Special permits are required to trek in certain areas of Nepal. The reasons for this were originally because the areas were close to international borders but are now more to help protect the environmental and cultural values of the areas. There are numerous police check points throughout Nepal who check permits and will turn back those who do not have the correct paper work.
Special restricted area trekking permits
Applying for special restricted area permits is complicated and are arranged through a series of applications, guarantees and letters. The process takes about two hours, and can only be applied after the arrival of the group. There is no system of advanced reservation, there must be a minimum of two trekkers per group, and all groups must be accompanied by a government authorized guide (usually license holder).
For these reasons treks in restricted areas have to be arranged as a fully organised trek through a registered trekking agency hiring at least a guide.
There are four village development communities in the Kanchenjunga region that are declared restricted. These are; Olangchungola village, Lelep village, Papung village and Yamphuding village.
Fees for treks to restricted areas in Nepal range from $10 USD per week to to $50 USD per day. The fees for Kanchenjunga are currently set at $10 USD per week, per person.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area project entry permit.
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area was established in 1997, was Nepal’s third conservation area and covers 2,035 square kilometers. It is bordered to the north by the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve in Tibet, and to the east by the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim. It also falls within the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, which is being developed by WWF in Nepal in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Mammal species within the conservation area include; the snow leopard, spectacled bear, and red panda. Bird species include; the Golden-breasted fulvetta, snow cock, blood pheasant, and red-billed chough. In 2012 a snow cat was photographed at an elevation of 4,500 m.