How to Obtain Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit?
Rajesh Neupane Written By: Rajesh Neupane
Published On : 21st May, 2024

How to Obtain Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit?

Are you planning to ascend Lobuche Peak? This summit at 6,119 meters (20,075 feet) provides an amazing adventure with breathtaking Himalayan vistas and obstacles. ⁤⁤To begin your expedition, you must first secure the necessary Lobuche Peak Climbing Permits.

Permits are required for climbing Lobuche Peak and entering the zone where the expedition begins. Don’t worry, we’ll cover all you need to know about getting permits on our blog. ⁤

As you read on, you’ll learn about permit costs, where to obtain them, and more. This ensures a smooth start and helps you reach the top of the Lobuche. ⁤⁤So let’s start with the types of permits for the climb.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card

The Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card is another mandatory for climbers approaching Lobuche. The TIMS card is valid in all hiking zones of Nepal. However, each region needs its own TIMS card.

The Nepal government requires a TIMS card, which helps to keep track of all travelers in the region. This log is designed to keep track of the climbers’ movements and activities during emergency situations such as natural catastrophes or accidents.

In addition, the TIMS card is a crucial document for ensuring the safety of climbers in the Everest region. It also helps to reduce overcrowding on famous trekking trails and guarantees that trekkers follow the trekking region’s rules and regulations. 

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) issues the permits, which can be purchased from registered trekking agencies.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Anyone planning to visit the Sagarmatha National Park must have an entry permit, which can be obtained from either the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or the Park Entrance Gate in Monjo. 

The permit provides entry to the entire park and its activities. After you’ve gotten your permission, you can visit the park and its different locations, including the Everest Base Camp Trail, the Three High Passes, the Gokyo Valley, and the Khumbu Glacier. You will also have access to other areas, including the Namche Bazaar, Macherma, and Lukla. 

Since the journey to the summit of the Lobuche Peak passes through the Sagarmatha National Park, obtaining the national park is crucial. 

Lobuche East Peak Climbing Permit

To climb Lobuche Peak (6,135m/20,148ft) in Nepal, you must get the Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit. This specific permit is issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

The NMA is the main organization in Nepal that oversees and regulates mountaineering expeditions and high-altitude climbing activities in the country. They are responsible for issuing permits for climbing peaks like Lobuche.

While the national park and local permits can likely be obtained after arriving in Nepal, it is recommended to arrange and obtain the Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit from the NMA office in Kathmandu before your climb.

No one is allowed to attempt climbing Lobuche Peak without first having this valid permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The permit helps regulate and monitor climbing activities on the mountain for safety purposes.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit Cost

Permit Cost
Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Entry Permit
  • 30 USD (for foreigners) 
  • 15 USD (for SAARC nationals)
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card
  • Approx. 20 USD (for foreigners) 
  • 6 USD (for SAARC nationals)
Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit (from Nepal Mountaineering Association)
  • Spring (March-May): $250 USD per person 
  • Autumn (Sept-Nov): $125 USD per person 
  • Summer (June-Aug) & Winter (Dec-Feb): $70 USD per person

Additional Costs:

  • If group has more than 7 climbers, additional NPR 1,000 per extra climber
  • Expedition Royalty Fee of approx. NPR 20,000 per team (for peaks above 6,500m)
  • Liaison Officer, insurance, food allowance, garbage deposit fees


  • Costs can change, so it’s best to verify current fees
  • Recommended to obtain permits, especially Lobuche Climbing Permit, before arriving in Nepal to avoid higher fees

Essential Documents Needed for Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit

When obtaining permits for climbing Lobuche Peak, you must have essential documents during the procedure. So, here is the list of documents required for acquiring the permits: 

  • Valid Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Two Passport sized photos
  • Visa for Nepal (can be obtained on arrival)
  • Travel insurance documents covering high-altitude trekking/climbing
  • Medical certificate declaring fitness for high-altitude climbing
  • Photocopies of passport and other important documents
  • Notes/Documentation related to logistics, travel arrangements, guides, etc.

Some additional documents that may be required:

  • For organized/commercial expeditions – Expedition Royalty receipt
  • For filmmaking/media – Permit from relevant authorities
  • For teams with Liaison Officer – Their appointment documentation


Where do I apply for the Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit?

The permit must be obtained from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Kathmandu.

What documents are required for the permit application?

Completed application form, passport copy, photos, climbing resume, medical certificate, travel insurance proof, fees payment receipt.

Can I get the permit after arriving in Nepal?

It’s recommended to obtain the permit from NMA before arriving to avoid higher fees.

How long does it take to get the permit approved?

The normal processing time is around 7-10 working days if all documents are in order.

Do I need any other permits besides the Lobuche Permit?

Yes, a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card are also required.

Can the permit be extended if my climb is delayed?

Generally no, you’ll need to reapply and pay fees again for a new permit valid for your revised dates.

Are there any age restrictions for the Lobuche climbing permit?

NMA may have minimum/maximum age limits, but this is evaluated on a case-by-case basis for each application.

Where can I find updated fees and requirements?

Check the NMA website or inquire at their office in Kathmandu for the latest rules.

Do I need to join an organized/commercial expedition to get the permit?

No, independent climbers/teams can apply for the permit directly with NMA. An expedition company is required.

What if I lose my issued permit before or during the climb?

You’ll likely have to apply and pay for a new permit from NMA. Carrying photocopies is recommended.

Final Say

Obtaining all the permits mentioned above is a must for the Lobuche Peak climbing. You are not allowed to enter even the region without these permits. Once you are set with these permits, you are good to go!

Just make sure to follow the rules and regulations of the national park, respect the culture, and opt for a safe climb. The heavenly views from the summit enchant you under a spell as if you’ve come to paradise. 

Remember to follow all the procedures for acquiring the permits step by step. You’ll have no issues obtaining the permits as long as you go through these steps carefully. And hey, you can move on to the mesmerizing journey to the Himalayas. 

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