Nepal Trekking Permit: All you need to Know
To visit almost of all trekking routes is required trekking permits. Both Trekking agencies and Independend trekkers can get permits bypassing procedures. Today, we’ll highlight regarding Nepal Trekking Permit.
Under the law of the Nepal government, trekkers can get Individual permits, and TIMS and Permit expect nonrestricted areas. In the case of restricted area trekking routes, only registered trekking agencies are eligible to get trekking TIMS and permits.
Trekking permit fees are announced by Nepal’s government. One who has their passport and essential documents can get trekking permits.
Let’s dive into the permit category.
- Special Trekking Permit for restricted/controlled areas
- Trekkers’ Information Management System/TIMS Card
- Conservation Area entrance fee
- National Park entrance fee
- Trekking peak climbing and mountaineering permit
- Filming and documentary shooting permit
Restricted Area Permit Nepal
For restricted area permits, you need to have special documents to enter a restricted area which is called a Restricted area permit.
Keep in mind, Restricted Area Permit Nepal is more expensive than other general trekking permits. Only registered trekking agencies can obtain these types of permits.
“TIMS’ is a short form for Trekkers’ Information Management Systems. It is for the safety of Trekkers. All trekkers in Nepal must acquire a TIMS permit before trekking.
We can get TIMS permits from Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) Office in Maligaon or Thamel TIMS Counter in Kathmandu.
TIMS Counter office hours are 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. The counter remains open on Saturdays and public holidays as well.
CONSERVATION AREA ENTRANCE FEE
As almost all trekking trails of Nepal are lies in the Conservation Area, we should have permission from the conservation areas. And we can get permission from conservation areas. The permits which are issued from National Trust Nature Conservation areas to the trekkers are called conservation area permits.
For example, the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) are conservation areas.
But the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) is not under the management of NTNC. It is controlled by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC). And for the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA), you can obtain the permit at the DNPWC office or the starting checkpoint of the KCA office. KCA office is located at Lelep, Taplejung.
NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
For trekking inside National Parks, trekkers must have National Park Permit. We can get National Park permits by paying National Park fees. Some examples of trekking areas of the National Park are Sagarmatha National Park, Langtang National Park, Shivapuri National Park, Rara National Park, Shey-Phoksundo NP, and Makalu Barun National Park. the entrance fee for the National parks is NRs. 3000 for foreigners.
Trekking peak and Mountaineering permits
For trekking peak climbing and mountaineering permits, trekkers are not eligible to get permits on their own. Only a trekking agency can get Permits.
Filming & Documentary shooting permits
As Nepal is rich, every year tourists come here to Nepal for Filming and Documentaries. For filming and documentary movie shooting, Filming and Documentary shooting permit is required. You need to apply for a filming permit through a trekking agency in Nepal. The permit is obtained from the Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC) and its fees depend on the use of camera and technology.
How can I get a trekking permit in Nepal?
You can get permits in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In Kathmandu, Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased at the Nepal Tourism Board Office. This office(NTB) is located near Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu. Tel: +977 1 4256909.
IN Pokhara: If you want to get Permits for Annapurna Region Trekking, you can get permits in Damside Pokhara, near the Lakeside.
In Besisahar, For the Annapurna Circuit trekking, you can buy permits at Besisahar, Lamjung.
Do I need a trekking permit in Nepal?
Yes, to enter all most trekking routes, you must have trekking permits. Without trekking permits, you can’t cross-check posts on trekking trails. Some trekking routes require normal permits and some need special( Restricted areas permits). For the general permit, solo travelers can obtain permits with an easy process. For the restricted area permits only registered trekking agencies obtain permits. These types of permits are needed to support local areas’ development as well as nations too.
Where do I get an Annapurna trekking permit?
For the Annapurna permits, you can get Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Besisahar.
Nepal Trekking Permit Cost
|Name||Permit fees in (NPR)|
|Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest Trek )||3000|
|Annapurna Region Trek ( ACAP )||3000|
|Langtang National Park (Langtang Trek)||3000|
|Shivapuri National Park||1000|
|Sheyphoksundo National Park||3000|