Everest Base Camp Trek is known for the heavenly view of the World’s Highest Peak, Mount Everest, with an altitude of 8848 m. This trek takes you to the lap of Mount Everest with warm, welcoming Sherpa people. It is a glory to live the rural lifestyle of Himalayan people for more than a week. 

The trek to Everest Base Camp in Khumbu Region takes you to the heart of the Himalayas. You can enjoy the sights of Mount Ama Dablam, Nuppse, and Lhotse, including Mount Everest. The serenity in its air will make you feel alive once again. This trek starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla. 

The snow-capped mountain summits are peaceful and heal us. The colourful rhododendron-filled trails and the landscapes keep you busy throughout the journey. Every scenery you encounter is so amazing that you will not even want to blink your eyes if you miss something. 

For this amazing trek, there are some laws you need to follow. As this trek lies in the Khumbu Region and passes through Sagarmatha National Park, you need permits to enter through these areas. It is mandatory and in return, these efforts help in the preservation and development of the Everest region. Let’s get into details about these permits. 

Brief Insight to Everest Base Camp Trek Permit

PermitWhere to ObtainCost
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit (Formerly known as Khumbu Permit)Lukla or Monjo
  • NPR 3000 per person for the first four weeks
  • NPR 2500 additional for staying longer 
Sagarmatha National Park Entry PermitDNPWC counter in Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu or Lukla
  • NPR 1500 for SAARC nationals
  • NPR 3000 for foreign national
  • NPR 100 for Nepalese
Everest Trek CardTrek Card Registration Center in Lukla
  • Free (need to pay an entrance fee to the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality)

Please note that the permit fees are subject to change, and it’s advisable to check for the latest fees before your trek. You can visit the official website of the Nepal Tourism Board for recent updates. 

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

Everest Base Camp trek lies in the Khumbu region of Solukhumbu district. So, to enter this region, a permit is required. This permit is known as the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. The local government of the Khumbu Region authorizes this permit. This money is used for the welfare of the Khumbu region. 

You cannot obtain this permit from Kathmandu. This permit is available from Lukla and Monjo. You can take the fight to Lukla and acquire it there.  If you trek from Jiri/Salleri, you can get it at the entrance of Monjo. 

Cost

The cost of a Khumbu Region permit is US$ 18 (NPR 3000) per person for the first four weeks. Then it will cost you NPR 2500 after the four weeks. 

Sagarmatha National Park Permit 

You have to enter through Sagarmatha National Park during this trek. National Parks are preserved and restricted areas. So, to enter this area, you need a Sagarmatha National Park Permit. This budget goes for the welfare and protection of wildlife in this national park. 

This permit can be obtained at the Monjo entry or directly from the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) counter in Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. 

Cost

Depending on your nationality, a Sagarmatha National Park Permit can cost different amounts. 

  • If you are from a SAARC country, it costs US$ 15 per person. 
  • For other foreign countries, you will have to pay US$ 27 per person.
  • For Nepalese people, it costs NPR 100 per person.

Notice Regarding Everest Trek Card Implementation

If you want to go trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC), you will need to get a special card called a Trek Card. This new rule started on September 23rd, 2022.

The Trek Card is like a digital permit that allows you to enter the Khumbu region. It’s also a way for people to keep track of visitors and make sure everyone is safe.

One good thing about the Trek Card is that you can use your phone to scan or tap the card, and it will give you information about the Khumbu region.

Where to Obtain

To get the Trek Card, you need to go to a special place called the Trek Card Registration Center in Lukla. There, you will need to show a colour copy of your passport and take a photo.

When you’re trekking, you can tap your Trek Card at checkpoints along the way. This will save you time because you won’t have to wait in long lines at each entry point.

Everest Trek Card Cost

The good news is that the Trek Card itself is free. But, you will still need to pay an entrance fee to the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, which is the local government area.

Additional Permit

If you decide to use the traditional Jiri route, you will require an additional permit. This path is a part of the Gaurishankar National Park. Therefore, a permit known as the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit is needed. 

It is also available in Kathmandu from the Nepal Tourism Board.

Cost 

The cost of a Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit is US$ 27 per person.

Note: All the permit costs are payable only in Nepalese Currency (NRP). So, change your currency to NRP before getting your permits. Instead, all the permits are arranged by a trekking agency in a guided trek.

Documents Required for Permit 

While obtaining the Everest Base Camp Trek permits, certain details of trekkers are essential. So, the following documents are essential to acquire the permit:

  • Passport details
  • Two passport-sized photographs 
  • Filling forms with proper details
  • Nepal entry Visa
  • Travel insurance is also mandatory. It is because you may encounter some risk in this journey. It is compulsory for trekkers and guides as well.

Reminder: Thrill Himalaya can help you in acquiring permits to enter the Everest region without any hassle. Feel free to reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Everest Base Camp Trek Permit

Is it necessary to obtain a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card for trekking to the Everest Region?

No. Obtaining a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card is not necessary. The TIMS card has been replaced by Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit since October 1st, 2018. 

Is it necessary for a guide to obtain a permit to trek in the Everest Region?

A local guide does not require any permit to trek in the Everest Region. 

Do you need guides to acquire Everest Base Camp Trek permits?

Nepal Government and Tourism Board has made the necessity to hire guides for the treks to remote regions from April 1, 2023. So, a guide is mandatory for obtaining the Everest Base Camp Trek permits. Additionally, a trekking agency can also help you with the permits on your behalf. 

Before 2023, guides were not necessary to obtain permits for the Everest trek except for climbing permits. However, the changes are likely to occur. So it suggested getting recent updates before planning the trek

Can you pay the permit fees in foreign currency?

You need to pay in Nepalese currency for the Everest Base Camp Trek permit fees. US dollars or any foreign currency is not accepted. You can obtain Nepalese currency in any ATM or money exchange in Kathmandu. 

Final Say

Everest Base Trek takes you to the viewpoint from where you can see the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. You will witness the raw beauty of natural landscapes, crystal clear views of snow-capped mountains, and beautiful forests with various flora and fauna.

You can enjoy this trek legally with the permits mentioned above. The travel agency will provide these permits. This trek will be better with a local guide. They will help you with health conditions such as altitude sickness. You also get to enjoy the local ethnicity with the help of them. Enjoy your trek to the lap of the Himalayas.

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