First don’t fret, all permits can be arranged in advance for you by your agent in Nepal, just e-mail them an image of your main passport page and a passport-type image of yourself. It is particularly important that your agent gets your trekking permits in advance if government offices are likely to be closed when you arrive, ie over weekends or during Nepal’s frequent national holidays. NB all trekking permit, TIMS card, Park fees etc are included in quotes given on this website. Only museum and any temple area entry fees etc in the Kathmandu Valley are excluded.
A TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card must be obtained by all trekkers before setting out. This data base helps the government to both track down the location of missing persons and collate a record of visitor numbers. A TIMS card costs US$ 10 for each person going through an agency and US$ 20 for trekkers travelling independently. (The TIMS office is open all year round).
National Park, Conservation Area and Wildlife Reserve entrance fees can be purchased in advance or can be paid at most National Park etc entry points. For a full list please check here. They tend to vary from US$ 10 up to US$ 30, and exactly half this for SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nationals.
Trekking permits are not required for the popular trekking areas of Annapurna, the Khumbu Valley (the Everest region), Helambu and Langtang, or some less trekked areas such as Rara Lake or Panch Pokhari.
Trekking permits are required for the regions listed below. Trekking in these areas must be with a licensed Nepal trekking agency, permit costs should/will be included in their quotes to you.
Current trekking permit fees, which are all included in provisional quotes given for treks on this website, are;
|Upper Dolpo and Mustang||US$ 500 per person which covers the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day for extra days.|
|Lower Dolpo||US$ 20 per person for up to 2 weeks and US$ 10 per person per extra week.|
|Manaslu||From September to November US$ 70 per person for the first week and US$ 10 per person per day for extra days. These rates respectively drop to US$ 50 and US$ 7 per day from December to August.|
|Kanchenjunga||US$ 10 per person per week.|
|Makalu-Barun||US$ 10 per person per week for the first 4 weeks and US$ 20 per week for any extra weeks.|
|Rolwaling||US$ 10 per person per week, but in order to cross Tashi Labsta pass a climbing permit for Ramdung or Parchamo Peak is required. See trekking peak fees below.|
|Tsum Valley||From September to November a fee of US$ 35 for 8 days, the maximum permitted in the Tsum Valley itself. This drops to $US 25 from December to August.|
For a full list please check here.
Trekking Peak fees; US $350 for up to 4 trekkers, an additional US$ 40 each for the next 4 trekkers and US$ 25 each for up to 4 more trekkers. The maximum permitted team size is 12 trekkers. A US$ 250 refundable garbage deposit must also be made.
The following peaks are classified as trekking peaks;
|Ganja La Chuli aka Naya Kanga||5,844||19,173|
|Imja-tse aka Island Peak||6,189||20,305|
|Khongma-tse aka Mehar Peak||5,820||19,095|
|Shigu Chuli aka Fluted Peak||6,501||21,329|
|Tharpu Chuli aka Tent Peak||5,500||18,044|