Annapurna base camp is one of the major tourist destinations in Nepal. Many people visit this camp because of the exceptional beauty they get to experience. The trek that leads to the base camp, requires a minimum of 7 days. What’s better than trekking to your destination through the twists and turns through the rocky terrain, you may ask.
It’s obviously not having to go through all that trouble and enjoying the view through more comfortable means. And this is where touring Annapurna Base Camp by Helicopter enters. This option is for people who want to live this experience in a short amount of time. Visiting Annapurna Base Camp by helicopter is an excellent choice for you.
Traveling to Annapurna Base Camp by helicopter is a unique experience that gets you to your destination within a matter of hours. What would take others to hike and walk through the twist and turns of a steep road would only take you a couple of hours. Choosing a helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains and the villages from up above without any obstacles.
With professional pilots and crew, you won’t have to worry about getting lost in the way or not having enough stamina to get to the base camp.
With all these benefits, a helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp has become very popular among the tourists today. Also, you can join a group or go solo with a private tour package with costs ranging from $350 to $2300.
Table of Contents
- Highlights of the Helicopter tour
- Wholesome experience in a single day
- The highest elevation of up to 5500 meters
- Panoramic View of the mountains
- Easy travel
- Best time for Annapurna Helicopter Tour
- Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour (Group/Private)
- Group Helicopter package to Annapurna Base Camp
- Private Helicopter Package to Annapurna Base Camp
- Cost Inclusions
- Cost Exclusions
- 1) Is the helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp safe?
- 2) What is the best time for the trip?
- 3) What time does the tour start?
- 4) What is the highest altitude we will be reaching?
- 5) What happens if I cancel my trip?
- 6) Will the weather affect our trip?
- 7) Are there additional hidden fees during the trip?
- 8) What kind of food is provided?
- 9) Will I experience any altitude sickness or air sickness?
- 10) What happens if I get sick on the way?
- 11) Can I bring my child along to the Helicopter tour?
- 12) How much luggage can I carry?
- 13) What do I need for the Helicopter tour?
- 14) What if I am late for the flight?
Highlights of the Helicopter tour
Wholesome experience in a single day
The main highlight of getting to Annapurna Base Camp by Helicopter is most probably the fact that it only takes a day. The time taken by the trek is a minimum of 8 days even with helicopter return. However, the helicopter tour of Annapurna Base Camp only takes one day. You can experience the glory of the Annapurna caps at full bloom and have the most wholesome experience in only a single day. If you want to experience the Annapurna Base Camp but don’t have enough time to be trekking for more than a week on the roads then, the one day helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp is for you.
The highest elevation of up to 5500 meters
Choosing a helicopter tour will take you to the highest elevation of up to 5500 meters. This is one of the main highlights of the helicopter tour package. You cannot enjoy or experience the view from this elevation if you were just trekking through the trails. This is a unique part of the trip that will leave you enthralled and appalled.
Panoramic View of the mountains
You will be able to see the majestic views of the mountains and the vegetation at a different angle from the helicopter. Reaching an elevation of almost 5500 meters, the view will be extravagant. You will also be able to see the people and the villages on your extravagant trip. The panoramic view of the mountains from up top is a unique experience.
To be completely honest, trekking through the trails and the twists and turns is the ultimate experience everyone searches for. But not everyone has the stamina or the capacity to be walking for 8 days straight. Some people want to visit the Annapurna Base Camp for the view, the peace of mind and not the struggle. So, if you are one who likes the view and the thrill of heights and a one-day wholesome trip, the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter trip is for you.
Best time for Annapurna Helicopter Tour
The helicopter tour of Annapurna Base Camp is available all year round. It is just a matter of what your choices and preferences are. You can enjoy the cold snowy weather if you like in the winter and the temperate climate in the spring and autumn.
The time for clear aesthetic views of the mountains and the villages is autumn and spring. The months of September to November are the best to visit the Annapurna Base Camp by helicopter or by trekking. The months of March to May are also considered the best time. The helicopter tour of Annapurna Base Camp is available all year round. So you can choose anytime you want.
