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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a well-known trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is an adventure that is both challenging and thrilling, as it takes you around the magnificent Dhaulagiri massif. This trek, which is also known as the "Around Dhaulagiri Trek" or simply the "Dhaulagiri Trek," offers breathtaking views of the valleys, glaciers, and mountains that are located in the surrounding area. This circuit will take you through a variety of landscapes, such as verdant forests, alpine meadows, and desolate high-altitude terrain, and you will also have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and warm hospitality of the locals.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a well-planned route through Nepal's rugged western region, beyond the famous Annapurna region. You can see the majestic beauty of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), the world's seventh-highest peak, on this trek, which promises to be an epic and unforgettable adventure. This trek offers breathtaking views that will captivate your senses and leave you with lifelong memories in the company of fifteen additional peaks that are higher than 7,000 meters.

The Dhaulagiri Trek is an exciting trip through the rough mountain passes of the Dhaulagiri region, with breathtaking views at every turn. There are many famous places to visit in Nepal, such as the famous French Pass (5,360 m) and Thapa Pass (5,200 m), which both offer stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong Peak, the Annapurna Ranges, and the amazing Kali Gandaki River, which is thought to have the deepest gorge in the world. Get ready to be in the midst of a breathtakingly beautiful and imposing landscape. Every moment will show you nature's magnificent wonders.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek will take you beyond the stunning natural scenery and into the charming world of mountain villages. Each step will show you a different part of Nepal's rich cultural tapestry. You can trek through green fields that have been farmed and learn about the warm traditions of the Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people, who are always willing to help. Beautiful suspension bridges cross rushing rivers on cobblestone paths that wind through cute hamlets. Lush, dense forests are full of life and make for a stunning backdrop for the tall mountains in the distance. This mix of natural beauty and cultural immersion makes the trek an unforgettable experience that is full of different things to see and do.

The Dhaulagiri Trek is popular with adventurers who want to do something real and memorable. It offers exciting moments and enlightening interactions with Nepal's unique mix of natural beauty and culture. As you trek through the Himalayas and encounter the friendliness of the Nepali people under the guidance of experienced professionals, you will create lifelong memories. Every step of this trek gives you a chance to experience the essence of the Himalayan wilderness and connect with Nepal's rich tapestry of life, whether you are crossing rough mountain passes or visiting charming mountain villages.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Highlights

Region

Dhaulagiri

Duration

20 Days

Starting Price

USD 3,500

Group Size

7 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Overland l Flight

Accommodation

Hotel, Tented Camp

Meal Plan

Tented Camp

Trip Grade

Strenuous

Max. Altitude

5,400m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 hours

Competency

Physicaly fir


Trip Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    When you arrive at the airport, our company representative will greet you warmly and ensure a smooth transfer to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet our team. We plan to hold a pre-trek briefing in the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This gathering is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delicious dinner. During the welcome dinner, you will be able to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and watch captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in Nepal's rich cultural traditions.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02

    Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's unique charm and spiritual ambiance.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03

    By Private Transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m)

    After breakfast in Kathmandu, we travel approximately 200 kilometers west to Pokhara, also known as the Lake City because of its numerous lakes. The scenic journey takes us along the Trisuli River and then the Marsyangdi River, passing through terraced fields and small hill towns. The Himalayan views in Pokhara are breathtaking. We check into our hotel, relax, and then go boating on Fewa Lake and explore the charming streets of the city. We will be staying in Pokhara overnight.

    Distance: 200km | Transfer Duration: 6-7 Hours |  Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 04

    By Private Transportation: Pokhara to Darbang. Trek to Dharapani (1,470m)

    After breakfast, we begin our journey to Darbang, passing through scenic areas such as Naudanda and Kare (1,630 m), where we can enjoy breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri. We also pass through Kusma, a busy town where the Modi Khola and Kali Gandaki rivers meet. The valley landscape, with its rice fields and busy farmers, provides views of Dhaulagiri in the distance. Darbang is our final stop before the trek begins, allowing us to make any last-minute purchases. Beginning our trek here, we ascend through beautiful Himalayan pine forests, witnessing the transition from rice to millet and meeting locals with a distinct mountainous appearance. The start of our trekking adventure is Dharapani, a village home to the Tamang ethnic group.

