What to see in Himalayas
Although many choose package trekking tours to Nepal or create detail itineraries before arrival, it's possible to be spontaneous in the Himalayas as long as travellers aren't attempting a serious mountaineering expedition.
'Teahouse trekking' involves journeying at one's own pace from village to village, proving one of the most popular ways to experience the challenging landscapes. All the small settlements along commonly used hiking tracks are well equipped to accommodate adventurers.
A trekking permit in Nepal is no longer required in many regions, including the popular Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest areas. However, a fee must be paid to trek in a designated national park, conservation zone, or wildlife reserve. It's payable at the entrance and is about NPR 1,000 or NPR 2,000.
The Annapurna region requires the fee paid in advance at the ACAP office in Kathmandu or Pokhara, the money going towards environmental conservation and maintenance of the area. Fees in Nepal are prone to change without notice and even official sources aren't always reliable. It's best to check before embarking on a trek or risk a NPR 4,000 penalty if caught without the correct permit.
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