People taking solo trekking holidays in Nepal will have to hire at least one guide or porter to accompany them from September, it has been announced.
The announcement was made by the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs, with the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal saying the rule will affect its destinations.
But the new rules, which will boost employment in popular trekking areas of Nepal, shouldn't leave independent travellers on Himalayan trekking holidays out of pocket with the Nepalese government estimating the cost of hiring a guide or porter at about £6.40 per day.
Those on group tours won't be hit by the new policy as they are already obliged to travel with a government-approved trekking agency. Nepal and its border with China has eight mountains above 8,000 metres, including Mount Everest - the world's highest peak.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has no travel restrictions in place for Nepal.
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