September 16: The federal government has collected more than Rs 23 million revenue from autumn climbing permit issued this year. Autumn is considered an ideal season for climbing after the spring season.
According to Meera Acharya, the director at the Mountaineering section of the Department of Tourism, the government body authorized to issue climbing permits, the department has collected US$ 19,7350 equivalent to Rs 23.07 million.
As of September 14, a total of 25 expedition teams that include 230 climbers (52 female climbers) have been granted climbing permits for this autumn, the state-owned national news agency reported.
The climbers have received permission to climb six mountains ranging from 6000 meters to over 8000 meters. Those mountains include Mariyang (6528 m), Mt Putha Himchuli (7246 m), Mt Kumbhakarna (7710 m), Mt Manaslu (8163 m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Mt Kanchenjunga (8586 m).
Altogether 171 climbers, including 38 women, from 17 teams have been issued permits to climb Mt Manaslu. On the other hand, only three climbers each have received permits to climb Mt Putha Himchuli and Mt Kanchenjunga, the department informed.
Similarly, a team of five male climbers are attempting to scale Mt Kumbhakarna, while eight climbers including one female representing an expedition team are vying for Mariyang and 40 climbers including 12 female climbers are trying to scale Mt Dhaulagiri.
“In Nepal, the peak climbing season is spring which ranges from March, April and May,'' RSS quoted Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa, an international mountain guide, as saying.
Sherpa, who also guided Nepal's own Everest Height Measurement team to scale Mt Everest in 2019, added that some climbers choose autumn season which falls in the months of September, October and November.