A quick guide for getting Trekking permit in Nepal. Get a detail idea for TIMS card, ACAP, MCAP, GCAP and restricted areas permits…
Trekking in Nepal has become the passion for trekkers all over the over the world. Either they love to explore the hidden valley of Nepal or traverse the Himalayan domain. Nepal has always been place of salvation for trekkers. That is why, thousands of trekkers visit Nepal every year to seek out heavenly sensation. However, trekkers need to take permit while trekking to those trekking destinations of Nepal. Nepal allows trekkers to trek as FIT (Free Individual Trekker) or in a group of various sizes to trek with permits.
In Nepal, there are various kind of trekking permits required for trekkers. One of them is TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card which you (FITs) can get at Nepal Tourism Board at Kathmandu & Pokhara. The opening hour fluctuates depending upon the trekking season. Normally, they operate 1000 hr to 1700 hr. 1300 hr to 1400 hr is lunch break. Oraganized group TIMS card are managed by the authorized trekking agency. The TIMS card is usable for most of the trekking destinations. TIMS are database which is used by TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) and NTB (Nepal Tourism Board). This is useful for maintaining trekkers’ safety and security.
There are specific areas (i) Annapurna Conservation Area (ii) Manaslu Consevation Area and (iii) Gaurishankar Conservation Area. The trekking permits at these specific areas are ACAP, MCAP and GCAP respectively. The trekking permits fee varies as per the specific areas. And there are certain trekking regions called ‘Restricted Areas’ that are highly regulated and governed by the Government of Nepal and they need special trekking permits. FITs are strictly forbidden at those areas. Trekking in these areas is allowed only upon acquiring special permit from the Department of Immigration.
Interested trekkers should contact the authorized trekking agencies to acquire the permits. The trekking agency will apply for permits (on behalf of trekkers) at the Department of Immigration fulfilling all the necessary formalities. It is advisable that trekkers should be trekking in a group (of minimum two persons) accompanied by licensed trekking guide. Individual trekker cannot apply for the permit.
There are different trekking permit fee rate applicable for different routes to acquire the Permits. To know more you can visit the link given below. The permit fees are quoted in US dollars but they are payable in equivalent Nepali Rupees as well. Trekking permit cannot be issued beyond visa expiration date. Hence, trekkers must have valid visa which covers sufficient number of days for trekking schedule.
Conditions to be followed by Trekkers
- Trekkers must respect local customs and traditions. They must not indulge in any activity that goes against the established norms and culture of the society.
- Individual trekking in Restricted Areas is strictly forbidden. There should be minimum two trekkers.
- Daily remuneration, safety gears and appropriate clothes, Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation document must be provided to travel agency or Nepali citizen accompanying travel group as guide/porter/any other supporting roles.
- Trekkers should trek only in the specified or designated route as per the Trekking Permit. They are not allowed to change route. The concerned trekking agency/trekking guide accompanying the group must not let trekkers change the route.
- Trekkers should comply with instructions given by authorized Officials in trekking zone (Restricted Area).
- Mountaineers with expedition permit should get trekking permit as well if they have to pass through any Restricted Areas to climb peaks. In this case, they don’t have to pay extra fees for (Trekking) Permit.
The trekkers have to provide following documents so that the authorised agencies can apply for special trekking permits.
- Online application form (trekkers) Link to Trekking Permit Application
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of valid Visa sufficient to cover trekking days
- Name lists of trekkers
- Program Schedule of trekking
- Guarantee letter of Agency
- Agreement with Agency
- Tax clearance Certificate of Trekking Agency
- Documents relating to insurance of the trekkers (foreign nationals) and Nepalese staff accompanying the trekkers
- License issued by The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation to operate trekking business
- License issued by Nepal Rastra Bank allowing exchanging of foreign currencies
- Program schedule of trekking
- Registration Certificate of Permanent Account Number
- Voucher of Bank payment (fees) for permits