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Are you thinking of going on an independent trek? Find out why Nepal has recently announced a ban on solo trekking for foreign visitors. Better be safe than sorry!
Nepal’s government recently banned foreign visitors from trekking alone in the Himalayas, citing safety concerns and environmental protection. Find out more about why this ban is in place and what that means for your adventure plans.
The joint Board Meeting of the Nepal Tourism Board with different tourism stakeholders held on 2nd March 2023 decided that no foreign trekkers would get permission to trek in the Himalayas without a guide. Therefore, the Trekkers intending to trek in the mountain must hire a trekking guide from a trekking agency. The decision will be implemented from 1st April 2023.
Before this, foreign travellers could trek independently without a guide by issuing a TIMS card from Nepal Tourism Board.
Safety Concerns Behind the Ban
The Nepal government recently announced that it had banned solo trekking for foreign visitors due to the rising number of accidents and deaths that have occurred during such treks. The ban was implemented to ensure the safety and well-being of anyone who wishes to explore the country’s mountains and trails.
The ban was implemented after the government conducted research revealing some dangers associated with solo trekking. According to the Nepal Tourism Board, some of the most common safety concerns included extreme weather conditions, lack of phone coverage in remote areas, altitude sickness and remote terrain, making it difficult to get help if needed.