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Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Heli - 5 Days

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  • Duration 5 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Destination Annapurna Base Camp
  • Starts at Pokhara
  • Ends at Pokhara
  • Max. Altitude 4130m
  • Trip Type Trek and Helicopter Tour
  • Transport By Private vehicle, by Helicopter
  • Accommodation Hotel or Lodge


  • Easy online booking system
  • The best guaranteed service and price 
  • Professional guide with fluent english  
  • Breathtaking mountain views
  • Annapurna base camp
  • A scenic helicopter ride from base camp

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a helicopter return is an exciting trip that combines the trekking beauty of the Himalayas with modern convenience via helicopter. The trek takes 5 days to complete and offers incredible views of peaks like Annapurna and Machapuchare.

The Annapurna Base Camp 5 day trek route passes lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields as it slowly climbs to the Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). The trail's moderate level of difficulty makes it accessible to trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness, and it provides a glimpse of the region's rich cultural heritage as you pass through Gurung and Magar communities.

The 5 days Annapurna Heli Return Trek is suitable for all those trekkers who want to explore the Annapurna region in a short period of time and want to experience the aerial view via helicopter ride.

The Annapurna helicopter return trek route starts from Pokhara and takes you to base camp, passing through many famous places like Jhinu, Bamboo, and  Deurali. After enjoying the beautiful views of the surrounding peaks from the base camp, you will return  to Pokhara via heli ride. The helicopter ride offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Himchuli, and other peaks.

At Nepal Trek Adventure, your safety and comfort during the trek are our top priorities. Our team of experienced guides, who know the region well, will be with you every step of the way. They'll share local insights and ensure you have a rewarding experience. 

Also, this 5 days trek includes a helicopter ride back, which offers a unique view of the landscape and saves you time on your way down. Don't let this incredible opportunity slip away; secure your spot for the ABC Trek with a helicopter return today and create memories that will stay with you forever.


  • Scenic helicopter ride back, offering a unique perspective of the landscape.
  • Breathtaking views of famous peaks like Machapuchare and Annapurna Massif.
  • Trek through charming villages, lush rhododendron forests, and terraced fields.
  • Insights into local culture and traditions from knowledgeable guides.
  • Reach the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).
  • Immersive trek and tour experience in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Opportunity to create lasting memories and connect with nature.
  • A chance to witness the beauty and magic of the Annapurna region both by air and land.

Best season to do Annapurna Flyout Trek

The best time to do the Annapurna Flyout Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). In spring, the weather gets warmer, and the rhododendron flowers bloom, making the landscapes colorful and vibrant. During autumn, the skies are clear, and the temperatures are just right for trekking. These seasons offer the most comfortable weather and the clearest views of the stunning mountains, making your Annapurna Flyout Trek an unforgettable adventure.

Annapurna 5 Days Trek Route 

The Annapurna 5-Day Trek takes you on an exciting journey starting from Pokhara. You'll pass through beautiful places like Jhinu, Bamboo, and Deurali before reaching the magnificent Annapurna Base Camp. The trek offers a mix of lush forests, charming villages, and stunning mountain landscapes. And the best part? After reaching the base camp, a helicopter ride will bring you back to Pokhara, giving you a bird's-eye view of the amazing route you've conquered. It's an adventure that combines nature's beauty with the thrill of a helicopter ride, all in just five memorable days.

Note: If you wish to begin or end your trek in Kathmandu, you must inform us in advance. You will need one or two extra days and must also inform us of your mode of transportation if you are starting your trek from Kathmandu.

Transportation Options for Annapurna Heli Return Trek from Kathmandu

Our Annapurna base camp 5 days trek officially starts from Pokhara. If you are intending to start your trek from Kathmandu, you can take an early flight or road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara. And then you can continue your trek. If you want to end the trek in Kathmandu, then the heli will take you back as per your preference.

