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Number of Peaks in Nepal

Nepal, a tiny state between two giant countries of the world, India in South and China in North is mainly known for it’s massif range of high peaks, the Himalayas! The highest point on earth at 8848 meters the summit of Mt. Everest is in Nepal including many other countless peaks, this is one of the main reason why every year thousands of tourists travel to Nepal from around the world to see or to set foot on those white, many people might wonder, how many peaks there really are? well there are thousands of peaks but you can find below the official detail on the number of peaks above 5500m in Nepal:

Above 8000 meters 17
Between 7500 to 8000 meters 40
Between 6000 to 7500 meters 1253
Between 5500 to 6000 meters 603
Total Number of Peaks above 5500 meters 1913

At present there are 326 peaks opened for mountaineering expeditions in Nepal including 13 peaks above 8000m (some of the 13 peaks are part of the same massif as their main peak). So, there are surely more than enough in Nepal for any mountain enthusiastic from around the world and it’s clear why Nepal is known as the Himalayan Kingdom!




First Ascents of 8000m Peaks of Nepal

Name of the Peak


First Summiteers

Date of Summit

Mt. Annapurna 1

8091 m

Maurice Herzog and Luis Lachenal

3 June 1950

Mt. Everest


Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

29 May 1953

Mt. Cho-Oyu


Herbert Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama Sherpa and Sepp Jochler

19 October 1954

Mt. Makalu


Jean Couzy and Linoal Terray

16 May 1955

Mt. Kanchenjunga


George Band and Joe Brown

25 May 1955

Mt. Manaslu


Toshio Imaneshi and Gyalgen Norbu Sherpa

9 May 1956

Mt. Lhotse


Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss

18 May 1956

Mt. Dhaulagiri


Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Nawang Dorje Sherpa, Nima Dorje Sherpa, Ernst Forrer and Albin Schelbert.

13 May 1960


Peaks of Nepal

Nepal Himalayas

Nepal contains most part of the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Eight of the fourteen 8000 ‘ders are located in the country. Some of the famous ones are listed below with their information.

Mountain/Peak metres feet Section notes
Mount Everest 8,848 29,029 Khumbu Mahalangur Earth’s highest from sea level
Kangchenjunga 8,586 28,169 Northern Kangchenjunga 3rd highest on Earth
Lhotse 8,516 27,940 Everest Group 4th highest
Makalu 8,462 27,762 Makalu Mahalangur 5th highest
Cho Oyu 8,201 26,906 Khumbu Mahalangur 6th highest
Dhaulagiri I 8,167 26,795 Dhaulagiri 7th highest
Manaslu 8,156 26,759 Mansiri 8th highest
Annapurna I 8,091 26,545 Annapurna 10th highest
Gyachung Kang 7,952 26,089 Khumbu Mahalangur between Everest and Cho Oyu
Himalchuli 7,893 25,896 Mansiri 18th highest
Ngadi Chuli 7,871 25,823 Mansiri First ascent 1970
Nuptse 7,861 25,791 Everest Group 319 metres prominence from Lhotse
Jannu 7,710 25,295 Kumbhakarna Kangchenjunga
Jongsong Peak 7,462 24,482 Janak #57 in the world
Yangra 7,422 24,350 Ganesh
Kabru 7,412 24,318 Singalila Kangchenjunga
Chamlang 7,321 24,019 Barun Mahalangur #79 in the world
Langtang Lirung 7,227 23,711 Langtang #99 in the world
Chamar 7,187 23,579 Sringi First ascent 1953
Pumori 7,161 23,494 Khumbu Mahalangur First ascent 1962
Nemjung 7,140 23,425 First ascent 1983
Gauri Sankar 7,134 23,406 Rolwaling First ascent 1979
Tilicho Peak 7,134 23,406 Annapurna First ascent 1979
Api 7,132 23,399 Yoka Pahar First ascent 1960
Baruntse 7,129 23,389 Barun Mahalangur First ascent 1954
Nilgiri 7,061 23,166 Nilgiri Annapurna First ascent 1962
Saipal 7,031 23,068 Saipal Gurans
Machapuchare 6,993 22,943 Annapurna Sacred mountain, unclimbed
Kang Guru 6,981 22,904 Larkya or Peri 2005 avalanche kills 18
Dorje Lakpa 6,966 22,854 Langtang
Ama Dablam 6,812 22,349 Barun Mahalangur “Mother and her necklace”
Kangtega 6,782 22,251 Barun Mahalangur First ascent 1963
Cho Polu 6,735 22,096 Barun Mahalangur First ascent 1999
Num Ri 6,677 21,906 Barun Mahalangur First ascent 2002
Khumbutse 6,640 21,785 Khumbu Mahalangur First mountain west of Everest
Thamserku 6,623 21,729 Barun Mahalangur First ascent 1964
Dragmarpo Ri 6,578 21,581 Langtang Unclimbed
Taboche 6,542 21,463 Khumbu Mahalangur First ascent 1974
Singu Chuli 6,501 21,329 Annapurna Trekking peak
Mera Peak 6,476 21,247 Himalayas Trekking peak
Hiunchuli 6,441 21,132 Annapurna Trekking peak (difficult)
Cholatse 6,440 21,129 Khumbu Mahalangur Connected to Taboche
Kusum Kangguru 6,367 20,889 Barun Mahalangur Trekking peak (difficult)
Ombigaichan 6,340 20,801 Barun Mahalangur
Kongde Ri 6,187 20,299 Barun Mahalangur Trekking peak (difficult)
Imja Tse 6,160 20,210 Khumbu Mahalangur Also known as Island Peak. Popular trekking peak.
Lobuche 6,145 20,161 Khumbu Mahalangur Trekking peak
Nirekha 6,069 19,911 Khumbu Mahalangur Trekking peak (difficult)
Baden-Powell Peak 5,825 19,111 Jugal Formerly known as Urkema Peak
Pokalde 5,806 19,049 Khumbu Mahalangur Trekking peak (moderate)
Mount Khumbila 5,761 18,901 Mahalangur Unclimbed
Tharpu Chuli 5,663 18,579 Annapurna Trekking peak
Kala Patthar 5,545 18,192 Khumbu Mah Popular hiking peak below Pumori
Yala Peak 5,520 18,110 Langtang

