One of the easiest ways to reach Annapurna Base Camp located at an altitude of 4130m is through Annapurna base camp helicopter tour from Pokhara. Tour costs USD 350/Pax including land transportation and sharing helicopter ticket to ABC.
The flight takes about 1 hour and flies over the beautiful Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and Annapurna Conservation Area. The aerial view of rivers, green hills, valleys and snowcapped mountains is simply amazing.
The helicopter will stop over at Annapurna Base Camp for about 20 minutes during which time you will capture 360-degree panorama of Annapurna range including Annapurna I (8,091m), Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Tilicho, Khangsar Kang and Gangapurna (7,455m). You will return back to Pokhara direct from the base camp.
Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour takes from Pokhara airport and directly flies to Annapurna base camp. This return trip takes about 1 hr and includes 15-20 minutes stopover at Annapurna Base Camp (4130m).
The major highlights of Annapurna base camp helicopter tour are as follows:
The round helicopter trip to Annapurna Base Camp costs US$390 per person. The cost is inclusive of helicopter ride to Annapurna base camp, entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area, tea at Annapurna Base Camp and ground transportation to and from Pokhara Airport.
Please find the most commonly used sightseeing routes for Annapurna base camp helicopter tour below.
Below is the detailed itinerary for Helicopter trip to Annapurna Base camp and back
6:30 AM: Pick-up from hotel and transfer to Pokhara airport. Attend flight briefing and wait for boarding announcement
7:30 – 7:50 AM: Fly from Pokhara airport to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters) capturing beautiful views of rivers, hills, mountains and villages.
7: 50 – 8:05 AM: The helicopter will stop over at Annapurna Base camp for 15 to 20 minutes while you enjoy magnificent views of mountains. The base camp offers 360-degree panorama of Annapurna ranges including Annapurna, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Tilicho, Kangsar Kang etc.
8:10 – 8:30 AM: Return flight from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara. Our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel
If you fancy travelling by helicopter to your favorite destinations, then Nepal Helicopter Tour package is just for you. Nepal Helicopter Tour package is a luxury tour designed for those who have limited time or physical strength for trekking and exploring Nepal. The package allows you to charter a private helicopter and directly visit popular mountain sites with ease and comfort.
For this, all you have to do is let us know while booking. Below are some famous tour packages we are offering:
Normally, trekkers will spend a minimum of 7 days walking to reach Annapurna Base Camp. What if you’re not interested in trekking and have only a couple of days to spare but still would like to go to Annapurna Base Camp. Then Annapurna base camp helicopter tour is just for you. The tour allows for a scheduled helicopter from Pokhara and then directly fly to Annapurna Base Camp within 20 minutes. Located at an altitude of 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp lies within Annapurna Conservation Area and offers 360-degree panorama of Annapurna ranges. There will be 15-20 minutes time allocated for you to explore the base camp and catch views of Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchchhre (6,993m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Hiunchuli (6,411m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m) etc. Within 2 hrs, you will be back to Pokhara after visiting Annapurna Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp Heli tour is the most popular helicopter tour program we organize. Book a scheduled helicopter and fly directly to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5364m. The flight takes one and a half hour to reach the base camp and offers a scenic view of rivers, lakes, hills and snowy mountains. Spend at least 15 minutes exploring Everest Base Camp and capturing stunning views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak and Khumbu Glacier. On your return, stop over at Everest View Hotel to enjoy warm breakfast and amazing panorama of Himalayan peaks. The duration of Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is about 3-4 hrs.
Gosainkhnda Heli tour offers you the quickest and safest way to travel to Gosainkunda Lake. The lake revered by both Buddhists and Hindus is located at the height of 4380m and is regarded as the abode of Shiva. You will take off on a scheduled helicopter and fly directly to Gosaikunda passing over Langtang National Park. Enjoy your time exploring Gosainkunda Lake and witnessing 360-degree panorama of Langtang ranges including Langtang and Lirung. After spending some quality time in Gosainkunda, return to Kathmandu. The entire journey can be completed within one and a half hours.
Langtang Helicopter Tour is listed among the best mountain flights in Nepal. The goal of the Langtang Helicopter tour is to fly on scheduled helicopter from Kathmandu to Kyanjin Gompa which takes about 15 minutes. Witness beautiful views of mountains, hills, rivers and Langtang National park during the flight. The 8th century Kyanjin Gompa, where the helicopter lands, is a sacred place for followers of Buddhism. You will spend at least 40 minutes in Kyanjin Gompa where you will also visit local cheese factor, learn about Tamang culture and catch splendid views of Langtang Lirung, Langshisha Ri and Dorje Lakpa peaks. The return journey takes about one and a half hours.
