Restricted Area Trekking Permit Fees in Nepal

Restricted Area Trekking Permit Fees need to be paid to trek to Mustang

Some remote mountain regions in Nepal are the restricted areas for a trekking adventure. However, it is possible to set off on a trekking adventure in those regions with the special permit. Restricted area trekking permit fees are higher than the regular trekking adventures. You need to obtain a trekking permit to be able to trek in the mountains of Nepal. And the restricted regions need a special permit issued from the Department of Immigration, Nepal.

This post is about the top restricted area trekking permit fees that you need to pay to trek there. These restricted area trekking adventures do not allow you to go on an individual trekking adventure. You need to go through a registered trekking company like Adventure Himalaya Circuit Treks and Tours.

The following trekking adventures go to the restricted regions in the mountains.


Upper Mustang Trek

The most popular of all trekking adventures in the restricted area, Upper Mustang Trek is a unique exploration of the dry mountain landscape in the mountains. This trek takes you far beyond the Himalayas to the Mustang region. Colorful terrain of the jagged cliffs, caves on the cliff walls, and the beautiful settlements, Upper Mustang Trek has lots of amazing things to offer. The view of the Himalayas along the adventure is simply spectacular. You will also explore and enjoy the unique and timeless cultural wonders of the Mustang region.

Best time to Trek

As the region lies beyond the Himalayas, it comes under the rain shadow area in Nepal. Due to low rainfall, the region is dry throughout the year. However, the winter season has snowfall and the area is covered in snow. The best time to trek in Mustang is from May to September. However, other months except for the winter (Dec-Feb) are also suitable to trek to Upper Mustang

Trekking Permit Cost

You will need to pay a hefty amount to obtain the trekking permit to Upper Mustang. The cost of the permit is USD 500 per person for 10 days in the region. Each extra day more than 10 days will charge USD 50 person per day. Although the cost sounds expensive, the experience you get on the trek is surreal.


Phoksundo Lake during Upper Dolpo Trek
Beautiful Phoksondu Lake along the Upper Dolpo Trekking Route

Upper Dolpo Trek

Another beautiful restricted area trekking adventure, Upper Dolpo Trek is certainly a lifetime experience. This adventure takes you to the western mountains past Dhaulagiri range of the Himalayas. Trekking through one of the least developed regions in Nepal; you will explore and experience the timeless villages and cultures. It is also one of the long trekking adventures in Nepal. The beauty of Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa and many other villages that come along the trail offer wonderful moments to the trekkers. This trek also requires you to go through a trekking agency as individual trekking is not allowed.

Best time to Trek

The remote mountains in Upper Dolpa look beautiful throughout the year. However, trekking there all year along may be a problem. The spring and autumn seasons bring good experience of traveling in the region. However, the monsoon and winter months are better to refrain from trekking there.

Trekking Permit Cost

The restricted area trekking permit fees for Upper Dolpo Trek is USD 500 per person for 10 days trek and USD 50 per day per person for each day beyond 10 days. You will be able to explore and experience the wonderful mountains, villages, and nature in the Dolpa region.


Manaslu Circuit Trek

Another popular restricted region trekking in Nepal is Manalsu Circuit Trek. This trek has started receiving more trekkers in recent years. The adventure takes you to the region of Mt. Manalsu – the eighth highest mountain in the world. It starts in the Budhi Gandaki river valley and finishes in Marshyangdi river valley after crossing the Larkya La pass. With only fewer trekkers in the region, you will be able to explore the peaceful atmosphere and spectacular mountain sceneries.

Best time to Trek

Except for the months of December, January, and February, you can go for Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, the monsoon season gets the trail wet and slippery but you can still trek in the region. Spring and autumn seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Manaslu.

Trekking Permit Cost

The restricted area trekking permit fees for Manaslu region is divided into two types. The autumn season (September – November) charges USD 100 per person for a week and each extra day beyond a week charges USD 10 per day per person. And the rest of the months charge USD 75 per person for a week and each extra day beyond a week charges USD 10 per day per person.


Cantilever Bridge along the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route
Cantilever Bridge along the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek and trekking in the region is another restricted area trekking adventure in Nepal. The walking adventure in the area of the third highest mountain in the world is also one of the long trekking trips. The adventure goes to the far eastern mountains in Nepal and explores the Himalayan foothills and the mountains. Although the number of trekkers in the region is low, it is increasing in recent days. This adventure is certainly a lifetime experience for the trekkers who enjoy exploring the mountains longer.

Best time to Trek

Like for several other high altitude trekking adventures, winter months are not much favorable for the trek. However, the lower parts of the region can surely be explored even during winter. Autumn and spring seasons give the best experience of trekking in the region while the monsoon also brings a lovely time exploring the area.

Trekking Permit Cost

The restricted area trekking permit fees in the Kanchenjunga region is USD 20 per person per week for the first four weeks. And it costs you USD 25 per person per week if you plan to stay in the region beyond four weeks.


There are other restricted area trekking adventures in Nepal in addition to the ones mentioned here. But we included these four as these are more popular than others. Let us also tell you that on top of the restricted area trekking permit fees, there are other local government charges as well depending upon the area.


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