Trip Type 


Cost (USD)

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Flight

Enjoy Short trip at a reasonable price 

Around $120

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus

Enjoy a road trip with one day spare

Around $25 per person  

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Private Car

Travel in comfort with a private car

Around $130

Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter Cost

The Helicopter Return Trek to Annapurna Base Camp costs only $1195 with Nepal trek Adventure for the years 2023 and 2024. Imagine walking through stunning places and reaching the amazing Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters high. And the best part? After your trek, a helicopter ride will fly you back, letting you see everything from high up in the sky. 

With Nepal Trek Adventure, you'll have a comfy place to stay, delicious meals, and all the permits you need, so you won't have to worry about a thing. Our expert guides will be there to keep you safe and tell you cool things about the local culture. Get ready for an awesome adventure in the Himalayas!

Why Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Return Trek with us?

  • Simple and safe online booking system.
  • Trip postponement services with flexible itineraries
  • Packages that include transportation (private or public vehicle, as requested by the client)
  • Certified NTA Trek Guide with fluent English
  • Knowledge about local culture from our guides.
  • A more personalized experience.
  • Iconic peaks like Annapurna ranges and Machapuchare.
  • Saves time and unique aerial views.
  • Includes accommodation, meals, permits, and helicopter return
  • Unforgettable memories on this remarkable journey.

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    You will begin your heli return trek with an early morning drive from Pokhara to Kumi via Nayapul. If you are starting your trek from Kathmandu, then you will take a flight/private vehicle and continue the trek as per your regular itinerary.

    The drive itself offers beautiful glimpses of the countryside and the lush landscapes of the region. Upon reaching Kumi, the trekking adventure officially begins. You'll trek through charming villages, crossing suspension bridges over the Modi River, and gradually ascending towards Jhinu Danda.

    The route leads through terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and a mix of ethnic settlements, allowing you to experience the local culture. As you arrive at Jhinu, the natural hot springs provide a refreshing and relaxing opportunity to soothe your muscles after the day's trek. The scenic backdrop of the surrounding hills and the sound of the rushing river create a serene environment, making it a perfect end to your first day on the trail.

    Note: If you are willing to start your trek from Kathmandu, then you need to take a flight or road trip to Pokhara. This transportation cost will be added to your trip. For example, you have to pay both the trek cost and the transportation cost.

    • Flight distance: 25 minutes (from Kathmandu to Pokhara)
    • Driving time: 3 hours
    • Walking time: 3/4 hours
    • Altitude: 2,170m 
    • Total Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers
    • Difficulty level: easy to moderate

    Main attractions for the day:  Modi River, Jhinu Dada, glacial river, Gurung village,Scenic drive, passing through picturesque villages, reaching natural hot springs at Jhinu.

      On the second day of your Annapurna base camp helicopter return trek, you'll leave Jhinu and head towards Bamboo. The trail takes you through a verdant landscape, passing through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo. Along the way, you'll encounter picturesque waterfalls that cascade down the hillsides. Crossing the Modi Khola River over suspension bridges adds a touch of adventure. As you approach Bamboo, the scenery transitions to a more alpine environment. Keep an eye out for glimpses of the majestic Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak in the distance. Bamboo, a cozy settlement nestled amidst the greenery, is where you'll rest for the night.

      • Walking time:  6/7 hours
      • Altitude: 2,310
      • Total Distance: Approximately 10 kilometers
      • Difficulty level: moderate  
      • Highlights of the Day: Lush forest trails, beautiful waterfalls, crossing the Modi Khola River.

        You will begin your day by leaving Bamboo behind and heading on a scenic trek to Deurali. The trail takes you through a captivating landscape of dense forests, featuring a variety of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak trees. As you steadily ascend, you'll experience a change in vegetation, transitioning from the subtropical forests to the alpine surroundings. Keep an eye out for glimpses of the Himalayan wildlife that inhabits these regions.

        The journey includes several uphill sections, but the gradual gradient makes it a manageable hike. En route, you'll cross a few clearings that provide stunning views of the surrounding valleys and the Annapurna mountain range in the distance. Upon reaching Deurali, you'll find yourself nestled amidst the mountains, with a serene atmosphere and fresh mountain air. Deurali offers a sense of tranquility that's perfect for unwinding and preparing for the next day's adventure.

