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Over 300 are climbing Everest this season as Nepal approves 876 to climb 25 peaks

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Kathmandu, April 25

The government of Nepal says it has issued over 300 climbing permits for Everest this mountaineering season. The number may increase as new applications are coming in, according to officials.

Whereas earlier projections had shown the highest peak of the world will be quieter this year, the number is gradually increasing. Yet, it is still less than the applications received last year (over 400). That year, however, the number of successful summits was too few as the season was affected by the Covid pandemic.

The Department of Tourism, the government body to regulate mountaineering, says 302 people representing 37 expeditions have been approved for Everest climbing this spring. The department says it has issued permits to 876 people altogether who will try to summit 25 peaks.

Nepal has approved climbing on over 30 peaks including eight mountains with a height of over 8,000 metres.

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