    Transfer Distance: 61km 3-4 Hours | Walking duration: 2-3 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +350 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -50 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05

    Dharapani to Muri (1,840m)

    Starting our trek from Dharapani, we traverse through the scenic villages of Takum and Sibang, which exude prosperity and boast numerous terraced fields cultivating mainly rice and wheat. Today's journey treats us to the classic beauty of Nepal, with its traditional villages and mesmerizing mountain vistas. It's interesting to note that many men from this area seek employment opportunities abroad, particularly in the Middle East or as part of the British and Indian Gurkha regiments.

    During the trek, we are rewarded with splendid views of Gurja Himal and Putha Hiunchuli to the west. Our route takes us across the Dhara Khola using a suspension bridge before we proceed to Muri. In this picturesque village, the majority of the inhabitants belong to the Magar community. We will spend the night camping in this serene setting.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +550 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06

    Muri to Bagar (2,080m)

    Leaving Muri behind, our path leads us on a steep descent to a bridge that crosses over the Muri Khola. As we make our way through the dense bamboo stands, the trail opens up to several clearings adorned with fields and farmhouses. Continuing northward, the valley becomes steeper, and certain sections of the trail are exposed. For the night, we will set up camp on the grounds of the primary school within this village.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,050 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -890 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07

    Bagar to Dobang (2,520m)

    Myagdi Valley experiences a considerable amount of precipitation due to its north-to-south orientation. Clouds approaching from India are forced to ascend Mount Dhaulagiri, located at the valley's end, resulting in frequent rainfall. While you should anticipate some rain in the afternoons, it typically clears up by the evening. As a consequence of this weather pattern, the Myagdi valley up to Sallighari camp is adorned with lush sub-tropical forests. However, caution should be exercised while walking in this area, as it can be slippery, particularly over tree roots.

    Starting from Boghara, the trail follows the west bank of the Myagdi Khola through undulating forest terrain. Keep an eye on the cliffs high above the trail, as you may spot large bee nests where villagers collect honey. We will pause for lunch at Lipshe, situated at an altitude of 2,080 meters. Afterward, we continue our journey through the forest until we reach a clearing known as Dobang, which boasts several teahouses and a campsite where we will spend the night.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +900 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -500 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08

    Dobang to Sallaghari (3,070m)

    Continuing our trek, the trail leads us through a captivating landscape adorned with dense and lush vegetation, including ferns, bamboo, and rhododendrons. Crossing over to the east bank of the Myagdi Khola, we make use of a newly constructed cantilever bridge. Our day's journey concludes as we reach a clearing nestled within the forest at Sallaghari, where we will set up our camp for the night.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +900 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09

    Sallaghari to Italian BC (3,660m)

    Departing from Sallaghari, our trek takes us through a variety of enchanting landscapes. Initially, we walk amidst pine trees, rhododendrons, and birch forests. As we ascend higher, the tree line diminishes, and we encounter heather, juniper, and azaleas. Continuing our journey, the trail leads us through the forested terrain until we begin our climb to a grassy area on the lateral moraine, where the Italian Base Camp is situated. From this vantage point, we are treated to awe-inspiring views of the impressive west face of Dhaulagiri, with Tsaurabong Peak visible on the other side of the valley. We will spend the night camping in this stunning natural setting.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10

    Acclimatization day

    Today, we have the opportunity to go for a walk and explore the beautiful surroundings near the Italian Base Camp. You can also relax at the campsite if you prefer a more leisurely day. This day is significant because it allows for necessary acclimatization before continuing our ascent to the main Dhaulagiri Base Camp at higher altitudes. Taking the time to properly acclimatize is critical for ensuring our health and safety as we ascend to greater heights. We will spend the night camping at the Italian Base Camp to make the most of this important acclimatization day.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11

    Italian BC to Japanese BC (4,200m)

    Today's shorter walk is crucial for proper acclimatization. Unlike other itineraries, we spend two nights at Glacier Camp, positioned between the Italian Base Camp and the main Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This approach, ascending gradually from 3,660 meters to 4,740 meters, helps prevent altitude sickness.