        • Walking time: 6 to 7 hours 
        • Altitude: 3200m 
        • Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers
        • Difficulty level: moderate 
        • Highlights of the Day: Lush forest trails, gradual ascent, passing through Himalayan vegetation zones.

          Today is the most important day of your trek because you are going to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The path goes through lush forests of rhododendron and bamboo as it slowly climbs through alpine terrain. As you climb higher, the scenery changes into a rough, rocky place. You will have incredible views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail).

          On the last part of the trail to Annapurna Base Camp, there is a stunning amphitheater of tall hills. The huge glacial basin is bordered by Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and several other Himalayan giants. When you reach the base camp, which is about 4,130 meters above sea level, you feel like you've done a lot. This tough hike is well worth it because of the beautiful views and quiet atmosphere.

          In the evening, you will stay at Annapurna base camp and ret for the day.

          • Walking time: 8 to 9 hours
          • Altitude: 4130m
          • Total Distance: Approximately 10 kilometers
          • Difficulty level: moderate
          • Highlights of the Day: Spectacular mountain vistas, reaching the base camp, panoramic views of Annapurna Massif.
          • Mountains viewed: Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III, including Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) at 6,790 m, stretch up towards Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) and Fluted Peak or Singu Chuli.

            On this day, you'll bid farewell to the magnificent Annapurna Base Camp and prepare for an memorable helicopter ride back to Pokhara. As you take off, your eyes will be treated to sweeping vistas of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, showcasing their snow-capped peaks and rugged beauty. 

            The short duration of the helicopter ride is packed with awe-inspiring scenes that encapsulate the essence of the trekking experience. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, you'll have the opportunity to reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken and relish in the memories of the trek.

            Note: If you want to end your trip in Kathmandu, then you can have direct joining flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Otherwise, you can have some break in Pokhara for lunch or rest, and continue your flight to Kathmandu.

            • Flight time: 20 minutes (ABC to Pokhara) and 30 minutes (Pokhara to Kathmandu)
            • Altitude: 1400m  
            • Difficulty level: easy 
            • Highlights of the Day: Breathtaking aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and smooth helicopter ride back to Pokhara, offering a different perspective of the landscape

            Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

            What's Included

            • Airport pickups upon your arrival and a drop off at the end of your trip
            • Helicopter flight from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara
            • Trekkers' information management system. (TIMS Card)
            • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit. (ACAP Permit)
            • All needed ground transportation by private car/vehicles to trekking starting/ending points as per itinerary
            • Trekking Map
            • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
            • Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu
            • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
            • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
            • An experienced licensed holder guide and needed number of porters as per your group size
            • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team) 
            • Foods, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters

            What's Excluded

            • Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum. 
            • Both way domestic flight or any mode of transportation (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu)
            • Nepal entry visa fees
            • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
            • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
            • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
            • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
            Availability & Private Trip
            Select a Trip DateSmall Group Departure
            Start DateStart: TuesdayDec 12, 2023End DateEnd: SaturdayDec 16, 2023PricePriceUS $1195StatusStatusGuaranteed
            Start DateStart: FridayDec 15, 2023End DateEnd: TuesdayDec 19, 2023PricePriceUS $1195StatusStatusGuaranteed
            Pick Your Suitable Date

            We operate a trip for a single person too but since it's regarding a Helicopter trip, you will not be able to apply for booking for a single person for your own date. The minimum cost of this trip is USD 2200 per person even if you want to book a trip for an individual.

            Book a Private Trip
            Private & Group Discount Price
            1 pax
            2 pax
            3 - 5 pax
            6 - 10 pax
            1 Travelers x US $2200TotalUS $2200(No additional taxes or booking fees)

            Annapurna Base Camp 5 Days Trek difficulty 

            The Annapurna 5 Days Trek is moderately difficult, but it's doable for most people who are reasonably fit. You'll be walking through different kinds of terrain, like villages, forests, and fields. Some parts might be steep, so it's good to be prepared. The altitude increases as you go, so you might feel a bit out of breath at times. But don't worry, our guides are there to help and make sure you have a safe and enjoyable journey. Just take your time, enjoy the scenery, and you'll make it to the beautiful Annapurna Base Camp!

            Annapurna Base Camp 5 Day Trek: Accommodation

            During  the 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return , you'll have a comfortable place to stay each night. Accommodation is taken care of, so you can rest well after each day of trekking. You'll stay in cozy lodges along the way, where you can relax, enjoy warm meals, and get a good night's sleep. These lodges are designed to make you feel at home while you're surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Himalayas. So, you don't need to worry about finding a place to stay; everything is arranged for your comfort during this amazing journey.

            Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek: Food

            During the Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek, you will have delicious food that will keep you full and energetic. The trekking team makes sure to serve a wide range of meals, both local and from other countries. For breakfast, people might eat warm porridge, eggs, and bread. For lunch and dinner, they might eat rice, noodles, veggies, and sometimes meat. You will also have snacks like veggies, nuts, and energy bars available to keep your energy up. Dining in the beautiful Himalayas adds to the excitement, making your trek both a treat for your taste buds and your eyes.

            Annapurna Flyout Trek: Travel Insurance

            When planning for this heli retuen trek, it's essential to consider travel insurance. Travel insurance is like a safety net that helps protect you from unexpected situations. It can cover things like trip cancellations due to unforeseen events, medical emergencies during the trek, or even lost baggage. Having travel insurance ensures that you're financially prepared and well taken care of in case anything goes wrong during your journey. It's a smart choice to make your Annapurna Base Camp 5-day trek experience not only unforgettable but also worry-free.

            Annapurna Base camp 5 Day Trek: Permits 

            To do this Annapurna helicopter return trek, you'll need a few permits. The main permit required is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which allows entry into the conservation area to preserve its natural beauty. Also, you'll need a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card that helps track trekkers' activities and ensure their safety. These permits are essential to ensure a smooth and regulated trekking experience as you Explore the stunning Annapurna Base Camp and its surroundings before returning by helicopter, taking in even more of the spectacular mountain vistas.

             Packing Lists

            • Clothing: Dress in layers for changing weather conditions.

              • Warm base layers

              • Insulated jacket

              • Waterproof outer layer

              • Trekking pants

              • T-shirts

              • Fleece or wool sweater

              • Sun hat and beanie

              • Gloves and mittens

            • Footwear:

              • Sturdy trekking boots

              • Extra pair of comfortable hiking socks

              • Sandals for relaxing at the camp

            • Accessories:

              • Sunglasses with UV protection

              • Sunscreen and lip balm

              • Trekking poles

              • Headlamp with extra batteries

              • Quick-drying towel

              • Personal first aid kit

            • Gear:

              • Backpack or daypack

              • Sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperatures

              • Water bottles and purification tablets

              • Snacks and energy bars

              • Camera or binoculars for capturing the breathtaking views

            • Personal Items:

              • Valid passport and necessary permits

              • Cash in local currency

              • Personal toiletries

              • Prescription medications if needed

            • Miscellaneous:

              • Travel insurance

              • Portable charger or power bank

              • Trail map and guidebook

            Important Tips For 5-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

            Some significant tips for the Annapurna Base Camp 5-Day Trek are:

            • Watch out for the atmosphere. Before you leave for trekking, make sure you have an atmosphere update.
            • Carry the required things according to the atmospheric conditions of the spot.
            • Go easy. Move gradually and don't rush. You may hurt yourself when moving rapidly.
            • Keep hydrating yourself by drinking water normally. Make an effort not to drink unnecessarily while trekking.
            • Manage your belongings.
            • Make sure to bring a safety and medicinal guide pack.
            • Take rain gear away from the possibility that you trek in monsoon season.
            • Book early if you need to trek to Annapurna Base Camp in the peak seasons.
            • Take little breaks when trekking for refreshment
            Frequently Asked Questions
            • Q1. What is the Annapurna Base Camp trek with helicopter return?

              The Annapurna Base Camp trek with helicopter return is a trekking option that combines the adventure of trekking to the stunning Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal with the convenience of a helicopter ride back to the starting point or nearby city. It offers an alternative to the traditional round-trip trekking route.

