Peaks on lease
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’.