Explore a remote and rugged part of Nepal

Dhaulagiri Circuit & Dhampus Peak

The challenging Dhaulagiri Circuit & Dhampus Peak Climb explores some of Nepal's most remote rural landscapes, journeying far from the beaten track and usual tourist trekking trails. 

From the lush green fields and subsistence farms of rural Nepal through to the arid, barren alpine landscapes of the high Himalaya, this expedition has it all, including a two night stay with the AC expedition team at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

We then climb the 6,012m Dhampus Peak, which offers spectaular views across the valley to the Annapurna's and the peaks of the Dhaulagiri Range. It is a challenging, camping based trek, suitable for experienced trekkers, and those seeking an easy but remote Himalayan climb.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 19 days
Elevation 6,012M / 19,724FT
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Quality mountain tents are used throughout the trek

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Visit a remote and rural area of Nepal - Guy Cotter

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Pass through spectacular valleys - Guy Cotter

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Guy Cotter

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French Pass - Guy Cotter

From Apr 09 to Apr 27, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$7,200 USD $
  • Overview

    • A challenging and adventurous camping based trek
    • Explore a remote and rugged part of Nepal
    • Climb the 6,012m Dhampus Peak


    The Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak Expedition is a challenging and adventurous camping-based trek into a remote and unspoilt corner of Nepal. Dhaulagiri is the highest mountain completely within Nepal hence the circumnavigation delivers an all-encompassing perspective of the environment and those who live around it.

    We initiate the journey at low altitude then ascend through a wide range of cultural and temperate zones in a region that sees minimal contact with the outside world. Agriculture and horticulture give way to dense untouched forests through to extreme mountain-scape as we travel around the mighty behemoth of Dhaulagiri, the 'White Mountain'.

    After several days negotiating steep and exposed trails connecting small hamlets of the authentic Nepal, we are confronted by the bulk of Dhaulagiri and we continue onwards to Dhaulagiri Base Camp where expedition climbers position themselves to tackle this peak that is the world’s seventh highest. The trekking route then takes us higher still, over the 5,300 metre French Pass where the uphill journey culminates in an ascent of the 6,012 metre Dhampus Peak.

    There is much that is compelling about this trek that qualifies it as one of the most fascinating and rewarding in the Himalaya.

  • Why AC?

    Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience.

    We are renowned for our quality of service and the strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

    We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised trek leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up. Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

    Many of our team members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our trips safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following::

    • Kathmandu Airport Transfers
    • Nepalese Government royalty fees
    • All trek organisational requirements
    • All trekking permits
    • Air transport and accommodation in tents, lodges, hotels ex Kathmandu on twin shared basis
    • All group equipment for the trek
    • All trek staff, including porter support (you only carry a daypack).
    • All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back into Pokhara


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
    • Dinner in Pohkara on return from trek
    • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts or alcohol
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging
    • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting 30-day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
    • Personal clothing and equipment for the trek
    • Personal travel/trip cancellation insurance
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities to porters, guides and Sherpa staff

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex), plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    We will send you receipts for all payments.

    All prices are subject to change.

    Deposit

    A deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition trek.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 60 days prior to your trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 59-30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 29 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical, personal or other reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Around Dhaulagiri TrekThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak Climb we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited.

    Our Guides

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, with the best back-up and support available.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.

     

     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you ensure you are fit and physically prepared for the expedition.

    What You Carry

    We have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your day pack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations, you add in a warm hat and gloves.

    The Altitude

    A robust acclimatisation program has been incorporated into our itinerary to allow the best opportunity for our body to adjust to the reduced atmospheric pressure when travelling high in the Himalayan Mountains. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this expedition.

    Nonetheless, you will feel the effects of the high altitude. For people who have not previously been to altitude this can sometimes be a cause for concern but please do not worry about this as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.

    Symptoms you may experience include; mild headaches which are similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Should symptoms persist, they can be relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Taking the time after arriving at a ‘new’ elevation is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around, usually adjust at a slower rate than others.

    The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and do not try to keep up with any locals!

