Trek through a remote and beautiful part of Nepal

Around Dhaulagiri Trek & Climb

The challenging Around Dhaulagiri Trek & 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 trek 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 spectacular 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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Visit a remote and rural area of Nepal - Guy Cotter

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Pass through spectacular valleys - Guy Cotter

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Dining and sleeping tents - 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, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$6,500 USD $
From Apr 09 to Apr 27, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$6,500 USD $
  • Overview

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

    The 'Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb’ 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


    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


    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
    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.


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


    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 Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb.

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

    Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Around Dhaulagiri Trek and 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.

    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.



    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

    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

    Sadhu Kathmandu Camilla RutherfordCity 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

    Gokyo CoverGokyo Extension

    Trek over the challenging Cho La Pass to visit the Gokyo Lakes region. This is a highly recommended extension for fit and experienced trekkers.

    An early start sees the group going over the 5,380m pass by late mid-morning (fantastic views back to Ama Dablam and of Cholatse) and then descending off the steeper side of the pass into boulder fields and trails with a more remote feeling to them. By the end of a superb day’s Himalayan trekking we reach the small village of Dragnag. The next day we cross the Ngozumpa Glacier and after a couple of hours reach Gokyo for a well-earned rest. There are options to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) later on or trek further up valley to view some of the stunning Gokyo lakes (of which there are five).

    We then begin the trek out from the Gokyo region with a beautiful day of trekking to Machermo, before re-joining the main trail at Namche Bazaar. The trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a long day before the early morning flight back out to Kathmandu on the last day. Departure flights from Kathmandu need to be scheduled for the following day. Costs for the Gokyo Extension are US$450 per person. For more information contact our office.

    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan

    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 Treks 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.

    Have a camera man 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.

    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
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.

    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.


    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.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

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

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.


    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

    • Trek Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed out a set of Team 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.

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Himalayan Treks in the Everest Region. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

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

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      We 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 Kathmandu’s only rooftop swimming pool! A perfect place to begin and end your trip.

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the trek?
      Hot showers are available in some of the lodges during the trek 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 that on the Dhaualgiri Trek there are no showers or laundry facilities 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. 

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, and ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarian as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our treks provide excellent local and western food! If you have any special treats that 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. We usually bring a few treats from New Zealand such as Kiwi cheese and salami and serve fresh coffee with breakfast. On the Dhaulagiri Trek, our cook team will prepare a range of tasty dishes in the camps. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements that you may have on your application form and we are happy to accommodate for these with specific diets.

      What are the lodges like? Can I have my own room?
      We book tidy, clean, modern lodges - 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.

      On the tent-based Dhaulagiri trek, you will be sleeping in a high-quality mountain tent, shared with one other trekker. 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 your arrival and departure city 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; 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 60 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 please ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket, if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

      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 to our expedition and trek destinations.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Our Nepal treks fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight on the scheduled arrival date. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pickup 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 you can 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.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application we will post out a set of Team Reference Notes which includes an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this will be directed to our Equipment Coordinator. They can assist you in preparing for the trip as well as recommend and source a range of clothing and equipment suitable for the climb 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 -10°C. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to what bag we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      Will there be any oxygen carried on the expedition? Is this included in our treks fee?
      Most of our treks take oxygen as a medical backup. We also take PAC chambers with us (Personal Altitude Chamber). A trekker or climber with mountain sickness is placed inside the PAC 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 your physician and us otherwise, there is no need to take preventative medication before or during your trek.

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

      How much weight can we carry on the trek?
      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 at 5 to 10kgs (10-20 pounds).

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many guides/ Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
      A ratio of trekkers 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 trek or expedition.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers and trekkers 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.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a trek?
      We cannot recommend enough in regards to being fit prior to the trek as this will make all the difference to your acclimatisation, and ultimately, your enjoyment. For most treks, you should be comfortable walking up to 6 hours with a light pack. Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking, and gym work to develop strength. Check out the fitness training programmes for trekking from Uphill Athlete.

      Please note the Mustang trek is of only moderate difficulty as we can ride the horses on most of the trail apart from steep descents and the occasional exposed section. Participants must be of reasonable health and capable of walking/riding for about 4-6 hours a day. Please also note that are some longer days on the Dhaulagiri Trek as we ascend Dhampus Peak.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would 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 nail like horizontal prongs) and offer to recharge for a fee. 

      On the Mustang Trek, charging facilities may be more limited and you may wish to consider bringing your own personal solar charging system.

      Please also note that on the Dhaulagiri trek, mains voltage charging will not be available. Although we do carry a 12V power supply, this is primarily for recharging the satellite phone so we recommend you bring your own personal sized solar panel and battery pack if you have multiple devices. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter type car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras as they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. 

      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 treks, there is a requirement for each trek member to have travel insurance covering medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for trekking. This should provide adequate cover in the event that any mishap occurs and an expensive evacuation is initiated. We do also highly recommend that you purchase a standard comprehensive policy that would likely include cover for trip cancellation (in the event of an injury or mishap prior to your trip start date), delayed flights, lost luggage and at times, medical evacuation and costs.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and third world 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. Our recommended providers are found on our Travel and Rescue Insurance page. When you have booked on for a trip with us, we will also send you more comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      We recommend to all our expedition and trek members to buy trip cancellation insurance upon sign up for your trek or at the very least, at the same time as you pay for your flights (and the balance payment) for the trip you are going on. 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 one’s self, business issues, etc.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      Yes, we can accept the trip deposit payment and balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can, however, recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country 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: 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 a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is in our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • 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.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and 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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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
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

Tents were terrific, very roomy for 2 and withstood winds at High Camp. Food terrific so much choice it was really amazing. Amazing camp sites and some nice lodges in which we ate meals.
Mera Peak

Dianne Walker
Ella Thurston

You guys are well worth every dollar spent. I can’t wait to do my next trek with you! You’re reputable, extremely coordinated, friendly and go over and beyond to ensure your trek members have a great time. Every member of your team from booking to trek leadership are incredible.
Everest Base Camp Trek, 2017

Ella Thurston