Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return
Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return
Duration3 Days
Trip GradeModerate
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude4130 m
Group SizeAny
StartsPokhara
Endspokhara
Travel StyleHeli Trek
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return is the most popular trekking package in Nepal. This trekking is a combination of thrilling, filled with challenges, and a helicopter ride back to Pokhara. The Annapurna Base Camp trekking with a helicopter return offers an Incredible sight of the mountain ranges like Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre. The itinerary of this trek is 13 days, which offers lifetime memories in between the Himalayas. This 11-day trek to the ABC with helicopter return offers unexplainable memories of the Himalayan and Hilly region with a unique blend of culture and traditions.

The trekking to the Annapurna Base camp with a helicopter return consists of a 25-minute scenic flight from Base Camp to Pokhara. The Annapurna Base Camp route delivers stunning natural beauty through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, shimmering streams, and rare endangered wildlife. The demanding trek to Annapurna Base Camp requires mental and physical preparation.

The Annapurna base camp trek with a Helicopter return nourishes you with an unforgettable lifetime adventure. The annapurna base camp trek with helicopter return itinerary starts with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The trek starting point is Ghandruk, which continues until you reach the base camp of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna.

The ABC trek with helicopter return routes present a panoramic view of gigantic mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 ), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Mt. Gnagapurna (7,455 m), and many others. This trek also allows you to encounter rugged landscapes, traditional villages, waterfalls, rhododendrons, and bamboo forests. The Annapurna Base Camp hiking brings you an opportunity to immerse in the culture and traditions of the ethnic Gurung communities in villages like Chomrong, Sinuwa, Dovan, Deurali, and Siwai.

The 11-day trip to the base of Mt. Annapurna itinerary can be customized according to your conditions. We have customized itineraries for the standard Annapurna Base Camp trek like the 9-day short ABC trek, the Annapurna base camp with the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, and so on. Mystic Adventure Holidays package to the ABC trek with a helicopter return will surely give you a lifetime experience, Make sure to contact us for more information regarding the cost and other services. This package booking is open for 2024 and 2025, Hurry up and book it now.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site excursion in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley
  • Scenic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • Thrilling hike to the rugged, steep, and rocky trails
  • Chance to immerse in the local communities’s traditions and beliefs
  • Amazing views of snow-clad mountains like Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), etc.
  • Enjoy a scenic walk through the Annapurna sanctuary
  • Explore a forest filled with bamboo, pine, oak, and spruce tree
  • Enjoy the chilling and breathtaking atmosphere at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters) and Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4,200 meters)
  • Experience fresh water via wooden taps and in hot springs.

WHY CHOOSE MYSTIC ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS FOR THE ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK WITH HELICOPTER RETURN?

3S: Safety, Success, and Satisfaction

Booking a Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a helicopter return package with Mystic Adventure Holidays offers superior service and benefits. Here's why:
Planning your trip with Mystic Adventure Holidays means paying the lowest cost with no commission fees. Additionally, you'll benefit from:

  • Client Safety: Our trips are organized with the utmost safety in mind.
  • Best Price Guarantee: Ensuring you get the best value.
  • Free Transfers: Complimentary airport-to-hotel and return transfers in a private vehicle.
  • Expert Guides: Trained, government-licensed local guides with extensive route knowledge.
  • Support for Locals: Helping local communities earn a living through tourism.
  • Health Monitoring: Oximeters to monitor oxygen levels during high-altitude ABC treks.
  • Medical Preparedness: Guides equipped with medical kits to handle any situations that may arise.
  • Essential Gear: Arrangements for sleeping bags and down jackets.
  • Free Storage: Secure storage at our office for extra luggage during your tour.
  • Convenience: Duffel bags for transferring items to be carried during the journey.
  • Porter Service: A free porter to help carry your heavy bags.
  • Affiliated with: Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Tourism Board(NTB), Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (NEEP), and Nepal government.

