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Annapurna Base Camp 10 Days Heli Return Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp 10 Days Heli Return Trek

Duration :   10 Days 9 Nights
The Price :   $1,499.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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Annapurna Base Camp 10 Days Heli Return Trek is a luxurious trip to the base camp (4130 m / 13550 ft) of Annapurna I. For those unaware, Annapurna I is the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8091 m / 26545 ft. Moreover, it is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The trip is thus a trek to a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. Moreover, this oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters and is surrounded by a ring of mountains. However, the only entrance here is a narrow valley between the peaks of Himchuli and Macchapucchre. The Sanctuary was therefore not penetrated by outsiders until 1956.

 

Annapurna Sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer.  The unique combination of heights and depths inside the sanctuary thus gives an insight into an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. Furthermore, the south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo. While the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate.

 

Nonetheless, the panoramic view of the sanctuary from the Annapurna Base Camp is breathtaking and never experienced like before. Due to the same, the number of trekkers to the Sanctuary has increased substantially. Additionally, it is because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This therefore adds restrictions on the number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing.

 

Moreover, during your journey you will also be experiencing a diverse range of flora and fauna. Additionally the travelers will also be exploring the ethnic Gurung cultures and their hospitality while visiting the famous Ghandruk village.

 

Added Luxury

The Annapurna Base Camp Luxury Trek contains an additional perk of helicopter ride back to Pokhara and two way return flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara. With the package you will be enjoying a five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well. Additionally you will also be provided with an attached bathroom and hot shower in the mountain guest house where available. The package is thus suitable for all adventure seekers with a limited span of time.

 

Trek Map

 

Annapurna Base Camp

 

Additional Information on Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek:

 

Booking Your Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Annapurna region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip. Or, you may as well pay the full amount of USD 1899 for solo travelers or USD 1499 per person (for two or more travelers) to confirm your trip. If you want to go for the booking option, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.

 

Booking Your International Flight:

For your 10 Days Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 10. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.

 

Packing for the Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight tickets, please share the details with us. Our airport representatives will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name ‘Cordial Trek’ and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can arrange accommodation for extra nights and add-on tours as well for additional cost and provide complimentary airport pickup.

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 3 to Day 7. The trip begins with a short (20 minutes) flight to Pokhara on Day 2. You’ll then take a jeep ride to Birethanti on Day 3 to commence the trek. Moreover, the travelers will reach Annapurna Base Camp on Day 7. During the trek, the travelers will take night halts in Ghandruk, Chomrong, Bamboo, Deurali and ABC. Expect to spend 6 Days and 5 nights completing the ABC trek.

 

Furthermore, the travelers will then take a helicopter ride back to Pokhara on Day 8. You’ll then fly back to Kathmandu on Day 9 and be transferred to your hotel.

 

Moreover, each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.

 

Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Helicopter Flight back to Pokhara

The Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek has a special perk of a 15 minutes helicopter ride back to Pokhara from ABC on Day 8. After the travelers experience their sunrise at ABC on day eight, a helicopter will escort them back to Pokhara Airport.

 

Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara:

In Kathmandu & Pokhara, you’ll stay in 5 Star Category Hotels with twin / double sharing beds.

 

Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options will be a mountain guest house with private bathroom and hot showers (where available). Some days (one or two nights) might have tea houses as your accommodation. Although basic, these tea houses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food during the trip:

In Kathmandu & Pokhara, your package includes breakfast only. They are typically served buffet-style. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trail.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

On your flight to Pokhara, the total baggage weight allowance is 25 kgs, combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Ensure you pack approximately 15-20 kilos in your checked bag and 5-10 kilos in your carry-on to stay within the 25-kilo limit. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu or Pokhara hotel for storage at no extra cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek to the Annapurna region and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 100 to 150 equivalent Nepali rupees for the same. Additionally, set aside another USD 100 to 150 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. You may also utilize the full 25 kgs if you are a solo traveler. Or you may hire a private porter for extra cost as well. Both guide and porter will be fully insured and well equipped with necessary items & first aid kit.

