Annapurna Basecamp Heli Trek - 11 Days

Trip Facts

  • Car-Plane-Helicopter
  • 2 to 8
  • 4210 meter/13809 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Helicopter Trek & Sightseeing
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English-Chinese-Hindi
  • 12
  • 80
Annapurna Basecamp Helicopter Trek is a perfect combination of trekking, sightseeing tour and culture for your Nepal Travels.

Trek is suitable for everyone looking to have an adventure in with basecamp trekking in Nepal.

Annapurna Basecamp Heli Trek is a trekking in the beautiful Annapurna region ( to ABC) all the way to the famous Annapurna Base Camp, an exciting helicopter ride back after trek to Annapurna Base Camp, and cultural tours of two famous cities: Pokhara (the Lake City) & Kathmandu ( the buzzing capital of Nepal).

There are number of magnificent mountains, lush green river valley, versatile landscapes and several villages along the Trek route.

These various components are making Annapurna region one of the most diverse trekking destinations in Nepal trekking. Towering peaks above 8000m are amazing to witness so close, namely Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8164m) and iconic mountain Machhapucchre – also know as Fishtail for her fishtail shape – is amazingly admiring. All of these can be seen from Poonhill on our sunrise hike on day 3rd.

We will visit Machhapucchre Base Camp on the way to ABC, and the views from there is mesmerizing. From the helicopter, you will get to admire the mountains from a different perspective, as well as the lush green forests and its long river valley. Aerial view of lake city pokhara will look awesome with the mountains all around.

Specially managed area after the last real village, Sinuwa; is a jungle walk and chance of sighting wild animals and watching bird is highly probable.

Best Time for Annapurna basecamp helicopter trek

Except Monsoon season – ABC Helicopter trek is suitable throughout the year. Reason to skip monsoon to travel to Annapurna basecamp is because of the foggy weather – which might affect the schedule by delaying the helicopter flight.

Autumn (September to November) & Spring (March to May) are regarded as the best time to travel to Annapurna basecamp.

Apart form the best – Winter is also a good season for Annapurna basecamp helicopter trek in Nepal. Winter are cold in the mountains of Annapurna but the beauty of the blues sky and the white Himalaya are even better in this cold time of the year. How cold? It will get below 0 degree Celsius, during the mooring and the nights. But in the sunny day the temperature will be around 10 degree Celsius.

City Tour

During the city tours of Pokhara and Kathmandu you will be able to dive deeper into the colorful Nepalese culture and visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath (the cremation place, Patan Durbar Square, Living goddess temple, Boudhanath Stupa and the Monkey temple. Some travelers have expressed concerns of the colossal upsurge in the selection of Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek options in Nepal.

Variation in Trekking route

Annapurna basecamp helicopter trek route with Nepalgram will go as Nayapul-Ghorepani-Poonhill-Chhomrong-ABC-Pokhara-Kathmandu. But if your are looking for shorter option there is shorter option.

If you take route skipping Ghorepani village, that means – trekking to the basecamp will be even shorter than this itinerary (as in itinerary section of this package). The route in this case will be = Ghandruk/Siwi – Chhomrong – ABC – Pokhara – Kathmandu. IN this shortest option; you will skip Poonhill. Skipping Poonhill means you will see the stunning view from the top of Poonhill.

From the top of the poonhill – one can see best view of Mt Dhaulagiri range and Mt Annapurna range. Except from the Ghorepani side of ABC route – Dhaulagiri range can not be seen. Means – Dhaulagiri range can not be seen if you do the shorter option as stated above.

View of Dhaulagiri range from Poonhill on ANnapurna basecamp Helicopter trek
A jump on top of poonhill is fun time of all ABC trek we had. Mountain range seen in the picture is Mt Dhaulagiri range. Dhaulagir was believed to be the tallest mountain in earth – before Mt Everest was scaled to be the tallest. On the right hand side (not seen in the picture) is the wide range of Mt Annapurna. Poonhill has view of Mt Annapurna range and Mt Dhaulagiri range as mentioned above.

Trekking to Annapurna basecamp by helicopter can be a shortest option and luxury Annapurna basecamp trekking, indeed.