Muktinath Helicopter tour is the shortest trip to Muktinath temple, one of the holiest places in the Himalaya. The temple is located on the base of Thorang La pass at an altitude of 3,710 m. Mukinath Helicopter tour can be organized both from Kathmandu and Pokhara and the return trip takes about 3 and 2 hrs respectively. Spend at least 30-40 minutes exploring Muktinath temple which is famous for 108 stone sprouts and eternal flame. The tour presents an opportunity to capture spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Fishtail, Nilgiri and aerial views of Kali Gandaki Gorge, Begnas and Phewa lake.
Bhairabkunda Helicopter tour takes you on brief exploration of sacred Bhairabkunda in the laps of the Langtang Himalayan range. It takes around 15 minutes to reach Bhairabkunda from Kathmandu on a scheduled helicopter. Located at an altitude of above 4000m, you will have 40 minutes to explore the frozen lakes of Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda and observe stunning panorama of Langtang Himalayan ranges before returning to Kathmandu. It takes one and a half hours to complete Bhairabunda Helicopter tour.
Kailash Darshan Helicopter tour is organized on a chartered helicopter and is the best way to see Mt. Kailash from Nepal side. The tour takes about 5-6 days and will involves flying up to Hilsa on Nepal-Tibet border. The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from there to Simikot. The following day you will fly to Tumling and Lapcha. Both the points are excellent spot to witness Mt.Kailash where you will spend at least 30 minutes each. You will then return to Simikot and from whence back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour takes you to the holy lake Damodar Kunda in high trans Himalayan land in Upper Mustang area of Nepal. The one of many names of Lard Krishna in Hindu mythology is Damodar.
According to Barah Puran – Hindus holy book, Lord Krishna has told ” person who pay visit to Damodar Kunda and take a deep-bath, he/she will be free from all kinds of sins commited in his/her present or past lives will be forgiven and will be free from all kinds of sins. While you are visitin Damodar kunda, you will be visiting other two important kunds as well namely Brahma Kunda, Rudra Kunda and Ananta Kunda situated at altitude of 22,000 feet above the sea level.
Many Hindu devotes are visiting Damodar Kunda every year. A restricted area permit (special permit) is required for the Damodar Kunda trip. Normally Helicopter tour of Damodar Kunda takes about around two hours from Pokhara. It cost around USD 4500 for charter base flight with maximum 4 tourist.
Because of geological location, its landscape, origin point of Kaligandaki river, fossils and being a holy lake, lots of hindus pilgrimages are visiting and being popular day by day. helicopter tour is the most suitable and easiest way to visit this lake
Helicopter Charter flights are easily available in Nepal. Due to its mountainous and hilly geography, chartering helicopter is high in demand because of its safety and reliability. There are many helicopter companies that provide domestic charter flights for travel/tour purpose or even in emergency. Helicopter charter services are available in almost all popular and remote regions of Nepal. Especially Everest, Annapurna and Langtang are three most popular mountain areas for Helicopter charter services. The cost of helicopter charter depends on destination and flight hours.
September, October, and November – is the best season for Annapurna helicopter tour. This period is marked by excellent weather – sunny and blue sky, clear visibility and lush vegetation. The temperature is warm and soothing, ranging about 20°C during daytime.
Spring (March, April, and May) is second best season for Annapurna helicopter tour. The season is marked by blooming of variety of flowers, especially rhododendron and orchid and twitter of birds. The temperature is warm soothing, ranging about 15°C – 20°C during daytime
Summer season, also called monsoon, is a season when there is maximum rainfall across the country. It is not a popular time for helicopter tour. However, if you still feel like doing it, we can organize it on a charter basis.
If you are planning to play with snow, then winter is the best season for Annapurna helicopter tour. You will have good view of surrounding mountains, beautiful Annaurna Base camp covering with snow.
Although Autumn and spring are nice seasons to make this trip, winter season is better if you like snow. for this trip.
Helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp is possible however it is quite a long journey. Annapurna base camp is near from Pokhara which is well connected by road and air in Nepal. Flying from Pokhara to ABC is also comparatively economical and cheaper because of proximity. If you wish to fly to Annapurna base amp from Kathmandu, please do inform us in advance.
