The government has deprived Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) of the authority to issue permit for mountain peaks, something the association had been doing since 1977.
A miniter-level decision taken by the outgoing Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation authorized Department of Tourism (DoT) to issue the permits instead.
NMA had been issuing permits for 33 mountain peaks.
The minsitry, however, has said it would provide resources to NMA to meet its administrative and operationl expenses.
NMA had been levying permit fee of up to US$ 250 per climber.
Officials of NMA said they they were shocked by the decision. They commented the decision as a ‘ploy to destabilize the country’s adventure tourism’.