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Restricted Area Trekking

Restricted area trekking in Nepal refers to trekking in certain designated regions that have restricted access, and special permits are required for entry. These restricted areas are often located near the borders of neighboring countries and have strategic, cultural, or environmental significance. The restrictions are in place to protect the unique culture, environment, and sensitive border areas of Nepal.

To undertake a trek in a restricted area, trekkers must obtain a special trekking permit in addition to the standard trekking permits required for most areas in Nepal. These permits are issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu, and trekkers are typically required to go through a registered trekking agency to obtain them.

Some of the popular restricted area trekking destinations in Nepal include:

Upper Mustang:

  • Known for its stark landscapes resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Rich in ancient Tibetan culture, with monasteries, chortens, and caves.
  • The region was opened to foreigners in 1992, and a special permit is required.

Upper Dolpo:

  • Located in the western part of Nepal, this region offers a remote and pristine trekking experience.
  • Features traditional Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, and unique landscapes.
  • A special permit is required for trekking in Upper Dolpo.

Manaslu Circuit:

  • Encircles the Manaslu Massif in the Gorkha district.
  • Offers a diverse range of landscapes and cultural experiences.
  • Requires a special permit, and trekkers are usually required to be in a group with a licensed guide.

Kanchenjunga Region:

  • Located in the eastern part of Nepal, near the border with India.
  • Home to the third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga.
  • A special permit is necessary to trek in this region.

Tsum Valley:

  • A sacred Himalayan valley with Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Lies in the northern part of Gorkha district.
  • Trekkers need a special permit to access Tsum Valley.

It's important for trekkers to be aware of the regulations and guidelines associated with restricted area trekking. Permits are typically issued for a specific duration, and trekkers are required to adhere to the rules and regulations set by the government to ensure the preservation of the environment and culture in these areas. Traveling with a registered trekking agency is often mandatory for restricted area treks.

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