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CIMBING IN NEPAL - Rules of Climbing

Rules of climbing:

A. Asking for climbing permission : The following documents have to be sent to the Ministry of ourism, Mountaineering Division, Katmandu, Nepal.

  • Completed Application
  • Endorsement of the National Alpine Club.(if there is no Alpine Club, endorsement of the  Government of your side)
  • Short biography of all members of the expedition (with photograph)
  • Map and/ or photograph of the mountain including climbing route.
  • Approach route map.

Since climbing permission is granted on 'first come first serve' basis, it is therefore necessary to enlist the expedition's name for the particular mountain for the particular season of the year. The listing is made when the completed application form with all documents are received by the Ministry of Tourism. Incase all documents mentioned above cannot be submitted at a time, booking is possible with only the completed application by the expedition leader. No fee is required to enlist the expedition's name.
B. Climbing Permit fee (royalty) : The leader of the expedition team or its agent is required to compulsorily pay the full amount of climbing permit fee (Royalty) within TWO MONTHS of the date of permission. Incase of Failure of the payment of royalty within two months such permission may be CANCELLED. The payment can be sent to Ama Travelís bank account by any means of money transfer.

C. Preparation In Nepal for Expedition : Import of foods and equipment:- Invoices and airway bill or bill of lading (four copies each) have to be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism for import license and customs clearance for the import of expedition foods and equipment to Nepal. CIF Katmandu value is to be clearly mentioned in the invoice.

Communication Equipment :- As Walkie-talkies, Transceiver (Wireless) sets and other communication equipment are controlled articles in Nepal. Please declare these articles in the customs office (at entry point) that you wish to bring into Nepal for use during climbing period.

Such equipments have to be collected from the customs office by receiving permission letter from the Ministry of communication.

For the clearance of the equipment completed application form and invoice with catalogue or specifications (four copies each) should be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism (Eco Trek ) which are latter to be sent to other concerned government offices.

D. Filming or Documentary : Permission is required for filming or documentary. The Ministry of Communication must be contacted any time for queries about filming in Nepal. Please let us know we will take care of every thing here in Nepal.

E. The Royalty and size of the Expedition team : "Rules effective from 1996 Spring": More than one team maybe permitted to climb Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) by each separate route in one season. A royalty of US $ 50,000 has been fixed for Sagarmatha for a team consisting of 5 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 the team willing to scale Sagarmatha by normal South East Ridge route.

In all regions including Khumbu, an expedition team can have up to 5 members for the minimum royalty, and 5 more members for the additional royalty.

The team already permitted to scale Sagarmath 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.

For peak other than Sagarmatha, the team will have to pay additional 25% of the royalty in US $ to change the ascent route.

Expedition team must complete all necessary administrative formalities and procedures in order to send back the garbage of the expedition team to their respective countries, after the completion of the expedition. Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation will take necessary monetary deposit from them, which will be refunded after the dispatch of garbage from Nepal.

"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 clim any peak in Khumbu region are as follows;

  • Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) US $ 4,000
  • Other peaks above 8000 meter US $ 3000
  • All peaks less than 8000 meters US $ 2000)

Royalties of the mountain expedition (In U.S. Dollar)

* Mt. Everest US $50,000 for team of to5 and US $10 00 for each additional members/ maximum size is 10 on each team.

* Peaks above 8000 meter (except Mt. Everest) US $10,000 for team of up to7 and US $1500 for each additional members/ maximum size is 12 on each team.

* Peaks of 7501 - 8000m./ US $4,000 for team up to 7 and for each additional US $500.00 & maximum size is 12 members

* Peaks of 7001 - 7500m/.US $3,000 for team up to 7 and for each additional  US $400.00 & maximum size is 12 members

* Peaks of 6501 - 7000m/.US $2,000 for team up to 7 and for each additional US $300.00 & maximum size is 12 members

For More Information Please Contact Us
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P.O.Box : 19620, Thamel, Kathmandu
Phone : 977-1-4425811 / 4423431
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