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Himalayan Heli Adventures

Himalayan Heli Adventures has been in operation since 1990 and offers guided heli skiing in some of world's most spectacular and exciting skiing terrain (in the Himalayas) with exceptional quality powder snow.

The location at approximately 34° N latitude, provides for long days, and a variety of exposures allows HHA to ski both with or against the sun. The altitude allows much greater “back radiation” than other areas, which creates excellent re-crystallised powder. Manali is known for having one of the deepest snowpacks in the entire Himalaya, and due to the continental climate, snowfalls tend to be of low moisture content. As an added bonus, the potential is vast for terrific, spring corn-snow skiing!

While the Manali region is generally blessed with excellent weather, HHA must stress that they operate in a wilderness environment, and that guests will be skiing in wilderness conditions. Most of the time, the skiing is very good, but conditions can change quickly, and you may encounter some difficult or poor skiing. HHA guides will attempt to find the best snow possible, but you must be prepared to accept whatever nature delivers!

In 1983, Australian climber Roddy Mackenzie was caught by an early winter storm while climbing a peak near Manali. He was amazed at the amount of snow that fell. With a little investigation it became obvious that if the right ingredients were put together, the Manali area could be the best heli-skiing terrain on earth.

After years of survey work, and with the generous help of the state government, HHA brought the first civilian helicopter all the way from Switzerland to the Valley of the Gods. The skiing was superb, and it still is. Since then, the company has grown to be a state-of-the-art heli-skiing operation catering to any level of skiing ability. Guests come from all over the world to experience the wonders of the Himalaya. No one leaves unimpressed. No comparison with ranges outside Asia can convey the natural grandeur of the mountains in our skiing area. Speaking from personal experience, Roddy says that from certain places in our operating area the view is as grand as that from the summit of Mt. Everest; however, as a HHA guest, you can save yourself a long walk (and a fair bit of nervous energy)!

Safety is HHA's number 1 priority. All packages run small groups (max 4 guests per guide) with highly qualified guides. The helicopters used are powerful Eurocopter AS350 B3 and/or Bell-407 helicopters supplied by well known Indian aviation companies. Pilots are highly skilled Swiss pilots specialising in mountain flying and the aircraft are maintained by Swiss engineers. Emergency back-up support is available ex operations base. All of this combined makes them one of the safest heli operations in the world.

Hot springs, temples, art galleries, the local ski field (very small), bootleggers, Tibetan monasteries, the Manali bazaar and many other exotic sights await you. The Himalaya is not just a ski experience but a complete cultural experience. This means that any non-skiing days will not be wasted idling in the lodge.

Himalayan Heli Adventures Packages

Himalayan Heli Adventures - Odyssey DETAILS
HIMALAYAN HELISKIING (MIXED GROUP)
7 Nights | 30,500 Meters Vertical Included
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy, Standard Odyssey Package, Regular Season (Per Person)
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From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy, Standard Odyssey Package, Regular Season (Per Person)
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USD 8,950
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Odyssey is an efficient way to heliski the Himalaya. A maximum of 15 skiers share a helicopter, broken into small groups of 3-4 skiers per guide. We offer six full days (weather permitting) and 30,500 vertical meters of skiing, with a minimum guarantee of 20,000 vertical meters. More
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  • 30,500 metres of spectacular heli skiing in the Himalayas
  • 7 nights lodging in Manali, including all meals
  • All transfers to/from Delhi International Airport
  • Avalanche transceiver, airbag, shovel and probe
  • Highly qualified guides (ratio 1:4)
Location: India | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Himalayan Heli Adventures - Private DETAILS
HIMALAYAN HELISKIING (PRIVATE GROUP)
7 Nights | 14 Helicopter Hours
From price based on a group of 9, twin/double-share room occupancy, Himalayan Exclusive Package, Regular Season (Per Person)
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From price based on a group of 9, twin/double-share room occupancy, Himalayan Exclusive Package, Regular Season (Per Person)
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc all taxes.
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USD 12,400
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is an adventure of a lifetime! Immerse yourself in the rich Himalayan culture, eat exotic Indian foods & ride some of the best skiing terrain on the planet. These PRIVATE packages include 7-nights of deluxe accommodation, all private chef prepared meals, guided heli skiing, domestic transfers & more. More
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  • Spectacular heli skiing in the Himalayas (14 heli hours)
  • 7 nights lodging in Manali, including all meals
  • All transfers to/from Delhi International Airport
  • Avalanche transceiver, airbag, shovel and probe
  • Highly qualified guides (ratio 1:4)
Location: India | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Location & Access

Himalayan Heli Adventures location is truly one of its greatest assets! HHA has base facilities located approximately 500 km north of New Delhi, near Manali, in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal is one of the wealthiest and most politically stable states on the Indian subcontinent. Because of our relative proximity to New Delhi, transportation networks are well established, providing HHA clients with an easy and scenic 90-minute flight from New Delhi to Kullu. Manali is north of Kullu. The one-hour drive from Kullu to Manali is a highlight of the trip, for it takes guests through enchanting villages and orchards, past colourful Hindu temples and terraced barley fields which are characteristic of the Himalayan foothills.

