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40 teams permitted for climbing 16 peaks in Nepal
www.chinaview.cn 2004-04-03 14:35:15

    KATHMANDU, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The Nepali government has allowed 40 teams from 18 countries for mountaineering expedition for 16 mountains in the country during this spring season, The Rising Nepal newspaper reported Saturday.

    The Nepali Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has granted permission to 11 teams to climb the 8,848-meter-high Mount Qomolangma, the world's highest peak.

    The attempting teams are three teams from the United States and one each from Britain, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Malaysia, Canada,South Korea and Mexico.

    Only one of them are climbing the peak through South East Ridgeroute and all the other teams will attempt from the normal route.

    Meanwhile, there will be four teams each for Mt. Lhotse (8,516 meters) and Mt. Pumori (7,161m), three teams for Mt. Makalu (8,463m), six teams for Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m), two teams for Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) and one team each for Mt. Yalung Kang 8,505m), Lhotse Shar (8,400m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Manaslu (8,163m), Kumbamarna (7,710m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Kabru (7,318m), Domekhan (7,264m), Ratna Chuli (7,128m) and Tengi Ragi Tau (6.948m).

    Nepal has eight of the 14 highest peaks in the world and has opened 33 new peaks which are under the management of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Mountaineering is one of the most attractive items to tourists to the country. Enditem

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