Nepal bans solo and independent trekking and hiking.

It’s frustrating to hear that Nepal is now requiring guides or porters on all trips. The guides are often inexperienced, lack fitness and are mostly a burden to experienced hikers. Many of the tourist treks in Nepal so well traveled that there is truly no need for porters or guides. Since I stayed in lodges for most of my time in Nepal, my packweight was light – perhaps 15 pounds. Do I need a porter for that? No. The trails are well traveled and there is no way to get lost. Do I need a guide for that? No. I don’t.

With a few bribes, the trekking companies have killed independent trekking in much of the Himalaya. Only India allows independent trekking now.

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