- 18, February
Some visitors want to go cheap and wish to avoid the official fees involved in a trekking tour. That is not a good idea. The fees are there for a reason and are sensible. For organised, pre-paid treks the fees are usually calculated into the total cost. Check this in advance!
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is a small ‘passport’ and includes personal information and your trekking itinerary. Whenever you pass a checkpoint the data is written into your TIMS. This is essential for your safety. In the next section, we specify whenever a TIMS is required.
National Park and Conservation Area fees. Both national parks and conservation areas charge you cash for entering the protected areas. The fee is meant to cover the area’s maintenance, some tourism infrastructure, and information, guidance and advice in brochures and on signposts along the trails. Several cultural heritage sites charge an entry fee. Keep your receipts for the duration of the trek. This system also adds to the TIMS safety checks.
Local community fees. Some communities with high tourism impact now charge money for managing trails and viewpoints, for road use, etc. These fees are low, often charged per vehicle.
Remote Area fees. The fee is much disputed, as it is pocketed by the government, leaving little to the local people who are impacted by tourism. Still, you should follow the rules.
Trekking Peak fees. Payable if you climb a ‘trekking peak’, which can be done with a guide and without much prior mountaineering experience. Please check the given link for the update fees: https://tourismdepartment.gov.np/pages/mountaineering-royalty/105