All fees are listed by Park Name - Common Activity - Fee for Nepali, SAARC, Foreigner - total fee for foreigner including VAT. All fees are listed in Nepali Rupees.
|Park Name||Location||Nepali Fee||SAARC Fee||Foreigner Fee||Total Foreigner Fee|
|Sagarmatha National Park||Everest Treks||Free||NPR 1,500||NPR 3,000 (+ NPR 2,000 regional tax*)||NPR 5,000*|
|Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)||Annapurna Treks, Poon Hill etc||100||NPR 1,000||NPR 3,000||NPR 3,000|
|Manaslu Conservation Area Project||Manaslu Treks||NPR 100||NPR 1,000||NPR 3,000||NPR 3,000|
|Langtang National Park||Langtang Treks||NPR 100||NPR 1,500||NPR 3,000||NPR 3,000|
|Makalu-Barun National Park||Makalu Treks||NPR 100||NPR 1,500||NPR 3,000||NPR 3,000|
|Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park||Hiking||NPR 100||NPR 600||NPR 1000||NPR 1000 + a host of "extras"|
|Chitwan National Park||Jungle/wildlife||NPR 150||NPR 1000||NPR 2,000||NPR 2,000|
|Bardia National Park||Jungle/wildlife||NPR 100||NPR 750||NPR 2,000||NPR 2,000|
|Khaptad National Park||Hiking||NPR 100||NPR 500||PR 1,500||NPR 1,500|
|Rara National Park||Hiking/Trekking||NPR 100||NPR 1,500||NPR3,000||NPR3,000|
|Shey-Phoksundo National Park||Trekking (Dolpa: note there's a total of 3 permits needed for the entire trek.)||NPR 100||NPR 1,500||NPR 3,000||NPR 3,000|
|Banke National Park||Wildlife/Jungle||100||NPR 750||NPR 1,500||NPR 1,500|
|Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve||Wildlife||NPR 100||NPR 1500||NPR 1,500||NPR 1,500|
|Parsa Wildlife Reserve||Wildlife||NPR 100||NPR 1500||NPR 1,500||NPR 1,500|
|Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve||Wildlife||NPR 100||NPR 750||NPR 1,500||NPR 1,500|
A note on tax: in 2018 Nepal introduced a federal system throughout the country. As this happened individual national parks began including VAT in their park fees and advertising flat rates. Others decided to advertise the park fee + vat as two separate fees. It's become confusing to everyone to say the least. Especially in remoter areas where translations and savvy ticket offices say there's 13% on a ticket price when in the Nepal Tourism Board office there's no 13% VAT. It's hard to know who to believe but a good incentive to buy at the permit office at the Tourism Board. Technically the VAT is now in the overall price, if not then I've added it with a note along with any other charges. The list above is about as practical and up-to-date as you'll find. It's also realistic when it comes to the "extra" taxes. Shivapuri however is a whole other entity which where they charge extras for everything from not having a guide to bring a car etc.
If you find a trekking agency charging 13% VAT on your National Park fee and it's not mentioned on the list above then you should seriously question them.
Where to buy National Park Permits?
All trekking permit fees can be paid at the Tourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu (Tourist Information Office, Exhibition road) or in Pokhara (for the Annapurna Region) or at the park entrance. Opening hours: Sunday-Friday 9am - 5pm (Winter 9am-4pm) - Closed Saturdays & Public Holidays (in recent years the Kathmandu office has opened on Saturday mornings but it's not guarantee)
Jungle fees are paid at the park entrance.
Children under 10 are free for most parks (passport ID needed).
Most entry fees are "per entry' meaning you can't use them to enter the area more than once. e.g. Chitwan National Park fee is per day as you can't spend the night inside the jungle.
* In 2017 the Solukhumbu region (Everest) added a regional tax on "Foigners" that amounts to 2,000 rupees and that the TIMS was no longer needed in their region.This issue has gone back and forward for several months. As of April 2018 TIMS cards are not being issued for this region and the Solukhumbu fee is being collected in Lukla. More updates on this new Everest fee can be found here.
In October 2018 Nepal announced a string of increases to popular tourist locations all of which have been updated above. It's likely there will be more increases to remoter areas in the coming year. Once confirmed, they'll be updated here.
Most trekking park areas are per entry so in reality it's a "one off" fee.
Upper Mustang requires a Annapurna Conservation Area Project plus a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) of USD$500 for 10 days + $50 per day thereafter.
Quick overview of Entry fees in NepalBasically you need two bits of official documentation to go trekking:
- You need to pay an entrance fee to the region you are entering
- You need to have a TIMS card
National Park fees are basically the same thing as Conservation Area fees - you only need one unless crossing over to another National park when doing the same trek (this is rare but Manaslu is one). National park entry fees are also needed for jungle areas like Chitwan and Bardia.
Nepal no longer has "trekking permits" - at least officially. Yet, you'll still hear people and trekking guides saying you'll need to get them!
What people, generally, mean by trekking permits these days are a collection of National Park entry fees and a trekking registration fee. Then, depending on the trek, you may also need a permit (usually needed for restricted areas).
To make matters slightly more bureaucratic some national parks are called conservation areas.
Firstly, it's easier to deal with the trek you are going on rather than think about the type of "permit" or entry fee you need. Secondly if you are going with a guide, they'll arrange all this for you.
How long does a National Park Permit take to get?
Usually it takes 30 minutes but expect up to an hour.
The second required "permit" you need when trekking is called a Trekkers Information Management System Card or TIMS. This card is meant to help keep you safe or at least help in locating you in the even of an emergency.
Basically you show your TIMS card at various checkpoint along your trek and your details are taken down. So in the event of an emergency your approximate location will be known.
The service is run by TAAN (Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal) who are meant to be an independent umbrella organization of all trekking agencies. TAAN themselves have come under a lot of criticism over the years. Nevertheless there is an agreement between TAAN and Nepal Tourism Board that makes TIMS cards mandatory for all trekkers.
There are two types of TIMS cards. One for trekkers with a group (guide) and one for solo or independent trekkers going alone.
- A group TIMS card costs USD$10
- A solo or Free Independent Trekker TIMS card costs USD$20
TIMS cards are available in Kathmandu (Nepal Tourism Office) and in Pokhara. Opening hours: Sunday-Friday 9am - 5pm (Winter 9am-4pm) - Closed Saturdays & Public Holidays (in recent years the Kathmandu office has opened on Saturday mornings but it's not guarantee).
To obtain a TIMS Card you need a copy of:
- Your passport
- Two Passport-sized Photographs
How long does a TIMS Card take to get?
Usually it takes 30 minutes but expect up to an hour.
For more information see http://www.timsnepal.com/
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