Nepal to allow climbers to scale five more peaks
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal will open five more peaks above 8,000 metres for mountaineers to scale when the autumn climbing season begins, a tourism official said on Tuesday, a move largely welcomed by local climbers.
The Himalayan nation currently allows climbers to scale eight mountains above 8,000 metres, including the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest.
Nepal plans to open three peaks in the Kanchenjunga region and two from the Everest region.
Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Shar, Kanchenjunga South, Kanchenjunga Central and Kanchenjunga West - all measuring above 8,400 metres - will soon be open for expeditions, pending approval from the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA).