A study team has recommended to the government to hike royalty fee for Mt Everest to US $11,000 per person and scrap the existing group royalty system. It has suggested charging Rs 75,000 per person for Nepali climbers.
At present, royalty fee for Mt Everest ranges from $15,000-70,000 per expedition, depending on the number of members (maximum of seven).
The team has also suggested to the government to fix royalty fee for other mountain peaks on the basis of their height.
The 10-member team led by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, chief of the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation submitted its report to the government on November 7. It has given 50-point suggestions on various issues related to Nepal’s mountaineering sector.
Meanwhile, the team has also suggested opening up 32 new peaks for commercial expedition. It has also recommended to the government to recognized five new eight-thousanders.
The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) is currently studying the proposal to recognize five new eight-thousanders of Nepal. The five peaks are Yarlung Khang – 8,505m (also known as Kanchenjunga West), Kanchenjunga Central – 8,473m (Nepal-India border), Kanchenjunga South – 8,476m (Nepal- India border), Lhotse Middle – 8,413m (Nepal-China border) and Lhotse Shar – 8,400m (Nepal-China border).
The team has also suggested to the government to open 32 new peaks for commercial expedition and name the new peaks and base camps after legendary mountaineers and scholars like Goerge Mallory, Andrew Irvine, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Edmund Hillary, Phu Dorjee Sherpa, Maurice Herzog, Luis Lachenal, Apa Sherpa and Dr Harka Gurung.