Situated in the western provinces of Nepal, Annapurna is one of the most popular destinations amongst travelers. Blessed with naturally gifted landscapes, staggering peaks, and abundant flora and fauna, the trip provides an unforgettable experience to any traveler who undertakes it.
Although the trip is most common amongst trekkers, there is an alternative way to visit the base camp without the hassle of long treks. This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour allows you to visit the base camp and return in a few hour's duration. This luxurious trip is perfect for family tours or individuals who do not desire long and strenuous days of trekking.
The helicopter tour takes you into the heart of the Annapurna region, passing through some rich landscapes and blooming vegetation. The trip also blesses you with magnificent aerial views of the lofty snow peaks as you pass through abundant rhododendron forests, scattered settlements, and cascading waterfalls.
The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour commences from either Pokhara or Kathmandu. The trip from Kathmandu is costlier due to the long distance. However, traveling with a group can be beneficial as it cuts down the overall cost of the entire trip.
If you’re looking forward to traveling to Annapurna Base Camp but restricted by time or physical endurance, then this Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour can be the perfect option for you!
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour From Pokhara
The Helicopter tour from Pokhara to the base camp is a cheaper option with a shorter route. The total journey is about one and a half hours. You can travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara via a 6-hour long bus journey or a 25-minute flight and sign up for this tour from Pokhara. It is a better option if you are traveling solo.
The one hour flight commences from Pokhara airport. It exits the verdant valley of Pokhara with the aerial view of the Phewa lake starting to fade away. The flight then follows along the Modi River valley towards the Annapurna Base camp.
The flight further passes through the settlements of Jhinudada, Chhomrong & Doman. We then pass through the valley clogged between Annapurna South and Macchapucchre, to the Annapurna base camp (4130m). The journey is a fantastic one with excellent views of the rhododendron forests and the glazing Kali-Gandaki river.
After landing, you can spend some time exploring around the base camp and clicking some well-deserved photographs. We then conclude the journey by boarding the chopper back to Pokhara.
Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour Itinerary
7:30 AM - Reporting time at Pokhara airport.
8.00 AM - After completing all the necessary check-in procedures, you board the helicopter. At around 8:00 am, you take off from Pokhara Airport heading towards the Annapurna Base Camp.
8.30 AM - The helicopter lands at Annapurna Base Camp with a grounding time off half an hour. You can explore around the area and click some lovely pictures.
9.00 AM - After some quick refreshments and well-deserved photographs, you board the chopper and head back to Pokhara.
9.30 AM - After a 30-minute scenic flight, the chopper finally lands in Pokhara concluding the helicopter tour