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Royalty Structure of Nepal Mountains

Royalty Fee Structure of Expedition Peaks of Nepal

Annex-4
(Related to Rule 4, Sub-Rule 1)

As per the notice published in Nepal gazette on 12 February 2014, the Royalty for mountaineering in Nepal has been amended for foreign and Nepalese climbers as follows.

1. Royalty for Foreign Climbers on Per Person basis in US Dollar:

S. No. Mountains Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
1. Mt. Everest Normal Route US $11,000 US $5,500 US $2,750
2. Mt. Everest Other Route US $11,000 US $5,000 US $2,500
3. Above 8,000 meters US $1,800  US $900  US $450 
4. Between 7, 501 to 7,999 meters  US $600 US $300  US $150 
5. Between 7,000 to 7,500 meters  US $500  US $250 US $125 
6.  Between 6,501 to 6,999 meters  US $400  US $200 US $100 
7.  Mt. Amadablam (6,812m)  US $400  US $400  US $200 
8. Less than 6,500 meters US $250 US $125  US $70 

Note: The provision of Royalty for foreign climbers will come into effect from 1 January, 2015 (B.S. 2071/09/17).

2. Royalty for Nepalese Climbers on Per Person basis in Nepalese Rupees:

S. No. Mountains Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
1. Mt. Everest Normal Route Rs 75,000 Rs 37,500 Rs 18,250
2. Mt. Everest Other Route Rs 60,000 Rs 30,000 Rs 15,000
3. Above 8,000 meters Rs 10,000 Rs 5,000 Rs 2,500
4. Between 7, 501 to 7,999 meters  Rs 8,000 Rs 4,000 Rs 2,000
5. Between 7,000 to 7,500 meters  Rs 6,000 Rs 3,000 Rs 1,500
6.  Between 6,501 to 6,999 meters  Rs 5,000 Rs 2,500 Rs 1,250
7.  Mt. Amadablam (6,812m)  Rs 8,000 Rs 8,000 Rs 4,000
8. Less than 6,500 meters Rs 4,000 Rs 2,000 Rs 1,000

Note: Royalty for Nepalese climbers will come into effect from 13 February, 2014 (B.S. 20170/11/01).

3. The Mountaineering Royalty has been totally waived to the mountains situated in Mid Western and Far Western Development Regions of Nepal for 5 years effecting from 2070/04/01-2075/03/32 (16 July, 2013 to 15 July, 2018).

Note: Maximum number of members in one team is 15.

Regulations:
The climbing of any of the scheduled expedition peaks in Nepal is regulated by Government of Nepal under Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation located at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Various financial and environmental guarantees must be given and a permit is then issued upon payment of the appropriate Royalty. 

Liaison Officer:
Many peaks do not require a Liaison Officer. However, wherever required, the expedition team must cover all costs of the Liaison Officer. For all expeditions exceeding 6500 meters of elevation, a government liaison officer is deputed to accompany the team to base camp for the duration of the expedition. The primary function of this liaison officer is to ensure that the mountaineering regulations and laws of Nepal are properly implemented. This also includes the environmental responsibilities.

Environmental deposit:
The Mountaineering expedition team shall deposit the following amount as for the garbage management:

(a) For the following mountains of the Khumbu and Annapurna Himalayan range:-

Mount Everest US $4,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.
Mountains above 8,001 meters except Mount Everest US $3,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.
Mountains between 7,001 to 8,000 meters and Amadablam US $2,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.
Mountains between 6,501 to 7,000 meters US $1,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.
Mountains less than 6,500 meters US $500 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.

(b) For the following mountains of the other Himalayan range other than expressed in clause (a):

Mountains more than 8,000 meters US $3,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.
Mountains less than 8,000 meters US $500 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.

The materials to be considered as garbage:
The following materials shall come under the following garbage:

  • Garbage which can be destroyed: toilet paper, paper, cardboard, things made from bamboo, jute and cotton bag, decomposed food. 
  • Garbage which can be recycled: tin, bottle, jar, plastic can, plastic sheet, reusable gas cylinder, plastic bag or gas container. 
  • Garbage which has to be re-imported: used oxygen bottle, used battery, equipment to be used for climbing or personal goods etc.

Filming Permits:
An expedition wishing to make documentary films of their climbs must obtain government permission from the Ministry of Information and Communications and pay a permit fee as per the current provisions. 

Seasons:
Expeditions can be carried out throughout the year. For the highest peaks the latter part of the spring season is the most popular since weather and snow conditions are more predictable at this time. Winter season is sometimes possible but weather conditions usually make successful attempts unlikely. The other popular season considered is autumn.

Weather Update:
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Definition of Seasons:
The following months are considered as different seasons:
- Spring: March, April, May
- Summer: June, July, August
- Autumn: September, October, November
- Winter: December, January, February.


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