September 20: So far, 230 people have received permission for climbing mountains in the autumn season this year. According to the Department of Tourism, the climbers have been granted permits to climb six mountain peaks during the autumn window.
According to the Department of Tourism, this is the highest number of climbers since 2020. Last year, only 69 climbers from a total of 11 expedition teams were given permission for climbing mountains. Despite the spring season being popular for mountaineering, tourists are drawn towards climbing even during the autumn season.
In 2019, a total of 1,210 climbers from 165 different teams had scaled various mountains.
During this autumn, the Department of Tourism has issued permits for climbing six mountains including Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Manaslu, Mt Himchuli, Mt Kumbhakarna, Mt Mariyang and Mt Kanchenjunga. Out of these, the highest numbers of climbers have taken permission to climb the mighty 8,586 meters Mt Manaslu, which is the fifth highest mountain in the world. According to the department, 133 people from 17 teams have got permission to climb Mt Manaslu. Likewise, 28 people from four teams have got permission to climb the 8,167-meter tall Mt Dhaulagiri.
As informed by the department, there are 52 women mountaineers in total during this climbing season. While issuing permits for those climbers, the department has collected revenue of Rs 23 million.
The tourism sector of Nepal has been relieved due to the arrival of mountaineers which was almost zero during last year due to the impact of Covid-19. In the first eight months of this year, only 69,000 tourists have visited Nepal.
In the spring of this year, 635 climbers climbed various mountains, including Mount Everest. Data from the Department of Tourism revealed that the majority of climbers (459 people) climbed Mt Everest. In the spring of 2020, the number of climbers was zero as the government had banned climbing due to the risk of Covid-19.