Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

' breath-taking panorama of massive Annapurna Himalaya with magnificent Fish Tail peaks'

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:1 day
  • Start Point:Pokhara
  • End Point:Pokhara
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Max Elevation:Annapurna Base Camp at 4135 M/13550 Ft
  • Transportation:Private vehicles /Flight
  • Best Time:March To May And September To Early December


Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour, one of the most delightful and short journey on air with few possible stops and landing in the heart of Annapurna Himal at base camp with a sweeping panorama of massive Annapurna massive range of peaks. An overwhelming fantastic ride of more than three hours within Annapurna region and high above picturesque Pokhara, located within scenic green valley blessed with natural scenery of mountains-rolling green hills with the reflection of Annapurna Himalaya on its calm and serene lakes of Phewa and Begnas.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour starts from beautiful Pokhara, a renowned famous touristic pot situated on the laps of Annapurna Himal and Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ unclimbed virgin peaks of Nepal Himalaya. An early morning flight for best views and panorama of wonderful landscapes and snow-capped peaks of Annapurna with other adjoining mountains that cover on this marvelous Heli Tour in Annapurna, as the chopper takes off from Pokhara airport, swirling high into the deep blue sky. Lifting above Pokhara city and its verdant valley with fantastic views of dramatic landscapes of green hills and beyond with white magic peaks, the ride continues in the comfort of spacious seating Helicopter with pilots and guides providing you with much information of peaks and places of a visit on this joyful ride.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour soon heading close at Annapurna Sanctuary and at base camp flying over green rolling green hills to land at Annapurna Base Camp the highest spot of a day adventure at 4,130 m high within scenic Sanctuary encircled by snow clad peaks. Marvel the panorama with cup of hot coffee at Annapurna base camp of world tenth highest Mt. Annapurna II (8,091m / 26,545 ft) Vara-Shikar peaks / Annapurna Fang, Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Huin-Chuli, Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft), Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) and Annapurna IV with Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) at 6,997 m) Tent / Tharpu Chuli  5,663 m / 18,575 ft-Fluted Peak / Singu Chuli at 6, 501 meters high. After a wonderful and scenic moment head back to Pokhara with possible short stops at Gurung villages with the glimpse of local colorful culture and age-old heritage and custom.

Please Note:
Flying hours and some stops on the route depends entirely on weather condition and pilots decision as he knows the weather patterns of Himalaya. Stops and landing around villages including at Annapurna base camp, where weather permits, we will try our best to make your flight enjoyable with possible stops to witness culture and traditional life of local villages with mountain views for your delights and money worth of scenic flights with us.

  • Spectacular panorama array of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri-Lamjung Himal to Manaslu mountain range
  • Great thrill on take- off to landing with impressive views of Mid Western Himalayan peaks
  • Aerial views of beautiful Pokhara valley with dramatic landscapes and terraced farmed villages
  • Glimpse of culture and traditional life of Gurung people the hill of Annapurna range
  • Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour.

Comfortable boots / shoes preferred (in case of snow on the ground) when Heli lands at some scenic points and cultural villages and as well for short walk involves ups and down.

Trousers water / wind proof are ideal along with sleeved cotton / woolen shirts and sun hat / warm head gear (on cold areas).

DUVET / DOWN JACKETS: (Down feathers or synthetic (required  in autumn / winter and early spring time)
WOOL BALACLAVA, WOOL MITTS: (required  in autumn / winter and early spring time)
WATERPROOFS:                       Jacket and trousers
SUN HATS & WOOLEN TOPS:                                   
SCARF OR MUFFLERS:                         Protection from strong sun and dust
SUNGLASSES / GOGGLES:                   Essential to get a pair which cuts out 100% UV rays
SUN SCREEN CREAM :                        High protection factor [20 or higher] or high
                                                            altitude glacier cream due to thin air the
                                                            U/V is stronger in the sun.
LIP SLAVE/ LABISAN:                          Protection for the lips with a sunscreen
WATER BOTTLE:                                 1 litre metal to keep warm while at night time and for
                                                                   drinking purpose (try to avoid plastic bottled water) for
                                                                   eco-friendliness and Responsible Tourism.

TOILET ITEMS:                                                As per your day needs and requirements

NOTEBOOK / DIARY / PENS:               To record and Jot down your exciting day activities on Heli
DOWN JACKETS                                  (which can be hired / purchase in Kathmandu at
                                                                   reasonable cost, if it is too much to carry from home.


