The Ministry of Tourism has collected revenues of around Rs 40 million in four days from mountain climbing permits. The department has issued permits for spring since March 23.
As said by a staff member in the Rameshwar Niraula Department of Mountain Section, more than Rs 390 million have been collected in four days from permits for several peaks including Mount Everest. Of this amount Rs 353 million have been collected from Everest climbing permits.
The department, until Monday, has received applications from more than 15 expeditions for permission to climb and requests from nine teams have been approved.
Permits to climb Mount Everest (8,848 meters), Mount Lhotse (8,516 meters), Mount Annapurna (8,091 meters), Mount Kumbhakarna (7,710 meters), Mount Pumari (7,161 meters), Thapa Peak (Dhampus – 6,012 meters) and Chhopbamari.
The deadline for seeking permission will be mid-April and the number of climbers is expected to rise.
In 2018, a total of 107 expedition teams were given permission for spring climbing and 34 of them for Mount Everest. Climbing royalties for Everest, the highest peak in the world, differs according to season.
According to the Department, foreigners must pay US $ 11,000 in the spring while this fee is US $ 5,500 for the fall.
Nepal has opened 414 mountain peaks for climbing.