How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a thrilling and challenging trek in Nepal. This trek is the right choice for those adventure lovers who are moderately fit and looking for Off The Beaten Path and remoteness adventure in Nepal. To do this trek not need any previous adventure experience but you need to be fit for walking 7 to 8 hours a day in the mountain. And, there is no limit on our adventures, as long adventurers have healthy and willing. We strongly recommend you have some days extra in your schedule for this trek.
What physical fitness and experience requirements for the Dhaulagiri circuit trek?
Dhaulagiri circuit trek is considered a strenuous plus trek. In such a trek, you are likely to walk for 6 to 8 hours, crossing steeps, hilly terrains, and occasional high passes of up to 5400 meters. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising, hiking and jogging regularly, or joining a gym (especially cardio section) at least 3 months prior to the trek is a great idea to enhance your strength and stability. For this trek, no need for any technical skill. It is vital for trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Alpine Eco Trek about your medical condition before booking the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek.
Are there Acclimatization days during this trek?
We have planned the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek itinerary with a high priority of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Four extra days are set aside for acclimatization. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above 4000 meters, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs several days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
Alpine Eco Trek suggests our guests with known heart, lungs, or blood diseases consult their doctor before travelling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are major symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itinerary is planned to try to prevent AMS as much as possible and our guides and crew members are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.
What is the normal group size for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trekking?
The minimum group size is two, and for this trek, there will be one licensed trekking leader, one assistant guide, one trekking cook, one assistant cook and some Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (1 porter for two trekkers). This arrangement ensures that even if someone in the group gets sick or is unable to continue, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally, a maximum of 10 people is ideal as we have found this to be the optimum size for a delightful and successful trip.
What is the best season for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp expedition?
The best seasons for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek are autumn (from September to mid-November) and spring (from March, April to May).
What type of accommodation do I get during the Dhaulagiri Base Camp adventure?
We choose the best standard accommodations for 3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara (after the trek) and 1 night in Jomsom in the best available hotel/guesthouse. Accommodation during the trek, from Day 4 to Day 18 will be in a comfortable two-men camping tent. To sleep in a tent, 4 seasons high-quality sleeping bag, and a foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All hotel/guesthouse and camping accommodation will be on a twin sharing basis, and we will provide you single supplement if there is different sex without. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get a single room/tent on request by paying a single supplement of USD 300.
What type of meals and drinking water can I expect during the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be based on Bed and Breakfast basis and from Darbang to Jomsom (Day 3 to Day 19) all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included. Our camping trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is accompanied by an experienced and well-trained trekking cook and Sherpa helpers. Breakfasts will include porridge or cereals and sometimes eggs, with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Lunches are generally prepared on the trail and can include cooked or tinned vegetables, rice, chips, freshly made Tibetan bread, as well as tinned tuna, meats or cheese. On occasion, this can be augmented by noodle soup. Dinners always start off with soup, followed by a locally inspired main course such as rice, dal, and spicy vegetables, or a more international dish like pasta with a tomato sauce or pizza and chips. Dessert can be tinned fruit with custard or rice pudding or cake with custard. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitudes. During the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, there will be very few opportunities to purchase snacks and drinks from simple shops and tea houses. All meals while on the trek and also while staying in Jomsom is included in the trip cost. In the end, we will offer a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. It is time to celebrate the success of a great journey with your trekking team.
We do not recommend you drink untreated water from the taps. In this trek, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 liters bottles. Additionally, you suggest you take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.
Are your guides and crew members trained for the Dhaulagiri trek?
The most important thing that makes Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful guides and crew members. This trek will be led by only the best and most professional guides. All of Alpine Eco Trek's guides and crew members are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills, knowledge about the region and personal aptitude. With the objective of sustaining local communities, Alpine Eco Trek only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. Our guides and crew members have undergone the following training:
01) Intensive Wilderness First Aid
02) Trekking Guide Training
03) Alpine Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
04) English Language
05) Climbing and Mountaineering
06) Conservation and Biodiversity
What kind of communication is available during the Dhaulagiri circuit trekking?
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is an extremely demanding trip that leads you to the remote and isolated region of western Nepal, cell phone doesn’t work most of the days so we will bring a satellite phone for logistical, safety, and personal use. Personal calls are charged at USD 5 per minute and USD 3 to send and receive SMS texts.
Do I require travel insurance for the Dhaulagiri Round trek?
A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek with us so we strongly recommend you take travel insurance before joining the trip which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. Please kindly provide us with a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.
What type of equipment do I need to pack for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Vacation?
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is an extremely amazing and adventure trip. We trek up to 5400m walking through villages, green hills, high passes, and white snow paths so that you need to have the right equipment with you. The weight limit for your luggage is 20 kg max. Remember that your main luggage will be carried by our porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Equipment for head
- Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Equipment for Upper Body
- Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Equipment for Hands
- 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
- 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Equipment for Lower Body
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- 1 pair of Hiking shorts
- 1 pair of Hiking trousers
- 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Equipment for Feet
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, broken in)
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle-high version
Equipment for Sleeping
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -30 degrees C )
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
- Water purification tablets or the water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
- 1 compass or GPS (optional)
- 1 alarm clock/watch
- 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- Large Ziplocs
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
- 1 small folding knife
- Binoculars (optional)
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial handwash
Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swimsuit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).
Why do we choose Alpine Eco Trek for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek?
1) We are Alpine trekking specialists and we have been organizing strenuous plus treks in Nepal for many years. Ram Kumar, owner and founder of Alpine Eco Trek, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Dhaulagiri region.
2) Read our reviews received for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek where our overall holiday rating is 100%.
3) Alpine Eco Trek has organized a successful trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Due to the remoteness and logistical challenges it is important to have a crew who has previously trekked in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
4) In our itinerary, we have included four rest and acclimatization days. These extra days will help you acclimatize to the high altitudes and also increase your chances of completing the traverse in case of any delays flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Jomsom to Pokhara.
5) We use high-quality tents for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. These are two-man domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.
6) We bring a satellite phone to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with the Agency for logistics, planning and group safety.
7) Our guides for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek will bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines.
8) There will be a wide range of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We bring along a supply of chocolate, muesli bars, Pringles, biscuits, and nuts.
9) We have trouble-free payment options.
How can I book the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek?
Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport along with a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.