Planning a multi-day hike in Nepal requires a trekking permit.  Are you wondering what are those different trekking permit applies to a different region?  In this article, we will let you know all the different types of licenses and for each trekking region.  Generally, there are two regions one is a restricted area, and then another is a nonrestricted area permit. Here we discuss about Trekking Permit Nepal for Restricted Regions :
Trekking Permit Nepal

What is Restricted Area Permit

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.  Some of the mountain areas in Nepal is a declare restricted area, not only because of the open border security but also to craft down the quality of the tourist and preserved archaeological site such as Upper Mustang.

When China took Tibet in 1959, the large number of Tibetan refugees enter Nepal and India using the open border. Later in those days, It believes Tibetian refuses to make a massive long-distance protest in Nepal demanding free Tibet. Since then under Chinese political pressure, Nepal made border security even stronger. As of now any tourist who would like to visit near open border area they must keep Nepal governments rules and regulation.

Rules of Restricted Area Permit

As I mentation earlier, If you wish to visit a restricted area in Nepal, you must meet the following guidelines.

  1. You must have a valid visa to get the permit
  2. You must get this permit, through the authorized local Trekking/Travel agency in Nepal
  3. You have to trek with an authorized guide
  4. You must be at least two in the group to get the permit
  5. You must plan your itinerary ahead of time and remember you can’t overstay in the restricted area.

Which Trekking Area in Nepal Under Restricted Trekking Permit

Almost after a decade, the Nepal government has updated the National Park entry fee, and restricted area permit cost. On July 17, 2019, the government has issued a new tourist visa fee and restricted area trekking permit cost. Based on new updates, here is the official permit fee structure for trekking in Nepal. 

  • Kanchenjunga Area Trek permits: Eastern Nepal Kanchenjunga area of Taplejung district required a special permit. It cost USD 20 per person/per week, for the first four weeks and USD 25 per person/ per week above 4 weeks (Restricted area are VDC of Olangchungola, Lelep, Papung, and Yamphuding). Compear to the old price figuer it is USD 10 per week has been increased. 
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek in Sankhuwasabha:  USD 20 per person per week for the first four weeks and USD 25 beyond 4 weeks. (Restricted Area VDC Kimathangka, Chepuwa, Hatiya, and Pawakhola)
  • Everest Khumbu Region: North of Thame there is one pass call “Nangpa-la” which connects to Tibet. USD 20 per person per week for the first four weeks and USD 25 beyond 4 weeks. Everest Classical trek doesn’t require a restricted permit. You can trek with TIMS card (USD 10 )and National Park fees. (USD 35)
  • Gaurishanker Chhorolpa lake area: Lamabagar Ward No.1 (Lepche) Gaurishanker Ward No. 1 (Beding 9 and Chhorolpa lake) area USD 20 per person /Week
  • Langtang region of Rasuwa District: Thuman and Timure Region USD 20 per person /Week. This is the north of Langtang valley close to the border. Regular classical trek Langtang valley trek and Gosainkunda area don’t require a special permit. 
  • Manaslu Trekking PermitSeptember to November – USD 100 per person per week, and USD 15 per day per person in case of more than 7 days. December to August – USD 75 per person per week, and USD 10 per day per person in case of more than 7 days
  • Tsum Valley Trek: September to November – USD 40 per person for the first eight days. December to August – USD 30 per person for first eight days
  • Mustang Trekking Permit: Per person per 10 days USD 500 (in case if days get extended then USD 50 per person per day)
  • Nar Phu Valley Trek Permit: September to November – Per person per week USD 100 and USD 15/ day beyond one week. December to August – Per person per week USD 75 and USD 15/ day beyond one week (Restricted Area VDC Nar and Phu along with northern part of Tilicho VDC)
  •  Lower Dolpo – Per person per week USD 20
  •  Upper Dolpo – Per person per 10 days US $ 500 (in case if days get extended then USD 50 per person per day)
  •  Simikot and Yari in Humla: Per person per week USD 50, additional USD 10 per person per day in case of extended days (Restricted Area VDC are Limi, Muchu and Dharmakhola)
  • Mugu Region: Per person per week US $ 100 and per person per day USD 15 for an additional number of days (Restricted Area VDC Mugu, Dolpo, Pulu and Bhangri)
  •  Bhajang District: Per person per week USD 90 and Per person per day USD 15 for an additional number of days (Restricted Area VDC Kanda, Saipal and Dhuli)
  •  Darchula District: Per person per week USD 90 and per person per day USD 15 for an additional number of days (Restricted Area VDC Byas) 

National Park and Wildlife Reserve entry fee

Apart from those Permit for Restricted Regions, the regular TIMS cards and conservation area entry permits are required, among such general trekking in Nepal, most famous ones are on Everest Base Camp Trekking, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, and Annapurna Circuit Trekking. 

  • Everest Base Camp, Khumbu region, Sagarmatha National Park (NPR 3,000+2,000 )for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and free for local tourists. 
  • ACAP (Annapurna conservation area project) – NPR 3,000 for foreign tourists. NPR 1,000 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • MCAP (Manaslu conservation area project) NPR 3,000 for foreign tourists. NPR 1,000 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Langtang National Park (NPR 3,000 ) for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Makalu Barun National Park (NPR 3,000 ) for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Shivapuri National Park (NPR 1,000 ) for foreign tourists. NPR 600 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Chitwan National Park (NPR 2,000 )for foreign tourists. NPR 1,000 for SAARC nation and NPR 150 for local tourists. 
  • Bardia National Park (NPR 2,000 )for foreign tourists. NPR 750 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Khaptad National Park (NPR 1,500 )for foreign tourists. NPR 500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Rara National Park (NPR 3,000 )for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park (NPR 3,000 )for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. In addition to that, you have also brought the restricted area permit depending on your itinerary. 
  • Banke National Park (NPR 1,500 )for foreign tourists. NPR 750 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (NPR 1,500 )for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Parsha Wildlife reserve (NPR 1,500 )for foreign tourists. NPR 1,500 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 
  • Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (NPR 1,500 )for foreign tourists. NPR 750 for SAARC nation and NPR 100 for local tourists. 

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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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