Continuing the legacy of being Nepal's most popular trekking destination, Annapurna Base Camp is gaining popularity among the helicopter tours and comes second after EBC Heli Tour. Why wouldn't it be favored? It cuts down a week-long hike into a few hours of helicopter flights, which is a dream come true for mountain enthusiasts who're short on time or physically challenged.
The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is 3 to 5 hours long, depending upon the location of departure and arrival and the weather conditions. The helicopter flights taking off from Pokhara airport take shorter than those from Kathmandu airport. The Annapurna Base Camp helicopter flights operate almost every day throughout the year, given the weather is clear and the sky is visible. What makes the heli tour reliable is that it flies even if the weather is slightly lousy.
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Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost
The Annapurna Base Camp helicopter flight cost varies depending on the package you book. The ABC heli tour package is available for both private flights and group joining with departure from either Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Group Joining is a budget-friendly option for people traveling in a small groups of 1 to 3. You can join a group of tourists for group departure on a particular date and share the total cost. A group contains 5 individuals as the helicopter has a seating capacity of 5 passengers, weighing a total of 500 kg.
The only drawback with the group joining trip is that you might not get to book the trip on your desired date during off-seasons. But, we have daily departures during the peak season (spring and autumn). So, make sure to book your heli tour in advance.
Group Joining Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara - $ 450
Note: Group joining heli tour to ABC may be difficult to find from Kathmandu, but it is easily available from Pokhara.
Private or Chartered Flight
A private helicopter flight is favorable for families and friends traveling in a group of 4 to 5 individuals. In this way, you can have the whole helicopter booked for yourself. You may also be able to customize the trip according to your liking. Nothing can beat the feeling of flying over the Himalayas and landing at the base camp of the infamous Annapurna mountain with your loved ones. To add a cherry on top, you'll get a discounted price for private flights.
Private Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara - $ 1800
Private Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu - $ 4200
What to expect in a typical Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour includes the helicopter flight from Pokhara/Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp, about a 30-minute stop at the camp for a brief exploration, and the same helicopter flight back to Pokhara/Kathmandu.
It usually takes 30 minutes for a helicopter to fly from Pokhara to ABC and 1 hour from Kathmandu. Including the airport pick-up and drop-off, the tour takes a total of 3 to 5 hours to complete. The flights usually take off in the morning but may be delayed due to low visibility caused by poor weather.
The real adventure begins once you're in the air. Everything looks amazing from up above. As the chopper takes off, the stunning city view of Pokhara will mesmerize you. The Phewa lake, Begnas lake, and Rupa lake appear pristine blue in the sky's reflection. The farther the helicopter flies, the more the city appears smaller. Large hills, lush green forests, and a few smaller villages dominate the scenery. As the chopper moves further north, your eyes will be blessed by the giant Himalayas covered in snow. The entire Annapurna range will be visible to you from your helicopter window.
The helicopter lands at the Annapurna Base Camp for 20-30 minutes for you to take in the view of Annapurna from its foothill. You can enjoy a delicious breakfast/lunch with the world's 10th-tallest mountain right in front of you. After a nice meal (not included in the price) and a small photo session, you'll be taken back to your city of arrival on the same chopper.
That's the end of the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. We hope you have a fantastic trip.
Safety Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Flight
There're a few rules you must follow in order to complete the heli tour safely and comfortably. Please keep in mind the following safety tips while flying.
- Listen to the safety instructions carefully before boarding the flight.
- Always approach the helicopter from the front.
- Enter and exit the chopper only after the pilot's signal.
- Fasten your seatbelt once you're in the helicopter.
- Do not try to switch seats while the chopper is in the air.
- Secure your belongings, like a hat, sunglasses, scarf, phone, etc., from blowing off.
- Avoid distracting the captain's focus by asking too many questions.
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