This post is to help you understand the Nepal trekking permits and fees. Trekking permits are required for all trekking regions and permits are issued by the government of Nepal. The type of permits required will differ as per the trekking area you are intending to go to. Please ensure you have all the necessary permits before leaving for the trek. Some of the trekking regions in Nepal are under controlled areas where free individual trekkers are strictly prohibited
Those who wish to trek on their own for free individual trekkers permits are easily getting at the Nepal Tourism Board office at Bhrituktimandap, Kathmandu. Kindly, ensure you have all the required documents (Original passport, passport copy, visa copy, and at least 4passport size photos) and cash for the permit fees applicable in local currency.
We kindly recommend you plan an extra day in Kathmandu, just for the permits arrangements avoid local holidays and Saturday. For trekkers accompanied by a guide and going through the registered company, your Nepal trekking permits and fees will be all handled and arranged by the respective company.
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Types of permits required for trekking in Nepal
1. Conservation Area Project Permit/ National park permit
Most of the trekking regions in Nepal lie under the conservation area and national parks area. you will likely need either of these permits for most trekking trails in Nepal. Free individual trekkers are allowed to trek in the National park or conservation area. To obtain a national park/conservation area permit, you will need to fill a form and submit it with your passport copy and passport-sized photo affixed at the office Nepal Tourism Board. Nepal tourism board offices are located in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The permits are issued by the Nepal tourism board. Rowaling, Langtang, Manaslu, Mustang Everest, Annapurna are some regions where you will need this permit.
2. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
3. Special Permits for the controlled/restricted area
The restricted region is the area that is highly regulated by the government of Nepal due to close international borders in closeness. Trekking in these regions is allowed only upon obtaining a special permission/permit from the Department of Immigration, Nepal. A region like Mustang, Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu is among the restricted areas of Nepal. To obtain the permit, you will need to have at least 2 participants, accompanied by a licensed trekking guide, and need to go through a registered trekking company in Nepal. Free individual trekkers are not allowed to trek in these regions.
4. Rural Municipality fees
This is the latest new Introduced permit in Nepal trekking. This permit is issued by the rural municipality of the trekking areas. This permit is being issued in the Everest and Makalu region. Trekker can get this permit from the starting point of your trek from check post of the rural municipalities, such as Lukla, in the Everest region.
Useful contact information for Nepal trekking permits and fees
Nepal Tourism Board
Pradhasani Marg, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4256909
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal
Maligaun, Kathmandu, Nepal
Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu