bans those under 16 from climbing Everest!
5/7/2002: Nepal Revises its Mountain Regulations 2002
of Nepal, in a bid to revive the countrys declining
tourism sector, has today announced new structures on
Royalty to climb Mount Everest the highest peak in the
new structure now allows even a single climber to buy
a permit and climb Everest on his own by paying a
Royalty of US $ 25,000 on Normal Route. He does not
have to shop around now to find the place to other
people's permit. Because by earlier provision people
had to pay US $ 70,000 regardless of 1 or 7 people.
onwards the Ministry will charge a solo expedition US
$ 25,000 to climb Everest while a two - member team
can climb the peak by doling out US $ 40,000. Likewise
a three - member team will get a permit on the South
East Ridge, route for US $ 48,000; a four - member
team for US $ 56,000; a team of five climbers for US $
60,000; while a six member team will be charged US $
66,000 the announcement said.
a seven - member expedition will have to pay US $
70,000 on the normal route; and each additional member
of a twelve - member team will be charged US $ 10,000.
Rates on the other routes remain unchanged at US $
70,000. Other routes to climb the highest mountain are
on the south pillar; the south - west face and the
to this, any expedition, whether one member or
twelve - members had to dole out a lump sum of US $
70,000, making it difficult for small number of
climbers to pay the royalty, according to Ministry.
in Nepal are now available to climbing, unlike before
throughout the year after the Govt. scrapped the
policy of granting permit in different seasons like
spring, summer, autumn and winter.
letter of respective national alpine clubs has been
removed from the climbing permit formalities.
and remuneration has been improved for the Nepali
Sherpas, liaison officers, Sirdars, mountain guides
and base camp staffs.
Age bars have been put into effect. No climbers under
the age of 16 years are permitted to join any
mountaineering expeditions. [For more on the youngest
Everest summiter see here.]
System of provisional permit has been introduced on
payment of, part of Royalty fees. This amount will be
5% of Royalty fee in case of Mount Everest and 10% of
fees incase of other mountains. This may not be a good
news for commercial climbing operators.
The deposit amount for the disposal of garbage has
been introduced for all mountains in Nepal for the
security of Environment and pollution control. It has
been decided that the amount will range from US $ 500
to US $ 4000 depending on the height of the mountain
and the region.
In case of change of the peaks after a Royalty has
been paid to originally permitted peak, it has been
regulated that paid Royalty can be transferred to
those of similar Height Mountains of the similar area
peaks only. With these introduction of new rules and
regulation of the laws Ministry hopes that it will
bring positive response of all the International
Climbers / Mountaineers of the world.
by Bikrum Pandey for EverestNews.com
comment: We heavily applaud the Ministry of Tourism
of Nepal for for this change in the age required to climb
Everest. It is a step in the right direction.
Previous story on this subject is below...
4/2002 The government of Nepal is contemplating
banning people under the age of 16 from scaling Mount
Everest but no decision has been made as yet. Reliable
sources tell EverestNews.com, "A proposal was set
up before the government regarding this ban, but it is
still under discussion, no law has been imposed by the
those new to all of this, this new rule would apply to
those climbing Everest, meaning going higher than base
camp... On Temba Tsheri Sherpa, he was 16 years 14
days of age (according to himself) when he reached the
Summit of Everest, not 15 as in those stories you will
see on the wire and elsewhere. For more on the youngest
Everest summiter see here.
Ministry of Tourism of Nepal also made some changes to
the fee charged, previously a team had to pay $70,000
US for a team up to seven climbers. Under the new
rules, a one climber expedition fee would be $25,000.
Two members $40,000 US, 4 climbers $56,000, five
climbers $60,000 and seven climbers will still be
$70,000. We doubt this will change much the way things
really work on Everest, in that commercial and private
expeditions will still save money if they buy a full
permit and sell slots for climbers...
by the way, Temba Tsheri Sherpa set this record on the
Tibet side of the mountain, where these rules will not
comment: We heavily applaud the Ministry of
Tourism of Nepal for considering this change in the
age required to climb Everest. It is a step in the