Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing is unmatched adventure activities in the foothills of the Himalayas. Fly your way into the heart of the tenth highest massif in the world, Annapurna I(8091m) via a thrilling chopper ride. Gaze at the magnificence of towering peaks located in northwestern Nepal from within the window of a chopper upclose. There is no other action packed aerial activity which will take you to the nearest proximity of colossal Himalayan peaks other than Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Nepal.
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour Details
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes you to the middle of Annapurna mountain range which houses peak measuring beyond 8000 meters. Annapurna mountain range is located in the western territory of Nepal standing as high as 8091 meters. These mountains have long been sought after by peak enthusiasts from all across the globe. While the majority of people trek all the way to the base of Annapurna opting for the famous Annapurna Base Camp trek which lasts for at least a week, you have an easier and comfier alternative of reaching the Annapurna base camp by a Helicopter.
Venturing on a ABC Helicopter Tour promises an extraordinary experience, providing a luxurious journey to the base of the world's tenth highest peak. Delight in the exhilarating sensation of soaring above Annapurna mountains and immersing yourself in the splendor of the Himalayas. This exclusive adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of Annapurna I and its surroundings in all their glory.
Heli tour of Annapurna Base Camp commences with an early morning drive to Pokhara International Airport. As you ascend in a helicopter, leaving the submissive Pokhara city below, you'll be treated to unparalleled views. Flying northbound from the airport, you'll pass over quaint rural villages on your way to Annapurna Base Camp, with the majestic gigantic Annapurna massifs welcoming you shining white like a diamond.
Approaching the Annapurna Region, you'll be awestruck by the magnificence of the Annapurna mountain range, beholding towering peaks such as Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Fishtail (6993m), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna South (7219m), Mt.Gangapurna (7455m), Mt.Hiunchuli(6441m) and others. From the comfort of the AS350 B3 helicopter, you'll enjoy an unparalleled view of glaciers, valleys, and the remarkable landscape. As you near Annapurna Base Camp, you will close in on Annapurna sanctuary which stands as another distinct world in itself. Surrounded by towering peaks on all sides, you will find yourself in the third heaven located within this world itself.
ABC Heli Tour from Pokhara
Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour from Pokhara is the most easy way for you to being your trip. Pokhara is a tourist city located 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. This bustling city is located overlooking the gorgeous Annapurna massifs by the banks of pristine lakes. Your Heli tour to Annapurna base camp begins with a drive from your hotel towards Pokhara airport. Followingly, you will board the chopper and fly northbound. Your aircraft will hover and fly above the trail of Annapurna Base Camp trek, flying above the Modi river which originates from Annapurna mountains. You will reach the base camp, stay for a while with refreshments at the teahouse and head back to Pokhara within hours.
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu
If you want to begin your Heli tour to Annapurna Base Camp from Kathmandu, we can make arrangements in accordance. Firstly, you will venture to Tribhuvan International Airport from your hotel. Here, you will board the Helicopter which will be waiting for your at the tarmac. Upon your settlement, you will be briefed about the trip by your captain. First, you chopper will travel westbound and land at Pokhara airport for refueling. After that you will take the usual air route from Pokhara and reach Annapurna Base camp. The return journey will retrace the same route as your departure. You will return to Tribhuvan International Airport where our vehicle will drop you off at your hotel after the trip ends.
Best Time for Annapurna Helicopter Tour
Out of the 12 months in a year, three specific periods offer ideal weather conditions for trekking in Nepal. The first is Spring, extending from March to May, making it the most favorable time for Annapurna trekking Helicopter tour. Another optimal trekking season is Autumn, spanning from the end of September to mid-December. Winter, occurring from December to February, also provides a suitable climate for best helicopter tours in Nepal, although extreme cold temperatures are experienced during this time.
Conversely, Nepal faces its most challenging weather conditions during peak winter months, from December to February. During this period, harsh weather conditions are prevalent. On the flip note, Summer months (June-August) mark the monsoon season in Nepal, characterized by heavy rainfall. These times are featured as cloudy, gloomy and foggy periods not suitable for aerial travel.
The best time for Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is Autumn (September-December) and Spring (March-May). Winter months are also feasible, but due to the extremely low temperatures, the area remains full of snow. Despite the cold and snowy conditions, the weather during winter months generally remains excellent.
Cost of Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost is dependent on several factors such as starting point of your tour, number of people in the group and time of the year. If you start from Kathmandu, the cost will be relatively higher than if you would start from Pokhara. Peak seasons during Autumn and Spring will have higher prices of choppers so will be expensive during the time. Also, the higher the number of people in your group, the lower is the cost of chartering the helicopter.
While the cost of ABC Helicopter Tour with Landing differs, below given are the price range that you can expect for the trip.
