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Nepal Opens 100 Virgin Peaks to Mountaineers


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December 29, 2001

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Nepal has decided to open up more than 100 new peaks for mountaineers to conquer. Climbers will not be charged special fees to scale them. Most of these peaks belong to the Kanchenjunga, Khumbu and Manasalu regions and are below 6,000 metres.

Nepal Tourism Board leader Pradeep Raj Pandey said the decision was being taken to celebrate the International Year for Mountains in 2002.

The Nepal government opened 15 new peaks to climbers a couple of months ago and then another nine peaks last month.

Currently, 151 Nepal peaks are open to mountaineering, 133 for expeditions and 18 for trekking. There are 1,310 peaks above 6,000 meters in Nepal, which is home to Mount Everest.

A government panel has suggested increasing royalties paid for climbing for some popular peaks, such as those in the Khumbu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.

The recently opened nine peaks for mountaineering include 8,413-metre-high Lhotse Middle, the 7,590-metre Peak 38, 7,036-metre Hunchi, 6,677-metre Numri, 6,500-metre Tengkangpoche and 5,927-metre Nheserku in the Mahalangur mountain range.

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