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More than 300 climbers in bid to attempt mountains this autumn2014-09-15 15:55:32

Extreme cold and high winds keep mountaineers away from most peaks that stand above 8,000 meters with the beginning of this year’s last climbing season, many climbers have set out to climb fourteen dissimilar mountains of Nepal.
According to officials at the tourism industry division of the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation, 316 mountaineers from 32 nationals have obtained permit to climb mountains ranging from Arniko Chuli (6,039m) to Mt. Lhotse (8,516m). 

“Mountaineers, including 99 female, nine of them expedition leaders, representing 42 expedition groups, have attended the ministry’s briefing after obtaining climbing permits for the ministry said. 

According to him, Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) will host at least 162 climbers followed by 31 for Putha Hiuchuli (7,246 m. peaks including sarubung (6,346 m), Arniko Chuli, Makalu -1 (8,463 m) Gaugiri (6,110 m) and Mustang -1 (6,195 m) will also witness climbers in the double digit this season. 

Among mountaineers who attended the ministry’s briefing, 36 are French nationals and 32 are from Germany, while 15 each are from United Kingdom and Austria. 

Stieb Ernst Axel from Germany, 74, is the oldest climber to obtain a permit for Mt Himlung (7,126 m) while the youngest Japanese female climber Mishima Kaho, 21, is heading for Mt. Gaugiri. Heater Belle Knight of 71 from Australia is the oldest female climber who will make her bid on Mt Gaugiri. 

According to statistics obtained by this daily, Dhaulagiri-I) 8,167 m) and Nuptse (7,855 m) will see lone climbers 0 Jan Matlak from Slovakia and Canada Ian Ian Welsted respectively. 

“14 million ruppes in total has been collected as royalty so far,” he said adding, that the ministry will present the climber with certificates after they return from the summit. 

Cold and high winds keep climbers away from summiting most peaks above 8,000 meters high, including Mt Everest in the autumn season which runs through September to November. 


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