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    A complete guide for Helicopter Tour in Annapurna Region

    Annapurna Region is the most popular region after Everest for Helicopter Tours due to its unique scenarios and majestic views it has to offer The number of tourists trying new adventures on Helicopter has been increasing day by day due to its time efficiency and maximum amount of activity they can experience during a short period of time. 

    The highlight of the region is definitely the world's 10th highest mountain, the mighty Annapurna situated at an altitude of 8091m considered one of the deadliest mountains to conquer. Even if you can’t conquer the mountain you can definitely feel the aura of Annapurna through helicopter flight toward Annapurna base camp.

    Popular Heli Tour Destination in Annapurna Region

    Annapurna Base Camp

    In spite of the fact that Annapurna Base Camp is a well-known trekking destination and is located at an elevation of 4,130 meters, helicopter rides have become very popular among tourists who cannot complete lengthy and exhausting treks due to lack of time or other factors. A helicopter tour is a superb opportunity to enjoy all that the Annapurna region has to offer. Awe-inspiring scenery includes landscapes, mountains, hills, terraces, fields, and hamlet communities, and the magical view of Annapurna Massif. 

    Poon Hill

    Poon Hill is a very beautiful hill station located at 3210m and is a popular destination to observe the beautiful Himalayan ranges of the Annapurna region. The adventurous helicopter flight starts in the morning to view the wonderful sunrise on the mountain and eventually having an astounding breakfast with a view would be such an experience. The hill station has an amazing view of the mountains.

    Mardi Himal

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Base to popular mountain Mardi Himal the base camp is situated below the lap of Mt.Fishtail aka Mt.Machhapuchhre at an elevation of 4350m elevation. The base camp offers some amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, and Mardi Himal itself.

    Gandhruk and Landruk 

    Culturally and religiously rich Ghandruk and Landruk are beautiful village settlements in the Kaski district and are situated nearly 32km far from Pokhara valley. Therefore the helicopter rider is short and adventurous. The cultural value of the Gurung community is a highlight of the village where you can have a look and feel of Gurung dresses. The village settlement's beauty is added by rhododendrons during the spring season making it colorful from the sky.

    Major Highlights of the Annapurna Region Helicopter Tour

    • Aerial view of the Annapurna Region 
    • Magnificent view of the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Himchuli, Mardi Himal, and
    • the surrounding mountain peaks and ranges.
    • Enjoy the Tatopani (The natural hot spring), rivers, cascades, and waterfalls on the trail.
    • Poonhill is the best spot to observe the magical Sunset and Sunrise 
    • Beautiful location for personal and professional photography. 
    • Traditional and cultural villages with residents who follow their own traditions, lifestyles, and cultures.
    • Unique and exotic flora and fauna around the Region
    • Witness some of the rare species in the woodlands. 


    Checklist for Annapurna Helicopter Tour

    • Windproof down jacket
    • UV protection sunglasses
    • A water bottle
    • Lip balm and moisturizer
    • Silk/Nylon scarf
    • Toiletries
    • Full sleeve shirts
    • Warm pair of trousers
    • Camera essentials

    This list is only a general checklist. You are recommended to use your experience and find the best fit of a checklist that is comfortable and safe enough for you.

    Best Packages for Helicopter Tour in Annapurna Region 

    Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu

    Duration: 3 to 4 hrs 
    Cost: USD 3500 (5 pax)/ USD 800 for 1 pax (Sharing Basis)
    Route: Kathmandu-Pokhara-ABC-Pokhara-Kathmandu 
    Best Time: Jan-May and Aug-Dec 
    Maximum Altitude: 4130m/13,550 ft

    Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara

    Duration: 1 Hour 
    Cost: USD 1200 (5 pax)/ USD 300 for 1 pax (Sharing Basis)
    Route: Pokhara-ABC-Pokhara
    Best Time: Jan-May and Aug-Dec 
    Maximum Altitude: 4130m/13,550 ft

    Mardi Himal Helicopter Tour from Pokhara

    Duration: 1 Hour 
    Cost: USD 1100 (5 pax)/ USD 280 for 1 pax (Sharing Basis)
    Route: Pokhara-Mardi Himal-Pokhara
    Best Time: Jan-May and Aug-Dec 
    Maximum Altitude: 4,500 m/14,763 ft

    Ghandruk Helicopter Tour from Pokhara

    Duration: 1 Hour 
    Cost: USD 1100 (5 pax)/ USD 280 for 1 pax (Sharing Basis)
    Route: Pokhara-Ghandruk-Pokhara
    Best Time: Jan-May and Aug-Dec 
    Maximum Altitude: 2,012 m/6,600 ft

    Best Time to do Annapurna Region Helicopter Tour

    You can fly year-round throughout the day for the Annapurna Region Helicopter Tour, but the visibility must be good. Thus, the greatest times of year to explore the Annapurna Region by helicopter are in autumn and spring. The weather will be pretty good during those times, not exceeding the limit of temperature. The routes would be more visible and you can capture the amazing views of the mountains. 

    Winter (December to February) is another perfect time to do a heli tour in Annapurna Region, however, there will be a lot of snow on the landing area. Because of the poor vision caused by cloudy and foggy weather during the rainy season, helicopter rides are not advised. The weather will be really bad and it will be really difficult to fly during the monsoon season. 

    So, February, March, April, and May are the optimum months for an Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The other months for flying in a helicopter are September, October, November, and December.

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