Solo Trekking banned in Nepal for foreigners, now need to hire guide or porter.
Nepal’s Tourism Board has updated trekking rules for international tourists to ensure their safety and security. This update brings about a profound change in solo trekking in Nepal for foreigners. The main concern of this drastic change was the safety and security of every cherished tourist in Nepal.
According to the new rules, international tourists trekking in Nepal must have a travel guide. Besides ensuring your safety, this will create more employment opportunities in Nepal and contribute to the economy. Moreover, having a travel guide will enhance your trekking experience with their knowledge of the origin of several places.
The safety of the trekkers is necessary as many get lost, injured, and face uncertainties during solo trekking. Also, tourism has increased in Nepal over time due to which several uncertainties are seen regarding solo trekking, which has caught attention over the years. The authorities are trying to make travel in Nepal safer and more qualitative.
Additionally, the board has increased the rate for TIMS permits, which tourists must purchase for a quality trekking experience. The ban claims that tourists without guides won’t be provided with the TIMS permit. Officially, this rule is to be applied to start April 1st, 2023.
All You Need to Know About the Ban
Nepal Tourism Board implemented the Solo Trekking ban for foreigners in Nepal due to safety concerns for tourists. The head of the Nepal Tourism Board, Mani R. Lamichhane says this decision was made due to the increasing insecurities and inadequate infrastructure in the rural areas.
According to CNN, Lamichhane said, “When tourists go missing or they are found dead, even the government cannot track them because they have taken remote routes.”
In addition to the safety issues, he claims that many unlicensed guides are running a company without registration and not paying taxes. This new rule will bring about changes in the economy of Nepal and increase employment opportunities for legit and licensed guides along with their companies.
“There have been some cases where the trekking association has been requesting us to stop these unauthorized trekking operations. This has been a demand from tourism associations for a long time,” he says.
On the other hand, foreign solo trekkers will also not get a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit without a proper guide.
How to Get in Touch with Proper Guides in Nepal?
Although the ban has brought about a drastic change in tourism in Nepal, Above the Himalaya trekking is just the right place for your adventure. We have several packages for beautiful trekking experiences and licensed guides with excessive knowledge of trekking in Nepal. However, you might be confused about how to contact a reliable trekking guide. Worry not, we have disclosed all the right information you need to know.
Here are a few simple steps you can follow to start your trekking experience with us:
- Explore our best packages and choose the one for you and/or your group.
- Send an inquiry through our contact information on the website.
- Get a response within 24 hrs with the trip details.
- Share contact and communicate back and forth. (You will get a quick response from our representative. Usually within an hour or two. Depends on the timezone.)
- Confirm your travel date and receive a confirmation letter.
- Book your flight and enter Nepal. We will receive you at the airport and introduce you to our trekking crew.
- Enjoy your pre-arranged vacation/adventure.
We will make sure your trekking experience is worth the while and our guides are equally enthusiastic to make sure you reach your destination safely. Besides safety and knowledge, we ensure a fun adventure journey with a friendly crew.
The cost of the TIMS permit has increased gradually due to the ban. It has increased to NRs 2000 per person in a group. Moreover, the price has increased to NRs 1000 for SAARC nationals.
Above the Himalaya has set its trekking arrange a guide and porter in a reasonable rates. You can check some of our best packages and select your wishful trekking packages along with their details and highlights. Most of our trekking package come with guide and porter, all meals, guest house, Kathmandu hotel and other needed services.
We will also provide you with the best deals and discounts on your trip. Our team has been working with trekking enthusiasts to provide the most affordable and safest trek. If you are looking for a trek that is safe, you can select from the following trek options. These are one of the best trekking packages that we are offering:
- Everest Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Langtang Valley Trekking
- Manaslu Circuit Trekking
- Upper Mustang Trekking
There are many more off-the-beaten-path trekking packages that you can explore at the top of this page. Their prices are listed in the package details of the websites along with the include and exclude section. Do check out our best packages.
The trekking packages are based on the trek duration, the distance, and the time of the trek. The trek guides will be with you throughout the journey. All the information about the trek will be provided in the packages. Our team will make sure that you are comfortable with your trek guide and will ensure that your journey will be worth the while.
More About Trekking With Above The Himalaya Trekking
Above the Himalaya has been running smoothly since 2007 and specializes in Trekking, Adventure, and Hiking Tours. One of our most special and popular trekking packages is the Everest Base Camp Trek. Over the years, we have managed to build a good reputation as a trekking service provider.
Our team is dedicated and honest regarding the experience of our cherished guests. We ensure a safe, secure, and fun adventure experience. Being one of the most reliable travel agencies in Nepal, our motive is to make the adventure fun and safe with lots of knowledge exploration. Our goal is to reach more people with enthusiasm for adventure and nature through our hikes.
With our experience in adventure tourism and travel, we are confident to offer the best services. If you are looking for the perfect travel experience, you can contact us now. You can also explore our website and find more information about our Nepal tours and adventures.