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KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal has reduced the expedition fees for foreigners climbing Mount Everest (news - web sites) under a new set of rules to regulate mountaineers in the Himalayan kingdom, the government said Tuesday.

The government has scrapped two-decade old regulations and come up with a new set of rules, the tourism and civil aviation ministry said.
According to the new rules, a solo climber will now pay dlrs 25,000 to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035 feet) high Mount Everest. Earlier the fee was dlrs 70,000.

"We have to compete with Tibet, China, India and Pakistan to attract climbers", said Shankar Koirala, a senior official of the ministry said of the reduction in the fees.

A two-member team can climb the peak by doling out dlrs 40,000 dollar. The fee increases to dlrs 48,000 for a team of three, dlrs 56,000 for four and dlrs 60,000 for five.
A seven-member expedition pays 70,000 dollar on the normal route; any additional member will pay another dlrs 10,000, the ministry said.

The new rules will keep Nepal's Himalayan peaks open for climbers throughout the year. Earlier the government allowed climbers only during about eight months of the year.
Recommendations of national alpine clubs will not be required to get permits to climb the mountain.
Expeditions will be charged a five percent advance fee for obtaining permits in the case of Everest and 10 percent on other peaks.

"Previously, some would take permits and not show up, thus blocking others," said Shyam Kuinkel, a mountaineering official with the ministry.

A climbing permit would be valid for 75 days only on Everest. To keep the mountain free of climbers' litter, a refundable garbage collection fee ranging from dlrs 500 to dlrs 5,000 would also be charged.

The new rules ban anyone below 16 years of age from climbing Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak. The ban came after two boys, Temba Chhiri Sherpa and Arabind Timilsina, failed to climb Everest. Sherpa lost his finger in the attempt.

Nepal accounts for eight out of 14 Himalayan peaks, which are as high as 8,000 meters (26247 feet) or more.

(from Yahoo)
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