Permits Required for Langtang Trek
When comes to trekking in Nepal, trekking permits are the most important document you require. Langtang trek is no exception. You will need to obtain two Langtang trek permits to trek in the Langtang region. The two require permits for Langtang trek are the TIMS card and the Langtang National Park Entry permit. In this article, you will learn about the trekking permits, how much they cost, where to get them, and how to get them.
There are many trekking routes in Langtang Region. Some of the famous trekking are Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda Trek, Helambu Trek, and many more. Langtang Valley Trek is most famous amongst these treks.
There is another alternative route to the Langtang region i.e. via Sundarijal. If you plan to go via this route then you will have to pass enter Shivapuri National Park. Thus, you will need one more permit to enter the National Park which is Shivapuri National Park Entry Permits.
These Langtang Trek permits are compulsory for trekking in the Langtang region. There are many checkpoints along the trail where you have to show the permits. Thus, it is better to get them from Kathmandu or you may also get the permits at the trailheads.
What are the Required Permits for Langtang Trek?
Here is the detailed information about the trekking permits for the Langtang Trek:
Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card is the database maintained by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). It is consists of the overall information about trekkers. TIMS card is implemented for the safety and security of the trekkers and also to reduce illegal trekking operations.
Cost of TIMS Card
TIMS card is categorized into three types: pink, blue, and green TIMS cards. Here are the cost details for these permits:
- Green TIMS Card: for individual trekkers, costs NPR 2000; approximately US $20
- Blue TIMS Card: for group trekkers, costs NPR 1000; approximately US $10
- Pink TIMS Card: for SAARC country citizens, NPR 600; approximately US $6 (if you are Free Individual Traveler (FIT)) and NPR 300; approximately US $3 ( If you are traveling in a group)
Documents required to get TIMS Card
As mentioned earlier, the TIMS card is mandatory for every trekker before embarking any treks in Nepal. So, what documents do you require for getting the TIMS card?
Here is the list of documents required to obtain the TIMS card:
- Passport (prepare a photocopy); and
- Two passport-sized photos
Other Information that must be provided when getting a TIMS card
Besides the document, you need to provide other information regarding the trekking activities when getting the TIMS card which is mentioned below:
- Starting and ending dates of the trek;
- Starting and endpoints of the trek;
- Trekking itinerary and trekking routes;
- Emergency contact information while in Nepal. It can be your trekking agency if you hire one, or the contact of the hotel you are staying in;
- Emergency contact information in your home country; and
- Insurance policy number, including their contact information and a statement of your insurance policy coverage.
Where to get the TIMS Card?
You can get the TIMS card from various locations. They are as follows:
- Nepal Tourism Board offices located in Kathmandu and Pokhara;
- TAAn Secretariat located in Maligaon; and
- TAAN Secretariat in Pokhara.
These offices are open 7 days a week and even in public holidays from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Note: If you hire a trekking agency, then they are responsible for obtaining the trekking permits for you.
Langtang National Park Entry Permit
Most of the Langtang region trekking lies inside the territory of Langtang National Park. Thus, you will require the Langtang National Park entry permit to enter the premises of the national park.
Cost of Langtang National Park Entry permit per person
- SAARC Countries: NPR 1500 + 13% VAT; totaling NRP 1695, approximately US $17
- Other Countries: NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT, totaling NPR 3,390, approximately US $34
Furthermore, the children below the age of 10 do not require any permits to trek in the Langtang region.
Where to get Langtang National Park Entry Permit?
Langtang National Park Permit is available in Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu. Or you can buy them at the entry point in Dhunche.
Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park Entry Permit
The actual trailhead of the Langtang trek is Syabrubesi which is 7 to 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. But you may also take the alternative route to the Langtang region via the Gosaikunda-Helambu route. If you choose to trek through this route then, you will require another enter permit to enter the Shivapuri National Park.
Cost of Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park Entry Permit per person
- SAARC Countries: NPR 600; approximately US $6
- Other Countries: NPR 1,000; approximately US $10
Just like in Langtang National Park, there is free entry for children below the age of 10.
Where to get Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park Entry Permit?
You can easily get the permit from the entry point of the Shivapuri National Park.
What will Happen if You Don’t Have A Permit?
Trek permits are necessary for any trekking in Nepal. There are many checkpoints along the trail wher you will have to show your trekking permits. If you fail to show the permits or don’t have them with you, you will have to purchase them at the trail with extra fine. You may also face charges and punishment by the law.
Thus, it is recommend to get the trekking permits in Kathmandu before you start your trek.
FAQs Regarding the Langtang Trek Permits
Is the cost of permits different for SAARC and foreign nationals?
Yes, the cost is different. The trekkers from SAARC nationals pay a little less then foreign nationals.
Do I need a restricted area permit for the Langtang trek?
Since Langtang region doesn’t fall under the restricted area in Nepla, you don’t need the restricted area permit for the Langtang Trek.Tus, you can get it yourself and trek solo as well.
If I am a solo trekker, can I get the permit myself or do I have to affiliate with a trekking company?
Yes, you can get the Langtang Trek permit yourself and you don’t have to be affiliated with a trekking company.
Is the cost of the permits varies depending up on the trekking season?
No, it doesn’t. The cost of the Langtang Trek permits is the same throughout the year. But if you fail to get the trek permits then you have to get it in the trail which cost you more then usual as you will have to pay fine for not having the permits.
Will I get the permits during the peak season?
You, you will. You can get the trekking permits at any time of the year. You can easily get the Langtang trek permits from Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or at the trailhead of the trek.
Furthermore, if you have any question regarind the required permits for Langtang Trek or any other treks in Nepal, please feel free to contact us.