    We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.

    Food

    This tent-based trip is supported by our capable cooks who provide wholesome meals while your guides lead you safely on the trek. Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. Once in the Dhaulagiri area during the trek, we will be staying and dining in tents. We will be eating in the Adventure Consultants mess tent or dining rooms at camping sites. Our camping equipment and ample, nutritious meals are in excellent condition and of very high quality!

    Clothing & Equipment

    Trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Arrive Kathmandu, overnight hotel
    2 City tour, overnight hotel
    3 Fly to Pokhara. Jeeps to Khara (1,200m), camping
    4 Trek to Jugapani (1,675m) 6 hrs, camping
    5 Trek to Chetarang (1,880m) 7 hrs, camping
    6 Trek to Dobang. (2,520m) 6 hrs, camping
    7 Trek to Sallaghari (3,144m) 5.5 hrs, camping
    8 Trek to Italian Camp: (3,631m) 3 hrs, camping
    9 Trek to Japanese Camp. (3,940m) 6 hrs, camping
    10 Dhaulagiri Base Camp. (4,700m) 3 hrs, camping
    11 Rest and acclimatisation day Dhaulagiri Base Camp, camping
    12 Rest and acclimatisation day Dhaulagiri Base Camp, camping
    13 Trek to French Pass (5,360m) and to Hidden Valley (5,140m) 7 hrs, camping
    14 Early start, ascend to Dhampus Pass (5,240m) climb to the summit of Dhampus Peak (6,012m) 6 hrs, descend to Yak Kharka (4,430m) 4 hrs, camping
    15 Descend to Marpha (2,670m) 3 hrs, lodge
    16 Marpha to Pokhara by jeep. 8 hrs. hotel
    17 Fly to Kathmandu, hotel
    18 Weather contingency day
    19 Depart Kathmandu

    The trek members meet in Kathmandu, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. We are greeted at the airport by our Kathmandu representatives, who whisk you through the thriving city to your hotel.

    Once everybody has arrived we have a team meeting where introductions and the trip outline are completed. You will be briefed on the trip preparations and we can sort out any queries or questions you have. Your guide will advise you on good shopping and the better restaurants to visit while you are in the city. After an optional sight-seeing tour and familiarisation with the layout of Kathmandu, you are free to look around. There are plenty of shops and entertainment to suit all tastes. From excellent bookshops to mountain bike hire to souvenir shopping and bars, Kathmandu’s retail fraternity is waiting to meet you!

    We use a full day in Kathmandu completing gear checks to ensure you are adequately outfitted but there is no need to worry if you have forgotten anything, there are plenty of good outdoor shops in Kathmandu.

    Early the next morning, we fly to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city. From Pokhara, we drive to the trail head at Khara. Here we establish the first of our camp sites right next to the Myagdi Khola River that we will follow over the course of our trek until we cross the range to descend abruptly into the Kali Gandaki River.

    The trek itself lasts for 11 days from our departure from Khara until we return to civilisation when we descend into the delightful township of Marpha in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Trekkers will stay in high-quality mountain tents on a twin share basis. Delicious breakfast and dinners will be served in our well-appointed dining tent that is adorned with tables and comfortable chairs. Cooked lunches will be served at an allocated stopping point each day to ensure you are well nourished and energised for the rigours of the hike each day.

    The trail at the outset follows the steep sides of the Myagdi Khola River, often zigzagging up to narrow paths with precipitous exposure. While the trails are well formed and are suitable for mules to transport local produce, this would be considered to be an advanced trekking route due to the exposed nature of the route. We advise that previous trekking experience and a head for heights is essential.

    The trekking days are moderately strenuous in nature. The trek up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp will involve walking around six hours each day, but there will be a couple of long days towards the end and during the ascent of Dhampus Peak at the high point of the trek.

    We have scheduled two days for rest and acclimatisation at Dhaulagiri base camp which sits at 4,700 metres above sea level. Expedition teams from around the world will be in residence at base camp where they will utilise the camp to stage their climbs and rest up between rotations on the mountain. We will spend our time here taking short acclimatisation hikes and maximising rest and recuperation to prepare us for the adventures ahead.