In our opinion, more options for trekking in the Annapurna region has had more positive than negative effects for travelers. Multiple choices allow trekkers to choose the itinerary, route, trip length and departure date that best suits their needs. The itineraries have also been developed based on suggestions from trekkers.

For general information about trekking in the Himalaya please check the Frequently Ask Questions. If you have any questions or if you would like to have further details about this itinerary, please send us a message – we are happy to help!


Taking Helicopter on the way back from Annapurna base camp deceives the trekking back to Nayapul along the same trekking trail.

If you hate downhill and have shot time for your holiday in Nepal, you have got a best base camp adventure trekking package.

Highlights of ABC Helicopter Trek

  • Sunrise / Sunset at Poonhill
  • Ghorepani village & Annapurna Base Camp on foot
  • MBC and Annapurna Glacier
  • Sunrise at ABC
  • Aerial view of Annapurna mountain range
  • Pokhara (Lake and cave) and Kathmandu (UNESCO world heritage sites) guided Sightseeing tour

Detailed Itinerary of Annapurna Basecamp Helicopter Trek

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Time – 30 minutes hotel transfer time
• Activity – Relax at hotel

Our representative will be waiting you at the airport, Welcome to Nepal ! Nepalgram Representative will assist you to check in to your hotel. You will be notified about the netting for your Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek by the same person. In the evening we will talk about preparation for Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek and necessary things you might have forgotten but you still can buy at themel.

Day 2
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile (1500m)

• Altitude – 1500 meters
• Special – scenic view from the plane
• Time – 6 hours 30 minutes
• Activity – Flying in Plane and trekking

23 minutes flight from kathmandu to Pokhara is scenic, once you get near to Pokhara valley you will Annapurna, Manaslu and many other Himalaya range. Once you land at the Pokhara airport, mountains view is awesome. On arrival at the airport, your guide will receive you at the gate and you will drive to Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek starting point. Today’s hike is approx 4 hours along the side of Madi Khola, it is a gradual walk also famous as warm up hike for your Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek adventure.

Day 3
Trek from Hile to Ghorepani (2880m)

• Altitude – 2880 meters
• Special – Ghorepani
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – Hiking in stone stairs and through jungle

After breakfast at Hile we hike for around 7 hours until we get to Ghorepani village. Ghorepani is a junction of Annapurna circuit trek, ABC trek, Ghorepani Ghandruk trek and few other trails. Walk till ulleri village has uphill sections but after 30 minutes from Ulleri, peaceful green jungle walk will continue all the way to Ghorepani. Ghorepani has perfect view of both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range.

Day 4
Morning hike from Ghorepani to Poonhill and then trek to Tadapani (2630m)

• Altitude – 2630 meters
• Special – Poonhill sunrise and mountains
• Time – 8 hours
• Activity – Trekking to Poon hill and later Tadapani

Most of the people go for sunrise at poonhill but few also hike up the punhill for sunset. We leave early in the morning for sunrise at Poonhill, sun rises right behind the towering mountains; more close to Mt. Fishtail (the sacred mountain). Do not forget to keep little bit of cash with you as there is a tea shop at the top of punhill where we can take a sip of hot chocolate while staring at the sun to come out. After sunrise, we will trek down to Ghorepani village for breakfast. It takes less than 1 hour to get back to the village whereas climbing up from Ghorepani to Poonhill might take 2 hours. After breakfast we trek to Tadapani today. Todays walk has numerous Ups and Downs but today’s jungle walk will soak us in nature.

Day 5
From Tadapani to Chhomrong (2600m)

• Altitude – 2600 meters
• Special – Chhomrong Village
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Trekking through local villages

Tadapani is a small village with great view of Annapurna South, fishtail and few other mountains whereas Chhomrong is a biggest village of the Annapurna base camp heli trek. It takes approx. 6 hours to get there; the walk is more downhill and less up. Today we will pass by the local school and few villages with cool landscape. Say “Namaste” to the locals, joining two hands and touching forehead with both your thumbs.

