Royalty Fees

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

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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)
One Member 25,000
Two Member 40,000
Three Member 48,000
Four Member 56,000
Five Member 60,000
Six Member 66,000
Seven Member 70,000

(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

sl.no Mountain Name Altitude Himal Area Latitude Longitude
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.

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