By choosing Mystic Adventure Holidays, you ensure a safe, successful, and satisfying adventure in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

At Mystic Adventure Holidays, our intention is always to follow the Luxury Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary. However, due to the nature of travel, we may need to make slight changes because of unforeseen circumstances such as weather-related cancellations or delays of domestic flights, natural disasters like landslides, newly enacted laws, political unrest, or trekkers' health issues, including altitude sickness. While the itinerary is brief and fixed, it also includes flexible areas. Therefore, we advise travelers to allow a few extra days in Nepal.

We highly recommend that you arrive one day before the trip starts to rest and purchase any necessary clothing, gear, and equipment for the hike. You can also use this extra day for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, acclimatizing, or rescheduling international flights in case of potential weather delays or domestic flight cancellations.

We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to providing you with an unforgettable adventure!

It is our regular day-to-day itinerary if you are looking for a customized itinerary. Don't hesitate to contact us.

Trip PlanExpand all

Our representative will await you with the company banner at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Then, the representative will transfer you to the hotel and help you check in. In the evening, we will pick you up for a welcome dinner Until then, you can enjoy your time inside the hotel or stroll in the streets of Thamel. 

 

Max Altitude: 1400m Meals: Welcome dinner onlyAccommodation: Apsara Boutique HotelDuration: 30-45 minDistance: 6 km

The day begins with a warm breakfast at the hotel, and we will leave for the Tribhuwan International Airport for Pokhara Valley. The flight to Pokhara takes only 30 minutes. We will head towards Ghandruk as soon as we reach Pokhara. Within 3.5 hours of a scenic drive, we will pass Nayapul, Birethanti, a waterfall, a bamboo forest, Khumbu Khola, and finally reach Ghandruk. Then, we will explore the Gurung village and stay overnight at a lodge. 

 

Max Altitude: 2,012 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Standard LodgeDuration: 4 to 5 hrs hikeDistance: 242 km

The trek starts from Ghandruk Village, a Gurung community in the Kaski district. Then, you will head upwards to Kimrong Danda via the old town of Ghandruk. Moreover, the trail goes downhill until you reach Kimrung Khola. There, we will take a break for lunch. After having lunch, we will arrive at our destination of the day, Chhomrong Village, which is located in the lap of Himalchuli. The trail to Chhomrong village is very steep, so be cautious. We will spend the night at a tea house. 

 

Max Altitude: 2,170 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Standard Tea HouseDuration: 5 to 6 hoursDistance: 9.8 km

The trial today takes you to this day's destination, Upper Sinuwa. You will continue descending towards a river and arrive at Sinuwa. You will cross a dense forest, walking with a view of the Annapurna range. Then, crossing Chhomrong's old town, Chhomrong Khola, via the suspension bridge at Lower Sinuwa, we will come across serene bamboo and rhododendron-mixed forests and finally get to Upper Sinuwa. 

 

Max Altitude: 2,350 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Standard Tea HouseDuration: 5-6 hrsDistance: 6 km

We continue our hike early in the morning after a warm breakfast at the tea house. The scenic, lush green forest, waterfalls, huge boulders, and wooden bridges will take you to Bamboo. The walk inside the enchanting forest, full of a gigantic tree wrapped in colorful moss, leads you down to the steep, rocky bank of the Bamboo George (2345m). Then, keep on walking to the ridges of Modi Khola and inside the forest until you reach Dovan (2500 m). You will reach the Himalayas after crossing the lower and upper Dovan. The serene bamboo and rhododendron forests accompany you until you reach the Himalayan Hotel (2950 m). The Himalayan Hotel periphery was used as a porter shelter in previous times and was also known as Hinko Cave. 

 

Max Altitude: 2,950m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Himalayan HotelDuration: 6 to 7 hrsDistance: 10 km

Waking up with a sunrise, we start our trek after having breakfast at the hotel. You have to gradually climb upwards via Hinku cave until you reach Deurali. When you cross Deurali, there will be chances of snow avalanches as the trail stretches to the base of a mountain, which results in heavy snowfall and snow avalanches during the spring season. After hiking for a few more houses, you will reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which is located at an elevation of 3,700 m (12,139 ft) above sea level. 

