Trekking Permit Nepal Restricted Regions

Although you might find online says trekking in Nepal without a guide is possible, some regions are specially categorized as restricted area trekking. There are several such restricted trekking in Nepal however most famous one are Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, Makalu Trek. These areas were closed to a foreigner even at the time when Everest Trek and Annapurna, as well as Langtang Area, is on the limelight. It might be interesting to know why these areas restricted for tourist, let's discuss this trekking trail in Nepal. 
In order to keep the number of tourists below and preserved the archaeological site of those areas,  the government of Nepal applies specific rules for tourist before travelling in such part of Nepal. In another reason, to keep the open border security tight, in the area between Nepal and China, the Nepal government only allow exploring  If you are accompanied with a guide after completing appropriate documentation from an authorized local agency in Nepal. 
Although, Makalu Base Camp area is itself not restricted area only if you don't trek toward Barun Valley and Kimathangka. However, If your itinerary includes those part, then it is required to issue a special permit to travel this area. Kimathanks might not be famous as an archaeological site, but due to the open border with Tibet, you are required to complete the restricted area permit. 

 Rules of Restricted Area Permit 

As I mentation earlier, If you wish to visit a restricted area in Nepal, you must meet the following guidelines. 
⇒ You must have a valid visa to get the permit 
⇒ You must get this permit, through the authorized local Trekking/Travel agency in Nepal
⇒ You have to trek with an authorized guide 
⇒ You must be at least two in the group to get the permit 
⇒ You must plan your itinerary ahead of time and remember you can't overstay in the restricted area. 

The Area Under Restricted Trekking Permit 

Kanchenjunga Area Trek permits: Eastern Nepal Kanchenjunga area of Taplejung district required a special permit. It cost USD 10 per person per week  (Restricted area are VDC of Olangchungola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphuding)

Makalu Base Camp Trek in Sankhuwasabha:  Per person per week US $ 10 up to four weeks and onward per person per week US $ 20 (Restricted Area VDC Kimathangka, Chepuwa, Hatiya and Pawakhola)
Everest Khumbu Region: North of Thame there is one pass call "Nangpa-la" which connects to the Tibet.  It will cost US $ 10 per person for the first 4 weeks after that It will be  US$ 20 per person/week. Everest Classical trek doesn't require a restricted permit. You can trek with TIMS card and National Park fees. 

Gaurishanker Chhorolpa lake area: Lamabagar Ward No.1 (Lepche) Gaurishanker Ward No. 1 (Beding 9 and Chhorolpa lake) area    US$ 10 per person /Week

Langtang region of Rasuwa district: Thuman and Timure Region    US$ 10 per person /Week. This is the north of Langtang valley close to the border.  Regular classical trek Langtang valley trek and Gosainkunda area don't require a special permit. 

Manaslu Trekking Permit: September to November – US $ 70 per person per week, and US $ 10 per day per person in case of more than 7 days. December to August – US $ 50 per person per week, and US $ 7 per day per person in case of more than 7 days

Tsum Valley Trek permits: September to November – US $ 35 per person for first eight days. December to August – US $ 25 per person for first eight days

Mustang Trekking Permit: Per person per 10 days US $ 500 (in case if days get extended then US $ 50 per person per day)

Narphu Valley Trek Permit: September to November – Per person per week US $ 90. December to August – Per person per week US $ 75 (Restricted Area VDC Nar and Phu along with northern part of Tilicho VDC)
Lower Dolpo – Per person per week US $ 10
Upper Dolpo  - Per person per 10 days US $ 500 (in case if days get extended then US $ 50 per person per day)
Simikot and Yari in Humla: Per person per week US $ 50, additional US $ 7 per person per day in case of extended days (Restricted Area VDC are Limi, Muchu and Dharmakhola)
Mugu Region: Per person per week US $ 90 and per person per day US $ 15 for an additional number of days (Restricted Area VDC Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri)
Bhajang District: Per person per week US $ 90 and Per person per day US $ 15 for an additional number of days (Restricted Area VDC Kanda, Saipal and Dhuli)
Darchula District: Per person per week US $ 90 and per person per day US $ 15 for an additional number of days (Restricted Area VDC Byas) 

Apart from those restricted region trekking regular TIMS card and conservation area entry permit are required, among such general trekking in Nepal, most famous one are on Everest Base Camp Trekking, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and Annapurna Circuit Trekking. 

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had an opportunity working with multinational companies which taught me, how to deliver quality customer service in the business? As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas, I started writing about my own country.  Incase, If you required free information about Nepal, please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.  Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor from about 200 satisfied customers. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor.
If you believe our expert team can be helpful in planning your next trip to Nepal, then please do not hesitate to contact me. at I am also available 24x7 on WhatsApp  +977- 9851052042. If you are interested to know more about my travel journey follow me on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  
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