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General Information about Mountaineering in Nepal
More than anything else, Nepal is best known for its mountains and mountaineering. No where else on the earth can you find such concentration of high snows capped mountains and have the opportunity to climb some of the highest peaks in the world.

Of course Everest, immediately comes to mind when people think of Nepal but what is less often known is that Nepal is home to another seven peaks over 8000 meters and innumerable others between six and eight thousands meters. Currently some 236 peaks are available for expeditions with an additional 18 minor peaks being designated as "Trekking Peaks.


Rules and Regulations for Expedition Peaks
The regulations require that an expedition team wishing to attempt any of the scheduled peaks apply to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, (MOCTCA) through the medium of a Trekking Agency. Various financial and environmental guarantees must be given and a permit is then issued upon payment of the appropriate royalty.

For all expedition peaks, exceeding 6500 meters elevation, a government appointment liaison officer is deputed to accompany the team to accompany the team to base camp for the duration of the expedition. For all peaks with less than 6500-meter elevation, do not require liaison officer. The primary function of this Liaison officer is to ensure that the mountaineering regulations and laws of Nepal are adhered too.

Royalty for Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest)
More than one team may be permitted to climb Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) by a separate route each in one season.

A royalty of US$ 50,000 has been fixed for Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) for a team consisting of 7 members. The team may include 5 more members provided it pays extra US$ 10,000 for each additional member. The royalty includes trekking fee of the team members. The team members will be granted a three - month visa. An additional US$ 20,000 will have to be paid by the team willing to scale Mt. Everest by the normal south-east ridge route.

In all regions including Khumbu, an expedition team can have up to 7 members for the additional royalty.

The team already permitted to scale Mt. Everest will have to pay US$ 10,000 if it intends to change the ascent route. It will have to pay an additional US$ 20,000 if it intends to change the ascent route to normal south-east ridge route.

Mountaineering Royalty (In US $)

Classification of Peaks
(Except Everest) For expedition including up to 7 members For each additional member exceeding 7 members up to a total of 12 members.

Classification of Peaks
(Except Everest) For expedition including up to 7 members For each additional member exceeding 7 members up to a total of 12 members.

Peaks above 8000 m 10,000 m 1500 m
Peaks of 7501 - 8000m 4,000 m 500 m
Peaks of 7001 - 7500m 3,000 m 400 m
Peaks of 6501 - 7000m 2,000 m 300 m
Peaks below 6501 m 1,500 m 200 m

Liaison Office
Many peaks do not required liaison officer. However, wherever required, the expedition team must cover all costs of the liaison officer. This includes wages, Equipment allowance, transport, food and accommodation for the entire expedition period. The liaison officer must also be insured against accident.

Environment Deposit
Expedition attempting peaks in the Khumbu region must deposit US$ 4000 for Everest, US$3000 for other 8000 meter peaks, and US$ 2000 for peaks less than 8000 meters. This is refundable upon the team removing all garbage at the completion of the expedition.

Radio and Telephone Permit
Operating licenses must be obtained and paid for at the Ministry of Information and Communication in Singha Durbar for the use of two - way radios and satellite telephones.

Filming Permit
An expedition wishing to make documentary films of their climbs must obtain government permission from the Ministry of Information and Communications in Singha Durbar and pay permit fee the amount of which depends on the nationality of the filmmakers.

Most of the local preparation for an expedition will be carried out by Cross-Culture Trekking Agency appointed to represent the team, In most cases all of the required documents can be submitted to the various government agencies in advance so that there is minimal delay in issuing the necessary permits once the team arrives.

Cross-Culture will also, in most cases, arrange much of the equipment, food, fuel, and engaged all of the required local staff.

Expeditions can be carried out throughout the year. For the highest peaks, the latter part of the spring season is the most popular since weather and snow conditions are more predictable at this time. Winter season is sometimes possible but weather conditions usually make successful attempts unlikely.

Pick Climbing
Many of you have dreamed of reaching a summit of a mountain among Many Himalayan Peaks in Nepal. Amateur mountaineers and strong trekkers can successfully climb many smaller Himalayan Peaks on a relatively short holiday. Since 1978 the NMA has had the authority to issue permission for small-scale attempts on 18 peaks that are known as "Trekking Peaks" for trekking groups with permission from Nepal Mountaineering Association. Permits for these can be obtained at a short time with pardonable formalities and price. Rather than requiring an expensive expedition permit and complex regulations. The climbing treks will be led by our Sherpa Sirdars, some of whom have climbed Mt Everest and other Himalayan Peaks.

Trekking Peaks
Compared to expedition peaks, the regulations pertaining to trekking peaks are relatively simple. A permit is required, which is issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association upon payment of a royalty fee. Cross-Culture Trekking Agency makes all arrangement to issue of a trekking peaks permit within 24 hours.

