46 teams so far get climbing permits for spring season
Kathmandu, April 6: As of Friday, a total of 46 expedition teams have been granted mountain climbing permits for this spring. The Department of Tourism has so far collected royalty over Rs 255.6 million through the permits.
The teams acquiring the climbing permits comprise 193 members. Of the collected revenue, Rs 240 million is collected from the mountaineering teams climbing the Mount Everest as 19 teams are attempting to scale the world’s highest peak this time.
According to the Department, (aspiring) climbers have started flocking the destinations. Four expeditions are attempting each for climbing the Kanchenjunga and Lhotse peaks and two are each for the Annapurna and Ama Dablam, Department’s mountaineering section’s Nayab Subba Rameshwor Niruala said.
Permits have been given to two groups each for climbing Makalu, Nuptse and Gyalzen peaks.
According to Niraula, this time the participation is enthusiastic.
In spring last year, the Department had gathered 412.88 million in royalty from mountain climbing permits issued to 107 expedition teams and the maximum amount (over Rs 350 million) was out of the permits issued for climbing the Everest as 34 teams had taken permission for its climbing. The government has presently opened 415 mountain peaks for climbing and there are still over 1,300 mountains suitable for climbing.