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Permits in Annapurna Region

In recent years, the Annapurna area has grown in prominence. Domestic as well as foreign tourists are increasing quickly inside this conservation area. The shifting environment and breathtaking vistas of the mountain ranges are the primary draws of Nepal's Annapurna area. Aside from that, you will get the opportunity to learn about the local culture and traditions. The following is a list of all Annapurna permits and entrance fees necessary to hike in the ACAP region.

 

Permits

Foreigners

SAARC Country

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit 

Nrs 3,000

Nrs 1,500

Trekker’s Information Manual System (FIT)

Nrs 2,000

Nrs 600

Trekker’s Information Manual System (Organized Trek)

Nrs 1,000

Nrs 300

Special Permit 

For the first 10 days USD 500 per person and after 10 days USD 50 per person per day

 

Trekking in the Annapurna region is regarded as one of the most magnificent and greatest trekking routes in Nepal and the globe. There are numerous trekking options in the Annapurna region, including the Annapurna Circuit trek, the Annapurna Panorama trek, and the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Nepal is home to the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the world's most renowned trekking destinations. It is one of the few protected regions in Nepal where you can see some of the most beautiful mountain ranges, ethnic cultures, and unusual flora and animals. However, in order to go into this Nepalese protection region, you must first get Annapurna permits and pay entrance fees.

To tour the whole Annapurna region of Nepal, three permissions are necessary. The three permissions are the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, Trekker's Information Information Management System, and Special Permits. Some portions of the Annapurna region do not require all of the following Annapurna Permits and Entry Fees.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Sanctuary Trek are the most popular treks. These hikes will simply require the TIMS card and the ACAP permission. Meanwhile, special permissions are necessary to visit the Annapurna region's restricted zones, which include the Upper Mustang and the Nar Phu Valley. Continue reading to learn about Annapurna Permissions and Entry Fees, how to obtain these permits, the cost of these permits, and much more.

 

Trekking Permits for the Annapurna Circuit

Anyone seeking to complete the Annapurna Circuit trip must get one of two types of trekking permits.

 

Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS)

Trekking in any region of Nepal requires a TIMS card, often known as the Trekker's Information Management System. The TIMS car's fundamental principle is to record the hikers' information. The major goal of this card, which is jointly implemented by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), is to protect the safety and security of trekkers. Meanwhile, it is also utilized to monitor illicit hiking operations throughout Nepal.

Beginning on January 1, 2008, trekkers' personal information such as passport number, country, and contact number are required. Similarly, the trekkers' preliminary itinerary is necessary in order to obtain this card. All of this information is gathered so that the hikers may be quickly identified and rescued in the event of an accident or natural disaster. This card will be quite useful at this period since the information can be readily transmitted to the appropriate institutions.

TIMS cards are now necessary for hikers traveling to Nepal's restricted areas. The Nepal Tourism Board issues two types of TIMS cards. The first is the Blue TIMS card, which is given to organized hikers. The next one is the Green TIMS card, which is granted to Free Individual Trekkers.



Permit Cost

The cost of the TIMS card is determined on the trekkers' nationality. Similarly, it is determined by the sorts of hikers. The organized hikers pay less than the free individual trekkers. The hikers must take their TIMS card with them at all times.

Besisahar, Dhampus, Birethanti, and Tatopani are some of the key TIMS counters in the Annapurna area. Furthermore, throughout the journey, this permission can be examined by any responsible authority in any section of the Annapurna range. Similarly, the TIMS card is only valid for one admission. If you leave the Annapurna region of Nepal and wish to conduct another trek, you must obtain a new TIMS card. With a single permit, you can stay in the Annapurna region for as long as you desire.



Type of TIMS Card

Foreign Nationals

SAARC Nationals

Green

Nrs 2,000

Nrs 600

Blue

Nrs 1,000 

Nrs 300



TIMS Card Terms and Conditions

 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

The Annapurna region was one of Nepal's unknown places prior to its designation as a conservation reserve. Annapurna Conservation Area was formed in 1992 with the goal of increasing tourist traffic while also preserving local customs and culture. After Nepal declared it a protected area, all hikers passing through it must purchase the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, commonly known as the ANCAP permit.

