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Do I need a guide for the Nepalese Himalayas?

If you are an experienced, competent, and confident trekker, you’ll be pleased to know that Nepal has many options for you to trek independently. However, there are a few restrictions and requirements that you need to abide by. The beauty of trekking solo is that you have complete control over when and where you want to go, and can move at your own pace. On the other hand, the benefit of travelling with a guide is that you can learn more about the local culture and make the most of local expertise. 

For regions including the Langtang or Annapurna region, for example, trekkers are required to obtain a TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System). These cards are mandatory to ensure the safety of foreign travellers. 

Poon Hill trek
Annapurna Base Camp
Everest Base Camp
Manaslu Circuit
Makalu Base Camp trek
Upper Mustang trek
Langtang Valley trek
Three Passes trek

Nepalese Himalayas routes


  1. Poon Hill. Distance: 51 km, average duration: 4-5 days
  2. Annapurna Base Camp. Distance: 110 km, average duration: 7-10 days
  3. Everest Base Camp. Distance: 130 km, average duration: 12-16 days
  4. Manaslu Circuit. Distance: 177 km, average duration: 13-17 days
  5. Makalu Base Camp. Average duration: 18-22 days
  6. Upper Mustang Trek. Average duration: 10-12 days 
  7. Langtang Valley. Distance: 120 km, average duration: 7-11 days 
  8. Three Passes Trek. Distance: 166 km, average duration: 18-20 days 

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