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Nepal Mountaineering Assoc. ‘Authority of NMA to issue climbing permits’

Sincere thanks and appreciation

Dear President,

Greetings from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

During the General Assembly of UIAA, all of you may have remembered what I explained about the decision of Government of Nepal in withdrawing the authority of NMA to issue climbing permit for 27 mountains below 6500m. The service charge collected by NMA after the issuance of permit is the main source of our income by which we manage fund for International Mountain Museum, International Mountaineers’ Memorial Park, welfare programs for the children of deceased mountaineers, training programs etc. But the decision made NMA to think about the management of fund for its ongoing projects. Hence, we tried our best in lobbying with political parties and high level government officials to reinstate our authority. The income generated from those mountains are negligible for the nation’s budget, but NMA has become successful in managing funds for the promotion and development of mountain tourism of Nepal globally. After we feel slim chance of receiving any fruitful output, then we finally decided to file case at Supreme Court. As a result, the Supreme Court issued stay order on 8 Dec on the decision of Government of Nepal regarding the withdrawal of authority of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to issue climbing permits for 27 mountains.

Government of Nepal authorized NMA on 18 January 1978 to issue permits for 18 peaks between 5,587 meter to 6,654 meter in the Manang, Annapurna, Langtang and Khumbu area. On 16 Sep 2002, NMA was shouldered upon the responsibility by Government of Nepal to issue mountaineering permits to 15 more new peaks to climbers and mountaineers. These peaks are also known as the NMA Climbing Peaks. After the decision of government to waive royalty for the mountains below 5800m, currently NMA is issuing permits for 27 mountains. The cabinet decision taken on 9 Oct 2015 cancelled its authority to issue climbing permits and since then, it was issued by Department of Tourism.

The stay order released by the respected Supreme Court on 8 Dec instructed Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation not to follow the cabinet decision of 9 Oct 2015, which paved the way for NMA to issue climbing permits again.

On behalf of NMA, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all UIAA members for the support and solidarity that you have expressed during all times. Your moral support energizes us to stand us this critical period and hope for the same cooperation in the days to come.

Thank you once again.

Ang Tshering Sherpa

Posted: 15/12/15

Posted By: Margaret McMahon