Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara

Trip Facts

  • Duration 1 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Helicopter Ride
  • Activity Helicopter Sightseeing tour
  • Best Season Feb- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 and Mix 5 people
  • Trip Start/End Pokhara
  • Max Altitude 4130m/13,549ft

Highlights

  • Miraculous views of the city of Lakes- Pokhara and the giant Lakes
  • Paramount scenery of the Annapurna Himalayan range- Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, Himchuli
  • Greeneries of the Annapurna Conservation Area, dotted with the oak and rhododendron woods
  • Aerial view of the dramatic landscape of the Annapurna trekking trails
  • Wonderful landing at 4130 meters- ABC to explore the surrounding alpine vistas and Himalayas
  • Amphitheater land with the giant Himalayan boulders that surround you with pyramid summits
  • Scattered ethnic settlements in the remote countryside at the lap of nature
  • Mountain cozy lodges and the glaciers
  • Photo session and exploration for about 30 minutes ground time
  • One of the best trekking destinations in the world- ABC

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour  Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara offers you the experience of trekking through the diverse landscape of the Annapurna region combined with the aerial tour of the breathtakingly beautiful Annapurna massif.  Our Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tours with Landing starts with a flight from the beautiful city of Pokhara, also known as The City of Lakes. We’ll trek across one of the most beautiful trekking trails surrounded by forests, mountains, and diverse landscapes. The Annapurna region is considered one of many naturally attractive and floral-rich regions in Nepal.

The ABCHelicopter Tour from Pokhara takes about 1.5 hours, including a ground time of about half an hour. Once the helicopter takes off from Pokhara airport, the 360-degree view of Pokhara can be explored from the eagle's eye viewpoint. Flying north, the magnificent sceneries of the woods and hillside settlements of the Annapurna Conservation Area you gradually get the divine experience. The more we fly towards the Himalayan part, the charismatic aura of the Annapurna Himalayan range emerges at your eye level. The enticing pinnacles of Mt. Annapurna, Himchuli, Fishtail, and the surroundings look breathtaking. Landing at ABC, you get an opportunity to walk around and explore the beauties, which synonymously quench your thirst for the  Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

Our helicopter lands nearby Annapurna base camp where you can spend around 15-30 minutes enjoying views of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the base camp. Once you have flown on a helicopter over the Annapurna Mountains Range, there are only a few things you can do to top that! Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour-1 day is perfect for those who want to be at the base camp and experience the altitude and mountains, but do not want to walk for 7-8 to get there. For those who want to combine the experience of trekking with a Helicopter tour of the Everest Base Camp, we have the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 12 Days

When is the best season for the Annapurna Base Helicopter Trip?

The Best  Time For The Annapurna Helicopter tour, you can fly all year round in the day tour of the Annapurna base camp on the helicopter in day time but the visibility should be clear.Autumn and spring are the best seasons to witness the views by helicopter. Winter (December to February) is perfect but the landing place will be full of snow.  The rainy season is not recommended for the helicopter ride because the cloudy and foggy weather interrupts the visibility and almost not possible to fly. So the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour in summer is in the months of February, March, April, and May whereas September, October, November, and December are the other months for helicopter flight in winter.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost

The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour price is different for different options. The Private Charter flight costs you USD 1800 from Pokhara and USD 3500. from Kathmandu.Group joining helicopter costs USD 300 per person. The cost of the group joining is on a sharing basis with the total number of people flying together.

What is the Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

It is important to pack well for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour; however, there’s not much to pack. Appropriate booking is essential. The packing list depends on the season you are traveling, but the stuff you pack should be able to protect you from the freezing-level temperatures with clothes that are warm enough to keep you comfortable.

Here is a Packing List  of packing for the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • Down jacket (for winter) and a normal jacket (for spring and autumn)
  • Sunblock cream and body lotion
  • Sunblock hat/woolen hat (according to the season)
  • Woolen scarf
  • Lip balm
  • A thermos water bottle
  • Light snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Spare battery (if you bring a camera)
  • Fully charged power bank

Helicopter model

Among the helicopter models in Nepal, the popular ones that are used for helicopter tours in Nepal include the Airbus products: Eurocopter EC130B4 and Ecureuil, AS 350 B3 E Airbus. The AS350 B3 E Airbus is now known as H125. These are the safest helicopter models, especially those that take off and land in the alpine territory like Everest Base Camp, Muktinath, and Annapurna Base Camp. The helicopters have a capacity of 3 passengers and 5 passengers excluding the captain with excessive weight of 500 kg.

