where I can buy trekking permits in Katmandu?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 17, 2013 2:38 AM Last Post By: rdccomments
Mar 15, 2013 7:09 AM
Mar 15, 2013 8:29 AM
Mar 15, 2013 8:40 AM
2As the self appointed terminology police I remind all that Trekking Permits are issued by the Immigration Office, but fortunately trekkers do not need them anymore (since 1999) for Annapurna, Langtang - Helambu and Khumbu areas. If you go somewhere else it is most likely that an agency gets the trekkin permit for you, as other areas are (mostly) restricted and guide is compulsory.
What comes to TIMS card and various Conservation Area permits and National Park entrance tickets the answer above holds.
As you were!
Mar 16, 2013 1:55 AM
3At the NTB it takes about 20-30 minutes to get the TIMS and ACAP. You need 2 passport type photos, passport and visa numbers.
Watch what time you go there - the "permit" counter for Langtang shut at 2pm in early Nov, ie during peak season - we got there at 2.05pm and they refused to serve us - even though I had my Nepali guide with me. Also the TIMS counter closed for lunch for about 25 minutes - Nepali bureaucrats are not at all "customer" friendly, even though you are spending lots of money in their country...
Mar 16, 2013 3:57 AM
4Thank you All!
Rdccomments, we will land at Kathmandu around 2PM 28th April (sunday), and will spend half day of 28th and entire day 29th in Kathmandu to get permits arranged. (We plan to start off the AC very early on the 30th)
Is the office closed on Sunday or Monday?
Can I get both permissions at the same counter?
Mar 16, 2013 10:33 PM
Mar 17, 2013 2:38 AM
6As the post above, I think that the NTB is only closed on Saturday, unless there are strikes, in which case I am not sure. Whilst there are many strikes in Nepal, they have not so far affected me in 6 visits there. Normally you get your TIMS card first, then the "permit".
If there are strikes (bandhas), best get advice from your hotel - there are always ways round things in Nepal.
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