Published Date: November 06, 2015
Our Dear Clients;
We regret to inform you that the Nepal Government has changed the rule for getting climbing permits. On 18 October, 2015, the Government announced that instead of climbing permits being issued through the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), permits will now be issued through the Tourism Department. The new regulation became immediately effective.
The new fee structure no longer puts trekking peaks in a separate category. There is one permit fee which applies climbing, whether trekking peak or 8000-meter expeditions. This means that for Mera Peak, Island peak, Lobuche East, Chulu West & other trekking peaks it costs an extra $1200.
We are frustrated and disappointed with the government’s unreasonable decision as it has a negative repercussion on tourism at a time when Nepal’s economy needs tourism more than ever. It puts expedition operators like us in a very difficult position. We feel embarrassed to face our clients, but we have no choice as the amount is too much for us to absorb. The only thing we can do is try to minimize this cost by getting group permits. This is new rule click:
For spring season the royalty is $125 USD Per Person and for spring season the royalty is $ 250 Per Person. The additional costs of compulsory insurance are detailed below and in the chart. The grad total comes to $1200 dollars, with the remaining fees which are for compulsory insurance coverage for the climbing staff, even though the risks involved on a trekking peak are obviously very different than an 8000-meter expedition.
1. $800 USD for insurance coverage of $10,000 US dollars for Helicopter rescue evacuation for climbing staff
2. $100 USD for Insurance coverage of $4000 for medical expenses for climbing staff
3. $100 USD for Insurance coverage of $8000 USD for Base camp staff
4. $200 USD for Insurance coverage of $15,000 USD for Mountaineering Guide
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Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy