Permits For Everest Base Camp 2021: A Detailed Guide
Mount Everest having a height of 8,848 m (29,029 ft) is the dream destination of various trekkers. Trekking towards the base camp of the highest mountain in the world requires several permits and a lot of paperwork. Initially, you had to issue only a TIMS card, which would grant you access to all the three reserved areas.

But, with the new decentralized system, you now have to take three different permits each for Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural area, Sagarmatha National Park and Gaurishankar Conservation area. The permit for Gaurishankar Conservation area is only required if you are doing the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek.

At some points while taking the permits, you can be asked to fill up some forms, which are just for identification purposes.Thus, Carrying all primary identity documents and especially the visa is always a plus. In addition to the papers, you are supposed to bring your passport size photographs too.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

Ranging around NPR 2000, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit was appointed on 1st of October, 2018 and replaced the old TIMS card. For Indian citizens, the price of this permit is 50% less than other foreigners and this amount is taken directly by the local government.

To get Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need your passport details, as, without it, you won't be able to gain access. The point to be noted here is that you cannot get this permit at Kathmandu. However, it can be obtained from the town of Lukla if you are starting your trek from there.

Also, there are multiple local entry permit points around the entrance from where you can get the permit. If trekking from Jiri or Salleri, this permit can be obtained from Village Monjo. Also, if staying in a hotel, you can request your hotel reception to get the confirmation for your permit details as, without it, you won't be able to gain access.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

The route towards Everest goes through Sagarmatha National Park, having dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys. The Entry Permit ranging about NPR 3000 for each foreigner is priced NPR 1500 for every Indian traveller. To get this permit, you are required to carry two passport size photographs and a copy of your  Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit. 

Being available at Nepal tourism board office, Kathmandu and the Sagarmatha National park entrance in Monjo, the most convenient way to obtain the pass is to take it at the gate only. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit is the second most crucial permit that needs to be taken before trekking Mount Everest.

Additional Permit for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

If you are taking the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trail, you will need to take one more permit for the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. You can get this additional permit either at Shivalaya Checkpoint or directly from the Nepal Tourism Board. If taken from Nepal Tourism board, this pass cost around NPR 2000 per person.

But, if you consider taking it from the Shivalaya checkpoint, the price doubles, i.e., NPR 4000. However, the prices are always 50% lower than the original for Indian citizens. You are required to bring two passport-sized photos with you and the officer may also ask you to fill up some forms at Shivalaya checkpoint.

In addition to the photographs, you also need to bring a photocopy of your Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.

Required Documents for Trekking Permits

From Passports to valid visa sufficient to cover trekking days, there are a number of documents that need to be handy while taking permits to trek the Everest base camp.Most importantly, you are required to have your Passport and passport size photographs.

For Indian citizens, an Aadhar card or any other photo id can also work but to stay on a safer side; you must carry your Passport. If booking through an agency, you will need to have everything listed below:

- Insurance Papers
- List of trekkers
- Agreement with the agency
- Schedule of trekking
- Copy of visa and passport
- Passport size photos
- Payment details

Also, if you want to trek towards the Everest advanced base camp, you need to get another permit known as Mountaineering License (Everest climbing permit) which is issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association.
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Trekking the adorable Himalayas is always a must on the “to do” list of an avid trekker. After trekking over the Sahyadris and taking a few treks in Karnataka I decided to place my foot on the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Going through the various options from Chadar, Sandakphu, Roopkund, Hampta Pass, etc. I finally narrowed down to the Everest Base Camp. The very thought of following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay thrilled me to the core. The sight of having a close encounter with the highest point on earth just pushed further my excitement levels. After a series of e-searches and consulting with other fellow trekkers, I finally made up my mind to enroll for the 14 day EBC Trek with Thrillophilia. The EBC Trek was by far my best trek so far. Though the thin air made the ascent difficult and more challenging, I am glad that I was able to complete the trek. The amazing view of snow clad mountains, the vast greenery and above all the company of similar fun-loving folks made the trek a memorable one. Kudos to the team at Thrillophilia. The trek was not only organized well but the pricing was also reasonable. All the questions, concerns, doubts and apprehensions I that had were properly attended by the travel consultant at Thrillophilia, Miss Madhuri Mathur despite some of them being repetitive. The representatives Mr. Subid Sahoo and Mr. Nitish Singh as well as the trek Guide Mr. Bijay along with his assistants were all friendly and helpful. I will definitely suggest my pals to go for this trek. I wish to do it again sometime soon. Cheers, Vignesh
20 October 2014
A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience
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The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.
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The trekking was very good. Also as we had a small group all the arrangements were good. As we did not expected more snow it was fun walking in snow for full day to reach the ABC. The view was spectacular at the base camp and got quiet good photos. Guide/Porter was very co-operating and helped us a lot while walking in the snow (as we did not had proper shoes to trek in snow :) )
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I booked this trip from India to Nepal with my family. Nepal has best surroundings with cool environment and the highest mountain peaks. Everything mentioned was good and taken care of, the best thing was the time management, the staff and driver were friendly and gave a feel f home. It was an amazing trip which we visited and truly worth it. Would recommend anyone visiting, would try and visit with Thrillophilia.
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