Several regions in Nepal require a special permit. These regions are also known as restricted trekking regions. Common features of all the restricted trekking regions are-
- The restricted regions require a special permit.
- The region is situated in remote areas. These places have scanty population and are completely devoid of modernization.
- They are all difficult treks and demand a certain level of physical fitness.
- Solo or independent trekking to restricted regions is not allowed. You have to trek in a group.
- Most of these have opened recently for recreation.
Some of the most famous treks in the restricted regions are
1. The Milke Danda
Known for its spectacular view of rhododendrons, Milke Danda is situated close to the town of Chainpur. The seven days walk will take you as high as 3500m. The journey is a scenic one through beautiful landscapes and river banks
2. Makalu Base Camp
Established in the year 1922, Makalu Base Camp happens to be one of the most famous restricted treks. Major part of the route falls under the Makalu-Barun National Park and the Makalu-Barun Conservation Area. The area preserve one of the most botanically diverse and wildlife-rich areas in the Himalayas. A perfect combination of scenic beauty and wildlife, the trek also takes you higher than 4000m.
This trek is a journey to the third highest peak in the world– Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is situated in the extreme northeastern part of the country. The trek is graded as a strenuous one and requires weeks of walking. Most of the trek falls under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to enter into which you will have to pay a certain amount.
4. Rara National Park
Situated in the far western region of Nepal, Rara National Park is yet another famous trekking destination. The trek is a scenic one that will lead you to phenomenol viewpoints of the majestic mountain peaks. The highlight is the largest Lake of Nepal– Rara Lake- nestling amidst the wilderness of pine and rhododendron forests at a height of about 3500m. The park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife- black bear, tahr, goral, musk deer and the rare red (lesser) panda and any more.
5. Dolpo and She-Phoksundo National Park
Situated in an isolated district located in the northwest region of Nepal, Dolpo is a phenomenal trek of Nepal. She-Phoksundo National Park happen to be Nepal’s Biggest National Park. The park consists of deep valleys, snow-capped peaks, monasteries and amazing fauna.
6. Upper Mustang
Open for foreign trekking in 1992, upper Mustang attracts several adventurers from all over the world. Being close to the Tibetan border, most of the lifestyle and culture of this region has been derived from the Tibetan culture. The scenery of this trek is beyond the ability of any words to describe it.
There are few other restricted trekking regions. The highlight of going to such region is that they give the experience of nature in its purest and rawest form. The trails are less walked upon and hence are less trodden. The ecosystem of these regions are also well preserved. You will also have to be more than averagely fit to trek in these regions. Anyone who is enthusiastic about adventures will love all of the treks in the restricted regions.