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Restricted areas and permits in Nepal

Chhoser Cave at Upper Mustang lies at one of the restricted areas of Nepal.

Nepal, with its diverse and majestic landscapes, also has certain areas designated as restricted for foreign visitors. Moreover, these areas are typically located near the border with China or have sensitive cultural and environmental reasons for requiring special permits and regulations. Additionally, listed below are the breakdown of restricted areas in Nepal:

Types of Restricted Areas in Nepal:

Conservation Areas:

These areas are protected for their ecological significance and require a Conservation Area Permit (CAP) for entry. They include Manaslu Conservation Area, Annapurna Conservation Area, and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

Restricted Areas:

These areas are near the border with China (Tibet) and require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for entry. Moreover, reasons for restriction can include national security, cultural sensitivity, or ongoing conflicts. Examples include Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Humla, Taplejung, and parts of Dolpa and Rasuwa.

National Parks:

While most national parks are open to visitors with entry fees, some specific zones within them might be restricted. Examples include Sagarmatha National Park (Everest Base Camp) and Langtang National Park.

Obtaining Permits:

TIMS Card in Nepal:

All trekkers in Nepal, regardless of the area, need a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) entry for safety and tracking purposes. Besides, travelers can contact Cordial Trek Pvt. Ltd. for all necessary permits.

Conservation Area Permit (CAP) in Nepal:

Obtainable via Cordial Trek Pvt. Ltd.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) in Nepal:

Requires special application through the Ministry of Home Affairs with following attached documents:

  • Original and valid passport
  • Nepal visa with remaining validity for trip days
  • A copy of passport size photo
  • A valid copy of your travel insurance
  • A copy of valid registration documents of your travel agency
  • Permit fee as per the regulations set by the Government of Nepal
  • Minimum two travelers to obtain the special permit

Note: It also requires a full working day to process and obtain the permit.

Things to Consider while entering the restricted areas of Nepal:

  • Restricted areas might have limited infrastructure and amenities.
  • Cultural sensitivity is crucial, so visitors must respect local customs and traditions.
  • Be prepared for challenging terrain and potentially harsh weather conditions.
  • Hire a licensed guide associated with a registered and trusted travel agency familiar with the restricted area.

Note: Remember, respecting regulations and understanding the reasons for restricted areas are crucial for responsible travel in Nepal. Enjoy your exploration of this beautiful country while being mindful of its cultural and environmental treasures.

Special Permits and its tariff to enter the restricted areas of Nepal:

S.N.AreaSub-AreaSpecial Permit Fee
1.Upper Mustanga. Lomanthang Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)

b. Lo-Ghekar Damodarkunda Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)

c. Baragung Muktichetra Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 3 and Satang Village of ward no.5)
a. USD 500 per person
(for the first 10 days)

b. USD 50 per day per person
(beyond 10 days)
2.Upper Dolpaa. Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 4 to 6)

b. Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 7)

c. Charka Tangsong Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)
a. USD 500 per person
(for the first 10 days)

b. USD 50 per day per person
(beyond 10 days)
3.Manaslua. Chumnubri Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4)
a. September – November

USD 100 per person / week

USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)

b. December – August

USD 75 per person / week

USD 10 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
4.Humlaa. Simikot Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1, 6 and 7)

b. Namkha Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)

c. Changkheli Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 3 to 5)
a. USD 50 per person / week

b. USD 10 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
5.Taplejunga. Phantanglung Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 6 and 7)

b. Mikwakhola Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 5)

c. Sirijunga Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 8)
a. USD 20 per person / week
(for the first 4 weeks)

b. USD 25 per person / week
(beyond 4 weeks)
6.Lower Dolpaa. Thulibheri municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 11)

b. Tripurasundari municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 11)

c. Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 3)

d. Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 8 and 9)

e. Jagdulla Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)

f. Mudkechula Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 9)

g. Kaike Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 7)
a. USD 20 per person / week 

b. USD 5 per person / week
(beyond 1 week)
7.Dolakhaa. Gaurishankhar Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 9)

b. Bighu Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1)
a. USD 20 per person / week
8.Tsum Valleya. Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule

b. Chumnubri Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 3, 6 and 7)
a. September – November

USD 40 per person / week

USD 7 per person / day
(beyond 1 week)

b. December – August

USD 30 per person / week

USD 7 per person / day
(beyond 1 week)
9.Sankhuwasabhaa. Bhotkhola Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)

b. Makalu Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 4)
a. USD 20 per person / week
(for the first 4 weeks)

b. USD 25 per person / week
(beyond 4 weeks)
10.Solukhumbua. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 5)
a. USD 20 per person / week
(for the first 4 weeks)

b. USD 25 per person / week
(beyond 4 weeks)
11.Rasuwaa. Gosaikunda Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 and some area of ward no. 2)
a. USD 20 per person / week
12.Mananga. Narpa Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)

b. Nasho Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 6 and 7)
a. September – November

USD 100 per person / week

USD 15 per person / day
(beyond 1 week)

b. December – August

USD 75 per person / week

USD 15 per person / day
(beyond 1 week)
13.Bajhanga. Saipal Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)
a. USD 90 per person / week for the first week

b. USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
14.Mugua. Mugumakarmarong Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1 to 9)
a. USD 100 per person / week

b. USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
15.DarchulaVyas Rural Municipality
(All areas of ward no. 1)
a. USD 90 per person / week

b. USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
Source: Nepal Tourism Board

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