Nepal to ban solo trekking for all foreigners as per the announcement of the 2nd March 2023. The Nepal Tourism Board instructs foreign trekkers not to trek alone. Maniraj Lamichhane, the director of the Nepal Tourism Board confirmed the decision in response to the increasing incidents, trekkers lost, and sometimes the deaths of trekkers while trekking alone accompanied without a guide. He has suggested that travelers plan accordingly. It is mandatory for all solo trekkers and free individual travelers (FITs) for any trek in the Himalayas with experienced guides of the registered trekking company to enhance their safety and security. This will create a country’s reputation and a safer environment for adventure seeker tourists in the challenging destinations of Nepal.
This new regulation will go into effect on April 1, 2023. However, the new policy will not affect the expedition company having its own sets of rules and regulations. It will apply to all treks operating in Nepal, including the well-known Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek. A guide is a must for reporting any unforeseen incidents that may happen. An experienced guide is essential for handling emergency cases, and rescuing the trekkers timely while trekking. A hazardous trek can result from high heights and unpredictable weather patterns. Breathing can be challenging in these altitudes due to the thin air, and hypothermia can set in quickly due to the chilly temperatures. Additionally, because treks can be physically hard, having a qualified guide on hand provides companionship and support. This not only enhances mood but also guarantees a secure and enjoyable journey.
Nepal to ban solo trekking encourages the development of a sense of togetherness on the trails. It creates a culture of knowledge sharing with local experienced guides. Now that local people and cultures are more accessible to visitors. They can develop new skills and gain a deeper understanding of Nepal’s great history and amazing natural beauty.