Trekking permit fees for Trekking in Nepal

Trekking Permit:
The Department of Immigration located at IMPACT Building, Maitighar, Kathmandu (Tel 4223590) issues permit for tourists who intend to trek on any part of the country. Trekking permits are as follows.

Trekking Permit:
A trekking permit is a must to visit restricted areas mentioned below. To visit normal trekking areas, no permission is required through immigration department but other organizations or departments might have to be concerned according to the place of trekking.

Restricted Areas Which Have Been Opened For Group Trekking:

The following restricted areas are open only for group trekkers. And a trekking permit will not be issued to individual trekkers for such areas. The areas and required fees are as follows:

S.No. Trekking Trekking Permit Fee
1 i) Dolpa district Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50
a) Areas of lower Dolpa
b) Areas of Upper Dolpa
ii) Taplejung District

2 Kanchanjanga Region Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
(Areas of Olangchunggola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphudin Village Development Committee)

3 Mustang district. (Upper Mustang) For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50.

4 Gorkha District From September to November per week per person US$ 70 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10.and From December to August per week per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 /Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
(Manaslu Area)
Chhekampar & Chumchet VDC(Sirdibas-Lokpa-Cumling-Chhekampar-Nile-Chhule Area) From September to November per person US$35 for first 8 days and from December to August per person US$25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

5 Dolakha District (Gauri Shankar & Lamabagar) Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Humla District (Simikot and Yari) For the first 7 days per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee.

6 Rasuwa District :- Thuman and Timure Per week per person US$ 10, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

7 Sankhuwasabha District For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
(Makalu Region):-Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola Village Development Committee.

8 Solukhumbu District For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Makalu Region):-Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola Village Development Committee.

9 Manang District:- Areas of Nar, Phu, and Northern area of Tilche Village of Thochhe Village Development Committee From September to November per week per person US$ 90 and December to August per week per person US$ 75 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

10 Mugu District:- Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri. For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

11 Baihang District:-Areas of Kanda, Saipal, Dhuli. For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

12 Darchula District:- Areas of Byas Village Development Committee. For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

a. To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
b. Trekking fee can be paid in Nepalese currency: Notwithstanding anything written in above, the Indian citizen can pay in Nepalese currency equivalent to US Dollars.

Air Traffic in Nepali Sky!

Uncertain land transport and frequent strikes create air traffic in Nepal’s sky by domestic air as Nepalese have no more alternate rather than selecting air transport.
According to the analysis of first eight months’ data of 2009 released by the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), passengers in the domestic aviation have increased by about 40 percent. In the first eight months of this year, 827,315 domestic passengers took flights to reach their destinations compared to 592,748 during the same period last year. The growth in the number of domestic passengers has been attributed to growing competition among the airlines prompting them to decrement their air fare by 30-40 percent.
The number of air passengers had also grown to 1,036,586 in 2008 against 916,429 in 2007, according to the Flight Permission Section (FPS) of TIA. This figure represents air passengers of 13 different airline and helicopter services. The number of passengers had declined in 2006 with their number at 882,717 down from 1,110,923 in 2005.
The rise in commercial flight movement is another reason why passengers’ numbers has significantly increased. The commercial flight movement in the first eight month of 2009 has reached 44,586 compared to 41697 of the same period last year.

During 2008, total number of flight movements (17 commercial and four non-commercials) was recorded at 69,286. This number was at 61,291 in 2006 and 68,704 in 2005. Currently, 14 commercial airline and helicopter companies are operating in the domestic sky. Pramod Pandey, marketing manager at Agni Air said that passengers’ movement in his airlines has increased by 30-40 percent during this period. “Domestic occupancy has increased by 90 percent,” said Pandey.

