Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter from Pokhara takes you on a Himalayan adventure that you will cherish forever. Within 8 days you will trek to Annapurna Region’s pride and crowning jewel, the Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Base Camp and return via helicopter.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Helicopter Trek from Pokhara trail to the sacred glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary remains undisturbed by road construction. Enjoy 360-degree views of the Annapurna Range from Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill during your short Annapurna Sanctuary Heli Trek.
En-route immerse yourself in Gurung culture at Gurung villages. Experience nature at her best while walking through a beautiful trail filled with terraced fields, rhododendron forests, waterfalls and streams.
The return flight via helicopter will not only save you time but will give you an aerial perspective of this beautiful trekking region of Nepal.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter Route
Your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter from Pokhara starts with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Hile. Tread on neatly sculpted stone steps winding up a green hill till you reach Ulleri. From Ulleri your ascent takes you to Ghorepani, an ancient pit stop for caravans travelling along the age old Tibet-Nepal salt trade route. Ghorepani means ‘horse water’ in Nepali and this settlement was a place where the horsemen and merchants stopped to quench the thirst of their horses.
Poon Hill, the most popular viewpoint in the Annapurna Region, lies right above Ghorepani and you hike to this viewpoint to enjoy a magical Himalayan sunrise. Savor 360-degree views of the Annapurna range from here as well as from Machhapucchre Base Camp.
En-route to Annapurna Base Camp, you cross Gurung villages of Chhomrong and Deurali. Your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter trek ends at Annapurna Base Camp from where you enter Annapurna Sanctuary, a spectacular glacial basin surrounded on all sides by the magnificent Annapurna Massif.
After taking in the awe-inspiring views of the soaring peaks, you return to the lakeside city of Pokhara via helicopter. The helicopter ride above the glorious Annapurna scenery serves as a fitting finale to your memorable trekking adventure.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter Difficulty
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter from Pokhara is graded easy to moderate.
Trekkers with some hiking experience and beginners who are reasonably healthy and enjoy hill walking can do this trek. The highest point reached is Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m.
Maximum time spent walking is 6 hours and minimum 3 hours. On average, each day’s walk will be of around 5 hours.
The helicopter ride (flown by an experienced pilot) to Pokhara will only take around 15 minutes.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Returns Helicopter Itinerary
Drive from Pokhara to Hile (1,480m/4,855ft) – Trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,463ft)
Duration: 2:30 hours (52 km) drive, 3-4 hours (4 km) trek
Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (9 km) trek
Visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft)
Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (9.5 km) trek
Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,119ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (7 km) trek
Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (8.5 km) trek
Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (8 km) trek
Fly Back by Helicopter from Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft)
Duration: 15 Minutes