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Govt removes 16 peaks from mountaineering

File photo of Yala Peak, Nepal.
File photo of Yala Peak, Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nepal–The government is planning to remove 16 peaks from the list of 326 peaks opened for mountaineering. The government planned floated after a technical team constituted under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) suggested to the government to exclude those peaks from the list of 326 peaks opened for mountaineering.

The technical team headed by Ang Tshering Sherpa, immediate past president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, has already submitted its report to the government.

The team has asked the government to remove Gyaj Kang, Hongde, Lahung Kang, Lanpo Peak, Lumba Sumba, Kyashar, Pokharkan, Ramtang, Peak 38, Dhampus and Anidesh Chuli from the list as the peaks are either repeated or named differently.

Likewise, the team has recommended removing Gokyo Ri, Ramchaur, Ramdrong and Roma from the list saying that they are just viewpoints.

An official at MoCTCA confirmed that preparations are afoot to exclude those peaks from the lists.

Of the 16 peaks, 11 peaks have two different names, five are just viewpoints and one peak doesn´t exist at all.

It has also suggested to the government to remove Nagpai Gosum III from the list saying that it is not a peak but just a ridge.

Though the government is removing 16 peaks from the list there will still be 326 peaks as the 16 new peaks are to be opened soon  for mountaineering, according to the Ministry.

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