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As per Nepal Tourism Board press releases on March 9, 2023, there are several trekking rules in Nepal you must know before starting your trekking. It’s important to follow the rules when trekking in Nepal to protect the environment, maintain everyone’s safety and well-being, and express respect for the locals and their traditions. Following these rules ensures that everyone has a pleasant and secure moment while also protecting the environment.

The Himalayan ecosystem is fragile, and trekkers should stay on designated trails, avoid littering, and carry trash out of areas. Safety is ensured by hiring experienced guides, being well-prepared with gear, and acclimating to prevent altitude sickness.

Respect for local culture and traditions is essential, as many routes pass through remote villages inhabited by indigenous communities. Trekkers should seek permission before entering these villages, ask for guidance, and be mindful of their actions, such as taking photographs. Adhering to Nepal’s National Park and Conservation Areas rules contributes to the preservation and maintenance of the natural environment.

Here are the mandatory rules for trekkers trekking in Nepal:

All trekkers must hire a licensed guide:

Nepal made a rule that all foreign trekkers must have a licensed guide with them. The Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal have agreed on a strategy to protect tourists, preserve the environment, and promote local culture while also involving the local population.

The issuance of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Cards has been discontinued, and a fine of USD 120 has been imposed for trekking without a guide. This policy aims to promote responsible and sustainable trekking in Nepal, ensuring the preservation of its stunning trekking destinations for future generations.

All trekkers must obtain a TIMS card

The Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) is an important part of Nepal’s trekking experience as per the rule made by NTB 2023, enhancing safety, facilitating proper documentation, and contributing to the conservation of Nepal’s natural beauty. Acquiring a TIMS card is mandatory for all trekkers visiting Nepal, with the cost varying based on nationality.

Trekkers can obtain a TIMS card through trekking agencies or Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The TIMS system collects important information about trekkers, such as names, nationalities, emergency contact details, and itineraries, which is crucial for safety and rescue operations.

The revenue generated from TIMS card fees is reinvested into trekking regions and communities, contributing to trail maintenance, infrastructure development, waste management, and conservation efforts. The TIMS system not only facilitates responsible enjoyment of Nepal’s natural beauty but also plays a pivotal role in preserving it for future generations.

These two are the mandatory trekking rules in Nepal you must follow while trekking in Nepal, other recommended rules include: 

Trekkers must trek on designated trekking trails: 

Trekking in Nepal is a thrilling adventure, but it is illegal to off-trail due to its diverse terrain, cliffs, and unpredictable weather. Trekking on designated trails ensures safe navigation, environmental preservation, and cultural heritage preservation. Trekkers must respect local customs and request permission before entering villages.

This rule helps to keep things organized and makes people responsible in the trekking areas of Nepal. Penalties for illegal activities can range from fines to deportation. Therefore, trekking on designated trails is important for responsible trekking, prioritizing safety, environmental conservation, and respect for local culture.

Acclimatize properly before starting a high-altitude trek:

Acclimatization is an important rule for trekkers entering high-altitude regions of Nepal to prevent altitude sickness. It involves spending extra days at intermediate altitudes before reaching high-altitude zones, allowing the body time to adjust to the thin air and reduced oxygen levels. Not following the rule of acclimatization doesn’t charge you any amount by the Nepal government or Nepal Tourism Board, but ignoring acclimatization can lead to discomfort, illness, and even death.

Be prepared for all weather conditions:

Trekkers must be ready for unpredictable weather conditions, including hot and humid regions and cold or sub-zero temperatures, due to Nepal’s different geography, which includes tropical lowlands, cool hills, and high-altitude mountains.

Proper clothing, waterproof footwear, rain gear, and sun protection are essential. The rule of being prepared for all weather conditions in Nepal is not just a suggestion; it’s a fundamental aspect of responsible trekking, this ensures trekkers safety, comfort, and enjoyment, allowing trekkers to fully appreciate the natural beauty and cultural richness of the destination.

The above-mentioned are some trekking rules in Nepal that you should follow. If you have any other queries regarding the trekking rules, you can directly contact us or you can contact the Nepal Tourism Board.

FAQs:

Is solo trekking banned in Nepal?

TAAN and NTB have banned TIMS cards for non-Nepali trekkers visiting Nepal solo, allowing registered agencies to issue them. However, the Solukhumbu region still allows trekkers without a guide, and no official statement from the Ministry of Tourism was published. 

Why didn’t TAAN have staff at the checkpoints?

At the time of the ban on checkpoints, the banners promised to be managed by April 1st, but management failed to meet expectations due to paying low salaries and causing a lack of interest from employees on low salaries.

Did fewer people come to Nepal for trekking after the ban came into action?

The trekking ban, which became official on April 1, caused an increase in guides hired during the peak season, despite the fact that many trekkers were unaware of the ban. Price gouging increased, with trekking companies doubling guide fees and agents adding fees for permits, claiming they were a new tax. Despite this, many trekkers were unaware of the scam. The real reduction in tourist numbers is expected to occur in 2023 and 2024, still, people are unaware of the ban on solo trekking.

Do you have to hire a trekking guide this year in Nepal mandatorily?

Trekkers should consider hiring a guide when trekking in Nepal, as it is considered different from other mountain trekking destinations. However, for Solukhumbu treks like EBC, Three Passes, and Gokyo, no trekking guide is required.

For other treks requiring a TIMS card, a mandatory guide is required, but there are no TAAN or TIMS checkpoints open, so people are going trekking without the checkpoints being open. If you haven’t trekked in Nepal before, it is advisable to hire a guide.

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