Nearly a million people visit protected areas last year

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Kathmandu, January 28

The number of tourists visiting the protected areas of the country has set a new record.

According to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, a record-breaking 932,532 local and foreign tourists visited the protected areas in the fiscal year 2022/23, marking the highest number to date.

Data suggested around 60 per cent of foreign tourists visit Nepal to explore protected areas like the Everest, Annapurna and Manaslu.

Protected area Number of tourists
Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park 301,287
Chiwtan National Park 292,392
Annapurna Conservation Area 172,108
Sagarmatha National Park 57,690
Langtang National Park 27,561
Bardiya National Park 23,511
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve 12,029
Rara National Park 10,899
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 7,045
Manaslu Conversation Area 6,851
Krishnasaar Conservation Area 5,561
Shey Phoksundo National Park 3,782
Shuklaphanta National Park 3,528
Khaptad National Park 2,891
Gaurishankar Conservation Area 1,893
Makalu-Barun National Park 1,610
Parsa National Park 890
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area 713
Banke National Park 271
Apinampa Conservation Area 18

Among the protected areas, Chitwan National Park stands out as the highest revenue generator, followed by Everest. Over one year, a total revenue of Rs 757.70 million has been generated from protected areas.

Specifically, Chitwan National Park contributed Rs 281.3 million, while Everest generated Rs 148.1 million. Shivpuri-Nagarjun collected Rs 54.3 million in revenue, and Langtang collected Rs 42.4 million. Bardiya generated Rs 45 million in revenue, and Parsa contributed Rs 36.2 million.

Notably, across the country, 170 households have obtained permission to operate homestays within protected areas, offering services to 3,763 tourists simultaneously.

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