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 Nepal bans those under 16 from climbing Everest! 5/7/2002

Update 5/7/2002: Nepal Revises its Mountain Regulations 2002 

Government of Nepal, in a bid to revive the country’s declining tourism sector, has today announced new structures on Royalty to climb Mount Everest the highest peak in the world.

1.) 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.

Today 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.

Similarly, 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 west ridge.

Prior 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.

2.) Mountains 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.

3.) Recommendation letter of respective national alpine clubs has been removed from the climbing permit formalities.

4.) Wages and remuneration has been improved for the Nepali Sherpas, liaison officers, Sirdars, mountain guides and base camp staffs. 

5.) 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.]

6.) 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. 

7.) 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. 

8.) 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. 

Compiled by Bikrum Pandey for EverestNews.com 

Editorial 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.

The Previous story on this subject is below...

Update 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 Nepalese Government."

To 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.

The 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...

Oh, by the way, Temba Tsheri Sherpa set this record on the Tibet side of the mountain, where these rules will not apply...!

Editorial 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 right direction.

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