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Nepal May Lease Some of Its Peaks to Private Tourism Companies

Excerpt from AFP

Mar 21, 2014 3:00 am

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Tourism overdevelopment comes in waves in Nepal, and lets hope this time it is more controlled than the mess Everest has become.

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Kancha Sherpa, left, the only survivor of the first successful expedition to Mount Everest. Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press


Nepal is considering a plan to lease Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies, an official said Tuesday, in a bid to ease traffic on Mount Everest and help jumpstart the economy.

The proposal would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open, in an attempt to lure climbers away from the main drawcard of Everest amid fears of congestion.

It one of several new measures — including lower mountaineering fees — designed to attract more climbers to the impoverished country, which counts tourism as a key revenue earner.

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