For regular Lukla to Everest Trek you need two different permits:

1. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card)

Necessary Documents

  • Two copy of passport size pictures
  • Form with necessary details

2. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Necessary Documents

  • Form with necessary details

For Jiri to Everest Trek additional permit is needed:

1. Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project

Necessary Documents

  • Form with necessary details

TIMS Card for Everest Base Camp Trek

Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) is responsible for issuing the necessary TIMS card for Everest Trek. There are three different types of TIMS card. One is organized trekkers card, second is freelance individual trekkers card and third one is SAARC country card. Cost and color of each cards are different.

  • Organized TIMS Card (BLUE COLOR, USD 10)
  • Individual TIMS Card (GREEN COLOR USD 20)
  • SAARC Country TIMS Card (RED COLOR USD 3)

If you are trekking through an agency you need to obtain organized TIMS card. This is blue in color and will cost USD 10 for each card. Each trekkers need to have each card. Your agency is responsible for issuing necessary card for you. You just need to provide your passport details and one passport size picture to your agency.

If you are trekking independent then you need to obtain Individual TIMS card. This is green in color and will cost you USD 20 for each card. You need to go yourself to issue this. This can be easily issue either from Thamel or Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. Here is detail information about issuing individual TIMS card.

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, (SAARC) if you are from SAARC country, i.e. India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh and Afghanistan then you can issue SAARC TIMS for Everest Trek. Even if you are trekking independently you can issue this for your trip. Also agency can issue this for you, if you trek through an agency.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax)

Mount Everest is located inside the Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhumbu. Trekkers need to obtain necessary national park entry permit. There is a checkpoint in Monjo, staffs there comply you had obtained permits. There are few checkpoints along the way and you need to register your permit. If you are trekking through agency, agency will issue this permit.

For independent trekkers, the cost is same to those trekking through agency. This permit can be issue either in Kathmandu or directly in Monjo. The cost is same in both Kathmandu and Monjo. It is recommended to issue the permits directly in Monjo. Many agencies does the same, they issue permits in Monjo. Also for the SAARC country please check the price at counter! Here is a detail informations about issuing individual Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.

Gaurishankar National Park Entry Permit (USD 20) for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

The cost is same for both individual and organized trekkers. For SAARC there is discount on this permit. There is a checkpoint at Shivalaya (Next town from Jiri). This permit should be issued in Kathmandu prior to departure. Organized trek? agency will look after the permit. For individual trekkers you need to pay double if you issue permits at Shivalaya, i.e. USD 40 for each card. Also you need to fill up the form and passport size picture is needed. Here is a detail informations about issuing individual Gaurishankar National Park Entry Permit.

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Update: New Permit System for Everest Base Camp Trek

With decentralization now giving basic rights to local authority TIMS is no more valid for Everest Base Camp Trek. New local permit system is enforced and it can be obtained in Lukla. This will cost Rs 2000 for both organized and individual independent trekkers.

So in summary here is the permit details of Everest:

1. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Cost: Rs 3390 Per Person
Place to issue: Either in Nepal Tourism Board Kathmandu or Monjo (Park Entrance, check in map)

2. Local Entry Permit
Cost: Rs 2000 Per Person
Place to issue: Lukla