Restricted Area Trekking in Nepal

Nepal has hundreds of treks to offer, varying from short easy to strenuous multiple days hiking for all age groups and fitness levels. The geographical variation of Nepal offers a wide range of opportunities for trekkers, hikers and adventurers of all calibre. However, some of the areas of Nepal are considered as Restricted Areas. The numbers of visitors is controlled to protect the fragile natural beauty, culture and environment.  Only a handful of visitors are allowed to visit these places on annual basis. Restricted Area Trekking in Nepal is a unique opportunity to explore the unspoiled nature, isolated villages, a unique culture and is for sure once in a life time experience.

In order to visit the restricted areas special arrangements must be made and restricted area permit must be obtained. Restricted Area Trekking Permit is obtained from the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. The restricted areas are open only for group trekkers. The group must consist minimum of 2 person. The visitors/trekkers must be accompanied by a registered trekking guide and all the permit arrangements must be done through a government authorized trekking company. Restricted area permit is not issued for individual trekkers. We here at Oneals Backpackers Adventure, are more than happy to make the permit arrangements and organize a restricted area trek for you.

The different Restricted Areas and the permit fees for these areas are:

District

Region/Areas

Permit Fee (US $ or equivalent convertible foreign currency.)

Mustang

Upper Mustang

US$500 per person for 10 days

US$50 per day per person from the 11th day

Dolpo

a. Lower Dolpo

b. Upper Dolpo

US$10 per week per person


US$500 per person for 10 days

US$50 per day per person from the 11th day

Mugu

Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu & Bhangri

US$90 per person for the first 7 days

US$15 extra per person per day from the 8th day

Manang

Nar & Phu

Sept-Nov US$90 per person per week

Dec-Aug US$75 per person per week

 Gorkha

a. Manaslu Region

b. Tsum Valley

Sept-Nov US$70 per person for first 7 days

US$10 extra per day per person from the 8th day

Dec-Aug US$50 per person for first 7 days

US$7 extra per person per day from the 8th day


Sept-Nov US$35 per person for 8 days

Dec-Aug US$25 per person for 8 days

Bajhang

Kada, Sipal & Dhuli

US$90 per person for first 7 days

US$ 15 per person per day from the 8th day

Darchula

Byas VDC

US$90 per person for first 7 days

US$ 15 per person per day from the 8th day

Sankhuwasabha

Pawakhola, Chepuwa, Hatiya & Kimathanka

US$10 per person per week for first 4 weeks

US$20 per person per week after 4 weeks

Humla

Simikot, Hilsa, Yari & Muchu

US$50 per person for first 7 days

US$7 extra per person per day from the 8th day

Dolakha

Lamabagar & Gauri Sankhar

US$10 per person per week

Rasuwa

Thuman & Timure

US$10 per person per week

Taplejung

Kanchenjunga Region

US$10 per person per week for first 4 weeks

US$20 per person per week after 4 weeks

Solukhumbu

North West Region of Chame to Nagpala

US$10 per person per week for first 4 weeks

US$20 per person per week after 4 weeks

Government of Nepal has set a target to bring in two million tourists by the year  of 2020. The Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation  has planned to organize “Visit Nepal 2020” to attract more tourists to the country. The minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Mr. Rabindra Prasad Adhikari has invited all to share as extensively as possible and to come together to celebrate the campaign as national event.

We at Oneals Backpackers Adventure are excited to support the campaign and to make the grand success by achieving the goal of bringing 2 million tourists in the year of 2020.

  • Nepal’s geographical variation offers a wide range of outdoor activities for trekkers, hikers and adventurers of all calibre. There are countless valleys, trails and viewpoints still unknown and yet to be discovered. Going off the main tourist tracks and famous trails offers a unique &  authentic Nepali experiences. From our 1st days on we at Oneals Backpackers Adventure have been offering off the beaten path trekking opportunities in Nepal. Unspoiled flora and fauna, quieter trails, first hand experience of local culture, awe striking views of Himalayan Peaks  and a great adventure awaits you if you are looking for that off the beaten path trekking experience in Nepal.Some of the exciting regions for off the beaten path trekking experiences in Nepal offered by Oneals Backpackers Adventure are:

Kanchenjunga Region

Kanchenjunga region lies in the far eastern part of Nepal bordering with India & Tibet. This region is home to the world’s 3rd highest mountain Mt. Kanchenjunga (8598m) and other holy Himalayan peaks. The name Kanchenjunga stands for ‘Five Treasures of Great Snow’ indicating the 5 summits that makes the Kanchenjunga Peak. Trekking in Kanchenjunga region is ideal for somebody willing to venture in remote mountain trails along the traditional villages, terraced farmlands and unique culture where life remains barley touched by the modern world. This region also hosts some of the world’s endangered spices of birds and animals like the Red Panda and Spiny Babbler . This region is less traveled and the trails are relatively quiet compared to the other trekking trails in Nepal. Contrast of unique Limbu culture in the lower areas and the Sherpa Culture in the higher elevation on this region is extraordinary. If you are willing to trek away for the crowd with great mountain views, hospitable locals and much more then this region is perfect for you. Trekking in Kanchenjunga Region is one of the best off the beaten path trekking destination in Nepal.

Humla & Far West Nepal

Humla & Far West Nepal is one of the most isolated and not frequently traveled areas in Nepal. It will give you a taste how trekking must have been when Nepal first opened its borders to trekkers and the explorers. West Nepal newly opened for tourism, and there are hundreds of villages to be explored, valleys to be crossed and smiling faces to greet. Untouched and unexplored West Nepal holds some of the most potential attractions like alpine meadows, rugged land of elevated open valleys, forests, lakes, villages frozen in time, and high passes. This region is known for its centuries old culture, traditional beliefs and stories passed on from generation to generation. Trekking in Humla & Far West Nepal is an adventure of a lifetime and one of the best off the beaten path trekking destination in Nepal.

Makalu Region

Makalu Region lies in the eastern part of Nepal between Everest and Kanchenjunga range, where Mt Maklau (8485m)- 5th highest mountain in the world is located. Makalu region remains untouched and the trekking trails are barely traveled. Makalu Barun Valley is also a paradise for flower and vegetation enthusiasts as it has countless varieties of wild orchids, rhododendron and other rare species of flowers. There are small family run home stays  available along the trails for food and accommodation. High passes, colorful flowers, waterfalls, endangered species of mammals and birds, unique culture and the wilderness itself, is what makes Makalu region an interesting destination for adventure trekking. Trekking in Makalu Region is once in a life time experience and also a off the beaten path trekking experience in Nepal.

Langtang Region

Langtang Region is located north of Kathmandu close to the border of Tibet.  This region is relatively less traveled and the trails are not so crowded. Trekking in Langtang region offers you magnificent views of Himalayan peaks in a very short time compared to other treks in Nepal. Tamang villages, rich culture, lush forests, holy lakes and wide spread valleys surrounded by snowy peaks are some of the many highlights of trekking in Langtang region.  Due to the devastating earthquake of 2015 some of the villages along the trekking trail were hit hard, but because of their unbeatable hospitality they are open for trekkers again. So if you want to make a difference in locals’ life and support them, then this is the region you can choose for  your trekking holiday in Nepal. Trekking in Langtang Region offers true off the beaten path trekking experience in Nepal.