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||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 2,000 regional tax*)||NPR 5,390*|
|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|
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) add a regional tax on "Foigners" that amounts to 2,000 rupees and that the TIMS was no longer needed in their region. Nepali authorities have said this "tax" is not applicable and that the TIMS is still a requirement. Despite all of this the reality is trekkers arriving into Lukla still have to pay this "regional tax" and still need a TIMS for the area. More updates on this new Everest fee can be found here.
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 (this will likely change in 2018/2019).
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 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. 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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