WALKING STICKS / POLES:                  Useful in snow and ice areas on small stops and walks.

Climate on Annapurna Panorama areas and on Heli Tour:

Normal days are clear above 2,500 m above and as well depending upon season around Himalaya region, sometimes the weather can be unpredictable including Annapurna base Camp and Sanctuary.

April to May is main trekking and visiting months including chopper flights around Annapurna region, where morning and mid day clear with sunshine normally, afternoon can be clouded blocking the views of peaks sometimes.

September to November are high season visiting Nepal Himalayan destination with Everest base camp, when day is mostly with clear blue sky and views of mountains.

November to January however chances of snow above 2,800 m higher areas however day will be fine with some sunshine and cold in morn and late afternoon time and in shades.

July to mid September clouded with monsoon rains (wet months) but very green with much moistures.

The best time will be from March to May when wild flowers are in full bloom around 2,000 m to 3,000 m high and then tree lines and vegetation declines for rough arctic terrain, the temperature will be 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day with sunlight, morning and evening can be much cooler with minimum of -0 to 05 degree Celsius not counting the wind chill factors.

Above 3,000m high day will be clear with strong sunlight and UV (due to less oxygen and atmospheric pressure) , where strong sun screens and creams required to protect your skins and as well using good sun / snow glass to avoid strong and bright refection of snow and sunlight.

Mid September to December will be the clearest weather but with short days minimum of -05 to -10 degree Celsius in the morning and night time with maximum of 15-20 degree during the day in full sunlight, also depends upon the altitude and areas of trekking.

December to March will be the coldest months with chances of snows with minimum of -10 to -15 degree Celsius with maximum 15-18 degree Celsius without wind chill factor, however most of the day time will be clear with fine blue sky.

Important Notes Heli Flights around Annapurna and other Himalaya region:

Mass flow of wide world travelers in Nepal is mainly for trekking of moderate walks to adventurous or challenging activities, most important is picking the right trip holiday with us with your limited time and duration in Nepal.

In all high altitude trip whether treks or on helicopter tour for Annapurna areas and other Himalayan destination where all clients should be in sound health and physically fit to enjoy its wonderful surrounding of mountains and local culture.

On booking with us before your depart from home country, where all clients should be obtain Travel and Medical Insurance (in case for accidents and emergency evacuation by all means of transport available for quick relief to nearest hospitals).

It will be pleasure if you can send us past and present medical history with certain diets, and then we can arrange to fit your request well in advance.

Detail Itinerary

Starting from Pokhara, after arriving from Kathmandu either by normal flights or overland drive of six hours, early morning transfer to Pokhara airport on boarding Helicopter greeted by our Heli Pilot / Captain then fly for an hour to reach at Annapurna Base Camp at above 4,130 m /13, 629 ft high.

Flying high above Pokhara city and its verdant valley over rolling green hills dotted with farm villages and terraced fields then entering into Modi River gorge to follow the route at scenic Annapurna Sanctuary encircled by amphitheatre of high peaks, then land at Annapurna base camp and marvel the extraordinary panorama of mountains with refreshment of warm cup of coffee / tea.

Annapurna base camp the one and only base camp with facilities of nice and cozy lodge for travelers into the sanctuary and base camp, here enjoy the scenic panorama of high peaks in the heart of Annapurna Himalaya.

Please Note:

Flying hours and some stops on route, depends entirely on weather condition and pilots decision as he know the weather patterns of Himalaya.

Stops and landing around villages including at Everest base camp, where weather permits, we will try our best to make your flight enjoyable with possible stops to witness culture and traditional life of local villages with mountain views for your delights and money worth of scenic flights with us.

From here with amazing moment with beautiful views head back to Pokhara, with possible stop in Chomrong / Gandruk villages to witness local Gurung village culture and age old traditions of Buddhist heritage way of life.

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Amazing trek with this company!! I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Our guide Nirmal was the best!

This company goes above and beyond! They think of every detail and take care of all the trekking needs including accommodations, food, water tablets, medical emergencies, etc. Our guide Nirmal was extremely familiar with the trail, he was attentive - making sure everyone was taken care of, made us laugh the entire way, gave great advice/tips/recommendations for a successful trek, generous (carried some of the day packs up when they were feeling tired), encouraged us and more! I was so impressed with how well thought out everything was and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the details and all I had to do was show up. The other guides and porters were all just as fun, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommended these guys for the EBC trek!


Best trek in the world

In March i completed the Everest High Pass trek with Trekking Planner and had all the support i needed from Trekking planner from planning the trip, to arriving in Nepal and then completing the trek. I had an amazing guide in Gyeljen, whose knowledge of the area was the best! This meant I was able to make it over the passes when many other groups didn't due to the weather. He helped with all the accommodation and provided great advice to help me deal with the altitude and very cold weather as these were a new challenge to me. The whole team and Dipak were very welcoming and funny and this meant the trek and then the visit to Chitwan afterwards was one of the best experiences of my life! Would highly recommend and planning to return sometime soon.

Sam B,

Best Guide for trekking in the Himalyas

Everest Base Camp is such an amazing trek, but to have the best, kindest and funniest guide, who encouraged our team all the way and back, made my trek extra special. Nirmal Lamichhane your knowledge of all the mountains are incredible and you knew everyone on the trek. Watching you interact with the rest of the guides, they clearly have great respect for you. You are a natural leader. You are ambitious and know where you want to be in the future and I applaud you for studying while doing treks and taking people up into the mountains.

I enjoyed your stories and games along the way especially the last 2 hours before reaching Namche when it was up, up and up (your way of saying it is very steep). When I fell ill and gotten worse you were there all the way alongside me to help and encourage. The morning after reaching Base Camp when I was faced with being evacuated from Gorakshep, you told me that you believe that I could finish the trek and you would be there all the way if I choose to do so. Seeing the helicopter leave was hard but you believed in me and it made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Nirmal carried my bag on our decent in order for me to be able to breath better (I had bad flue, borderline bronchitis). Out of his own pocket, he bought us Fanta, lollypops, gum .... anything to lift moral on the last day down to Lukla. Our group had such fun with Nirmal.

If ever you need a guide, Nirmal is the perfect man for your trek. He does varies treks into the mountains, not only to Base Camp. Mountain expert, clued-up with flights to/ from Lukla, knows everyone and teahouses, can help with last minute gear, great knowledge about altitude sickness and knows how to take great photos (and how to pose, lol).

TrakkingPlanner and Travel Her Way are very lucky to have Nirmal as a guide.

The organising of my trip was great. Before leaving the UK, all my emails were answered promptly. Collecting from the airport, great accommodation in Kathmandu and the tea houses we stayed at on our trek was great. We were taken to a welcoming dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. What an experience. They also arrange for a farewell dinner back in Kathmandu - all included in the price. The care and detail was appreciated. Fruit and biscuits at dinner while on the trek- and the guides carried all of it all the way. Taking our oxygen levels after every meal to make sure we were in great shape.

All in all I had the best experience! Thank you Trekking Planner.

Janettie W,

I have just had the best travel experience of my life.

What a trip!

What a great buch of guys at Nepal Trekking Planner!

Dipak and his team made my trip so easy, simple and enjoyable - I can't still hardly believe it.

I felt totally safe and fully supported - which was a big thing for me as I was unsure how the high altitude would affect me. I needn't have worried as my guide Ananta and porter Ganesh were brilliant - really helpful, patient and firendly. Every night my blood/oxygen saturation was checked which gave me real confidence. Not many of the guides from different agencies were doing this which suprised me a little.

I had 16 days in the mountains and enjoyed every minute. As things became harder or easier, my intinery was flexible with Ananta very willing recommmend alternatives and to make changes to suit. This made a real difference and I really felt that I got the most from my trek.

I'm not one for recommending and over-praising but Dipak, Ananta and Ganesh all went the extra mile to make it all very special indeed.

Well done guys and (funds permitting) see you next year!


Brilliant service

Just finished the EBC trip with Trekking Planner. Brilliant service from Prajol in Kathmandu who covered my every need with cheerfulness. My guide on the trek, Sudip, was excellent throughout ensuring I made it to Kala Pattar despite a severe headache. He was great fun and was ably supported by Damact (?) as my porter. All in all I really aprecated the service from Dipak and his team and recommend them wholeheartedly.

Graham H,
TripAdvisor Cockermouth, United Kingdom

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