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Nepal’s Protected Areas Attract Record Breaking Tourist Numbers

Nepal’s special natural spots have drawn lots of people, hitting a record high. In the year 2022–2023, a huge 932,532 locals and tourists from abroad visited these stunning places. About sixty percent of foreign visitors pick Nepal just to see its famous protected areas like Manaslu, Everest, and Annapurna.

Here’s a breakdown of the visitor numbers for some key protected areas:

Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park: 301,287
Chitwan 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 Conservation 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
Api Nampa Conservation Area: 18

In addition, 170 homes in these protected areas have been granted permission to run homestays, providing lodging to 3,763 visitors at once.

In addition to having positive economic effects, this increase in tourism highlights how important it is to protect Nepal’s natural treasures.

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