These helicopter tours are designed for those who do not have the time or those who have physical disabilities and constraints and age barriers to embark on challenging treks and hikes. However, such tours have become increasingly popular with all kinds of people and even if you have already been on such treks in the region, these tours provide an altogether different experience and offer a new perspective of some of the world’s most stunning aerial views.
Although Nepal has an average width of only 30 kilometers, it has an extremely diverse landscape within which comes the mountain, hilly and Terai ( plains ) regions; this promises spectacular views of eight of the world’s fourteen 8000 meter-plus peaks, countless 6000 meter plus peaks, deep Replica Rolex Masterpiece II gorges, glacial lakes and network of glacial-fuelled rivers and of course, the lush sub-tropical forests. The snowline begins at 5000 meters but lush sub-tropical forests can be seen at the foothills of the mountains encompassed in this narrow latitude. Thus, Nepaltours Helicopter tour package offers a diverse delight of terrain and eco-system that promises spectacular jagged mountains that touch the sky to the plateaus and deep valleys with lush wildlife infested forests. It is a breathtaking experience.
Two types of helicopters operate these tours; the Eurocopter with 5 seats excluding the pilot and the Russian made MI 17 that seats up to 22 passengers. These helicopters fly at an altitude of 16, 000 feet giving you stunning views and an experience of a lifetime.
At present, Himalayan Helicopter Tours are available in the following regions.
Everest Region: Known also as Khumbu region, Everest region is the home to the world’s tallest mountain. This section of the Himalayas range, which extends from the Indus River in the west to the Brahmaputra in the east, has the highest elevation in the entire range. It is also the most varied and the most rugged region in the entire Himalayan Mountains. As you fly over this region, you will see Everest, Lhotse, Choyu (these going over eight thousand), and other big and small peaks numbering to nearly 200 hundred. Besides, there are glaciers, glacial lakes, gorges, and riverheads flowing down through mountain slopes. Perfectly superb scenery indeed, you will say yourself.
Langtang Region: This region lies to the north of Kathmandu valley and Rasuwa district. The tallest peak of this range is Langtang Lirung (7245m). As you see through your window, the geographic variety will strike you the most. The Kathmandu will be a plain patch of land, turned into much of an eyesore because of concrete buildings. But immediately north, you will see mountains covered with thick forests. The mountain ridges that culminate in the snow-clad peaks will still be clad with thick subtropical vegetation in the low lying areas. Rivers and streams will be seen crisscrossing and flowing through mountain gorges, creating plateaus. In such a small area, it is hard to find this level of diversity in any other places of the earth.
Annapurna Region: Annapurna region lies in Manang district of Nepal. As you fly over this area, you will start seeing two parallel ranges of snow-covered peaks in the further west. The one in the south is the Greater Himalayan Range with the Annapurna range and the other range running in the north makes the natural border between Nepal and Tibet. The area between these two ranges, which starts in Manang and reaches all the way to the western border of Nepal, looks like a desert with barren hills and slopes. This is because the clouds are blocked by the Greater Himalayan range, thus forcing them to drain all the rain in the south of this range. As a result, the areas in the north fall under rain shadow, receiving scanty rainfall in the whole year.