Annapurna base camp helicopter tour

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Annapurna base camp helicopter tour with landing at ABC takes you from Pokhara to the Annapurna Sanctuary, the amphitheater-like enclosure at the foot of the Annapurna Massif. From ABC, we can watch the grandeur of the Annapurna Range in three-dimensional projections. It is a sight rather quite rare in the world. 

Annapurna base camp helicopter tour with landing at ABC cost from Pokhara with the best cost guaranteed USD 350 pp only,  to get this offer please call now in at our manager's cell number +977 98510 36 844 (Also on Whats-App and Viber 24hrs). 

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour Introduction 

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour landing at ABC is an astonishing representation of the stunning Himalayas. The trip offers a thrilling adventure to the Annapurna massif along with some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour is an alternative to the Annapurna circuit trek which is very popular amongst trekkers in Nepal.

At an altitude of 4,130m, the Annapurna Base Camp which is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary lies 40km north of the beautiful Pokhara city. Pokhara itself is a tourist city including numerous attractions. The city is popular amongst the locals as well as visitors from all over the globe. Fewa Lake is one of the major tourist attractions in Pokhara. Every year, it attracts thousands of travelers and trekkers who wish to be surrounded by the serene environment while watching the pristine Fewa lake. 

The Annapurna Base Camp (Annapurna Sanctuary) is an oval-shaped plateau situated at an altitude of over 4,130m. Since the sanctuary is circled by giant mountains of the Annapurna massif on all sides, it is arguably the best 360° panoramic mountain view in Nepal. The Annapurna mountain range contains six prominent peaks which are all over 7,000m altitudes. The mountain range includes Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna South (7,219m), and Gangapurna (7,455m). 

Some less prominent peaks of the Annapurna mountain range are Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Annapurna Fang (7,647m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m), Nilgiri Himal North (7,061m), Machhapuchchhre (also known as Fishtail Mountain) (6,993m) and Hiunchuli (6,411m). Bordering all these wonders is the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal’s largest conservation area with an estimated area of 7,629sqm. 

Annapurna base camp chopper tour landing at base camp starts from the beautiful Pokhara airport since it is the closest take-off point from the Annapurna sanctuary. The Chopper tour is approximately 3 hours considering that it takes 30min for a one-way flight to the base camp. After a short introduction to our flight crew members, one of our representatives will provide some safety precautions which are to be followed at any cost during the charter. Safety is our primary concern and we do not compromise. We need to make sure that you have acknowledged all the instructions before boarding the Chopper.  

Flying over the beautiful city of Pokhara (800m), eyeing the magical Fewa Lake, we officially start the Annapurna Base Camp chopper tour. Along the way, you will get to observe some spectacular glimpses of the divine nature sprinkled by the scattered Magar and Gurung settlements. After 30 minutes of flying, you are greeted with the giant snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna mountain range.  

The time we spend at the Annapurna Sanctuary is limited, approximately about 20 to 30 minutes. This is due to safety reasons. Since the base camp is located at an altitude of 4,130m, it can be risky to stay more than half an hour. Gaining such an altitude in a very short time could cause Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). However, half an hour is more than enough for us to do some sightseeing, capture some memorable moments, and to enjoy a warm and delicious breakfast. Then, we trace our way back to Pokhara airport. 

Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek welcomes you to join us on our next adventure to the Annapurna Base Camp. After years of experience, we present ourselves as one of the best helicopter operators in Nepal. As much as we believe in our services, we are also constantly on the lookout to provide the best travel experience in Nepal. To learn more about the Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour in Nepal, feel free to reach us at [email protected]  or call us at + 977 98510 36 844 (Ram Kumar). 
 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Helicopter Tour with greatest views of Annapurna range of mountains and rolling green hills.
  • Flying beneath the world’s tenth highest Mt. Annapurna at above 8,091 m with its range of peaks.
  • Smooth, great landing within stunning Annapurna Sanctuary and at base camp above 4,130 m high.
  • Flying over scenic and dramatic scenery of verdant valley and hills dotted with farm villages.
  • Exceptional panorama of mountains and glaciers in the comfort of the nice and cozy lodge at base camp.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:A day on wonderful Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour of 2 hrs duration or more from 7 a.m to 12 p.m. (Depending upon the season and landing possible at base camp as per the fine and clear weather and pilots’ decision).

Starting from scenic Pokhara depart from respective hotels early morning by 6 a.m. or 7 a.m (depending upon the season and weather)to Pokhara airport for sweeping panoramic Chopper flight with spacious and comfortable seats, with rooms for 5 people with Captain and Co-Pilot sometimes with one pilot or Captain of the flying ship. In this case, one can seat in the front with offers the best views of surrounding dramatic landscapes and mountains. As Heli takes off soaring high into the clear blue sky heading north, from Pokhara the aerial distance to Annapurna base camp of mere 45 k.m. air journey continues leading higher above the verdant valley of Pokhara and its city and rising high past rolling green hills dotted with lovely farm villages and a neat tended row of terraced fields. The ride then enters into a gorge of Modi River as the engine picks up altitude to enter into beautiful and picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary and then landing at base camp where you can enjoy your cup of warm coffee(optional pay on your own) marveling views of Annapurna Himalaya and its range of peaks that surround you at Annapurna Base Camp at the height of above 4,130 m high. Enjoying a refreshment at leisure with mountains for a drink then with time head fly down to end of Sanctuary rim at Machapuchare(only fly over on the way) located at 3,700 m high just beneath towering North Face of mighty Machapuchare Himal the Fish Tail peak. Here enjoy the panorama of mountains fly over then heading back to Pokhara with time to catch and witness culture and traditions around Chomrong or Ghandruk villages of Gurung people the native tribes of Annapurna Himalaya interwoven with Buddhism religion and their own age-old heritage of great interest. Gurung People especially the menfolk have a long history of more than the past 200 years supplying brave and excellent Soldiers as Gorkha in the British and Indian Army as well in Singapore policemen and Security personal and guards in various foreign countries including Brunei. By traditions and old heritage they farmers and cattle herders with Buddhist religion as well practice their ancient deities worshipping nature and mountain spirits with interesting culture to witness on this marvelous air journey on Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. After a time around Gurung farm villages in the backdrop of Annapurna peaks, then a short air journey brings you to scenic Pokhara and back to your respective hotels by the Phewa Lake with mesmerizing adventure and thrills on Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

