The Department of Tourism (DoT) has collected over Rs 470.92 million from issuing 918 climbing permits this spring climbing season, a drop of over Rs 60 million compared to the spring climbing season last year, when the department had collected over Rs 530.67 million from issuing permits to just 16 mountains and peaks.

Of the total royalties collected this spring season, Rs 395.50 million was collected from issuing permits to climb Mt Everest alone. As many as 316 permits have been issued for Mt Everest (8,848.86 metres) alone. Of them, 243 are male and 73 are female climbers.

A total of 918 people have been issued permits to climb various mountains and peaks across the country, an increase by 195 people compared to the spring climbing season of 2021, according to DoT.

A total of 113 teams comprising 718 male and 200 female climbers have been issued permits to scale 26 mountains and peaks across the country this spring climbing season as of today.

A total of 127 permits for 13 teams have been issued to scale Mt Lhotse (8,516 metre).

Likewise, 97 permits have been issued for Mt Amadablam (6,814 metres), 68 permits for Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586 metres), 57 permits for Mt Nuptse (7,855 metres), and 39 permits for Mt Makalu (8,463 metres).

Likewise, a number of permitswere issued for other mountains and peaks including Mt Annapurna 1 (8,091 metres), Mt Annapurna 4 (7,525 metres), Mt Baruntse (7,129 metres), Mt Bemdang Ri (6,150 metres), Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 metres), Mt Gangapurna (7,455 metres), Mt Himlung (7,126 metres), Mt Kangchung/ UIAA Peak (6,063 metres), Mt Manaslu (8,163 metres), Mt Mukot (6,087 metres), Mt Norbu Khang (6,005 metres), Mt Phu Kang (6,694 metres), Mt Pokhar Khang (6,348 metres), Mt Putha Hiunchuli (7,246 metres), Mt Ratna Chuli (7,128 metres), Mt Saribung (6,234 metres), Mt Saula (6,235 metres), Mt Thapa Peak (6,012 metres) and Mt Urknmang (6,150 metres).

According to DoT, the highest numbers of climbers this spring climbing season are from the United States of America. As many as 136 climbers have arrived from the US so far. Similarly, 107 climbers are from the United Kingdom, 60 from India, 60 from France, 34 from Canada, 29 from Australia, 28 from Spain, 27 from Germany, and 23 from China. Also, 28 climbers from Russia have been issued permits to scale the country's mountains this spring.

Nepal has attracted climbers from 73 different countries to scale its peaks and mountains for this spring climbing season.

Meanwhile, a total of 64 Nepali climbers have also acquired permits for mountaineering purposes this year.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 06, 2022 of The Himalayan Times.