That is called restricted Area Trekking where the entrance of ‘foreigners’ or ‘trekkers’ is controlled very strictly. The main reason for not allowing ‘outsiders’ in such areas is to protect the natural environment and culture from the outer-world influences.In such a restricted trekking areas is totally like in the normal areas, as the permit itself is a tedious process. You have to travel with a liaison officer and pay for a special permit. It’s also mandatory to have at least 2 trekking members along with specified officer to get access to restricted areas. Specified officers are mostly environmental officers, who handle all the formalities with police and other governmental issues in between the routes.
There are many reasons why the restricted areas exist.In most cases, Environmental groups, particularly the Nepal Nature Conservation Society, are pressuring the government to keep some places closed for ecological biological and cultural reasons to avoid environmental degradation. Because trekkers require assistance when something goes wrong, the government restricts some areas because it doubts that it could provide the security that trekkers need. There are also political or military operations reasons for some restrictions. In the 1970s, for example, the Jomsom trek was closed because a major foreign-aided military operation had been mounted there in support of the Khampas in Tibet.
We believe, it is very important to be cautious and vigilant towards the rules and regulations in the restricted areas at all times. Although it is important when trekking in all areas to be respectful to the land and its people, trekking in restricted areas is an especially exclusive capability, and all who enter into these areas should practise a high degree of respect and responsibility. Some examples of restricted trekking destinations in Nepal include (Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Rara Lake, Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang and Manaslu). Due to their exclusivity, these remote and less travelled areas offer you a remarkable experience into the true wilderness and untainted areas of Nepal. Mostly restricted trekking area need to make camping however the recent inclusion of Upper Mustang, Tea houses or Guest rooms are available.
Fees for our most popular trekking packages to the restricted areas-
For a minimum of 10 day treks in the Forbidden land of Mustang normally starts from $90 per week for accessing the areas of Humla and Manaslu and other resticted routes.You also need to pay for a governmental officer to go with you throughout the trek.