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ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter

ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter
ABC Trek & fly out by Helicopter is just the ideal program to witness the magical beauty of the snow-capped mountains of Nepal. This program also gives the opportunity to explore the Annapurna region hiking along the popular ABC trail and upon reaching the base camp of Mt. Annapurna, fly back to Kathmandu on helicopter. Along the trail enjoy the flora, fauna of the beautiful Annapurna region and witness the culture and traditions passing along the high mountain settlements. ABC heli tour is a popular and luxury package, and allows experiencing the great Himalayas from a closer proximity. Majestic views of the mountains are on the list like Annapurna Himal, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna ll, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. The Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep from this glacier basin known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Further towards the south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley where Gurung settlements are located.
 
Initially the tour begins with arriving in Kathmandu then flying out to Pokhara the next day. After spending a day in Pokhara, the trek starts next day with driving to Nayapul and following the popular ABC trail. After few days of trek will reach the Annapurna Base Camp and spend a night then fly back to Kathmandu on a chartered helicopter. 

Trip Highlights

  • Witness spectacular mountain panorama of snow-capped peaks like Annapurna Himal, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna ll, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre
  • Visit the Annapurna Base Camp enjoying majestic view of Mt. Annapurna
  • Exciting trekking along gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers
  • Annapurna Conservation Area with varieties of floras and faunas 
  • Spectacular helicopter flight from ABC and back to Kathmandu
  • Discovering the local culture & traditions of the ethnic people

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m)

Day 03 : Drive to Nayapul (1100m) & trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 5-6 hrs

Day 04 : Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m) 4-5 hrs

Day 05 : Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06 : Dovan to Deurali (3230m) 4 hrs

Day 07 : Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 3-4 hrs

Day 08 : MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 2-3 hrs

Day 09 : Fly from ABC to Kathmandu

Day 10 : Final Departure

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara by tourist bus (Option: flight or private vehicle)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • Helicopter flight from ABC & back to Kathmandu.
  • Domestic Airport Tax.
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.
     

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
     

Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our next day’s travel plan by our company representative. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m)

We are all set to set off to the magical city of Pokhara today. We will either board a flight or drive to Pokhara in a private vehicle. The flight to Pokhara offers a great view of Himalayan range and mystical landscape of Nepal. If we drive to Pokhara we will have a great opportunity to discover the beautiful rivers, green forests, hills and magnificent Himalayas. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Pokhara by a private vehicle. Upon reaching Pokhara our representative will escort you to the hotel where you stay for the night. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Drive to Nayapul (1100m) & trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (trek start-up-point) and start trek towards Birethanti from where ascending up will reach Ghandruk. En-route enjoy majestic views of the great Himalayas passing along small villages like Chimrong, Syauli Bazaar, Chane. The trial then crosses a suspension bridge over Khumlu Khola and reaches Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community and offers superb close up views of Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. In Ghandruk, explore the Gurung museum to know more about rich Gurung culture and tradition. O/N Lodge.

Day 04 : Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m) 4-5 hrs

Enjoy the early morning sunrise from Ghandruk and leaving behind Ghandruk is climbing up for an hour to Ghandrukkot then descend to Kimron Khola. The trail then steeply ascends until reaching Chhomroung. On this way up to Chhomrong, enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna South and Fishtail. Chhomrong is a small but beautiful village located on the lap of Annapurna Massif. O/N Lodge.

Day 05 : Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) 5-6 hrs

The trail crosses Modi Khola then enters the wooded slopes of the Himalayas. It then crosses a suspension bridge and ascends to Sinuwa Danda. You will have to now cross a dense rhododendron forest to reach Khuldighar. Again involves crossing a deep bamboo and rhododendron forests along a stony slopes to reach Dovan. O/N Lodge.

Day 06 : Dovan to Deurali (3230m) 4 hrs

After breakfast, start the trek crossing a jungle from Dovan to Himalaya silently as there’s a temple in between the jungle so disturbance or big noise isn’t allowed. En-route you can spot many waterfalls on this route. After Himalaya, the trail moves ahead steeply up and reaches Hinku Lake. Deurali can be reached after 40 minutes of walk from Hinku Cave. O/N Lodge.

Day 07 : Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 3-4 hrs

Today the valley widens up and the vegetation thins up. The air becomes thinner as you are climbing to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The base camp offers great views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Machhapuchhre. O/N Lodge.

Day 08 : MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 2-3 hrs

After breakfast, commence trek towards the Annapurna Base Camp which takes about 3- hours. It’s better to start off early and before the clouds roll in. If it snows then the trail will be difficult to follow. The frozen dawn is best observed from the glacier moraine from your lodge. O/N Lodge.

Day 09 : Fly from ABC to Kathmandu

Early morning helicopter will ready to pick up you from ABC to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives will meet you then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure/free to explore around or do the last minute shopping. In the evening, we shall take for a farewell dinner at one of the authentic Nepali restaurant. O/N at Hotel.

Day 10 : Final Departure

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.
We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
 
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
 
Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
 
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
 
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
 
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 10 days ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter 
successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
 
The Trekking Group:
For the ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour Trekking for 1-4 people per chooper.
 
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your ABC Trek & Fly-Out by Helicopter tour successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
 
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
 
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
 
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
 
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
 
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
 
Responsible Travel:
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
 
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 10 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Best Season: August to May

Activities: Trekking, Flight over the Himalayas, Annapurna Base Camp visit

Max. Altitude: 4,130 meters (Annapurna Base Camp)

Transportation: Private vehicles & Heli-flight

Meals: All meal during the trek/Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara

Trip Type: Trekking, Helicopter & Sightseeing Tour

Group Size: 1-4 Person per chopper

Departure: Daily

Trek Starts/Ends: Nayapul/ABC

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