Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour - 1 Day

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a fast, easy, and comfortable way to get to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and enjoy iconic Himalayan views. This short heli tour will take you to the base of the world’s 10th highest peak, Annapurna (8,091 meters). Those who are short on time can take this mountain flight over the Annapurna massif. 

A birds-eye view of some of the highest mountains in the world, namely Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhare mountain range, is superior to the crowded ground-level view and makes Annapurna Heli Tour totally worth it. With this aerial trip, you not only get stunning views of the Annapurna Mountain range but also get to fly above the Annapurna Base Camp. 

The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Heli tour is Pokhara which is a beautiful city surrounded by lakes, green hills, and snow-capped mountains. As you fly in the chopper above the beautiful city, you’ll catch an amazing glimpse of scenic Phewa Lake surrounded by green hills. You’ll also get to enjoy the sight of crystal clear white Seti River and a stunning gorge. Further, you’ll see the astonishing panorama of famous viewpoints of Pokhara such as Sarangkot, World Peace Pagoda, Pumdikot, etc. 

You will soar towards the massif peak of Machhapuchhare (6,993 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Annapurna II (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters), and Himchuli (6,441 meters). You’ll get the experience of this beautiful piece of paradise within two hours of mountain flight. You’ll also witness several traditional villages with scattered thatched houses mainly inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities from the high above. The jaw-dropping Himalayan ranges over the backdrop of villages are totally marvelous. 

Besides the stunning views of the mountain range, you’ll get a fantastic bird’s eye view of the Annapurna Conservation Area. This area is the largest protected area in Nepal. Rich in biodiversity, the area is home to various flora and fauna. You can even spot rare wild species such as snow leopards, red panda, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, etc. 

Once you land at ABC, you’ll get 20-30 minutes to enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains surrounding the base camp. You’ll capture the splendid views of the mountain peaks of Annapurna massif. In addition, you’ll get to enjoy the hot breakfast enjoying gorgeous 360-degree mountain views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhare peak. You’ll also get to explore the culture and tradition of the Gurung, Magar, and Sherpa people of the Himalayan region. 

To get a better perspective of this unique, vast base camp, you can opt for this helicopter ride, which can whisk them high over such incredible peaks. No wonder an Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing is one of the best ways to view Annapurna Base Camp and its surrounding mountains by air. This short helicopter ride is suitable for all age groups who wish to watch the closest views of the Annapurna mountain range. This tour doesn’t require any physical fitness level. Thus, physically challenged people also can enjoy this helicopter-trip.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is doable all time of the year. In Nepal, the weather is evident in the morning almost the whole year. However, the best time for this heli-trip is in the spring and autumn season. During both seasons, the weather is more stable and transparent. There is less chance of clouds and fog that might obstruct your mountain views. Moreover, in the spring, the views of green hills and mountains are even more spectacular from the chopper. Likewise, a heli ride to ABC is even possible from Kathmandu. However, this short helicopter tour is more reasonable in terms of cost from Pokhara. 

Trip Highlights

  • A stunning aerial view of Pokhara Valley 
  • Enjoy the astounding view of Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa Lake from the air
  • A most pleasing alternative way to get to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft)
  • Get the dramatic views of the classic lake city of Pokhara and green hills dotted with small villages
  • Two hours mountain flight, a fantastic way to witness an incredible Annapurna Base Camp and surrounding peaks
  • Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Hover beneath the world’s tenth tallest peak Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), with its array of peaks
  • Enjoy the view of scattered Gurung villages; Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Deurali, Bamboo, and Himalaya from the sky
  • The wondrous sight of lush rhododendron and oak forests from the air
  • An awesome view of numerous beautiful rivers and suspension bridges 
  • A wonderful moment at the lap of the majestic mountain of Annapurna range
  • A perfect alternative who don’t have time or don’t want to opt for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Admire the stunning sunrise view over Annapurna and Machhapuchhare peak
  • Get the unforgettable view of Annapurna Himalayan Glacier from the sky
  • Have a perfect photographic moment with an incredible backdrop of magnificent Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, and other surrounding mountains
  • Enjoy the delicious breakfast with the breathtaking mountain views and unique landscape
  • Explore Gurung and Sherpa culture and lifestyle

Detailed Itinerary Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour (4,130m/13,550ft)

1. Transfer from Pokhara Hotel to Airport

Grab your early morning breakfast in the Pokhara hotel. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport. 

2. A short brief from Captain 

Your pilot will give you a short brief regarding important guidelines and precautions to be adapted during the helicopter flight for safety purposes. During this meet up, you’ll get a chance to introduce yourself to the flight crew. You can even put your queries that you might have before boarding the helicopter. We highly recommend you follow your pilot’s instructions. A captain will share important guidelines and share essential protocols with you. 

3. Fly from Pokhara Airport to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft)

Once your flight brief is over, you’ll get your boarding pass and go through airport security. The helicopter flight begins with the enchanting views of the Pokhara valley surrounded by lakes and green hills. You’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the several high mountains of the Annapurna region, the deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, Annapurna Conservation Area, and several traditional settlements from the sky. This leisurely heli tour is a fun and exciting experience that will let you capture different perspectives of Pokhara valley, surrounded by lakes, temples, caves, stupas, etc. Cherishing this panoramic sight, after half an hour, you’ll land at Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130m. 

4. Explore Annapurna Base Camp 

You’ll get approximately 20-25 minutes for sightseeing around the base camp area. Since the base camp area lies at an altitude above 2,500 meters, your body can not adjust to altitude fluctuation in only a few hours. However, it is plenty enough to savor the Himalayan views of the Annapurna region. You’ll get a close shot of Annapurna South (7,279m) and Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,993m). The breathtaking view of sunrise would leave you speechless. The golden ray of sunlight in the mountain is the main beauty of the Himalayas. In addition, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast with a fabulous view of the snow-clad mountains. 

5. Fly back to Pokhara Airport 

Having a great moment and enjoying a delicious breakfast at Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll fly back to Pokhara. Once again, you’ll get to relish the view of mighty snow-capped peaks and green valley below. After half an hour of mountain flight, you’ll land at Pokhara Airport. Our crew will help you get a transfer to the terminal point of the airport. 

6. Drive back to Pokhara Hotel

After a lovely Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at your respective hotel. You can now celebrate your successful completion of this short heli tour. You can even opt for other heli tour packages such as Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour, Langtang Helicopter Tour, etc. 



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