Independent trekking in Nepal Himalayas
For those who prefer independent trekking in Nepal, Nepal is the most ideal place in the Himalaya region. In Nepal, even novice trekkers can go for solo trekking. The independent trekkers carry with them the maps and guide books that are available in the shops in Pokhara as well as Kathmandu.
Those who choose a popular route for trekking are unlikely to go in the wrong path. In the various trekking routes like Langtang, Annapurna and Everest, one can find a lot of lodges, restaurants and tea-houses along the trekking trail. Travelers explore mountains independently on their own risk each year many trekkers missing in the Himalayas.
Nepal to ban solo / independent trekking
Many budget Trekkers says Nepal is an easiest place in the Himalayas to trek independently but there are many problems. Nepal government has pronounced ban on independent trekking in Nepal Langtang and is considering banning solo trekking in other places also.
Banning individual trekking is to ensure the safety of the trekkers. The ban followed the death of a Belgian woman in Langtang National Park. She was trekking independently. Another 23 year old female solo trekker was found beheaded on the trek to Gosaikunda Lakes. There had been incidents in which foreign women trekkers were attacked during solo trekking in Langtang.
In another incident, an American female trekker who was young and was trekking alone in Langtang was reported as missing. Each year many trekkers are missing in popular trekking areas also like Everest, Annapurna and Manaslu region. In recent years there had been several incidents of mugging and assault on solo trekkers in various trekking areas in Nepal. The rapid increase in the crime rate had brought negative impact on the tourism industry in Nepal.
Independent trekking guides Nepal
Independent trekking guides are available in Nepal. They are professional guides and are officially registered. They are educated and speak fluent English. They are certified trekking guides. However, during the peak seasons, they will be of great demand and it will be difficult for the solo trekkers to get independent trekking guides Nepal and tour organizer in Nepal. Moreover, one should ensure that the independent guide Nepal is efficient, cordial and service-minded and must have decent manners. It is difficult to change the trekking guide during the trek.
Pros and cons of independent trekking in Nepal
The independent trekkers will have more freedom and can enjoy more flexibility. They can save money and can be at their own pace. They can relax when they want and have the freedom to take side trips. Independent trekking has disadvantages also. The independent trekkers have to wait in queues to book tickets for buses or flights and they have to buy food, renting equipment, making all your own arrangements, carrying your own and other things.
They have to find out a porter or a guide if required. Independent trekkers have to move only through the popular treks. Trekking to remote areas will be risky as well as difficult for them. The independent trekking will be rather uncomfortable and tedious.
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