Mt. Machhapuchhre is prohibited from climbing because the locals of Gurung communities believe that it is the residence of Lord Shiva, a protector of the entire area. So, Machhapuchhre Base Camp is not authorized as a climbing base camp. Here, you can get astonishing vistas of iconic peaks like Mount Machhapuchhre aka Fishtail, Annapurna I, II, III, Lamjung Himal, etc.

 

Max Altitude: 3,700 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerDuration: 5-6 hrsDistance: 10.6 km

This day is the main highlight of this package. You will reach Annapurna Base Camp, which provides an amazing view of Mt. Annapurna. You will reach the highest elevation of the trek, which is 4,130 metres above sea level. We will lead in the direction of Annapurna Sanctuary, which is a habitat for a variety of rare and endangered wildlife species. 

The path will lead to blooming flowers, glacier water that comes straight from Mt. Annapurna I, Himalayan scenery, and many more. You will reach Annapurna Base Camp and will enjoy a mesmerizing view of snow-clad peaks like Annapurna I (8091 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), South Annapurna (7219 m), Tent Peak (5,695 m), Singa Chuli (6501 m), Gangapurna (7544 m), Annapurna III (7937 m), and Machhapuchhre (6643 m).  You will spend the rest of the day exploring the camp, capturing pictures of the world’s tenth-highest mountain, sunrise, and sunset with a golden color. We will spend a night here in a camp. 

Max Altitude: 4,130 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Base CampDuration: 2 hoursDistance: 2.9 km

The day begins by waking up to a beautiful sunrise behind the towering peaks. The amazing golden sun rays falling on the white snow will surely make your heart miss a beat for some time, which will last in your memories for a lifetime. With an amazing glance at mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, South Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli, Singu Chuli, Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak), and Glacier Dome, we will return to Pokhara via the helicopter, passing over several villages. 

Max Altitude: 2,600 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Standard Tea HouseDuration: 5 to 6 hoursDistance: 20 km

Today, we will explore Pokhara Valley. Pokhara is the capital of tourism and offers many adventurous sports, religious temples, caves, lakes, museums, and many more. We will explore the Phewa Lake, which is in the heart of Pokhara. Phewa Tal is famous due to the unique Tal Barahi Temple that is located in the middle of the lake. You need to take a boat to reach this holy temple. There is an option for boating, kayaking, and canoeing in the Phewa Tal. It provides an amazing view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, and the shadows of the mountain can be seen on the surface of the water. 

Then, we will return to the hotel for a warm breakfast, and after breakfast, we will head toward Bindyabasini Temple. Bindyabasini is a temple of Goddess Bhagwati, an embodiment of Kali. After worshipping in Bindyabasini Temple, we will visit other places like Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Old Bazaar, Jangchub Choeling Gompa, Shree Gaden Dhargay, Ling Monastery, Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave, and so on. 

Max Altitude: 822 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Kuti Resort/Hotel AabasDuration: Full day

We will catch an early-morning flight to Kathmandu. It offers a scenic view of lush green hills, rivers, and terraced fields along with snow-covered mountains. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will have breakfast and head to explore the religious places. We will visit holy places like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and so on. Then, we will drop you back at your hotel. Later, we will meet you for a farewell dinner, and until then, you can explore the Thamel by yourself.

Max Altitude: Pokhara 822 m, Kathmandu 1,350 m Meals: Breakfast and farewell Dinner on;yAccommodation: Apsara Boutique Hotel/Hotel Kailash KutiDuration: 6-7hrsDistance: 200km

Our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport. You will arrive 3.5 hours before your flight schedule. Best wishes from the Mystic Adventure Holidays team. 