            • The duration of the trek can vary, but it usually takes 5 days to complete the trek. The helicopter return shortens the return journey significantly, reducing it to a few hours.

            • We frequently include the helicopter return as part of a package. However, it's important to clarify this with the trekking agency beforehand, as some packages might offer it as an optional add-on or require an additional fee.

            • The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, passing through diverse landscapes including lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Notable viewpoints include Poon Hill and Machapuchare Base Camp, each offering panoramic vistas.

            • Altitude sickness is a problem, especially at higher altitudes. To avoid this, it's important to get used to the altitude, stay hydrated, move slowly, and watch out for signs of altitude sickness. Most of the time, we build recovery days into their plans.

            • The best time is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

            • Yes, you'll need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. We typically arrange for these permits.

            • You'll need warm clothing layers, waterproof and windproof outerwear, sturdy trekking boots, sunglasses, sunscreen, a good backpack, a sleeping bag suitable for the temperatures, and a variety of other trekking essentials.

            • While prior trekking experience can be beneficial, the Annapurna base camp heli trek is suitable for beginners as well. Physical fitness and mental preparation are key factors.

            • There are generally no strict age restrictions, but a reasonable level of physical fitness is necessary. It's advisable to consult a medical professional before doing the trek, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.

            • We typically arrange for the helicopter ride back. We coordinate the timing, departure, and logistics of the helicopter ride to ensure a smooth return.

            • Our company typically plans meals and accommodations in advance. They arrange for teahouse lodges along the route and provide meals during the trek.

            • Yes, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local villagers, experience their culture, and witness their way of life. The trek passes through various ethnic communities, offering a glimpse into the local traditions.

            • We prioritize your safety. Therefore, we provide experienced guides, porters, and first aid kits. Helicopter flights comply to aviation safety standards. It's important to follow the advice of your guides and be aware of weather conditions.

            What Our Clients Say
            • M
              Martin WillUnited States,May 14, 2023

              Annapurna Base Camp Heli Return Trek-5 days

              As a solo traveler, I was looking for an adventure that would allow me to explore the beauty of the Himalayas, and that's when I found out about the Annapurna base camp heli return trek. I joined a group organized by NTA and started the trek from Nayapul. It was a challenging but rewarding experience, with stunning mountain views that made every step worth it. The group was great, and we had fun bonding with each other during the trek. On the last day, we returned to Pokhara via helicopter, which was an amazing way to end the journey. I'm so glad I took this trek and grateful to NTA for organizing it.

            • J
              Jenifer OwenUnited States,May 09, 2023

              Annapurna base camp heli return trek

              When I was planning my solo trip to the mountains, I knew I wanted to do a trek, but I didn't have enough time for a long one. That's when I stumbled upon the Annapurna base camp heli return trek recommended by NTA. It was a 5-day trek that would allow me to experience the beauty of the mountains without taking too much time away from my schedule.

              I joined a group of fellow trekkers and we started our journey from Nayapul. The trek was challenging, but the stunning views of the mountains made it worth it. It was great to meet new people and share the experience with them. We laughed, talked, and enjoyed each other's company as we hiked towards the Annapurna base camp.

              On the last day, we returned to Pokhara via helicopter, and the aerial view of the mountains was simply breathtaking. It was the perfect end to an amazing trek. I am so grateful to NTA for suggesting this trek and giving me the opportunity to meet new people and experience the beauty of the mountains.


            Why travel with Nepal Trek Adventure?

            Nepal Trek Adventure and Expedition is one of the best local travel companies based in Kathmandu with leading adventures.

            • Expert Guides
              Expert Guides

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            • Top-notch Customer Service
              Top-notch Customer Service

              Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, from personalized trip planning to attentive support throughout your journey.

            • Flexibility

              We understand that travel plans can change, which is why we offer flexible itineraries and customizable tours to meet your specific needs and preferences.

            • Unmatched Value
              Unmatched Value

              We strive to provide the best value for your money, with competitive pricing and transparent, all-inclusive pricing that eliminates hidden fees.


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