Trekking Permits In Nepal

Trekking Permits In Nepal
Trekking Permits In Nepal

Trekking in Nepal, a land of majestic mountains and diverse landscapes,is a dream for many adventures lover .However,The himalayan nation has implemented a permit system to ensure both safety and environmental conservation.This system restricts access to certain area,preserving their unique ecosystems and cultural heritage.

History of permit Cards:

Back in late 1950s ,Nepal started to welcome travelers from all over the world for travelers who wanted to trek and explore its beautiful landscapes.As more and more travelers came to Nepal and started loving it .Nepal government realized the need of rules which will protect its nature and culture and that's when permit system was introduced .This system helps keep things in balance-allowing tourist to enjoy the beauty while making sure Nepal’s environment and heritage stay safe.Since then,these permits have become an important way to manage and take care of Nepal’s incredible trekking spots.

Is it Mandatory? Why?

Yes,trekking permits in Nepal are mandatory and it’s for a good reason.these permits are serve as a means to monitor the flow of trekkers ,ensuring their safety in remote region .Incase of emergencies,they can quickly locate and assist those in need.Managing the flow of trekkers helps distribute resources like accommodation,food and medical assistance more effectively,especially in remote areas where resources may be limited

Permits are like official permission slips for foreigners who want to go to special places in nepal.Figuring out which permit you need for your trek can be bit confusing because different destination have different permits and number required permits is also different according to the trek you are going for.Some permits can be brought in advance while some you can get when you arrive at the spot 

To provide more information about permits in Nepal, here is a list of the required permits in Nepal:

1:Trekkers’ Information Management System/TIMS card

1:Trekkers’ Information Management System/TIMS card

The Trekkers’ Information System (TIMS) card is a mandatory system which is designed to ensure the safety of trekkers who come over Nepal.It collects and maintains all the information of the trekkers ,including the  trekking routes and emergency  contact number.

  • Why it is needed: The TIMS card is essential for maintaining records,ensuring the safety and facilitating rescue operation in case of emergency.
  • Places Covered : Most trekking regions in Nepal ,including popular routes like :Everest Base Camp,Annapurna Circuit,Langtang Valley and more.

  • Prices:

                       For SAARC trekker: NPR 1000/USD$7.50          

                       For Non-SAARC trekker:NPR 2000/USD$17

  • Where to obtain:Nepal Tourism Board offices,Trekking Agencies’ Association Of Nepal (TAAN),or registered trekking agencies.

  • How to obtain:Submit a filled application form along with a copy of your passport and two passport-sized photos.

  • Things required for Tims card:

  1.  Your Entry and exit dates for Nepal 

  2. Your entry and exit points

  3. A detailed itinerary

  4. Local emergency contact number(it can be your tour operator)

  5. Home country emergency no

  6. Your insurance policy no

2:Special Trekking Permit for restricted area

2:Special Trekking Permit for restricted area

The special Trekking Permit is required for access to certain restricted areas in Nepal.These areas are restricted due to their cultural and environmental sensitivity.

  • Why it is needed:Certain areas of Nepal are restricted due to cultural and environmental significance.The special permits control access to these regions.

  • Places Covered: Restricted areas such as upper Mustang,Upper Dolpo,Manaslu Circuit and parts of the Kanchenjunga region.

  • Where to obtain:Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara or through registered trekking agencies.

  • How to obtain :Apply through a registered agency,providing necessary documents like a copy of your passport and passport-size photos

 

S.NO

Restricted Trekking Areas

Permit Fee

1

Upper Dolpo



 

USD 500 per person(for the first 10 days)

USD 50 per  person/Day(beyond 10 day )

2

Upper Mustang

USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days

USD 50 per person/Day(beyond 10 day 

3

Humla 

USD 50 per person/week

USD 10 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

4

 




Gorkha Manaslu Area




 

September-November

USD 100 per person/week

USD 15 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

December- August

USD 75 per person/week

USD 10 per

person/day(beyond 1 week)

5

Taplejung 

USD 20 per person/week(for the first 4 weeks)

USD 25 per person/week (beyond 4 week)

6

Dolakha

USD 20 per person/week

7

Gorkha Tsum Valley Area

September-November

USD 40 per person/week

USD 7 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

December-August

USD 30 per person/week

USD 7 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

8

Makalu Area

USD 25 per person/week (for the first 4 weeks)

USD 30 per person/week (beyond 4 weeks)

9

Solukhumbu (Thame and Tashi Lapcha Area)

USD 20 per person/week (for the first 4 weeks)

USD 25 per person/week (beyond 4 weeks)

10

Rasuwa(Rasuwaghat and Thuman Area

USD 20 per person/week

11

Manang(Nar and Phu Valley)

September-November

USD 100 per person/week

USD 15 per person/day(beyond 1 week)

