Nepal Slashes Climbing Fees to Everest Entice More Mountaineers
download (4)In spite of existing concerns of overcrowding during the climbing season, tourism ministry official said that Nepal will cut climbing fees for Everest and other Himalayan peaks to draw more mountaineers from next year. However, fees for group expeditions to Everest will increase, to discourage large numbers climbing together and to reduce tensions on the mountain during peak m Submit
Under existing rules, groups of seven climbers pay $70,000 in total, which encourages climbers of varying abilities to club together. However, under the new fees, a group of seven pays $77,000. In the new fees, individual climbers tackling other 8,000-meter peaks will be charged $1,800 instead of the existing $5,000.
Dipendra Paudel said, “The past rules led to a situation where a team had several members, not all of them equally competent, we also realized that this often resulted in clashes among the mountaineers. This format also hampered the rescue efforts; we hope the new measure would help increase the number of climbers (overall).”
Everest is a main revenue earner for the impoverished country, with hundreds scaling the mountain every year, but many in the climbing community caution of the dangers of over-commercialization. Last year a clash between three European climbers and Nepalese guides on Everest made global headlines, raising concerns of overcrowding during the climbing months from March to May. The increasing number of group expeditions with climbers of varying abilities has also raised worries about the risk of accidents.