Foreign trekkers are required to obtain specific permits and registrations to go trekking in Nepal. The requirements and fees are different for each area. Most trekking destinations in Nepal are located in areas that are protected for environmental or cultural purposes, from national parks and conservation areas to restricted areas. As of August 2015, all foreign trekkers are required to trek with a Nepali guide or porter registered with the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Nepal’s national parks, conservation areas, and restricted areas.

National Parks and Conservation Areas:

Foreign trekkers need to obtain permits to enter all the national parks and conservation areas in Nepal. The fees collected from these permits are used to maintain and preserve those areas. Entry permits are not required for children below ten years of age to enter conservation areas or national parks.

Restricted Areas:

A few trekking destinations are located in places that the Government of Nepal classifies as restricted areas. Foreign trekkers must obtain specific Restricted Area Permits (RAP) to enter these areas. The fees collected from RAPs are used for local community development and cultural preservation projects. Children below ten years old are not required to pay the Restricted Area Permit fees. 

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS):

Foreign trekkers are also required to register with the Trekkers’ Information Management System (known as TIMS) and purchase a TIMS card to enter most trekking areas. Managed by the Nepal Tourism Board and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), TIMS is used to keep track of foreign visitors in Nepal and respond in case of emergencies. Foreign trekkers are not required to register with or purchase a TIMS card if they are acquiring a Restricted Area Permit. Children below ten years old are not required to pay the TIMS card fees.
Below we list the permit requirements for some of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. Trekking agencies will arrange all permits.
 

1. Everest Region

Area Type:

National Park Trekking routes in the Everest region lie within Sagarmatha National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit as well as a TIMS card to trek in the Everest Region.

Permits and Fees:

  1. Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
  2. Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR
  3. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu district has started levying entrance fee of Rs 2,000 (approximately $20) on every foreigner entering the rural municipality from October 1, 2018 replacing the TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the permit:

Sagarmatha National Park entry permit can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
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While Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee needs to be deposited at the Lukla Check Post. 
 

2. Annapurna Region 

Area Type: Conservation Area

Most trekking trails in the Annapurna region, including the world-famous Annapurna Base Camp circuit, are inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. Foreigners are required to obtain an entry permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well as a TIMS card to trek in the Annapurna region.

Permits and Fees:

  1. ACAP try permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Approx. US $20)
  2. ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR
  3. TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
Pokhara: Permits can also be purchased in Pokhara at the Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside or at the ACAP entry permit counter in Besisahar, Lamjung. TIMS cards can also be purchased from the TAAN Lakeside office in Santi Patan, Pokhara.

*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.

3. Nar and Phu, Manang

Area Type: Restricted Area

Other trekking destinations in the Annapurna region are classified as restricted areas, the most popular being Nar and Phu in the nearby district of Manang. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit to trek in these areas.

Permits and Fees:

Restricted Area permit fee for all foreigners: US $90 per week per person from September to November and US $ 75 from December to August.

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.
 

4. Upper Mustang

Area Type:

The Upper Mustang region is classified as a restricted area, and much of the region, including its trekking trails, also lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit in addition to an ACAP entry permit to trek in Upper Mustang. 

Permits and Fees:

  1. Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit for all foreigners: US $500 per person for the first 10 days and US $50 per person per day thereafter.
  2. ACAP entry permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Approx. US $20)
  3. ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.
 

5. Langtang Region

Type: National Park

Trekking routes in the Langtang region lie within Langtang National Park. Foreigners are required to pay an entry fee to enter Langtang National Park as well as obtain a TIMS card to trek in the Langtang region.

Permits and Fees:

  1. Langtang National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
  2. Langtang National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR
  3. TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
Permits can also be purchased at the Park Entry point in Dhunche.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.
 

6. Manaslu Region 

Type: Conservation Area/Restricted area

The Manaslu region is classified as a restricted area. Almost all trekking trails in the Manaslu region lie within the Manaslu Conservation Area, but some trails also cross into the Annapurna Conservation Area. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit to trek in the Manaslu region, as well as permits to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Manaslu Conservation Area, or both (depending on their trekking route). 

Permits and Fees:

  1. Restricted Area Permit for all foreigners: US $70 per person for the first week and US $10 per day after.
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area entry permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Approx. US $20)
  3. Manaslu Conservation Area entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR
  4. ACAP entry permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Approx. US $20)
  5. ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR

7. TSUM Valley Permit:

An additional RAP is required to trek in the Tsum valley.
Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit for all foreigners: US $35 for the first 8 days from September to November and US $25 for the first 8 days from December to August.

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.
 

8. Rolwaling Region

Type: Conservation Area

Trekking routes in the Rolwaling region lie within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project. Foreigners are required to pay an entry fee to enter the Gaurishankar Conservation Area as well as obtain a TIMS card to trek in the Rolwaling region.

Permits and Fees:

  1. Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Approx. US $20)
  2. Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR
  3. TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you. 
 

9. Dolpo: Upper and Lower

9.1 Phoksundo Lake and Lower Dolpo

Type: National Park

Phoksundo lake and trekking trails in the Lower Dolpo region lie within Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Rara Park National Park entry permit as well as a TIMS card to trek to and around Rara Lake.

Permits and Fees:

  1. Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
  2. Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR
  3. TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.

9.2 Upper Dolpo

Type: National Park/Restricted Area

The Upper Dolpo region is classified as a restricted area, and much of the region, including its trekking trails, also lies within Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit in addition to a Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit to trek in Upper Dolpo.

Permits and Fees:

  1. Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit for all foreigners: US $500 per person for the first 10 days and US $50 per person per day thereafter.
  2. Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
  3. Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you.
 

10. Rara Lake

Type: National Park

Rara Lake and the trekking trails around it lie within Rara National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Rara National Park entry permit as well as a TIMS card to trek to and around Rara Lake.

Permits and Fees:

  1. Rara National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
  2. Rara National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR
  3. TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the permit:

Kathmandu: Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
*If you book with a trekking agency they will arrange these for you. 

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