Nepal Trekking Permits and Fees

Trekking permits are required for all trekking regions of Nepal. The trekking permits are issued by the government of Nepal and the authorized associated bodies which are regulated and monitored by the government. The type of permits required will differ as per the trekking area you are intending to tread. Please ensure you have all the required permits before leaving for the trek. Some of the trekking regions in Nepal are under controlled areas where free individual trekkers are strictly forbidden. 

This post is to help you understand the Nepal trekking permits and fees involved. For free individual trekkers who wish to trek on their own, trekking permits are easily obtainable at Nepal Tourism Board office at Bhrituktimandap, Kathmandu. Kindly ensure you have all the required documents (Original passport, passport copy, visa copy and at least 4passport size photos) and cash for the permit fees applicable in local currency.

We recommend you schedule an extra day in Kathmandu just for the permits arrangements and make sure you avoid Saturday and local holidays. For trekkers accompanied by a guide and going through the registered company, your Nepal trekking permits and fees will be all handled and arranged by the respective company. 

Types of permits required for trekking in Nepal 

1. National Park Permit/Conservation Area Project Permit

Most of the trekking regions in Nepal fall under either national park or conservation area so it is likely that you will need either of this permit for most trekking trails in Nepal. Free individual trekkers are allowed to trek in the National park or conservation area. To obtain national park/conservation area permit you will need to fill a form and submit it with your passport copy and passport size photo affixed at the Nepal Tourism Board Office. The tourism board offices are located in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The permits are issued by the Nepal tourism board. Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Mustang, Rolwaling are some of the notable regions where you will need this permit.  

Where to get it: Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu
Cost for the permit: NPR 3390 for National Park Permit & NPR 3000 for Conservation Area Permit per trekker.

2. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)

Trekkers Information Management System or in short TIMS is a permit implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). TIMS is implemented to ensure the safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking. This permit is required on all trekking regions of Nepal apart from the controlled area, where you will need a special permit. Group trekkers will have to obtain Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.

Although the majority of the trekking regions in Nepal require TIMS permit, the permit is only valid for the trekking area/route as mentioned in the permit. 

Where to get it: Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu
Cost: NPR 2,000 per trekker

3. Special Permits for the controlled/restricted area

Controlled/Restricted area are the areas which are highly regulated by the government of Nepal due to close international borders in proximity. Trekking in these regions is allowed only upon obtaining special permission/permit from the Department of Immigration, Nepal. Places like Mustang, Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu are among the restricted areas of Nepal. To obtain the permit, you will need to have at least 2 participants, accompanied by a licensed trekking guide and need to go through a registered trekking company in Nepal. Free individual trekkers (FIT) are not allowed to trek in these regions. 

4. Rural Municipality fees

This is the newest permit introduced in Nepal trekking sector and this permit is issued by the rural municipality of the designated areas. As of now, this permit is being issued in the Everest and Makalu region. You can get this permit from the starting point of your trek.

Where to get it: You can obtain this permit at the check post of the rural municipalities, such as Lukla, in Everest region.
Cost: NPR 2000 per trekker for Everest region and NPR 2,000 for Makalu Region. 

Trekking areas of Nepal with permits required and fees

Trekking Area Permits RequiredApplicable Fees
Ama Dablam Base CampKhumbu Rural Municipality Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit
Annapurna Base CampTIMS Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS Card
NPR 3,000 for ACAP Permit
Annapurna CircuitTIMS Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS Card
NPR 3,000 for ACAP Permit
Annapurna Dhaulagiri
Khopra Ridge Trek
TIMS Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS Card
NPR 3,000 for ACAP Permit
Annapurna Jomsom TIMS Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS Card
NPR 3,000 for ACAP Permit
Annapurna Poonhill TIMS Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS Card
NPR 3,000 for ACAP Permit
Everest Base CampKhumbu Rural Municipality Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit
Everest Three High Passes Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit
Gokyo Lakes Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit
Gosaikunda LakeLangtang National Park Permit
TIMS Card
NPR 3390 for National park permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS card
Helambu TrekLangtang National Park Permit
TIMS Card
NPR 3390 for National park permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS card
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit
Special Permit
NPR 3,000 for Conservation Area Permit
 
Special Permit
USD 20 per person/ week (for the first 4 weeks)
USD 25 per person /week ( beyond 4 weeks)
Langtang Valley TrekLangtang National Park Permit
TIMS Card
NPR 3390 for National park permit
NPR 2,00 for TIMS card
Lower DolpoShey Phoksundo National Park 
Special Permit
NPR 3390 for National park permit

Special Permit
USD 20 per person/week 
USD 5 per person/day  ( beyond 1 week)
Makalu Base Camp TrekMakalu Rural Municipality Permit
Makalu Barun National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Makalu Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3,000 for National Park Permit
Manaslu Circuit/Larke PassManaslu Conservation Area Permit
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
Special Permit for Manaslu
NPR 3,000 for MCAP
NPR 3,000 for ACAP

Special Permit
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)
Mardi Himal TrekTIMS Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS Card
NPR 3,000 for ACAP Permit
Nar Phu ValleyAnnapurna Conservation Area Permit
Special Permit
NPR 3,000 for ACAP 

Special Permit
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)
Rolwaling Tashi Laptcha PassGaurishankar Conservation Area Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
Special Permit
NPR 3,000 for GCAP
USD 20 per person/week for a special permit
NPR 3,000 for Sagarmatha National Park
NPR 2,000 for Khumbu Rural Municipality 
Rolwaling ValleyGaurishankar Conservation Area Permit
Special Permit
NPR 3,000 for GCAP 
USD 20 per person/week for a special permit
Tamang Heritage TrailLangtang National Park Permit
TIMS Card
NPR 3390 for National park permit
NPR 2,000 for TIMS card
Tengboche MonasteryKhumbu Rural Municipality Permit
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit
Tsum Valley TrekManaslu Conservation Area Permit
Special Permit
NPR 3,000 for MCAP

Special Permit
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)
Upper DolpoShey Phoksundo National Park 
Special Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit

Special Permit
USD500 per person  (for the first 10 days)
USD 50 per person/Day  ( beyond 10 days)
Upper Mustang TrekAnnapurna Conservation Area Permit
Special Permit
NPR 3,000 for ACAP

Special Permit
USD 500 for 10 days
USD 50 per person/day (beyond 10 days)

Note:

  • All fees shown in the chart are in local currency Nepalese Rupees. 
  • Be sure to carry at least 4 passport size photos if required for the permit
  • Carry few passport copies to submit at the permit check post should they require. 

Useful contact information for Nepal trekking permits and fees

Nepal Tourism Board
Pradhasani Marg, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4256909
[email protected]
Official website

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal
Maligaun, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977-1-4427473, 4440920
[email protected]

Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu
+977-01-4429659, 4429660
[email protected], [email protected]

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