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Heli Tour to Annapurna Base Camp

Heli Tour to Annapurna Base Camp
Heli Tour to ABC from Kathmandu is a great way to witness the cultural and historical Kathmandu city and attend the base camp of one of the mighty mountains in the Annapurna region, Mt. Annapurna. The program is ideal for all age groups and combines the sightseeing and going along an adventure trip to the Annapurna Base Camp. Kathmandu explodes with many cultural, religious and historical temples, shrines and monasteries. Nepal prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites are inside the Kathmandu Valley such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath – Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa. The helicopter tour offers a scenic flight over the Himalayas witnessing some of the greatest Himalayan chains like Mt. Annapurna including Mt. Fishtail ‘Machhapuchhre’, Hiunchuli etc and also attending the base camp of Mt. Annapurna. Helicopter tour also cuts off the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp which almost takes a week to reach the base camp, and onboard helicopter bound for the base camp you will be at the foot of Mt. Annapurna in a matter of hours then fly back to Kathmandu.
 
The tour begins with arrival in Kathmandu and rest for the day to join in the next big day for a helicopter flight to the Annapurna base camp.  On the second day, the flight takes off from the Kathmandu airport to one of the popular Himalayan vantage-point ‘Poon hill’. Some spectacular panorama of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal comes in view en-route, passing along the Marshyangdi River and Begnas & Rupa lakes. After a brief stop at the Poon hill, the helicopter flies to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and after spending some time at the base camp, fly to Kathmandu then transfer back to your hotel.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness spectacular views of the mid western Himalayas from Annapurna-Dhaulagiri to Manaslu range
  • Enjoy scenic helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Poon hill & Annapurna Base Camp
  • Enjoy guided Kathmandu city tour with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit Poon hill- the popular Himalayan vantage-point in the Annapurna region

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02 : Early morning helicopter fly to Poon hill & Annapurna base camp & back to Kathmandu

Day 03 : Extra day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing tour)

Day 04 : Drive to Airport for your Final Departure

What is Included

  • Airport transfer as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Heli-tour to Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips

Day 01 : Arrival at 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 : Early morning helicopter fly to Poon hill & Annapurna base camp & back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, pick up from your hotel and drive to the Tribhuvan Airport (Domestic). Board the helicopter and fly towards Poon hill ‘the popular Himalayan vantage-point’. Enjoy spectacular panorama of the snow-capped peaks from Poon hill then fly to Annapurna Base Camp. Spent some time at the base camp then fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to your hotel. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Extra day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing tour)

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel

Day 04 : Drive to Airport for your 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 Heli-Tour to ABC from Kathmandu. 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 Heli-Tour to ABC from Kathmandu, 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
 
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.

How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What should I wear?
Light, loose garments are recommended in spring (March, April and May) and summer (june, July, August), while woolens and jackets or similar warm clothing’s are required from November to February.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What health precautions need to be taken?
Make sure to use only boiled or bottled water and avoid raw vegetables and fruits as far as possible until you get assured.

What is the time difference in Nepal?
Nepal time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 04 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Best Season: August to May

Activities: Flight over the Himalayas, Annapurna Base Camp visit

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

Transportation: Private vehicles & Heli-flight

Meals: Breakfast Included

Trip Type: Helicopter & Sightseeing Tour

Group Size: 1-4 Person per chopper

Departure: Daily

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

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