No more hiking alone. From April 1, guides will be required.
According to the news article published in The Kathmandu Post on March 4, 2023, it has been announced that solo treks in Nepal will no longer be permitted starting from April 1, 2023. It will be mandatory for all trekkers to hire a licensed guide or a porter to accompany them on their trek.
The decision has been made to improve the safety and security of trekkers in the Nepalese mountains, as there have been instances of missing or lost trekkers in the past. Additionally, the requirement for a guide or porter will help boost employment opportunities for locals in the tourism industry.
The new regulation will apply to all trekkers, whether they are Nepalese citizens or foreigners. The cost of hiring a guide or porter will depend on the duration and difficulty of the trek, and it is expected that prices will be competitive. Trekkers will be required to register their trekking route with the government before starting their trek.
This new regulation will ensure that trekkers are safer and more secure during their journeys in the Nepalese mountains, while also helping to support the local economy by providing employment opportunities for guides and porters.