Restricted Area Treks

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Restricted Area Treks

Trekkers in Nepal are allowed to trek as FIT (Free Individual Trekker) or in a group of various sizes. However, there are certain trekking regions known as ‘Restricted Areas’ that are highly regulated by the Government of Nepal, and hence FITs are strictly forbidden. Trekking in these areas is allowed only upon acquiring a permit from the Department of Immigration.

Interested trekkers should contact the authorized trekking agencies who then can apply for permits (on behalf of trekkers) at the Department of Immigration fulfilling all the necessary formalities. Trekkers should be trekking in a group (of a minimum of two persons) accompanied by a licensed trekking guide. Individual trekkers cannot apply for the permit.

There are different rates (trekking Permit fees) applicable for different routes to acquire the Permits. Visit the link for detail. Permit fees are quoted in US dollars but payable in Nepali Rupees. A trekking permit is not issued beyond the visa expiration date. Hence, trekkers must have valid visas for a sufficient number of days covering their trekking schedule.

Many trekking areas are restricted to foreigners and require a special permit.   Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Manaslu, Lower Dolpo, Rara Lake are examples of Restricted Trekking areas in Nepal where access to foreigners is strictly controlled. These trekking areas are different in many features from ordinary trails. You must travel with the assistance of an executive person and have a special permit. Groups must consist of a minimum of two trekkers and their required staff. The main purpose of these areas being ‘restricted’ is to protect the natural environment and culture from outside pressures. An environmental representative has to register with the police and government offices in route. The treks must be fully prearranged through a registered trekking agency and have to be fully equipped with tents, all support staff, cooks, etc.  Now. However, some restricted trekking has teahouses to make trekking easier. We can arrange your restricted trekking easily and conveniently.  Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd is fully registered with the government to organize your trip to Nepal.

Conditions to be followed by Trekkers

  1. Trekkers should respect local customs and traditions and must not indulge in any activity that goes against the established norms and culture of the society.
  2. Individual trekking in Restricted Areas is strictly forbidden. There should be a minimum of two trekkers.
  3. Daily remuneration, safety gear, and appropriate clothes, Personal Accident insurance must be provided to Nepali citizens accompanying travel group as guide/porter/any other supporting roles.
  4. Trekkers should trek only in the specified or designated route as per the Trekking Permit. They are not allowed to change routes. Or concerned trekking agency/trekking guide accompanying the group must not let trekkers change the route.
  5. Trekkers should comply with instructions given by authorized Officials in the trekking zone (Restricted Area).
  6. Mountaineers with expedition permits should get trekking permits as well if they have to pass through Restricted Areas to climb peaks. In this case, they do not need to pay fees for (Trekking) Permit.