With regard to your transportation to New Delhi, HHA will be glad to recommend carriers and schedules providing comfortable and convenient options. Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, is serviced by most major international carriers. Direct flights from most cities in Europe to New Delhi are of six to eight hours duration. Please note that HHA leaves all international transportation responsibilities with the guest. Be sure that you are able to stitch together all connections and itineraries, as failure to do so could delay your arrival in Manali.

Terrain

Himalayan Heli Adventures' vast terrain is well suited to strong intermediate to expert skiers.

Manali sits by the Beas river at an altitude of roughly 2000 m, surrounded by beautiful deodar cedar forests and huge peaks soaring to more than 6000 m. Under certain conditions HHA can ski to the valley floor through massive cedar forests, but most skiing takes place on long rolling ridge lines; through glades of birch and oak trees; down steep cirque bowls or on huge undulating glaciers. Both during and after storms the skiing in the trees is excellent.

The altitudes at which HHA ski vary depending on group fitness and ability, the interests of the group and the snow and weather conditions. HHA has wonderful conditions at the same elevations as resorts in America and Europe, but the opportunity exists to ski on what is truly the roof of the world if conditions permit.

Most skiing takes place between high valley floors around 2700 m and ridges at 4700 m, with verticals averaging between 900 m and 1200 m. However, some of our most spectacular terrain is as high as 5000 m.


Skiing at High AltitudeSkiing at high altitude is one of the most common concerns of HHA guests. The following are some facts about skiing at altitude. Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is not a concern for heli-skiing guests as outlined below.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
AMS is the term used for a number of symptoms associated with the physiological reactions to altitudes above 2500 metres. AMS is not a concern for HHA heliskiing guests because although you are skiing at above 2500 metres you are always sleeping below this altitude, which means the body never has to fully acclimatize or adapt to high altitude.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) are two extreme forms of AMS. These are caused by a complex series of physiological changes that occur when we ascend and sleep above 2500 metres. This is not a concern for heliskiers because HHA do not sleep at altitude. Manali is below the altitudes at which AMS occurs.

If for some reason guests are stranded above 10,000 feet, AMS would become a concern. To deal with this possibility, the company has placed Portable Altitude Chambers (PAC units) at strategic points around the mountains. These chambers were developed by Roddy Mackenzie in conjunction with Bartlett Industries Australia.

Other Health Concerns at Altitude
Altitude induced headaches are a concern to heli-skiers. The air at altitude is much drier than at sea level. This means that the simple act of breathing dehydrates the body. To counter this, HHA strongly recommend that guests drink frequently from the small bottles of mineral water provided in the helicopter.

Certain cardiac conditions may pose a risk at altitude. This is rare, and guests should consult their doctor if they have any cardiac problems.

The reduction in available oxygen at altitude will mean that people will ski fewer turns before they feel tired. In the first few days of skiing, guests generally ski 10 to 20 per cent fewer turns per pitch. After a few days, most people do not notice any difference.

Guides & Safety

The safety of guests and staff is the primary concern of Himalayan Heli Adventures.

HHA operates with the lowest guide-to-guest ratio in the world (1:4) and with a maximum of 15 skiers at any one time. Their guides are Internationally Certified and experienced heli-ski professionals. They have emergency medical skills and are experts in snow safety, rescue techniques and mountain travel and all have worked with heli-ski operations worldwide. The low number of guests allows them to provide a level of security not normally available. Each guest will be given an avalanche transceiver and bag and will be instructed on its use at the beginning of each week. The guides carry extensive rescue and emergency gear and are equipped with radios for communication with the helicopter and base.

Note that the danger of avalanches is always present. The conditions that create potential for avalanches are complex and incompletely understood. HHA guides are highly trained at forecasting and avoiding areas of high avalanche danger, but this is a constantly changing phenomenon, you must be willing to accept all risks associated with skiing in remote and uncontrolled areas.