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Sarah Park

We had a fantastic 10 day trek in the Langtang Valley over Christmas break, 2012. Bharat organized a trek for our two families, a group of 9, with 5 kids aged 10-14. All details were finely tuned. He left nothing undone and was very flexible in adjusting the itinerary as the trip progressed. The location of the trek in the Langtang Valley was beautiful with all the soaring peaks, green valleys, Tibetan villages and friendly people  

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Trekking in Restricted Areas

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 for which you may need to procure special permit and a licensed trekking guide who will accompany you throughout your trek. The term "restricted" is used here to refer to places that are closed to trekkers, or open to trekkers only when escorted by a licensed trekking guide.

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 fail to 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 such a trek.

Permits & Formalities
A trek to a restricted area must be arranged as a fully equipped organized trek through a registered trekking agency only. The trekking agency 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 trekkers in each group. For some areas there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season.

Trekking in Restricted Areas

Manaslu Circuit Trek 21 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek 21 Days

This trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991! Very few Trekkers visit this pristine region which makes a visit here all unique, unspoiled and less crowdy. 

Upper Dolpo Trek 27 Days

Upper Dolpo Trek 27 Days

Shey Phoksundo National Park (3555 sq km) of mid-western Nepal is focal point of Upper Dolpo, behind the Mount Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan Plateau. 

Upper Mustang Trans Beautiful Trek 17 Days

Upper Mustang Trans Beautiful Trek 17 Days

Mustang (meaning fertile plain) is the former kingdom of Lo. Located in the north-central region of Nepal and bordering with China in the north, Upper Mustang is geologically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau. 

Tsum Valley Trek 19 Days

Tsum Valley Trek 19 Days

Isolated from the modern world, the Tsum valley was opened for tourists as recent as 2007. The valley lies in Gorkha district and comprises two remote villages, Chumchet and Chhekampar. The name 'Tsum' came from the Tibetan word called 'Tsombo,' meaning vivid. 

Dhaulagiri Adventure Trek 25 Days

Dhaulagiri Adventure Trek 25 Days

Dhaulagiri massif extends 120km from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m/26,788ft), the highest peak in the region, is ranked seventh among worlds 14 highest mountains. Dhaulagiri adventure trek can be a great start for the adventure enthusiasts.