Govt collects Rs 314m from Everest permit fee

Mt Everest

Mt Everest

The government has collected Rs 313.9 million as revenue from different expedition teams heading to Mt Everest in this spring season.

According to Nagarik daily, the government has collected US$ 3.25 million (Rs 313.91 million) until April 14.

Thirty-two expeditions, including a Nepali expedition, have sought permission to climb Mt Everest this season. The Nepali expedition is led by Kami Sherpa of Solukhumbu. He is planning solo ascent of Mt Everest this season.

According to Mountaineering Section at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), 334 foreign mountaineers, including 57 women, are attempting Mt Everest this season. Of them 85 are US citizens, 35 are Britons, 25 are Indians, 23 are Japanese and 22 are Chinese.

Last year a total of 31 expeditions had sought permission to climb Mt Everest — the tallest peak on earth at 8,848 meters.

Meanwhile, the ministry has opened a liaison office at the Everest Base Camp. The office has already started operation.

Similarly, a total of 84 expeditions have sought permission to climb 25 mountain peaks like Manaslu, Kanchanjunga, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Annapurna till April 14.

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