With the rapid growth of niche tourism in Nepal and thriving tourist quantity, travelers are now venturing out to the more secluded parts of the country. Nepal has imposed restricted area trekking permit for all the foreign visitors to regulate the negative impact tourism in those places.
All the areas falling close to Tibet (except Everest, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri), Government of Nepal have declared either protected areas or restricted areas. The number of tourist are controlled and at two people in a group is needed to visit the restricted area. Plus, you must be accompanied by a licensed Guide or a porter and buy a permit via a local trekking companies.
The Government of Nepal have made a great effort to regulate the movement to certain sensitive area due to some critical reasons for National security and to protect fragile culture and ecology.
Destination Restricted for Trekking
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Located to the far-east Nepal, Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is restricted for trekking in Nepal. The entire Kanchenjunga trekking route is protected by Kanchenjunga Conservation Area a natural home to variety of floral and faunal species.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Permit Info
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Permit Cost NRS 2,000 per person
Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit USD 10 per person, per week
Manaslu Tsum Valley
Tsum valley with Manaslu trek takes you to the highly isolated region; lying at the edge of Mt. Manaslu. Trekkers need to obtain Restricted Area Trekking Permit (RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to complete the entire trek.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permit Info
Manaslu Tsum Valley Permit Cost:
September November: USD 70 per person for first week and USD 10 for each additional day.
December August: USD 50 for first 7 days and USD 7 for each additional day
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): NRS 200 per person for SAARC Nationals and NRS 2,000 per person for other Nationals
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): NRS 200 per person for SAARC Nationals and NRS 2,000 per person for other Nationals
If you choose to go for Tsum valley only, it will cost USD 35 for each person week.
Upper Dolpo Trek
Tucked away far to the remote western region of Nepal, Dolpo region is one of the best trekking destination in Nepal; perfect for those seeking ultimate adventure and wilderness. Trekkers need to buy trekking permits for both Lower and Upper Dolpo.
Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit:
Upper Dolpo Trekking Permit: USD 500 for first 10 days and USD 50 for each additional day
Lower Dolpo Trekking Permit: USD 10 per week per person
Necessities to obtain Restricted Area Permit in Nepal
Valid passport with minimum 6 months of expiry date
Passport size photo (2 copies)
Trekkers need to be in at least 2 in a group
Most accompany at least one government licensed guide or a porter
Most purchase trekking permit via registered trekking agency