getting Nepal trekking permits

If you sign up with a trekking company, they take care of your permits.

But if you hike independently, you’ll need to get your own. The recommended way is to pick them up in Kathmandu in advance of your trek.

Back in 1997 it was a Royal pain to get a permit. Long line-ups. It took a half day minimum. We laughed when, in comparison, it was so easy to make a “donation” to the Maoists on the Annapurna Circuit. The rebels were so much more organized, friendly and efficient. Every donation was issued a receipt.

Times have changed. It’s easy to get your advance permits now in Kathmandu.

The document on the left is my entrance fee to the National Park on the Everest Trek. (US$13.50) Park entry fees vary depending on where you hike.


On most of the major hikes, independent trekkers must get a TIMS. That’s the card on the right.

After trying and failing to introduce a trekking permit system that would force independent trekkers to take a licenced guide, the government compromised in 2008 by introducing the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) …

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It’s free. But you need bring 2 passport photos and a photocopy of your passport.

more information –

Get your photo of Edmund and Tenzing near the Entry Permit desk.


One Reply to “getting Nepal trekking permits”

  1. I suppose it’s easy to understand the need for permits, the money supports the park and the permits keep the place from being overused, but that’s one of the things I like the least about wilderness travel. You’re required to do all this. You’re not allowed to just go. Maybe soon it will be like going trout fishing when the season opens in Missouri, and all fishermen have to wear their permit card in plain sight either on the back of their jacket or pinned to their hat. In some places there are so many regulations that reading through them I lose the desire to go there at all. I hear that Big Bend requires finger prints and boot prints before you hit the trail.

    You’re right, the unofficial factions are a lot easier to deal with, and in my experience have been very fair.

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