Heavily slash down in mountaineering fees from 2014 summer climbing season
The government has made massive cuts in climbers’ royalty fee for peaks including the Mt Everest with an aim at attracting more mountaineers.
Also, the he government for the first time has introduced separate mountaineering royalty fee for Nepali climbers in a bid to get rid of crowds seeking government financial assistance and royalty waiver to climb Mt Everest.
As per the revised rate, $11,000 has been fixed for a foreigner aspiring to climb Mt Everest during the spring season from the normal route (South East Ridge). Earlier, the fee was $25,000 per person. Likewise, $ 10,000 has been fixed for a climber climbing Everest from other routes.
The royalty fee for climbers on the South East Ridge route during autumn has been revised to $5,500 from $12,500, while for summer/winter it has been revised to $2,750 per person from $6,250.
The new royalty fee for foreigners will come into effect from January 1, 2015.
However, the group royalty system will stay in place. A Mt Everest expedition that may have a maximum of 15 members (group) currently costs $10,000 per person. For Nepali climbers, the royalty fee has been set at Rs 75,000 per person during the spring season and Rs 37,500 and Rs 18,250 during the autumn and winter/summer, respectively. The latest fee structure for Nepali climbers will come into effect from February 13, 2014.
Government officials said the royalty fee was very high for Nepalis and it used to take at least a two-month process to get royalty waiver from the government. As a result, many of them were forced to climb mountains as guides of expedition teams. Fixing the minimum royalty amount for Nepalis will end such practices, the officials said.
The royalty fee for foreigners aspiring peaks of 8,000 meters or more (except Everest) has been revised to $1,800 per person from $5,000 during the spring. It will cost $900 and $450 per person during the autumn and winter/summer, respectively.
“The move is aimed at attracting and encouraging more individual climbers in the country,” said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, chief of the Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. “We have revised the fee as there were numerous complaints from foreign mountaineers that climbing cost was too high in Nepal.”
A committee formed to recommend on the revision of mountaineering royalty and adoption of necessary measures to make Nepal’s mountain tourism productive had in November last year submitted a report to the government, suggesting a revision of the expedition royalty fee for Mt Everest and other peaks. The revised royalty fee was published in the Nepal Gazette on Wednesday.
The government on July 16, 2013, had completely waived off royalty fee for climbers for peaks located in the mid-and-far western development region for five years. Annually, the government has been collecting more than Rs 240 million in mountaineering royalty. (Updated after the decision of the government of Nepal 2014-02-13
Based on ekantipur reports
Following was old royalties for mountaineering in Nepal:
Royalty Fee Above 8000m Peak
Climbing permit to scale the Nepal Himalayas is issued in all seasons by the Mountaineering Section of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Certain official documents are required to seek permission for climbing peaks. Around 121 peaks do not require liaison officer for expedition. Fees or royalties depend upon the altitude of the peak starting at US $ 1,000 for peaks below 6,501 meters and rising by US $ 500 for every 500 meters. The government on January 2008 has reviewed the royalty in the seasonal basis. The government reduced mountaineering royalty by 50 per cent for the expedition during winter season and 75 per cent during the summer. But the royalties has been kept as it is for the season from April to June. The royalty for Mt Ama Dablam will be fully charged for any season.
For the Mount Everest (Sagarmatha )
(1) The royalty for the mountaineering expedition team not exceeding seven in number from the route other than the general route (Southeast route) shall be fifty thousand U.S. dollar.
(2) The royalty for the mountaineering expedition from general route (Southeast route) for the mountaineering expedition team shall be as follows,-
|Member of the mountaineering expedition team||Royalty (U. S. Dollars)|
(1) Other not move than five members may be added in the mountaineering expedition team beyond the number as it is mentioned in clause (1) and (2).
A) Royalty for the other Mountain,-
(1) The royalty for the other mountain shall be as follows,-
|Name of the Mountain||Royalty for up to seven members(U.S. Dollars)||Royalty for each additional member(U.S. Dollars)|
|Above 8000 meter (other than Mount Everest)||10,000||1,500|
|From 7,501 meter to 8,000 meter||4,000||500|
|From 7001 meter to 7500 meter||3,000||400|
|From 6501 meter to 7000 meter||2,000||300|
|Less than 6501 meter high mountuin||1,000||200|
(2)Other not more than five members may be added in the mountaineering expedition team beside as prescribed in clause (1).
Note: If there is any change in the royalty amount before receiving the briefing from the Ministry even after one has already paid the royalty under this Regulation, the mountaineering expedition team shall pay the changed amount of the royalty.
The Fees for Trekking Peak Climbing under NMA Permission
|Name of the peak||Height||Region|
|01. Hiunchuli||6441 m.||Annapurna Himal,Gandaki|
|02. Singu Chuli (Fluted peak)||6501 m||Annapurna Himal,Gandaki|
|03. Mera Peak||6654 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|04. Kusum Kangru||6367 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|05. Kwangde||6011 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|06. Chulu West||6419 m.||Manang District, Gandaki|
|07. Chulu East||6584 m.||Manang District, Gandaki|
|08. Imja Tse (Island Peak)||6160 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|09. Parchemuche||6187 m.||Rolwaling Himal, Janakpur|
|10. Lobuje||6119 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|11. Romdung||5925 m.||Rolwaling Himal, Janakpur|
|12. Pisang Peak||6019 m.||Manang District, Gandaki|
|13.14. Khongma Tse (Mehra Peak)||849 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|15. Ganja La Chuli (Naya Kanga)||5844 m.||Langtang Himal, Bagmati|
|16. Pokhalde||5906 m.||Khumbu Himal, Sagarmatha|
|17. Mardi Himal||5587 m.||Annapurna Himal,Gandaki|
|18. Paldaor Peak||5896 m.||Langtang Himal, Bagmati|
The New Permit fee for the climbing Peak.
The cost for the Trekking Peak permit is USD 350/- per person upto 4 pax.
In every 1 pax increase in a group 5- 8 pax will be additional USD 40/- per person.
In every 1 pax increase above 9-12 pax in a group will be additional USD 25/- per person
If the group exceeds 12 pax, then the new permit is needed.
Group size 1 to 4 US$ 350
Group size 5 to 8 US$ 350 + US$ 40 per extra person
For 1 to 5 US$ 350 + 40 = 390
For 1 to 6 US$ 390 + 40 = 430
For 1 to 7 US$ 430 + 40 = 470
For 1 to 8 US$ 470 + 40 = 510
Group size 9 to 12 US$ 510 + US$ 25 per extra person
For 1 to 9 US$ 510 + 25 =535
For 1 to 10 US$ 535 + 25 = 560
For 1 to 11 US$ 5560 + 25 = 585
For 1 to 12 US$ 535 + 25 = 610
|01||Mt. Cholatse||6440 M||Khumbu||Lukla / Namche / Pheriche / B.C.||27 53 60||86 41 18|
|02||Mt. Machhermo||6273 M||Mahalangur||Lukla / Namche / Gokyo / B.C.||27 58 03||86 40 58|
|03||Mt. Kyazo Ri||6186M||”||”||”||”|
|04||Mt. Pheri Lapcha||6017 M||”||”||’’||”|
|05||Mt. Nirekha||6159M||”||”||27 58 37||36 45 55|
|06||Mt. Langsis Ri||6427 M||Jugal||Dhunche / Langtang / Langsisa / B.C||28 13 01||85 42 49|
|07||Mt. Ombigaichen||6340 M||Mahalungur||Lukla / Namche / Ombigaichen / B.C||27 51 42||86 51 56|
|08||Mt. Bokta||6143 M||Kanchenjunga||Tapleyjung / Ghunsa / B.C||27 37 15||88 20 22|
|09||Mt. Chekigo||6257M||Gaurishankar||Charikot / Simigaon / Beding / B.C||27 57 57||86 20 22|
|10||Mt. Lobuche West||6145M||Khumbu||Lukla / Namche / B.C||27 53 23||86 46 45|
|11||Mt. Larke Peak||6010M||Manaslu||Gorkha / Samagaon / Lamjung / B.C|
|12||Mt. Abi||6097M||Mahalangur||Lukla / Mera la / B.C||27 57 30||86 47 30|
|13||Mt. Yubra Himal||6035M||Langtang||Dhunche / Lagbeni / B.C|
|14||Mt. Chukung-Ri||5550 M||Khumbu||Lukla / Namche / Chukung||27 55 24||86 52 55|
|15||Mt. Yala Peak||5732M||Langtang||Dhunche / Langtang / B.C.||28 14 24||85 37 32|
The Permit fee for the above given Peaks are as follows;
For the Group of 1 to 7 Person is US $ 500 /- and for each additional member US$ 100/- extra upto the group of maximum 12 pax.