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 1.28||AUD 12.83||AUD 128.30||AUD 1,282.99||AUD 12,829.91|
|Canada||CAD 1.21||CAD 12.15||CAD 121.50||CAD 1,214.96||CAD 12,149.57|
|Ireland||EUR 0.81||EUR 8.06||EUR 80.61||EUR 806.12||EUR 8,061.21|
|New Zealand||NZD 1.36||NZD 13.64||NZD 136.44||NZD 1,364.38||NZD 13,643.79|
|South Africa||ZAR 12.96||ZAR 129.65||ZAR 1,296.45||ZAR 12,964.53||ZAR 129,645.30|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.70||GBP 6.98||GBP 69.78||GBP 697.84||GBP 6,978.44|
|United States of America||USD 0.90||USD 9.02||USD 90.23||USD 902.31||USD 9,023.07|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.