According to Rupesh Joshi, marketing manager of Buddha Air, there has been a drastic increase in the number of passengers this year. “Competition amongst the airlines has lowered the air fare by almost 45 percent,” said Joshi. Joshi said that Buddha’s airfare for Kathmandu-Biratnagar route had been decreased to almost 45 percent. The total passengers flying by Buddha Air until October reached about 460,000 against 300,000 during the same period last year. According to Joshi, the number of domestic passengers has increased by about 15-20 per cent and the foreigners by about 8-9 percent.

According to Pandey, foreigners’ occupancy in small aircrafts saw an increase of 20 percent in October this year. “We received 6,500 foreigners this October compared to 4,500 in the same month last year,” he said. Raj Bahadur Maharjan, manager at the FPS at the TIA said that rise in the domestic flights has caused jamming in air traffic and parking.

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Results of Racing the planet Nepal race 2011


Among male competitors  Ryan Sandes from South Africa bagged the first spot by completing the race with a timing of 25hrs 15mins and 25 seconds. Italian Steffano Gregoretti stood  second with a timing of 27hrs 45mins and 9 seconds, and  Australian Michael Ormiston grabbed the third place with  the timing of   28 hrs 1min & 6 seconds.
Among female competitors Stephanie Case from Canada took the gold spot by clocking 30 hrs 15mins and 09 seconds, Australian Samantha Gash came a close second with a timing of   30hrs 47mins 17 seconds and the third spot went to Katrina Follows from UK with a timing of 34hrs 03mins 17seconds.

Honey Hunting Program in Nepal 2011

Adventure Honey Hunting Program
December 8-10 , 2011(Mansir 22-24, 2068)

Day-1: Gathering at Shorhakhutte or Balaju Chowk. 1.5 hour drive to Dharkay, breakfast. 3 hour drive to Bimalnager, lunch. 2.5 hour drive to Bank of the Marshyangdi river, 2.5 hour adventure walk to honey hunting village site, welcome by villagers, welcome drinks, Gurung culture dances with local drinks, dinner rest.

Day-2: Breakfast, 1 hour adventure jungle walk to honey hunting site, viewing the heart Thrilling activities of hunters on the cliff and honey hunting, teast the fresh honey, lunch, back to village, tea with snacks, 2.5 hour adventure walk to river bank lodge, welcome drinks, dinner rest .

Day-3: Breakfast, 3 hour drive to Mugling, lunch, 2.5 hour drive to Dharke, high tea, 1.5 hour drive to Kathmandu, departure.

Tariff Cover: All Transportation, 3 times meals a day, lodge & home stay, All honey hunting program, guide, Culture program.

Lukla flight problem Autumn 2011

No flights to Lukla airport for last 4 days

Flights to Tenjing-Hillary Airport in Lukla of Solukhumbu district have been halted for the last 4 days due to the
unfavourable whether.
Hundreds of tourists have been stranded in Lukla as the flights could not resume on the 4th consecutive day,
Friday. According to the airport officials, the airport sees around 50 flights a day.
The hotels in Lukla have been packed as the travelers are compelled to stay there, according to a local.
Most of those who have been staying in Lukla are the tourists who returned from the Everest Base Camp and
surrounding treks.
Lukla airport is the toughest airport in the country because of its geographical location. And every season,
every year tourists are compelled to face this big problem
with the flights but due to no other alternative this keeps going on and on every year....
For some local brokers and lodges it is the nice opportunity to earn easy money, charging higher price for rescue 
flights to necessary foods and accommodations tourists are really not treated well in these condition.. which
unfortunately is a shame for all of us tourism personal & organizations to whole country..the main problem is we
never seem to learn from the past experience...we are sure to face this problem once again in the coming year
And no one knows what to do at that time again..........

Tourist Visa Fee For Nepal

Fees to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:

US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
Not withstanding anything written in clause (a) and (b), no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days .

Fees to be levied for renewal or regularization of tourist visa

Nepalese currency equivalent to 2 US dollars per day to renew the validity of tourist visa.
In case where request has also been made for the facility of multiple entry, just valid for the renewal period an additional amount in Nepalese currency equivalent to U. S. Dollars 20 to the fee as referred to in Clause (a).
In regularizing visa of any foreigner stayed without renewal of validity of the tourist visa, Nepalese currency equivalent 3 US dollars per day shall be levied in addition to the normal amount to be paid for renewal of the validity of visa as per these Regulations.
Foreigners, who have already been overstayed more than 150 days without renewing the tourist visa shall be levied the fees referred in clause 2(c) and penalty amount as referred to in section 10(4) of Immigration act in addition.
Not withstanding anything written in clause 2(a), the period of visa fee shall be levied, for the purpose to renew tourist visa for up to15 days if the visa be of a period less than 15 days and as referred to in clause 2(a) for more than this.

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