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Peak Fees 2001

The peak fees 2001 published by the governments of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Tibet



Everest from the north
photo F. Tremolada


  The tables published below refer to the most recent peak fee updates published by the governments of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Tibet at the end of last year. This "price list" includes mountains from the lowest Trekking peaks to the 8000m Himalayan giants. These figures should be viewed as indicative as they are of course subject to change at any given time.

A quick glance reveals that the most expensive permit is that fixed by the Nepalese government for the ascent of Everest via the South Col. To follow in Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's footsteps, a seven-man expedition must expect to pay US$ 70,000. Noblesse obblige, or the result of an overcrowding which, notwithstanding the high costs, seems not be slowing down in the slightest?

It is interesting to note that the cost of climbing Everest from the north, i.e. from Tibet, is significantly less than from Nepal, even if the real cost is slightly higher than the published US$ 5000 for a seven-man expedition. This is because all expeditions are obliged to work with the China Tibet Mountaineering Association for jeep transportation with driver, lorry for transporting gear, liason officer, interpreter, lodging, meals, bureaucratic assistance at the border, yak transport, road permit and road maintenance fee.




INDIA Fee for 12 people Environment Fee** Equipment Liason Officer Total Extra fees
for 4 members,
from 13 to 16
Trekking peaks* US$ 1500 None US$ 500 US$ 800 Forfeit US$ 100
6500 m. and lower US$ 2000 US$ 400 US$ 2400 Forfeit US$ 400
6501-7000 m. US$ 3000 US$ 2900
7001 m. and higher
(Nun and Kun includedi )
6500 m. and lower US$ 3900
Mountains in "restricted" areas US$ 4000 US$ 4900 US$ 300 per extra person
mountains of the East Karakorum***

* Four mountains only are considered Trekking Peaks :
1. Stok Kangri (6.153 m.), Ladakh.
2. Friendship (5.289 m.), Himachal, Manali area.
3. Ladakhi (5.342 m.), Himachal, Manali area.
4. Hanuman (5.366 m.), Garhwal.

** The Environment Fee is non refundable.

*** Mixed expeditions only (Indian/foreign with Indian leader) are permitted to climb in the east Karakorum.

NOTE: No trekking or climbing permit is needed for peaks lower than 5000m located outside of the "restricted" area. No Liason Officer is needed for treks and passes lower than 6000 m.


PAKISTAN Fee for 7 people

Extra fees Environment Fee**
K2 - 8611 m. US$ 12000 US$ 2000 per person US$ 200
8001-8500 m. US$ 9000 US$ 1500 per person
7501-8000 m. US$ 4000 US$ 500 per person
7001-7500 m. US$ 2500 US$ 300 per person
6000-7000 m. US$ 1500 US$ 200 per person

* The Environment Fee is non refundable.


NEPAL Fee for 7 people

Extra fees up to 12 people Environment Fee**
Everest (South Col) US$ 70000 US$ 10000 per person US$ 4000 per expedition
Everest (other routes)
US$ 50000 US$ 10000 per person US$ 3000 per expedition
8000 m. US$ 10000 US$ 1500 per person US$ 200
7501-7999 m. US$ 4000 US$ 500 per person US$ 2000 per expedition
7001-7500 m. US$ 3000 US$ 400 per person
6501-7000 m. US$ 2000 US$ 300 per person
6500 and lower US$ 1500 US$ 200 per person

* The"Environmental Fee" deposit is refunded after the liason officer has checked that all expedition rubbish ahs been collected and treated accordingly..
** Expeditions larger than 12 are obliged to purchase a new permit.


TIBET Fee for 7 people

Extra fees Environment Fee**
Everest US$ 5.000 10 % of the fee US$ 25 per person
Cho Oyu & Shisha Pangma US$ 3.000
Other 8000 m. peaks and higher US$ 1.760
7.000 m. and higher US$ 1.080
6.000 m. and higher US$ 700
6.000 m. and higher US$ 30

NOTE: prices refer exclusively to the peak royalty and do not include the obligatory service pack offered by the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (jeep transportation with driver, lorry for transporting gear, liason officer, interpreter, lodging, meals, bureaucratic assistance at the border, yak transport, road permit and road maintenance fee).

Film permit: Everest US$ 6000; Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma US$ 5000
Satellite telephone permit: US$ 2000
Tax fee for cook: US$ 1500 per Sherpa
and/or a Sherpa from Nepal

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