Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit and their Cost: A Complete Guide
Most of the trekking destinations in the Annapurna Region, including the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, falls under the Annapurna Conservation area. To enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, foreigners are required to have few official permits, otherwise, you are not allowed to enter this area.
Thus, we have come up with some very important information about the Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit that you should know before trekking in Annapurna.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered one of the best long-distance trekking destinations in the entire world. It is a moderate level trek that offers the best view of some world’s highest mountains including Annapurna (I- IV), Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, Manaslu, Gangapurna. The trail takes you through a magical journey where you can experience varied landscapes, diverse cultures, and various climate zones from the tropic to arctic zones.
The trek usually starts from Besisahar in the valley of Marshyangdi and ends in Pokhara. The drive to Besisahar is about 7 hours from Kathmandu. You will be passing through paddy fields, small towns, etc. And the best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May).
About Trekking Permits in Annapurna Circuit
Taking about trekking in Nepal, you are allowed to trek in Nepal independently as FIT ( Free Individual Trekkers) and in groups as well. However, some of the parts of the country are considered as Restricted Areas where solo trekking is strictly prohibited. You must be at least in a group of two or more.
Most of the Areas requires trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration to trek in those regions. If you are planning to trek the Annapurna Circuit, you will require two permits namely, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and a TIMS card.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done independently as well as in groups. You can either hire a travel agency to manage the trip for you or make your plan.
The good thing about traveling through a travel agency is that they will manage your trekking permit on your behalf and fulfill all the required formalities. However, if you are traveling on your own, you need to apply for the trekking permit all by yourself.
The Annapurna Circuit Permit Cost is quoted in US dollars but it can also be paid in Nepalese currency. Furthermore, the permits are not granted beyond your visa expiration date. So, be careful with that.
Necessary Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits
As mentioned earlier, you will need two types of trekking permits for Annapurna Circuit Trekking. They are described below:
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP)
Annapurna Region falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is the first and largest conversation area in Nepal covering an area of 7,629 sq. km. It was established by the Government of Nepal in 1992.
Anyone who wise to travel inside Annapurna Conservation Area and trek in Annapurna Circuit, then you must purchase an ANCAP permit or Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP).
It is made to create a sustainable economic and social development to help the local inhabitant of the region as well as to conserve the environment and wildlife.
ACAP has been operated by the National Trust for Nature Conservation.
Things that you will require to apply for ACAP
- 2X passport size Photos
- Copy of your passport
- Name of the trek route
- Name and address of the trekking company (if relevant)
- Name and contact info of the guide ( if relevant)
- Fees for the form
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) is a must for every trekker if you wish to trek in Nepal. It is required to ensure the safety of the trekker. To apply for the TIMS card, one must have travel insurance.
The TIMS card is governed jointly by the Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).
Things that you will require to apply for TIMS card
- Copy of your Passport
- 2x copies of Passport size photographs
- Entry and exit point in your trekking destination
- Emergency Contact info in Nepal (the guest house you stay in or Agency)
- Emergency Contact info from your Home Country
- Itinerary that shows the start and end dates
- Travel Insurance
- Fees for the form
Where to get the permit for Annapurna Circuit Trekking
- If you are in Kathmandu, you can purchase the entry permit i.e ANCAP and TIMS cards from Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
- If you are in Pokhara then, permits can be purchased from Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside or at the ACAP entry permit counter in Besisahar, Lamjung. TIMS cards can also be purchased from the TAAN Lakeside office in Santi Patan, Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit Permit Cost
- Cost for TIMS per person:
- SAARC Countries: NPR 600; approximately US $6
- Other Countries: NPR 2000; approximately US $20
- Cost of TIMS for Group:
- SAARC Countries: NPR 300; approximately US $3
- Other Countries: NPR 1000; approximately US $10
- Cost for ACAP per person :
- SAARC Countries: NPR 200; approximately US $2
- Other countries: NPR 3000; approximately US $30
It is to be noted that these prices include 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance. If you join with government registered trekking companies like Peregrine Treks and Tours, you need to obtain Group TIMS Card and the company will provide that TIMS Card to you. You do not need to go to Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). If you are going to do this trek without joining any trekking company, you must go to Nepal Tourism Board to get the TIMS Card. Nowadays, the Individual TIMS card will provide by Nepal Tourism Board and Group TIMS card will provide by TAAN.
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Important Information on Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit
- ANCAP and TIMS Card, both are for a single entry.
- The permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- The validity of the permit is based on your application.
- The price of the permits is the same regardless of how many days you are going.
- You are required to show your permits in all the counters along the trail. This is for your own safety so please do not fail to do this at each counter.
We hope the information on Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit was able to clear all your doubts. Furthermore, if you have any more questions or queries regarding any travel-related information in Nepal, please feel free to contact us.