Update: Oct 1st 2018 TIMS Card is no longer valid for Everest Base Camp Trek
With decentralization, a new permit system has been implemented on 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. On this article, you will get complete information about the Everest Base Camp Trek Permit.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
This is a new permit which was imposed from 1st of October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. Local government of Khumbu directly collect NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that this 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 below.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
This is an existing permit system for entering National Park. This you can obtain 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 pieces of information about the Khumbu Region.
Additional Permit for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are following classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek then 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 don’t need permits for Everest Helicopter tour.
Required documents for trekking permits
You just 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.