Nar Phu Valley Trek Permit

Government policies in Nepal require some of the trekking areas to have a special permit to keep the board security strong. If the trekking area is an open border or area need to be preserved which has a high-value treasure from the archaeological point of view. Nar Phu Valley Trek in Annapurna region of Nepal is one of such which required a special permit.   If you are planning to explore Nar Phu Valley, then you should know about special trekking permits, and it's requirements. In this article,  I am giving you some essential ideas on how and where to get the permit you need. Please scroll down below for further answer of following details.

How much is the cost of Narphu Valley Trek permit?

  Permit Types   Days   Cost
Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit 7 Days (Sep-November) USD 100
Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit 7 Days (Dec-August) USD 75
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) Unlimited (Single entry) NPR 3,000
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System ) Unlimited (Single entry) USD 10 with Guide
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System ) Unlimited (Single entry) USD 20 Independent Permit

Note: The Nar Phu Valley Trek permit has recently increased from the previous figuer. Based on recent change the breakdown above was taken from Nepal immigration official page. Only Nar Phu Valley requires two permits, ACAP and restricted area permit. TIMS card is only required if you want to continue Annapurna Circuit after Tsum Valley. 1 week in the restricted area is enough to follow a 9 days trek unless or otherwise If you wish to stay longer. 

Nar Phu Trekking permit cost for the child under 10 years old

My previous customers frequently asked me this question. If you are trekking in Nepal with a child under 10 years old and wondering how much would be the trekking permit cost?  The Trekking permit fee including restricted area permit, ACAP and TIMS are free! However, You still need to go through all the permit application process and submit a necessary document of the child and get the child permit, but the cost is free. 

Do I need TIMS card for Nar Phu Trek? 

TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) is not necessary for a Nar Phu. As long as you hold a special trekking permit, TIMS card isn’t required in any restricted trekking region in Nepal. But it is always advisable to check in advance with your local company (Contact Us). For example, if you have a connecting trip after Nar Phu, such as Annapurna Circuit, or Annapurna Base Camp Trek, then TIMS card is compulsory. Most of my customer like to continue to Annapurna Circuit Trek after Narphu Valley Trek. Especially after Nar Phu, if you still want to keep your journey to Annapurna Circuit and would like to trek further Jomsom Muktinath and end up at Pokhara, then you must be required to have TIMS card. But the good news is you don’t have to repurchase ACAP permit. The same permit you bought for Nar Phu will remain valid for Annapurna Circuit too. 

Where can I get the permit for Nar Phu?

All restricted trekking permit including Nar Phu trek permit will be issued in the trekking department of the Nepal immigration office in Maitighar, Kathmandu.  For your information, Nepal Tourism Board and TAAN don’t issue restricted trekking permit, but other trekking permits such as ACAP, MCAP, TIMS and Everest base camp permit are issued here. 

Can I apply permit myself?

This is a fundamental question that every traveller should know.  Please note that individual trekkers are not allowed in Nar Phu.  As long as you are with anyone authorised person or local agency permit issue process can be done. You must meet the following requirements by the Nepal government to file your permit:  
  • You must hire at least one authorised person from the local trekking agency in Nepal, either a professional guide or licence holder porter/guide.
  • You must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide or porter).
  • You must file your special permit through an authorised local trekking agency. 
  • Ghost permit It allows for a single hiker, but you must check with a local agency if they are capable of doing this. 

What document required for the permit?

If you can meet the government requirements as discussed above, you should also provide these documents to your local trekking company to apply for your permit.  
  • Original passport with your Nepal entry visa with the arrival stamp.
  • 3 passport size photos  (if you have one online passport photo, you will only need 2 printed ID photo)
  • Travel Insurance that covers emergency evacuation up to 6,000m.
  • Of course, money 

Can I request to get the permit in advance? 

It entirely depends on the local trekking company you choose and whether they are capable deal with the immigration staff or not.  You should check in advance with your company (contact us) if this is possible.  But in our company’s experience, we have done multiple permits in advance without an original passport.  However, USD 10 per person will be added to expedite the permit. The documents we require are:
  • Clear scanned copy of passport
  • A copy of your return flight ticket that clearly shows your arrival and departure date.
  • Copy of the passport 
It is understandable that this might be required due to the traveller’s required time frame.  Other reasons could also be that the immigration office opening time and public holidays could affect your application. Note that the immigration office only opens from Sunday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm. It is also closed during public holidays and Saturdays, so it’s always a good idea to check in advance if you are arriving during holiday time. 


If everything is on track and all requirements are complete, the Nar Phu Trek special permit should be ready within a 2 to 3-hour timeframe.  As one of the virgin trekking trail of Nepal, Nar Phu becoming more popular each season. Compeer to other treks like Everest, Annapurna the cost of Nar Phu trek is only expensive to buy a permit, but the food and accommodations are the same as other trekking trails in Nepal.  If you need to know anything apart from we mention above, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to give you additional information.  

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had an opportunity working with multinational companies which taught me, how to deliver quality customer service in the business? As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas, I started writing about my own country.  Incase, If you required free information about Nepal, please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.  Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor from about 200 satisfied customers. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor.
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10 years ago I made the Ner Phu treck. Since this time we sponsor in Kathmandu the education of a girl from Phu. The family invited me to visit Phu together with the student and other Nepali students this year. Hoe it is possible to get the required Permit? Do you have an idea and a good recommendation. Is it possible to get the Permit in Pokhara?

Thank you and



- Schwarz Wolfram

Hey - Schwarz thank you for the comment. Yes, you are still required to have a permit. You can't travel Narphu without a permit and a guide. Please contact a local agency (or contact us). You have to file a permit for a certain days companion with a guide. If you are single you may also be required to buy a ghost permit as only two people can travel in one group (Nepali citizen doesn't count). 
- Nepal Explore Summit Treks Pvt. Ltd.

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