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Trip Code: NHT2266
Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Elevation: 4210 Meters
Total Duration: 9 days
Best Time: March - May and Sept - Dec
Group Size: Min. 2 Pax.
The Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek is a perfect combination of both the trekking journey and an amazing helicopter ride across the beautiful landscape of the Annapurna region. Starting off the journey with a mesmerizing flight to the lake-side city of Pokhara, you would be trekking across some of the most beautiful terrains found on the planet. Considered one of the most naturally attractive and florally rich regions in Nepal- the Annapurna region is blessed with the coruscate of the Annapurna Himalayas enhanced magnificently with the region’s amazing mountain landscape. The Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek is also perfect for people who have a relatively shorter amount of time to spend here. The journey harmoniously captures all of the best elements of the region to present an experience that will be in the minds for years to come.
Trek on beautiful rhododendron trails through famous villages like Ghorepani and visit the most popular vantage point of the region- Poon Hill, from where the panoramic views of the entire Annapurna Mountain massif can be seen. Enjoy the natural charm of distant mountain peaks making an appearance while trekking on the trail and be at the very centre of the tranquil environment filled with picturesque sights and heaven-like beauty. Enjoy the tourism-hub of the country that is Pokhara from where many mountain peaks can be seen. Walk past waterfalls and swimming holes in Tikhe Dhunga and enjoy the Magar and Gurung villages as you make your way to the Annapurna Base Camp. The wide expanse of snow and boulders with the huge presence of the Annapurna Mountains is something that is quite breath-taking!
Finally, for the final part of the journey, enjoy an absolutely amazing and thrilling Helicopter Ride back to Pokhara. The aerial view of the beautiful landscape below and of the mountain peaks make for an utterly mesmerizing sight and experience! The changing terrain seen from a bird’s-eye perspective is truly fascinating and immensely enjoyable. Join us in this amazing adventure of Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek where you will get to experience a trekking journey unlike anything else and a wonderful Helicopter ride that presents exquisite sights of the Annapurna landscape! The excitement of the journey is vastly appealing!
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time and will be greeted by one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representative. You will then be transferred to the hotel for your check-in. Our airport representative will also briefly explain to you about the programs upon your arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 - Fly to Pokhara 25-min, then trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/49035ft), Duration: 5 hours
You will take an early morning flight to Pokhara on this day. The lake side city of Pokhara is a beautiful tourism-hub of the country and is also called the adventure-centre of Nepal. Many mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna can be seen from the city. Pokhara is also famous for its pristine Fewa Lake. The reflection of the Machhapuchhre Himal can be seen on clear days on the surface of the lake. Leisure activities like boating and fishing can also be done. From Pokhara, we will then drive to Nayapul (42km) on a car/taxi, passing the village of Lumle. Walking for about 20 minutes, we will reach Birethanti. Following the main street of Birethanti, we will go through forests of bamboos and past a large waterfall and a swimming hole. Cutting across the pasturelands that are mostly used for pony caravans, we will reach the village of Ramghai where we will have our lunch. After that, we will reach Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight stay at guesthouse breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03 - Trek to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft), Duration: 7 hours
The trail continues across a stream via a suspension bridge from Tikhe Dhunga near the camp site, and ascends to the steep stone staircase to the Magar village of Ulleri. The stone staircase allegedly has 3300 steps and the trail through it is quite beautiful. Ulleri lies at an elevation of 2080 meters. Above the village, the trail continues gently across pasturelands and beautiful cultivated fields of mustard and rice. About an hour’s walk from Ulleri, we will reach a camp site for a rest and a water stop. The trail continues across two small rivers before finally ascending to Nangethanti where we shall have our lunch. During winters, the trail to the village is generally covered in snow. From Nangethanti we will climb to Ghorepani at 2850m, from here we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Overnight at guesthouse breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 - Hike to Poonhill (3210m/10528ft), then trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft), Duration: 6 hours
This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a famous vantage point of the Annapurna region popular for its amazing panoramic view of the entire Annapurna mountain massif. From here, we can observe the amazing phenomenon of the changing colors of the mountain as the rays of the sun sweep across their surface. It truly is a beautiful sight. Views of Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna South, the Fishtail Mountain and many others can be seen from here. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 - Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m/7575ft), Duration: 6 hours
From Tadapani, we will follow a route to the village of Sinuwa. On the way, the Gurjung route offers amazing view of the Upper Modi valley. The path ascends to the west bank of the Modi Khola and then passes through the village of Chhomrong. Chhomrong village lies at a beautiful location at the very base of Himal Chuli. We will continue our trail alongside the Chhomrong Khola and then climb steadily up ahead to Sinuwa further on. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 - Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m/10330ft), Duration: 6 hours
We will proceed to Kuldi Ghar, which takes about 2 and a half to 3 hours of walking time today. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on from where the route goes very steeply down a bank of rocks and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge. The trail keeps to the west side of the river. We will pass by the pasturelands of Tomo, and then trek along the very neck of the gorge at Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to the Himalayas from here. Finally, we shall reach Deurali where we shall be staying for the night. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 - Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m/13810ft), Duration: 5 hours
Today is a much anticipated day of the trek. We will follow the trail and climb on past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is also called the Annapurna Sanctuary, since it is totally surrounded by mountains and is under the protection of the sanctuary. From here, it is a two-hour trek to the Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks and lets you experience the wide vastness of snowy terrain and close views of huge Himals. The landscape at the Annapurna Base camp is spectacular and fascinating. The snowy landscape of the Base Camp is very beautiful and the overall view of whole mountain peaks is pretty wonderful. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 - Helicopter Ride to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
This is another most anticipated day of the trek as today; you will be experiencing one of the most amazing helicopter rides from the base camp of Everest back to Pokhara early in the morning. The aerial view of the mountain peaks from the helicopter is something that inspires thrill and excitement. While looking below, you would be able to notice the dramatic change in the landscape as the snowy lands of the high mountains are replaced with the green hills, terrace farmlands and forests. Sometimes, herds of wild goats can be seen from above, running in a group below. The beautiful landscape of the Annapurna region does not disappoint when seen from a bird ‘eye perspective. The panoramic view of the entire terrain presents itself like a beguiling portrait. Finally, we will land at Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will then take an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 09 - Farewell
On this day, at approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport by one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representatives, from where you will depart, with beautiful memories of the journey.
- All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Return flight Pokhara to Kathmandu including departure tax.
- Charter Helicopter flight from Annapurna Base camp to Pokhara.
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful & friendly guide porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance etc.
- Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Nepal Hiking Team T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- A comprehensive first aid medical kit
- Annapurna conservation and TIMS Fees- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 3 passport photographs)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Hot showers during the trek
- All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.
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