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You need to have special permission for the Everest Base Camp trekking. This guide offers you a handful of information related to the Everest Base Camp trek permit. If you are ever planning to explore the beautiful landscape of Nepal, then trekking at Everest Base Camp Trek can be a perfect choice for you.

Located inside the protected zone in the Sagarmatha region, EBC Trek is popular for its high mountain peaks, glaciers, deep valleys, and Sherpa settlements. Every year thousands of trekkers and nature lovers visit the EBC and make it to the final destination. However, you need to acquire two permits to step on Everest Base Camp, i.e., Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (Trek Card) and Sagarmatha National Park. You will need an additional permit if you are trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp.

In the blog below we will discuss the required documents for EBC trek permits and how to acquire them. Let’s explore and learn each of them to ensure a smooth and fulfilling adventure if you are planning the EBC trail trek.

What are the Documents Required to obtain a Everest Base Camp Trek Permit?

To obtain the necessary permit you need to prepare some documents and follow some processes. Submitting the necessary documents is compulsory and one of the most important things trekkers should do if they are ever planning a trek to Everest Base Camp. So what are the documents needed? Here is the list of what Everest Base Camp Trek requires to issue permits:

  • Passport: You will need to have an original passport as an identification. Make sure it has at least six months of validation.
  • Nepali Visa: The trekker must have a Nepali visa. This can be obtained from the Nepali embassy or consulate in your home country. Make sure your Nepali Visa has validation.
  • Two Photos: You should carry two of your passport-size photos with you to get the trekking permit in Nepal.
  • Fees: Whenever you are getting the permit some compulsory fees are to be based on the rules implemented by the local government.

Note: Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS Card) was made compulsory in Nepal till October 2018, before it was replaced by the new permit system.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Since the Everest Base Camp falls within the Sagarmatha National Park, you need a conservation area permit to make your entrance. Located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering an area of 1,148 km. sq. It is home to different flora and fauna, along with some endangered species. Also, it includes the world’s highest mountains and the largest glaciers. Therefore, obtaining a Sagarmatha National Park Permit is mandatory for anyone trekking in the Everest region.

Cost:

However, this Everest Base Trek Camp has different prices for foreigners, SAARC nationals, and Nepalese. Listed below is the cost to enter the Everest Region National Park.

  • For Nepalese: NPR 100 per person, excluding 13% VAT
  • For Foreigners: NPR 3000 per person, excluding 13% VAT
  • For SAARC Residents: NPR 1500 per person, excluding 13% VAT

Fees are to be paid in Nepalese ruppes. Children under 10 years of age do not require a permit.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

This permit is required for visitors entering the Khumbu region of Nepal, especially for trekkers climbing the Everest Base Camp. The rule was implemented in 2018 after the Khumbu region was declared as a Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality, replacing the TIMS card system.

The permit was implemented to regulate tourism. It further ensures the sustainable development of the area. Besides it also helps to manage the flow of tourists, maintain the ecological balance, and preserve the cultural heritages that fall on the trail of the trek.

Started in recent years, the ticket ensures the benefits of tourism in the region without harming it. So, if you want to explore the beautiful Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Municipality area while on your Everest Trek, this permit is compulsory to make your entry.

Cost:

The cost of the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu permit is the same for every individual, including SAARC Nationals and Non-Resident Nepal. Trekkers should pay NPR 2000 per person for the first four weeks, while if you are going to make a longer stay then the cost increases to NPR 2500 per person. No VAT is to be paid while entering the Khumbu region.

Note: All the fees can only be paid in Nepalese Rupees so make sure to carry some cash in hand.

Trek Card:

Effective from 23rd September 2022 The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality now issues a permit, also known as Trek Crad, which was made compulsory by the Nepal government from April 1, 2023. It is a digital card required to enter the Khumbu region. It mainly works as a visitor safety monitoring system.

The card helps in tracking the moments of trekkers, making it easier to locate them. Besides that, you can also get easy access to information about the region through your mobile phone simply by scanning or tapping the card.

Getting this card for EBC is one of the most essential steps for your safety and information. The obtained card can be used to tap at the rural municipality permit checkpoint, making it easier. It is one of the most simple and time-saving methods used by the government. It tracks and ensures the safety of every trekker.

Cost:

While obtaining this card, you are not required to pay an additional charge.  Get this card at the same time you are receiving the Khumbu permit.

For Jiri to Everest Base Camp, an Additional Permit is Required

If you are trekking to EBC, you must have two permits. They are the Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. However, you may need another permit if you are taking the old traditional route from Jiri.

If you are taking the Jiri trail then obtaining the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Permit is necessary. It is issued to protect the natural resources of the area.

Cost:

The cost for the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit is NPR 3000 per person. However, if you are making the special permit request then you need to pay USD 20 per person per week.

Where Can We Get the Required Permits For Everest Base Camp Trek?

Wondering where can you get all these permits? You can get all these permits from the relevant administration authorities in Nepal. The authorities are responsible for managing trekking and conservation regulations in specific regions. Learn where can you get the above-mentioned three permits for your adventurous trek in Everest Base Camp.

For Sagarmatha National Park Permit

You can get this permit in Kathmandu at the Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Manjo at the Park Entrance Gate. Under the supervision of the government of Nepal, the park committee issues SNP permits itself. The most easy way is to get it at Monjo.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

Get this permit after arriving in Lukla if you are taking a flight. For other trekkers arriving from Jiri to Salleri, you can obtain these permits in Monjo at the Sagarmatha Nation Park Counter. 

Always remember that there are no alternative offices in Kathmandu from which you can issue this permit. Get this permit either in Lukla or in Monjo, after paying NPR 2000.

For Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Permit (GSCAP)

Planning a hike to Everest and taking a Jiri route to EBC?  Then you can obtain the GSCAP at the Conservative Area Permis Checkpoint in Shivalaya. Besides that, you can also get a permit from the Tourist Service Center in Kathmandu (DNPWC Counter at NTB office) upon your arrival at the capital.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need a permit to trek to EBC?

Yes, you need the two permits named Khumbu Pasang Lhamu National Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park entry Permit for Everest Base Camp Trek.

Where can I obtain the required permits?

You can receive the permits either from the respective regional tourism office or from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

Can I obtain permits independently or do I need a trekking agency?

You can obtain the permits independently. However, you can also look for registered trekking agencies. They assist you in obtaining a permit as a part of service.

Can I pay the EBC permit fee in US dollars?

No, you cannot pay any permit fees in US dollars. You must have a Nepalese amount while getting the permit.

Is TIMS compulsory for trekkers in EBC?

No, TIMS is not compulsory since October 2018. However, the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Permit is mandatory.

Tej Bahadur Gurung

With an experience of almost two decades, founder Mr. Tej Bahadur Gurung has established Nepal Alternative Treks as a widely recognized and reliable tourism operator. His degree in Tourism Studies and devotion to the sector has given him in-depth knowledge about trekking, climbing, cultural, and geological aspects of the country. He is a pioneer in introducing the concept of ‘off-beaten tracks’ and ‘alternative routes’ as well as treks and tour packages surrounding it.

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