At 5: 30 or 6 a.m.
As usual early morning a great time for a Helicopter flight to catch the best panorama of the Himalaya Mountain range, depart from the hotel where our guide or staff transfer you to Pokhara airport of 10-15 minutes drives from your hotel, near Phewa Lakeside. On entering the airport terminal, after checking in and going through security then walk to where a helicopter is parked, the Captain / Pilot welcomes you on board, as you take your seat and get ready for the flight to Annapurna Base Camp.
Soon, the chopper leaves the ground heading straight north flying high facing views of Pokhara city, its beautiful valley and surrounding green hills dotted with many farm villages and neat rows of terraces.
The pilot will announce the name of peaks, as you get closer towards Annapurna Himalaya range with majestic views of Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail, and adjoining high mountains. The chopper, makes its way through hills, valley and follows the Modi-River River upstream to enter spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary and at base camp, a place close to Annapurna-I with some good lodge to serve travelers.
At base camp, enjoy the mountain views with a refreshing cup of hot drinks, after a glorious moment, as per pilot advice board in back to your seat for the return flight back to Pokhara. Time permitting and weather-wise in the late morning hours our pilot might land at mountain villages either in Chomrong or Ghandruk where Heli-Pad available. Enjoy a short visit around the villages and catch glimpse of local immense culture of Gurung of ancient heritage and traditional farm life.
Completing a short visit around farm hill villages, scenic air-ride continues till you land at Pokhara airport, and then transfer to your hotel. After a wonderful morning adventure on Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour.
It depends upon one interest, where some visitors do not have much time for treks to Annapurna base camp, Heli Tour, the only options for eager and keen people to be on the foot beneath one of world highest mountain base camp, in a short duration time of few hours. Yes, it certainly worth taking an Annapurna Heli Tour, on this trip, you will have the opportunity to observe a Nepalese beautiful country, as well you will be in the heart of Annapurna Himalaya facing views of high snow peaks. Annapurna Heli Tour a great trip of a lifetime experience.
The pilot will make the right decision, as he is an expert who has decades of experience flying around the Himalayan mountainous region. If the weather breaks in or gets worse, the pilot will make a swift landing around villages with Heli-Pad. Waits for a while, and soon weather improves then carries on with his mission flying to base camp. Just in case of weather gets extremely worse even in good time of the year, the pilot will not risk it and might turn back to Pokhara, and continues the flight next early morning day, that is if the weather is favorable.
As per season-wise, our staff or accompanying guide will inform you what to wear according to temperatures at Annapurna base camp. Normally carry a down-jacket, woolen or normal sun cap, long trousers or skirts for ladies. Wear comfortable walking boots or sport shoes, as well carry a muffler or scarf to avoid cold breeze or wind. Rest to carry your hand baggage, or light day pack with water bottles, sunscreen cream, and personal necessary day items.
The Helicopter seats are made for a maximum of 4 to 5 persons. It depends upon the high season of booking for the trip. Open Trail will fix the daily departures time and dates for interested people. Having a maximum number of people makes the flight much affordable with less cost to operate the Heli Tour. However, we operate and organize Annapurna Heli Tour for single/solo person also, that requires special charter at more cost than the normal cost in a group of 2-5 persons. For more than 5 people, we will ferry the passengers to and fro from Pokhara-Annapurna Base Camp, to make all customers satisfied till the end of the tour.
This can be pre-arranged, on informing us earlier before few days of main departure, so that we can make a guide and porter available at Annapurna base camp for return trek to Pokhara, with all trekking and Annapurna conservation permits. Which will be at extra cost, and the price of helicopter tour, whether you use it on the way back or not. The cost will remain the same and fixed as stated earlier on booking.