    Feeling the benefits of the rest from our nights at base camp we embark on the ascent to French Pass at 5,360 metres. We trek across glacial moraine towards the head of the valley then make the long climb to the apex of the pass that delivers spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri massif. We then drop down the other side into the `Hidden Valley’ where we establish camp at 5,140m. The next day we rise early to make the climb up snow slopes to Dhampus Pass (5,240m) that is the final high point on the trek before we descend abruptly into the Kali Gandaki Valley. For those with the resolve who want to stand on the summit of a Himalayan peak, we make the ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,012m) that sits directly above the pass. From atop you gain spectacular views of the Annapurna’s across the valley and the peaks of the Dhaulagiri Range. The journey now involves a long descent to the green pastures of Yak Kharka (4,430m) and the following morning to the delightful whitewashed township of Marpha. Marpha sports paved streets through narrow alleyways, cute shops and hotels. It is a picturesque scene due to the beautifully cultivated fields of apricot trees and cropping grains that surround this small hamlet.

    We drive the next day down the Kali Gandaki River back to Pokhara where we spend a night enjoying this thriving tourist town on the shores of Fewa Lake. Next day we return to Kathmandu for a final celebration before saying good bye to our fellow trekkers.

    We place a lot of emphasis on maintaining good health to ensure we get the most from our trekking experience. A trek of this nature involves exposure to the effects of high altitude which we prepare for by use of a trekking program that encourages healthy acclimatisation. In general, a fit and healthy person will adapt to the altitudes encountered on this trek and our guides are experienced in the techniques required to enhance acclimatisation and address any altitude issues should they arise.

    Our itinerary includes rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.

  • Add Ons

    C Rutherford 01237City Tour

    Experience the sights of Kathmandu with a qualified English speaking guide. See some ancient temples nestled within the city, places that have remained the same for centuries. But don't just see them; get a valuable insight from a knowledgeable local guide. You will be amazed. Kathmandu has more surprises than you can imagine.




     

    caro DawrikasLuxury Hotel Upgrades

    Kathmandu has a wealth of accommodation options.  On our standard expedition departure we stay at a good, western standard, mid-range hotel but if you feel you would like to upgrade to luxury style, we can assist with booking alternative hotels.

    Just a few hours drive from Kathmandu is the beautiful Himalayan region of Langtang National Park. We offer two week long pre-acclimatisation trips to either the Langtang or Gosain Kunda lakes area. An ideal opportunity to pre-acclimatise prior to your Himalayan expedition. Contact our office for more detail.

    C Rutherford 2595Langtang - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                                                               

    Day 1 - Drive to Shyabrubesi (1,550m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Langtang Villages (3,430m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
    Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4,770m) and return to Lama Hotel
    Day 6 - Back to Shyabrubesi 

    Langtang Sophie WardGosain Kunda - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                 

    Day 1 - Drive to Dhunche (1,950m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Thulo Shyabru (2,200m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Shing Gomba (3,584m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Gosain Kunda (4,381m)
    Day 5 - Trek back to Shing Gomba
    Day 6 - Trek back to Dhunche
    Day 7 - Return to Kathmandu

    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park is one of the major draw cards in Nepal outside of the Himalayas themselves. This is a World Heritage listed wildlife reserve that protects over 932 square kilometres of wilderness that is home to a raft of different wildlife. While there you will have the opportunity to see one horned rhinoceroses, monkeys and deer, and if you are really lucky you might even see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Since you are in Nepal, why not stay a little longer and experience this gem. For more information check out our Chitwan page. 

    Tiger Mountain Lodge Pokhara Camilla RutherfordPokhara and Tiger Mountain Lodge

    Perched 1,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge provides a perfect haven, the essence of tranquillity. This side trip is ideal for guests pre- and post-expedition, or for those wishing to take day walks exploring local communities, bird-watching, gentle exercise, or just to relax in a typical Nepalese rural setting. For more information check out our Pokhara page.

