Kanchenjunga trek requires two different kinds of a permit, which are:
|Permit Types||Foreign||SAARC||Nepali||Child under 10|
|Kanchenjunga National Park fee||USD 20||NPR 1,000||NPR 100||Free|
|Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit Fee||USD 20/week||USD 20/week||Free||Free|
|Minimum of 3 Week permit||USD 20×3 week||USD 20×3 week||Free||Free|
|Total cost||USD 80/per person||USD 70||USD 1||Free|
Note: The restricted area permit for Kanchenjunga Trek has recently increased (17 July 2019) from the previous figuer. Based on recent change the breakdown above was taken from the Nepal immigration official page.
Do I need TIMS Card for Kanchenjunga Trek?
Where can I get Kanchenjunga trekking permit?
All restricted trekking permits 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 permits are issued here.
Can I apply for an independent trekking permit for Kanchenjunga?
This is a very important question that every traveler 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:
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.
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. (Not mandatory but recommended for your safety)
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. 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 the 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:
2. A copy of your return flight ticket that clearly shows your arrival and departure date.
3. 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 traveler’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 what we mention above, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to give you additional information.