Here is some useful information about helicopters. The use of these models will depend on the area and altitude.

1. 9N ANA (AS350B3e)

  • Model: AS350B3e
  • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
  • Engine type: Arriel 2D
  • Passenger capacity: 5 + 1
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 23,000 FT

2. 9N ALA (AS350B3e)

  • Model: AS350b3e
  • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
  • Engine Type: Arriel 2D
  • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 23,000 FT

3. 9N-AJD (AS 350 FX II)

  • Model: AS350 FX II
  • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
  • Engine Type: LTS – 101 700D2
  • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 16,000 FT

4. 9N-AFQ (AS 350 FX II)

  • Model: AS350 FX II
  • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
  • Engine Type: LTS – 101 700D2
  • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 16,000 FT

5. 9N-AGU (AS350 BA)

  • Model: AS350 BA
  • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
  • Engine Type: Arriel 1B
  • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2100 KG
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 16,000 FT

Itinerary Overview 

6: 00 AM: Pickup from Hotel and Transfer to Pokhara Airport.

06:30 AM: Fly from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp

07:00 AM: Land at Annapurna Base Camp

07:30 AM: Fly Back to Pokhara

08:00 AM: Arrival at Pokhara and drive to the Hotel

Itinerary

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Early in the morning, we pick you up for the exclusively thrilling but incredibly rewarding Helicopter tour to Muktinath and transfer you to the Pokhara airport.

06:30 AM: Fly from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp

Early in the morning, we take a helicopter ride and approach north from Pokhara. The immense terraced hillside setting of Sarangkot, the greeneries of Annapurna Conservation Area, and explore the excellent sceneries of the Annapurna Himalayan chain. On the trip, we get an opportunity to take a glace of the Mardi Himal Trekking trail. Then it follows the Modi Khola gorge and land at Annapurna Base Camp, which often remains bustling with the excited trekkers.

07:00 AM: Land at Annapurna Base Camp

Landing at the Annapurna Base Camp, we get about half an hour of ground time to explore around and enjoy photo sessions to this dramatic amphitheater. The impressive summits of Mount Annapurna I, II, Himchuli, Tent Peak, and the surroundings look fantastic. The alpine setting is luminous with the glaciers, rocky boulders, lodges, and the Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags that are hanged around. After spending half an hour exciting moment at ABC, we prepare to get back.

07:30 AM: Fly Back to Pokhara

Taking off from Annapurna Base Camp, we fly towards the south and fly above the hill ridge of the Mardi Himal route. Then we enjoy the greeneries of the dense woods. Flying further, the picturesque city of Lakes- Pokhara and its beauties can be explored.

08:00 AM: Arrival at Pokhara.

Landing at Pokhara, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

    Cost Details

    Price Includes

    • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
    • Seating arrangement for up to a maximum of 5 people
    • Airport Boarding Pass
    • Oxygen Cylinder in case of emergency with Medical kits
    • Three-hour charter helicopter service including 30 Minutes break at Annapurna Base Camp
    • Company  service charge
    • All Government and Local taxes, and paper words 

    Price Excludes

    • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days)
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu
    • Medical and life insurance.
    • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the cost included section.

    Date & Prices

         
    Start DateStart: TuesdayNovember 29, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 29, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $300
    Start DateStart: WednesdayNovember 30, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $300

    The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

    Useful Info

    What is the Weight Limit of the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tours?

    The ultimate weight limit of the passengers is 500 kg for 5 crew of Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. This weight limit applies to all helicopter tours in Nepal

    Weather and Climate

    Weather conditions remain clear and visible around Annapurna Base Camp in the morning throughout the year, except for some of the days of monsoon. Rests of the seasons are suitable for the helicopter tour to ABC allowed with the clear weather status. The weather and climate status change according to seasonal variations.

    Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Spring Season

    Spring (March, April, and May) is an amazing season in the Annapurna region with clear weather and stunning wildflowers. You fly above the rhododendron woods of Annapurna Conservation Area, which look just incredible. The weather allows eye-catching Himalayan vistas. The temperature at ABC remains cool in the morning (0-5 degrees Celsius), but it rises around 15-20 degrees Celsius during the day.

    Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Autumn Season

    Autumn (September, October, and November) is the most suitable time for the ABC helicopter tour. The weather remains a bit cloudy and rainy till mid-September and after that splendid weather allows for great Himalayan scenery. The morning weather at ABC gets down to the freezing point, however, the daytime is warm with 20-22 degrees Celsius. There is the least probability of getting views obstructed by clouds. You may select October-November for delighting Himalayan sceneries with an ABC helicopter tour.

    Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Winter Season

    may not sound well to be in the Himalayan terrain, but, it's incredible in the case of the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. December and January allow wonderful weather of around 10 degrees during the day at ABC and up to -10 degrees at the night. From mid-December till mid-February, in the base camp area and up to the elevation of 4000 meters, the entire landscape remains snowy. Likewise, the snow-capped Himalayas appear more delightful in winter with the heap of snow. You need to wear more woolen products and must wear a down jacket in winter. The only challenge of ABC helicopter tours in winter is, that the weather may change rapidly, which causes flight cancellations.

    Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Summer Season

    Summer is not a favorable season for the helicopter tour to Annapurna base camp. It is a rainy season in Nepal and rainfall is a very common topic at this time. The Annapurna region itself is known as the most rainfall zone in Nepal. However, after the rainfall, the clear weather allows for great views, and if you are in Pokhara during the monsoon, you may be benefited from this type of opportunity.

    How to Deal with Altitude Sickness?

    High altitude sickness is a disorder that people might feel above 3000 meters altitude. It is directly connected to altitude adaptation, which makes people have difficulty in breathing. Altitude sickness is also called Acute Mountain Sickness.

    The ultimate altitude of Annapurna Base Camp is 4130 meters, which is not a risky zone for getting caught in altitude sickness. It's very unlikely to be suffering from AMS. However, you may experience it accidentally once you get out of the helicopter. Mild headache and dizziness can be the common symptoms you feel at ABC. Initially, you will be given oxygen support at the helicopter as there will be oxygen cylinders in every helicopter. If it's a bit risky case, flying back to the lower altitude is another best way.

    You will get a maximum of half an hour of landing time at the Annapurna base camp. You walk around and get abundant miraculous glimpses of the mighty Himalayan peaks like Mt. Annapurna.

    What is the Safety Measure for Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

    There are some sorts of essential safety measures for the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. It starts from your entry into the aircraft, where you should follow the captain's instructions, and also at the exit.

    • If you are in a group, do not move from your place during the flight or exchange your seats with other travelers
    • You should not put your hands or head out of the window and do remember to keep your belongings safe.
    • Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the helicopter and it's very sensible
    • Please, do remember to tighten your seat belt properly.
    • If you feel any breathing problems or dizziness, let your captain know about it.

    Aftermath of COVID-19,

    • Helicopters are sanitized properly in all corners with spray
    • You should follow the safety instructions like wearing a mask, gloves
    • Test your temperature before flying

    FAQs

    • Q1. How long is the Heli Ride from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp?

      The helicopter ride from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp takes about half and hour (30 minutes) one way.

    • A chopper takes a maximum of 5 people, except the captain.

    • The straight distance from Pokhara (822 meters) to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters) is about 37 aeronautical miles.

    • Annapurna Base Camp is located at 4130 meters altitude, being surrounded by the giant Himalayan boulders from three directions. The altitude of Annapurna Peaks includes- Mt. Annapurna (8091m/26545.28ft), Mt. Fishtail (6999m/22962 ft), and Mt. Annapurna South (7219m/23684 ft).

    • There will be a single pilot in one helicopter, who flies with a great experience.

    • Undoubtedly, Annapurna Base Camp is unconstrained, less troublesome, and safe compared to any other options. Annapurna base camp Helicopter Tour is by far the safest trip of all, with a rare fatal mishap reported to date. Our fleets go through a series of maintenance and are flown by experienced pilots. We, the Air Dynasty team, really care about our travelers’ lives and are too cautious about it.

    • All pilots of Air Dynasty are highly experienced in flying a helicopter around the high mountainous terrain. We believe that this is the most experienced group of helicopter tour pilots anywhere in Nepal. Also, they have excellent knowledge of the locations. During the flight, our pilots will deliver complete and reliable information about mountain peaks.

    • Gurung people belong to one of the ethnic tribes of Nepal, who populate mostly the middle hill range. Annapurna region is dominated by the Gurung people, who have their unique lifestyles, customs, garments, festivals and celebrations. They are traditions loving people, who follow animal husbandry profession and hospitality industry. Gurung people have marked their bravery in British Gurkha, therefore they are taken as brave Gurkhas.

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