Permit in Nepal is all essential for the trekkers to be legalized for the trekking in special regions. Trekking in Nepal requires a special permit TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. It a mandatory to obtain a TIMS card before trekking for the safety of trekkers in Nepal.
Except for TIMS card you will require special permits for trekking in specific areas which vary in cost, however, TIMS is a basic trekking permit for all treks in Nepal. For other special permits, you can visit the official website of TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal).
TAAN responsibility is to manage the TIMS counter and Nepal tourism to investigate. If TIMS card evading tourist found they make card access necessarily but there is no exact punishment till.
Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS Permit in Nepal by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. 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.
Fund collected from TIMS card, Board and TAAN should spend mutually. 30% to Board, 30% to TAAN and left 40% of 30% mutually for tourism development and 10% in worker provident fund.
TIMS counters are situated in Besishar, Dhampus, Birethati, and Tatopani in Annapurna route.
For group trekkers, trekking companies will take care of the TIMS card. Trekking companies collect all trekkers data and enter them in the central database and provide trekkers with a blue colored TIMS card.
For free individual trekkers, they can get a TIMS Permit in Nepal at the office of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara, TAAN Secretariat at Maligoan and TAAN Secretariat at Pokhara by filling the TIMS application form. Individual TIMS are green in color.
-TIMS counter at TAAN follows Nepali working hour of 10am-5pm and 365 days.
-NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) offices follow government working hour of 10am-5pm, and they remain closed on Saturday and public holidays.
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1. For SAARC Countries trekkers
Group Trekkers: NRs 300 per person
Free Individual trekkers: NRs 600 per person
2. Other Countries
Group Trekkers: NRs 1,000 per person
Free Individual trekkers: NRs 2,000 per person
Entry Fee (Per Person) to visit Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) and Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA):
– For Nepali Nationals: Nepali Rupees 100
– For SAARC Nationals: Nepali Rupees 1,000.
– For other Nationals (other than SAARC countries): Nepali Rupees 3,000.
Kathmandu: Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu (for Annapurna, Gaurishankar & Manaslu)
Opening hours Sunday to Saturday except on public holidays in Kathmandu: 9 am – 5 pm
Pokhara: Nepal Tourism Board, Tourist Service Centre, Pardi Damside (for Annapurna only)
Opening hours Sunday to Saturday except on public holidays in Pokhara: 10 am – 5 pm
Besisahar, Lamjung: ACAP entry permit counter, Besisahar, Lamjung (for Annapurna only)
Opening hours Sunday to Saturday except on public holidays in Lamjung: 10 am – 5 pm
For general information know more about ACAP and other permits.
-Members of the expedition who are permitted to climb mountains.
-Visitors in a controlled region by the permission of the Department of Immigration.
-Foreign guest visiting Nepal with the invitation of Government of Nepal.
-Authorities visiting Nepal for diplomatic missions who possesses official letters and travels at their own risk.
-Visitors on mission recommended by concerned Government Departments.
-Foreign Nationals a having a residential visa.
TIMS Permit in Nepal is needed because all important details regarding trekkers and trekking routes are maintained in a computerized Database Management System, which is for the safety and security of trekkers. To carry out help and search in case of an emergency like natural calamities and other accidents using Authentic Information Service that information is required.
All the data obtained from the system is needed for all the concerned parties like tourism organizations, tour operators, research institutes, Government operators, diplomatic missions and others.
Apart from the safety part, it also controls unauthorized trekking operations which results in better management of trekking service, and it benefits trekkers, trekking companies and Government agencies as well. Thus, TIMS Permit in Nepal contributes to better management of sustainable mountain tourism by ensuring the safety of visitors.