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Types of Trekking Permit in Nepal

In Annapurna and Manasalu region, you should get ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Projcet) permit paying Rs. 2000 each person and in the national Park area ( Everest , Langtang etc), you have to get the permit from national park paying Rs. 1000 to enter the trekking areas.

You need to have TIMS while going in the trekking of popular areas in Nepal

Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS)

Nepal, aptly, has been called 'a Trekker's Paradise'. Its high standing mountains, scenic hills and the luxuriant Terai offers some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. Passing through the diverse culture and nature, trekking in Nepal is a life-time experience which involves a certain degree of physical risks owing to the rugged topography.

With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to control illegal trekking operations and ensure safety and security of the trekkers in general trekking areas through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service as and when required .

The past experiences have shown that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during the times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of lack of proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts and the information about trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the trekkers missing.

The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has come into force from Jan 01, 2008. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started recording trekkers detail and issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.

Where & how to obtain TIMS Card ?

The visiting tourists, who are interested to general trekking areas of Nepal, are required to receive TIMS Card through any one of the following:

  • Kathmandu (NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking Companies), and
  • Pokhara (NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking Companies)
  • Opening Hour/s: TIMS counter at Government registered trekking Companies will remain open 12 hours a day all the seven days a week round the year,
  • TIMS counter at TAAN/NTB Office will follow government working hour/days.
  • To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of Passport and two copies of Passport-size Photographs.

Why is TIMS Necessary?

The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:

  • All important details of trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained on a computerized Database Management System that may be useful for safety and security of trekkers. To help carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers in case of natural calamities and other accidents by means of Authentic Information Service . To maintain a record system that includes personal details of trekkers, trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all stakeholders:- tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.
  • Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting into better management of trekking service and in benefit of all concerned :- trekkers, agencies, field staff, Government, etc. and also occasional untoward incidents will be better prevented.
  • To upgrade the service standard and contribute for better management of sustainable mountain tourism development of Nepal.

TIMS will not be required for:

  • The expedition members permitted to climb the mountains.
  • The visitors in the controlled areas permitted by the Department of Immigration.
  • The foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal.
  • The authorities from different diplomatic missions in the country, who is holding official letter/s and traveling own risk .
  • Visitors on certain mission recommended by the concerned department of the Government.
  • Foreign Nationals having the residential visa.

For more Details, please contact below address.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
Bhrikutimandapd, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1-4256909

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Maligaon, Kathmandu
Tel: 00-977-1-442473/4440920
taan@wlink.com.np or info@timsnepal.com

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
Pardi, Pokhara
Tel: 00977-61- 535292
Email: pntb@wlink.com.np

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Pokhara Chapter, pokhara-6, Lakeside
Tel: 00977-61-527033
Email:taanpkr@yahoo.com or taan@fewanet.com.np

Trekking permit and Fees: Govt. revises permit fee in controlled areas in Nepal

In a bid to attract more trekkers in the controlled areas, the government has revised permit fee in different controlled areas of the country. The notice regarding the revision of permit fee was published in Nepal Gazette (Volume 58 No 10) and the revised permit fee will come to effect from Shrawan 1, 2065.

As per the new provision, a trekker in Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo has to pay US $ 500 or equivalent foreign currency per person for first 10 days. Likewise, fee for per extra day per person has been fixed at US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Trekker in Manasulu Region needs to pay US $ 70 for a week and US $ 10 per person for each extra day during September to November. However, only US $ 50 is charged per trekker per week during December to August and additional US $ 7 per trekker per each extra day. Similarly, permit fee for Humla (Simikot-Yari) has been fixed at US $ 50 per person per week and US $ 7 per person per extra day.

Likewise, permit fee for Kanchanjunga, Lower Dolpa and Gaurishankar and Lamabagar has been fixed at US $ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US $ 35 per person for eight days during September to November and US $ 25 per person per eight days during December to August.

Similarly, the government has also revised existing tourist visa fee to be effective from Shrawan 1, 2065. As per the new fee structure, US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

Likewise, the government has also revised fee required to extend days of stay and visa renewal. As per the revise fee structure, Tourist Visa can be extended by paying US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Likewise, Multiple Entry facility can be obtained only for the extension period by additional US $ 20 and visa fee for the extended period. Similarly, tourists can renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 on the regular visa extension fee.