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Nepal Trekking Permit and TIMS

A trekking permit is a must to visit restricted areas mentioned below. To visit normal trekking areas, no permission is required.

B) Restricted areas which have been opened for Group Trekking
The following restricted areas are open only for group trekkers. And a trekking permit will not be issued to individual trekkers for such areas. The areas and required fees are as follows:

S.No. Regions/VDCs Permit Fee
1. Upper Mustang

 

  1. Lomanthang Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)
  2. Lo-Ghekar Damodarkunda Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)
  3. Baragung Muktichetra Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 3 and Satang Village of ward no.5)

 

USD500 per person  (for the first 10 days)

 

USd 50 per person /Day  ( beyond 10 days)

2. Upper Dolpa

 

  1. Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 4 to 6)
  2. Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 7)
  3. Charka Tangsong Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)

 

USD500 per person  (for the first 10 days)

 

USD 50 per person /Day  ( beyond 10 days)

3. Gorkha Manaslu Area

 

Chumnubri Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 1,2,3 and 4)

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)

 

4. Humla

 

  1. Simikot Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 1,6 and 7)
  2. Namkha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)
  3. Changkheli Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 3 to 5)
USD 50 per person / week

 

USD 10 per person / day (beyond 1 week)

 

5. Taplejung

 

  1. Phantanglung Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 6 and 7)
  2. Mikwakhola Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 5)
  3. Sirijunga Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 8)
USD 20 per person/ week  (for the first 4 weeks)

 

USD 25 per person /week  ( beyond 4 weeks)

6. Lower Dolpa Area

 

  1. Thulibheri municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 11)
  2. Tripurasundari municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 11)
  3. Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 3)
  4. Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 8 and 9)
  5. Jagdulla Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)
  6. Mudkechula Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 9)
  7. Kaike Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 7)
USD 20 per person/ week 

 

USD 5 per person /week  ( beyond 1 week)

7. Dolakha

 

  1. Gaurishankhar Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 9)
  2. Bighu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1)
USD 20 per person/ week 
8. Gorkha Tsum Valley Area

 

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  1. Chumnubri   Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 3,6 and 7)
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)

 

9. Sankhuwasabha

 

  1. Bhotkhola Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)
  2. Makalu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 4)
USD 20 per person/ week  (for the first 4 weeks)

 

USD 25 per person /week  ( beyond 4 weeks)

10. Solukhumbu

 

Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 5)

 

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

 

USD 25 per person /week  ( beyond 4 weeks)

11. Rasuwa

 

Gosaikunda Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 and some area of ward no. 2)

USD 20 per person /week
12. Manang

 

  1. Narpa Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)
  2. Nasho Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 6 and 7)
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)

 

13. Bajhang

 

  1. Saipal Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)
USD 90 per person / week for the first week

 

 

USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)

14. Mugu

 

Mugumakarmarong Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 9)

USD 100 per person / week

 

USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)

15. Darchula

 

Vyas Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1)

USD 90 per person / week

 

USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)

With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to ensure safety and security of the trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations.

As a trekker entering a protected area in Nepal, you will be asked to provide some information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or in case of accidents and/or natural calamities, in order to inform the concerned institutions about the trekkers inside the park at anytime.

TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies.

Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed.

The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.

NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Where and how to obtain a TIMS Card?

Free Individual Trekkers:
Free Individual Trekkers can obtain TIMS cards at the offices of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara, TAAN Secretariat at Maligaon and TAAN Pokhara Secretariat in Pokhara upon filling the TIMS application firm.

Organized Trekkers:
Trekking companies will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIMS card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour/s: 
-          TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year 
-          NTB Offices follow government working hours and days. 
-          Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Documents Required:
-       To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of:
a) Passport
b) two (2) Passport-size Photographs.

Why is TIMS Necessary?
The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
All important details regarding trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained in a computerized Database Management System, which can be useful for the trekkers’ safety and security. In order 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 concerned stakeholders such as tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.

Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting in better management of trekking services, which will not only benefit trekkers and field staff, but also trekking companies and Government agencies. Occasional untoward incidents will also be better prevented. Plus, TIMS will upgrade the service standard and will contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal.

TIMS will not be required for:
- Expedition members permitted to climb the mountains
- Visitors in the controlled areas with permits by the Department of Immigration
- Foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal
- Authorities from the various diplomatic missions present in the country, who hold official letter/s and travel at their own risk
- Visitors on certain missions recommended by the concerned Governmental Department(s);
- Foreign Nationals possessing a residential visa.

Entry Fee Details
A trekking entry fee is required to trek in any part of Nepal. Most of the area in Nepal are categorized as per below. If you want to trek two areas, you will need two permits or have to pay entry fee twice. Each permit requires details for the route and region. Police checkpoints are set up in several areas so do not try to take risk, which might lead you to the punishment.

Following are the rates of entry permit according to conservation Area, National Park & Wildlife Reserve.

    Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
  Natural World Heritage Sites        
1 Chitwan National Parks 100 per day per entry 1000 per person per day 1500 per person per day  Below 10 yrs free
2 Sagarmatha National Parks 100 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
           
  National Parks        
1 Bardiya National Park 50 per day per entry 500 per person per day 1000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
2 Khaptad National Park Free 1500 per person per day 3000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
3 Langtang national Park 100 1500 per person per day 3000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
4 Makalu-Barun National Park 100 1500 per person per day 3000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
5 Rara National Park Free 1500 per person per day 3000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
6 Shey- Phoksundo National Park Free 1500 per person per day 3000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
7 Shivapuri National Park 100 per person per entry 250 per person per day 250 per person per day  
           
  Wildlife Reserves        
1 Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve 50 per day per entry 500 per day per entry 1000 per day per entry Below 10 yrs free
2 Parsa Wildlife Reserve 50 per day per entry 500 per day per entry 1000 per day per entry Below 10 yrs free
3 Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve 50 per day per entry 500 per day per entry 1000 per day per entry Below 10 yrs free
           
  Conservation Areas        
1 Annapurna Conservation Area 100 1000 per person per entry 3000per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
2 Kanchenjunga Conservation Area 100 200 per person per entry 2000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free


Note:

National park And conservation fee Increse 13% VAT Since March 2015.
Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years of age. 
This entry permit is valid for one Conservation Area. Trekkers visiting both the Conservation Areas will require obtaining individual Entry Permits for each Conservation Area. 
Two passport size photographs are required while applying for each Entry 
Entry permit can be obtained from EncountersNepal.com Office in Thamel, Kathmandu

Terms and Conditions

This Entry Permit is valid for single entry only and is non refundable, non-transferable. The permit holder can enter the designated places within the Conservation Area. 
Person entering the Conservation Area shall abide by the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 2029 B.S. (1973, Nepal) and the Regulations made under this Act. 
This Entry Permit must be carried during the entire trip and should be shown if concerned personnel of the Conservation Area want to check it. 
Entry permits to this are a will be issued only from the entry permit counters. Entry Permits will not issued from any check posts along the routes of those areas. Therefore, all visitors are requested to obtain entry permit before entering those areas.