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Do I need a guide for the Nepalese Himalayas?

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

Do you need a guide or porter for the Poon Hill trek? No, a guide is not mandatory and you can hike this route independently. A porter is also not compulsory. 

Annapurna Base Camp

Do you need a guide or porter for the Annapurna Base Camp trek? No, a guide is not mandatory and you can hike this route independently. A porter is also not compulsory.

Everest Base Camp

Do you need a guide or porter for the Everest Base Camp trek? No, a guide is not mandatory and you can hike this route independently. A porter is also not compulsory.

Manaslu Circuit  

Do you need a guide or porter for the Manaslu Circuit trek? This area falls in the Restricted Areas and tourists must acquire a permit in addition to the TIMS card for visit for visitors to this region. A guide and porter are mandatory for this trek. 

Makalu Base Camp trek

Do you need a guide or porter for the Makalu Base Camp trek? No, a guide is not mandatory and you can hike this route independently. A porter is also not compulsory.

Upper Mustang trek

Do you need a guide or porter for the Upper Mustang trek? To enter Upper Mustang, visitors require a permit and must be accompanied by a registered guide.  

Langtang Valley trek

Do you need a guide or porter for the Langtang Valley trek? No, a guide is not mandatory and you can hike this route independently. A porter is not compulsory.

Three Passes trek

Do you need a guide or porter for the Three Passes trek? No, a guide is not mandatory and you can hike this route independently. A porter is also not compulsory.

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