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The government has lowered permit fee for Mt Everest by nearly 50 percent. Posted on 15 FEb 2014
Issuing a notice on the Nepal Gazette on February 12, the government also introduced separate permit fee for Nepali and foreign climbers. So far, the government had been levying same permit fee for Nepali and foreign climbers. While the new permit fee for Nepali climbers came into effect from February 12 itself, the new fee for foreign climbers will come into effect from January 1, 2015.
As per the new fee structure, foreign climbers will have to pay US$ 11,000 per person as permit fee for normal route (South East Ridge) in the spring season. So far, foreign climbers have been paying $25,000 per person. Similarly, permit fee for other routes has been fixed at $10,000. Existing permit fee for normal route is $15,000 per person.
At present the government charges $25,000 for one climber, $40,000 for two climber$48,000 for three climbers, $56,000 for four climbers, $60,000 for five climbers, $66,000 for six climbers and $70 climbers for seven climbers. For expedition peaks having more than seven members, permit fee of $10,000 per person for each extra climbers. An expedition can have a maximum of 15 members.
The government has eliminated the group royalty system. Now, expedition teams have to pay permit fee of $11,000 per person regardless of the number of climbers.
Permit fee for Nepali climbers for normal route has been fixed at Rs 75,000 per person. For other routes, the fee has been fixed at Rs 60,000.
The government reduced the royalty fee as per the recommendations of a committee headed by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
The government has also introduced new permit fee for other mountain peaks. According to the notice, permit fee of $1,800 has been fixed for mountains above 8,000 meters except Mt Everest. Similarly, permit fee of $600 has been fixed for mountains of 7,501 to 7,999 meters, $500 for mountains 7,001 to 7,500 meters, $500 for mountains of 6,501 to 6,999 meters and $250 for mountains below 6,500 meters. Permit fee for Amadablam has been fixed at $400 per person.
Nepali climbers will have to pay Rs 10,000 for mountains above 8,000 meters except Mt Everest, Rs 8,000 for mountains of 7,501 to 7,999 meters, Rs 6,000 for mountains 7,001 to 7,500 meters, Rs 5,000 for mountains of 6,501 to 6,999 meters, Rs 8,000 for Mt Amadablam and Rs 4,000 for mountains below 6,500 meters.
Of the 1,792 mountains identified in Nepal, only 326 have been opened for commercial expedition. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) issues permit for 33 of the 326 mountains opened for expedition.
Itinerary for Island Peak Climbing (17 days)
Day 01: Kathmandu- Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 02: Phakding- Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 03: Acclimatize day & Excursion
Day 04: Namche Bazaar - Tyangboche (3870m) 5-6 hours
Day 05: Tyangboche- Pheriche
Day 06: Pheriche- Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Lobuche- Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft) - Everest Base Camp Excursion (5,320m/17,450ft), 5-7 hrs
Day 08: Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar - Pheriche: 7-8 hours
Day 09: Pheriche- Chhukung
Day 10: Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 11: Island High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hrs
Day 12: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours
Day 13: Chhukung to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 14: Tyangboche- Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 15: Namche to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Lukla- Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart from Kathmandu