Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Region

Remote Area Trek

Duration

21 Days

Max Altitude

5115m

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours trekking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight out of Pokhara (optional)

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

A trek around Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), the 7th highest peak in the world, sited in the western part of Nepal is considered as a challenging and most rewarding trek around the inspiring Dhaulagiri massif. This isolated trekking offers amazing natural scenery, evergreen forest blossoming with rhododendron combined with native warm hearted people and their heady mixture of unique culture.

The journey to trek to Dhaulagiri takes the less-traveled route and will take you to base of Mount Dhaulagiri (26,795 ft), in beautiful surroundings. This is the seventh tallest peak in the world and one of the deadliest. From 1808 to 1848, Dhaulagiri was believed to be the tallest peak.

"Dhaula" means "white," "Giri" means "mountain," in Sanskrit (former Hindu dialect). The highest climb to this "what Peak" was made after the northeast range, but the climbs were performed from most directions. There were 358 active summits in 2007 and 58 deaths – a fatality rate of 16,2 per cent (among the sumiteers).

The popular and challenging high mountain passes in this area includes; French Pass (5,360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5,182 meters). Trekking trail passes through forests full of ferns, oak, juniper and into the high provinces, making over snow and glaciers. Further, it circuits around the Dhaulagiri massif, displaying the beauty and wilderness of Nepal’s remote area, which truly is an adventure to any trekking enthusiast. This is a beautiful all round trek that incorporates the best of what Nepal has to offer while being off the beaten track. 

Highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Crossing a high remote pass between the massive snow-capped peaks 
  • High and Wild Land at its best 
  • Trek on the Trans Himalayan Salt Trading Route and through the deepest gorge of the world. 
  • Few frequented villages with friendly residents.

Journey of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

This journey begins in Beni, a big town about 2-3 hours drive from Pokhara. The road to Beni winds and passes through the mountains, but otherwise reasonably well-maintained. A number of treks in the Annapurna region continue or leave, Beni.

Plus, this is a demanding trek, and most trekkers won't want to extend it because of fatigue.

Outline Itinerary ( 21 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel

    Welcome to Kathmandu. Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya/ Himalayan Suite Hotel. 

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu

    Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square). Overnight at hotel.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Beni by bus (6-7hrs.)

    We 're going to take the early morning bus to Beni. It's a nice ride with the green scenery. It is the offices of the district where the permits will be reviewed. The town we 're staying in is situated at the confluence of Myagdi Khola and Kali Gandaki. Overnight in the local hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Drive 6-7 hours
    Altitude: 899m

  • 4

    Beni to Babyachaur (945 m/3150ft)–4-5 hrs

    After leaving Beni, we travel west along the north bank of Myagdi Khola. We pass through the village of Beni Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani. After passing two bridges, we enter the village of Simalchaur on the north bank. We 're going to meet Babiya Chaur from here. Overnight at the Lodge.
    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5hrs
    Altitude: 945m

  • 5

    Trek to Dharapani (1400m/4670 ft)–5-6 hrs

    As we leave Babiya Chaur, we come across terraced hills on either side of the river. The trail is fairly leveled as we pass through villages, Duk Khola, and fields to reach Rotorunga. As we move ahead, the valley narrows and we finally reach Dharapani. Overnight at the lodge.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 1400m

  • 6

    Trek to Muri (1860m/6195ft) – 5-6 hrs

    We cross the river from Dharapani to the west bank. After leaving Phedi, there is a steep climb until we reach the ridge where the trail flattens for a while. After climbing again, we 're going through Sibang, Mattim, Ghati Khola and Phalai Gaon. After passing Dhara Khola, we again reach the western bank of Myagdi Khola. Following that, we ascend the hill to eventually get to the Magar Village of Muri. 

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 1860m

  • 7

    Trek to Baghara (2040 m/6845ft)–5-6 hrs

    From Muri, we go down for a short time, cross the stream and pass through the terraced fields before ascending the ridge and entering the pass. We can see the glorious Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m.) from the pass. We 're going down to the west bank of Myagdi Khola and we're going to the village of Naura. Then we ascend a little, cross a slope, and scale another steep hill with zigzag tracks. Then we cross the forest and the terraced fields to finally get to Boghara.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 2040m

  • 8

    Trek from Boghara to Doban (2520m).

    First, we go down through the lush greenery to the ridge and then through the forest to meet Jyardhan (the most remote settlement in the region). A long winding road needs to cross a mountainous landscape, descends and ascends again to meet Lipshe. Then we go through the forest to Lapche Kharka and then ascend to Doban, which is a fairly flat area. Overnight in the cabin.

