The new climbing permit fee for Mt Everest and other mountain peaks for foreign climbers has come into effect.
Publishing a notice in Nepal Gazette in February last year, the government had reduced Everest climbing fee via normal route for foreign climbers to US$ 11,000 per person with effect from January 1, 2015. It had also eliminated group royalty system. Under the group royalty system, foreign climbers were required to pay permit fee of as high as $25,000.
Similarly, Everest climbing fee for other routes has been brought down to $10,000 per person, down from $ 15,000. Likewise, permit fee for autumn season has been brought down to $5,500 per person, down from $12,500 per person.
Climbing permit fees for other mountains have also come down. Permit fee for mountains above 8,000 meters, excluding Everest, has been fixed at $1,800 per person. Cilmbing fee for mountains between 7,500 meters to 7,999 has been fixed at $600 per person and fee for mountains between 7,000 meters to 7,499 meters has been fixed at $500 per person. Similarly, permit for mountains between 6,501 meters to 6,999 meters has been fixed at $400. Mountaineers planning to climb peaks below 6,500 meters are required to pay permit fee of $ 250 per person. Likewise, permit fee for Mt. Amadablam has been fixed at $400 per person.