Government policies in Nepal require some of the trekking areas to have a special permit to keep the board security secure. Nar Phu Vallet Trek also needed the same permit process. If the trekking area is an open border or space needs to be preserved, which has a high-value treasure from the archaeological point of view. Nar Phu Valley Trek in the 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 answers.
Nar Phu Valley Trekking

How much is the cost of the Nar Phu Valley Trek permit?

 Permit Types Days Cost
Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit7 Days (Sep-November)USD 100
Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit7 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: Only Nar Phu Valley requires two permits, ACAP, and restricted area permit. Unless you want to continue Annapurna Circuit Trek after then you should bring ACAP, and  TIMS card As well.

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 a 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 the TIMS card is compulsory.

Most of my customers like to continue to Annapurna Circuit Trek after Nar Phu 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 an 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 permits, 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 permits. Still, other trekking permits such as ACAP, MCAP, TIMS, and Everest base camp permits are issued in Nepal Tourism Board.

Can I apply to permit myself?

This is a fundamental question that every traveler should know.  Please note that individual trekkers are not allowed in Nar Phu.  As long as you are with anyone authorized 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 authorized person from the local trekking agency in Nepal, either a professional guide or license 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 authorized 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

Understandably, 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.

Summary

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 trails 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 what we mentioned 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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