5 more Nepal peaks open for expeditions

Nepal will open five more peaks above 8,000 metres for expeditions when the autumn climbing season begins, a tourism official said Tuesday, raising the total number of such mountains to 13. 

The Himalayan nation currently allows climbers to scale eight mountains above 8,000 metres, 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 8,400 metres (27,559 feet) — will soon be open for expeditions, pending approval from the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA). 

Full report here Economic Times


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