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Restricted Area Treks in Nepal

Restricted Area Treks in Nepal

Restricted Area Treks in Nepal, provide unique and marvelous destinations in the less ventured region, around high Nepal Himalayas. Around Nepal, wide range of scenic and cultural areas which fall within the restricted zone, where visitors need to obtain special permits. The term restricted area is tagged due to close border with Tibet/China, as well as to conserve and protect the pristine environment. The restricted area also controls the mass flow of trekkers, it helps and supports to retain and balance natural surroundings.

A great way to enjoy an adventure, where few groups of trekkers have the opportunity to venture around a restricted region. Restricted area treks in Nepal, a various region where one can explore in the harmony of complete natural surroundings. The government of Nepal and the Tourism Department have listed the following destinations of Nepal Himalaya, as restricted areas. Restricted Areas are the following region Far North West Upper Mustang, Upper/ Lower Dolpo, and Humla-Limi valley. In the Mid-West is Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley includes Nar-Phu.

Where trekkers require special permits to enter the above-restricted area, in some regions the cost for the permits is higher. However, all restricted area offers trekkers delightful moments, few areas have nice lodges for an overnight stay on route treks. But places like Upper / Lower Dolpo and Humla-Limi valley, trekkers have to spend overnights in tented camping.

The only way to venture around Restricted areas for trekking must join with reliable local trekking companies. One cannot trek solo or an individual have to be in a group of a minimum of 2-3 person. The local company will arrange and organized all logistic backup with the necessary arrangement, like obtaining special permits, camping equipment. As well as providing expert licensed guides, trekking staff and porters with transportation either for an overland journey or domestic flight.

Upper Mustang Trek:  

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the popular restricted trekking areas around Nepal Himalaya, is located Far North West beyond Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya. For this trek to Upper Mustang, one must reach first to Jomsom by air or take an overland journey. Jomsom is a large and headquarter town of Mustang district, Jomsom is the start and end of Upper Mustang Trekking, situated around the Lower Mustang area at Kaligandaki River valley.

A picturesque country, an extension of the vast South West plateau of Tibet a dry and arid landscapes and yet beautiful. Start the walk from Jomsom heading far north-west, as the trail follows old Trans-Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route to Tibet. Walk to Kagbeni a nice Tibetan-style village, the starting, and end-point of Upper Mustang. The journey continues to Lo Manthang the former forbidden walled kingdom of Mustang, heading into dramatic landscapes. Walk past Chele and Gelling to Charang village surrounded by large fields of buckwheat and visit the old monastery.

Finally, the walk takes you towards the main highlight of the adventure to enter the former walled kingdom Lo-Manthang. After a climb over a few passes and on a wide windy valley to reach Lo-Manthang, here with time to explore around. The old kingdom with Tibetan-style houses guarded within a great high wall, visit the historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang.

Enjoy a tour of the main monasteries Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the great Entrance Hall. After a wonderful time around Upper Mustang head back to Jomsom for a flight or drive to scenic Pokhara. At present Upper Mustang can be reached by taking a drive to Lo-Manthang from Pokhara, the highest point for an overnight stop at 3,700 m high in Lo-Manthang.

Nar-Phu Trekking:

Nar-Phu Trekking, the region was closed for foreign visitors been opened since the 1990s, one can venture to Nar and Phu. After obtaining a special permit to enter into high far hidden corners of Manang district. Walk lead on the same popular trail of Annapurna circuit for some days to a village of Kodo. Located Nepal Far North West behind massive Annapurna Himalaya, close to Chame the headquarter town of Manang area. From Kodo route diverts from the main trail of Manang heading uphill towards remote north to reach first at Phu village.

Walk follows a river gorge covered in pine, rhododendron, and fir trees, then enter a wide-open area to Phu. Enjoy a rest day at Phu for acclimatization and explore the windswept village and monasteries Tashilkhang and SamduCholing. After an interesting time at Phu, walk towards Na villages, which is almost similar to Phu, but quite smaller. Enjoy the moment in this last village around hidden corners of Western Himalaya, as well as the least visited region.

Slowly route takes you to cross high Kang-La pass at above 5, 322 m high to reach Manang lower valley. On the main trail of Annapurna Circuit, here with choices on leaving the restricted area of Nar and Phu. Either continue towards Jomsom crossing high Thorang-La Pass or return on the same route via Pisang and Chame town.

Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Manaslu Circuit Trek is listed as a restricted area, which was open for outside visitors from late 1991, a scenic and beautiful adventure. The walk involves crossing Larke-La Pass 5, 106 m high, the region also falls close on route to the Tibet border. At present Manaslu circuit gaining more flow of trekkers, due to its awesome beautiful scenery and local impressive culture. Mount Manaslu world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163m high, the walk covers the north and southern areas of Mt. Manaslu.

The adventure involves an exciting drive from Kathmandu, towards a low warm region of Gorkha district, and then walk towards high green hills. As walk enters the high country around the scenic Manaslu valley, with time to explore lovely villages and the local culture of Buddhism.

Enjoy trek spending overnights in nice villages of Jagat, Namrung, and Lo-Gaon then at the main village of Sama-Gaon. The valley is enclosed by an array of high snow peaks of the Manaslu range, a great place to spend an extra day. At Sama Gaon enjoy a rest day an opportunity to witness local immense traditional life and custom of great interest. Further from the Sama-Gaon route leads to the base of Larke-La Pass via Samdo village, at the end of Manaslu valley. The next morning leaving the Gorkha district towards Manang area, a steep climb to reach on top the highest point.

