Restricted Areas Treks




Restricted Areas Trek




Restricted Areas Trek


  1. Cultural Immersion: Interacting with remote Tibetan-influenced cultures, exploring ancient monasteries, and experiencing traditional village life.
  2. Scenic Beauty: Spectacular natural landscapes, including arid deserts, lush forests, high mountain passes, pristine lakes, and panoramic mountain views.
  3. Isolation: Fewer trekkers, less crowded trails, and a sense of remoteness, offering a tranquil and authentic trekking experience.
  4. Biodiversity: Opportunities to encounter diverse flora and fauna, especially in areas like Kanchenjunga and Manaslu.
  5. Unique Architecture: Visiting traditional Tibetan-style villages with distinctive architecture and cultural practices.
  6. Cave Dwellings: In places like Upper Mustang, you can explore ancient cave dwellings carved into cliffs.
  7. Spiritual and Historical Sites: Exploring sacred sites, ancient trading routes, and learning about the region’s history and significance.
  8. Challenging Passes: The thrill of crossing high mountain passes and challenging terrain, offering a sense of achievement.
  9. Photography Opportunities: Capturing breathtaking vistas, unique cultural moments, and diverse landscapes.
  10. Contribution to Conservation: Supporting local economies and conservation efforts through permits and guided trekking, helping preserve these pristine areas.


Nepal offers a wide range of trekking experiences, from popular routes like the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp to less frequented and restricted areas. Trekking in restricted areas of Nepal typically involves obtaining special permits due to their proximity to international borders or sensitive conservation zones. These restricted areas are less crowded and offer a unique cultural and natural experience for trekkers. Here are descriptions of some of the well-known restricted areas for trekking in Nepal:

Upper Mustang:

Location: In the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the northwestern part of Nepal.
Highlights: Unique Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, cave dwellings, and a stark, arid landscape with colorful cliffs.
Permit: Special Upper Mustang permit required.
Upper Dolpo:

Location: In the far-western part of Nepal.
Highlights: Isolated villages, stunning Phoksundo Lake, Tibetan culture, and pristine landscapes.
Permit: Special Shey Phoksundo National Park and Upper Dolpo permits required.
Manaslu Circuit:

Location: Around the Manaslu massif in north-central Nepal.
Highlights: Lush forests, high mountain passes, traditional villages, and the serene Birendra Tal (lake).
Permit: Restricted Area and Manaslu Conservation Area permits required.
Kanchenjunga Circuit:

Location: In the eastern part of Nepal, bordering India and Tibet.
Highlights: Rich biodiversity, remote trekking, close-up views of Kanchenjunga, and diverse cultures.
Permit: Restricted Area and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permits required.
Tsum Valley:

Location: A side trek on the way to Manaslu Circuit.
Highlights: Isolated Tibetan villages, unique culture, and sacred monasteries.
Permit: Restricted Area permit, along with the Manaslu Conservation Area permit.
Nar Phu Valley:

Location: A hidden valley in the Annapurna region.
Highlights: Less-traveled route, Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, and pristine landscapes.
Permit: Restricted Area permit, along with the Annapurna Conservation Area permit.
Trekking in these restricted areas requires careful planning, obtaining the necessary permits, and often trekking with a registered guide or as part of a guided group. These treks offer a chance to explore remote and culturally rich regions of Nepal while also contributing to the local economy and conservation efforts. Keep in mind that permit regulations and accessibility may change, so it’s essential to check with the Nepal Tourism Board or a reliable trekking agency for the most up-to-date information before embarking on your adventure.

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Restricted Areas Trek

  • Small Group Guided Trips Small Group Guided Trips

USD $1,130 / per person

Manaslu Circuit Trek

15 days

Elevation 5125 meters

  • Customize Tour Customize Tour

USD $2,135 / per person

Kanchenjunga Trek

27 days

Elevation 5143 meters

Price Upon Request

Upper Dolpo Trek

25 days

Elevation 5360 meters

  • Private Tour Private Tour

USD $4,200 / per person

Lower Dolpo Trek

17 days

Elevation 5318 meters

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