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 Nepal News: Press Release from Nepal Tourism Board 12/26/01

One Hundred & Three Himalayan Peaks Opened for Mountaineering and Some Changes in the Provision of Liaison Officer 

As per the Cabinet decision of His Majesty's Government (HMG) of Nepal dated December 20, 2001 (2058-9-5) a total of 103 Himalayan peaks in the Kingdom of Nepal, have been opened up for mountaineering with effect from Spring season (March 1, 2002). With this addition, the total number of mountaineering peaks opened for mountaineering has reached 263.

The opening up of these peaks in the context of celebrating Destination Nepal Year 2002-2003, International Year of Mountains 2002 and Golden Jubilee Celebration Year on the successful ascent of Mount Everest 2003 will help develop Nepal as a premier events especially in the mountain tourism in the international arena. This step is also expected to contribute to develop the deprived and backward sectors from the viewpoint of Nepal's mountain tourism development.

In addition to this, as per the same decision, HMG has revised the existing mandatory system of deputing the Liaison Officer to every expedition team to the Himalayan peaks. As per the current provision peaks ranging below 6500 meters including the old and new do not require Liaison Officer anymore with effect from upcoming Spring season 2002 (March 1, 2002). As per the new system, expedition to 89 Himalayan peaks do not require the service of Liaison Officer.

His Majesty's Government of Nepal expects to generate more attraction to the global expedition members in Nepal's mountaineering field mainly from this decision.

Earlier stories: Nepal open 103 new peaks! and

The list of 103 new peaks to be opened

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