Mountaineering

Mountaineering is the prime attraction of Nepal. It was mountaineering that first opened up Nepal to the outside world. Since Nepal opened it’s door to visitors, the Nepal Himalayan has been an attraction to many people, be they saints, philosophers, researchers or adventures.

Of the world’s 14 highest peaks above 8,000 m, eight of them crown Nepal’s north, including the highest in the world Mt. Everest. Not surprisingly, the fascination of scaling these physically demanding peaks draws crowds of visitors from abroad year after year without let up.

The mountains are open for climbing in all the four climbing seasons:

  • spring (March-May),
  • summer (June-August),
  • autumn (September-November) and
  • winter (December-February).

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation issues permits for the bigger mountains while the Nepal Mountaineering Association issues permits for the smaller trekking peaks between 5,587 m and 6,654 m.

There are 33 trekking peaks opened by Nepal Government.

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