Nepal is now recognized as one of greatest destinations for travelers and mountaineers throughout the world. All is the upshot of earlier mountaineers, trekkers cum writers who have introduced the world to this hidden paradise nestled in the lap of Himalayas. Since then mountaineers and adventures can't help but find themselves heading to this tiny kingdom of Himalayas Nepal.
Mt. Everest as westerners have named it barely keeps under its shadow all the other mountains above 8,000 meters and only its prestige as the highest makes it a dream destination to all climbers in the world. Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu are the most popular as well as challenging mountains for professional mountaineers from around the world.
With eight of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has been the focus of some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering. The dauntless icy peaks have, since decades, challenged the minds and bodies of those who dare! Currently, there are more than 61 peaks opened for mountaineering, including the highest of them all -Mt. Everest.
SOME GUIDELINES FOR EXPEDITIONS IN NEPAL
Before commencing any expedition to climb a mountain in Nepal, you need to obtain the relevant permission, permits and pay the correct fees and royalties. You need to have a set letter to the Nepal Mountaineering Board and all the current bio data for the climbing team. Breakfree Adventures Company can provide you with all the relevant paperwork, list of fees and royalties and permits upon request. You can contact us through our web site.
Expedition with Breakfree Adventures Company
Breakfree Adventures Company is a fully licensed and recognized trekking and mountaineering agency in Nepal. We offer our services as an essential liaison in Nepal to organize all your climbing needs. Our services cover providing experienced high altitude guides, Sherpa’s, porters and other staff, hire of equipment and provision of permits and essential paper work. We work according to the mountaineering Expedition Regulations of Nepal and obtain all the required permission for the Ministry of Tourism.
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:-such as Walkie-talkies, Transceiver (Wireless) sets and other communication equipment are controlled articles in Nepal. You need to declare these articles at the entry point and specify the purpose of them. Such equipments have to be collected from the customs office by receiving a permission letter from the Ministry of communication.
For the clearance of the equipment, complete application form and invoice with catalogue or specifications (four copies each) should be submitted to the Ministry of Tourism which is later to be sent to other concerned government offices.
All the mountaineering teams wishing to obtain a permit must submit an application in the form as prescribed to the ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mountaineering section Breakfree Adventures Company can issue these forms to you upon booking. Every mountaineering team, while submitting an application to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mountaineering section for a mountaineering permit should submit a map as prescribed which clearly depicts the route. Details of all team members and itinerary for length of stay in Nepal. The expedition team is required to pay the full amount of the climbing permit fee within two months of the date of permission and the permit fee must be paid directly in favor of the Ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mountaineering section, via our company.
Rules and Regulations
• As per the rules, climbers participating in mountaineering expeditions have to be over the age of 16 years.
• The rules for mountaineering on major peaks require a minimum of six months advance application to the Ministry of Tourism, a royalty of US$1500 to US$10,000 depending on the elevation of the peak.
• Nepal has the provision of acquiring a deposit for the managements of garbage that arises from the mountaineering activities to protect the environment of the mountain areas. Deposit has been determined as $5,000 to $4,000.depending on expedition length and size.
• Nepal has been made the provision to grant the primary license on the basis of receiving advance payment based on the peak royalty. The amount has been fixed at 5% of royalty for Mt. Everest and 10% for other peaks.
• According to the new provisions a sole member may also be allowed to scale the Mt. Everest from the common route with least royalty of $25,000.
Personal Climbing Gear Required
• Climbing boots
• Clothing- long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts, woolen long underwear, long cotton hiking trouser/shorts, down climbing trousers, down jacket, gortex jacket, lightweight fleece, suitable socks and Fleece or down vest.
• Down high altitude sleeping bag ( two)
• Ice axe
• Snow bars
• Rock Pegs
• Climbing bag
• Sun cream/sun hat/ mountain sun glasses
• Ascenders and descenders
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