Update: July 3rd, 2023, TIMS Card is no longer valid for Everest Base Camp Trek
With decentralization, a new permit system has been implemented in Everest Region. You will no longer require a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card. With lots of controversy and dispute, this new local entry permit has completely replaced the old trek permit in Khumbu. This article will give you complete information about the Everest Base Camp Trek Permit.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
This new permit was imposed on the 1st of October 2018, replacing an existing TIMS Card. The local government of Khumbu directly collects NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that these permits cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. First, if you are flying through Lukla, you can obtain this is Lukla. If you are trekking from Jiri or Salleri, this can be obtained in Monjo.
Note: Additional permit is required if you trek from Jiri; more information is below.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
This is an existing permit system for entering National Park. You can obtain it either in Kathmandu at Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Monjo at Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person. The most convenient way is to obtain this at Monjo. There is an office at Monjo, where they also showcase different information about the Khumbu Region.
Additional Permit for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are following the classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, you will need to obtain an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area. This permit has to be obtained at Kathmandu in Nepal Tourism Board. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person.
You also need permits for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour.
Required documents for trekking permits
You need your passport detail for Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality and Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit. You will need two photos for the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project Entry Permit, and you also need to fill up a short form to obtain the permit. All these fees are payable in local currency only.
Note: For the organized trek, your agency will obtain all the permits.