‘the forbidden region of Nepal Himalaya opened for visitors with special permits’
RESTRICTED AREA TREKKING PERMITS OF NEPAL:
Nepal Restricted Area Trekking Permits apply for visitors entering the region once forbidden territory. Which was opened just a few decades ago, where interested trekkers can now visit.
A few places around the high Himalayas region are reserved by the Nepal Government Tourism Department as Restricted Areas of Nepal. Trekkers require a special permit to enter the restricted area opened in the past few years.
The restricted and forbidden region of Nepal Himalayas remained mystical and curious as a Shangri-La. Slowly the Government lifted the ban on restricted areas as probationary measures and exposed them to the world. Where keen and interested travelers can now visit the new, raw country untouched by the main flow of trekkers.
Although it is now open for the past few decades. The Nepal Government still holds the areas as restricted, controlling the influx of mass travelers.
The restricted and once-forbidden country remains as pristine as it was in the past centuries. The area is exciting and worth a visit to experience the wild country and observe the immense local cultures.
Nepal and the Himalayas region offer more than 7 Restricted Areas at present, located around remote areas. Trekkers and adventurers can explore the hidden pockets of the least visited region of Nepal.
The restricted areas are listed as follows Upper Mustang, Nar & Phu, Upper Manaslu, and Tsum Valley. Includes Upper & Lower Dolpo with Limi Valley. Some of these areas are gaining much popularity, like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Tsum Valley, and Nar-Phu, in recent decades.
As for Upper and Lower Dolpo, including Humla, Limi Valley gets few groups of visitors due to its remote location.
Trekkers can now have the option to explore these exotic destinations around the far corners of the Nepal Himalayas.
The most popular among restricted areas are Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit & Larke-La Pass, and Nar-Phu. Whereas Tsum valley does get few foreign visitors in good seasons of the year due to its remoteness and isolation.
Some of the restricted areas like Upper Mustang, where one can reach, take an exciting overland journey on local four-wheelers. Enjoying the comfort of a motorable road, facing outmost views of dramatic landscapes with an array of high snow-capped peaks.
For other remote restricted areas, trekkers have to spend overnights in tents and have meals served by camping cooks. In the most popular restricted area, trekkers can spend the overnights in the comfort of excellent local lodges and guest houses.
Around the far wild-west to Humla and Limi valley, including Upper and Lower Dolpo, requires camping equipment and food to carry.
Trekking Restricted Areas around Nepal Himalayas, where all visitors have to join with proper and reliable local trekking companies. Where solo or individual travelers are not allowed, requires a minimum of 2 people for the forbidden and restricted areas. Where all the needful documents and permits will be issued by your local agents, like Vertex Holiday.
NEEDFUL PAPER WORKS AND DOCUMENTS REQUIREMENTS:
All Restricted Areas require visitors to obtain special permits listed by the Nepal Government Tourism Department.
Once booked with Vertex Holiday for the chosen trips, one must send full details of one passport. The passport should not expire six months before expiry dates and includes present passport-size photos.
The local company applies to the concerned department for special permit approval; then, it receives it after showing your original passports. The fees differ for special permits as per seasonal wise, from spring, summer/monsoon, autumn, and winter.
THE FEES FOR SPECIAL PERMITS, SEASONAL AND AREA-WISE:
For Upper Mustang: Special permit: At the cost of US $ 500 per person for ten days and US $ 50 for an extra day. The special permit applies from Kagbeni village, the entry point for the Upper Mustang Trek. Which ends back at Kagbeni village, besides a special permit, requires ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), which costs NRS 3000 for foreigners and NRS 1000 for SAARC countries. (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
For Upper Dolpo: US$ 500 per person for the first 10 Days and US$ 50 per person after Ten days till the trek ends as per the itinerary days. Includes Shey-Phoksundo National Park fees approx. US$ 28 per person.
For Lower Dolpo: US$ 20 per person for a week and an extra US$ 5 per person after a week till the trek ends as per itinerary days. Includes Shey-Phoksundo National Park at the cost of US $ 28 per person.
