Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Public Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: French Pass (5360m)

Highlights

  • You'll be crossing French Pass (5,360 m) and Thapa (Dhampus) Pass (5,234 m).
  • You'll be walking on glaciers and snow for weeks.
  • Narrow and extreme trekking trails through dense forest to high mountains.
  • Amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) itself and many snow-covered peaks in your trail ahead.
  • Best experience of trekking in a fun and adventurous way.
  • Lots of beautiful landscapes and scenic flights from Jomsom.
     

Description

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the adventurous and challenging treks in Nepal. You will be trekking till Dhaulagiri Base Camp from Beni to see the seventh-highest mountain in the world from its lap. Within these 15 days of the trek, you’ll know about the lifestyle and culture of the people living there. During the trek, you will have priceless views of mountains which are above 8,000 meters.

Dhaulagiri (8,167m) rises above the deepest gorge in the world. This trek takes you through some stunning glaciers and adventurous trails that are beyond your imagination. Being one of the famous mountains of the world provides you with a lush landscape and hidden valleys. Along with Dhaulagiri, you see other snow-capped peaks such as Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, and many other well-known peaks.

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek takes you from the elevation of  850 meters from Beni to 5,360 meters till French Pass. You’ll be crossing two high mountains French Pass (5,360 m) and Thapa (Dhampus) Pass (5,234 m)in this trek. But, this trek is not all about passing mountains and snow-covered peaks, you will also witness richness in flora and fauna while passing the forest and hills.

From Kathmandu, you will drive towards Beni. On the third day, your actual trekking journey begins. At the very beginning, you will observe the beauty of this trek. While passing through Magar village you'll be trekking over Myagdi Khola's (River) banks along the Chhonbardan glacier. You will be passing through many beautiful villages of Muri, Chariban, Darbang, then towards the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Then you'll trek towards Kalopani, Marpha, and Jomsom. After you reach Jomsom your trekking trials will end. Then you'll be taking the flight to Pokhara from Jomsom and back to Kathmandu. That will be your trek for Dhaulagiri Base Camp. 

You'll be heading towards your hometown the day after your arrival in Kathmandu. Hopefully, you'll have lots of memorable experiences and exciting adventures during your trip. Feel free to contact us for more details.

15 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary

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On this day after breakfast, you will take a private jeep or tourist bus from Kathmandu and head towards Beni. This will be the beginning of your trip. Beni is the junction of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi and a district headquarter. Police check-post in Beni asks for your trekking permits. It will be a 9 hours drive from Kathmandu to Beni. Overnight stay in a guesthouse at Beni.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Altitude: 850m

On this day you will be trekking from Beni to Babiachaur. After leaving Beni the trail leads out from Kali Gandaki gorge. The trek heads west along the northern bank of Myagdi river towards a well-known place called Tatopani. Tatopani in Nepal is famously known as ‘Hot Springs’. After crossing several bridges you will reach a village in Simalchaur and then trek towards Babiachaur. This trek will be of 5 hours while covering a distance of 20 km. Overnight tented camp in Babiachaur.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 950m

On this day you’ll trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani. As the valley widened on both sides of the river, forested slopes and terraced hills welcome you at their territory. The trial after that is fair and you will pass through the village of Shahashradhara and towards Ratorunga. From here the terraces disappear and the path becomes narrower. You will then reach Dharapani and the trek is over for the day. You’ll be trekking for 6 hours and cover a distance of 22 - 24 km. Overnight tented camp in Dharapani.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 1400m

On this day you'll be trekking to Muri from Dharapani. The trail begins from Phedi after you cross the river to the west bank. Then you start climbing your way up from Phedi until you reach the ridge and then the ascending part will ease a little.

After switching back and forth several times, it will take you to a small settlement. You then descend from this area and again arise beside Myagdi Khola. You then ascend again for an hour on a narrow path.

After an hour you'll find yourself in a flat path and pass through a trial of beautiful trees and jungle. After that you will get onto a ridge and Muri will welcome you. You will be trekking for 5 hours this day. Overnight tented camp in Muri.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 1850m

On this day you'll start the trek from Muri. The trial is not so difficult, you'll start by descending downhill from Muri. You'll then ascend towards a ridge for several hours to reach a place where you can see Gustung South (6465 m). Then you will descend towards Myagdi Khola and trek until you reach Naura village.

After climbing one last steep from Naura village, the Boghara village will welcome you. You will be trekking for 6 hours. Overnight tented camp in Boghara.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 2080m

On this day you will trek towards Dobang from Boghara. You may come across a rocky trail and need the help of ropes most of the time. But our guide will help you and be with you most of the time. You'll first descend through terraced lands then towards a forest of Jyardan.

Jyardan is one of the remote settlements in the area. You’ll take a short rest and continue through the forest of Lapche Kharka. After you ascend a little, you’ll reach Dobang. You will be trekking for 5 hours. Overnight tented camp in Dobang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 2520m

On this day you’ll trek from Dobang to Choriban Khola. You will ascend from Dobang while crossing a wooden bridge and trek through a forest area. Then you’ll notice Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) and descend towards Myagdi Khola. You’ll cross another wooden bridge and continue until you reach a place called Chartare. You will pass through a forest and cross a stream to reach Choriban Khola. You’ll be trekking for 5 - 6 hours. Overnight tented camp in Choriban Khola.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 3110m

You’ll trek towards Italian Base Camp from Choriban Khola on this day. Continue your trek towards Chhonbarban Glacier from Choriban Khola. You’ll be able to see some of the beautiful mountains in your sight.

Straight ahead Tukche Peak (6,837 m) and to your right Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) will be visible. While enjoying the sight of the beautiful mountains you will reach the Italian Base Camp. This will be a place for your stay tonight. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 3660m

This day is for your acclimatization to the changing weather conditions. Today is an important day for you because you need to adjust your body with a changing environment. It is necessary so you do not have any difficulties in further altitude. You’ll stay and rest in the Italian Base Camp on this day and enjoy your time. Overnight tented camp in Italian Base Camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 3660m

This will be one of the most anticipated days of your trip. On this day you will reach towards the main destination of your trip that is Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You’ll start the trek from Italian Base Camp’s rough and uneven trail and you’ll quickly find yourself walking on the smooth glacier.

You will ascend progressively towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Before you realize, beautiful Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m) surrounds you. You’ll be trekking for 6 hours. Overnight tented camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 4900m

On this day you will leave from the Dhaulagiri Base Camp and trek towards French Pass. You’ll ascend towards the French Pass by climbing two terraced fields and some hills. After you climb a moderate slope you’ll reach French Pass. You’ll see a beautiful sight of Mukut Himal (6,328 m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m). You’ll be trekking for 6 hours and overnight tented camp in French Pass.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 5360m

On this day you will trek downhill towards Thapa (Dhampus) Pass (5200m) from French Pass. After you reach Thapa Pass, you’ll rest and enjoy the view of mountains and trek downhill again towards Kalopani.

Kalopani is a Thakali village with Tibetan influence. During this trek, you will learn much more about the Thakali culture and continue to see Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I. You’ll start to see some civilization and teahouses on your way to Kalopani. You’ll be trekking for 6 hours until you reach Kalopani. Overnight stay in a guest house at Kalopani.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2530m

On this day you’ll start the trek from Kalopani and head towards Marpha. Marpha is an upward journey from Kalopani. Throughout this journey, you will see fascinating trails and observe the sight of beautiful high mountains and villages while passing through Gandaki valley.

You will also see a lot of trekkers from Annapurna Base Camp heading towards Kalopani from Marpha. You’ll be trekking for 6 hours while covering a distance of 20 km. Overnight stay in a guest house at Marpha. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2670m

This will be your last trek towards Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. On this day you will start your trek from Marpha and end in Jomsom. While you ascend towards Jomsom, you will enjoy the interesting geographical landscape of Mustang district.

After a short period of time, you’ll reach Jomsom. This trek will be short, so you can enjoy your leisure time in Jomsom Bazaar. You can buy lots of interesting artifacts and snacks. This trek will last for 3 hours while covering a distance of 13 km. Overnight stay at Jomsom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2743m

On this day you will take a flight from Jomsom, which takes about 28 minutes to reach Pokhara. Then you will be taking another flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Your flight will be according to your flight schedule. The whole process might take about 2 hours. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1320m

Trip Map

15 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek map

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop (Both Domestic and International)
  • Camping and Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Flight Ticket (Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu)
  • Local Bus (Kathmandu to Beni)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Porter, Cook, Helper with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (TIMS Card and ACAP)
  • Use of sleeping bag & Duffel bag (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Optional

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight USD 106$ Per Person
  • 3 Star Hotel in kathmandu twin sharing on BB USD 60$

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
26 Jun, 2024 - 10 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUS$2700

Useful Information

Best Time 

The best time to do the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). In these seasons, the skies and mountains are clear and you can take some beautiful pictures. It is not possible to trek during the winter season (December to February). In the monsoon season(June to August), the trek is still possible but there may not be clear views and skies. There is also a high chance of rainfall.

Trek Difficulties

Dhaulagiri circuit trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal, but it is not that harsh. However, this trek offers you an adventurous and memorable experience. The difficulties of this trek depend on your physical fitness and your trekking experience. If you are physically fit, have a strong mentality and experience in trekking then you can complete this trek with ease. But, if you are just starting out it might be difficult for you. We suggest you stay fit and healthy 2 or 3 weeks before your trek. You can train yourself to increase your stamina by running, swimming, etc before your trek. It will be very helpful to you during this journey. 

We provide you with our best guides for your trekking journey. Guides who will lead you towards the success of the trek and who has lots of experience in trekking. You might face some difficulties in altitude but the guides will help you in every step of your trekking journey. The trek will go at a slow pace and you’ll take lots of short rest in your trek. So, our guides will help you finish the trek even if you are just starting out. You will only need to keep yourself fit and healthy with a strong mentality, then you can finish your trek without any hindrance.

Sometimes the weather can get harsh during this trip so better prepare yourself. So, you’ll need useful and handy equipment for your trek. You need to be careful while packing your bag at that moment. Besides your personal accessories and must-have items such as medicine, sleeping bags, and many more, you should not pack unnecessary items in your bag. You must remember that packaging plays an important role in your trekking journey. We will help you with that during your preparation day. 

Accommodation and Food

We try to provide you some of the best accommodation facilities, while you stay in Nepal. You’ll be staying in a 3-star hotel with clean and comfortable rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Your stay in Beni, Kalopani, Marpha, and Jomsom will be in average guest houses. But, don’t expect any kind of accommodation facilities during your trek. During your trek in most of the places, you will be staying under the tented camp. Be sure to carry a sleeping bag with you for your comfort during your trek.

There are wide varieties of food in Nepal. But you will get typical Nepali food during your trek.  Most of the time you will get and eat Dal Bhat. While you are trekking, your body needs lots of energy. So, Dal Bhat really helps you in this trek. We suggest you carry snacks and energy bars. If you are a vegan or have a personal preference in our food then be sure to inform us about it before your trek. In the trek, cook will prepare food. We will be buying all your snacks and drinks in Kathmandu or Beni.

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing trekking in Nepal?

Yes, it's better to get some training before doin trekking in Nepal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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