    Accommodation: Cabin
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 2520m

  • 9

    Trek to Italian Base Camp (3655 m/12,185ft)-6-7 hrs

    We cross a footbridge to depart Doban and then go up a forest land. We gradually get a peak of Dhaulagiri I and then get back to Myagdi Khola Bank. Then we cross a wooden bridge to the east bank and Cartare. We cross a wood, a rocky region, and a stream to enter Choriban Khola.

    From here we continue to the Chhonbarban Glacier, which we join from the west. As we soak in the splendor of the Tukuche peak and the Dhaulagiri I road, after a while we reach the Italian Base Camp. The base camp (at an altitude of 3660 m.) has a magnificent view of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 3655m

  • 10

    Rest and Exploration Day

    Have easy day  for acclamatization.

    Accommodation: Guest house
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: acclamatization
    Altitude: 3655m

  • 11

    Trek to Glacier Camp (4215m/14,045ft) –4-5 hrs

    The trek starts early in the morning with good weather to avoid the stone falls that the area is prone to. We pass through a narrow gorge and then reach the Glacier camp. Overnight at tented camp.

    Accommodation: Tented camp
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5 hrs
    Altitude: 4215m

  • 12

    Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740 m/15,800 ft)–5-6 hrs

    This is an interesting day to see the north face of Dhaulagiri I along with other peaks such as Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V. The view of the ice-fall falling from the north-east is spectacular.

    Accommodation: Tented camp
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 4740 m

  • 13

    Trek to Hidden Valley (5115 m/17,045 ft) via French Col/Pass (5360 m/17,870 ft) – 5 hrs

    Since reaching the lake, we 're going to ascend two hills. The first hill runs along the glacier and crosses the mountain and the moraine. As we climb a gentle slope, we reach the French Pass at an altitude of 5360 m. A wonderful view greets us at the pass, which includes Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang and Sita Chuchura, which surrounds the Hidden Valley. We continue along the right edge of the French Pass to reach Thapa Pass at 5250 m. We 're going down from the pass to reach the base camp

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 5115m

  • 14

    Rest Day at the Hidden Valley

    Acclimatize and have easy day.

    Accommodation: Guest house
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: acclamatization
    Altitude: 5115m

  • 15

    Trek to Yak Kharka (3680 m/12,270 ft) via Dhampus Pass (5,240 m/17,464 ft) –6-7 hrs

    We descend from Hidden valley to Dhampus pass at an elevation of 5200m. We continue from there to Yak Kharka which is perfect to set up camp and enjoy the surroundings at 3680m. 

    Accommodation: Guest house
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hours
    Altitude: 3680 m

  • 16

    Trek from Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2680m).

    From Yak Kharka, we descend steeply through forests and moraines for a few hours to reach Tukuche. Overnight local lodge.

    Accommodation: Guest house
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hours
    Altitude: 3680 m

  • 17

    Trek From Tuckuche to Kalopani (2565m).

    From Tukuche, we take a rough trail (on the bank of the Kali Gandaki River) to Larjung. There are a lot of fruit orchards here. Then we walk along a paved road, cross a pedestrian bridge and a forest to reach Kokkethanti. We pass the villages and pass the suspension bridge to meet our target, Kalopani. Local lodge for the night.

    Accommodation: lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hours
    Altitude: 2526m

  • 18

    Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1180m).

    From Kalopani, we take an easy beautiful walk as we move towards subtropical vegetation. The trail follows a river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge and reach a waterfall. We then move across the valley to reach Tatopani. Overnight local lodge.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hours
    Altitude: 1180 m

  • 19

    Drive back Pokhara

    After early morning breakfast, we take the jeep or local tourist bus to Pokhara. 

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive 5-6 Hours

  • 20

    Drive or fly to Kathmandu

    You will coming back to Kathmandu where your trip officially comes to end. You can enjoy 30 minutes whole body massage and farewell dinner with your trekking crew before you head back to your home next day. 

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast and farewell dinner
    Activity: Drive or fly to Kathmandu.

  • 21

    International Departure.

    After break fast, our airport representative will drive you to the airport for your flight back to home. 

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up & drop
  • Transportation by bus
  • Two/three star catagory hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Fooding, lodging ,insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Accommodation in Guest house with breakfast during the trek
  • Two nights camping with all meals
  • Nayapul to Pokhara by car
  • Necessary permit ,Tims and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All necessary equipments during the trek
  • All the Meals including breakfasts, lunch and dinner during the trek (except in Kathmandu and Pokhara)

Exclude

  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • City sightseeing entry fee and your insurance

Departures Dates

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07 Jan, 2022 - 28 Jan, 2022
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Trekking Difficulty

The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a difficult trek — one of the hardest in Nepal — suitable for trekkers with prior trekking experience at altitudes above 5,000 m. The optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060 m) requires simple mountaineering skills, such as knowledge about the use of ice axes and crampons. Three days in a row, trekking in the snow above 5,000 m, with no easy way down. Adding to the challenge is the cold — because this is a hiking trek, there are no warm lodges to escape at night. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is not for beginners or first-time visitors to Nepal, but the rewards are high for those with more experience.

