Climbing and Expedition in Nepal

Nepal is not merely blessed with the astonishing natural beauty alone but also with amazing wonders and no doubt with the numerous lofty mountains. Out of the world's 14 highest mountains, Nepal is home to as many as eight mountains above 8,000 meters. The eight world's highest mountains are Mt. Everest (8,848 m-the world's highest mountains), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m).

It is not that Nepal has only the highest mountains above 8,000 meters, an estimation puts that there are as many as 1,300 mountains between 5,000 to 7,000 meters. The government has so far opened approximately 400 peaks, including the world's highest peak, the Mt. Everest (8,848 m), and other mountains for climbing or expedition.

In Nepal, the term peak climbing is referred to mountaineering or climbing trips, especially on the peaks between 5,000 to 7,000 meters in height, which require comparatively fewer crew members than the expedition. The peak climbing is combined with both the trekking as well as the peak climbing primarily on the peaks with low elevations between 5,000 to 7,000 meters in height.

Similarly, the term expedition is termed the mountaineering especially organized above 8,000 meters, which require comparatively more crew members, who have experience of traveling at the higher altitude and also require special skills like coping with high altitude sickness, walking or sliding on the rocks, ice including the boulders and no doubt requires high cost.

Both the peak climbing and expedition are popular in Nepal following the successful summit made by duo Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Nepal and Sir Edmund Hilary from New Zealand back in May 1953. After their successful summit of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), there has been a completion among the travelers from around the world to set the record by ascending the most challenging and the world's highest mountain.

Both peak climbing and expeditions require permission from the authorities. Of the total peaks opened so far, approximately 33 peaks are managed, and authority is granted by the Nepal mountaineering association, while the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTC) manages and grants the permission. The charges for peak climbing& expedition vary as per the number of members involved in the group and the height of the mountains you intend to climb as well as the kind of adventure you intend to organize.