  • Place:Annapurna Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:4130 m

Inclusion

  • Charter for up to 5 pax depending on the weight
  • Helicopter fare as per flight sector 
  • Company service charges including government taxes 
  • Emergency oxygen and a comprehensive first aid kit 
  • Passenger Insurance 
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Personal expenses (extra meals and clothing)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees 
  • Airport Tax (USD5)
  • Breakfast at Annapurna Base Camp 
  • Everything else apart from The Tour Includes above

Useful Information

Best season for the Annapurna base camp helicopter tour

Annapurna base camp can be visited all months of the year except the monsoon period of July to Mid September the wet and rainy months, with clouds blocking the views and making Helicopter flight the least possible to land and fly. March to May warm during the day, morning and late afternoon can be a little cooler where the mornings are clear for the views and Heli flights. October to January and February will be clear with fine weather but can be much colder during morning and afternoon time as well in shady areas. March to May is also a flowering time on mid-hills of the Annapurna Himalaya region where the whole area turns ablaze with rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) and other wildflowers in full bloom with riots of colors that fill the green hills of Annapurna. Late November to Mid February mostly clear during the day, but the days are short with sunlight in Autumn / Fall and Winter times, morning and late afternoon can be cold of less than -5° to -10° Celsius with a maximum of 15° to 20° Celsius in sunny days and afternoon.

Altitude Sickness

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness): Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour does not get much affected by AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness this is one of the high and scenic destinations without a problem of high altitude, as the southern side of Annapurna range is green with lush vegetation and thickly forested areas, which helps to regulate much oxygen with fresh clean mountain air. On this fabulous Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you will be spending not more than half an hour at Annapurna base camp to enjoy its beautiful surrounding of mountains, if it occurs for some people the pilot and fly and drop you down at safe areas to regain your body to adjust with the altitude.

Helicopter Model

Helicopters that we run and operate: With two types of helicopters operating at present in private sectors: AS 350 B series of helicopters which are manufactured by Euro copter, France and are very popular all over the world. It is regarded as one of the most versatile helicopters and is suitable for mountain flying and all types of helicopter missions. Following are the features:

  • Fail-Safe Design - Comfortable Seating Arrangements - 5 seats excluding Pilot - Suitable for all types of helicopter missions and can fly up to an altitude of above 5,500 m and 18,000 feet high.
  • Another helicopter is the powerful Russian-made MI-17. This is a big bird, capable of transporting 22 passengers or four tons of cargo. MI-17's can reach altitudes well in excess of 5.000 m and have been known to land at Everest Base Camp. They offer excellent utility and reliability under extreme conditions. These helicopters are usually charter for bigger groups or large cargo.
  • Besides scenic and cultural Heli Tour we run and organize Rescue Evacuation operation around Nepal Himalaya as well for ferrying cargo for expeditions and relief operation as well pilgrimage Heli Tour to Damodarkund-Muktinath and to Gosainkund and much more...

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour Equipment

  • Weatherproof down jacket 
  • UV protection sunglasses
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm 
  • Silk/Nylon scarf 
  • Toiletries
  • Full sleeve clothing
  • Warm pair of trousers 
  • Camera essentials 

Note: Based on our experience, the above items should suffice. Should you carry more than the above-listed items, make sure they are obligatory.

FAQs

Is The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour In Nepal Safe?

In short, Yes. Alpine Eco Trek prioritizes safety on any kind of helicopter tours that we operate. Our flights take off only after a comprehensive inspection of weather conditions and wind direction. After the captain has signaled that it is safe to fly, only then we execute the tour. Our fleets go through regular maintenance and are flown by pilots with years of experience in mountain flights. Moreover, you must follow the provided guidelines. The rest is assured.

How Long Does The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour In Nepal Take?

The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara is an overall 1 to 2-hour tour with 40 minutes of flight time and 20 minutes ground time. However, if you wish to fly from Kathmandu it will take relatively longer.

Do We Land At More Stops Than Annapurna Base Camp?

No, we don’t. Considering that the Annapurna Base Camp is only about 40km from Pokhara, we do not need to stop at more than one place i.e. The Annapurna Base Camp. However, you can add more destinations to travel to in addition to the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Reach us at [email protected] for more information regarding tailoring your trip or simply give us a call at +977-98510 36844.

Does The Helicopter Carry Oxygen Tanks For An Emergency?

Yes, all of our helicopters carry an oxygen tank at all times for an emergency. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be unpredictable. Therefore, we always have the safety equipment ready including first aid and an oxygen tank. 

Is There A Chance Of A Flight Delay To The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

Yes. It occurs mostly during the monsoon season due to frequent rainfall. Initially, the helicopter flights will be scheduled to avoid any delays or complications. However, there is always a chance of flight delay or cancellation due to weather conditions. In case the flight is canceled, you will get a refund according to our refund policy. 

Ram Kumar Adhikari
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