• Last Updated on Aug 11, 2023

Permits Required for Langtang Trekking

Langtang region has many famous trekking routes like Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda Lake Trek, Tamang heritage trail, Langtang Circuit Trek, etc. And all of them require two trekking permits- a Langtang National Park entry permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. In the article, you will learn about these two permits, how to obtain them, and how they help the region to grow.

Even though there are multiple trekking options available in the Langtang region, you will only need the above two permits to do any trek. However, if your itinerary includes the Helambu region, you will also have to get the Shivapuri National Park entry permit.

Notes: Permits are non-negotiable, and if found trekking without them, the government authorities will take legal action and in the worst case, ban you from entering the country.

If you are trekking with us at Outfitter Himalaya, all the permits will be included in our package cost, and our team will obtain them on your behalf. The Langtang trek permits are available at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and at the starting point of the trek, which is usually Sybrubesi or Dhunche. During the trek, you have to show permits at different checkpoints, so make sure to keep them easily accessible.

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Permits required for the Langtang trek

Below are the permits and the costs required for trekking in the Langtang region. Do note that these permits are not mere formalities. They hold significant importance for both trekkers and the region's conservation efforts.

TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card

The TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card is an essential document required for trekking in the Langtang region. Introduced in 2008, the TIMS card serves as a database for trekkers, providing crucial information for safety and regulatory purposes.

Note: As per April 1st, 2023 policy amendment, you can no longer obtain a TIMS card on your own. This means you have to trek with a local company like us to get a TIMS card.

There are different TIMS cards with different costs. The TIMS card cost for citizens of SAARC countries is about USD 10. Likewise, for other foreign trekkers, it costs around USD 20. You have to give a copy of your passport and two passport-sized photographs to get your TIMS card.

The Kyanjing Village in Langtang, Region, Nepal

Kyanjing Village in Langtang

You will not need a TIMS card to trek in the Langtang region in the following cases:

  • If you have a permit from the Department of Immigration.
  • If you are a foreign guest invited by the Government of Nepal.
  • If you are a foreign national with a residential visa in Nepal.
  • If you have visited Nepal on a diplomatic mission or have an official letter.
  • If you are an expedition member and have a permit to climb mountains.
  • If you are on a mission directed by any government department.

Langtang National Park Entry Permit

The second important trekking permit for any trek in the Langtang region is the Langtang National Park entry permit. This permit is not only a legal requirement but also a vital contribution to the preservation and sustainable management of the region's unique ecosystem.

Below is the cost of the Langtang National Park entry permit:

  • For Nepali citizens: Nepali rupees 100 (Around USD 1) per person per entry
  • For SAARC nationals: Nepali rupees 1,500 (Around USD 15) per person per entry
  • For other Foreign nationals: Nepali rupees 3,000 (About USD 30) per person per entry
  • Child Discount: Below 10 years old free of cost

Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit

You will only need this permit if you are doing the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek or any trek that connects the Langtang region with the Helmabu region. The Shivapuri National Park permit cost is about USD 5 per person per entry.

How do these permits help the Langtang region?

The Langtang region is home to a fragile ecosystem that needs protection from the adverse impacts of tourism. By requiring permits, authorities can regulate the number of trekkers entering the area, ensuring that the delicate balance of nature is preserved. This measure helps minimize human-induced environmental degradation and allows future generations to experience the same breathtaking landscapes.

The Gosaikunda Lake in Langtang Region, Nepal

The gosaikunda Lake in Langtang

The funds generated from trekking permits contribute to the sustainable management of the Langtang area. These funds are used for various conservation projects, trail maintenance, waste management, and infrastructure development. By obtaining permits, trekkers actively contribute to the region's upkeep, ensuring that its natural beauty remains intact for years to come.

Trekking permits are not only about paperwork; they play a crucial role in ensuring your safety during the journey. The information provided during the permit application process helps authorities keep track of trekkers on the trail. In case of emergencies, search and rescue operations can be conducted more efficiently, potentially saving lives.

Trekking without the necessary permits is not only illegal but can also lead to hefty fines and legal complications. The authorities enforce permit requirements to ensure that all trekkers follow ethical and legal practices. By obtaining permits, you respect the local laws and regulations, contributing to responsible and sustainable tourism.

Langtang Trekking Permits FAQs

Why do I need a Langtang National Park Entry Permit?

The Langtang National Park entry permit is a bureaucratic formality that you have to do. The money collected by the permit helps to maintain the region's natural diversity and trail conditions. The money generated by this permit also supports the community.

What is the purpose of the TIMS card?

The TIMS card has several functions that contribute to a safe and well-organized trekking experience:

  • Emergency Contact: The TIMS card includes your personal and emergency contact details. In case of any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies, this information can be used to initiate search and rescue operations promptly.
  • Data Collection: The card helps authorities collect data on trekkers' demographics, trekking routes, and duration of stay. This information aids in understanding trekking patterns, allocating resources, and managing potential environmental impacts.
  • Regulation: The TIMS card helps regulate trekking activities by differentiating between individual trekkers and group trekkers. This ensures that trekkers follow proper channels and guidelines while exploring the Langtang region.

The Trekking Trails in Langtang Region, Nepal

The Trekking trail in Langtang Region

How can I obtain a TIMS card, and what are the fees?

You can only obtain a TIMS card with a help of a trekking company like us. The TIMS cost is USD about 10 for SAARC nationals and about USD 20 for travelers from other countries.

Are there any specific areas along the Langtang trek that require a Restricted Area Permit?

No, you will not need a restricted area permit during the Langtang trek.

Can I obtain permits directly in Langtang, or should I get them beforehand?

While trekking with us, we will obtain the permits in advance on your behalf. As there are no restricted area permits needed for trekking in the Langtang region, you do not have to be present to get the permit.

Are permits available year-round, and are there any seasonal considerations?

Yes, the TIMS card and Langtang National Park entry permit both are available year-old. No, there is no discount on permit costs during the off-seasons (summer, monsoon & winter).

What documents are required to obtain these permits?

To obtain the permits, you will need to provide a valid copy of your passport and two passport-size photos.

Can I obtain permits individually, or do I need to go through a trekking agency?

As per a recent update, you cannot obtain a TIMS card individually, and you have to go through a local trekking agency like us.

Are there any environmental or conservation fees included in the permits?

Yes, the Langtang National Park entry permit money is used to protect and preserve the fragile environment and ecosystem of the Langtang region.

Arjun Rijal

Arjun Rijal

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