KATHMANDU: The Nepal government has granted permission to a total of 901 mountaineers from 108 expedition teams from 68 countries to climb 38 mountains including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. Department of Tourism (DoT), which issues permission to mountaineers stated that climbers have started to arrive in Nepal.
Mt Manaslu, the 8th highest peak in the world, appeared to be the best choice among mountaineers. “It is the best season to climb Mt. Manaslu so it has attracted the highest number of climbers. Most of the climbers have already returned after reaching the peak,” said Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director of Seven Summit Trek.
According to DoT, 404 climbers from 38 teams and five climbers from a single team have secured permission to climb Manaslu and Mt. Everest respectively. Similarly, 131 climbers from 11 teams and 144 climbers from 14 teams received permission to climb Mt. Ama Dablum and Dhaulagiri peak respectively.
According to DoT, a total of Rs 71 million has been collected in mountaineering revenue so far for this season. Hom Prasad Luitel, Director General of the DoT said the expedition has begun with the start of the arrival of the mountaineers.