Issuing TIMS and Trekking Permit in Nepal

Issuing TIMS and Trekking Permit in Nepal

15th May 2018 0 By Admin

People often ask me if it is difficult to get TIMS and trekking permit in Nepal. Some travellers told me that they had to pay for around USD 300 just for TIMS and trekking permit to Annapurna Base Camp, which is way overcharged. March 2018 permits fees:

*Valid for single entry only. If you’re a non-SAARC citizen and going for Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and Everest Base Camp, then you need to pay USD 2 (ACAP Permit) + USD 2 (via GCAP Permit) + USD 30 (ECAP) and USD 2 x 18 (for 2 TIMS cards).
*SAARC is South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. It includes the citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
**Non-SAARC nationals are foreigners from other countries.

Above entry fee rates exclude 13% VAT compliance (Value Added Tax)

Permit fee rates at Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Theoretically, there are two ways to get the Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) and trekking permits, online and walk-in submissions. The online application can be made on https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/trekking-permit. I tried online submission bur the site was very slow and unresponsive so that I issued the documents at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. The whole walk-in process will take only an hour or two.

Nepal Tourism Board Offices

1. Kathmandu
Address: Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu 44617, Nepal
Travellers can issue TIMS and all trekking permits here. The office is open from Sunday to Friday at 10 AM – 5 PM, and close on Saturday.

2. Pokhara
Address: Lakeside Rd, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Travellers can issue TIMS and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. It’s open every day from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Make sure you bring these documents before coming to Nepal Tourism Board Office:

  • Copy of your passport.
  • Four passport-sized photos (2 for each TIMS and Entry Permit).

 

Before you apply for a TIMS card and trekking permits, you need to know the following:

  • Estimate entry and exit dates.
  • Trekking entry and exit points.
  • Trekking route/itinerary.
  • Emergency contact info for Nepal (you can use a tour agency as a contact or just put your local phone number).
  • Emergency contact info (someone in your home country or country of residence).
  • Your insurance policy number, their phone number, and what your policy covers.

Entry Permit Form, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Trekking permits

As for trekking permits, we had to submit the same information and photos as for the TIMS card, with a couple of additions:

1. Name of trek route. Options include:

*Valid for single entry only. If you’re a non-SAARC citizen and going for Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and Everest Base Camp, then you need to pay USD 2 (ACAP Permit) + USD 2 (via GCAP Permit) + USD 30 (ECAP) and USD 2 x 18 (for 2 TIMS cards).
*SAARC is South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. It includes the citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
**Non-SAARC nationals are foreigners from other countries.

Above entry fee rates exclude 13% VAT compliance (Value Added Tax)

2. Name and address of trekking company.
3. Name and contact info of your guide, and whether or not the guide underwent official guide training.

Leave point no 2-3 empty if you’re an independent trekker.

I issued my TIMS and trekking permit at Nepal Tourism Board Kathmandu. Here are the walk-in steps you need to do:

1. Fill in the forms

Fill entry permit form for Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project if you’re going to Everest Base Camp (EBC), and Annapurna Conservation Area if you’re going to Annapurna Base Camp (EBC). Fill the application form completely and correctly. I suggest you put an additional day or two to your estimate duration, so you won’t be fined if you’re overstayed.

It takes 7-10 days for ABC, depends on your stamina and the weather (it’s quite unpredictable). Besides, whether you put 7 or 14 days on your trekking duration, the permit price will still be the same. Nepal government charges permits and tickets based on your nationality, not the length of your stay, except for visa. Read my previous (visa related) blog here.

2. Issue Entry Permit to Conservation Area

Give the Entry Permit form, a copy of your passport and two passport-size photos to Entry Permit counter, and wait until the officer call your name.

3. Issue TIMS

While waiting, you can also give your TIMS form and two passport-size photos to TIMS counter. Here, you have to wait in line because they will issue your TIMS directly.

TIMS and Entry Permit, Kathmandu, Nepal.

That’s all. Now, you’re ready to start your adventurous journey! Keep safe, have fun and enjoy your trip!! Ciao 👊😎