Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek is an itinerary package so made that you get to trek to the Base Camp of Mount Annapurna where mountaineers make preparation to scale the 8000 plus meter peak and then to fly back by helicopter, getting an aerial view of not only Mount Annapurna but also other surrounding snow-capped ranges.
This trek in which you fly out from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) take you to the destination of the base camp where mountaineers make preparations to scale the 8000 plus mountain, said to be more difficult than Mount Everest to climb. On the way, you are hike daily to places of astonishing wonders such as Poonhill to catch the sun rising over the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare and other Himalayan peaks in the Annapurna range. In addition to stopping off at Tadapani where some of the finest hot springs sprout out to bathe your tired muscles. In all addition to all this, you pass through some of the best forest and landscape that this Himalayan region has to offer. On the trek, you also pass through another base camp known as Machhapuchhare Base camp before you hit the final destination. The daily hikes also let you into the finest flora and fauna that the Annapurna region has to offer. When all is finally said and done at ABC, you are flown back to Pokhara while getting some of the best aerial views of the different Annapurna peaks and ranges along with other Mount peaks covered with snow the year round.
There is much that you can gain by taking this short trip so much that you would like to try out some longer trips in the Annapurna trekking region or other treks in Nepal. The first being that you get to the base camp of Annapurna, where mountaineers make preparations to scale the most difficult mountain to climb in Nepal. The next, you get to hike daily while taking the scintillating views of the different ranges of Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna and others. Then there is the Poonhill that you climb to get an early morning view of the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains giving you are mesmerizing fairy tale sense of it with the surroundings. Yet, again, there are the hot springs of Tadapani that with its mineral enriched contains gives you a rejuvenating bath. Last but not the least, the flora and fauna along with the villages that you pass through bring out thoughts of rural living while hold culture and tradition to their hearts. Finally, it is the ride back by helicopter which gives you some of the best views of the Annapurna and other Himalayans ranges from above. So much so that when you return, that you will feel rejuvenated from just having done a trek in such a pristine welcoming unpolluted terrain.
Where do we stay while on ABC heli trek?
When you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will always be lodged at a three-star hotel. While on the trek, you are accommodated at the best lodges and guesthouse the different nightly humble destinations have to offer. All of them, are on twin sharing bases with attached toilets as far as possible but when you come closer to the Higher the toilets well be common. As for the food, you get both western and Nepali for. You can choose as you please. But as a bit of advice, it would be better to try out the Nepalese food as the food is the best suit with vegetables from the surrounding areas. On the way, while hiking you would stop at what is known as tea houses which also serve meals.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (25 min) and Trek Thike Dhunga (1495m) (5 hr hike)
Day 3: Thike Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m) (7 hr Hike)
Day 4: Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and onto Tadapani (2500m) (6 hr hike)
Day 5: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m) (6 hr hike)
Day 6: Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m) (6 hr hike)
Day 7: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m) (5 hr hike)
Day 8: ABC to Pokhar (by Helicopter) and then Kathmandu
Day 9: Transfer to airport for your onward destination