104 new peaks opened for commercial climbing
The government has opened 104 new peaks, including a new eight-thousand mountain– Mt Yalunga Kang (8077m), or Kanchanjunga West for commercial expedition.
The government has already begun the process to give international recognition to the new 8,000-meter peak i.e. Mt. Yalunga Kang. If the proposal of the government is passed by the UAAA(International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation), the number of 8,000-meters peaks in the country would reach nine.
A proposal to give recognition to five Nepali 8,000-meter peaks, including Yalung Kang, is said to be under consideration at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation.
Along with Yalung Kang, the government opened 103 other peaks for commercial expedition. Within this, the number of peaks opened for mountaineering has reached 414.
This can prove vital for the development of mountaineering and trekking field of the tourism sector
Among the 104 newly opened peaks, nine are found to be above 7,000m, 90 above 6,000m and 4 above 5,000m. The government has also decided to promote peaks, measuring less than 5,800 meters as trekking peaks.Nepal has a total of 3,310 peaks including 1,913 climbing peaks.Other proposed 8,000-meter peaks include Kanchanjunga South (8,476m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473m), Lhotse Middle (8,413m) and Lhotse Shar (8,400m).