Nepal opens new eight-thousander for expedition


File photo of Kanchanjunga Massif. (Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Nepal has opened a new eight-thousander named Yalung Kang (8,077m), also known as Kanchanjunga West, for commercial expedition.

With this, the number of 8,000-meters peaks in the country has reached nine. The government has also begun the process to give international recognition to the new peaks. A proposal to give recognition to five Nepali 8,000-meter peaks, including Yalung Kang, is under consideration at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation popularly known as the UAAA.

Other proposed 8,000-meter peaks include Kanchanjunga South (8,476m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473m), Lhotse Middle (8,413m) and Lhotse Shar (8,400m).

Along with Yalung Kang, the government opened 103 other peaks for commercial expedition. Within this, the number of peaks opened for mountaineering has reached 414. The cabinet meeting held on Wednesday took the decision.

Among the newly opened peaks, nine are above 7,000m, 90 above 6,000m and 4 above 5,000m. The government has also decided to promote peaks, measuring less than 5,800 meters as trekking peaks.

Nepal has a total of 3,310 peaks including 1,913 climbing peaks.

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