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Royalty Fee Structure of Himalayan Peaks of Nepal

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

Although Nepal is a small area of land, it is best known for its mountains and mountaineering. The country has a diverse topography starting at 65 meters to the top of the world at 8,848 meters, the Mount Everest. Unlike elsewhere, Nepal has numerous peaks to offer adventure, ranging in altitude from 5,500 meters (18,045ft) to mountain expeditions of 8,848 meters (29,028ft) where one can find a big concentration of high snow capped mountains, including some of the highest climbing peaks in the world. Everest Base Camp certainly comes in mind when people speak about Nepal for adventures. But very few people know that Nepal boasts seven other peaks which are above 8,000 meters, for example Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna.

As per notice in the Nepal gazette on 12 February 2014, the Government of Nepal amends the Royalty for mountaineering in Nepal for foreign and Nepalese climbers also as follows.

1. Royalty for Foreign Climbers on Per Person basis in US Dollar (US$):
Mountains Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
Mt. Everest Normal Route $11,000 $5,500 $2,750
Mt. Everest Other Route $11,000 $5,000 $2,500
More than 8,000 meters $1,800 $900 $450
Between 7, 501 to 7,999 meters $600 $300 $150
Between 7,000 to 7,500 meters $500 $250 $125
Between 6,501 to 6,999 meters $400 $200 $100
Mt. Amadablam (6,812m) $400 $400 $200
Less than 6,500 meters $250 $125 $70

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

2. Royalty for Nepalese Climbers on Per Person basis in Nepalese Rupees (NRs):
Mountains Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
Mt. Everest Normal Route 75,000 37,500 18,250
Mt. Everest Other Route 60,000 30,000 15,000
More than 8,000 meters 10,000 5,000 2,500
Between 7, 501 to 7,999 meters 8,000 4,000 2,000
Between 7,000 to 7,500 meters 6,000 3,000 1,500
Between 6,501 to 6,999 meters 5,000 2,500 1,250
Mt. Amadablam (6,812m) 8,000 8,000 4,000
Less than 6,500 meters 4,000 2,000 1,000

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

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

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

Regulations:

Hence 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. Therefore, proof of various financial and environmental guarantees are necessary to issue a climbing permit upon payment of the appropriate Royalty to the specified Himalayan Peaks as per the fee structure table.

Liaison Officer:

Many peaks do not require a Liaison Officer though. However, wherever required, the expedition team must cover all costs of the Liaison Officer. For all expeditions exceeding 6,500 meters of elevation, a government liaison officer will accompany the team to the base camp during the expedition. Since the primary function of this liaison officer is to ensure that the mountaineering regulations and laws of Nepal are properly implemented, they need to be at the base camp for the duration of the expedition. 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:-

Mountains between 7,001 to 8,000 meters and AmadablamUS $2,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.Mountains between 6,501 to 7,000 metersUS $1,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.Mountains less than 6,500 metersUS $500 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.

Mount Everest US $4,000 or equivalent to that in Nepalese rupees.
Mountains more than 8,001 meters except Mt. Everest US $3,000 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:

  • First type of garbage which can be destroyed such as: toilet paper, paper, cardboard, things made from bamboo, jute and cotton bag, decomposed food.
  • Second type of garbage which can be recycled such as: tin, bottle, jar, plastic can, plastic sheet, reusable gas cylinder, plastic bag or gas container.
  • Third type of garbage which has to be re-imported such as: used oxygen bottle, used battery, equipment to be used for climbing or personal goods also.
Filming Permits:

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

Seasons:

Expeditions can go throughout the year though. However, 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. Although winter season is sometimes possible but weather conditions usually make successful attempts unlikely. Likewise, the other popular season is autumn.

Weather Update:

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Definition of Seasons:

The following division of months denote as different seasons:

  • Spring: March, April, May
  • Summer: June, July, August
  • Autumn: September, October, November
  • Winter: December, January, February
Preparation:

Preparation for a Himalayan expedition is quite tough than that of a trekking peak climbing. The climbing period varies from a few weeks to months, so a reasonable amount of equipment are generally necessary at the base camp. The support team stays back at the base camp during the expedition. Satellite phone, two-way walkie-talkies, hygienic food and quality equipment are needed in order to run the expedition. Obviously, a well-experienced team of climber Sherpa are the subsequent part of the expedition.

Visit the page for Permit Fee of NMA Peaks which are less than 6,500 meters.

Some Itineraries that are possible to combine with Trekking Peak Climbing:

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