If you are heading to Nepal, there is a big chance you are going to do some trekking, and if you are not, you better change your plans. Almost every step you take in Nepal is a paradise for trekkers. But you need to be completely prepared before you step foot on one of the trekking routes in Nepal – and we are not talking about trekking gears.

We assume you already know the Visa Procedure of Nepal. If not, be sure to check Everything you need to know about a Nepal Visa. The first thing you need is a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) Card. A TIMS card is a basic trekking permit you will need for all treks in Nepal and is mandatory to ensure safety of trekkers in general trekking areas. You need a separate trekking permit and the price range varies from different trekking regions.

Where to get the TIMS card and other trekking permits?

You can get the TIMS card from TAAN Pokhara Secretariat in Pokhara, and the offices of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara, upon filling up TIMS application form. You can also get other Trekking Permits in Nepal here.

Nepal Tourism Board’s office is located in Pradarshani Marg, around 20-30 minutes walk from Thamel. The office opens from 10 AM – 5 PM (1 PM – 2 PM lunch break)

A TIMS Card
A TIMS Card

What do you need to apply for TIMS and other trekking permits?

These are the following details you need to know to apply for TIMS and other trekking permit,

    • Trekking entry and exit dates, can be estimate
    • Trekking entry and exit points
    • Trekking route/itinerary
    • Emergency contact info for Nepal (can use a tour agency as a contact)
    • Emergency contact info for someone in your home country
    • Your insurance policy number, their phone number, and what your policy cover.
    • A Copy of your passport
    • 2 passport-sized photos

How much do TIMS and trekking permits cost?

The fees for TIMS CARD are as follows,

    • Individual Trekker – US $20  (Around Rs. 2000)
  • Organized trek through the recognized agency – US $10 (Around Rs. 1000)

The trekking permits varies from region to region. The areas and required fees are as follows.

Trekking Area Permit Fee
Dolpa District
Upper Dolpa USD 500 per person for first 10 days.

USD 50 per day person after 10 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Lower Dolpa Per week per person USD 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Mustang District USD 500 per person for first 10 days.

USD 50 per day person after 10 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Gorkha District
Round Manaslu From Sep – Nov,

USD 70 per person for first 7 days.

USD 10 person after 7 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

From Dec – August,

USD 50 per person for first 7 days.

USD 7 per person after 7 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Chhekampar and Chunchet VDC (Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhekampar -Nile-Chhule Area) From Sep – Nov,

USD 35 per person for first 8 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

From Dec – August,

USD 25 per person for first 8 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Taplejung District

Kanchenjunga region

USD 10 per week per person

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Dolakha District

Gaurishankar & Lamabagar

USD 10 per week per person

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Humla District

Simikot & Yari

USD 50 per person for first 7 days.

USD 7 per person after 7 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Rasuwa District

Thuman & Timure

USD 10 per week per person

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Sankhuwasabha District

Makalu Region

USD 10 per person for first 4 weeks.

USD 20 per person after 4 weeks.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Solukhumbu District

All the north-west area way from Thame to Nangpala

USD 10 per person for first 4 weeks.

USD 20 per person after 4 weeks.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Manang District

All the north-west area way from Thame to Nangpala

From Sep – Nov,

USD 90 per person per week.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

From Dec – August,

USD 75 per person per week.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Mugu District

Mugu, Dolpo, Pulu & Bhangri

USD 90 per person for first 7 days.

USD 15 per person after 7 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Bajhang District

Areas of Kanda, Saipal and Dhuli

USD 90 per person for first 7 days.

USD 15 per person after 7 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Darchula District

Areas of Byas VC

USD 90 per person for first 7 days.

USD 15 per person after 7 days.

Or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Note:

  1. To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
  2. Trekking fee can be paid in Nepalese currency: Notwithstanding anything written in above, the Indian citizen can pay in Nepalese currency equivalent to US Dollars.

You might want to look at some books that are written on Trekking in Nepal. 

National Parks and Wildlife Conservation fees Structure.

SN Name of Protected Areas Entry Fee
01 Manaslu Conservation Area Rs. 3,000.00
02 Annapurna Conservation Area Rs. 2,000.00
03 Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Rs. 2,000.00
04 Langtang National Park Rs. 3,000.00
05 Sagarmatha National Park Rs. 3,000.00
06 Rara National Park Rs. 3,000.00
07 Shey-Phoskundo National Park Rs. 3,000.00
08 Makalu Barun National Park Rs. 3,000.00
09 Khaptad National Park Rs. 3,000.00
10 Koshi Tappu Wild Reserve Rs.  1000.00
11 Shivapuri National Park Rs. 250.00

Note: To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal. Trekking Permits Issuing Offices: Dept. of Immigration, Bhirkutimandap, Kathmandu.

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