and sixty-four members of 40 expedition teams successfully climbed 17 peaks
autumn season of 2003.
Altogether 76 teams consisting of 490 members from 18 countries, including six
Nepalese climbers, were permitted to climb 36 peaks of heights ranging from
6000 meters to the 8000 meter peaks, said the Ministry of Tourism. This season
is significant for the tourism industry since it collected Rs. 21.6 million in
Two teams are still trying to climb Tengkanboche and Lhotse peaks (more
on the Japanese in Today's report).
Besides the expedition members 52 altitude porters have also climbed the
peaks. This falls was much better in terms of mountaineering and trekking
compared to last autumn.
Among the 76 team of 18 countries, 14 were French, 13 American, 7 UK, 6
German, 4 Japanese, 4 Australian, 3 Korean, 3 Spanish, 3 Austrian, 3 Canadian,
3 Czechoslovakian, 3 Russian, 3 Italian, 2 Belgian, 2 Swiss, 1 Polish, 1
Mexican, 1 Danish.
22 expedition teams were permitted for the Ama Dablam and majority of them
There were also 6 casualties: one died
in Ama Dablam, two were missing in Lhotse
Shar, one died in Himjung and 2 in Rakshaurai. Two bodies of Japanese and
one of German have been recovered while 2 Korean, one French and on Nepali are
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) had permitted 2,292 members of 443
expedition teams to climb 33 small peaks below 6,500m.
The government has already opened 326 peaks of the country for expedition and
trekking. Out of them 33 small peaks below 6,500m are operating by the NMA.
The autumn expedition season begins from the third week of September and lasts
in early December.
Reported by Bikrum Pandey,
Vice President NMA His newest web site is
here. With additions by the
staff at EverestNews.com