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Mountaineering in Nepal:

Since ancient times, people have viewed mountain peaks as towering objects of myth, spiritual inspiration, and romantic beauty. Early peoples made ascents only to hunt game, to rescue lost or strayed animals, or to gain a military advantage over an enemy. Eventually, the unknown and inaccessible ceased to be something to be feared and avoided, and the conquest of the major mountain peaks and ranges of the world began. Mountaineering as a sport was born on August 8, 1786 , with the first ascent of Mont Blanc (4807 m/15,771 ft), one of Europe 's tallest peaks. Since that ascent, mountain climbing has evolved into three related sports: alpine climbing, ice climbing, and rock climbing. These sports require the same fundamental techniques.

 

With eight of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has been the focus of some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering. For many decades the persevering icy peaks have posed as challenge to those who dare. There are some 326 peaks in Nepal open for mountaineering today. His Majesty's Government of Nepal opened around 175 peaks in the last two years to mark the Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebrations. The mountaineering sports became popular all over the world when Sir Ed. Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled the Mt. Everest in May 1953. The adventure and challenge brought-forward by mountaineering sports are still on, and we find "Enthusiastic Mountaineers' Flocks" increasing every year.The government of Nepal has opened many peaks for mountaineering expedition. Some of them mentioned below are suggested to the potential contestants.

 

Peak Climbing in Nepal:

There are many smaller mountains in Nepal called ‘trekking peaks' (ranging from 5587 to 6654 metres) which keen trekkers can climb. Most Everest Base Camp trekkers make the ascent of Kala Pathar for the view of Everest and at 5545 metres this would be a substantial peak anywhere else in the world.

 

By Himalayan standards these are minor peaks, but some of them provide challenging snow and ice climbing. To climb trekking peaks, a permit is required from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Royalties depend on the altitude of the peak. Climbing gear can be bought or rented in Kathmandu , and while tents, stoves, sleeping bags and down gear should pose no problems, socks, shoes, clothing and freeze dried food are likely to be harder to find.