New Travel Rules in Nepal: Guides Mandatory for Trekking, Except in Everest Region - Sherpa Himalaya | Your travel Partner in Himalaya
Get The Best Adventure Experience

New Travel Rules in Nepal: Guides Mandatory for Trekking, Except in Everest Region

Posted in 20th Mar, 2023

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has announced a new regulation that will come into effect on April 01/ 2023, which requires all international tourists trekking in Nepal to be accompanied by a guide. This regulation replaces the previous rule that allowed independent travelers, including solo trekkers, to explore Nepal’s trekking routes with the permission of the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card issued by TAAN.

In 2022, 19,425 FIT/Independent travelers were recorded, while 46,142 independent travelers received TIMS prior to the pandemic. The decision to introduce the new regulation was taken to ensure the safety of trekkers, to increase employment opportunities for guides, and to support the economy through tourism.

However, the rule in the Everest region is different. Solo trekkers are permitted in this area, but they have to follow the rules set by the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. The municipality issues a separate “trek card” to trekkers, which costs Rs2,000 per individual. Trekker’s information is monitored at four checkposts through this card.

Since January 2008, all foreign trekkers visiting Nepal are required to obtain the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card, jointly issued by the Nepal Tourism Board and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality has been collecting trek card fees from foreign trekkers since October 2017, utilizing the powers granted by federal law.

Here are some points that the new rule of making tourist guides mandatory will help tourists as well as the nation:

  • Safety: A tourist guide is trained to ensure the safety and well-being of their clients, and can navigate through difficult terrain, extreme weather conditions, and any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Local Knowledge: A tourist guide has extensive knowledge of the local area, including its history, culture, traditions, and customs. They can provide insights and information that cannot be found in guidebooks or online.
  • Language Barrier: A tourist guide can help overcome any language barriers, by acting as a translator and communicating with the locals on behalf of their clients.
  • Smooth Travel: A tourist guide can help make travel arrangements, book accommodations, plan itineraries and handle logistics, making the travel experience smooth and hassle-free for their clients.
  • Enhanced Experience: A tourist guide can take their clients to hidden gems, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and local experiences that are not easily accessible to independent travelers, thus enhancing the overall travel experience.
  • Support for Local Economy: Hiring a tourist guide supports the local economy by creating employment opportunities for local people, promoting sustainable tourism practices, and helping tourism and trekking companies grow.

After the new regulation is implemented, international tourists will be required to obtain a TIMS card from TAAN by paying Nrs 2000, while SAARC countries will have to pay Nrs 1000. Previously, the fee for obtaining the TIMS card was Nrs 300.

At Sherpa Himalaya, we understand the importance of safety and security when it comes to trekking in Nepal. That’s why we provide private or group guiding services to international clients, ensuring that they have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal. Our experienced guides and customized itineraries will take you on a journey through the stunning landscapes of Nepal’s Himalayan region. To learn more about our services and book your next adventure, visit our website at