Patagonia and/or Nepal
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Hi people. Did one of you guys ever tramped in those countries? Would you like to share some experience if you did ? If you have 3 weeks off from work which one would you choose and why?
In Nepal you are never really in any wilderness areas there is always villages and people around but you get to experance the culture. You generally go from village to village and don't need to take food or camping gear. Patagonia is more of a tramping destination where you carry your own gear camp and cook yourself. Both are great places to visit it depends what style of tramping you want. Patagonia also doesn't have any high altitude problems which you may get in Nepal
Been to Bolivia, warmer but with high altitude problems possibly... Peru is next on my list, as I understood it is greener and saw the movie Touching the void (and read the book)- that's where I want to tramp.
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the law in Nepal now says you have to hire a porter.
@waynowski.....I have to check on it...I read that you can choose actually if you want a porter or not.
When I went to Nepal 5 years ago you just got yourself a Tims card at the office in downtown Kathmandu and you could go it alone. If this is still the case you need it as there are many govt checkpoints to go through. I spent a week in huaraz in Peru 4 years ago the huayhuash region where touching the void is based is a very beautiful place. Lots of cow shit though as it is grazed in this area. But me and my partner did the 4 day santa crux trek alone. Its quite easy for a seasoned kiwi tramper. Just study up on logistics of how to get there and back and its relatively straight forward.
Ok looks like guides are mandatory only in specific areas When doing an easy Grade A treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Trek to Phulchoki, Chisapani, Shivapuri etc, you can go on your own. These treks are short and easy, so you may not need guides or agencies. "For restricted areas such as Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo etc, there is no other option. Rules dictate that you take a registered guide with you." https://trekroute.com/trekking-in-nepal-guide/
Have you been to Nepal wayno. I spent 18 days trekking through the sherpa region all on my lonesome climbing 3 5000m passes and putting a good 200km +, on the clock and I needed no guide or sherpa though many people tried to tell me I did. Dolpo and mustang etc are extremely inaccessible areas that would be almost impossible without help. But the sherpa and annapurna regions though challenging for many reasons are able to be tackled alone with a Tims card. Well they were 5 years ago. I would suggest the o.p. Research tims cards if they are serious. In fact a quick check and it's still very legal to buy an individual trekkers tims card for 2000rupee 20nzd
nepal changed the rules the TIMS card won't cover you for everywhere there are restricted areas now where the authorities have made having a guide mandatory " Trekkers should be trekking in a group (of minimum two persons) accompanied by licensed trekking guide.Individual trekker cannot apply for the permit." http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/trekking-permit.html theres fees for the more restricted areas that go anything up to $500 for 10 days.
So no you haven't been to Nepal. your just reading from websites. All but the most difficult regions are easily trekked on your own if you feel capable.
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