Government today announced the opening of 104 more peaks for mountaineering exempting the permit rule for the mountains below 5,800m.
According to tourism industry division of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, as many as 414 mountains will now be open to summit. “Now onwards, there is no need to obtain climbing permit to all peaks below 5,800m,” Joint Secretary Madhusudan Burlakoti said.
The Ministry said it has also decided to remove 16 peaks from the list of 326 mountains which were earlier opened for climbing. “Revising the earlier list of peaks opened for climbing, 16 have been removed for different reasons, including repetition and difficult climbing topography,” he added.
Nepal Mountaineering Association Chairman Ang Tshering Sherpa hailed the decision claiming that it would set the mountaineering world abuzz.
Earlier, there were only 20 royalty free peaks, while only 22 peaks had been opened to Nepali expeditors, or the joint expedition teams consisting of at least three Nepali members. 102 peaks were open for only the foreign expedition teams.
The government data shows that there are 1,455 trekking and 1,884 travel and tour agencies registered in the country.