A total of 84 mountaineering teams have obtained permits as of April 13 to climb mountains and peaks in Nepal in this spring.
A total of 84 mountaineering teams have obtained permits as of April 13 to climb mountains and peaks in Nepal in this spring season.
With 689 members spread across 84 mountaineering teams, the government collected royalty of over Rs 373 million through climbing permits alone.
The expedition teams have requested permits for 19 mountains and peaks, including Sagarmatha (Mt Everest), and are composed of individuals representing 65 nationalities. Of them, 250 members (194 males and 56 females) from 45 countries will be attempting to scale the world's tallest peak.
The royalty collection so far from the Everest permits this season is calculated over Rs 310 million. Moreover, the Department of Tourism (DoT) hopes that a high number of mountain expedition teams will climb this year, too, as mountain tourism is vibrant after COVID-19 crisis and the climate is favourable for climbing.
Outgoing chair of the Nepal Mountaineering Association and noted tourism entrepreneur Aang Chhiring Sherpa said, "Though a lesser number of climbers this year, relative to the previous year, it seems Nepal's mountain tourism is attracting more foreign climbers and it is indeed noteworthy. The number is gradually rising."