Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Overview And Highlights

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return gives you all thrilling and exciting opportunities combining with unique experience of returning back by helicopter from the Base Camp. Annapurna is considered as one of the most beautiful mountains, with the hight of 8081 meters. It is the first mountain above 8000 meters category conquered by people in the world. Its Base Camp is situated only at 4170m above sea level, making it easier trekking destination for trekkers regardless of their age, physical stamina and experience. So, it is a great trekking destination and mostly visited site in Nepal.

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range, diverse landscapes, and a rich cultural experience. Opting for a helicopter return after reaching the base camp is a great way to enjoy the trek without the need for a long return journey on foot. ABC trek is suitable even for first time trekkers. It is not just only an easy trek, but also a multipurpose trekking destination that offers you opportunity to explore diverse culture, history, nature, topography and people of the region.

In addition, you will save your time without compromising any interesting site from the trekking region. You will follow the usual trekking itinerary which is perfectly designed to adapt your body according to the altitude. Once you complete Base Camp exploration, we will send Helicopter to pick you up from the Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara. Now, you will have a choice whether to stay overnight in Pokhara and return on the next day or catch the regular flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu on the same day. Choice is yours!

The entire trip is a blend of adventure, serenity, and a touch of magic. Trekking in Nepal is not just about the stunning landscapes; it’s also about the people you meet, the stories you hear, and the unexpected moments that stay with you forever. Annapurna Base Camp trek with helicopter return is indeed once-in-a-lifetime journey. Here are some reasons why this trek is so special:

1. Breathtaking Scenery

• This trek offers stunning views of the several mountains from Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, including iconic peaks like Annapurna I, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli.

2. Diverse Landscapes

• Travelers can experience diverse landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests to terraced fields and alpine meadows.

3. Cultural Experience

• The trek passes through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, providing a rich cultural experience with opportunities to learn about local customs and lifestyles.

4. Hot Springs

• Enjoy a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a perfect way to soothe tired muscles after days of trekking.

5. Unique Flora and Fauna

• The Annapurna region is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including rare species such as the Himalayan monal and the elusive snow leopard. Several species of rhododendron flowers can be seen during the trekking in Annapurna region.

6. Adventure and Challenge

• The trek is challenging yet accessible, making it suitable for both experienced trekkers as well as for adventurous beginners.

7. Helicopter Return

• The helicopter ride back offers a bird’s-eye view of the majestic Himalayas, providing a unique perspective and saving days of return trekking. Helicopter return is an unique experience for every travelers.

8. High-Altitude Experience

• Reaching the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) gives you a taste of high-altitude trekking without the extreme altitudes of some other Base Camp treks.

9. Varied Trekking Routes

• There are several routes to the base camp, allowing for flexibility in the itinerary and the opportunity to avoid crowded paths. It also gives reason for some travelers to return for the same ABC trek.

10. Lifetime Memories

• The combination of physical challenge, cultural immersion, and natural beauty ensures that this trek offers a lasting impression.

Some useful tips for the Journey

  • Preparation: Ensure you are physically fit to walk 5-6 hours a day. Jogging, gym or yoga is good to keep you fit for the trip.
  • Gear: Packing appropriate gear according to weather is very important. Trekkers need to bring both warm and light cloths. Winter (December, January and February) is cold in Nepal. Therefore, warm clothes are necessary to trek during the winter time.
  • Guides: To ensure the safety and enhance your experience, it is very important to have a professional trekking guide which is well trained, well equipped, properly insured.
  • Permits: Always get the necessary permits such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card from a government registered trekking company.
  • Acclimatization: Allow time for acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness.

Embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp trek with a helicopter return is more than just a trek; it’s an extraordinary adventure that blends physical exertion with unparalleled natural beauty and cultural richness, capped off with the thrill of a helicopter flight.

 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing. By late afternoon you will drive back to your hotel. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

After early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the tourist bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. The drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warm glimpse of Pokhara Valley and its beauty. If you choose to fly, you can reach Pokhara in 25 minutes. There are several flights from morning to afternoon available from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

 Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other mountain peaks. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1577

After early morning breakfast, drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes approximately one and half hours. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. Some people prefer to go to Ulleri, one and a half hour trek from Tirkhedhunga, for better views of mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2675

Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes about six hours. If you stay in Ulleri, it is only 4 hrs trek to Ghorepani. To begin your trek, you ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then gently pass through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, both Magar villages. On the way you can view the Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) south. Stay overnight at lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2630

Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3232 m.) takes about one hour. Poon Hill is a popular viewpoint to see sunrise/sunset and majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), and Lamjung Himal (6931m.).

 After spending sometime in Poon Hill, hike back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then continue trekking towards Tadapani (2630m) which takes about five hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2950

Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2950m) takes about 3 hours. It is a very easy trek descending gently all the way through rhododendron and oak forests. This is one of the popular destinations for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village offering good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong takes about 5 hours. At the beginning of the day, you ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimrung Khola (1700m.). The trail then ascends to Chhomrong- a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. Stay overnight at lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2600

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m) takes approximately 5 hours. The train in the beginning descends until you cross a small bridge. From here it’s a long steep ascent up to Sinuwa. The path passes through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests.  Enjoy local farming in terraced landscapes all around. Stay overnight in lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3700

Trek from Dovan to Macchapuchre Base Camp (3700m) takes about five hours. The trail ahead is devoid of any villages until we reach Macchapuchre Base Camp. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees to Himalaya. Another one and a half hour trek reaches you to Deurali and another two hours up to Macchapuchre Base Camp. Stay overnight at lodge.
 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3720

Trek from Macchauchre Base Camp (3720m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) takes about two hours. It is further 2 hours walk to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp is a vantage point to see the Himalayas at a 360 degree turn. Some of the impressive ones include Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.) etc. You can explore Annapurna South Glaciers in detail. Stay overnight at lodge.
 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

Early morning after breakfast, fly from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara by helicopter. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

If you wish to return back to Kathmandu on the same day, regular flights are also available throughout the day.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After breakfast early morning, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours. En route, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. If you choose to fly back to Kathmandu, it takes about 25 minutes. There are several flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara from morning to afternoon. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
 

Food
Breakfast

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your final departure. 

What Is Included ?

 

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast One day city sightseeing with an English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

 

b) Trekking

  • 2 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • One trekking guide (if there are 10 or more participants, we will provide 2 trekking guides)
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipment: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area (ACAP)
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by deluxe A/C tourist bus and Pokhara – Nayapul by private vehicle
  • Insurance and equipment for all guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

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