What to see in Himalayas
Although many travellers choose to meticulously organise package trekking tours or detailed itineraries before arrival, it is possible to be spontaneous in the Himalayas so long as you aren't attempting a serious mountaineering expedition. 'Teahouse' travel, which involves trekking at your own pace from village to village is one of the most popular ways to experience the area and all the little settlements in popular hiking areas are well-equipped to accommodate travellers.
A trekking permit is no longer required in many regions, including the popular Annapurna, Everest and Langtang areas; however, a fee must be paid to trek in a designated national park, conservation area or wildlife reserve, which can be paid at the entrance (about NPR 1,000 or NPR 2,000 for most areas). The Annapurna region requires the fee to be paid in advance at the ACAP office in Kathmandu or Pokhara, which goes towards environment conservation and maintenance of the area. Fees and entrance charges in Nepal have been known to change without notice and even official sources aren't always reliable so it is best to check the situation on the ground before you embark on your trek or risk paying a NPR 4,000 penalty whenever you are caught without the correct permit.
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