Annapurna Base Camp helicopter tour from Pokhara is one of the most exciting adventurous helicopter trips to Mt. Annapurna (8091m), tenth highest mountain in the world. Base Camp is surrounded by 360-degreee panorama of Annapurna range including Annapurna, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Kangsar Kang etc. The helicopter ride provides you unparalleled aerial views of Nepal’s unique geography including Dhampus and Ghandruk village, Phewa Lake, Pokhara Valley and rolling green hills and rivers
The price for Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour depends on the season, group size, duration and service type. The cost of helicopter trip per person comes around US$350 per person on a sharing basis and US$1300 per person on charter service.
If you wish to stopover at Chhomrong, Ghandruk or Dhampus on your return trip to Pokhara, you can do so. However, please note it will cost US$500 extra. This arrangement is only possible on charter helicopter service.
There is a growing trend among Nepalese to take Helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp for celebration, birthday, marriage ceremony etc. There are certain discounts given for Nepalese tourists on helicopter trips in order to promote local tourism. The price depends on season and availability of helicopters. Please let us know in advance for booking and better price.
Please contact us for booking Helicopter tour to any destinations within Nepal.
Yes, helicopter ride is quite safe in Nepal. Helicopter companies hire experts and engineers who maintain helicopter quality regularly. The helicopters are operated by certified and experienced pilots who have flown in the mountains for a very long time.
Yes, an oxygen cylinder available on flight for an emergency.
The landing altitude of Annapurna base camp is 4130 meter. Normally, you wont have high altitude sickness during helicopter tour in this height. if incase, you have it, helicopter will provide oxygen and you will quickly return back to Pokhara to avoid further damage.
The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tours from Pokhara will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes, including 30 minutes of ground time. At the same time, the tour from Kathmandu will take approximately 2 hours, including ground time.
During Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour, the total weight limit will be 500 KG. Helicopter tour capacity depends on the weight of a person on your trip. Every helicopter flight has a weight limit, and the maximum number is five from Kathmandu.
Yes, this is group joining trip, so all solo traveler can join. Please e-mail us with your preferred flight date. It helps to share cost of Everest base camp helicopter tour.
Yes, the helicopter service in Nepal is very reliable. There are nearly 38 helicopter companies in Nepal offering scheduled, rescue and charter services. Some helicopter companies have been operating mountain flights for over 30 years.
Helicopters can land on Everest Base Camp only during peak climbing season. Helicopters are allowed to pick up and drop off only mountaineers and climbers at Everest Base Camp. But they are permitted to land at Kalapatthar during any time. Trekkers and tourists can fly to Kalapathar on a helicopter as it is a vantage point to witness beautiful views of mountains including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak etc.
There is no time limit for holding helicopter in Annapurna base camp. Based on your requirements and budget, you can hold the helicopter in ABC. You don’t have any tie restriction on this trip. Cost of trip will go higher when you hold the helicopter for longer period time.
Yes, helicopters carry oxygen cylinder especially when conducing mountain flights. While flying to high altitude region like Everest, passengers may suffer from High altitude sickness. Oxygen cylinders along with first aid kit are provided to such passengers if needed. However, very few people require oxygen cylinder unless you have prior health complications. Please let us know in advance if you have any serious health issues.
Helicopters typically carry up to 500 kg weight when flying lower than 4000m altitude and around 250kg for above 4000 meters. An average passenger weighs about 80 kg. If your weight over 100 kg, please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate number of passengers accordingly.
Yes, weather can delay or cancel helicopter flights. So Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour totally depends on weather. Clear weather and visibility is a pre-requisite not only to flying helicopter but also to see good views of mountains. Helicopter flights are operated only after getting weather clearance from airport authority. There is no compromise on safety.
Everest base camp is located at the foot of Mt. Everest. To reach Everest Base Camp is a dream of every trekkers and adventurer. Although it is called Everest Base Camp heli tour, the helicopter only land at Kalapahar, which is a perfect point to witness the beautiful views of Everest range including Everest Base Camp.
Helicopters do not stop over at Kalapathar for a long time due to safety issues. Kalapthar is located at an altitude of 5644m where the level of oxygen is quite low and weather is extremely cold. Scientifically, humans are not recommended to stay there for a long time. Also, at this height helicopter’s engine can turn off due to coldness.
Kalapathar is located at 5644m and helicopters can only carry a weight of 220kg above 4400m. Due to this limitation, helicopters can only fly a maximum of 3 people to Kalapthar at once.
To visit Everest Base Camp is a dream for many and makes for a lifetime experience. Since the start of tourism in Nepal, only avid adventurers and trekker had been able to reach Everest Base Camp. But today, Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour has made it possible for everyone to reach and stand on Everest Base Camp. So much so that even those who are physically disabled can now get to touch and feel and be part of Everest experience. That is why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour has become special.