‘enjoyable and scenic destinations around forbidden areas of Nepal Himalaya’
Nepal Restricted Trekking Areas where interesting adventure and trekkers can now venture and visit around once-forbidden areas of Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Tsum Valley and Around Manaslu includes Nepal Far West of Humla and Limi valley with Nar and Phu.
Some scenic areas around Nepal beautiful destinations still remain restricted for individual and budget trekkers to control the mass flow of visitors and to retain its fragile pristine environment from destruction.
Areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu, Tsum and Limi valley was once closed and forbidden to enter for foreign visitors due to its closeness border with Tibet, wherein past early days like pioneers and explorer Bill Tilman, Tony Hagen ventured around far and wide corners of Nepal Himalaya in search of new passage and route to Tibet and other Himalayan Shangri-la.
around Nepal restricted trekking areas are raw with complete wilderness, for
centuries which was once a forbidden country has now been opened since last few
decades for trekkers and adventurer to witness its rich culture, traditions and
age-old heritage life style in the backdrop of amazing scenery of mountains and
dramatic landscapes views.
Most of the
area after it was closed and forbidden slowly began to open the doors like
Upper Mustang, then Manaslu with Upper Dolpo and freshly opened are Nar-Phu and
Due to its
restriction limiting few numbers of trekkers to visit the wild country and
still remains undisturbed and untouched by outside world, a great opportunity
for interested visitors to observe the special area which was once closed at
present trekkers can enjoy the walk with extra fees obtaining special permits
to enter around Nepal Restricted Trekking Areas.
Nepal Restricted Trekking Area of
Mustang a country North West of Nepal Himalaya beyond Dhaulagiri and Annapurna
range of mountains, an extension of Tibetan vast plateau where old Trans
Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route of Nepal to Tibet passes through Mustang
region towards high Karo-La pass.
route is still active between Upper Mustang and Tibet which is mere distance
from former walled kingdom of Upper Mustang known as the country of Lo where
ancient culture and heritage still alive that makes this trip more special.
Mustang once closed to outside visitors due to its closeness with Tibet / China
border a remote country to visit Mustang region and was least accessible to
The area was
opened since last century from mid 1980’s making it possible for trekkers and
interested travelers to visit and to witness its great treasures of beautiful
and interesting cultures including its unique landscapes.
and late walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang located ruled by monarch known as Raja /
king of Mustang, as Mustang situated within Nepal the Government granted to run
its own province by the Raja called Bista due to its remoteness and out of
reach from the capital Kathmandu.
there are no monarch in Mustang and in Nepal, but a beautiful country to visit
and to witness its magnificent landscapes of eroded high hills and canyon that
changes the color with sun lights.
Lower Mustang and whole of Mustang region
where Jomsom town is the main administrative headquarter can be reached with
drives or flight from beautiful city Pokhara.
01: Drive / fly to Pokhara 860
m-06 hrs (30 mins by air) transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Jomsom 2,715 m (22 mins) trek
to Kagbeni 2,807m – 04 hrs (special permits required from Kagbeni onward to
enter restricted area of Upper Mustang)
Day 03: Trek to Tsuang / Chusang 2,920m – 06
Day 04: Trek to Samar 3,290 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghiling 3,600 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Charang / Tsarang 3,520 m –
Day 07: Trek to Lo Manthang 3,780 m /12,402
ft -05 hrs
Day 08: At Lo Manthang rest day for local
Day 09: Trek to Ghami 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Samar 3,150 m -05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Kagbeni -05 hrs and transfer
Day 12: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m and transfer
to lodge-04 hrs.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara 22 mins
and transfer to hotel near Phewa Lake.
Day 16: Drive / Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
The above trek to restricted area of
Upper Mustang can be reached taking a drive to and from Pokhara or with short
flights both ways, where special permit required as per your duration within
The entry and exit point of Upper Mustang starts and end at nice old village of Kagbeni.
Nepal Restricted Trekking Area of
A scenic country and undisturbed
country where few trekkers often ventured in the heart of Upper Dolpo a
restricted area beyond Inner and Lower Dolpo from Phoksumdo Lake.
Upper Dolpo an amazing place to visit
taking scenic flights both ways with short transits at Nepalgunj city airport
which is on route Kathmandu and Jhupal / Dolpo, where all trek to Dolpo starts
01: Fly to Nepalgunj 150m and
transfer to hotel.
to Juphal 2,475 m and trek to Dunai 2,140 m -04 hrs.
03: Trek to Chhekpa 2,678 m-
04: Trek to Samduwa 3,038 m -05
05: Trek to Phoksundo Lake
3,600m / 11,808 ft -05 hrs.
06: Rest and acclimatization
day at Phoksundo Lake.
07: Trek to Phoksundo Khola
Camp 3,750 m-05 hrs.
08: Trek to Low Camp 4,500 m
-05 hrs (special
permits required from here onward to enter restricted area of Upper Dolpo)
Day 09: Trek to Shey Gompa 4,343m /14,245 ft via Kang-La pass
5,350 m /
17,548 ft -06 hrs.
Day 10: Rest day to explore
around high Shey Gompa / Crystal Monastery.
Day 11: Trek to Namgung 4,360 m
via Sela-la Pass 5,094 m -06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Saldang 3,770 m
/ 12,365 ft -06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Yangtsher Gompa
4,960m -05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Sibu 4,560 m
Day 15: Trek to Jeng La Phedi
4,900 m -05/6hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Tokyu 4,240 m
crossing Jeng-la pass 5,216m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap 3,944
m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Tarap Khola
3,800 m -06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Khani Gaun
3,150 m -06 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Tarakot 2,540
Day 21: Trek to Dunai 2,140 m
Day 22: Trek to Jhuphal 2,475m
– 04 hrs.
