Special Trekking in Nepal
Though there are no restricted areas in Nepal for trekking any longer; previously restricted areas are known as special trekking areas. The previously restricted areas were considered sensitive in terms of environment, culture and political points of views. The special trekking areas fall basically among less visited mountainous region; thus remain attraction to many of the trekking enthusiasts. Most of the special trekking routes in Nepal fall in the border of highly sensitive geography of Tibet, China, and conservation areas. For such restricted areas separated charges and special permits are required from Immigration Department. The trekkers here have to take minimum two customers and supplementary permits form the Department of Immigration.
Kangchenjunga, Manaslu, Naar, Phu, Upper Mustang, Tsum valley, Dolpo, Shey-Phoksundo, Mugu, and Humla are called special/restricted areas trekking areas. To well manage trekking in such restricted areas recently The Trekker Information Management System (TIMS) has been introduced and a separated desk for it also has been established. The independent trekkers should produce TIMS cards provided by the system at checkpoints of conservation area and national park entry. Government of Nepal in an attempt to lessen the environmental impact in such areas imposed restrictions but sometimes it is considered for financial gain too. The trekking agencies are demanding to make them more accessible to all the trekkers in easier manner. In some areas government only allows the group to trek if they are ready to take special officers (environmental, security) who are supposed to guide them properly telling them what to do and what not in such areas.
Ganesh Himal Trekking
Ganesh Himal Trekking route is famous route more because of its nearness to Kathmandu and Pokhara both. Despite being near to the tourist cities still an undamaged Ganesh Himal region includes the great Himalayan chain Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV, a spectacular mountainous panorama contained between the valley of the Budhi Gandaki and Trishuli River. It offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and a great bio-diversity. Ganesh Himal is a sub-range of the Himalayas located mostly in north-central Nepal, but some peaks lie on the border with Tibet region . It is one of the most interesting place to trek in Nepal.
One of the shortest treks in Nepal that is named as ‘Royal Trek’ because it received Prince Charles and his men almost three decade ago; is one of the shortest trekking routes in Nepal. It is for the people who want to have mountain experience in a shortest possible time. Starting from Pokhara this trekking route that goes along the Annapurna basin with spectacular views of most beautiful lakes in the world where Mt Fishtail dives into water and breathtaking views of Annapurna mountain range in the background. Royal Trek offers magnificent cultural experiences mixed with natural beauty.
Nar Phu Trekking
Nar-Phu is one of the newest trekking areas in Nepal. More of a cultural excursion trekking region Nar and Phu are ancient villages comprising ageless way of life in Tibetan model. Generally combined with Annapurna Trail trekking Nar-Phu trekking route is full of exhilarating rugged landscape and jaw dropping vistas. Just opened in 2002 Nar-Phu trekking area follows the Annaprna Circuit via narrow canyons, forests, Monasteries surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the world. Narphu Trekking is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal Himalaya, also popular for its landscape features and Himalayan views in Annapurna Himalayan range.
Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang is one of the Nepal’s oldest heritages closely associated with Tibetan culture. In this stark landscape trekkers encounter medieval town, surrounded by a huge wall with some of the oldest scriptures. The last resort of Upper Mustang Trek is Lo Mangtang that is believed to be the old Buddhist kingdom. There is an old 4-story royal palace with Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains in the background. Stark Tibetan Landscapes, golden rice fields, Hindu shrines with cliff hanging Monasteries, ruggedly carved mountains reaching the blue sky, glittery icy peaks to the south, vast and barren ridges extending to the northern horizon
Mostly known through movie and books like ‘Himalayan Pilgrimage, ‘The Snow Leopard’ and ‘The Caravan'; Dolpa region remains still a mystery for many. The trekking route that reflects a mixed cultural (Nepali and Tibetan) lifestyle; Dolpa Circuit comprises Dhaulagiri massif to the Tibetan (ranging from 1650 m/ 5,412ft to 5136 m/16,846ft) highlands including Shey-Phoksundo National Park with the deepest mountain lake in the country. Upper Dolpo is basically a Tibetan region in the West of Nepal; we can see many Buddhist and Bonpo (shamanistic pre Buddhist) monasteries on the way to Dolpo. The Dolpo region full of amazingly beautiful and thrilling viewpoints.
Manaslu Trekking Route is for the trekking enthusiasts who love to have mountainous adventure but prefer to be away from highly busy routes. Though relatively a newer trekking route; Manaslu (8,156m/ 26,758ft) region offers astonishing views of surrounding mountain and a cross country cultural experience. Manaslu trekking that is considered as alternative route to the busiest route in the nation Annapurna region; is homeland of the Tsum Valley, Jomsom mountain desert along with many snow capped breath taking views. It begins to get more serious with the start of the ancient of the Gandaki River valley.