• Updated on Jun 17, 2024

Annapurna is one of the popular trekking regions with the diverse trail leading to different areas of the Annapurna region. However, trekkers need permits for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is the region with the highest pass, Thorang La Pass (5416M), and the highest existing lake Tilicho Lake (4949M). 

With numerous mountains, Mt. Annapurna (8091M) remains the highest in this region and the world's 10th-highest existing mountain. Annapurna Base Camp Trek also known as ABC Trek has always enchanted thousands of trekkers and is the second most visited base camp after Everest Base Camp (15-Day)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with its intuiting view and easy accessibility attracts trekkers, its low elevation is another asset for trekkers. However, the only short entry point to the Annapurna Base Camo trek is through Pokhara.

Trekkers can drive or fly to Pokhara to start their Annapurna Base Camp trek (10-Day)  after a short drive to Naya Pul and continue through Ghorepani-Poonhill (4-Day) or Ghandruk, to make a Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek (7-Day).

As the Annapurna Base Camp doesn’t fall under a Restricted Area in Nepal, trekkers can enter the Base Camp of Annapurna with only two permits. They are as follows:

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp

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Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is one of the popular required permits in the entire Annapurna region of Nepal. This permit is applicable in the entire Annapurna region irrespective of the number of days.

This means you can visit any part of the Annapurna region with a single ACAP permit without additional extra payments. However, a single ACAP permit is for a single person and can be used only for one entry.

This means if any trekkers descend through the departure point, your ACAP permits become void but you can use this permit as long as you are in the Annapurna region.

ACAP permits can be obtained in the Tourism Board of Nepal and also in Pokhara upon payment of Rs 3000 Nepali currency (during normal working days). However, to avoid extra supplementary days to obtain permits, your travel agency can assist behalf of you.

For details contact: Discover Altitude.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit
The view of Annapurna massif from the Hillpoint

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit is another must-to-have permit for Annapurna Base Camp Trek (14-Day). This permit is applicable for all the trekking regions of Nepal, however, each region needs different TIMS Permits.

Moreover, TIMS Permits can be used once only, until you are in the trekking region despite any region or joining two or more different regions same TIMS permit can be used.

TIMS Permits help to keep recode of the trekkers, and during the time of emergency due to unpredictable natural disasters. This record of individual help in the quick rescue operation from the government.

TIMS Permits can be obtained in Kathmandu from the TAAN office or through the registered trekking agency. TIMS Permits cost 20 USD for individual trekkers and if applied through the registered agency they cost 10 USD.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit
Mt. Annapurna spreading its arms to welcome...

What are the documents required to obtain ACAP and TIMS Permits

ACAP and TIMS permits can be obtained either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara and the process is easy as compared to obtaining Restricted Area Permits (RAP).

ACAP and TIMS permits can be obtained with certain documents. This includes a copy of the individual Passport, two PP-size photos, detail of the trekking itinerary and the area of the trek, and the cost fee of the permits, which must be in Nepali currency.

With all these documents, you will be able to get ACAP and TIMS Permits easily but make sure this office remains closed on weekends and public holidays.

For any assistance in obtaining trekking permits in Nepal, feel free to contact: Discover Altitude or WhatsApp: at +977-9841161593.


Kumar Lamsal

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar is one of the Co-founders and Managing directors of Discover Altitude holding 18 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the popular regions of Nepal and is an authorized trekking and tour guide.

Started his career as a porter to support his study, now holds MPhil and LLB degree, and is doing his Ph.D. in religious studies. He loves traveling to the Himalayas and has deep knowledge about religion, culture, and history.

Kumar is also involved in the teaching sector as a part-timer to deliver his research related to the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal and is the one who mostly answers your queries giving them his personal touch through his decade-long experience.