Our blog is called Kraft Adventures Blog and this experience definitely was an adventure! We had the opportunity to take a helicopter ride to the Annapurna base camp in the Himalayas of Nepal!
The idea was sprung on us with short notice, and if you know me, you know that I like to plan things. But when I heard about this opportunity, I did not hesitate in wanting to go. We were in Pokhara with two of our friends who were visiting Nepal. They came up with this idea of taking a helicopter ride and it was a much better deal for four people to go than just two. Within a few minutes we had decided that, yes, we wanted to go too!
The day arrived for our ride and I was full of excitement! I had been in a helicopter once before, so I had some idea of what to expect. Before getting in, they had to weigh all of us and our bags and they determined that our two friends needed to be dropped off at the base camp before the Annapurna base camp, and then we would go the whole way and the pilot would go back and get them after dropping us off. None of us are exceptionally large, so this shocked us a bit, but then we remembered that we would be going all the way to about 13,000 feet and it made a little more sense.
Flying over Pokhara was really amazing. The city is a lot bigger than I ever realized! And we just kept seeing houses and houses throughout the foothills.
The mountains were slightly covered with clouds when we left and when we got to the point where we could see the mountains clearly it was truly breathtaking. God is an amazing artist. His creation never ceases to amaze me. “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.” – Psalm 95:3-4.
We felt like celebrities coming into the base camp because so many people were waving at us and taking our pictures! Most people get to the base camp by hiking, so a helicopter is a special way to get there.
Once we got there we enjoyed a delicious breakfast with milk tea, a common drink in Nepal. It was a lot colder at the base camp than in Pokhara and I should have brought another jacket! After breakfast we just had a little time to walk around and take pictures. Our pilot told us the clouds were moving in and we needed to leave quickly. It was a little disappointing that we didn’t have more time to stay at the base camp, but I was thankful that we made it back to Pokhara and didn’t get stuck there. That would have been a cold overnight experience!
Overall the experience was truly amazing and it is still hard to believe that I actually got to do that. To see the video I made of the trip click here. It was definitely my type of “trekking” into the Himalayas. It was an experience I will never forget.