Names of the Peaks:

S. No. Name of the Peaks Height Region
01 Mt. Cholatse 6440m. Khumbu Himal
02 Labuje West 6145m. "
03 Mt. Chhukung Ri 5550m. "
04 Mt. Machermo 6273m. Mahalangur
05 Mt. Kyazo Ri 6186m. "
06 Mt. Phari Lapcha 6017m. "
07 Mt. Nirekha 6159m. "
08 Ombigaichen 6340m. "
09 Mt. ABI 6097m. "
10 Mt. Langsisa Ri 6427m. Jugal
11 Mt. Bokta 6143m. Kanchenjunga
12 Mt. Chekigo 6257m. Gaurishankar
13 Mt. Larkya Peak 6010m. Manaslu
14 Mt. Yala Peak 5732m. Langtang
15 Mt. Yabra Himal 6035m. "

Fee Structure for Group "A" Peaks

  1. Royalty for up to 7 members - US$ 500.
  2. Royalty for each additional member up to 12 people - US$ 100.
S. No. Name of the Peaks Height Region
01 Mt. Hiuchuli 6441m. Annapurna Himal
02 Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak) 6501m. "
03 Mt. Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) 5663m. "
04 Mt. Mardi Himal 5587m. "
05 Mt. Mera Peak 6654m. Khumbu Himal
06 Mt. Kusum Kangru 6367m. "
07 Mt. Kwangde 6011m. "
08 Mt. Imja Tse (Island Peak) 6160m. "
09 Mt. Labuje 6119m. "
10 Mt. Khongmo Tse 5849m. "
11 Mt. Pokhalde 5806m. "
12 Mt. Chulu West 6419m. Manang District
13 Mt. Chulu East 6584m. "
14 Mt. Pisang Peak 6091m. "
15 Mt. Parchemuche 6187m. Rolwaling Himal
16 Mt. Ramdung 5925m. "
17 Mt. Ganjala Chuli (Naya Kang) 5844m. Langtang Himal
18 Paldor Peak 5996m. Ganesh Himal

Fee Structure for Group "B" Peaks

  1. Group Size Rate US$ Additional P/P US$
  2. 1-4 persons 350 only
  3. 5-8 persons 350 Plus 40 per person
  4. 9-12 persons 510 Plus 25 per person

Preparation for Trekking Peaks
Preparation for climbing a trekking peak is far simpler than for an expedition. The climbing period for most of the trekking peaks rarely exceeds more than a few days so large amounts of base camp equipment are not usually required, also due to their relatively low altitude, the amount of climbing equipment required is proportionally less.

In general, preparation for climbing a trekking peak is little different from preparing for a trek.

Seasons for Trekking Peaks
The lower altitude of the trekking peaks means that the ascent some of them is possible during the winter season as well as during the spring and autumn.

Rescue Service

Himalayan Rescue Association

HRA is a voluntary Nepalese organization registered with His Majesty's Government to run a mountain rescue service in the mountain tourist areas. The Association's major role is the prevention and treatment of mountain sickness. The association's medical research work is undertaken by a team of foreign doctors at present.

The Kathmandu office and Information Center of the HRA is located in Thamel. The HRA Information Center has expert and up to date information on all aspects of altitude sickness. All those intending to trek above 3,000m (10,000ft) are advised to visit the Information Center. Two Trekker's Aid Posts are listed.

Everest Area
At Pheriche on the main trail to Everest Base Camp, one day north of Thyanboche. This Aid Post is well equipped and staffed by two Western doctors during the main trekking season. Trekkers intending to go to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp are advised to contact the Pheriche Aid Post.

Manang Area
At Manang village in Manang. The Aid Post is well noticeable and has a sign posted. Regular talks on dangers of altitude sickness are given here every alternate day during trekking season. The Aid Post is staffed by a Western doctor. Trekkers intending to cross Thorong La Pass and visiting the surrounding areas are advised to contact the HRA aid post either at Chindi or at Manang.

Medical Rescue and Transport Communication Facilities

1. Everest and Kanchenjunga Treks
A small hospital and airstrip at Jiri, Phaplu and Khunde (Syangboche). Similarly a medical facility operated by HRA is situated at Pheriche. There are also radio station at Chainpur, Khandhari, Taplejung, Phidim, Bhojpur, Terhathum, Dhankuta, Dharan, Illam, Chandra-gadhi, Jiri, Namche Bazaar, Thayangboche, Pheriche, Lobuche and Salleri.

2. Helambu, Gosaikunda, and Langtang Treks
Modern medical facilities are not available in the Helambu area. For Gosaikunda and Langtang, there is a government hospital at Trishuli Bazaar and a dispensary at Dhunche. There is also radio and telephone link to Kathmandu at Trishuli Bazaar. An airstrip is located near Kyangjin in Langtang Valley. The other two radio stations are on the Bhote Koshi at Rasuwa Gadhi on the Tibetan Border and in Dhunche.

3. Around Pokhara, Lamjung, Jomsom, Muktinath and Manang
Pokhara has an all weather airport, telecommunication network and a modern hospital. District hospitals are located in Baglung, Bensishar, and Jomsom. There is a Trekker's Aid post run by the Himalayan Rescue Association in Manang. Additionally a small government dispensary at Hongde and Chame, the headquarter of Manang district; also serve both foreigners & locals. Airstrips are located at Jomsom, Hongde and Balewa of Baglung. There are radio stations at Chame, Kusma, Baglung, Beni and Jomsom.

There are also radio stations at Gorkha and Besisahar. A government hospital is located in Gorkha. The united Mission to Nepal runs a hospital at Ampipal of Gorkha.

4. Jumla and Rara
Airstrips are located in Dhorpatan, Jumla and Simikot. There is a government hospital and a radio station Jumla. A dispensary is run at Gumgadi.

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