For Upper Manaslu and Circuit Trek: Autumn/fall season starting from September to November per week per person US$ 70. After seven days per day per person, US$ 10. Winter time of December till spring, and summer to August.
Manaslu Circuit Trek costs US$ 50 per week per person. After seven days per day per person, US$ 7 or equivalent convertible in foreign currency. MCA & ACAP (Manaslu / Annapurna Conservation Area Project) fees of approx. US$ 28 + US$ 28. = US$ 56 per person.
For Tsum Valley Trek: From Autumn/fall, beginning of September to November, US $ 40 per person for a week, and USD 7 per person per day till the trek ends at Jagat village, the entry and exit point of Upper Manaslu & Tsum Valley. Includes MCA (Manaslu Conservation Area) fees of approx. US$ 28 per person.
For Nar & Phu Trek: The special permit cost of US$ 100 per week/person and the extra US$ $ 10 per day per person until the lower Manang areas are reached.
Extra fees for ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), which cost
NRS 3000 for foreigners and NRS 1000 for SAARC countries. (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
For Humla & Limi Valley Trek: US$ 50 per person for a week duration and then the extra US $ 10 per person / per day till the walk reaches Simikot. Away from restricted areas.
The above Restricted Area unique and national parks and conservation may change till further notice. From respective Nepal government tourism department.
THE SPECIAL PERMITS FEES ACCORDING TO SEASON WISE:
Some special permit fees are required season-wise, like around Upper Manaslu and Tsum Valley. Most treks around Nepal Himalayas get a mass flow of trekkers during the high times of spring and autumn/fall.
Spring begins from March to May, and autumn/fall starts in September till November. Spring is the high season and a favorable time for most trekkers, where days are bright, and the full sun shines. The walk is pleasant with a clear blue sky, can get overcast in the afternoon with clouds and rain.
You can expect snowfall sometimes around higher altitudes. This is when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.
Much colder morning and late afternoon till night and is shades, away from sunlight. Days are much longer due to enough sun lights from early 6 a.m. till late 5 p.m. The next best season is autumn/fall begins from post-monsoon times September to November. Days are fine with crystal clear blue sky, bright sunny days for walks, and enjoying grand mountain views. But days are short due to the sunlight hours of autumn and pre-winter times. You can expect snowfall around higher altitudes above 2,500 m high. Much colder morning till the sun hits the designated areas. The rest of the days are fine and sunny but cold afternoon and nighttime.
The wind-chill factor adds extra cold temperatures around higher areas with a clear, bright, and starry night sky.
WHY CHOOSE RESTRICTED AREAS OF THE NEPAL HIMALAYAS?
Most trekkers who have visited Nepal have popular mainstream trekking areas, like Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. The trekkers and adventurers are always searching for new, fresh and raw areas for trekking in solitude.
Where most restricted areas of Nepal Himalayas fulfill the trekkers' dreams, as the region offers complete mountain wilderness. Trekking in tranquil surroundings away from the main flow of trekkers and human habitation or villages.
For some days, walk in sheer isolation in the harmony of beautiful pictures of natural surroundings. Enjoying the adventure in the comfort of tented camping due to the nature of several trekking destinations. Spending overnights in tents, where foods are served from a separate unit of the kitchen department of cook and kitchen staff.
Most wilderness trekking is done carrying camping gear and food, like around the remote region of Upper and Lower Dolpo. Including Humla & Limi valley, where lodges are unavailable at many places due to a lack of foreign visitors.
Tented camping is also a classic and original way of trekking and enjoying adventures. It will be like a small-scale expedition backed by porters or mules and yaks as pack animals.
Carrying all necessary camping equipment, like two men's tents, small foam mattresses, and large dining tents per group size.
Includes toilets and kitchen tents. Shower tents are available sometimes on request. All camping meals are cooked hygienically by not using firewood but in kerosene or cooking gas. This is to maintain Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism.
Restricted Area Trekking the Nepal Himalayas is undoubtedly an enjoyable and exciting adventure of a lifetime experience.