Government policies in Nepal require some of the trekking areas to have a special permit especially if the trekking area is an open border or have a connection with another country. Mount Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world, also shares the border with India and China
(Tibet). However, major climbing peak routes and best trekking trails including the Kanchenjunga Base Camp
lies on Nepal’s side. If you are planning to explore Kanchenjunga, then you should be prepared for a special trekking permit. In this article, we are giving you some essential ideas on how and where to get the Kanchenjunga trekking permit
. Please scroll down below for further answer of following details.
Kanchenjunga trek requires two different kinds of a permit, which are:
1. Kanchenjunga restricted a permit, which costs USD 10 per week.
2. Kanchenjunga area national park permit which is roughly USD 20 (NPR 2000)
Do I need TIMS Card for Kanchenjunga Trek?
TIMS card is not necessary for a Kanchenjunga trek. 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 Kanchenjunga, such as Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp, then TIMS card is compulsory.
Where can I get Kanchenjunga trekking permit?
All restricted trekking permit including Kanchenjunga 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 a restricted permit, but other trekking permits such as ACAP, MCAP, and Everest base camp permit are issued here.
Can I apply independent trekking permit for Kanchenjunga?
This is a very important question that every traveller should know. Please note that individual trekkers are not allowed in Kanchenjunga. You must meet the following restricted area permit requirements by the Nepal government to file the permit:
1. You must hire at least one authorized person from the local trekking agency, either a professional guide or a registered Porter/ Guide.
2. You must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide or porter). Or Pay for the "Ghost permit"
3. You must file your special permit through an authorized local trekking agency.
What documents are required
If you are able to meet the government requirements as discussed above, you should also provide these documents to your local trekking company in order to apply for your permit.
1. Original passport with your Nepal entry visa with the arrival stamp.
2. Two passport size photos (if you have one online passport photo, you will only need one printed ID photo)
3.Travel Insurance that covers emergency evacuation up to 6,000m.
4. Of course, money
Can I apply in advance?
This completely depends on the local trekking company you choose and whether they are able to deal with the situation. As Immigration policies change very often. You should check in advance with your company or (contact us). But in our company’s experience, we are able to issue Kanchenjunga trek permit in advance upon the request of our clients. Please be reminded, however, that this is also not under our control and will depend on who we might be dealing with in immigration or what the situation might be. The documents we require are:
1. Clear scanned copy of passport
2. Copy of Nepal visa obtained in advance from your country (required)
3. A copy of your return flight ticket that clearly shows your arrival and departure date.
4. Consent letter addressed to the Immigration Chief from you with reasons why you are not able to arrive in Nepal in advance to issue the permit.
5. Consent letter from the local trekking company (Contact us), which guarantees that after your arrival, you will provide a copy of the document they would need.
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 Kanchenjunga special permit
should be ready within a 2 to 3-hour timeframe. 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.