Wildlife & National Parks

Nepal is a very geographically and geologically diverse country, from the hot, steamy plains bordering India to the mid-hills area to the high, snow-capped Himalaya. The jungles in the southern parts of Nepal are only a half-hour to an hour’s flight away. The Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve, and Shuklaphanta National Park are home to incredible varieties of mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Nepal is truly unrivaled in its beauty. Yet unbeknown to most, there is so much more to this small Asian country than the rugged Himalayan mountain range. In the lowlands lay lush jungles, incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, and rich flora and fauna. Conservation efforts in the last few decades have ensured that the Nepalese landscape has remained largely untouched by the human hand and that wildlife populations continue to grow.

As a result, the Royal Bengal tiger population has increased by over 60% in the last decade, and Nepal has carved itself in the history books by becoming home to some of the last remaining populations of the one-horned rhino. Located on the hot, jungly plains of Nepal, the Chitwan and Bardia National Parks, and the Koshi Tappu and Parsa Wildlife Reserves are the best places to see wildlife in Nepal.

A beautiful Himalayan country is sure to boast a wide variety of flora and fauna. With an increase in population and the effects of global warming, necessary steps need to be taken in order to ensure that plants and animals have their life going on. A national park is one such protected area for the special species of flora and fauna of the region. In Nepal, there are numerous national parks to conserve and protect wildlife and their natural habitat.

  • Sagarmatha National Park

    Sagarmatha National Park

    Since the first successful summit expedition in 1953, the stream of visitors has grown and grown. In 1976, Sagarmatha National Park was established, as one of the first national conservation areas in Nepal; only three years later, UNESCO followed up…

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  • Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

    Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

    Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is the ninth national park in Nepal and was established in 2002. It is located in the country’s mid-hills on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley and named after Shivapuri Peak of 2,732 m (8,963…

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  • Makalu Barun National Park

    Makalu Barun National Park

    Makalu Barun National Park is a national park in the Himalayas of Nepal that was established in 1992 as eastern extension of Sagarmatha National Park. It is the world’s only protected area with an elevation gain of more than 8,000…

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  • Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

    Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

    The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a protected area in the Terai of eastern Nepal covering 175 km² of wetlands in the Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur Districts. It comprises extensive mudflats, reed beds, and freshwater marshes in the floodplain of…

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  • Rara National Park

    Rara National Park

    Rara National Park is a protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal and was established in 1976. Covering an area of 106 km² in the Mugu and Jumla districts. Rara National Park is located in northwest Nepal about 371 km…

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  • Parsa National Park

    Parsa National Park

    Parsa National Park is a protected area in the Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. It covers an area of 627.39 km² in the Parsa, Makwanpur, and Bara districts. The ranges in altitude from 435 m to 950 m in…

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  • Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park

    If you want to quench your thirst for nature, Chitwan National Park is the ideal place to go. Nepal’s first and most famous national park is situated in Chitwan. The Park is a world heritage property, and it also contains…

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  • Bardia National Park

    Bardia National Park

    Bardia National Park is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park. Covering an area of 968 km2 (374 sq mi) it is the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in Nepal’s Terai,…

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  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area

    Gaurishankar Conservation Area

    The Gaurishankar Conservation Area is located in the northeastern corner of Central Nepal between Langtang and Sagarmatha National Park. It lies on the border of China and from certain areas you can see the mountains in China/Tibet. The name Gaurishankar…

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  • Api Nampa Conservation Area

    Api Nampa Conservation Area

    The Api Nampa Conservation Area is located between 290 30’ to 310 15′ North Latitude and 800 22′ to 810 09′ East Longitude. It is located in the province number 7 of Nepal. It covers 1903 km2 of the Darchula…

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  • Blackbuck Conservation Area

    Blackbuck Conservation Area

    Khairapur is the only place in Nepal that shelters the almost extinct population of blackbucks locally known as Krishnasar. The Government of Nepal acquired 172 hectares of private land for Krishnasar, which is now known as Krishnasar Conservation Area. The…

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  • Manaslu Conservation Area

    Manaslu Conservation Area

    Manaslu Conservation Area is a protected area in Nepal. Established in 1998 it covers 1,663 km² in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas in the Gorkha District. A pristine trekking circuit that allows you to circle Mt. Manaslu, the…

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  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

    Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

    Located in the Taplejung district in the northeast corner of Nepal, Kanchanjunga Conservation is spread over 2,035 sq. km. Situated in the eastern part of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is aimed to protect wildlife and thus building a sustainable ecosystem…

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  • Khaptad National Park

    Khaptad National Park

    Khaptad National Park is an offbeat and underrated destination in Nepal. It is located in the extreme west corner of Nepal and is utterly beautiful. Khaptad National Park is also an interesting place for its religious value and the stories…

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  • Annapurna Conservation Area

    Annapurna Conservation Area

    The Annapurna Conservation Area has been established in 1992. It has an area of 7629 sq. km., which is the largest conservation area of Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is the largest by its boundaries covering 7,629km2 (2946 sq. mi)…

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  • Langtang National Park

    Langtang National Park

    Langtang is a region in the north-central Himalayas of the Bagmati province of Nepal. Langtang National Park is indeed nature’s treasure in the lap of Himalayas. The region has some of the most breathtaking treks in Nepal. Plan a trip…

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  • Banke National Park

    Banke National Park

    Established on 12th July 2010. Banke National Park has an area of 550 sq km with a buffer zone of 343 sq km. The national park encompasses parts of Banke, Dang, and Salyan districts of Nepal. It is the 10th…

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  • Shey Phoksundo National Park

    Shey Phoksundo National Park

    Shey Phoksundo National Park, established in 2040 BS (1984 AD), was announced as a national park in 2055 AD (1998 AD). Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest and only trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal. It was established in 1984…

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  • National Park Entry Fees in Nepal

    National Park Entry Fees in Nepal

    Go on an adventure in Chitwan, Bardia, Shivapuri-Nagarjun, Sagarmatha or Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Kulendra shares his favorite locations for an adventure. If your trek enters a national park such as Sagarmatha (Everest) or Langtang, you will need to pay a…

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  • Shuklaphanta National Park

    Shuklaphanta National Park

    Shuklaphanta National Park is a protected area in the Terai of the Far-Western Region, Nepal. Covering 305 km2 (118 sq mi) of open grassland, forests, riverbeds and tropical wetlands at an altitude of 174 to 1,386 m (571 to 4,547…

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