To avoid any issues with availability you can go on off-seasons as well. However, make sure to check the weather before you board. The weather can be unpredictable so make sure to properly learn about the weather the day of the helicopter tour.
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour (Group/Private)
The main highlight however of the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the fact that you can complete the trek in only 1 single day. You can enjoy the views, the mountains, and the valleys clearly without having to endure the long walks throughout the rocky terrain.
You can opt for two packages of the helicopter tour with us with a group of 5 people or you can also have a private tour.
Group Helicopter package to Annapurna Base Camp
Among the helicopter tour packages to Annapurna Base Camp, you can choose to either go on a group package or on a private tour. If you choose the group package, you will go with 4 other people. The more the merrier, right? This is ideal for mostly a group of friends or family packages. You can enjoy the view with your friends and family. The itinerary of the packages is the same.
The price for this package starts from $350 and takes you to Annapurna Base Camp and back in a single day within 4 hours. Price may range from $350-$500 for Pokhara pickup and drop. The price varies based on your group.
The trip starts with us picking you up from your hotel in Pokhara or Kathmandu and dropping you off at the airport. There you will take the helicopter ride to the base camp straight. The distance can be traveled in about 40 minutes. Upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp you can enjoy the view and explore the place for 30 minutes.
Then we will leave for Kathmandu or Pokhara. At the Annapurna base camp, you can enjoy your breakfast surrounded by the glorious mountains and return to your hotel by helicopter. On the way, you can see the panoramic view of the mountains and the biodiversity there.
Private Helicopter Package to Annapurna Base Camp
Another option for you to choose for the helicopter tour of the Annapurna Base camp is the 1 day-private helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp. The private helicopter tour package is very similar to the group package. The only difference is that you get to enjoy the trip on your own., it is a solo trip. Starting at a cost of $2300, you will have the whole helicopter to yourself. The pilot will take you to the base camp. With the whole ride focused on you, you get to freely enjoy the ride with much more flexibility.
With the private helicopter tour, you can choose your own timing and will have the whole ride to yourself. You won’t have to adjust to other people’s schedules. Also, you will be the main focal point for the tour. This means you will receive the utmost care and guidance from the pilot and the guide. This is the best option for someone who loves traveling alone in solidarity. You can take your time to enjoy the view without having to worry about others.
Both of the packages mentioned above includes the following costs:
- Two-way Helicopter freight to the Annapurna Base Camp
- Pickup and drop to the airport and the hotel
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fees
- All taxes and insurance
- Although the itinerary includes breakfast in Annapurna Base Camp, the cost is not included in the package.
Alternative helicopter return trek to Annapurna Base Camp:
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Throughout the year there are many trekkers who love to venture on this adventurous and thrilling journey to the Annapurna Base Camp. If you are someone who likes to go through the trekking experience, to walk through the tough terrain to get to your destination but still wanna enjoy the helicopter view as well you can also try the Annapurna Base Camp Trek by helicopter.
The helicopter trek to Annapurna Base Camp is more flexible. You can choose to either only return by helicopter or have the whole trip by helicopter. You can also choose the private or group helicopter package.
The basic Annapurna Base Camp Trek by Helicopter includes the Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek – 8 Days. This includes a normal trek through Ghandruk to Annapurna Base Camp and finally returning by helicopter. This will get you straight back to Kathmandu or Pokhara as per the company itinerary. The Annapurna base camp trek by helicopter return takes you 8 days and at an altitude of 4130 meters.
1) Is the helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp safe?
Yes, the helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp is extremely safe and secure for you. We have the best helicopters, teams, and equipment for the tour. You are provided with the best personal care from the beginning to the end of the trip. Also, you will be accompanied by the best pilot and guide throughout the trip who will cater to any emergency needs you will have.
2) What is the best time for the trip?
