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  Expedition

Nepal Himalaya is in the centre of the Himalayan range. With eight of the highest peaks in the world including the world\\\'s highest peak Mt Everest, Nepal has been the focus of some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering.  It has a convergence of 1310 magnificent peaks over 6,000 meters. Nepal has become famous through out the world due to these mountains.

Mountaineering is another part of adventure tourism in Nepal. Practically, mountaineering can only be undertaken by experienced mountaineers or professional alpinists. It requires the true professional skills, grit and endurance of the trained mountaineer and is relatively risky. The Himalaya in Nepal, extending over eight hundred kilometers from east to west, accounts for one-third of the total Himalayan belt spread horizontally over the northern extreme of Southeast Asia. Several attempts to climb the world’s highest mountain, Everest, were made in the 1920s and 30s from the Tibetan side of the Himalaya. When Nepal was there opened up to the foreigners, a vast array of new challenges presented themselves to adventurous climbers. Over the following 30 years, however, what began as near free access to the mountains, including Everest and the sacred Machhapuchhare, gradually became restricted to a few named expedition peaks. With eight of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has been the focus of some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering. For many decades the dauntless icy peaks have posed as challenge to those who dare. There are some 326 peaks in Nepal open for mountaineering today. Government of Nepal opened around 175 peaks in the last two years to mark the Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Mountaineering denotes high altitude climb whereas climbing attributes to the hiking to relatively smaller Peaks in the context of the Himalayas. Thus there is a clear definition relating to the mountaineering and climbing and Climbing means in the true sense of the terms attempting to reach one of the summit of the snowcapped mountains that are under the Nepal Mountaineering Association and a climb to such a Peak is relatively very much affordable but gives the experience of being at the summit of one of the Peaks one of the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas. Being on top of one of the Peaks of the Himalayas is a kind of dream fulfilled.

Referring to the growth of adventure tourism in Nepal, Sir Edmund Hillary mountaineering hero and pioneer Everest conqueror, said that with mighty mountains, great rivers, ancient culture and friendly people, \\\"Nepal is one of the world\\\'s fastest growing adventure tourism areas.\\\" Mountaineering and trekking are of considerable importance for Nepal, because normally mountaineers and trekkers stay here fro a longer period of time than other sight-seers. Nepal grew into a nucleus for mountain climbing expeditions since 1949.

-› Royalty and Size of Expedition Team:
1.    More than one team may be permitted to climb Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) by separate routes in one season.
2.    A royalty of US$ 50,000 has been fixed for Sagarmatha for a team consisting of 7 members. The team may include 5 more members provided if it pays extra US$ 10,000 for each additional member. The royalty includes trekking fee of the team members. The team members will be granted three months visas. Additional US$ 20,000 will have to be paid by the team willing to scale Sagarmatha by normal South East Ridge route.
3.    In all regions including Khumbu, an expedition team can have up to 7 members forth minimum royalty, and 5 more members for the additional royalty.
4.    The team already permitted to scale Sagarmatha will have to pay US$ 10.000 if it intends to change the ascent route. It will have to pay additional US$ 20.000 if it intends to change the ascent route to normal South East Ridge route.
5.    For peaks other than Sagarmatha, the team will have to pay additional 25% of the .royalty in US dollars to change the ascent route.
6.    Expedition team must complete all necessary administrative formalities and procedures in order to take back the garbage of the expedition team to their respective countries, after the completion of the expedition. Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation will take necessary monetary deposit from them, which will be refunded after the dispatch of garbage from Nepal.

Mt. Everest    US$ 50000 for team up to 5 members, US$ 10000 for each additional member, max. 10.
Peaks higher than 8000m    US$ 10000 for team up to 7 members, US$ 1500 for each additional member, max. 12.
Peaks higher than 7501m    US$ 4000 for team up to 7 members, US$ 500 for each additional member, max. 12.
Peaks higher than 7001m    US$ 3000 for team up to 7 members, US$ 400 for each additional member, max. 12.
Peaks higher than 6501m    US$ 2000 for team up to 7 members, US$ 300 for each additional member, max. 12.

Garbage Deposit for Expedition:
Effective from “1992\\\" the Ministry of Tourism has fixed the price of the deposit for the management of garbage\\\'s by each mountaineering team who tries to climb any peak are as follows :
•    Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) US $ 4,000
•    Other peaks above 8000 meter US $ 3,000
•    All peaks less than 8000 meters US $ 2,000
Mt. Cho-Oyu climbing fee halved:
The government has reduced climbing fee by 50 percent for ascending 8,201-metre high Mt. Cho-Oyu for five years (from December 1, 2004 to November 30, 2009) in a bid to encourage mountaineers to use Nepali route while scaling the mountain.

A mountaineering expedition team with seven members had to pay the royalty of US$ 10,000 to climb the Mt. Cho- Oyu. Mountaineers have been using the Tibetan route to climb Mt. Cho-Oyu for sometimes. The Golden Jubilee of the first ascent Mt. Cho-Oyu was observed on October 19, 2004. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had decided to mark the golden jubilees of the eight thousanders following the success of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Mt. Everest in 2003 which had immensely helped boost Nepal’s mountaineering tourism in the international market.

EXPEDITION PERMIT:
To obtain an expedition permit from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation the following documents should be submitted.
1.    Application form.
2.    Members Bio-Data with photo.
3.    Endorsement of the National Alpine Club and if in case there is no alpine club, the endorsement of the Government of the respective country of the members of the Mountaineering Team.
4.    Map and or photograph of the mountain indicating the climbing route.
5.    Payment Procedure for Expedition:
6.    An advance of 30% is required when booking the Expedition.
7.    Further payment of 60% is required 30 days before the departure of the Expedition.
8.    The remaining balance has to be paid in Kathmandu before the departure of the Expedition.
9.    The Royalties should be paid maximum 2 months before the climbing permit will be issued.
10.    This Royalty is not refundable in case of cancellation.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
This registration fee is not refundable in case of cancellation. Cancellations are only accepted until 60 days before departure. Charges are calculated according to the Expenditures done for each Expedition.

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