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing Cost from Pokhara
|No of Pax
|Cost (in USD)
|USD 450 per person
|USD 400 Per person
|USD 400 Per person
|USD 400 Per Person
Note: The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Nepal Cost differs from time to time . Cost of helicopter tours provided above is for your understanding of the price range. Exact cost may be different based on the time of the year and number of people in the group. Himalaya Trip is always at your service to help you with any inquiry regarding ABC Helicopter tour cost.
Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour Route
Your Helicopter will fly over the classic Annapurna Base Camp trek route during the flight. First, if you begin from Pokhara, your flight will hover over the Pokhara city initially. Thereafter, the chopper will bank westward flying over Phewa Lake and Sarangkot viewpoint overlooking the massive Annapurna range. It then heads northbound and takes a sharp eastward bank right above Nayapul. From hereon, the aircraft will navigate above Modi river and fly northeast towards the flat valley surrounded by Annapurna mountains.
As the heli will fly above the trekking trail, you will witness the rural beauty of the outskirts of Annapurna region. You will get to gaze at picturesque villages scattered around the area. Ghandruk, Jhinu, Landruk, Chomrong, Sinuwa, Deurali and others are hamlets located along the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail. As you cross Deurali and reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, a different world of picturesque mountain vista appears before your eyes. Your helicopter will land at Annapurna Base camp situated right beneath the gigantic Annapurna I. Depending upon the time of the day, you will be served refreshment at the nearby teahouse. You will have 10 minutes ground time at the base camp before you begin your return journey. The total duration of this helicopter tour from Pokhara is about 1 hour 20 minutes including the ground time. If you begin your Helicopter tour from Kathmandu, it will take an additional 45 minutes.
Why Annapurna Heli Tour ?
Annapurna range mountains have long been savored as the favorite mountains by the trekkers and mountaineers. With the ABC Heli tour you will get to witness these towering peaks up close without much stress. Relative to the famous Annapurna Base Camp trek, this tour will let you step at the base of Annapurna I within hours of departing. Also, you will have an adventurous ride over the thrilling geography of Annapurna region. There are several attraction points of this trip, below described are some of these:
Annapurna Conservation Area Project
The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is a governmental initiative in Nepal aimed at preserving the biodiversity of the Annapurna region, which encompasses Kaski, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, and Parbat districts. Established in 1986, this project has been instrumental in safeguarding the natural treasures of the area, including dense forests, flat lands in Mustang and Manang, towering mountains, semi-arid terrain, tumultuous white rivers, diverse fauna, and the unique local culture. ACAP mandates the acquisition of a permit for traveling to Annapurna Base Camp, with costs typically set at $30 for foreigners and $10 for nationals of SAARC countries. These permit costs are included in your Annapurna Helicopter Tour Package cost.
Aerial View of Annapurna Massifs:
The Annapurna Massifs, towering as high as 8091 meters, form a cluster of elevated mountains situated in western Nepal. The Heli tour to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) takes you through the flat valley in between these majestic peaks, offering a mesmerizing experience. From a distance, these mountains present a breathtaking sight, with their towering summits glistening with snow throughout much of the year. On you helicopter traverse towards Annapurna Base Camp, you find yourself surrounded by these colossal mountains.
Notable peaks that grace the ABC trek include Annapurna I (8,091 meters / 26,545 feet), Annapurna South (7,219 meters / 23,684 feet), Hiunchuli (6,441 meters / 21,132 feet), Machapuchare (6,993 meters / 22,943 feet), Gangapurna (7,455 meters / 24,457 feet), Baraha Shikhar, Glacier Dom, and more. The Helicopter tour offers a unique opportunity to be in the midst of these awe-inspiring mountains, providing an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Annapurna region.
Small Gurung Settlements
The path leading to Annapurna Base Camp and throughout the Annapurna region is populated by Gurung communities. The Gurung people possess a rich cultural heritage, unique traditions, and a lengthy history intricately connected to the Himalayan environment they consider their home. These communities are dispersed along the entire trail, and the majority of Gurung individuals adhere to Tibetan Buddhism, practicing distinct cultural rituals. Throughout your aerial travel, you will fly over small villages resided by Gurung communities. These small hamlets built by stones, mud and wood are scattered all over the Annapurna region and you will witness these picturesque villages all throughout your journey.
Safety and Precautions
Our aerial crew and our Helicopter service providers are veterans of aerial adventures in Nepal. Your safety will be the top most priority of Himalaya Trip during the traverse to Annapurna Base camp. We will ensure that you will have the safest aircraft available with a highly experienced captain running the aircraft. We have successfully carried out numerous Heli trips to Annapurna Base Camp and our valued clients have been satisfied with our unmatched service. As a safety measure, your helicopter will have an oxygen cylinder equipped if any AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) related issues surfaces. Our pilots and ground crews are properly trained in first aid, evacuation and other altitude related emergencies. Rest assured, you will have the safest and best time at Annapurna base camp with Himalaya Trip as your travel partner.
