Introduction to Trekking Permits

It can be complicated to understand what fees are involved in your trek. To trek in Nepal you will need to obtain one or more permits, depending on the area that you plan to visit.

  • Special Trekking Permit for restricted/controlled areas
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System/TIMS Card
  • Conservation Area entrance fee
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Filming and documentary shooting permit

Special Trekking Permit

Special Trekking Permits for restricted/ controlled areas are needed for most trekking areas besides Annapurna, Everest and Langtang & Helambu. Trekking Permits are raised by the Department of Immigration and have to be obtained in advance of the trek. They can only be obtained through an authorized trekking or travel agency. Besides, in areas where trekking permits are needed, it is not allowed to go trekking without a guide. The trekking permits are issued for groups of 2 persons and more. Special trekking permit fees vary for different destinations.

TIMS Card

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card): In the trekking areas where a trekking permit is not needed, you need to obtain a TIMS card. These TIMS cards have been introduced to provide a proper record of trekkers in order to increase their safety and security; in case of natural calamities and other accidents the information gathered by TIMS helps to carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers. There are 2 types of TIMS cards, green cards for independent trekkers (US$ 20) and blue cards for trekkers in an organized group (US$ 10). The TIMS card has to be obtained in advance of the trek.

Conservation Area entrance fee

Many popular trekking destinations are part of a Conservation Area. For the areas being managed by the National Trust of Nature Conservation you need to obtain an entrance permit in advance of the trek at the office of the National Trust, which is inside the NTB office in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

National Park entrance fee

Many treks enter into National Parks, for which you have pay a National Park entrance fee. Nepal has the following national parks: Sagarmatha NP , Langtang NP, Makalu Barun NP, Rara NP, Shey-Phoksundo NP, Chitwan NP, Khaptad NP, Bardiya NP and Shivapuri NP. Usually, the entrance fee for the National parks is NRs. 3000 for foreigners. However there are different entrance fees National parks in the Terai Region. Besides the National Parks, there are a couple of wildlife reserves: Shukla Phanta wildlife reserve, Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserve, Parsi Wildlife Reserve for which the entrance fee is NRs 1000 per day. Finally Nepal has one Hunting Reserve, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, for which the entrance fee for foreigners is NRs 3000.

Filming & Documentary shooting permit

A special permit is needed for filming and documentary shooting at trekking destinations inside national parks and conservation areas. You need to apply for this permit through a trekking agency. The permit is obtained from the Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) and the fee depends on the use of camera and technology.

Sprcial Trekking Permit

S. No. Trekking Trekking Permit Fee
01 i) Dolpa district Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50
a) Areas of lower Dolpa
b) Areas of Upper Dolpa
02 ii) Taplejung District Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Kanchanjanga Region
(Areas of Olangchunggola, Lelep, Papung and
Yamphudin Village Development Committee)
03 iii) Mustang district. 
(Upper Mustang)
For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50
04 iv) Gorkha District: From September to November per week per person US$ 70 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10 and From December to August per week per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 /Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
A. (Manaslu Area)
05 v) Dolakha District 
(Gauri Shankar & Lamabagar)
Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
06 vi) Humla District 
(Simikot and Yari):-
For the first 7 days per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development  Committee, and area way to Tibet via angekhola of Darma Village Development  committee.
07 vii) Rasuwa District :- per week per person US$ 10, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Thuman and Timure
08 viii) Sankhuwasabha District For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and after 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
(Makalu Region):-Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and  Pawakhola Village
Development Committee.
09 ix) Solukhumbu District For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalen convertible foreign currency.
(Everest Region):-All north- west area way from Thame to Nangpala of Namche Village evelopment  Committee
10 x) Manang District:- From September to November per week per person US$ 90 and December to August per week per person US$ 75 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Areas of Nar, Phu, and Northern  area of Tilche Village of  Thochhe Village  Development Committee
11 xi) Mugu District:- For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..
Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and  Bhangri.
12 xii) Baihang District:- For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..
Areas of Kanda, Saipal, Dhuli.
13 xiii) Darchula District:- For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..
Areas of Byas Village
Development Committee.