Mountaineering Permit

Mountaineering Permit

All mountaineering teams desirous of obtaining a permit in Nepal, must submit an application in the form as prescribed, to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mountaineering Section enclosing therein a recommendation of the concerned government, or of a Mountaineering Association of its home country recognized by the International Mountaineering Association (Union Internationale Des Associations D’Alpinisme (UIAA) or a recommendation of the Embassy of its home country for the country of Nepal, ordinarily four months prior to its proposed mountaineering.

Permits for small trekking peaks are issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association. All mountaineering teams desires of obtaining a permit in Nepal, must submit an application in the form as prescribed by Nepal Mountaineering Association. There are 18 peaks in the range of 6,500m and below, open for Alpine trekking under Nepal Mountaineering Association. Any mountaineering has to be accompanied by a Mountaineering Guide registered with Nepal Mountaineering Association. Peak Permits can be obtained through registered Trekking Agencies.

  1. Permission may be climb the peaks will be granted for a period of one month only.
  2. Permission may be extended, if necessary, for another period of two weeks.
  3. The period of permission granted relates to time spent for mountaineering above the base camp. The trek to and from the base camp is not included.
  4. Application for mountaineering permit may be made at any time by the concerned mountaineering team. Permit will be granted on a first come first serve basis.
  5. Each mountaineering party will be given a permit as prescribed by Nepal Mountaineering Association reserves the right permission to another party for mountaineering the same peak during the same period.
  6. Nepal Mountaineering Association will recommend to Immigration Office of Government of Nepal for obtaining trekking permit of the area to the team Members.

Permit Fee and Garbage Deposit

More than one team maybe permitted to climb Mt. Everest (Mt. Everest) by each separate route in one season. The leader of the mountaineering team is required to pay the full amount of mountaineering permit fee within two months of the date of permission. In case of the failure of the payment of permit fee within two months, such permission may be cancelled. The mountaineering permit fee (permit fee) must be paid directly in favour of our agency either by bank draft or bank transfers to our bank account in Kathmandu, payable in convertible foreign currency. The team members will be granted three months visas.

Mountaineering Permit fee (IN US$)

Classification (Up to 7 members) (7 Up to 12 Members)
Mt. Everest
Peaks over 8,000 m
Peaks of 7501-8000 m
Peaks of 7001-7500 m
Peaks of 6501-7000 m
Peaks below 6501 m
10000 + per person
1500 + per person
500 + per person
400 + per person
300 + per person
200 + per person


 Miscellaneous Fees:

  1. Additional US $ 20,000 will have to be paid the team willing to scale Mt. Everest by normal South East Ridge route.
  2. The team already permitted to scale Mt. Everest will have to pay US $ 10,000 if it intends to change the ascent route.
  3. For peak other than Mt. Everest, the team will have to pay additional 25% of the permit fee in US $ to change the ascent route.
  4. Travel document (in case of loss/damage/theft/or expiry of the passport) – US$ 20
  5. Issuance of Entry Visa from the Dept. – 25% additional fee along with regular entry visa fee.
  6. Certification of Arrival or Departure stamps or replacement of trekking permits US$ 1 (One).


  • The travel document will be provided by the Dept. under the following conditions:
  • Those nationals who will not be able to replace their loss/damage/theft/expiry passport in Nepal from their own embassy or consulate.
  • Those persons who will be deported from Nepal.

Mountaineering team must complete all necessary administrative formalities and procedures in order to send back the garbage of the mountaineering team to their respective countries, after the completion of the mountaineering. Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation will take necessary monetary deposit from them, which will be refunded after the dispatch of garbage from Nepal. “Effective from 1992” the Ministry of Tourism has fixed the price of the deposit for the management of Garbage’s by each mountaineering team who tries to climb any peak in Khumbu region are as follows;

  • Mt. Everest US $ 4,000 or equivalent (Rs)
  • Other peaks above 8000 meter US $ 3000 or equivalent (Rs)
  • All peaks less than 8000 meters US $ 2000 or equivalent (Rs)

The above categories is similar to challenging treks, however, includes basic mountaineering above the snow line using ice axe, crampons ropes and necessary mountaineering gears under the supervision and instruction from the mountaineering leader or guide. Mountaineering required psychological, physical stamina plus prior experience but not essential. Minimum 30 days required for the trekking and mountaineering.

The garbage’s are divided into three categories:

  1. Disposable in the Khumbu Region which are incurable and biodegradable:
    • Toilet paper
    • Cardboard boxes and paper waste
    • Bamboo baskets and mats
    • Cotton and jute bags
    • Spoiled food
    • Dead bodies
  2. Recycling materials:
    • Tins, bottles jars and plastic containers
    • Plastic and foil bags and sheeting’s.
    • Reusable cooking gas cylinders
    • Gas Canisters
  1. Re-exportable goods:
    • Used oxygen bottles
    • Used batteries
    • Mountaineering equipment’s such as tents, personal gear etc.

Disposable goods should be brought down from the base camp and be disposed in the presence of Chairman or Ward Member of the concerned Village Development Committee. Similarly, recycling materials should be brought back to Kathmandu and hand over to a prescribed agency for recycling. The re-exportable goods should be dispatched from Nepal to their respective countries and take back the deposited amount.

The liaison officer will be responsible to enforce the above mentioned procedures. Similarly the leader and the headman will be liable to perform the above mentioned, task in cooperation with the liaison officer.

Garbage deposit for all peaks mentioned above.

A Garbage Deposit fee of USD 250.00 payable to Nepal Mountaineering Association is required to obtain permits for all 33 Nepal Mountaineering Association peaks. Refunds on the Garbage Deposit shall be as per Nepal Mountaineering Association provisions.


  • The permit is valid for the period of one month only.
  • The maximum number of persons allowed in a group is 12.
  • For extending the permission, an additional 25% charge of the total amount of the initial fee will be made for each extra week.
  • Mountaineering leader or member of the team must collect the permit in person from Nepal Mountaineering Association.

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