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Permit & Travel Insurance for Langtang

    Before embarking on a Langtang region trip, you should be well aware of the two distinct permissions necessary for a Langtang trek. They are the TIMS card and the entry permit to Langtang National Park. This page describes these two permits in depth, as well as why you need them and how to get them.

    In the Langtang area, there are several hiking opportunities. Langtang valley walk, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek, and Helambu-Langtang trek are among the most popular hikes. Each of these excursions is beautiful and offers a distinct experience. Despite this, the number of permits for all of these hikes remains the same. However, if your journey takes you into the Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park, you must pay an admission charge.

    Permits are required documentation before beginning any hikes in the Langtang area. You will be required to display them at several checkpoints along the way. It is preferable if you obtain the permissions before beginning your journey. However, if you are unable to obtain hiking permits in Kathmandu, you can obtain them at the trailhead.


    Permit Required Documents

    For each permission, you will need an original passport, a photocopy of it, and two passport-sized pictures when you arrive at the corresponding department. You will need 6-8 photographs and 4-5 passport photocopies in total. It is preferable if you obtain these from your own country. Also, bring your visa with you when you go to get permission.

    • After you pay the payment and complete the form, the Langtang Trekking Permit will be granted within a few minutes.
    • Other information you may require
    • The trek's starting and finishing points/dates
    • Itinerary and trekking routes
    • Nepalese emergency contact information (might be your agency or your hotel)
    • Home country emergency contact
    • Details about your insurance coverage


    TIMS Card 

    There are three different kinds of TIMS cards. They come in three colors: green, blue, and pink. Individual trekkers will receive a green card, which costs $20. The blue TIMS card, which costs $10, is for organized group hikers. Your pink TIMS card will only cost $6 if you are a SAARC national.

    The TIMS card is available through the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Alternatively, contact the Secretariat of the Trekkers' Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu or Pokhara. After completing the application form, you will be able to obtain your TIMS Card. To obtain your TIMS Card, bring a copy of your passport and two passport-sized pictures.

    There are several circumstances in which you will not require a TIMS Card. You can travel without any permit if you are:

    • Visitors with Department of Immigration visas are permitted to enter the controlled zones.
    • Foreign visitors who have been invited by the Nepalese government.
    • Foreign nationals have a residency permit in Nepal.
    • Officials with diplomatic missions or formal letters
    • Members of the expedition who have mountain climbing licenses.
    • Visitors on a mission sent by government agencies.

    TIMS checkpoint has been relocated to SyapruBesi as of February 13, 2020. This journey necessitates the use of a TIMS card.

    Update: As a result of the devolution of basic rights to local governments, TIMS is no longer valid in the Everest area. For the Everest Base Camp, you now require a Local Area Permit. It is available in Lukla for $20.

    There are no longer any TIMS checks in the Langtang Region as of October 2018. Even if you obtain the TIMS, there is a good probability that no one will examine it on the path. In addition, several individual trekkers are participating in this walk with TIMS. Please contact the Nepal Tourism Board for the most recent checkpoint information.


    Permit to Enter Langtang National Park

    You travel through Langtang National Park on any of the Langtang region's hiking trails. To hike in this area, you must get a special permit called the Langtang National Park Permit. It costs $30, excluding the 13% VAT (Value Added Tax).

    In contrast, any citizen of a SAARC country can obtain the permit for $15 (excluding VAT). However, children under the age of ten who are hiking in this zone do not need to pay any permission fees.

    Permits for Langtang National Park are available from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. You may also purchase them at the Dhunche entrance point.


    Entrance Fee for Shivapuri National Park

    The Langtang trek begins at Syabrubeshi, which is about a 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu. However, many hikers choose to take the Helambu path, which begins in Shivpuri National Park. In addition, to go inside the Shivapuri National Park, you must pay a fee of $5 minus VAT.


    Why do you require permits?

    Both hiking permits for the Langtang hike are important.

