List of National Park Entry fees & Conservation Area fees in Nepal

List of fees

All fees are listed by Park Name - Common Activity - Fee for Nepai, SAARC, Foreigner - total fee for foreigner including VAT. All fees are listed in Nepali Rupees.

Park Name Common Activity Nepali Fee SAARC Fee Foreigner Fee Total Foreigner Fee
Sagarmatha National Park Everest Treks Free NPR 1,500 NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT NPR 3,390
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Annapurna Treks, Poon Hill etc Free NPR 200 NPR 2,000 + 13% VAT NPR 2,260*
Manaslu Conservation Area Project Manaslu Treks Free NPR 200 NPR 2,000 + 13% VAT NPR 2,260
Langtang National Park Langtang Treks Free NPR 1,500 NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT NPR 3,390
Makalu-Barun National Park Makalu Treks Free NPR 1,500 NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT NPR 3,390
Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park Hiking NPR 56.50 NPR 339 NPR 500 + 13% VAT NPR 565
Chitwan National Park Jungle/wildlife NPR 100 NPR 750 NPR 1,500 + 13% VAT NPR 1, 695
Bardia National Park Jungle/wildlife NPR 100 NPR 500 NPR 1,000 + 13% VAT NPR 1,130
Khaptad National Park Hiking Free NPR 1,500 NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT NPR 3,390
Rara National Park Hiking/Trekking Free NPR 1,500 NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT NPR 3,390
Shey-Phoksundo National Park Trekking (Dolpa) Free NPR 1,500 NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT NPR 3,390
Banke National Park Wildlife/Jungle 20 NPR 200 NPR 500 + 13% VAT NPR 565
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Wildlife NPR 50 NPR 500 NPR 1,000 + 13% VAT NPR 1,130
Parsa Wildlife Reserve Wildlife NPR 50 NPR 500 NPR 1,000 + 13% VAT NPR 1,130
Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve Wildlife NPR 50 NPR 500 NPR 1,000 + 13% VAT NPR 1,130

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 .

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.

Most trekking park areas are per entry so in reality it's a "one off" fee. *Many Annapurna guides don't charge the VAT on the Annapurna Conservation 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 Nepal

Basically 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!

Trekking to Poon Hill
Trekking to Poon Hill requires an ACAP entry permit

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.

TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System)

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 a n 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.

To obtain a TIMS Card you need a copy of:

  1. Your passport
  2. Two Passport-sized Photographs

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While National Park fees and TIMS cards are mandatory there are some other things that should be too.

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