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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 organise your Nepal trekking permits. In this article we explain what you’ll need and how to get the various Nepal trekking permits paperwork done.

TIMS Card and Trekking Permit

The first official document you need – and the one that 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 9am-5pm (though there’s sometimes nobody around between about 1-2pm). The latest you can make a permit application is 4pm.

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 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 takes half-an-hour or so to issue. In addition to the payment you’ll also need to provide:

  • 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

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 then it’s likely going to be a long journey back to Kathmandu or Pokhara!

Trekking Permits

The cost of permits for the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang areas, as well as many other trekking regions, is 3000 Nepalese Rupees per person. For the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, it’s 2000 Nepalese Rupees. For Makalu Trek - National park fee 3000, Nepalese Rupees TIMS 2000 and Local Municipality fee 2000 Nepalese Rupees per person.

If you’re trekking the most popular routes in any of the big three trekking regions (Annapurna, Everest or Langtang) then you’re now good to go.

Restricted Area Permit

Restricted-Area-Permit

If you’re trekking in some of the lesser trodden parts of the country then 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), but in other areas such as Upper Mustang and Inner Dolpo they are very expensive indeed.

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

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

Regions/Rural Municipality

Permit Fee

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)

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)
  • USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days)
  • USD 50 per person /Day (beyond 10 days)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 

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)

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)

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)

Rasuwa

  1. Gosaikunda Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 and some area of ward no. 2)
  • USD 20 per person /week

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)

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)

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)

Darchula

  1. Vyas Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1)
  • USD 90 per person / week
  • USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)

Sorce: Nepal Tourism Board

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 at the start of your holiday to get everything sorted out. If you’re on an organised trek, your trekking agency will deal with all the required permit paperwork when you go sight-seeing. Independent trekkers will need to do it alone but in most cases it’s all pretty painless. 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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