Annapurna Base Camp By Helicopter is an all year round service. You can enjoy the helicopter tour at any time of the year as per your wish and availability. Among all other seasons though, you can enjoy the trip to the fullest during the autumn season during the months of September to November. During these months you can enjoy the clear and dynamic view of the mountains and the villages on the trail without any obstacles to the weather.
3) What time does the tour start?
The best time to start the helicopter tour is from 6 am to 12 pm. This time provides you with the best view of the mountains from the high altitude.
4) What is the highest altitude we will be reaching?
We will be reaching Annapurna Base Camp which is at an altitude of 4130 meters. However, the maximum altitude we will be reaching on the helicopter is around 5500 meters above sea level. This provides you the best clear 360-degree view of the mountains and the Himalaya ranges.
5) What happens if I cancel my trip?
If you have a sudden emergency and cannot go along with the trip, you can contact us and cancel the trip. We will refund the money to you immediately. There will be no extra charges for canceling the trip. Please inform us before 24 hours of the trip to avoid any inconvenience.
6) Will the weather affect our trip?
Before booking the trip, you should check the weather forecast. However, our company will plan ahead and will avoid any dangerous circumstances for you or the crew. So you can be reassured that the weather will not cause you any harm. Despite the security concerns out of the way, you may want to check the weather before booking for the best experience and better scenarios.
No, you don’t have to worry about additional fees or hidden fees throughout the trip. The cost inclusions mentioned above are all the cost inclusions.
8) What kind of food is provided?
As per our itinerary and cost description, food is not included in our cost. So you will have to pay for your own food. We will be stopping in the base camp for breakfast and you can enjoy the food there at your own expenses. There are many hotels and teahouses at the base camp. You can sip the authentic tea of Nepal and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the mountains.
9) Will I experience any altitude sickness or air sickness?
Altitude sickness or air sickness is completely dependent on you. However, there are chances of you getting sick due to sudden high elevation so take your altitude sickness medicine in advance to avoid any inconveniences. Also, the fumes from the helicopter oil may cause airsickness in some people. Inform the pilot immediately in case of any emergencies.
10) What happens if I get sick on the way?
In case of any emergencies, please inform the crew. The pilot will immediately take you to the hospital in case of emergencies. If you are experiencing motion sickness or altitude sickness, the pilot will lower the altitude to make you feel better.
11) Can I bring my child along to the Helicopter tour?
You can bring a child to the helicopter tour as there is no difficult climbing. But make sure s/he is 10 years of age or above.
12) How much luggage can I carry?
The luggage limit on a helicopter is 5-10 kgs per person. But you won’t have to carry anything heavy during the helicopter tour. So rest easy and only bring the essentials.
13) What do I need for the Helicopter tour?
You will only be spending around 4 hours during the tour so you don’t need to carry a lot. Bring some important medicines and headphones. You can carry some gloves and extra warm clothing but that is all. Bring your camera and maybe an extra battery.
14) What if I am late for the flight?
If you are late for the flight, we will wait for you. But it is advised for you to stick to the schedule provided to you. Also please inform the crew beforehand if you are going to be late.
Some tips for traveling to Annapurna Base Camp by Helicopter
- Always try to communicate with the crew in case of any issues or complications
- If you are prone to motion sickness, sit in the front seat and try to move lightly to avoid motion sickness
- Carry noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to avoid the loud noise from the helicopter
- Wear it according to the season so you can travel comfortably.
- Bring your sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun
- Do not bring items that may interfere with the safety of everyone like backpacks or purse or lose jewelry.
So, if you are someone who likes to enjoy the wholesome view of the Annapurna Base Camp without having to struggle throughout the way, the helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp is the one for you. You can either choose the solidarity route with a private tour or enjoy a group with the group package.
Either way, you get to enjoy the majestic view of the mountains at your comfort. You won’t have to worry about getting lost in the way or losing so much time. So come have the mesmerizing and thrilling tour of your lifetime with Annapurna Base Camp by helicopter package with views that will leave you astounded. And end your journey with a warm breakfast in the laps of the mountains at the Annapurna base camp.