Obtaining Trekking Permits

You will need to purchase a TIMS card ($10) and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) ($20 USD). They can be purchased separately in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or they will be managed for you through your trekking company or agent. HSJ arranges the trekking permits for all its clients.

Lodging and food

Apart from the first and last nights in Beni and Pokhara, where you will stay in hotels, this is an entirely teahouse and camping trek. In tea houses you get basic accommodation and simple food like daal bhaat. This fact increases the effects of the cold. While camping food will be prepared in a camp kitchen, while guides and porters ensure that necessary provisions are carried to prepare high-energy, nutritious and tasty food.

Insuring your safety

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

List of Equipments you will need for trek

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

Charging your electric devices

Apart from the first and last nights in Beni and Pokhara, where you will stay in hotels, this is an entirely camping trek. There are no lodges and not even any permanent settlements past Pakoban. And hence, you would have to depend on headlights, torches and power bank for charging of your devices. 

Internet connection and Telecommunication

Apart from the first and last nights in Beni and Pokhara, where you will stay in hotels, this is an entirely tea house trek. Higher altitude have lesser tea houses and limited services. Hence you would have to be prepared for the limited communication while on the camping trek. Availability of internet would be limited or scarce. Our guides would have satellite phone that would be our means of communication with them regarding the welfare and emergencies that are of the concerns of our client.

Luggage limit for the trek

Often this depends on the trek and the maximum altitude gain. Each porter carries between 15 and 30 kg on average in the mountain region for trekking. There is up to 40 kg of a camping pack. We usually assign one porter to our two trekkers.  15 kg of luggage is allowed per person on the trek. The health of our porter crew is strictly guaranteed.

Availability of drinking water on trek

This being challenging trek, sufficient amount of water would be needed to carried all the way. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals whereever possible. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By Air: Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu is available option for anyone who doesnt want to take 7-8 hours long drive back to Kathmandu. This option is however not included in the package and the cost would be extra USD 110 per person. 

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

This trek with HSJ starts from Beni which is 6-7 drive away from Kathmandu. 

French Camp at 5360m is the highest point of this trek through which we reach to Hidden Valley which is at the altitude of 5115m. 

 

AMS in Dhaulagiri is more likely because the altitude unexpectedly increases. Dramatic accents and descents on this trek is its dominant feature. AMS is the most common mountain sickness. It is essential to properly acclimate and hydrate. Go on a step by step and stop when necessary before you go ahead. An qualified guide is hence absolutely necessary for this trek. Listen to the guide and strictly follow his/ her guidance. 

Best time to do Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Trek is during spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). HSJ can however organize the trek at any time of the year with absolute safety while still availing you to have memorable experience

The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a difficult trek — one of the hardest in Nepal — suitable only for trekkers with prior trekking experience at altitudes above 5,000 m. The journey requires a high degree of endurance, power and commitment. 

The Dhaulagiri Trek Tour is one of the toughest and the most demanding treks that need prior alpine trekking experience.  Since the route is less marked chances of gettting lost and confused (paths are often obscured with snow) are hight, it is strongly recommended that you follow a tour guide.

Round Dhaulagiri Trek accommodation is offered on combined tea and camping.  There are simple theahouses that provide minimal facilities. Yet the room is tidy and provides a good night's rest. Carry a sleeping bag for added warmth with a lining.

As the camping tour starts, we will sleep on the sleeping bags.

Charging your electric devices

Apart from the first and last nights in Beni and Pokhara, where you will stay in hotels. There are limited lodges and not even enough permanent settlements past Pakoban. And hence, you would have to depend on headlights, torches and power bank for charging of your devices. 

 

Apart from the first and last nights in Beni and Pokhara, where you will stay in hotels, you will be walking on remote off beaten trails. Hence you would have to be prepared for the limited communication while on the camping trek. There is little to no internet connection. Our guides would have satellite phone that would be our means of communication with them regarding the welfare and emergencies that are of the concerns of our client.

Obtaining the effective Travel insurance that covers mountaineering and alpinism for helicopter evacuation is compulsory for this trek. 

Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip.

The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek.

Liquid needs and usage of our body is about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatigue and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, and ginger tea and garlic soup.

It is not suitable trek for novice trekkers and children.

In the average, you will be walking for 5-6 hours each day during the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Trek.

Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured.

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.