Possibility of flying drone while Trekking in Nepal

Drones are the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) mostly used for clicking pictures and videos from bird’s eye view. Drone is a flying robot that is controlled by a man staying in a different location using a remote control device. Drones are generally used for doing videography from a bird’s eye view. Drones helps content creators to show their work from a different perspective.

Drones can not only be used for videography, they can be used for destructive proposes, furthermore, drones can fly in secured zones and in the routes of flights. Due to such reasons, drones are generally banned in most parts of the world for general people. Still, by submitting the proper documents and by giving reasons for flying drones, drones permits can be issued from the concerned authority.

In Nepal also, drones are banned for general people. Still, Marvel Treks can help you deal and arrange drones permit in Nepal. You can still fly and film in Nepal during your stay.

In Nepal, Drone flying is handled by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). According to CAAN, no one shall operate drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) without obtaining the prior permission. For Tourists intending to fly drones in Nepal, one should take permission for flying the drones from:

  • Department of Tourism
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • CAAN Nepal (not necessary for drones or UAV under 2 kg and below 200ft from ground level)

Besides that, for tourists that are interested in doing research purpose in Nepal, one should take permission from Line Ministry/Department relating to the subject matter of research/study with proper documentation for the matter of the related research.

Trekking in Nepal generally falls under certain conservation areas and towards certain reserved lands. For example, the Everest, Annapurna trekking routes which are considered as the most certain trekking routes falls under conservation area. For flying drones in those areas, one must take permission from those specific local authorities and can only fly under certain criteria.

General rules for Flying Drones in Nepal are listed below.

  • Drones more than 2kg should take permission from CAAN, Department of Foreign Affairs for flying above 200ft from ground level.
  • Drones are not allowed to fly around the congested areas.
  • Drones are not allowed to fly around airports.
  • You are not allowed to fly your drones harming someone’s privacy and in someone’s private property.
  • Do not fly drones higher than 1500ft above the ground.
  • Keep your drone straight from your sight.

Marvel Treks can help you fly your drone during your stay in Nepal only with prior information and certain government charges that you have you pay.

Beside that Marvel Trek also can provide you drone footage besides owning your own drones, we can manage drone footage from our own vendors.

In short, you can fly drones while you are in Nepal, but you must follow the Government Rules and take permission from certain departments. This process may take up to 7 days to get permission from these departments. You can apply for permission of flying drones here: http://caanepal.gov.np/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/Drone.pdf.

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