37 mountaineering teams head for Himalayas
Apr 5, 2007 - 8:36:36 PM
Kathmandu, April 5 - With the objective of scaling mountains in this spring season, around three dozen expedition teams have left for the Himalayas, a government officer said here Thursday.
As many as 37 national and international expedition teams have left for the Himalayas to scale various high mountains including Mt Qomolangma -, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu.
Narayan Prasad Acharya, officer at the mountaineering section of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, said that of the 37 teams, 15 plan to scale Mt Qomolangma. These teams hail from countries including the US, Britain, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada and Germany.
Acharya told Xinhua that few more teams could still come to seek permission to climb Mt Qomolangma this season.
In the mean time, three teams comprising only Nepali citizens have requested the government to waive off the royalty charged to scale the highest peak.
Last year, a total of 17 expedition teams had sought permission to scale the highest peak from Nepali side, he said.
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