Nepal Trekking New Rules

Updated on June 02, 2024

All you need to know about Nepal’s new solo-trekking ban

The Nepal Government and Tourism Board have introduced new regulations for trekking to improve safety and promote sustainable adventure tourism in Nepal. Previously, trekkers would trek on their own, leading to unsafe travel conditions such as getting lost, encountering illnesses, and facing challenges related to high altitudes. To address this issue, the new rules require every trekker and adventure enthusiast to use the services of a local travel company, as well as hire a guide and porter for their safety and convenience. Additionally, this initiative supports the local economy by aiding local entrepreneurs, trekking guides, and porters. Ultimately, these measures aim to promote sustainable trekking tourism in Nepal.

Individual trekkers are not permitted in Nepal's National Parks and Conservation Areas starting from April 1, 2023.

The Nepal Tourism Board, responsible for promoting tourism in the country, announced on March 3rd, 2023. After consulting with key players in the tourism industry, the board decided to ban individual trekkers from April 1st, 2023. According to Mani R. Lamichhane, the director of the board, the ban aims to improve the safety of trekking in Nepal and create more job opportunities within the nation.

Why have the new rules been imposed?

The Nepal Tourism Board has conducted research to improve the safety and quality of tourism in the country and to establish it as a leading adventure destination worldwide. Based on their findings, it is necessary to implement new regulations for the following reasons:


There have been numerous reports of loss and disappearance, especially among solo travelers in high elevations, mainly due to difficulties in navigation and getting disoriented by heavy snowfall and other factors. The Nepal Tourist Board conducted an investigation and confirmed the prevalence of such cases. To address these issues and ensure the safety of visitors engaging in exciting adventures in Nepal, the government has introduced new regulations that provide significant benefits to every traveler. Having a guide accompanying you will greatly assist in mitigating these losses. These new rules have been implemented by the Nepalese government to establish Nepal as the leading and safest adventure destination worldwide.

Improve the Economy with Tourism

When traveling with a local guide and company, clients can enjoy several benefits while also supporting the local community. By choosing to journey with locals, you contribute to creating more job opportunities. Nepal is known for being a budget-friendly destination, so you need not worry about high guide fees as they are minimal compared to the Western world. Following the itinerary and walking as planned not only ensures a smooth experience for tourists but also provides significant support to local tea houses. This support plays a pivotal role in ensuring the longevity of the trekking industry.

Destinations where you can still travel solo

Nepal does not impose a ban on individual trekkers, but there are regulations in place for high-elevation treks to ensure safety and promote sustainable adventure tourism. While there are many destinations where you can travel on your own without a guide and company, having a guide and company can provide a unique experience and help you understand the true essence of Nepal. Here are a few destinations where you can explore independently.


Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, serves as the central hub for the country's economy, history, and politics. Additionally, it boasts a rich heritage of art, architecture, ancient civilization, and culture. Kathmandu is renowned for being home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, Swaymabhunath, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Complex, Kathmandu Durbar Complex, Bhaktapur Durbar Complex, and Changunarayan Temple. Moreover, there are countless other natural and cultural sites that visitors can explore.


Pokhara, the capital of Tourism, is the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu. It boasts numerous must-visit sites such as Phewa Lake, the International Mountain Museum, David's Fall, Mahendra Cave, Begnas Tal, and Peace Stupa. These attractions offer easy and unforgettable sightseeing experiences. For those seeking adventure, Pokhara is the ideal destination with activities like paragliding, rafting, ultralight flights, hiking, and short treks.


Chitwan National Park, established in 1973, holds the distinction of being the first national park in Nepal. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984, it boasts a remarkable array of exotic flora and fauna. As a result, it has become one of the most sought-after destinations for jungle activities in South Asia. Visitors can partake in a variety of thrilling experiences, including jeep safaris, jungle walks, village tours, canoeing, cultural tours, and exploring the Elephant Breeding Center. To ensure safety, it is mandatory to have a guide and permits to enter the national park. Chitwan National Park is renowned for being the habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger, as well as hosting 68 species of mammals, 543 species of birds, and many others.


Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, stands as the most prominent landmark in the country. This iconic tourist destination fills the nation with pride, being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and serving as the epicenter of the Buddha pilgrimage worldwide. Lumbini boasts a multitude of ancient temples, such as the Mayadevi Temple, as well as newer temples funded by Buddhist organizations from various nations. While most of these temples have been completed, some are still undergoing construction. Within the sacred grounds, visitors can explore numerous monuments, monasteries, a museum, and the esteemed Lumbini International Research Institute. Additionally, the holy site encompasses the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where it is believed that Mayadevi, the Buddha's mother, took a ritual dip before his birth and where he experienced his first bath. Close to Lumbini, other sites hold significance as the birthplaces of previous Buddhas, where they attained ultimate Enlightenment and ultimately transcended their mortal forms.


Bandipur, a small Newari town nestled atop a hill in the Tanahun District, offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich Newari culture, art, and architecture. Moreover, it provides awe-inspiring panoramic views of the majestic snow-capped peaks, the picturesque Marsyandi valley, and the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds it. Undoubtedly, Bandipur is an ideal destination to experience the charm of rural life and witness the remnants of an ancient civilization.

