Nepal has numerous trekking trails. Among which only a few have managed to stand out and Kanchenjunga Trek is one of them. Adorned with the beautiful himalayan range, Kanchenjunga is much revered as it is feared by the trekkers and summiteers alike.
Trekking in Kanchenjunga is relatively new and one of the most demanding trekking route in Nepal. Because of this, permits are required and acquiring permits can be hard if you dont know what to do and where to go.
Below are some of the things which will be helpful to you if you are planning to go to Kanchenjunga trek.
Do I need TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card for Kanchenjunga Trek?
As long as you hold the special trekking permit from the Government of Nepal, you do not need TIMS card in any restricted trekking region of Nepal.
In case, you have a further connecting trip after Kanchenjunga, such as Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp, it is mandatory to have a TIMS card. Before commencing the journey don’t forget to confirm it with your trekking company.
How much is Kanchenjunga trekking Permit?
Trekking in the Kanchenjunga area requires two different kinds of permits;
- Kanchenjunga restricted permit, which costs USD 10 per week.
- Kanchenjunga National Park permit, which is approximately cost around USD 20.
Where can I get Kanchenjunga trekking permit?
Kanchenjunga Trekking permits are issued by the trekking department of the Nepal Immigration Office, which is located in Maitighar, Kathmandu.
Nepal Immigration Office issues permits for trekking in all restricted regions of Nepal where Tourism Board and TAAN issues permit for ACAP, MCAP, and EBC.
What documents are required to issue a Kanchenjunga Trekking permit?
Followings are the list of documents you need to provide to your trekking company in order to apply for the permit;
- Original Passport
- Nepal entry visa with the arrival stamp.
- Two passport size photos (if you have an online passport photo, you will only need one printed ID photo)
- Travel Insurance that covers emergency evacuation up to 6000m.
- Required fees
Can I apply on my own for Kanchenjunga Trekking permit?
No, individual trekkers are not allowed to trek in Kanchenjunga area.
You must meet the following specifications by the Nepal government to apply for Kanchenjunga trekking permit:
- You have to hire at least one authorized person from a local trekking company or a professional guide or porter.
- You must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide or porter).
- You must apply for a permit through an authorized local trekking agency.
Can I apply for my Kanchenjunga trekking permit in advance before arriving in Nepal?
It depends on the trekking company you choose to go with. You are advised to check with your company if applying for a permit in advance is possible or not. Following are the documents you need to give it to your company for applying,
- Scanned copy of your Passport
- Copy of Nepal visa received in advance from your home country
- A copy of your flight tickets that clearly shows your arrival and departure date.
- Consent letter addressed to the Immigration Chief that says why you are not able to arrive in Nepal in advance to issue the permit.
- Consent letter from the local trekking company, which guarantees that after your arrival, you will provide a copy of the documents they would need.
You are also recommended to check either you are arriving during holidays or not. Keep in mind that the Immigration Office only opens from Sunday to Friday between 9 to 5 pm and closes on Saturday and public holidays.