The official currency is the Nepalese rupee (NPR) which is divided into 100 paisa. As getting change can be a problem, one recommends visitors have a supply of small notes handy. Tourist activities are often quoted in US Dollars.
It is advisable to carry new dollar bills in varied denominations. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards are accepted in many tourist hotels, shops, restaurants, and travel agencies.
Banks and moneychangers are present in all tourist centres and major cities. All receipts from foreign exchange transactions should be kept so rupees can be exchanged back into foreign currencies on departure. Cash is needed when trekking.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Nepal||NPR 1||NPR 5||NPR 10||NPR 100||NPR 1,000|
|Australia||AUD 1.25||AUD 12.55||AUD 125.48||AUD 1,254.78||AUD 12,547.79|
|Canada||CAD 1.18||CAD 11.82||CAD 118.18||CAD 1,181.78||CAD 11,817.79|
|Ireland||EUR 0.78||EUR 7.82||EUR 78.21||EUR 782.10||EUR 7,821.03|
|New Zealand||NZD 1.31||NZD 13.06||NZD 130.64||NZD 1,306.35||NZD 13,063.50|
|South Africa||ZAR 12.64||ZAR 126.39||ZAR 1,263.87||ZAR 12,638.66||ZAR 126,386.64|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.67||GBP 6.73||GBP 67.28||GBP 672.83||GBP 6,728.26|
|United States of America||USD 0.89||USD 8.89||USD 88.92||USD 889.16||USD 8,891.58|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.