Peaks on lease

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Nepal may lease its Hi­malayan peaks to pri­vate tourism com­pa­nies to ease traf­fic on Mount Ever­est. The pro­posal would in­volve hir­ing out some of the 326 Hi­malayan peaks that are cur­rently open to lure climbers away from the Ever­est amid fears of con­ges­tion. It is one of the sev­eral new mea­sures to at­tract more climbers to the im­pov­er­ished coun­try where tourism is a key source of rev­enue. This step is ex­pected to help Nepal kick­start its econ­omy.

Lately, Nepal has in­tro­duced a num­ber of mea­sures to boost tourism and al­lay the con­cerns of over­crowd­ing on Mount Ever­est. Of­fi­cials have also slashed moun­taineer­ing fees for a range of other peaks, while re­quir­ing each climber scal­ing the Ever­est to bring back eight kilo­grams (17.6 pounds) of garbage in a bid to clean up the ‘roof of the world’.

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