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How to get TIMS card and trekking permits in Nepal

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Sunday Jul 5, 2020
TIMS Card And Trekking Permits In Nepal

Before you embark on a trekking adventure, you need to organise your TIMS card and trekking permits in Nepal. If you’re planning on an organised trek, your trekking agency will deal with the permit paperwork. But if you are an independent trekker, you may have to get your permits by yourself.

Most newly arrived visitors to Nepal are keen to get out on the high mountain trails as soon as possible. But, before you lace up your hiking boots you need to organize your Nepal trekking permits. This article explains what you’ll need and how to get the various Nepal trekking permits paperwork done.

TIMS Card And Trekking Permits

The first official document you need, which is required for every Nepalese trek, is a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. This is essentially just so that the authorities know where in the mountains you’re headed and when. It’s fast and simple to obtain in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

In Kathmandu, you get the TIMS card at the main tourist office on Pradarshani Marg, which is about a twenty-minute walk from the Thamel tourist area. The office is open daily from 9 am-5 pm (though there’s sometimes nobody around between about 1-2 pm). The latest you can make a permit application is 4 pm.

In Pokhara, the paperwork can all be obtained from the TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) Lakeside office in Santi Patan. Hours are the same as for the Kathmandu office.

TIMS Card Cost

TIMS Card Sample

The TIMS card costs 2000 Nepalese Rupees (there’s an ATM just outside the building in Kathmandu) for fully independent trekkers and 1000 Nepalese Rupees for those who are part of a group using a trekking agency. The TIMS cards generally only take half an hour or so to issue. In addition to the payment, you’ll also need to provide:

Require Documents TIMS Card

  • Photocopy of your passport information pages
  • Two passport-sized photos

You’ll also need to have the following information to hand:

  • Start and end dates of your trek
  • Entry and exit points for your trek
  • Trek route and itinerary
  • Insurance policy number and details of what the policy covers in terms of trekking at altitude. You’ll also need to supply the emergency phone number of the insurance company.
  • Emergency contact number and address in Nepal (trekking company/hotel)
  • Emergency contact number in your home country

Trekking Permits

In addition to the TIMS card for the majority of treks, you’ll also need to gather up a few other bits of paper. For the main trekking areas (Annapurna and Langtang), these are simply the relevant national park permits which can also be obtained at the same Kathmandu or Pokhara offices as the TIMS card. It’s sometimes possible to get national park permits at the entrance check posts to each park. However, we strongly recommend that you do not do this because if you can’t get one, it will likely be a long journey back to Kathmandu or Pokhara!

Trekking Permits Cost

Trekking Permits

Find below the cost for the trekking permits in Nepal.

Everest Area

Sagarmatha National Park fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees per person

Local Municipality fee

2000 Nepalese Rupees per person

Langtang Area

Langtang National Park fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees per person

TIMS Card

2000 Nepalese Rupees per person.

Annapurna Area

Annapurna Conservation Area fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees per person

TIMS Card

2000 Nepalese Rupees per person.

Upper Mustang

Annapurna Conservation Area fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees per person

Special Restricted Area Permit.

Require

Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees per person

Special Restricted Area Permit

Require

Makalu Area

Makalu Barun National Park fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees per person

TIMS Card

2000 Nepalese Rupees per person

Local Municipality fee

2000 Nepalese Rupees per person.

Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Conservation Area fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees

Annapurna Conservation Area fee

3390 Nepalese Rupees

Special Restricted Area Permit

Require

  • If you are trekking any National Park or Conservation Area, then you need to pay 3390 Nepalese Rupees and TIMS Card 2000 Nepalese Rupees per person.
  • For all Restricted Area, you need to pay special Restricted Area permits (details check below) and National Park or Conservation fees as you traveling.

Restricted Area Permit

Restricted-Area-Permit

If you’re trekking in some of the country's lesser trodden parts, you may have to obtain a Restricted Area Permit. In some cases, these Restricted Area Permits are fairly cheap and are fast to obtain (the Kanchenjunga area being a case in point). Still, in other trekking areas such as Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo, they are very expensive indeed.

All Restricted Areas require you to be a part of an organized trek arranged through a licensed trekking company, but ‘organized’ can be as low-key as you, a companion, and a guide. Your trekking company will organize these permits for you (they’ll also organize your TIMS card and any national park permits required). Need minimum 2 people to get Restricted Area Permit.

The following is a non-comprehensive list of Restricted Area Permit costs and requirements:

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)

USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days)

USD 50 per person /Day (beyond 10 days)

2.

Upper Dolpo

  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)

USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days)

USD 50 per person /Day  (beyond 10 days)

3.

Gorkha Manaslu Area

  1. 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 Dolpo 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

Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule

  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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

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

USD 90 per person/week

USD 15 per person/day (beyond 1 week)

Source: Nepal Tourism Board

Conclusion

If trekking outside of the main tourist seasons, for each trekking region, then permit and park entrance fees are sometimes reduced. SAARS citizens also pay less for park entry fees and TIMS cards but not for restricted area permits.

Whatever Nepal trekking permits you’ll need to complete before hitting the mountain trails, it’s best to allow a full day in Kathmandu to get everything sorted out at the start of your holiday. If you’re on an organized trek, your trekking agency will deal with all the required permit paperwork when you go sightseeing. Independent trekkers will need to do it alone, but it’s all pretty painless in most cases. Unfortunately, none of the Nepal trekking permits can be obtained at home before leaving for Nepal.


  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Sunday Jul 5, 2020
Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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