Short Trekking and  Hiking

If you are looking for short, easy, and captivating trekking and hiking destinations to explore on your own, consider the following options: Shivapuri Hiking, Nagarjuna Hiking, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, Ama Yangri Trek, Australian Camp Trek, and Pikey Peak Trek. However, if you are not interested in a package tour and trekking, we kindly request you to hike with at least a guide for a pleasant experience. At Himalayan Trekking Path Company, we provide friendly, helpful, and professional trekking guides and porters. We guarantee that our level of service is unmatched by any other company.

Popular Trekking and Hiking 

The implementation of the new regulations is now in place, although their enforcement is not yet fully established. Consequently, as we continue to provide our services on the renowned trekking routes of Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest, where there are no restricted zones, it is conceivable to encounter individual travelers. It is of utmost importance to emphasize that if you are considering a journey to Nepal and desire a delightful experience, it is imperative to engage the services of a guide and join a local company. By doing so, you will receive exceptional support and have complete confidence in a local team's expertise, especially in challenging circumstances

Destinations where you can not travel without Trekking Company and Guide in Nepal

To explore the renowned regions along the well-preserved and restricted trekking routes, it is essential to obtain special permits. These permits can be acquired by partnering with a local trekking company and hiring a local trekking guide. Additionally, a minimum of two trekkers must be present in each group. The following trekking areas are subject to this requirement

1)  Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal

The ancient kingdom of Lo, often referred to as the mini Tibet, boasts remarkable preservation, isolation, and inaccessibility. It holds immense cultural significance as the birthplace of the Bon Religion. Situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area, this restricted region has emerged as a highly sought-after destination for trekkers. The village of Kagbeni serves as the entry point, where permits are mandatory and priced at USD500 per person for 10 days. Beyond the initial 10 days, an additional charge of USD50 per day is applicable. Among the renowned trekking options in this area are Upper Mustang Trekking, Upper Mustang Jeep Tour,Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda, and Mustang Motor Bike Tour.

2) Manaslu Trekking in Nepal

The Manaslu Trekking is an extremely well-liked expedition in Nepal, situated within the Manaslu Circuit Conservation Areas. It is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, exhilarating challenges, and diverse cultural and ecological offerings. This region is home to the eighth-highest peak in the world and boasts a remarkable variety of flora and fauna. Among the most sought-after trekking destinations in this trending area are the Tsum Valley Trek, Tsum Valley Ganesha Himal Base Camp Trek, Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Short Manaslu Circuit Trek.

3) Nar Phu Valley Trek in Nepal

The Nar Phu Valley is situated within the Annapurna Circuit Trek, a well-preserved route for trekking enthusiasts. This scenic journey begins at Koto and concludes at the majestic Kang La, standing tall at an elevation of 5306m. The Nar Phu Valley is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, housing ancient Tibetan villages that offer a glimpse into the 17th and 18th-century lifestyle amidst the modern era. Additionally, the region boasts an abundance of stunning flora and fauna. As you traverse the trail, you will be captivated by the lush valleys and woodlands before transitioning into a drier landscape. The Nar Phu Valley trek is an absolute must for those seeking an unforgettable experience in Nepal. There are two enticing packages available to choose from: the Nar Phu Valley Trek and the Nar Phu Valley Thorong La Pass. Embark on either of these options and embark on a lifetime adventure.

4) Kanchenjunga Trekking in Nepal

The Kanchenjunga trek in Nepal is renowned for its remote and demanding nature, situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in the eastern region of Nepal. This expedition takes hikers through a challenging and picturesque route, encompassing diverse landscapes and climates. The extensive journey includes traversing multiple passes and ultimately leads to the base of the world's third-highest mountain. There are three distinct trekking routes available: Kanchenjunga Trek, North Kanchenjunga Trek, and South Kanchenjunga Trek.

5) Dolpo Trekking in Nepal

The Dolpo trek in Nepal is renowned for its remote and demanding nature, offering a truly isolated experience within the Shey Phoksundo National Park in the western region of Nepal. This trek takes you through a captivating and picturesque landscape, presenting a challenging yet rewarding journey. With its numerous passes and diverse climates, this extensive trek leads you to the heart of the Tibetan plateau and the Bon Region Origin. Additionally, there are various trekking trails to choose from, including the Upper Dolpo Trekking, Short Dolpo Trek, and more.

6) Limi Valley Trekking:

The Limi Valley trekking area, found in the Humla District of Nepal, is a lesser-known destination that boasts unparalleled beauty. This remote region is home to stunning natural landscapes and a diverse cultural heritage, making it a perfect spot for adventure seekers. Isolated from the rest of Nepal by road but linked to Tibet in China, the only way to reach this area is through air travel from Nepalganj. Many travelers opt for this route to access Mt. Kailash. If you are keen on exploring the hidden treasures of Humla, we extend a warm invitation to join us on the Limi Valley Trek.

7) other regions in Nepal

There exist three designated areas that are off-limits for independent travel. These areas include Saipal, Mugu, and Dharchula. These specific regions have imposed restrictions on individual and solo trekkers. To explore these areas, it is mandatory to be part of a group consisting of a minimum of two individuals. Additionally, joining a Local Company and hiring a guide is a prerequisite for visiting these regions.

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