Nepal Expedition

Expedition in NepalNepal is a land where arts and culture are well preserved. The core of the mountain complex known as Himalayas 'abode of snow' is the youngest and highest mountain system of the world. The Himalayas are huge mountain range stretching 3000 km. east to west and Nepal Himalaya is the largest and highest occupying nearly a third or 800 km. across, with eight peaks that rise above 8000 m. including the third pole of the world, Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest).

The main Himalayas are having series of lofty peaks and ridges separated by deep gorges. Each of these mountain peaks or Himalayas in turn send out a web of urges stubbed with numerous peaks.

It is not just the height that gives the Himalayas their grandeur, but it is also the tremendous contrast with the deep valleys that wind between the peaks. Government of Nepal has opened 326 peaks for the mountaineering activities among its numerous peaks. Ever since the country was first opened to climbers in 1949, Nepal Himalaya has become a great theatre of mountaineering activities and their drama of success and failure have provided impetus to more men to meet the ultimate mountains.

Govt slashes mountaineering fee to attract more climbers

The government has made massive cuts in climbers’ royalty fee for peaks including the Mt Everest with an aim at attracting more mountaineers.

Also, the he government for the first time has introduced separate mountaineering royalty fee for Nepali climbers in a bid to get rid of crowds seeking government financial assistance and royalty waiver to climb Mt Everest.

As per the revised rate, $11,000 has been fixed for a foreigner aspiring to climb Mt Everest during the spring season from the normal route (South East Ridge). Earlier, the fee was $25,000 per person. Likewise, $ 10,000 has been fixed for a climber climbing Everest from other routes.

The royalty fee for climbers on the South East Ridge route during autumn has been revised to $5,500 from $12,500, while for summer/winter it has been revised to $2,750 per person from $6,250.

The new royalty fee for foreigners will come into effect from January 1, 2015.

However, the group royalty system will stay in place. A Mt Everest expedition that may have a maximum of 15 members (group) currently costs $10,000 per person. For Nepali climbers, the royalty fee has been set at Rs 75,000 per person during the spring season and Rs 37,500 and Rs 18,250 during the autumn and winter/summer, respectively. The latest fee structure for Nepali climbers will come into effect from February 13, 2014.

Government officials said the royalty fee was very high for Nepalis and it used to take at least a two-month process to get royalty waiver from the government. As a result, many of them were forced to climb mountains as guides of expedition teams. Fixing the minimum royalty amount for Nepalis will end such practices, the officials said.

The royalty fee for foreigners aspiring peaks of 8,000 meters or more (except Everest) has been revised to $1,800 per person from $5,000 during the spring. It will cost $900 and $450 per person during the autumn and winter/summer, respectively.

“The move is aimed at attracting and encouraging more individual climbers in the country,” said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, chief of the Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. “We have revised the fee as there were numerous complaints from foreign mountaineers that climbing cost was too high in Nepal.”

A committee formed to recommend on the revision of mountaineering royalty and adoption of necessary measures to make Nepal’s mountain tourism productive had in November last year submitted a report to the government, suggesting a revision of the expedition royalty fee for Mt Everest and other peaks. The revised royalty fee was published in the Nepal Gazette on Wednesday.

The government on July 16, 2013, had completely waived off royalty fee for climbers for peaks located in the mid-and-far western development region for five years. Annually, the government has been collecting more than Rs 240 million in mountaineering royalty.

Royalty for foreign climbers Per Climber in US Dollar

S. N.

Mountain

Spring season

Autumns season

Winter/summer

01

Everest Normal route

11,000

5,500

2,750

02

Everest other route

10,000

5,000

2,500

03

Other mountain less then 8,00m

1,800

900

450

04

7501m - 7999m

600

300

150

05

7000m - 7500m

500

250

125

06

6501m - 6999m

400

200

100

07

Mt. Amadablam (6812m)

400

400

200

08

Less than 6500m

250

125

70