Nepal to allow climbers to scale five more peaks
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal will open five more peaks above 8,000m for expeditions when the autumn climbing season begins, a tourism official said on Tuesday, raising the total number of such mountains to 13.
The Himalayan nation currently allows climbers to scale eight mountains above 8,000m, including the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest.
The new peaks include three in the Kanchenjunga region and two from the Everest region. Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Shar, Kanchenjunga South, Kanchenjunga Central and Kanchenjunga West - all measuring above 8,400m - will soon be open for expeditions, pending approval from the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA).
Mr Purna Chandra Bhattarai, a senior official at the tourism ministry, said the Switzerland-based organisation, which represents climbers and mountaineers from around the world, would likely make a decision at its annual meeting in early October.