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Nepal Visa fee & Trek Permit

Foreigner who intends to visit Nepal must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by the Govt. for visiting a foreign country prior to apply for visa.

a) Entry:
No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in the Kingdom of Nepal without valid visa. Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices or immigration offices located on entry points in Nepal.

b) Chinese citizen are requested to apply in Nepalese Embassy or other Nepalese diplomatic missions as there is no provision of on arrival visa for them.

c) Visa Fee:
Visa Fee required to obtain Tourist Visa from Nepalese diplomatic agencies and entry points:

  • US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
  • 2. US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
  • US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days.
  • Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fee for 30 days.

d) Fee required to extend duration of visa or renew visa:

  • US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension.
  • Additional US $ 20 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee as per 2(b), if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period.
  • If foreign visitors that haven't renewed their visa want to renew their visa, they have to pay additional Nepalese currency equivalent to US 3$ on the regular visa extension fee.
  • Foreign visitors who have overstayed the visa period of 150 days without extension are required to pay visa fee as per provision in 2(c) and punishment as per Clause 10 sub-clause 4 of Immigration Act 2049.
  • Regardless of provision stated in 2(a), 15 days is counted as minimum extension period and visa fee is charged accordingly. For extension period more than 15 days, visa fee is charged as per the provision of 2(a).

Nepal Trekking Permit:

The Department of Immigration located at IMPACT Building, Maitighar, Kathmandu(Tel 4223590) issues permit for tourists who intend to trek on any part of the country. Trekking permits are as follows.

Trekking Trekking Permit Fee
1. Dolpa and Kanchenjunga

US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week.

   
2. Manaslu US $ 70 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week for September to November. US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per extra day. US $  50 or equivalent foreign currency  per person per week for December to August. US $ 7 or equivalent foreign currency per person per extra day.
   
3. Permit Fee required for Humla (Simikot-Yari): US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency per person for a week. US $ 7 per person per extra day.
4. Permit Fee required for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo US $ 500 or equivalent foreign currency per person for first 10 days. US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency per person per extra day.
   
5. Permit Fee required for Gaurishankar and Lamabagar US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week.
   
6. Permit Fee required for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district US $ 35 or equivalent foreign currencies per person for eight days for Chekampar and Chenchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) for September to November. US $ 25 per person for eight days for December to August
   
7. Permit Fee for other Trekking Areas Apart from the aforesaid areas, trekkers are required to pay permit fee as per the notice published in Nepal Gazette in US $ or other equivalent foreign currencies.

Note: Trekking to Dolpa, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Simikot and Mustang can be undertaken through registered trekking agencies only.


New provision in TIMS

The cabinet meeting held recently has changed some provisions related to Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS). The new changes will come into effect from 1st of April 2010.

As per the new provision, trekkers are required to take TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) before starting their trek. Trekkers travelling in groups or Solo joining with Registered trekking Agency can get the TIMS card upon paying a fee of Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 each while those preferring to travel individually (FITs) without joining trekking Agency need to pay Nepali currency equivalent to $20.

However, trekkers and mountaineers with climbing permits from Tourism Industry Division under Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Mountaineering Association aren't required to get the TIMS Card. Similarly, trekkers with permits from Immigration Department to controlled areas like Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Mansulu and others also are not required to get the TIMS Card. Likewise, members of dimplomatic missions are not requires to get TIMS Card.



Melting Himalayan Glaciers

Melting Himalayan glaciers threaten lives in Asia

More than a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but experts say they are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring drought to large swathes of the continent.

Glaciers in the Himalayas provide headwaters for Asia's nine largest rivers, lifelines for the 1.3 billion people who live downstream. But temperatures in the region have increased by between 0.15 and 0.6 degrees Celsius each decade for the last 30 years, accelerating the rate at which glaciers are shrinking.

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen this month for a crucial climate change summit, campaigners warn that some Himalayan glaciers could disappear within a few decades.

"Scientists predict that most glaciers will be gone in 40 years as a result of climate change," said Prashant Singh of WWF's Climate for Life campaign. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN body on climate change, has warned Himalayan glaciers could "disappear altogether by 2035" and experts say the effects of global warming are already being felt in the region.

In Nepal and Bhutan, the receding glaciers have formed vast lakes that threaten to burst, devastating villages downstream.

Nepalese mountaineer and environmental campaigner Dawa Steven Sherpa said he first became interested in climate change after a close call when part of the Khumbu icefall above Everest base camp collapsed during an expedition in 2007. "Every time I go to the mountains the older Sherpas tell me this is the warmest year yet," said Sherpa. Sherpa will take part in a special "summiteers' summit" in Copenhagen.

In China, studies have shown that the rapid melting of the glaciers will result in an increase in flooding in the short term, state news agency Xinhua has reported.

In the longer term, it said, the continued retreat of glaciers would lead to a gradual decrease in river flows, severely affecting large parts of western China.

Experts say the resulting water shortages could hit the economic development of China and India, with potentially dire consequences for development.

Even in low-lying Bangladesh, prone to severe floods, the IPCC has said rivers could run dry by the end of the century.

India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh recently came under fire for denying that climate change was causing Himalayan glaciers to melt, citing research by the Indian geologist Vijay Kumar Raina.

The Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has studied the Himalayan region for more than three decades and warns of an "urgent need" for more research on the impact of climate change.

ICIMOD has warned that the current trends in glacial melt suggest flows in major Asian rivers including the Ganges, Indus and Yellow Rivers will be "substantially reduced" in the coming decades.

"The situation may appear to be normal in the region for several decades to come, and even with increased amounts of water available to satisfy dry season demands," it said in a recent report.

ICIMOD climate change expert Arun Shrestha said, "However, when the shortage arrives, it may happen abruptly, with water systems going from plenty to scarce in perhaps a few decades or less." Shrestha added: "When the glaciers get hotter, you get more water, but there comes a point when the water will run out. It's like a bank balance, if you're not putting money in, you can't take it out."