Trekking Permits and TIMS Card Fee

Trekking Permit
The Department of Immigration located at Kalikasthan, 
Dillibazar, Kathmandu (Tel : 977 – 1 – 4429659 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868 Fax : 977 – 1 – 4433934 /4433935 Email : mail@nepalimmigration.gov.np Web : http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np) issues permit for foreign tourists who intend to trek in controlled areas of Nepal.

A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas mentioned below. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

The areas and required fees are as follows:

S.N

Trekking Area

Permit Fee


1

DOLPA DISTRICT

 

 

a. Areas of Upper Dolpa

For the first 10 days US$ 500 per person and after 10 days US$ 50 per day person or equivalent foreign currency



b. Areas of Lower Dolpo

Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.



2

MUSTANG DISTRICT

 

 

Areas of Upper Mustang

For the first 10 days US$ 500 per person and after 10 days US$ 50 per day per person, or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


3

GORKHA DISTRICT





a. Manaslu Region

From September to November US$ 70 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 10 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. From December to August US$ 50 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


b. Areas of Chhekampar and Chunchet VDC (Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhekampar -Nile-Chhule Area)

From September to November, per person US$ 35 for first 8 days and from December to August per person US$ 25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency


4

MUGU DISTRICT
Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri

For the first 7 days US$90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


5

MANANG DISTRICT

 

 

Areas of Nar and Phu

From September to November, US$ 90 per week per person and December to August US$ 75 per week per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


6

DOLAKHA DISTRICT

 

 

Gaurishankar and Lamabagar 

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


7

RASUWA DISTRICT

Thuman and Timure 

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


8

HUMLA DISTRICT

Simikot and Yari (Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee)

For the first 7 days US$ 50 per person and after 7 days US$7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


9

SANKHUWASABHA

Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola VDCs)

For the first four weeks, US$ 10 per person per week and After four weeks, US$20 per person per week or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


10

TAPLEJUNG DISTRICT


Kanchanjanga Region (Areas of Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphudin VDCs)

Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.


11

BAJHANG DISTRICT

(Areas of Kanda, Saipal and Dhuli)

For the first 7 days, US$ 90 per person and After seven days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 


12

DARCHULA DISTRICT

(Areas of Byas VDC)

For the first 7 days, US$ 90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 


Note:
a. To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
b. 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.

TIMS Card

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations.

Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkres like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area.

TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies.

Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed.

The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.

As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 (US $ 10) per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000(US $ 20). Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.

Why is TIMS Necessary?

The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
All important details regarding trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained in a computerized Database Management System, which can be useful for the trekkers’ safety and security. In order to help carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers in case of natural calamities and other accidents by means of Authentic Information Service. To maintain a record system that includes personal details of trekkers, trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all concerned stakeholders such as tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.

Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting in better management of trekking services, which will not only benefit trekkers and field staff, but also trekking companies and Government agencies. Occasional untoward incidents will also be better prevented. Plus, TIMS will upgrade the service standard and will contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal.

Revenue collected from distribution of TIMS cards is shared into three equal parts for following purposes:

  1. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) will use the first part for printing TIMS cards, holograms, managing issuing counters and use the remaining  amount for tourism marketing, publicity and promotion.
  2. The second part is utilized in the welfare of trekking workers like buying medical and accident insurance policy for them and conducting rescue operations in case of accidents. The amount is also used to launch various programs as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and meet administrative expenses.
  3. The third part is utilized to develop infrastructures, promote, conserve, maintain trekking trails. A substantial amount is also utilized to explore, develop and promote new destinations besides organizing training and workshops for sustainable and responsible tourism development.