    The Langtang National Park Permit is used to maintain track of hikers' activities within the National Park. This permission contributes to the hikers' safety and security. In the event of an emergency, such as an earthquake or a landslide, the information can assist authorities in assisting you. It also aids in the enforcement of the park's laws and regulations.

    The Local Area Permit assists in keeping track of hikers after they reach the territory. You are free to visit the territory with this permission, but you must abide by the local norms and restrictions. The local government uses the permit fee to maintain the trails, rest areas, and information centers for travelers.

    A portion of the earnings is used to conserve and enhance the tourist sector in the Langtang region. Your payment also contributes to the park's upkeep and growth. Your money will be used to rebuild the better and safer routes that were destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake.


    Travel insurance

    The Langtang trek is a high-altitude trek through isolated and difficult-to-access parts of Nepal; it is strongly advised that you obtain travel insurance that will protect you if something goes wrong. In reality, you must write out the information of your insurance when applying for the TIMS card in order to obtain the hiking permit. Nobody has ever asked us for proof.

    There are several travel insurance providers available; we recommend selecting one with expertise covering outdoor activities and operating in the region. World Nomads is a reliable insurance provider. Nepal is one of their most popular hiking locations, with hundreds of hikers purchasing World Nomads insurance coverage to cover their treks. Their insurance is highly versatile; you may get one that covers the entire vacation or just the hike. You may get insurance just a day before the scheduled activity; it just takes a few minutes and is quick and straightforward.


    What Happens If You Do Not Have A Permit?

    Trekking permits are required in Nepal. You must provide the permits at several checkpoints along the course. If you trek without permits, you will have to acquire them on the path, which will incur additional fees. In the worst-case scenario, you may face legal accusations and penalties.

    Please make sure you have your permits before beginning any hiking trail walks. Please send us a copy of your valid passport as well as a passport-sized photograph. We will obtain all necessary permissions for your expedition and execute all legal processes.


    Is there a difference in the pricing of licenses for SAARC and international nationals?

    Yes, the fees for SAARC and international nationals are different. Foreign nationals must pay more than SAARC nationals.


    How much does a TIMS card cost for SAARC nationals and international nationals?

    The SAARC TIMS Card costs $6 and is pink in color. It costs $10 for foreign nationals trekking in a group, and $20 for independent trekkers.

    The card for a group of foreign nationals is blue, whereas the card for individuals is green. From October 2018, no TIMS card is required to hike in the Langtang area. You should now be able to get a Local Area Permit.


    What is the cost of an entry permit to Langtang National Park? Is there a distinction between SAARC nationals and foreign nationals?

    For SAARC nationals, the admission fee to Langtang National Park is $15. However, international nationals must pay $30. (excluding the VAT).


    Is it necessary for a lone trekker to be affiliated with a firm in order to obtain a permit?

    No, you do not need to be affiliated with any firm in order to obtain a permit. Both permits necessary for a Langtang trek may be obtained through the Nepal Tourism Board or at the trailhead.


    Is a restricted area permit required for this trek?

    No, a restricted area permit is not required. The Langtang region is not one of the restricted regions. As a result, you can purchase the permits on your own and journey alone.


    Is the price of permits higher during peak seasons than during off-seasons?

    No. Permits are the same price throughout the year. However, if you hike without a permit on the route, you must pay both the penalty and the permit. This will cost you more than the permit itself.


    Will I be able to obtain the permits during the high season?

    Yes, you may obtain permits all year. Permits are available at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and at the trailhead.

    If you want any information about the revised system for the TIMS card or other permissions for the Langtang trip, please contact us.


    When Should A Langtang Trek Permit Be Issued?

    In Kathmandu, issuing all of these licenses takes a few hours. So, if you are staying in Kathmandu for an extra day, you may simply obtain the permit. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Also, keep in mind that the office is closed on public holidays and Saturdays for Langtang Trekking Permit.