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Mountaineering in Nepal

Reach the Clouds...

Mountaineering in the Himalayas is a daunting taskMountaineering adds to your life immensely. Few experiences on earth can beat the exhilaration on scaling them. And where can one get taller mountains in Nepal. 8 the 10 highest peaks in the world, including the Mount Everest, the queen of the peaks lie in Nepal. No wonder then that Nepal has always been a preferred destination of mountaineers. The country offers adequate mountaineering experiences to both the seasoned and inexperienced mountaineers. Every year over 600 expeditions mountaineer their way up to these peaks. Nepal has been the stage of some of the most exemplary achievements in the field of mountaineering.

Fast Facts
Mountain Height Date of Ascent Ranking in the World
Everest 8848m (29028ft) 29-May-53 Highest mountain in the World
Kanchenjunga 8586m (28169ft) 25-May-55 # 3
Lhotse 8501m (27890ft) 18-May-56 # 4
Makalu 8463m (27765ft) 15-May-55 # 5
Cho Oyu 8,201m (26,906ft) - # 6
Dhaulagiri 8167m (26794ft) 13-May-60 # 7
Manaslu 8156m (26758ft) 9-May-56 # 8
Annapurna 8091m (26545ft) 3-Jun-50 # 10

Mountaineering Seasons
There are four mountaineering seasons in Nepal.

Spring March/May
Summer June/August
Autumn September/November
Winter December/February

Mountaineering Permits
Climbing permits are issued by the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation (MOTCA) for 135 peaks known as mountaineering peaks, and by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) for 18 smaller peaks which are also known as trekking peaks. These peaks range from 5,587 to 6,654 m in altitude. Documents required with filing of the application are short introduction of all expedition members (with photographs and signature), approach route map and photograph of the mountain indicating climbing route. Written endorsement of the National Alpine Club is also required. These climbing permits are issued for all seasons.

It is mandatory to have an import license for importing food and equipment. Communication equipments like receiver sets and cordless phone are controlled items in the country. Law requires these items to be cleared by customs department before entering the country.

Range of Choices
Nepal offers 1310 snow peaks more than 6000 meters tall, enough to mesmerise people fond of mountaineering. Agencies in Nepal offer full logistics support for scaling Himalayan peaks. Thouse who are not experienced trudge up under the guidance of expert mountaineers.

For further information, contact

Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation
Tourism Industry Administration, Mountaineering Division
Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu

Nepal Mountaineering Association
Naxal, Kathmandu
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