To visit Nepal, certain travelers may require a travel permit or visa, depending on their nationality and the purpose of their visit. Here are the key permits and visas you may need for traveling to Nepal:

  1. Tourist Visa: Most visitors to Nepal obtain a tourist visa, which allows for leisure, sightseeing, and cultural activities. Tourist visas can be obtained upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, various land borders, or at Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad.
  2. Visa Extension: If you plan to stay in Nepal longer than the duration allowed by your initial tourist visa, you can apply for a visa extension at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or the Immigration Office in Pokhara. Visa extensions are typically granted for a maximum of 150 days within a visa year (January to December).
  3. Trekking Permits: If you plan to engage in trekking or mountaineering activities in certain areas of Nepal, you will need a trekking permit or a climbing permit. The permits are required to regulate and monitor trekkers and climbers to ensure their safety and protect the environment. The requirements vary based on the region you plan to trek or climb in. Some popular trekking permits include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
  4. Restricted Area Permits: Some regions in Nepal are designated as restricted areas, and special permits are required to visit them. These permits are issued by the Department of Immigration or the Nepal Tourism Board. Examples of restricted areas include Upper Mustang, Manaslu, and Dolpo. It’s important to note that traveling in these areas usually requires hiring a licensed trekking agency or a certified guide.
  5. Work Visa: If you intend to work or engage in volunteer activities in Nepal, you will need a work visa. Work visas are granted for specific job categories and require sponsorship from a Nepalese company or organization.

It’s important to check with the Embassy of Nepal or your nearest Nepalese consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information on travel permits and visa requirements based on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Additionally, it’s advisable to obtain travel insurance and follow all the entry requirements and regulations set by the Nepalese government during your stay.