Day 23: Flight from Jhuphal to
Nepalgunj and connect flight to Kathmandu.
Upper Dolpo falls within Restricted
area of Nepal Himalaya where trekkers need special permit to enter into Upper
and higher places of Upper Dolpo one of most beautiful and pristine country to
Like Upper Mustang where Upper Dolpo
can be trekked with monsoon times of July and August also, as the area falls
within rain-shadow region.
Nepal Restricted Trekking Area Tsum
and Manaslu Valley:
Tsum valley one of the newest
restricted areas around Nepal Mid North-Westwithin upper range of Gorkha district located behind massive
Ganesh Himal, since it was opened for travelers getting popular due to its
beautiful hidden and scenic country, known as the valley of happiness.
Truly a great walks visiting rural
farm villages and dramatic landscapes with high terrain where route leads from
low warm area to cooler mid-hill to enter windswept territory of Tsum Valley
and to reach at Mu Gompa / Monastery at the height of 3,750 m high.
For Tsum areas where trekker needs
special permits to enter into valley of happiness of Tsum enclosed within
Manaslu and Ganesh Himal massive mountain range.
Manaslu one of special and restricted
region within Nepal Himalaya where walk takes you around world 8th
highest at the height of 8,163 m and 26,781 ft high the mountain was first
climbed by Japanese expedition in 1955, since then it was closed for outside
High Manaslu Valley opened since last mid 1980’s for interested travelers to witness its beautiful country blessed with magnificent mountain views, impressive culture of age-old heritage life-style similar to Tibetans across the border, as Manaslu area an ancient trade route of Nepal and Tibet.
Manaslu although door has been opened
but still remains as one of restricted areas of Nepal, where special permits
required to enter into its beautiful country to enjoy the beauty of Upper
Manaslu Valley and crossing high Larke-La pass.
Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola via Arughat 710 m
Day 02: Trek to Maccha Khola
900m -06 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Jagat 1,340
Day 04: Trek to Deng 1,804m –
06 hrs. (From here special required till Dharapani is
staying around Upper Manaslu Valley)
Day 05: Trek to Namrung 2,630
Day 06: Trek to Lho-Gaon 3,180
m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530
m/11,578 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at
Sama-Gaon with short hike.
Day 09: Trek to Samdo 3,860
m/12,660 ft – 04 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Dharamsala
/Larke Base 4,460m /14, 628 ft-04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Bimthang 3,720
m/12, 201 ft via Larke-La pass 5,160 m -08 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tilje 2,300 m /
7,544 ft -06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek Tilje to Dharapani
1,963 m/ 6,440 ft and drive to Kathmandu – 07 hrs.
Tsum Valley located North of Gorkha
district within Nepal Far North Mid-West behind mighty mountain range of Ganesh
and Manaslu Himalaya, one of the few last remaining restricted areas of Nepal.
Tsum Valley the ultimate hidden
Shangri-la of Himalaya flung its door open for outside world since last 1990’s
where trekkers, explorer and adventurer can walk in this beautiful valley of
happiness in Tsum.
The country and landscapes of Tsum
extends from low warm paddy fields to cooler hills covered with alpine tree
lines and then into sheer wilderness of arid and barren terrain like Tibetan territory,
which is a mere distance on route to Tibet border from the last place of Tsum
at Mu Gompa area.
Trekkers can take the pleasure to see
this lovely country obtaining a special permits, this limits the flow of
visitors and make this areas even more especial to venture.
Outline Itinerary of Tsum Valley:
Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola past Arughat town 710 m
Day 02: Trek to Machha Khola 900m -06 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Jagat 1,340 m-06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Lokpa 2,200m – 05 hrs (special permits required
from here onward to enter
restricted area of Upper Manaslu
Day 05: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hrs.
Trek to Chokan-Paro 3,010 m – 05 hrs.
Trek to Ni-le 3,361m after a visit of Milereppa cave – 06 hrs.
Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hrs.
Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hrs.
Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek
to Lokpa 2,200m – 06 hrs.
Day 13-15: Trek
16: Drive to Kathmandu -06 hrs.
OTHER RESTRICTED AREAS OF NEPAL
NAR-PHU WITH LIMI VALLEY AND
WALINCHUN-GOLA / LUMBA-SUMBA –LA PASS:
The other region that falls within Restricted Areas are Nar-Phu area within the north of Manang Valley and beyond Chulu peaks, walk leads on same popular and scenic Annapurna circuit and then from Kodo village, near Chame town into a restricted and hidden area of Nar and Phu till walk ends at Manang valley.
Limi and Humla valley a complete hidden country and very close to Tibetan far western south plateau, a great trek, and exploration around Nepal Far North-Western Himalaya been opened since last 1990s, where trekkers can venture into the wildest country of Nepal Himalaya.
Walunchun-Gola with Lumba and Sumba-La
The area falls within Far Eastern Himalaya at the rim of Nepal with further east touches Northern state of India in Sikkim and further North extends to Tibet eastern border. Closed to foreign travelers for many centuries opened from the last two decades due to its remoteness and close to Tibet border, located within far end of Kanchenjunga massive mountain range.
Trek involves both way flight to reach the main highlight of the journey at Walunchun Gola village and after crossing high Lumba-Sumba-la entering near Makalu base camp route with a drive to low warm area of Arun Valley at Tumlingtar for short scenic flights back to Kathmandu.