Day 6
Chhomrong to Himalaya (3100m)

• Altitude – 3100 meters
• Special – Himalaya village
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – Trekking through bamboo forest

Roughly 7 hours of walking from Chhomrong takes us at Himalaya. Himalaya is a really small place with very few teahouses in the side of rivers. This place being right at the middle of the jungle makes you feel being soaked in nature.

Day 7
Himalaya to Annapurna Base camp (4120m)

• Altitude – 4130 meters
• Special – View of snow capped mountains
• Time – 8 hours
• Activity – Trekking through jungle and no tree zone

After breakfast at Chhomrong, trekking to Annapurna base camp starts, the main day if your Annapurna Base camp Heli trekking. Once you get to a next village called Deurali, so not forget to ask your guide where is the natural stone print of Gautam Buddha is ? Once you get to machhapuchhre Base camp, we get really close to the mountains. Naturally soaked trekkers at this point will start admiring the trekking beyond the hardship they had during the entire trek. Do not forget to drink lot of water today, as ABC can be cold to drink more. Annapurna Base camp is approx 8 hours away from Himalaya. Today is the day where we will walk through the jungle and get to NO TREE zone. We sleep at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 8
Fly to Pokhara by chartered Helicopter and day tour of Pokhara (lake city).

• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Special – beautiful scenery from helicopter and pokhara tour
• Time – 1 hours
• Activity – Flying in Helicopter and Sightseeing Pokhara city

Pokhara is famous for Phewa lake right at the side of city. This lake front is famous from the time of hippies, when they traveled Nepal, Hippies used to stay close to the lakes and people from the hills of Sarangkot and World peace stupa started to build huts near the lake so they can have small business by selling thing to hippie travelers. Flight to Pokhara passes along the river valley you have walked all the way up. When you get near to Pokhara the scenery of Lake, city and the Mountains looks awesome. Once getting back to Pokhara we will do Pokhara city tour with guide in private vehicle.

Day 9
Fly to Kathmandu in the morning

• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Special – beautiful view from plane
• Time – 23 minutes
• Activity – Flying in plane
Flying to Back to Kathmandu is very short flight. Once you get back to Kathmandu airport our representative will take you to your hotel and take rest the entire day. Representative will give you information about next day’s activity. Feel free to ask us by email if you need to.

Day 10
Kathmandu UNESCO world heritage site day tour.

• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Special – Kathmandu City Tour
• Time – full day
• Activity – Sightseeing UNESCO world heritage site

Sightseeing tour lasts fro whole day, which includes tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey temple, Boudhanath and the Hindu cremation place. You will be guided by a government Licence holder tour guide in the private vehicle.

Day 11
Departure from Kathmandu.

Now the time has come to conclude your Annapurna Base camp heli trek. Time has come to farewell you with promise to see you again. Wish you all the best, from Nepalgram Family.

Cost Includes of ABC Helicopter Trek

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car for domestic and international flights as in the itinerary
  • Domestic flights to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara
  • 3 nights Standard Hotel at Kathmandu & One night in a Standard Hotel in Pokhara B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • All accommodation and food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during Annapurna Base Camp Heli trek; fresh fruit will be served every night after dinner.
  • All necessary paperwork, entry permits & TIMS
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide (both tour + Trek) including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit); Oxygen saturation will be checked by oxymeter.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Guided city tour of Pokhara in Private vehicle; includes 4 destinations
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu; includes 4 destinations, in Private vehicle
  • All (kathmandu and pokhara) Sightseeing entrance fees if applicable
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost Includes of Annapurna base camp Helicopter Trek

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee (you can easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu)
  • Your travel and medical insurance for emergency, we will assist you with the arrangement in case of emergency
  • Gratitude (except for the lead guide)
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks during the trip & food while in cities, except tea or coffee with breakfast.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Annapurna Basecamp Heli Trek
From $ 590.00
per Person for Service Trip
From $ 990.00
per Person for All Inclusive Trip
From $ 1,260.00
per Person for All Comfortable Trip (Free Cancellation and Transferable)

Trip Info for Annapurna Base camp Helicopter Trek

  • Car-Plane-Helicopter
  • 2 to 8
  • 4210 meter/13809 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Helicopter Trek & Sightseeing
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English-Chinese-Hindi
  • 12
  • 80



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