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 has 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 answers to the following details.
Kanchenjunga

Permit Cost

Kanchenjunga trek requires two different kinds of a permit, which are:

Permit TypesForeignSAARCNepaliChild under 10
Kanchenjunga National Park feeUSD 20NPR 1,000NPR 100Free
Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit FeeUSD 20/weekUSD 20/weekFreeFree
Minimum of 3 Week permitUSD 20×3 weekUSD 20×3 weekFreeFree
Total costUSD 80/per personUSD 70USD 1Free

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?

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 the TIMS card is compulsory.

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:

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. (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:

1. Clear scanned copy of passport
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.

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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, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the 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 and 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 America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of 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 for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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