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Annapurna Circuit Permit Cost

Annapurna Circuit Permit Cost

A trekking permit constitutes an official authorization issued and granted by the relevant authorities of a trekking destination/country. They grant permission for individuals to undertake a particular trek or a hiking route. The Annapurna Circuit Permits serve various purposes, including environmental conservation, safety monitoring, and regulating tourism activities. The specific requirements and permit types can differ for various trekking destinations. You need two permits in order to trek in the Annapurna Circuit.

  • TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)

Both of these permits can be obtained easily in Kathmandu. Your permits will be arranged either by your guide or the tour manager on your behalf. You only have to provide them with the required details, i.e., passport photocopy and two passport-sized photos. You have to show the permit multiple times throughout the Annapurna Circuit trail. Therefore, ensure you have the permits and do not lose them throughout the trek. It is advisable to photograph your ACAP and TIMS card and keep it safely on your phone.


TIMS It is a trekking registration to know who is on the trekking trail/routes. The TIMS card is essential for the safety of all trekkers, trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. Upon payment for the TIMS card, your name and travel details will be entered and recorded into the system. Local authorities can use the same information in case of any mountain accidents. The information provided in the database while issuing the TIMS card will be helpful on a rescue mission. TIMS is compulsory for most treks in Nepal, including the Annapurna Circuit. The TIMS fee is 2000 NPR, which is approximately the equivalent of 16 USD.


ACAP is the entry permit of the Annapurna Conservation Area. ACAP is entirely designed to serve as a National Park Permit in the Annapurna Conservation Area. As the name suggests, the permit fee that you pay will support the area’s conservation. ACAP costs the Rs 3000, i.e., 22.50 USD. The combined cost of both ACAP and TIMS permits is less than 50 USD.

Where to get Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits?

Where to get Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits?

The place where you get these permits is at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. If you are not an experienced traveler and do not want to take the burden of managing documents, you can have all your paperwork done by your travel partner (trekking agency).

Applying for TIMS and ACAP in Kathmandu

Since you first drop at the Kathmandu International Airport and stay in the city’s hotel, it will be easy and quick for you to get the permits at Kathmandu. Arranging the permits primarily for the trek helps set up an undisturbed trekking journey. You can obtain both of the Annapurna Circuit Permits from the Nepal Tourism Office in Kathmandu, situated at Pradarshani Marg Street. It is a 20-minute walk from Thamel. The office is open every day between 10 AM to 5 PM.

Process of getting Annapurna Circuit Permits

Process of getting Annapurna Circuit Permits

If you want to apply for the TIMS and ACAP through the agencies, you should provide them with the required details. If you intend to get the permits on your own, the process of obtaining Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits is generally the same. You need to fill out the ACAP and TIMS forms at the office in Kathmandu. You shouldn’t have to forget these documents while applying for a TIMS card and ACAP permit.

  • Two passport-size photos for TIMS and ACAP each
  • Photocopy of the passport document (in case needed)

You should fill this information in the permit forms.

  • Name of the trekking route
  • Entry and exit points and dates
  • Contact in Nepal in case of emergency (tour agency number)
  • Contact in your country in case of emergency (family or friend’s number)
  • Your insurance policy number

After completing the forms, you will get two cards with photos and stamps. Keep these, as you have to show them both at various checkpoints along the Annapurna Circuit.

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Best time to trek Annapurna Circuit

Best time to trek Annapurna Circuit

Every season has its benefits and drawbacks. It’s up to you to decide which season is comfortable for you to trek.

October to November

The months of October and November are quite famous among the trekkers that trek in the Annapurna circuit. As the monsoon season is just finished making the environment refreshed and clean. The skies are clear both night and day making the views notable.

The weather is warm during the day but gets chilly as the night falls. The routes are busier compared to other seasons and the tea houses tend to fill up pretty soon.

December to March

Due to the freezing temperature, these months are less populated making it peaceful while trekking. The temperature changes according to the altitude, higher you elevate colder it gets.

The temperature during the day will be cold while in the night it drops below the freezing point. The roads at higher elevation might be blocked due to heavy snowfall.

You can go trekking in the month of December but it might be challenging from January onwards.

However, from March the national flower rhododendron starts to bloom making the valley colorful all around.

Avalanches are also common during these months, so you should check the weather forecast in advance.

If you have decided to trek during these months then don’t forget to pack extra clothes as it may get very chilly in higher altitude.

April to May

The weather during April and May is very warm making it the second popular season to go on a trek in this circuit. The snow is melted giving the view of transparent skies along with the great view of Mountains.

The paths are covered with unique vegetation of flora and fauna.

During the month of May, the monsoon clouds start to form making the days hotter and humid. Trekking in lower elevations can be a little confining.

If you are prepared to face the thrilling experience then pack your raincoats and boots you are going on an adventure. Be careful and climb safely.

June to September

Monsoon period falls during these months, the paths can be slippery and muddy due to heavy rainfalls. However, rainfall is less common in early September and trek is possible in late September.

The south section from Annapurna, areas near Pokhara gets quite a lot of rainfall compared to the north section.

One of the benefits to trek in these months is the species of flora and fauna you get to view while walking these routes. It makes the trek unexpectedly wonderful.

The trails to Tilicho Lake are easier during this time of the year.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit FAQs

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit FAQs

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the Permit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Is the Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit required for Nepalese citizens?

No, the Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit is not required for Nepalese citizens. They can trek in the Annapurna region without stressing about obtaining the permits.

Is the Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit required for Indian people?

Yes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit is required for the Indian people. After obtaining the trek permits only they can trek in the Annapurna region.

How can I get the Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit?

You can get your TIMS and ACAP permits from Kathmandu’s Nepal Tourism Board office. A passport-sized photograph, a copy of your passport, and the required permit fees will enable you to apply for and obtain the Annapurna Circuit Permits.

Is it possible to obtain permits before I arrive in Nepal?

Yes, you can get permits before you arrive in Nepal. Once you send the required documents online, all the necessary arrangements will be made by your agency to obtain the permits.

In which currency can I pay for the permits?

Generally, Nepalese rupees (NPR) or US dollars (USD) are used to pay for the permits. However, Nepalese rupees are recommended to carry while trekking in Nepal.

How much is the permit for ACAP?

The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) permit fee is NPR 3,000 per person.

How much is the permit for TIMS?

The Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit fee is NPR 2,000 per person.

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