Why Choose Annapurna Helicopter Tour?
The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour presents an opportunity for tourists to witness the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp and the surrounding mountains. This aerial journey offers a glimpse of the stunning scenery, including the picturesque Gurung village, pristine landscapes, and the captivating beauty of the mountains. With lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks, the ABC helicopter tour showcases some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.
Trip away from the Crowd
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is undeniably one of Nepal's most popular treks, attracting thousands of trekkers annually. The helicopter tour provides a more intimate and exclusive experience, allowing you to witness views that only 10% of trekkers ever get to see.
For those who desire to reach Annapurna Base Camp without the extended trekking days, the helicopter ride is an ideal option. This one-day Heli tour efficiently covers all the major highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, starting early in the morning and concluding within a couple of hours.
Landing at the base camp provides an opportunity to capture breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. The helicopter ride offers an exhilarating aerial perspective of the majestic massifs of the Annapurna range, making it a thrilling and memorable experience.
360° View of Annapurna massifs
Flying in the helicopter above the scenic lake city, green hills, and mountain views creates a mesmerizing experience. This short Heli tour introduces you to the dreamlike close-up views of Mt. Annapurna and surrounding peaks, providing a unique bird's-eye perspective.
No Age Limit
Suitable for every age group, the helicopter adventure allows individuals of all ages to witness the closest views of Mt. Annapurna South. This tour is accessible throughout the year and requires no specific physical fitness level, making it a comfortable and enjoyable experience for travelers of all ages.
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour Itinerary
- 6:00 am: Pickup from Hotel, Drive to Airport
- 6:30 am: Start your flight to Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara Airport
- 7:00 am: Land at ABC, Breakfast at Teahouse nearby, Ground Time (10 minutes)
- 7:10 am: Return from ABC to Pokhara Airport|
- 7:40 am: Land at Pokhara Airport
- 8:15 am: Drop off at your hotel.
- Chartered Helicopter
- All government tax
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Passenger insurance
Whats not Included?
- Airport tax (NRS. 200)
- Any meals, accommodation or drinks
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Frequently Asked Questions
Certainly, all helicopters are equipped with an emergency oxygen tank. Given the unpredictability of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), it is essential to be prepared. Pilots, too, require oxygen at higher altitudes. Therefore, a first aid kit and oxygen supply are readily available on helicopter flights.
Yes, if you want to charter a private Helicopter for Annapurna Base Camp, you can book a Himalaya trip. Just inquire with us with your details and we will inform you regarding the next steps to take.
The flight pilots chosen for this trip are highly trained in high altitude flying. Our pilots have years of experience in carrying out High altitude heli tours and rescue missions. You can be assured that we have the best pilots specifically trained for this trip who will operate your aircraft.
No, we have never had cases of AMS on this trip but it is possible. In the event of any injuries or medical issues, we will administer first aid treatment. In more severe cases, if necessary, we will promptly transport you to a lower altitude or to hospitals in either Pokhara or Kathmandu for further medical assistance.
Preferences vary among individuals. Some have a passion for trekking to immerse themselves in nature and culture, while others seek luxury and quick access. Trekking evokes unique feelings, and helicopter flights offer a distinct experience. For those with time constraints or who may not be comfortable trekking through mountainous terrain, a helicopter tour is an ideal choice.
You have the option to book either by joining our scheduled fixed departure flights or by chartering for your own group. Simply contact us via whats app or send an email by completing the contact form, and we will assist you in making your flight booking.
Ensuring safety is our top priority. Before every flight, a thorough assessment of weather conditions and wind direction is conducted. Our fleet undergoes regular maintenance, and our flights are operated by skilled and experienced pilots. We only proceed with the flight when all conditions are deemed safe. Therefore, you can have confidence that the Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour is conducted with the utmost safety measures in place.
The helicopter flight from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp lasts approximately one hour and twenty minutes. The journey includes 20 minutes for reaching the base camp and an equal duration for the return. During this trip, there will be a ground time of 30 to 40 minutes. The entire round trip from Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp and back takes about three hours.
A maximum of five passengers are allowed per flight, with a weight restriction of 450 kilograms. This includes six individuals, comprising the pilot and five passengers.
Available of the trip
We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.
The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have. If you are doing short and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.
Last Minute booking
Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months. Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.
Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.
When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour / Climbing guide and experience porters.
Extra personal expenses
For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.
Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.
Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer
We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.
Group joing and Fixed departure
Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request.
You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.
- Ask permission to photograph people.
- Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
- Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
- Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.
Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.
For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App and 20% deposit.
Why Himalaya Trip ?
- Fast response
- Small group private trek
- Safety is top priority
- Recommended on TripAdvisor
- Tailor made itinerary
- Seasonal package
- 200 plus trekkers take service every year
- 30-40% repeated customer