Dhaulagiri circuit trek is known from the route we take around mountain Dhaulagiri. It is 300 Km away from central Kathmandu and is the 7th highest mountain in the world. The meaning of Dhaula is massive, beautiful and Giri means mountain. It is regarded as one of the most difficult technical mountain to climb above 8000 meters height.
Dhauagiri circuit trek is one of the best trekking route in Nepal. Burtibang is the starting point of the trek, it is 7/8 hours rough road drive from Pokhara. The landscape of Dhaulagiri circuit trek is very beautiful, wild and adventures. Passing through villages and then to beautiful Bamboo, pine forest, it gets wilder and adventurous as the trail goes higher. There are very basic and few lodges that make noodles and Dal Bhat (rice and soup) up to Italian camp. From Italian camp onward route of Dhaulagiri trek is more like alpine trek, there is no civilization until Marpha, most of the trail gets rocky. Camping walking and spending nights for 4 days on glacier and next to massive and majestic Dhaulagiri is unbelievable. There are few places where people have to watch where we walk through moraine/ glacier. We have to cross over two passes, the pass scenery is totally different and breathtaking. This trek is amazing for adventures people because of the challenges and rocky place you can be at.
Dhaulagiri is next to one of the best trekking/ Cycling route Annapurna circuit trek or Annapurna circuit cycling in Nepal. End part of the trek follows the famous major Kali Gandaki River which carves the Valley between these Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek highlight will give you hints of the things we will see on the trail.
Best season for Dhaulgiri circuit trek is on March to May and mid of September and mid of December. Though theses seasons are meant to be the best season for trekking in Nepal, we do advise to be prepared for unpredictable weather. It could rain or snow as the weather in Himalayas can be unpredictable. Please bring good and warm gears every time when you are trekking in Nepal.
Dhaulagiri circuit trek has no permit required but needs TAAN and Annapurna Circuit Trek permit as we will be ending our trek in that place. trekkers are requested to take travel insurance, TAAN and permit of Annapurna Circuit trek
Before Booking with Devo Adventure fo Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek please read following info.
Devo adventure is an Adventure company and it is important for people/ clients to know in details about the booking agreements. While booking it should clear to both the parties that there should be flexibility. We plan and make an itinerary on day to day basis and in case there is any delay caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. We will help to plan a different trip with different itinerary or an alternative program that will be decided by both the parties’ agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Devo Adventure shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.
01: Is Nepal safe? Do I need to worry about earthquakes or aftershocks?
The trek is perfectly safe. The route has been checked and validated by the people of geological department of Nepal government. We have also taken measures to ensure your safety. Few places got affected but that wont has any effect in the trek.
02: How can I get to Nepal?
You get to Nepal by air or by land. If you are flying then you will be entering from Tribhuwan International airport, which is the only international airport in Nepal, if you are entering by land then from north it will be from Kathmandu-Lhasa border and if you entering by land then you will be entering from,
03: Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indians, need visas to enter Nepal. Multiple entry visas for 15 days (US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency), 30 days (US$ 40) or 90 days (US$ 100) can be obtained from any Nepalese embassy or consulate.
You can also get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu or at the Immigration Office at the entry points of Nepal.
Tourist visas can be extended for a period of 120 days at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
04: Do I get visa on arrival?
Yes you can, please bring 5 passport size photos and 40 $ for 30 Days Visa.
05: Are there power supplies in main cities of Nepal?
Yes there electricity supplies in Kathmandu but there are also frequent power cuts in a day. Standard hotels do have generators as backup power.
Do note: All couch potatoes and people out of shape, you guys need to attain a basic level of fitness. We would suggest warming up for the trip at least two months before the trip by jogging for an hour or hitting some weights.
We highly recommend you get yourself insured for the trip. We recommend “world nomads”. Do ensure your insurance policy that applies at an altitude of 6300 meters above sea level, and covers accidents, emergency medical costs and evacuation including helicopter evacuation and theft or loos of belonging, The reason we advise this is because if something untoward happens sometimes the best way to get out quick is in a helicopter which can be very expensive if you are not insured.
