Overview

Annapurna base camp heli return trek is the combination of both trekking to Annapurna base camp trek (4130m) and a helicopter ride around the region. It allows you to experience the breathtaking 360-degree sunset views over some of the highest mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Neelgiri, and Machhapuchhre. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is remembered for its local dish, cold breeze, photography, fresh air, culture, and authentic food. Located in the north-central part of Nepal Annapurna base camp often known for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is fit for kids, families, and senior citizens. Annapurna Base Camp Heli back trek started from Nayapul, the trail passes through terraced farmlands, Gurung villages of Ghorepani, panoramic views from Poon Hill, Deurali, and continues to  Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre base camp

 

Major Highlights of the Trek 

  • Sightseeing over the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites with rich history, fine culture, and beautiful monuments.
  • The stunning scenery of Annapurna range and experience the view of Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Sarangkot.
  • Cultural Tour around the remote village, authentic food, off-beaten roads, remote lifestyles, and teahouse stay.
  • Summit the Annapurna Base Camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain via Ghorepani and Poon Hill.
  • Annapurna Conversion Area and rays sun at the top of the world’s 10th tallest mountain.

 

How to accomplish the Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek?

The trip begins with a flight to Pokhara, followed by a short drive to Nayapul before beginning our trek to Tikhedhunga. The next day, we hike to Ghorepani, which offers breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many others. Afterward, we adore sunrise views from Poon Hill before passing through Sinuwa, Deurali, and Machhapuchhre base camps on our way to Annapurna base camp. We spent the entire day at Annapurna base camp, obtaining a spectacular view from a valley surrounded by splendid peaks in the Annapurna range and glaciers. It's the perfect sight to take your mind off the stress of walking to base camp all week. Furthermore, the helicopter will pick up at Annapurna base camp and fly around the mountain and drop you off at Pokhara airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel. We return to Kathmandu from Pokhara after completing our journey with a wonderful trek to the Annapurna base camp.

 

The Helicopter Tour from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara

The view from a helicopter in the Annapurna range is absolutely breathtaking. As you rise up above the lush green jungle, you can take in the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. These towering giants of the earth stretch for miles and seem to reach for the sky. The view is like something out of a dream, with the sun shining down from above and the clouds rolling away from the peaks.

As you fly, you can take in the many terraced farms, cascading down the mountain slopes. These fields are filled with a variety of crops, from potatoes to wheat, and they are dotted with traditional villages that are nestled amongst the hills.

The Annapurna region is also home to many of the world’s most iconic wildlife. From the majestic snow leopards to the playful red pandas, you can catch a glimpse of these creatures as they go about their daily lives.

No matter what time of year you visit, the view from the air is sure to be spectacular. From the vibrant colors of spring to the snow-covered mountain tops in winter, the Annapurna region is a sight to behold.

 

At The End,

The Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek is a moderate-level trek that takes you through snow-capped mountains, lush rhododendron forests, a unique landscape, rich Gurung cultures, traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture, and the fabulous Himalayan scenery of the Annapurna range by helicopter. This trek is usually accomplished between March and May and between September and November. The forests of rhododendron blossom are an imaginative experience in the spring, i.e.March to May. If you prefer short and easy treks, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, or Annapurna Short Trek are well-known alternatives.

The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance, if any, at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport. Catch a flight o Pokhara, and you will land at the airport in Pokhara. From Pokhara airport, we take a short drive for around an hour to Nayapul. It is the actual starting point of our trekking journey. From Nayapul, we start walking along a lush landscape to Birethanti. It is a prosperous town inhabited by people of ethnic communities. We follow the streets of Birethanti and pass the forests of bamboo and the waterfall on the way. We further walk towards Ranghai and ascend the valley until we reach the village of Tikhedhunga. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Tikhedhunga. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today, we cross a suspension bridge over a stream and ascend up through the stone-paved step stairs to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large village at an elevation of 2800 meters inhabited by the people of the Magar community. We climb up the village and cross the meadows to a campsite where we stop for lunch. We further continue through the trail, pass two streams, and climb up to Nagenthanti. From here, we hike up until we open up to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. As we reach the village, we will be able to witness some astonishing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many more. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Ghorepani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We wake up early in order to catch the sunrise view from Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for sunrise/ sunset views and panoramic views of mountains in the Annapurna range. The shimmering glory of golden sun rays over the Annapurna massif from Poon Hill merely looks amazing. The panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, etc. add to the glory of this place. After enjoying the views, we return back to Ghorepani and follow a trail that takes us to Tadapani. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Tadapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today, we descend down along the lush rhododendron and oak forests. We follow the trail that goes through dense wood to Chomorong. Chomorong is a beautiful village inhabited by the people of the Gurung community. It is considered a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. One can enjoy the great hospitality of the Gurung people here. From Chomorong, we further descend down through the stone-paved stairs and cross a long suspension bridge over the Chomorong river and we then climb up a rocky trail until we reach the village of Sinuwa. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Sinuwa. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Leaving Sinuwa, walk along the forested area to Kuldahar. There is a check post of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project here. From here, we continue our descent down to Dovan and follow a damp trail that passes through the thick forests of bamboo and rhododendron. As we move ahead, we open up to the Hotel Himalaya with inspiring views of a glacial lake that flows down to the valley. From here, we ascend up to a historical place – Hinku Cave. It is a camping site for the climbers trying to ascent Annapurna I. We then descend down through an undulating path to Deurali. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Deurali. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