    With the aid of a fixed rope, we start from the Italian Base Camp and descend steeply down the lateral moraine to access the glacier. After safely crossing the glacier, we follow the moraine along the left side of the impressive Chonbarden gorge. The trail leads through the narrow Chonbarden gorge until we reach the snout of the Chonbarden glacier. Another hour's walk brings us to Glacier Camp, where leveled ledges on the glacier's ice provide suitable spots for our tents. In breathtaking scenery, we will spend the night camping here.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +750 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -100 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12

    Japanese BC to Dhaulagiri BC (4,780m)

    We continue our journey by following a rugged trail along the glacier-covered moraine, leading us to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The view from Base Camp is truly impressive, offering sights of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and Little Eiger. To the west, Dhaulagiri II (7,751m) and IV (7,618m) can be observed. Additionally, one can see the beginning of the climbing route through the icefall. During the climbing season, it's likely to find expeditions camped on the moraine strip at Base Camp.

    The grandeur of the majestic peaks and the sense of adventure in the air will surround us as we spend the night camping at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +570 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -100 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13

    Cross French Pass (5,360m). Trek to Hidden Valley (5,080m)

    After an early breakfast, we depart from Base Camp and walk along the moraine strip, crossing over to the left-hand side of the Upper Chonbarden glacier. Following a steep trail across screes and talus, we reach a high lateral moraine ridge that offers stunning views back down the valley to Dhaulagiri I and Tukuche Peak.

    Upon reaching a large cairn on the lateral moraine ridge, we divert our path and begin the final ascent to French Pass. The approach to the pass involves ascending easily angled snow slopes, marked at the top with Buddhist prayer flags and cairns, as is customary in Nepal. From the summit of the pass, we are treated to magnificent views of Sita Chuchura, the peaks of the Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, Tukuche Peak, and, of course, Dhaulagiri I.

    Descending on moderate snow slopes, we enter Hidden Valley, where the vegetation becomes sparse, consisting only of isolated patches of moss and grass due to the rain shadow effect of Dhaulagiri. After a long descent, we reach the campsite near the river, not far from the base of Dhampus Peak. Overnight camping.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +830 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -650 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14

    Cross Thapa Pass (5,244m). Trek to Thapa Peak BC (4,930m)

    This day is the longest and toughest on the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek. We depart early from the camp and start the climb up a moderate snow slope to reach Dhampus Pass. The pass offers splendid views of Dhampus Peak on the left and the beautiful ice flutings of Tukuche Peak on the right. After reaching the summit of the pass, the trail descends briefly for about 100 meters before veering left into the Kali Gandaki valley.

    Depending on the conditions of snow and ice, crampons may be necessary for both the group and the porters at this point. The traverse on snow is quite extensive, taking around four hours, before starting the steep descent to Yak Kharka. Throughout this traverse, we are treated to breathtaking views of Nilgiri and the western end of the Annapurna Massif. It will be a challenging but rewarding day, and we will spend the night camping.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15

    Thapa Peak BC to Yak Kharka (3,680m)

    Embarking on a remarkable journey through a vast expanse of snow, the traverse to Yak Kharka presents an awe-inspiring adventure that typically spans five hours. As the intrepid trekker sets forth, they are treated to breathtaking vistas of the majestic Nilgiri and the captivating western reaches of the Annapurna Massif. The picturesque scenery unfolds throughout this lengthy passage, captivating the senses with its natural beauty. Upon reaching Yak Kharka, a sense of accomplishment and wonder await, as the steep descent gives way to a tranquil resting place for the night.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,600 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16

    Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m)

    Today's trek leads us on a rewarding descent to the enchanting village of Marpha, nestled in the picturesque Kali Gandaki valley. Marpha is a captivating place with its Buddhist monastery, traditional Tibetan whitewashed houses, and neatly paved streets, offering a delightful glimpse into local culture. Furthermore, the village is renowned for its bountiful apple orchards, making it an ideal spot to pause and savor a refreshing glass of apple juice available at the lodges.

    Upon arriving at Jomsom, we find ourselves at the finest location in town, conveniently situated opposite the airport. Here, we have the opportunity to indulge in revitalizing hot showers, rejuvenating our spirits after the day's trek. Once refreshed, you are free to explore Jomsom, catch up on emails, and immerse yourself in the surroundings.

    In the evening, our skilled cooks will come together to prepare a special last meal, fostering a sense of togetherness and celebration. As the journey comes to a close, we will express our gratitude to our dedicated crew by presenting them with well-deserved tips as a token of appreciation for their unwavering commitment and hard work throughout the entire trek. For a comfortable and restful night, we will be accommodated in a cozy teahouse lodge, ensuring that we wake up refreshed and ready for the new adventures that await us on the horizon.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,000 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters l Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17

    By Domestic Plane: Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

    Early in the morning, we will embark on a short and picturesque flight to Pokhara, where the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, along with the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, await us. Upon arrival, you can choose to relax at the hotel for the day, taking in the mesmerizing mountain panoramas and the charming beauty of nature surrounding Lake Side. Alternatively, you may wander around the Lake Side to explore the fascinating sights the region has to offer, such as Mahendra Cave, David's Fall, and the various enchanting lakes scattered throughout the area. There is no shortage of interesting places to discover during our time in Pokhara.

    Flight: 25 min    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 18

    By Private Transportation: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After enjoying a delightful breakfast, we bid farewell to the enchanting lake city of Pokhara and embark on a scenic drive towards Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, the remainder of the day is at our leisure, providing an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate or indulge in some souvenir shopping. Whether you choose to unwind or explore the vibrant markets for unique mementos, this free time allows for personal enjoyment before continuing our adventure in this captivating city.

    Distance: 200km | Transfer Duration: 6-7 Hours |  Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 19

    Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today we have free time to explore Kathmandu on our own. You could spend the day shopping for souvenirs, exploring the colorful streets and bazaars, or sampling the local cuisine. You could also go to some of the city's popular tourist attractions, such as Bhaktapur and Patan, which highlight Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. You could also participate in other activities such as hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate at one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you decide, make sure to take in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 20

    Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to depart. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will collect our belongings and head to the airport. We will arrive at the airport on time to complete all of the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we leave this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking Himalayan views and appreciate the Nepalese people's warm hospitality and kindness. This concludes our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable experience in Nepal.

    Transfer 25-30 min | Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop: Private transportation will be arranged for your airport transfers before and after the trek.
  • Hotel Accommodation: You will have a total of 4 nights in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara staying in a twin-sharing room on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • City Cultural Tour: Enjoy a guided City Tour in Kathmandu with an experienced City Tour Guide, and all entrance and monument fees are included.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Babiyachaur and Jomsom to Kathmandu accompanied by our Nepalese crew.
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Pokhara, and Jomsom to Pokhara accompanied by Guide.
  • Food during the Limi Valley Trek: Completly camping trek with full board, meaning all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek.
  • Accommodation and Equipment: Twin-sharing tented accommodation and camping equipment like mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, dining tables, chairs, etc., will be provided.
  • Trekking Staff: Well-experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide for groups of over 6 people, and Porters (at a ratio of 2:1). Their daily allowances, meals, and accommodation will be provided.
  • Insurance: Our Nepalese team members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Trekking Permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) for Annapurna Entry Permit fee and TIMS card.
  • Taxes and Service Charges: All government-applicable taxes and the travel agency service charge are included in the package.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara is not included in the package. You will need to cover these expenses on your own.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package. It's essential to have proper insurance to cover any unforeseen situations during the trek.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure is not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: If there are unforeseen circumstances like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or any other natural calamities, any additional expenses arising from these situations should be borne by the trek participants themselves.

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an extraordinary and demanding trekking experience in Nepal's remote western region. This exceptional journey takes you on a captivating circuit around the majestic Dhaulagiri massif, granting awe-inspiring vistas of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the world's 7th highest peak, along with numerous other imposing peaks. This trek promises an unforgettable adventure for seasoned trekkers seeking to immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of the Himalayas and the pristine wilderness of Nepal's western landscapes.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek typically spans a duration of 18 to 21 days, varying based on the selected itinerary and the inclusion of acclimatization days. This comprehensive trek allows trekkers to acclimatize to the high altitudes gradually, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience. The journey's length also provides ample time to explore the diverse landscapes, interact with local communities, and relish the breathtaking panoramas of the towering peaks that grace the Dhaulagiri region.

Undoubtedly, the ideal time to embark on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These periods provide trekkers with the most favorable weather conditions and clear, unobstructed views of the stunning mountain landscapes.

During the spring season, the weather gradually warms up, and the blooming rhododendron forests add a burst of color to the surroundings, creating a picturesque ambiance for trekkers. The visibility is excellent during this time, offering unparalleled views of the majestic peaks, including Mt. Dhaulagiri and its neighboring summits.

Similarly, the autumn season presents trekkers with stable and dry weather, allowing for a more comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience. The skies remain clear, providing exceptional views of the snow-capped mountains and the surrounding wilderness. The pleasant temperatures and relatively low rainfall make it an excellent time to explore the Dhaulagiri region to the fullest.

Choosing to undertake the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek during either the pre-monsoon or post-monsoon season ensures that trekkers can savor the natural beauty, challenge themselves on the rugged terrain, and create unforgettable memories amidst Nepal's mesmerizing Himalayan landscapes.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is not suitable for beginners. It is an arduous and technically challenging trek that demands a high level of physical fitness and prior experience in high-altitude trekking. As trekkers venture into remote and rugged terrains, the trek poses several difficulties, such as steep ascents and descents, crossing high mountain passes, and enduring unpredictable weather conditions.

Experienced trekkers who are well-prepared for the challenges of the Himalayas and have undergone acclimatization to adjust to high altitudes will find the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek a rewarding and unforgettable journey. However, for those with limited trekking experience or insufficient fitness levels, it is advisable to gain more experience and conditioning before attempting this demanding trek. Safety and proper preparation are of paramount importance when undertaking such challenging adventures in the Himalayas.

To trek in the Dhaulagiri region and cross Thapa High Camp, you will need the following permits:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit allows access to the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes parts of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The ACAP aims to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region while promoting sustainable tourism.
  • Thapa Peak Climbing Permit: If you plan to climb Thapa Peak, a separate climbing permit is required. Thapa Peak is a popular trekking peak in the Dhaulagiri region, and the climbing permit is essential for those who wish to ascend it.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card: The TIMS card is a trekking permit that records information about trekkers and helps ensure their safety and security during the trek. It is required for all trekkers in Nepal, including those on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

All these permits and the TIMS card can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. The agency will handle the necessary paperwork and assist you in acquiring the required permits to ensure a legal and well-organized trekking and climbing experience. By obtaining these permits and adhering to the regulations, you can embark on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek and Thapa Peak Climbing adventure while contributing to the conservation efforts and promoting responsible tourism in the region.

The highest point on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the French Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) above sea level. Crossing the French Pass is a significant highlight of the trek, offering trekkers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. However, reaching such high altitudes requires proper acclimatization and physical fitness, making it a challenging yet rewarding part of the trek for experienced adventurers seeking breathtaking vistas in the Dhaulagiri region.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, while less developed than some of Nepal's more popular treks, does offer basic teahouses and lodges along certain sections of the trail, particularly until the Japanese base camp. However, beyond this point, there are no more lodges or teashops available, necessitating the need for camping. As we venture further into the rugged and remote terrain of the Dhaulagiri region, we will be immersed in the raw beauty of nature, relying on camping arrangements to continue our extraordinary journey. This camping experience adds a sense of adventure and self-sufficiency to the trek, allowing us to fully appreciate the untouched wilderness and majestic vistas that await us in this captivating and less explored part of Nepal.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a physically demanding and challenging trek that takes trekkers through high altitudes and rugged terrains. Therefore, a good level of physical fitness is essential to undertake this adventure. Here are some key aspects of physical fitness required for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek:

  • Cardiovascular Endurance: The trek involves long and strenuous hikes at varying altitudes. Building cardiovascular endurance through activities like hiking, running, or cycling is crucial to prepare your body for the sustained physical effort required during the trek.
  • Strength and Muscle Endurance: Trekking in the Dhaulagiri region requires strength in the legs, core, and upper body. Engage in strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and push-ups to build muscle endurance, enabling you to carry your backpack and navigate the challenging terrain.
  • Stamina and Long-Distance Walking: Being able to walk long distances for several consecutive days is essential. Practice long-distance walking with a backpack to simulate the conditions of the trek and prepare your body for continuous physical exertion.
  • High-Altitude Acclimatization: The trek involves reaching high altitudes, where the oxygen levels are lower. Acclimatization to the altitude is crucial to prevent altitude sickness and ensure a safe journey. Consider training at higher altitudes if possible or plan acclimatization days during the trek.
  • Mental Preparedness: Physical fitness is not the only requirement; mental strength is equally important. The trek can be physically and emotionally challenging, so cultivating mental resilience and a positive mindset will help you overcome obstacles and enjoy the journey.

Before undertaking the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, it is advisable to consult with a medical professional to ensure that you are in good health and physically fit for the trek. Additionally, consider gradually increasing your training intensity and duration to build your fitness levels and prepare yourself for this unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas.

Due to its remote and challenging nature, as well as the need for special permits, it is strongly recommended to go with an experienced guide or through a registered trekking agency. Here are some reasons why trekking with a guide or agency is beneficial:

  • Safety: The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek involves crossing high mountain passes and venturing into remote areas where unexpected challenges can arise. An experienced guide is familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and potential risks, ensuring your safety throughout the journey.
  • Local Knowledge: Guides are typically from the region and possess valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and the best routes to take. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with the local communities.
  • Permit and Logistics: Obtaining the required permits, as mentioned earlier, can be a complex process. Trekking agencies are well-versed in handling the necessary paperwork, ensuring that all permits are in place before the trek begins.
  • Emergency Support: In the event of any medical emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, having a guide or trekking agency ensures access to immediate assistance and evacuation if required.
  • Accommodation and Meals: Trekking agencies can arrange accommodation in teahouses or camps and provide meals during the trek, relieving you of the burden of finding suitable lodgings and food along the way.
  • Support Team: Trekking agencies often have a support team that includes porters and cooks, who can assist in carrying heavy loads and preparing meals, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek.

Overall, going with an experienced guide or trekking agency enhances the overall experience of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, providing a safer and more enriching adventure amid the breathtaking landscapes of the Dhaulagiri region in Nepal.

Communication facilities along the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek are limited, and trekkers should be aware of potential communication gaps during the journey. While some lodges may offer Wi-Fi, it can be unreliable due to the remote and challenging terrain. Here are some important points to consider regarding communication during the trek:

  • Limited Connectivity: As you venture into the remote regions of the Dhaulagiri area, mobile phone signals may be scarce or non-existent. This means that making phone calls or accessing the internet might not be possible in certain areas.
  • Unreliable Wi-Fi: Even if some lodges provide Wi-Fi, the connection might be slow, intermittent, or unavailable during certain periods. Trekkers should not rely solely on Wi-Fi for communication with the outside world.
  • Inform Loved Ones: Before starting the trek, it is crucial to inform your loved ones about the potential communication challenges you may encounter. Share your trekking itinerary and approximate dates of communication, so they know when to expect updates.
  • Satellite Phones: For essential communication during emergencies or urgent situations, some trekking agencies or experienced guides may carry satellite phones. However, please note that using satellite phones may incur additional costs.
  • Offline Communication: Consider using alternative means of communication, such as sending postcards or letters, to keep loved ones informed about your progress during the trek.
  • Enjoy the Disconnect: Embrace the opportunity to disconnect from technology and immerse yourself fully in the natural beauty of the Himalayas. Use the trek as a chance to unwind, be present in the moment, and connect with fellow trekkers and the surrounding environment.

By being prepared for limited communication and staying informed, you can focus on enjoying the incredible landscapes and unique experiences that the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers while maintaining peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones back home.

For the Dhaulagiri Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
Footwear:
  • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
Backpack:
  • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
Sleeping Gear:
  • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
Trekking Equipment:
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
  • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
  • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
Accessories:
  • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
  • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
  • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
  • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.

It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Mustang Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Dhaulagiri Trekking:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.

It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. Be sure to disclose any per-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Dhaulagiri.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Trekking Guide: The Trekking Guide is the overall leader of the team. Often starting as a porter or kitchen assistant, the Sirdar commands respect from the entire team. Their experience and leadership are invaluable in ensuring the trek's success.
  • Cook (Applicable for tent trekking): The Cook is in charge of meal preparation. They hold the responsibility for crafting delicious and nourishing dishes for the team. A vital role, especially in tent-based treks, where quality meals are crucial for the trekkers' well-being.
  • Kitchen Assistant (Applicable for tent trekking): The Kitchen Assistant, commonly known as the kitchen boy, assists the Cook actively. The number of assistants depends on the group's size. This role serves as a stepping stone towards becoming a Cook and involves hands-on support in the kitchen.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: Nepal's mountainous terrain has a rich tradition of human porterage, an ancient practice that persists to this day. Some porters associated with agencies request loads exceeding 25 kg to earn higher wages. We are committed to compensating extra for each kilo beyond 25 kg to the porters. However, to prevent exploitation and manage the porters' physical strain, we kindly urge trekkers to be conscious of their baggage weight. Baggage exceeding 25/30 kg places additional strain on the porters and is best avoided. Your cooperation in maintaining reasonable loads ensures the well-being of both trekkers and porters.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

We are dedicated to providing an exceptional culinary experience during your camping trek in Nepal. Our commitment to taste and nutrition ensures that your energy is replenished after a challenging day on the trail. Here's how we elevate your dining experience:

  • Breakfast: Start your day with nourishing choices. Pick from hearty porridge, or assorted cereals, or opt for freshly made chapatis or toast. Enjoy eggs prepared to your liking. Sip on a variety of hot beverages, including classic tea, herbal infusions, rich hot chocolate, and coffee from our Bialetti Moka machine.
  • Lunch: At midday, take a well-deserved break by a convenient trail spot with water access. Our skilled kitchen team departs early to prepare lunch upon your arrival. After your meal, relax before resuming the afternoon trek.
  • Dinner: Upon reaching camp, savor light refreshments like biscuits and a choice of tea or coffee. Around 6 pm, indulge in a lavish three-course dinner served in the cozy mess tent. Kick off with delightful starters, often soup with popcorn or poppadoms. Our diverse main dishes include various proteins and carbs like rice, potatoes, or pasta. We accommodate diverse dietary preferences, offering vegetarian and other dietary-specific options. If meat dishes are served, vegetarian equivalents are standard. Before departure, we gather your dietary details to tailor the menu accordingly. Feel free to ask about our offerings – your satisfaction matters most to us.
  • Dietary Preferences and Allergies: When you reserve your trip with us, kindly let us know if you follow a specific diet, have dietary restrictions, or have allergies. Our field teams are dedicated to accommodating your needs as best as possible. Yet, please be aware that local constraints might limit the variety of alternative menus we can provide.
  • Boosting Energy for Demanding Journeys: For trips involving rigorous physical activity, it's wise to plan ahead. Consider bringing extra items like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates to ensure you maintain adequate calorie intake. This proactive approach will help sustain your energy levels throughout your adventure.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private Minibus: Kathmandu to Babichaur and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, set in a remote and less populated environment, lacks lodges, teashops, and guesthouses. Consequently, a comprehensive full-board camping setup is meticulously organized, complete with experienced guides, skilled cooks, Sherpas, and diligent porters who oversee all aspects of your journey. Porters manage gear transport and personal belongings, while culinary experts prepare nourishing meals. Accommodation consists of two trekkers per tent, and our trekking cook ensures fresh food. The day starts with hot tea around 6 to 7 AM, followed by cleansing and breakfast before trekking. With a flexible pace allowing for sightseeing and a lunch break after approximately 3 hours, the afternoon trek leads to the next campsite by 4 to 5 PM, complemented by tea and snacks. As evening approaches, the dining tent is prepared for dinner service around 6 to 7 PM, featuring thoughtful design and lantern lighting to underscore our commitment to an exceptional trekking experience.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
    Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
    Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
    Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
    Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
    Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
    Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
    Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek that takes you through the remote and stunning landscapes of the Dhaulagiri region in Nepal. The climate along this trek can vary significantly due to the diverse altitudes and changing landscapes. Here's an overview of the climate you can expect during different seasons:

    Spring (March to May):
  • Spring is one of the best times for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.
  • Temperatures gradually warm up, and the weather becomes more stable.
  • Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes (starting point) can range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).
  • At higher altitudes, temperatures will be cooler, especially at night, dropping to around -5°C to -10°C (23°F to 14°F).
  • The trek offers clear skies, beautiful rhododendron forests in bloom, and excellent visibility of the surrounding mountain peaks.
    Summer (June to August):
  • Summer is the monsoon season in Nepal, and the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is not recommended during this time.
  • Heavy rainfall, landslides, and slippery trails can make trekking dangerous and difficult.
    Autumn (September to November):
  • Autumn is another popular season for the trek.
  • The weather is stable, with clear skies and excellent visibility of the mountains.
  • Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), while nighttime temperatures at higher altitudes drop to around -10°C (14°F).
  • The landscapes are lush and vibrant after the monsoon season, making it a great time for trekking.
    Winter (December to February):
  • Winter is the coldest time for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.
  • The temperatures at lower altitudes can range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) during the day.
  • At higher altitudes, especially in the high passes, temperatures can drop to -20°C to -30°C (-4°F to -22°F) or even lower.
  • Snowfall is common in the higher reaches, so be prepared for cold conditions.

It's essential to pack accordingly for the specific season you choose for the trek. Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions, especially as you gain altitude. Layering your clothing is a good strategy to adapt to changing temperatures. It's also advisable to check the weather forecast before starting the trek and to be aware of any potential altitude-related challenges.

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
  • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
  • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
  • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
  • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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