Skip to comments.Nepal Urged to Reduce Mount Everest Climbing Fee
Posted on 06/23/2009 6:57:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A leading mountaineering official on Tuesday urged Nepal to reduce climbing fees for Mount Everest and other mountains during the peak climbing season, to lure climbers back from Tibet where mountaineering is cheaper.
Tourists are returning to Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries with largely aid-and tourism-dependent economy, after the Himalayan republic emerged from a long civil war in 2006.
Climbing is one of the most popular tourist pastimes but Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations, an umbrella body of 26 alpine groups, said overcharging was driving climbers across the border to Tibet.
"The royalty rates must be reduced if we have to compete in mountaineering," said Sherpa, who also runs a big hiking agency.
"If the cost of climbing is not competitive, climbers will naturally go to places where they can spend less and we will lose our business."
Tibet is Nepal's main competitor in mountaineering as five of the world's tallest mountains straddle their border, he said.
Nepal charges $25,000 per person to climb the 8,850- metre Mount Everest and $500 for a smaller peak.
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The article said — Nepal charges $25,000 per person to climb the 8,850- metre Mount Everest and $500 for a smaller peak.
That’s quite a spread in price...
I would say that this reflects supply and demand, doesn’t it?
Maybe they could build a McDonald’s on the summit.
Just the cost of trash pick up alone......
Oh wait, the summit is littered with discarded equipment
and the occasional frozen climber.
I think it’s disgusting what they are doing to the mountain.
Bodies littering, empty oxy tanks, ropes hanging everywhere.
Heck, these millionaires are having Sherpas practically carrying them to the top.
Why not just build a pressurized tram to the top? /s