Govt lowers Everest climbing fee
February 15 , 2014
The government has lowered permit
fee for Mt Everest by nearly 50 percent.
Issuing a notice on the Nepal
Gazette on February 12, the government also introduced separate permit fee for
Nepali and foreign climbers. So far, the government had been levying same
permit fee for Nepali and foreign climbers. While the new permit fee for Nepali
climbers came into effect from February 12 itself, the new fee for foreign
climbers will come into effect from January 1, 2015.
As per the new fee structure,
foreign climbers will have to pay US$ 11,000 per person as permit fee for
normal route (South East Ridge) in the spring season. So far, foreign climbers
have been paying $25,000 per person. Similarly, permit fee for other routes has
been fixed at $10,000. Existing permit fee for normal route is $15,000 per
At present the government charges
$25,000 for one climber, $40,000 for two climber$48,000 for three climbers,
$56,000 for four climbers, $60,000 for five climbers, $66,000 for six climbers
and $70 climbers for seven climbers. For expedition peaks having more than
seven members, permit fee of $10,000 per person for each extra climbers. An
expedition can have a maximum of 15 members.
The government has eliminated the
group royalty system. Now, expedition teams have to pay permit fee of $11,000
per person regardless of the number of climbers.
Permit fee for Nepali climbers
for normal route has been fixed at Rs 75,000 per person. For other routes, the
fee has been fixed at Rs 60,000.
The government reduced the
royalty fee as per the recommendations of a committee headed by Purna Chandra
Bhattarai, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil
The government has also
introduced new permit fee for other mountain peaks. According to the notice,
permit fee of $1,800 has been fixed for mountains above 8,000 meters except Mt
Everest. Similarly, permit fee of $600 has been fixed for mountains of 7,501 to
7,999 meters, $500 for mountains 7,001 to 7,500 meters, $500 for mountains of
6,501 to 6,999 meters and $250 for mountains below 6,500 meters. Permit fee for
Amadablam has been fixed at $400 per person.
Nepali climbers will have to pay
Rs 10,000 for mountains above 8,000 meters except Mt Everest, Rs 8,000 for
mountains of 7,501 to 7,999 meters, Rs 6,000 for mountains 7,001 to 7,500
meters, Rs 5,000 for mountains of 6,501 to 6,999 meters, Rs 8,000 for Mt
Amadablam and Rs 4,000 for mountains below 6,500 meters.
Of the 1,792 mountains identified
in Nepal, only 326 have been opened for commercial expedition. Nepal
Mountaineering Association (NMA) issues permit for 33 of the 326 mountains
opened for expedition.