New 8000 Mts + peaks open in Nepal
For those wanting to attempt some non-commercial and rarely climbed peaks , Cam across this article on the web recently :
KATHMANDU, Nepal-Nepal is planning to open five more peaks above 8,000 metres for expeditions with the onset of this autumn climbing season, an official at the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said Tuesday. Along with this, there would be 13 peaks above 8000 meters for the expedition in Nepal.
Currently, eight mountains above 8,000 metres, including the world’s tallest peak, Mt Everest are allowed for the climbers for expedition.
According to Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint-secretary at the ministry, the new peaks include three in the Kanchenjunga region and two from the Everest region. Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Shar, Kanchenjunga South, Kanchenjunga Central and Kanchenjunga West — all measuring above 8,400 metres (27,559 feet) — will soon be open for expeditions, pending approval from the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA).
“Of course, it will increase the revenue. But we would also like to encourage people to explore and climb these other mountains, apart from the world’s eight highest peaks,” Agency France Press quoted Bhattarai as saying.
At a time experts were warning that overcrowding on the mountain was causing heavy traffic jam on Everest thereby polluting its environment during the peak season, the government’s plan to open five more peaks above 8000 meters floated Tuesday.
Bhattarai told that the Switzerland-based organisation, which represents climbers and mountaineers from around the world, would likely make a decision at its annual meeting in early October.
Earlier this month, the government had announced to set up a information center comprising government officials to keep a close surveillance on expeditions to Mt. Everest to assure that mountaineers keep the famous peak neat and clean, beside avoiding frequent disputes.
More than 300 snow cap peaks are open for expeditions in Nepal so far and the ministry has succeeded to garner 35 million rupees ($344,000) in revenue from mountaineering this season.
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