December-August

USD 75 per person/week

USD 15 per person/day(beyond 1 week)

12

Bajhang (Mount Saipal Area)

USD 90per person/week for the first week

USD 15 per person/day(beyond 1 week)

13

Mugu (Mugum Karmarong rural municipality)

USD 100 per person/week

USD 15 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

14

Darchula (Api and Nampa Himal Area)

USD 90 per person/week

USD 15 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

15

Sankhuwasabha

USD 20 per person/week(for the first 4 weeks)

USD 25 per person/week (beyond 4 weeks)

16

Lower Dolpo

USD 20 per person/week

USD 5 per person/day (beyond 1 week

 

3:Conservation Area entrance fee

3:Conservation Area entrance fee

The Conservation Area entrance fee is a fee charged for entering designated conservation areas in Nepal.These areas are established inorder to conserve the natural environment ,biodiversity and cultural heritage.

  • Places covered:Conservation areas like Annapurna Conservation Area,Langtang National Park,Makalu Barun National Park and many others .

  • Why it is needed :It is needed inorder to support the conservation efforts and sustainable tourism practices in protected areas 

  • Where to obtain: At the entrance gate of the respective conservation area.

  • How to obtain:Pay the fee at the designated entry point , through travel agency or Nepal tourism Board

  • Prices:NPR 3000 (or around $25)

4:National Park entrance fee

The National Fee is fee which is for entering national parks in Nepal.These parks are established to protect and preserve the country’s diverse flora and fauna.The entrance fee funds conservation activities ,wildlife protection and infrastructure maintenance within national parks

  • Places Covered: National Parks such as:Sagarmatha National Park(Everest Region),Chitwan National Park ,Langtang National Park and others.

  • Where to obtain :At  the entrance gate of the national park, online form of the national parks office,at the Tourist Service Centre in Kathmandu.

  • Prices:NPR 3000 (around $25 )the fee is also the same for every national park .

  • How to obtain it:Pay the fee at the designated entry point or from Nepal tourism board.


 

5:Trekking peak climbing and mountaineering permit

5:Trekking peak climbing and mountaineering permit

The Trekking peak Climbing and Mountaineering Permit are required for individual or groups planning to climb peaks or engage in the  mountaineering activities  in Nepal.The permit specify the peak,the duration of the climb and other relevant details.It is issued to control and monitor climbing activities ,ensuring safety and environmental conservation.

  • Places Covered:Various Trekking peaks and mountains like: Island Peak,Mera Peak,Lobuche East and major peaks like;Everest ,Annapurna and others.

  • Why it is needed:It controls and monitors climbing activities to ensure safety and environmental conservation.

  • Where to obtain it:Department Of Tourism in Kathmandu

  • How to obtain:Apply through registered trekking agencies with necessary documents like climbing itinerary,route map,and proof of experience.

Prices:

 

S.N

Name of the Peak

Spring

Autumn

1

Mount Everest (8848 m )normal 

$11000

$55000

2

Mount Everest(8848 m) other route

$10000

$5000

3

Others Mountain more than 8000m

$1800

900

4

7501m-7999m

$600

$300

5

7000m-7500m

$500

$250

6

6501m-6999m

$400

$200

7

Mt.Amadablam(6812m)

$400

$400

8

Less than 6500

$250

$125


 

6:Filming and documentary shooting permit

The Filming and Documentary Shooting Permit is necessary for individuals or crews planning to film or shoot documentaries inNepal.The permit is issued to regulate and monitor filming activities ,particularly in culturally significant and environmentally sensitive locations.

  • Places covered:Any location in Nepal where filming for documentary shooting is planned,including cultural heritage sites,natural landscapes and remote areas.

  • Why it is needed:To regulate and monitor filming activities to protect cultural and environmental aspects.

  • Where to obtain it: Ministry of Information And Communication or Film Development Board Of Nepal

  • How to Obtain:Apply with details of the filming project ,locations and purpose and along with necessary documentation.

  • Prices:To shoot a film in Nepal, the filmmakers must pay about 15,000 NPR just to obtain a filming permit, and this doesn't include any extra fees charged by the local agency they hire. The duration of the filming permit can vary, lasting anywhere from one to three years depending on the type of project. Moreover, the liaison officers, who assist with the filming process, should have access to the same facilities and services as the rest of the crew.

In short, if you want to go trekking in Nepal and see the amazing mountains, you need special permission cards. These cards help keep you safe and make sure the mountains stay healthy. There are different cards for different places, like the TIMS card and a special one for certain areas. You pay a small fee for these cards, which goes to taking care of the environment and culture. So, before you go on your adventure to places like Everest or Annapurna, remember to get the right cards, follow the rules, and enjoy the trek while also helping to keep Nepal's mountains beautiful.

 

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