The fees received are reinvested in the surrounding communities inside the Conservation area. Many hiking trails are now being built within Nepal's Annapurna Conservation Area. Aside from that, earlier trials are being developed, and several notice boards are located along the hiking routes. The National Trust for Nature Conservation manages all Annapurna permits and access fees. As a result, a percentage of the fees are donated to this trust in order to preserve this region.

 

Permit Cost

The cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area permit varies according to the trekkers' and travelers' nationality. The foreign national is charged 3,000 Nrs. Similarly, nationals of SAARC nations are charged Rs 1,500. This national park permit is available at the tourist board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Besieged because hikers under the age of ten do not require a trekking permit to enter Nepal's Annapurna Conservation Area.

Permit

Cost

National

ACAP Permit

Nrs 3,000

Foreigners

ACAP Permit

Nrs 1,500

SAARC

 

ACAP Permit Terms and Conditions

Permit holders are allowed to enter any authorized areas inside the conservation area and are only good for one entrance.

The permit is neither transferrable nor refundable.

Visitors to the protected area must follow the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 2029 B.S. and its rules.

The permission should be carried with you at all times and displayed if the appropriate authorities wish to inspect you.



Annapurna Restricted Area Permit

Nepal Immigration issued restricted area permits to trekkers who wanted to hike in a special region or restricted area. Meanwhile, this special permission is only available to organized hikers. Individual hikers in Nepal are not granted a restricted area permit. As a result, no lone tourists are permitted within the restricted area of the Annapurna region.

This limited permission may be obtained in Kathmandu at Kalikasthan. You can also obtain limited area permission from the Nepal Tourism Board. The restricted area permit, which was first issued in 1991, requires at least two visitors. Exploring the Annapurna region's Nar Phu valley and Upper Mustang requires limited permission.

 

Permit Fees

The cost of a restricted area permit is determined by the place you are visiting. Different licenses are required to explore Nepal's many restricted zones. There are two restricted regions inside Nepal's Annapurna region. The Upper Mustang is the most popular. The following one is the Nar Phu Valley.

 

Trekking Region

Permit Cost 

Time of the Year

Additional Charge

Upper Mustang 

USD 500 per person for 10 days

Throughout the year 

USD 50 per person per day

Nar Phu Valley 

USD 100 per person for a week

September to November

USD 15 per person per day

Nar Phu Valley 

USD 75 per person for a week

December to August

USD 15 per person per day



Restricted Area Permit Terms and Conditions



Where can I acquire an Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Permit?

The Nepal Tourism Board issues all three categories of licenses for the Annapurna area. The Nepal Tourism Board is based in Kathmandu's Bhrikutimandap district. Similarly, you may obtain permits from the Nepal Tourism Board in Pokhara, which is just a 15-minute walk from Lakeside.

Trekking Agency Associations of Nepal can also provide you with the TIMS card (TAAN). TAAN offices are situated across Nepal, and the TIMS card may be obtained from any TAAN secretariat. In Kathmandu, TAAN has two offices. The headquarters are in Maligaon, with a branch in Saat Ghumti, Thamel. Similarly, the TIMS card may be obtained through the Pokhara office. Similarly, the ACAP permit may be obtained at Besisahar.



Annapurna Conservation Area's Goals

 

Insurance for Travel

Any vacation or hike in Nepal must include travel insurance. The majority of hikers overlook this section of the trail. However, as of today, the Nepalese government has imposed stringent requirements regarding travel insurance. Aside from that, you won't be able to obtain any of the trek permits unless you have travel insurance.

There are several advantages to purchasing travel insurance. One of these benefits is that it may be employed in an emergency. Aside from that, travel insurance assures the traveler's protection and security.