Everest Base Camp Trek Permit
All international trekkers have to obtain permits before entering into Everest region. But, It is not necessary to obtain permits for Nepalese citizen to enter Everest region. Your Everest Base Camp Trekking will be invalid unless you obtain permits for an entry to Everest region. If you are booking your Everest Base Camp Trekking through a trekking company, the company will manage you all required Everest Base Camp Trek Permit. If you are travelling on your own, we strongly recommend accompanying with either a licensed holder guide or reliable porter. We need to obtain permits by ourselves in Kathmandu if we are trekking on our own. The government of Nepal is introducing a new law for trekkers who do not allow them to trek on their own without accompanying a guide or porter. It is all for trekker’s safety. So, obtain Everest Base Camp Trek Permit beforehand venturing on Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail.
Everest Base Camp Trek Permit include the Following thnigs:
1. TIMS Card
A Trekkers Information Management System or TIMS Card is mandatory for all treks including Everest Base Camp Trek. TIMS can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. We can have our TIMS card within 20-30 minutes. For this, you require to fill up the form at Nepal Tourism Board. It is not an online form. Do not forget to bring 2 passport sized Photographs. TIMS Card costs USD 20 per individual.
Recent update: These days, we do not need TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board. We can buy a location card at Lukla which costs USD 20. Actually, Everest region is independently promoting Tourism in Everest region these days.
2. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Without obtaining Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, trekkers are not allowed to enter into Sagarmatha National Park. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained in the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu, or alternatively, it also can be obtained at its office at Monjo. We get our national park entry permit at Monjo and trek to Namche. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs equivalent to USD 34. You do not need to provide photograph for this permit.
3. Additional Permit for Jiri to EBC Trek
Some people love to start their Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri or Shivalaya. Jiri to Everest Trek is the most classical trek in Everest region. Those who are planning to start their Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri or Shivalaya, they have to obtain Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project permit. We suggest you to obtain this permit from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. It costs USD 20 in Kathmandu. We also can obtain this permit in Shivalaya which will cost double : USD 40. Remember to bring two passport sized photographs for this permit.
Where Do I get my Everest Base Camp Trek Permit?
These all above required permits can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board. Nepal Tourism Board is around 2 km away from central Thamel. If you walk, it is around 30 minutes walk.
Bring Nepali currency from the payment and do not forget to bring passport sized photographs TIMS and Conservation Area Permit. Also bring a copy of your passport. You can also have your passport photocopied at the TIMS counter.
Thus, obtain all required Everest Base Camp Trek Permit which is mandatory to all travelers who are undertaking their Everest Base Camp Trek or any kind of Everest region Trekking
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