07: Food provisions and accommodation?
Accommodation: In Kathmandu, Pokhara or any big cities we will stay in a standard category hotel. During the trek, we shall stay in local basic lodges and teahouses as they are called locally.
Food: Kathmandu has good options. While on a trek, access to fancy food is limited. However, the meals will be nutritious, wholesome and soul strengthening.
08: Preexisting medical conditions or allergies?
Do let us know if you have any allergies or medical conditions, when you sign up. Access to medical facilities and hospitals will be limited during the trek, however during a life threatening contingency when aid is required, an evacuation can be arranged for to transport you to the nearest hospital. Please make sure that are insured.
09: How to reach Kathmandu?
International flights operate regularly everyday to Kathmandu. By road from India we do have open borders in east west and south and from China the border from Zangmu or Khasa.
10: How many people will be accompanying me on the trip?
No if the group is big enough already. A maximum of 20 for the tour and a minimum of 2 people are advised and for the trek 15 and 2 as the minimum. For more than 6 people we provide two guides and for more than 12 people in a group 3 guides are provided.
11: What kind of bag should I bring?
Do I need to carry my luggage myself or will there be porters to carry my bag for me during the trekking days? We would recommend a haversack or a trekking bag and we provide 1 porter for two people.
12: What will be the weather in Kathmandu, and in the trek?
During spring and summer (March- June the temperature in the trek from 0 to 28 Degree at day time depending on the heights and 0 to -10 at night depending on heights.
13: What is the paper work, documentation I need?
We will arrange all the paper work. All you need is the passport, visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Non- Indian passport holders, we shall arrange all permits inside Nepal. Visa for western clients are available on arrival in airport but this takes quite some time so if you already have visa from your own country you wont have to line up in queue for long. To Indian nationals visa is not needed.
14: How does the payment work- Installments/ down payments?
Payment for flight, permits and hotel should be paid in advance 1and half or a month before to insure the bookings so we suggest you to pay 30% advance while doing the booking for trek. Please ask if the bank charges for the transfer and in such charges the clients should the liable charges.
15: How much money to carry on the trip?
Access to ATM’s is limited once outside Kathmandu. Indian currency is accepted everywhere except in trekking area. You will not be spending much money on the trek anyway, as we will arrange everything. We don’t recommend carrying lot of money or valuables. 300 $ would be a good amount to keep with you. The only thing we will be spending on will be munchies, chips, biscuits, juices, water, battery charging and shower etc. All you shopping fanatics can find heaven in Kathmandu, where you will have option of spending for shopping.
16: Will I have mobile network and electricity?
Yes mobile networks is available almost in Popular trekking areas but some time if there is any problem it will take few weeks before it works again. The mobile outside the capital will be patchy and non-existent, especially during certain parts of the trek. Electricity or solar lights will be available at most places; some places on the trek will not have it and will rely on solar charged batteries only.
17: How do I charge my phone or camera battery?
We recommend carrying back up batteries for your camera and a solar charger to avoid paying for charging your devices at tea houses on the route (they will charge about Rs 150-400 per battery one device.
18: What if I get really sick or injure myself and cannot continue the trip, will I get a refund for the days of the trip remaining?
If due to unforeseen circumstances, you get injured or really sick and cannot continue the trip the money paid to us will be forfeit in such a scenario.
19 Do I need vaccination before arriving Nepal?
Yes, it is better to have vaccination for Rabies, Malaria, or seek help from http://ciwec-clinic.com/health-information/immunizations-recommended-for-travel-in-nepal/
20: List of Clothing/ Gears:
Pair of shocks. 4 Pairs.
Woolen shocks for night available in Nepal
Thermal inner ware.
Fleece few of them.
Quick drying towel
Quick drying t-shirt or shirts.
Wind / waterproof jacket.
LED headlight with spare rechargeable batteries.
Sunscreen 35- 50 plus.
Multi charge adaptor.
5 Copies of Passport Photos:
21: When you book any adventure and holiday trip with us we assume that you have read the full detail of booking term and conditions mentioned in our website and you are full aware of it and you have agreed with the agreement.