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Nepal and Himalayas: vaccinations, climbing permit, visa

Nepal and Himalayas: vaccinations, climbing permit, visa

Trekking permits, visa entry requirements, and vaccinations are an essential part of planning any adventure across the world, and in Nepal, it's important to complete the necessary research before you arrive. It is suggested that you have at least four passport-size photographs for all of your permit requirements.

Permits for trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas

All trekkers will be required to obtain a TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System), and there are two types, depending on your travel plans. These cards are mandatory and are used to ensure the safety of trekkers. Green cards are issued for independent trekkers and a blue card will be issued for travellers who are trekking with a group tour. A TIMS card can be obtained in Nepal in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or via a registered travel agency. 

Poon Hill

Trekkers will need to pay the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entrance fee in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the trek. The fee can be paid locally in rupees. If you are joining an organised tour, this will be arranged for you. 

Annapurna Base Camp

Trekkers will need to pay an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entrance fee in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the trek. The fee can be paid locally in rupees. If you are joining an organised tour, this will be arranged for you. 

Everest Base Camp

Trekkers will be required to pay a Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee which can be paid during the trek at the entrance of the national park. The fee can be paid locally in rupees. 

Manaslu Circuit  

You will need a Restricted Area Permit and an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit, along with four passport photos for your application. 

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trekkers will be required to pay a Makalu Barun National Park entrance fee, which can be paid during the trek at the entrance of the national park entrance. The fee can be paid locally in rupees. You must also have a Trekker Information Management System card, which must be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Upper Mustang Trek

You will need a Restricted Area Permit and an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit along with four passport photos for your application. You will also need a guide to accompany you on your trek through this region. 

Langtang Valley

Trekkers will be required to pay a Langtang National Park entrance fee, which can be paid at the start of the national park. The fee can be paid locally in rupees. If you are joining an organised tour, this will be arranged for you. 

Three Passes Trek

Trekkers will be required to pay a Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, which can be paid at the national park entrance. The fee can be paid locally in rupees. If you are joining an organised tour, this will be arranged for you.

Visa entry requirements for Nepal

Nepal welcomes travellers with open arms, and the entry process is relatively simple for most nationals. Travellers from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand among others are able to purchase a tourist visa on arrival, and it can be paid in US dollars. You can either submit a form online or fill in your details on arrival.
 
Visa entry requirements are always subject to change, so it is best to check with your embassy before you travel. 

Vaccinations required for Nepal

There are no compulsory vaccinations needed in order to visit Nepal, however, it is recommended by the World Health Organisation that travellers receive a yellow fever vaccination (depending on your itinerary), hepatitis A and B, rabies, and typhoid. 

Before you travel, make sure you consult a health professional before you depart to ensure you have the latest vaccinations and are in good health to travel. 

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