As we leave Deurali, we descent down to a glacial river and walk towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Leaving Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we head towards Annapurna Base Camp, enjoying the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre Himal, Annapurna Hima, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. We enter through the natural gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and ascend up until we reach the Annapurna Base Camp. As we open up to the base camp, we will be able to get some astonishing views of a valley surrounded by grand peaks in the Annapurna range and glaciers. It is a perfect sight to fade away the tiredness of walking to the base camp all week long. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/lodge in Annapurna Base Camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Early in the morning, after breakfast, a helicopter will pick you up at the Annapurna Base Camp. As the helicopter flies and makes rounds over the region, you can enjoy some stunning views of the distinctive landscapes. The helicopter will drop you at Pokhara airport. You can also enjoy some scenic views of Pokhara City and Phewa Lake as you fly over. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to a hotel in Pokhara. For the rest of the time, you can spend your time exploring some places around Pokhara. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara. (Inclusive of breakfast).

Concluding our trip, we catch a return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Within 25 minutes of the flight, we will find ourselves in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch).

Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast).

Cost Includes

  • International/ Domestic Airport picks up/ drop facility by Tourist Car.
  • 2-night accommodation in a four-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • A Helicopter Ride from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara.
  • 1-night accommodation in a four-star category hotel in Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flight including domestic Airport tax.
  • Drive from Pokhara - Nayapul by Private Tourist Jeep.
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking days and Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • 6-night accommodation in Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking journey.
  • Highly Qualified, English Speaking, Knowledgable Trekking Guides with their salary, accommodation, food, and airfare.
  • 1 helpful porter for 2 trekkers to carry your trekking equipment and personal stuff with their salary, accommodation, and food.
  • Seasonal available fresh Fruit during trekking days.
  • All necessary Permits: Trekkers Information Management Permit (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
  • World Alpine Treks'  Duffel bag, trekking Map, Company T-shirt, and Sleeping Bag( You must return Sleeping Bag after completing the Trip).
  • World Alpine Treks First Aid Kit.
  • Oximeter to measure Oxygen & Pulse Levels during the trekking days.
  • Farewell dinner in Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with Cultural Performance.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare To/From Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee - You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50  for 30 days, USD 125 for 90 days visas. You need 2 passport-size photos.
  • Travel insurance to cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Extra night hotel Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal refreshment expenses - soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, cigarettes, chocolates, etc.
  • Utility expenses like telephone, electricity for charging, internet (WI-FI), laundry services, etc.
  • Tips for support crew members of your trekking team.

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Excellent trip to ABC & EBC with a Professional Guide

A very special thanks to my really good guide, Deepak. I don't think I can find a better one. I traveled solo and he was always there advising me on things to buy, also taking good care of me and answering all my queries during my trek. When I had blisters and walked with so much pain, he always made jokes to make me feel better. Would definitely choose Alpine Treks because of Deepak on all my future Nepal trips as my trip was a success! The Alpine Treks team is amazing and everyone showed more care than interest in money which I found truly amazing. They always prioritized my safety, and food and made sure I was always contented with everything. They definitely give very good service. Deepak personally sent and fetched me from the airport and they always had lovely greetings and farewells.

My trip went very well because I made the decision to go with World Alpine Treks. It's really important to find the right trekking company and I especially recommend them as they were more interested in my well-being and to enjoy my stay in Nepal more than anything else. There was full transparency from the start to the end & Deepak always answered every query I had even before my arrival in Nepal. World Alpine Treks is a trustable, honorable company and I would recommend it to all. Have been on a hiking trip to EBC, ABC & Annapurna Circuit with them.

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