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) …
It’s free. But you need bring 2 passport photos and a photocopy of your passport.
more information – timsnepal.com
Get your photo of Edmund and Tenzing near the Entry Permit desk.