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Mountaineering
Nepal is a country well known for it's Himalayan Mountains. Eight of the fourteen highest peaks in the world, including the highest peak, Mount Everest, are found here. Climbing such peaks is considered one of the most exhilarating experiences on earth, making Nepal the favorite destination for mountaineers with more than 600 expeditions including its trekking each year.

The sport of mountaineering in Nepal has greatly increased in popularity in Nepal since the 1930s. Previously, expeditions were chiefly launched from the Tibetan side of the Himalaya Range and were concentrated on attempting the major prize of scaling Mount Everest. However, after the Second World War, greater influence in the West, improved equipment, skills and oxygen apparatus, together with the opening of Nepal to foreign visitors, led to a series of new assaults from within Nepal on Everest and other peaks.

In 1951 a reconnaissance expedition included amongst its members the New Zealand born climber Edmund Hillary. Later a Swiss expedition in 1952 sent Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to 7800m. Finally, in 1953, John Hunt's British team succeeded in getting both Tenzing and Hillary to the highest location on earth.

Once conquered, success in climbing Everest continued repeatedly. A Swiss expedition reached the summit in 1956 and in 1960. Afterwards it was the turn of a party from the People's Republic of China and members of a massive American expedition in 1963 found their Chinese flag on the summit in 1965. In 1970 a Japanese team not only reached the top but also sent one fearless climber back down on skis! Several more successful attempts since include an Italian team in 1973 and also a Japanese women's party. An American amputee became the first disabled man to climb Everest in 1998.

Of the countless number of mountain peaks within Nepal a little over 100 are now open to foreign visitors for a fee. Expeditions to the 8,000m-plus peaks are expensive and are usually sponsored. The current government charge for Everest, for instance, is US$ 50,000 for a seven-person team.

Corsa Nepal offer mountaineering packages, providing all necessary equipment, food, transportation, experienced Sherpa guides, porter services and relevant climbing permits. We can also arrange insurance cover, if necessary.

Mountaineering Rules and Regulations:

Climbing Permit Fees (Royalties) and Expedition Team sizes:

More than one team is permitted to climb Sagarmatha (Mt.Everest) in one season by separate (non-conventional) routes each.

A royalty of U$ 50,000 is fixed for Sagarmatha for a team consisting of seven members. The team may include five further members at a cost of US$ 10,000 per additional member. The royalty includes the trekking fee for all team members. The team members will also be granted a three-month visa.

There is an additional US$ 20,000 charge for teams proposing to climb Mt.Everest by the normal south-east ridge route.

Any team already permitted to scale Mt.Everest must pay US$ 10,000 if it intends to change it's originally agreed ascent route. A charge of US$ 20,000 applies if it intends to change the ascent route to the normal southeast ridge route.

In all other regions, including Khumba, an expedition team can have up to seven members for the additional royalty.

Liason Officers:
Why we need a liaison officer?
The primary function of a liaison officer is to ensure that the mountaineering regulations and laws of Nepal are adhered to.

What to include when appointing a liaison officer?
The expedition team must cover all costs of the liaison officer. This includes wages, equipment allowance, transport, meals and suitable accommodation for the entire expedition period. The liaison officer must also be insured against accidents.

Environmental Deposit

Teams attempting peaks within the Khumba Region must deposit US$ 4,000 for Everest expeditions, US$ 3,000 for other 8,000m peaks and US$ 2,000 for peaks less than 8,000m. This deposit is refundable upon the team removing all their garbage on completion of the expedition.

Radio and Telephone Permits

Operating licenses must be obtained and paid for to use two-way radio equipment and telephones.

Restrictions:

Food and equipment imported for expeditions require an import license and must be cleared with customs. Radio transmitters and other communication equipment are controlled items in Nepal and must be declared at the customs office at the point of entry.

Until recently only one expedition was allowed on any given peak in each season (the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods of the dry season). However, this rule has now been relaxed and more than one party can climb at once.

There are still many major peaks that have not been successfully climbed and   some that have never been attempted. Many of these, including the famous fish-tailed peak in the Annapurna Range (visible from Pokhara), are no longer open for mountaineering expeditions for reasons of safety or religious significance.

There are also eighteen peaks, all under 7,000m, called 'trekking peaks' for which climbing permits are issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The permits for trekking these peaks cost US$ 300 and are valid for up to ten persons for one month from the date of issue. The most popular of such peaks are 6160m Island Peak (Imja Tse) and 6654m Mera Peak in the Everest Region. Gurkha Encounters offers organized ascents of both.
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