 

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek:

 

1. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

2. KTM-PKR-KTM domestic flight tickets

3. Helicopter ride from ABC to Pokhara on Day 8

4. Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara

5. Experience Gurung culture and traditions

6. Five Star accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara

7. Mountain Guest House with private bathroom & hot shower (where available)

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a five star hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide.

 

Accommodation: '5 Star' Hotel  

 

Meals: None

Day 2 : Fly to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On the second day of your trip, you will be taking a 30 min flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will then check into your hotel in Pokhara and explore the city for the day. The hotel will be your halt for the night.

 

Accommodation: '5 Star' Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 : Drive to Birethanti and Trek to Ghandruk (Max Altitude: 1940 m / 6364 ft)

Today you will be taking a one hour drive from Pokhara to Birethanti, the start point of your trek. You will then be trekking (5–6 hours) towards the beautiful village of Ghandruk via Syauli Bazaar and Kimche, a small village. The Ghandruk village provides you with an insight of the traditional Gurung cultures and their hospitality.

 

On your way, you will be passing through various scenic trails including waterfalls, spectacular views of the mountain ranges including Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli among others. A Guest House in Ghandruk will be your night halt.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrong (Max Altitude: 2170 m / 7119 ft)

Today you will be trekking to Chomrong village, a modern Gurung village via Gurjung village and Kimrung Hill. The journey will take you through a 4-5 hour hike. The trek passes through a scenic view of traditional farming and a dense forest. You will be witnessing a majestic view of the mountains including Mt. Annapurna III, a close up view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (The Holy Fishtail Mountain) among others. A Guest House in Chomrong will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Bamboo (Max Altitude: 2310 m / 7578 ft)

On day five you will be taking a 5-6 hours hike from Chomrong to Bamboo via Sinuwa, a small Gurung village. Today you will be passing through another dense forest while exploring many wild floras and faunas on the way. Bamboo Guest House will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (Max Altitude: 3230 m / 10597 ft)

On day six you will be taking a 5-6 hours hike from Bamboo to Deurali via Himalaya, a small settlement with tea houses. Today you will be yet again passing through a dense forest while exploring many waterfalls on the way. A Deurali Guest House will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (Max Altitude: 4130 m / 13549 ft)

On day seven you will be arriving at your destination, the ‘Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)’ via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). On your journey you will be passing through MBC valley, an experience like never before. The journey from Deurali to ABC takes you 5-6 hours. Tea Houses at Annapurna Base Camp itself will be your night halt for the day. The place is famous for its mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Mountain Range with an amazing view of the sunset towards west.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Take a Helicopter ride back to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On day eight, you will be witnessing a spectacular view of sunrise and a delicious breakfast in the early morning. You will then be taking a scenic Helicopter ride back to Pokhara. A five star hotel in Pokhara will be your halt for the night.

 

Accommodation: '5 Star' Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 : Fly back to Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On day nine you will be boarding a 30 min flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening you will be served with a ‘Nepali’ farewell dinner and a cultural program. A five star hotel in Kathmandu will be your halt for the night.

 

Accommodation: '5 Star' Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 : Final Departure

On day ten you will be awarded with a ‘Trip Certificate’ and bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the airport three hours before your final departure.

 

Optional: You might also book any other new trip with us.

 

Meals: Breakfast

F.A.Q

How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

Every traveler is allowed up to 15 kilograms / 33 pounds of luggage during all of their domestic flights over mountainous regions in Nepal. A traveler is however allowed to carry a total of 30 kilograms / 66 pounds of luggage during their domestic flights elsewhere in Nepal.  

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. We will make preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and ACAP) required for your Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek.

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge will be applied.

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.

 

During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.

 

For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a comparatively challenging trek as it includes high altitude (4130m) hikes. However many successful attempts have been made by children less than 12 years of age and elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 

 

Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.

 

2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)

 

3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle

 

7.  A sunscreen 

 

8.  A sunglass

 

9.  A headlamp for night use

 

10.  Your toiletries

What's Included

  • 5 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 5 Star Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • Domestic Flights
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Hot Shower
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Private Vehicle
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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