Major Restricted treks in Nepal

Major Restricted treks

Fixed Departure Trips

Nepal has many amazing destinations for adventure lovers. One can enjoy any kind of trips in the mountain regions. There are many parts of Nepal into which the entry of foreigners is strictly controlled. Many treks that may be suggested on a map are in restricted areas and you either cannot get a permit for those regions or must travel with a liaison officer and pay for a special permit. Some areas specifically closed to foreigners are: Rolwaling and the route to Nangpa La in Khumbu. When planning your adventure holiday, assume that these areas will remain closed. Don't count on a last-minute change in the rules. Police check posts are numerous in the hills and police will turn you back if you try to trek into a restricted area.

On the record there are no longer any restricted areas in Nepal. The immigration office rules now state that "trekkers are not allowed to trek in the notified areas previously known as restricted". Rather than get involved in all this semantic complication, the term "restricted" is used here to refer to places that are closed to trekkers, or open to trekkers only when accompanied by a policeman (a liaison or "environmental" officer).

There are many reasons why the restricted areas exist. In most cases, it is a hangover from a time when the border with China was more sensitive than it is now. Environmental groups, particularly the Nepal Nature Conservation Society, are pressuring the government to keep some places closed for ecological reasons to avoid both cultural and environmental degradation. Because trekkers require assistance when something goes wrong (accident, illness or theft), the government restricts some areas because it doubts that it could provide the security that trekkers need. There are also political reasons for some restrictions. In the 1970s, for example, the Jomsom trek was closed because a major foreign-aided military operation had been mounted there in support of the Khampas in Tibet.

There are many influences on the decision to open or close certain parts of Nepal to foreigners. Recent changes have liberalized both trekking and climbing, and there is considerable pressure to open more areas to trekkers. You should check with a trekking agency or the central immigration office before planning an unusual trek.

Fees for treks to restricted areas range from US$70 per day (with a 10 day minimum) for Mustang to US$90 per week for Humla and Manaslu. You must also pay for a Nepal government official to accompany you throughout the trek.

Permits & Formalities

A trek to a controlled area must be arranged as a fully equipped organized trek through a registered trekking agency using tents, sherpa staff, cooks and porters. Mission Eco Trek arranges the permit through a series of applications, guarantees and letters, a process that requires about two weeks and can be started only 21 days before the arrival of the group. You may not trek alone; there must be at least two members in each group. For some areas there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season. There is no system of advance reservation, and no clear indication of what will happen if the quota is reached the day before you make an application.

Each group is assigned "liaison officer" who will accompany it during the trek. Despite the fancy name, what you will get is a Nepalese policeman who you must equip, insure and take on the trek. The liaison officer is supposed to handle all the formalities with police and government offices en route.

Popular Trekking in Restricted Area

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Upper Dolpo Trek – 18 days

Situated in far western parts of Nepal, Dolpo, one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world, was closed to trekkers until 1989. Those that did get to visit this area needed special permission

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Ganesh Himal Trekking - 14 days

Ganesh Himal Trekking is one of the best treks in central Nepal on non touristy trail. Ganesh Himal not frequented by many tourists and it situated in central Nepal, northwest

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Kanchenjunga trek - 29 days

World's third highest mountain at 8598m, Kanchenjunga sits astride the Nepal/Sikkim border only a few miles from Tibet. This trek was opened to the trekkers in 1988, though people...

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Makalu Base camp trek - 23 Days

This trek is one of the popular and challenging trek destinations in Nepalese Himalaya is protected by the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project, set up in 1992.

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Manaslu Trek – 22 days

Rising 8,163m, Mt. Manaslu lies just east of the famed Annapurna Region and shares a border with its northern neighbor Tibet. Opened to trekkers recently, Manaslu's unsurpassed ...

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Mustang Trekking – 17 Days

We take a spectacular flight west along a range of massifs to Pokhara where we will stay the night. The following morning, we fly into the heart of the Annapurna region to the gates...

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Rara Lake trekking - 15 days

Located about 370 km. north-west of Kathmandu, Rara is Nepal's smallest and most scenic national park covers 106 square km. Much of the park is at an altitude of about 3,000 meters ..

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Rowaling Trekking - 23 days

This trek is one of the adventurous trek crossing over one of the most exciting passes of the Nepal Himalaya, Tashi Lapcha at 5,755 meter high; to enter into Khumbu Valley...

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Testimonials

Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek

My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....

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Kevin & Jacque
New York, USA

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