 

Max Altitude: Kathmandu, 1350 m Meals: Breakfast onlyAccommodation: Apsara Boutique HotelDuration: Airport to Hotel: Around 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on trafficDistance: 6km
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Included
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle during your international arrivals and departures 
  • Welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali kitchen with a cultural dance show
  • 3X-Night accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Apsara Boutique Hotel and Kantipur Village Hotel)
  • 2X-Night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (Kuti Resort and  Aabas Hotel ) or similar standard
  • Best available teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Pokhara to Ghandruk Jeep transport
  • Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara Helicopter transfer
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, including 3 times tea or coffee per day
  • All ground transportation, as per the itinerary 
  • An experienced, licensed, and English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader, if necessary 
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays trekking bag/duffel bag, which you can put your things in and carry by porter (duffel bags need to be returned at the end of the trek)
  • A call for rescue if any emergency happens
  • An achievement certificate
  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays  T-shirt and trekking map as souvenirs
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government, local taxes, and operating expenses
Excluded
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra-night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), 10% of your trip cost and driver(s)
  • Departure Dates
  • If you want to do ABC and Dhampus Village Trek solo, you can choose our private trek option. During the private trek, you will trek with one of our expert guides and porters. Contact us for more information
  • Noted: In case you want to cancel or return something that happened on the mountain, you won't get a refund Check the terms and conditions 
Essential Info

1. Best season

The peak season for trekking to the lap of Mount Annapurna is in the autumn and spring. These months offer the best weather conditions, with a bright sky and mild temperatures. The trekking courses are decorated by blooming rhododendron trees in pink, red, and white colors during the spring season. The aromas of pine flower and Rhododendron will assist you in neglecting the hardship of the hike.

Trekking in other seasons like monsoon and winter is possible but the poor weather conditions will cover the views of the Mountains along with trails filled with slippery snow.

2. Travel Insurance

Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, like Annapurna Base Camp, requires travel insurance as this is a trekking package that consists of helicopter return. Travel insurance is most needed in this trek as it avoids stress regarding trip cancellation, emergency medical bills, luggage lost/stolen, and financial subsidies. So, make sure to inform your insurance agent to include all these criteria along with helicopter evacuation while making travel insurance. The travel insurance is not covered in the Annapurna base camp trek with helicopter return costs.

3. Food and Accommodation

The Annapurna base camp trek with helicopter return consists of a variety of items on the food menu. The package cost includes three meals for 11 days and a welcome dinner and farewell dinner for the remaining days. There is an option for the local traditional dish, Dal Bhat Tarkari, and other items like curries, momo, noodles, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, soup, toast, eggs, meat, veggies, porridge, Thukpa, etc for lunch and dinner.

The ABC trek with a helicopter return cost includes accommodation as well. In urban places like Kathmandu and Pokhara, there will be an advanced type of room with extra tables and chairs, along with an attached toilet. As soon as you hike away from these places, we will stay in local tea houses and hotels where toilets are communal built-in squats. Make sure to bring toiletries yourself because it will be very expensive in higher-altitude regions.

4. Permits

The 11-day package to the ABC with helicopter return requires two permits. They are Trekker’s information management system permit (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. It is necessary for the safety of the trekkers as well as the protection and conservation of vegetation and wildlife. Our company will manage these permits for you, which are available at the Nepal Tourism Board's office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

5. Difficulty Level

This helicopter return package for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate-level of trekking package. Those who are physically and mentally fit will face less difficulty than others. This trek takes you to an altitude of 4,130 m. You will face altitude sickness make sure to bring Diamox.

6. Equipment

The packing list for the ABC trek with helicopter return in Nepal is listed below:

  • -20-degree sleeping bag liner
  • Duffel bag with a waterproof cover
  • Thermal vests and lightweight thermal tops
  • Fleece Jacket or Pullover, waterproof jacket,
  • hiking shorts and fleece or tracksuit pants
  • Lightweight walking pants
  • Thin inner socks and thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots and slippers
  • Woolen Hat and Sunglasses
  • Moisturizing skin cream, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Water bottles and water purifiers
  • First Aid Kit and toiletries
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