Kathmandu, January 11
With the onset of the winter season, the Department of Tourism (DoT) has issued expedition permits to 27 members from five teams so far.
The department had issued expedition permits for four peaks till Friday for winter ascent and all the climbers are males from four countries.
As per DoT, expedition permits for five climbers were issued to climb Mount Everest (8,848m). Among the total climbers for Mt Everest, two are from Germany and three are from Spain. According to records, only 15 successful winter ascents have been made on Mt Everest till date since Polish climber Leszek Cichy first reached the top of the world in the winter season in February of 1979.
Likewise, two climbers from the United States and China have received expedition permits for Mount Rokpai (5,4667m) and five climbers have received permits for Mount Nuptse (7,855m). Meanwhile, 15 members have received expedition permits to climb Mount Amadablam (6,814m) this winter season.
All the 20 climbers for Mt Nuptse and Mt Amadablam are from Spain.
With this, the department has collected a total of Rs 1.6 million in expedition royalty so far. The government levies $2