If you are looking for trekking in Nepal Himalaya and are not the citizen of Nepal, you need a Trekking Permit Nepal before going to any trek. There are different policies for trekking based on remote areas, which are declared as the restricted region, and some areas are not restricted. The fields with restrictions and are under the control of tourism policy need a special permit, but they don’t need TIMS cards.

Upper Mustang Trek Permit sample

Here is some small information about the necessary TIMS card and the name of the conservation area for which one needs to pay for permits before entering the inside. The conservation area or national parks, out of all those parks Sagarmatha National Park and Chitwan National Park, are listed on world heritage sites under nature and wildlife. In contrast, there are some other cultural places on Nepal which are listed under world heritage sites.


Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card Necessary for Trekking in Nepal

To maintain the proper record of trekkers, TIMS Card has been mandatory to trek in Nepal. However, there are some circumstances in which there is no need for a TIMS card, which will be listed below. Generally, there are two types of TIMS cards for the same purpose, but the difference based on whether organized or FIT trekking.  You are requested to provide some details like contact, area of trek start and end date of trek, an itinerary that will store in visitor’s database and can be reviewed for park management purposes or in case of emergency.

How to obtain a TIMS card 

FIT (Free Individual Trekkers)

Green colored TIMS card will be provided for FIT trekker after fulfilling the paper works. It can be issued in the office of Tourism Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. For obtaining FIT permits, you need to pay the equivalent amount of USD 20. Another thing is Nepal Tourism Board doesn’t allow Nepali Tourism Worker to trek with Green TIMS holders legally.

Organized Trekkers (Group Trekkers Under Agency)

Blue colored TIMS cards will be provided for organized trekkers through trekking agencies without any hassle. As trekker companies will collect trekker’s data and can issue a TIMS card from their own office with the company stamp. For obtaining organized permits, you need to pay an equivalent amount of US $ 10 or USD 10.

TIMS will not be required for

  • Expedition Members permitted to climb the mountains
  • Visitors in a controlled area with permits by the department of immigration
  • Foreign guest invited by the government of Nepal
  • Authorities from the various diplomatic missions present in the country
  • Visitors on specific purposes recommended by governmental departments
  • Foreign citizens possessing a residential visa
  • Here is some famous trekking in Nepal where TIMS card is applicable, browse to see more details about trekking along with itinerary, map, weather, and others.
    Everest Region Trekking
    Annapurna Region Trekking
    Langtang Region Trekking

National Park Entry Permits for Trekking in Nepal

To trek, only TIMS cards are not enough. It depends on the area of trekking. You need to pay the allocated amount before entering. Otherwise, the double charge will be levied in permit check post on trails.

National Parks, Wildlife Reserves and Conservation Areas that exist in Nepal and one need to obtain an entry permit

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area           
  • Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve                    
  • Makalu-Barun National Park                      
  • Sagarmatha National Park                           
  • Langtang National Park                                                    
  • Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park           
  • Chitwan National Park                                    
  • Parsa Wildlife Reserve                                   
  • Annapurna Conservation Area                  
  • Manaslu Conservation Area                       
  • Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve                       
  • Bardiya National Park                                     
  • Rara National Park                                            
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park                 
  • Khaptad National Park                                   
  • Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve   

These are just national park, and TIMS card is for specific trekking within Nepal, whereas most of the trek needs restricted area entry permits, here is the link of all existing restricted area along with their fees where no TIMS card needs. We hope there information is good enough to understand about existing Nepal TIMS card and Nepal Trekking Permit.

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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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