Formalities

Visa for Nepal
You can obtain a visa before you come to Nepal or upon arrival in Kathmandu. You need only to fill in a form and pay a fee (in US dollars cash only), but it takes a bit of time at the airport after you arrive. To obtain a visa for Nepal in advance, write to one of the addresses below for instructions and a form. Fill in the form and return it with the appropriate fee, photos and your passport. If you are making a side trip to India or Tibet and then returning to Nepal, be sure to get a double entry visa. Your passport with a visa stamped in it should be returned to you by mail.
Other Documents
Some other items that you should carry are:

  • Your passport and extra photographs
  • A vaccination certificate and record of medical history
  • Your insurance form (especially insure your camera)
  • Travellers cheques (carry a minimum of cash)
  • A US$100 bill to be used for emergencies while trekking
  • A photocopy of your passport (in case of loss)

Trekking Permits
Starting in the autumn of 1999, trekking permits are no longer required for treks to the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang.

A trekking permit is still required to visit restricted areas and far eastern and western Nepal. The permit specifies the places you may visit and the duration of your trek. It requires one full day to obtain a trekking permit and involves a lot of queuing and waiting in the Immigration Office unless your agent obtains the permit for you. The cost of the trekking permit is usually included in the trek cost. If you are going to a place where a permit is needed, your travel schedule should include two nights in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the trek so that your trekking permit may be processed. You should keep your passport and air ticket in your hotel safe in Kathmandu during your trek.

A normal trekking permit costs US$5 per week for the first four weeks of trekking and US$10 per week thereafter. Permits for Dolpo and Kanchenjunga treks cost US$10 per week for the first four weeks and US$20 per week thereafter. The exorbitant fees for restricted-area trekking permits are detailed in the section on restricted areas. You must have a valid visa extension for the full period of trekking before you can apply for a trekking permit.

National Park & Conservation Fees
If you trek in the Annapurna, Makalu or Kanchenjunga regiona, you will enter a Conservation Area and must pay a conservation fee of Rs 1000. This is collected at the entrance station. A national park fee of Rs 650 is also collected at the time you enter a national park.


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