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Rs 23 million-plus collected from autumn climbing permits


Nepalnews
2021 Sep 16, 10:37, Kathmandu
This image shows the signboard of the Department of Tourism outside its office in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu in August 2019. Photo courtesy: Sanjay Nepal

The federal government has collected more than Rs 23 million-plus revenue from the autumn climbing permits issued this year.

According to the information provided by Meera Acharya, the Director at Mountaineering section at the Department of Tourism, a governmental authority tasked with the climbing permits has collected 197350 $ which in Nepali rupees stands at Rs 23 million 78 thousand 356.50 based on the latest exchange rate.

As of 14 September, 25 expedition teams that include 230 climbers including 52 female climbers are given official autumn climbing permits. Six mountains ranging from above 6000 meters to 8000 meters plus will be climbed this season. The six mountains are Mariyang (6528 m), Mt Putha Himchuli (7246 m), Mt Kumbhakarna (Jannu) (7710 m), Mt Manaslu (8163 m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Mt Kanchenjunga (8586 m).

The highest permit issue is for Mt Manaslu which is 171 climbers from 17 teams which include 38 female climbers. The lowest volume of permits is for Mt Putha Himchuli and Mt Kanchenjunga with each of 3 climbers.

Five male-only climbers of an expedition are attempting Mt Kumbhakarna, eight climbers including 1 female representing an expedition are vying for Mariyang and 40 climbers including 12 female climbers are afoot to scale Mt Dhaulagiri.

''Primarily in Nepal the prime climbing season is spring which ranges from March, April and May'', said Tshering Jangbu Sherpa, an international mountain guide from Nepal who also guided Nepal's first Everest Height Measurement team to scale the Mt Everest in 2019. He added, ''Autumn is also chosen by some climbers which fall in the months of September, October, and November.'' 

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