Everest Base Camp Trek Permit

Everest Base Camp Trek is a spectacular trek that gives you the pleasure and thrill of exploring one of the highest base camps in the world. This marvelous trip takes you through the beautiful subtropical forests to the lap of Mt. Everest. You will need different types of permits for the EBC trek.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Permits are an important measure for the protection of the Everest Region. It is also an alternative to keeping records of the activities in the Region.

Permits along with other requirements for the Everest Base Camp trek are usually handled by the trekking company.

Given below is information on the trekking permits you may need for your Everest Base Camp.

Types of EBC Trek Permit

Everest Base Camp Trek generally requires 2 permits. However, the permits required for your trek depend on the routes you are planning to take.

The two permits you must have for treks to EBC regardless of the route you take are:

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

This is one of the first you need for your Everest Base Camp Trek. You will be asked to show it when entering the Khumbu (Everest Region).

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit Cost: USD 20 per person or NPR 2000 avg. per person.

The cost of this permit is the same for all individuals regardless of their nationality.

You cannot get this permit in Kathmandu. You can get it from the town of Lukla if you are starting your trek from there.

There are also multiple local entry permit points around the entrance from where you can get this permit.

If you are trekking from Jiri or Salleri, you can get this permit from the village of Monjo.

This permit applies not only to trekkers but also to tourists who tour the region via helicopter.

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Sagarmatha National Park Permit

During your Everest Base Camp Trek, you will enter Sagarmatha National Park. Hence, you will need an entry permit for this park.

Established in 1976, this national park is home to rare plants and animals. All the vegetation of the park is also conserved.

There are chances you may catch a glimpse of some of the rare mammals and birds like snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, red panda, musk Deer, blood pheasant, and Himalayan Monal.

The park is one of the main highlights of treks to Everest Base Camp. The cost for Sagarmatha National Park varies based on your nationality.

  • Permit Cost for Nepalese: Approximately USD 1 or NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 100
  • Permit Cost for SAARC Countries: Approximately USD 15 or NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 1,500
  • Permit Cost Rest of the world: Approximately USD 30 or NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 3,000

You can get this permit from the following places:

  • Tourist Service Center (TSC)- Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu

Opening Time: 10 am- 5 pm (Seven days a week including public holidays.)

  • Entry point of Sagarmatha National Park- Monzo, Solukhumbu
  • Government registered trekking companies

During peak seasons, the queue outside the National Park Gate can belong. So, to avoid the hassle, you can get the permit in Kathmandu if you have time.

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Additional Permits for EBC Trek

Being one of the most trekked destinations in the world, there are many routes to Everest Base Camp. Depending on the route you choose you may need the additional following permits

Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit

There are two ways you can begin your EBC trek, either via a flight or via roadways. If you choose the latter, you need to reach Jiri or Salleri to start this trek.

Both Salleri and Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek add a few days of trekking and some parts of this popular alternative fall in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. So, if you plan to trek this route, you require a permit to enter this conservation area as well.

The permit cost is as follows:

  • Permit Cost for Nepalese: Approximately USD 1 or NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 100
  • Permit Cost for SAARC Countries: Approximately USD 10 or NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 1,000
  • Permit Cost Rest of the world: Approximately USD 30 or NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 3,000

You can get this permit from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. Or, you can get it from the entry point of this conservation area.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)

If you plan on trekking to some other places from the main trail during your EBC Trek, you need the TIMS card.

TIMS card is of two types; one for an organized trekker and another for an Independent trekker.

Independent Trekker

  • The card is green in color.
  • Cost: Approximately USD 20 or NPR 2000 per individual.

Organized Trekker

  • The card has a blue color.
  • Cost: Approximately USD 10 or NPR 1000 per individual.

You can get TIMS from Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu.

Mountaineering Association Permit Fee

If you add Island Peak to your trek, then you need this permit as well.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has a separate climbing permit fee for Island Peak. The cost of this permit depends on the local season you choose to do the trek. It is as follows:

  • Spring: USD 250
  • Autumn: USD 125
  • Summer and Winter: USD 70.

The local spring and autumn seasons are the peak trekking seasons of Nepal. Summer and winter are the offseason for treks in Nepal. You can apply for this permit at the Department of Immigration, Nepal.

Required Documents For Permit

There is a procedure to get these permits.

You need to have a few documents to get these permits granted to you. The documents needed for your trek are:

  • Original Passport with six months validity
  • Two passport photos
  • Nepal entry Visa
  • Cash for permit fees
  • Travel insurance papers (highly recommended)

Note: The cash amount is payable in local currency only.

FAQs for EBC Trek Permits

Do children require permits?

The permit requirements depend on the age of the children. Any child under the age of 10 does not need any permits for the EBC trek.

Do you need a trekking permit for a helicopter tour of Everest?

You do not need to obtain a trekking permit/s for a helicopter tour of Everest.

But if you will stop at Everest view hotel or any parts of the National park or Conservation area during your EBC helicopter tour, you have to get the park entry permit.

You also need to get all the necessary permits for the EBC trek with helicopter return.

Finally,

The Government of Nepal has put in place some rules and mandatory permits for anyone touring or trekking in Nepal.

The above mentioned are the different kinds of trekking permits you must carry along for a smooth and seamless trekking experience to Everest Base Camp.

You can contact us for details about permits or any other information for any treks and tours in Nepal.

Feel free to also contact us for any more information or queries you may have for treks to Base Camp.

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