    We are also able to offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top AC western guide as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC have been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

    Trekking Option for Non-climbing Family and Friends

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your Expedition but may not like the idea of actually climbing a mountain. We can arrange for them to accompany you on the trek.

    Additional Sherpa Support

    If you feel you want additional Sherpa support to carry equipment for you then please contact the office to discuss pricing for this option. We can arrange for a personal Sherpa to carry for you throughout the expedition or for occasional carries where necessary. We are not in a position to arrange the employment of additional Sherpas once on the mountain, so if you think you may be interested please contact our office well in advance of the trip start date.

    Personal Communications & Personal Tent on the Mountain

    You may also like to talk to us about other options such as personal communication systems (own BGAN satellite connection and laptop at Base Camp), or the provision of a personal tent on the mountain.

    Film Your Expedition

    Have a cameraman join your expedition and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family. Contact us or see our specialty Film and Photo Services page for more information.

    For more information on additional services, please contact our office.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Himalayan Trekking Peaks Expeditions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to the meticulous planning and logistics coordination provided by our head office. Once on the ground in Nepal, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides so that you can relax and enjoy trekking and climbing in this amazing country.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      Our climbers usually stay at the Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu. Only 15 minutes walk from the tourist centre of Thamel, the Radisson is situated in a quiet location and boast a fitness centre, sauna and steam room, three restaurants, a bar, café and a rooftop swimming pool! A perfect place to begin and end your trip.

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition?
      Hot showers are available in some of the lodges during the trekking phase for a small fee. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers. Some lodges also provide a laundry service for a small fee.

      Please note than on the Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak there are generally no showers available, although a bowl of hot water will be available for washing most days. Most days also start with a 'hot face towel' delivered to your tent or dining table. Likewise, no laundry facilities are available due to the lack of drying opportunities.

      What food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, plus ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our expeditions provide excellent local and Western food! If you have any special treat you like, we encourage you to bring some along.

      What is the food like?
      When staying in the lodges, expect local food such as dal bhat as well as western-style dishes such as pizza or yak steak. When in camp, our well-trained cooks prepare high quality Western food as well as popular local dishes and we usually bring a few treats from New Zealand such as Kiwi bacon, cheese and salami, fresh coffee and yoghurt. Once on the mountain, we typically focus on MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) which are real food, freeze-dried and vacuum sealed. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. We are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the lodges like? Can I have my own room or tent?
      We book tidy, clean, modern lodges using the best that are available in each village. They are well known locations to us and we have a good relationship with the lodge owners. We can book private rooms for you if you like, at an added cost. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin-share and sometimes triple-share.

      In camps, you will be sleeping in a high-quality mountain tent, shared with one other climber. You will be greeted each morning with a cup of bed tea, served by our smiling cook staff. Evening meals will be served in our comfortable dining tent. A single supplement is available – please contact our office to enquire.

    • Travel

      What is the best way to get to Nepal?
      Regular flights operate into Kathmandu via Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore and Delhi.

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome, and encouraged, to arrive a bit earlier to explore Kathmandu if you have the time. Before your expedition you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guides. An AC representative will meet you at the airport and the first of many team briefings will take place on the evening of Day One. Please do not book to depart before the scheduled final trip itinerary day.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in Kathmandu. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows our local agents to assist with changing your return flight plans if need be, while you are in the mountains.

      When should I book my ticket?
      Generally, we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then ensure you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket, if we do have to cancel the trip.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      You should fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pick up, although taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions to enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans as we love to pass on Kathmandu sightseeing tips.

      Do I need to get a visa? 
      Yes. For most nationalities, a visa can either be obtained on arrival into Kathmandu or can be issued online prior through Nepal's online system. Be sure to have the suggested USD amount in cash for your visa application and have a passport photo for your arrival in Kathmandu. Currently, a 40-day visa costs $40 and 90-day visa costs US$100.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application, we will email out your Reference Notes which include detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this can be directed to our designated Equipment Coordinator, who can assist you by recommending and sourcing a range of suitable clothing and equipment via our gear retail service.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going, but in general you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be as cold as -15°C. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to the bags we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can also greatly improve a bag's warmth.

