am: Transfer to airport in Kathmandu
Meet at your hotel & transfer to domestic section of the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu.

6.30 am: After completing formalities and paperwork, fly to Pokhara
Compelete the paperwork and after checking the weather, fly to Pokahra from Kathmandu.

07.00 am: Fly from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp
Land at airport in Pokhara for a while then fly to Annapurna Base Camp witnessing amazing landscapes below and encountering number of peaks in the Annapurna region like Annapurna mountains series, Dhaulagiri, Mount Fishtail and others.

07.30 am: Land at Annapurna Base Camp & explore around 
Land at ABC and explore around. Observe 360 degree mountain panorama all around you. Have a tea break at the lodge nearby and it’s time to capture some great photographs.

08.30 am: Fly to Pokhara 
Fly to Pokhara from ABC.

09.00 am: Land at Pokhara & fly to Kathmandu
stop a while at Pokhara airport and fly to Kathmandu.

What is included?

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Heli-tour as per the itinerary
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses, meals, drinks etc.
  • Tips or gratuities.

FAQ's

1. What is an Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour?
Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour involves taking a helicopter from Pokhara or Kathmandu to fly directly to the base camp, allowing travelers to enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and landscapes.

2. What is the duration of Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour?
The duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours start/end Pokhara.

3. What is the highest point reached during the tour?
The helicopter reaches a maximum altitude of 4,130 meters.

4. Can I see other mountains apart from Annapurna during the tour?
Yes, you can also witness breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri.

5. What is the best time for an ABC helicopter tour?
The best time for an Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour is during the clear and dry seasons, which are typically in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

6. Can the helicopter land at Annapurna Base Camp?
Yes, helicopters can land at Annapurna Base Camp, allowing passengers to spend some time at the base camp to take in the scenery and explore the area.

7. Is acclimatization necessary for the helicopter tour?
Since the helicopter tour involves a direct flight to Annapurna Base Camp, acclimatization is not a concern. This makes it a suitable option for those who may be sensitive to altitude.

Equipment

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) helicopter tour is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the Annapurna region without the need for trekking. As it's a relatively short visit to a high-altitude location, your packing list can be relatively minimal. Here's a packing list for an Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour:

Clothing:
Layered clothing for temperature variations (consider the time of year)
Moisture-wicking and breathable base layers
Insulating layers like fleece or down jacket
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Warm hat and gloves
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun hat or cap

Personal Items:
Passport 
Cash and credit cards
Camera, Mobile phone
Sunglasses with UV protection
Travel insurance documents

Helicopter Tour Specific Items:
Confirm the weight limit for your helicopter tour. Pack as lightly as possible to avoid excess weight fees.
Ensure your camera and phone are charged and have sufficient memory for photos and videos.
Earplugs and noise-canceling headphones for in-flight comfort.

Altitude Sickness Prevention:
Altitude sickness is less likely to be an issue on a helicopter tour, but it's good to stay hydrated and rest if you experience any discomfort.

It's important to check the weather forecast for the time of your tour and pack accordingly. Dressing in layers is crucial, as temperatures can vary significantly between lowland regions and high altitudes. Additionally, double-check with your tour operator for any specific recommendations or requirements for the helicopter tour.

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