The Larke-La pass, a barrier between Gorkha and Manang district, from here on the long downhill to Bhimthang around Manang. Slowly walk follows on the lovely forest path to reach at the end of the trek in Dharapani village. Located on the mid-way of popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route, where long drive brings you to Kathmandu.

Tsum Valley Trek:

Tsum Valley, located within Mid-West Nepal, is in between a massive Himalayan range of Mt. Manaslu and massive Ganesh Himal. Tsum Valley was closed for outside visitors and then opened for interested travelers to venture in the late 1990s. One of the very special areas around Himalaya is listed as a restricted region, and worth a visit into this new Shangri-La. In the beginning, the walk takes you on the same route of Manaslu, after a few days from Jagat and Deng villages.

Where trail diverts from main Manaslu circuit to head further east on the backside of massif Ganesh Himal. Then enter the picturesque and wonderful country within Tsum Valley, as walk leads past Chokan-Paro and Nile villages. As the walk leads you to the main highlight at Mu Gompa, situated above 3,700 m /12,139 feet high. Enjoy your moment around the remote and isolated country and visit the interesting old Buddhist monastery Mu-Gompa. Return trek downhill with a visit of Rachen Gompa and then back to low warm farm villages for a drive to Kathmandu.

Lower Dolpo Trek:

An interesting and marvelous adventure towards Nepal Far West, due to its remote location, where both-way flight involves. One of the least visited and restricted areas, the walk takes you from Jhupal airport to Dunai headquarter town of Dolpo district. The main feature of Lower Dolpo Trek is its beautiful turquoise-colored Phoksundo or Ringmo Lake. A wonderful trek takes you to a beautiful country in harmony with the local colorful culture. The villages of Dolpo interwoven to both Buddhism and ancient Bon religion. Walk within a high country, where the route leads to cross some passes of Baga and Numa-La above 5,000 m.

Offers grand dramatic scenery with views of magnificent landscapes and snow-capped peaks, as far towards Dhaulagiri Himalaya. The adventure continues by visiting the lovely villages of Tokyu and Tarakot at the end of a trek to reach Jhupal. Taking a flight next early morning back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city, after a memorable time around Lower Dolpo.

Upper Dolpo Trek:

The Upper Dolpo trek includes both scenic and cultural areas of the whole Dolpo region, taking a swift flight from Kathmandu. To reach Nepalgunj city airport, and then another short flight to land at Jhupal in Dolpo. The walk leads to past the large headquarter town at Dunai, following river and streams to beautiful emerald-colored Phoksundo Lake. Located close to the nice village of Ringmo, here with time to get acclimatized as well exploring around the beautiful area.

The adventure then heads to high Kang-La pass at 5, 200 m offers grand views of Dolpo’s beautiful country landscapes. Includes a majestic Himalayan range of western Nepal, then reaches a remote and isolated small settlement at Shey Gompa.

This is also called the Crystal Monastery, as the monastery is located close to Crystal Mountain nearby. Enjoy amazing moments around this lovely remote spot, truly a place out of this world. The return route takes you windswept villages of Saldang and at Tokyu, an interesting settlement adorn with a bright beautiful culture. As the walk continues on scenic Dho-Tarap valley to the historical village of Tarakot and then at Dunai to end the trek. From Dunai drive to Jhupal for a flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, after a most marvelous adventure on Upper Dolpo Trek.

Humla and Limi Valley:

Humla and Limi Valley, one of the most remote destinations of Nepal close to South West Tibet near holy Mt. Kailash. A scenic flight from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city airport reach you to the mountainous airstrip of Simikot. The main hill town of Humla district where this trek around Humla and Limi valley begins and ends.

Walk follows off the beaten path, where very few western travelers seldom visit this isolated region of Nepal. As trek follows on the old caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet, which is still active to this day. The local people still trade and barter on the border town of Tibet and Nepal.

One of few unspoiled restricted regions, trekkers on this Humla and Limi valley will certainly enjoy the pristine surroundings. Apart from scenic landscapes and mountain views, the colorful culture and ancient customs are equally fascinating exploring impressive villages. The walk takes you to Kermi, Yalbang, Muchu, Yari, Mane-PemeTil with Halji, visit monasteries of great religious significance.

The whole trip is a lovely scenic and cultural circuit, walking to Hilsa the border village of Nepal and Tibet. Finally walk ends at Simikot for an exciting flight back to Kathmandu, after a remarkable adventure on Humla and Limi Valley.

Best Seasons for Restricted Treks Around to Nepal: 

The most preferable times for restricted area trekking are mid-spring from March to May and September to November months during the autumn season.

Upper Mustang, Dolpo, and Limi valley can be trekked during monsoon wet months, as this region falls within a rain shadow. Where all heavy black clouds are blocked by the great Himalayan range and that is why the area is dry and arid receives few showers. As this trek leads to high altitude, it is not recommended during winter times with heavy snowfall on route trekking. Nepal High Trek & Expedition team highly recommend the Restricted Area Treks in Nepal for 2022/2023. We are here ready to explore the beauty of Nepal.

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