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      Will there be any oxygen carried on the expedition? Is this included in our expedition fee?
      Most of our expeditions take oxygen as a medical backup. We also take PACs (Personal Altitude Chambers) with us. A trekker or climber with mountain sickness is placed inside the chamber and it is inflated around them. It increases the air pressure and any altitude related illness is usually immediately fixed. The climber then feels better and can usually walk down to lower elevations to recover.

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/during the trek?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including various medications for altitude illness. If you have a previous history of altitude illness then discuss this with us and your physician, otherwise there should be no need to take preventative medication before or during your trip.

      You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. Also bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      How much weight will we carry on the expedition?
      You will carry your day pack with warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally it will be light, 5 -10kgs/10-20lbs. On summit day(s) you will add your down jacket, technical climbing gear (which you will be wearing most of the time) and heavier gloves.

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many guides/Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
      A ratio of climbers to Western guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable ‘Trip Notes’. Sherpa guides are assigned depending on the size of the group and type of expedition.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels, ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains, or purely adventure. We provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible? 
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8,000m peaks such as Gasherbrum 2 and Kanchenjunga, all of the Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows, so you can hike and climb at your own pace and enjoy the mountains on your own terms. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition?
      We cannot recommend enough being fit prior to the expedition as this will make all the difference to your enjoyment and success. Focus on pack carrying on steep and varied terrain, aiming to carry 5-10% more than the maximum expedition pack weight you will carry (approximately 10-15kg/20-30lbs).

      Endurance training is also important as you will have to be able to trek, carrying a light pack for 4-6 hours on most days. Summit day(s) can be 10-14 hours long, so do fit some longer days into your training also.

      Add back-to-back days of pack carrying in the weeks and months prior to your departure. This can be in the form of overnight backpacking or with the first day on stairs or in the gym, building up to the maximum altitude gain required on summit day (check your itinerary for this information), and a second day of flatter, outdoor walking with a lighter pack.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If so, what will be the charges for usage?
      Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3 per minute. Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the AC website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Many of our treks and climbs send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the expedition?
      Many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two horizontal prongs) and offer recharging for a fee. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on the purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system - please enquire with our office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      On all of our international expeditions, you will require insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur before or during the expedition. Click here for more information on expedition insurance.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on a trip with us, we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to all our expedition and trek members. You should purchase the insurance upon sign up for your expedition or at the very least when you pay the balance payment. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to self, etc..

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can, however, recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified Western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on the trip is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are emailed out upon receipt of your trip deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Safety

      What about the Maoists in Nepal?
      The Maoist problem which partly crippled the economy of Nepal for the past decade garnered major international interest. The Maoists have now formed part of the Nepalese government and there is a comprehensive peace agreement in place so we hope the troubles of the past are put behind the Nepalese people. Our sources in Nepal keep us up to date with the political situation and if there are significant changes we will be sure to advise you.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Claudia Lopez

I have always recommended AC… Specially to people looking to climb the bigger peaks. Knowledge, logistics and experience are the paramount of my recommendation along with the importance of the great Sherpa Team. AC excels and I won’t go climbing with anyone else.
Lhotse, 2016

Claudia Lopez
USA/Colombia
23 Nov Jet Lloyd and Pemba Sherpa descending from 6000m

A well-oiled machine… AC clearly pride themselves on effective organisation and client care even under the most challenging conditions. At all times I felt an effective, pre-emptive organisation system was in place; this would be impressive in NZ and quite a feat in Nepal.
Three Peaks Nepal, 2017

Norman Ragg
New Zealand
Dale West I

My fourth trip with AC and this was the best yet. The extra cost up front is an investment repaid by quality people, logistics, facilities, food, experience, program and process. If you ever hear I have gone with someone else... it is not me.
Cho Oyu

Dale West
Australia
Martin Poegelt

AC offers a great service with nothing to worry about. You can fully focus on the trip because you know everything is taken care of. For my next adventures, I’ll have a look at what AC has to offer for sure!
Three Passes Trek, 2017

Martin Pögelt
Germany