The best way to explore any place’s heart and soul is on foot. However, helicopter rides are a close second. Specially, if that “place” is a magical Himalayan paradise with fang-like mountains sprouting from every possible corner. Gone are the days when you had to trek for several weeks to reach the mountains and experience them from a very close distance. You still have the choice if you want, of course! Helicopter trips in Nepalese mountains are getting popular by the day. These trips give you a very rare and exclusive opportunity to marvel at the wonders of the Himalayans from the comfort of your chopper’s seat. Here we present the list of three best Heli tour experiences in Nepal Himalayans.
Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour
Annapurna is the most versatile of all the Himalayan regions in Nepal. And that is exactly how your Annapurna helicopter tour experience will be. With just a few stops and an adventurous landing at the very heart of Annapurna Base Camp, it is one of the best Himalayan helicopter experiences in the whole world. During the ride, you can have amazing views of the tenth highest peak on the earth, Annapurna 1 (8,091m). Other equally notable and beautiful magnificent peaks that you will see are: Annapurna III (7,555m), Ganggapurna (7,454m), Annapurna Aouth (7,219m), and LamjungHimal (6,983m). The list just goes on.
This epic journey begins from lake city of Pokhara. From there, the chopper will soon fly over the Annapurna Sanctuary and you can see the choppy rivers, lush hills, and serene lakes. After that, it will land at the Southern Annapurna Base Camp for a short period. From here, you can have surreal views of the aforementioned peaks, glaciers, and colourful tents of campers preparing for the expedition. Finally, you will be flown back to Pokhara once again via the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill. The highest elevation point of the whole journey is 4,130m at the base camp.
Everest Base Camp Heli Tour
Everest Base Camp is certainly the most popular trek in the Nepal. Naturally, helicopter ride to the Everest base camp is also the most popular amongst all, too. Everest region boasts of not one but three eight-thousanders. Thanks to chopper rides, now anyone of any age group and health status can make the journey of lifetime to the Everest region. During the ride you can have outlandish views of the Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153m), Mt. Pumori (7,165m), Mt. Lhotse (8,510m), Mt. Nuptse (7,864m), and the colossal Khumbu icefall.
The five-hour-long journey commences from Kathmandu’s international airport. As soon as your chopper leaves the ground, you can have beautiful views of the central peaks like Gauri Shankar, Jugal, and Langtang. The aircraft will then land at Lukla for a short refueling break during which you can explore the touristy town of Lukla. After that, your chopper will fly above the beautiful town of Namche Bazaar and few other villages to finally reach Everest Base Camp. After spending some time at the base camp, you will be flown back to Kathmandu via Lukla.
Langtang Valley Heli Tour
Langtang is also known as Nepal’s best-kept secret. Although just 30 kms away from the Kathmandu Valley, Langtang Valley is worlds apart. If you undertake Langtang helicopter tour, you can have the most beautiful and panoramic view of the entire valley, spectacular geographical diversity and unbeatable mountain views. The timespan of the ride is short but you will have the most amazing views of g Mt. Langtang (7,227m),Ganesh Himal, Lakpa Dorje, Yala Peak (5,520m), Naya Kanga (5,846m) and Mt. Gaurishankar(7,134m), including the Annapurna Himalayan range during the Langtang helicopter tour in Nepal.
The journey starts from Kathmandu’s international airport and will take you right into the heart of the Langtang valley. Even though the trip is short, you will get the chance to visit the local villages of the Tamangs, the holy Kyanjin Monastery, and the famous cheese factory. The trip is also alternatively known as Helambu Valley helicopter tour.