Nepal has made a new mark for itself after it collected USD 559,575 in the autumn mountaineering season till date.
The Nepal Tourism Department issued permits for 50 mountains to 156 expedition teams with 1,158 members from 62 countries this autumn climbing season.
Interestingly, the autumn climbing season this year has seen the participation of 246 female climbers.
The Tourism Department (DoT) has issued permits for mountains between 6000-8000+ meters including the world’s highest peak Mount Qomolangma, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, Manaslu and Makalu.
“We cannot determine the total revenue or number of climbers who successfully scaled the peaks this autumn as expeditions are still underway in the mountains. Interestingly, we are still getting applications for the permit,” said Surendra Thapa, Information Officer, Tourism Department.
Autumn mountaineering season in Nepal starts from September and closes in December. It receives a comparatively larger number of participants than the spring climbing season.
The autumn climbing season can be extended to January depending on the choice of the climbers and expedition organizers.
To climb any mountain above 8,000 m, the DoT issues climbing permits for 75 days. On the other hand, climber scaling smaller peaks are issued climbing permits for 45 days.