There are 6 countries that are home to the Himalayas: Nepal, China/Tibet, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Myanmar. Without doubt or debate, it is Nepal that stands out as the Kingdom of the Himalayas. Not only does it contain the most peaks of any other country that is home to the Himalayas, it has the most open peaks for climbing and has by far the best infrastructure to support tourism and mountaineering. Nepal has seen mountaineering activity that dates back further than any other Asian country with the first expeditions beginning in the 1890s and early 19th century. The Himalayas in central Asia were the last and greatest mountain range to see exploration and eventually became the range where the early pioneers developed the tactics and raids of modern expeditions.

The Government of Nepal (Ministry of Tourism) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) earned US$3.91 million in tourism revenue from mountaineering permits in 2013. This amount is quoted from figures published by the Government of Nepal. Nepal. Year after year, this number fluctuates, but it’s fair to say that just looking at the financial evidence, Nepal should be on your bucket list if you’re a mountaineer.

So the question is, what are the top 5 mountain expeditions in Nepal? The 5 peaks that have been gathered here in this article represent the top 5 peaks that have seen the most visitors in the last decade of mountaineering in Nepal. It does not represent the top 5 peaks that have brought in the most money for Nepal, as 1 permit, depending on the season and the height of the peaks, can range in cost between $100 and $25,000 USD.

Mount Everest (8,848m/29,028ft)

The Mount Everest expedition has become one of the most popular mountain expeditions in the world. Mount Everest goes by many names: Sagarmatha and Chomolungma to name just a few. It stands at 8,848m/29,028ft and generated $2.75 million in 2013 from permit costs alone. The average price of a permit ranges from $10,000 to $25,000, depending on the season and which side of the mountain you climb. The charm captures the hearts and spirits of climbers, calling them to come and prove themselves. Climbers spend years of their lives and tens of thousands of dollars preparing for this massive high-altitude project. Standing on top of the highest geographical point in the world has become a challenge and a goal that many cannot ignore. Risking the lives, limbs, and financial security of mountaineers for all they have in this lifetime achievement.

Mount Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft)

Ama Dablam Expedition is the most famous and popular 7000m peak in Nepal. Ama Dablam translates as “Mothers Necklace” “mothers pearl box”. It is known as the Matterhorn of the Himalayas and stands at 6,812m/22,349ft. Its steep south and north faces drop more than 2,000 m and have technical ridges radiating from its summit in all directions. It has become a reference ascent for climbers looking to assess their performance on a high technical peak. It is said to be in many ways a more difficult ascent than Mount Everest itself.

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft)

Island Peak got its name from the first climbing team who said that in an ocean of snow and ice there was an island, Island Peak. It is 6,189m/20,305ft high and has become one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. It is considered a bit technical due to crossing a glacier and steep snowfield to a short, exposed summit ridge. It is a great beginner peak that offers amazing views of Makalu, Ama Dablam and Everest. A must-see for those looking to get high in the Khumbu without a huge financial or time commitment.

Mount Manaslu (8,156m/26,758ft)

Mt Manaslu has become a very popular 8000m expedition. It has a height of 8,156 m/26,758 ft. It offers a unique approach through the Tsum Valley, which was closed to foreigners until the 1950s. You can approach Manaslu from the Annapurna Trekking Circuit or from Tsum Valley, and the contrast couldn’t be greater. Sum offers a rich cultural experience as the area has not seen many foreigners in recent decades. On the other hand, the Annapurna approach has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, if not the world. Manaslu is considered an easier 8,000m peak but has some objective danger in the icefall and steep snow slopes that are prone to avalanches.

Peak of Mount Mera (6,476m/21,247ft)

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal with a height of 6,476m/21,247ft. It offers stunning views of the Solu Khumbu region. It has a way of feeling like a full-fledged mountain expedition because of the focus. Mera Peak is located remotely in the Khumbu and offers 6000m climbers a taste of what the Himalayas have to offer. It is a great peak for beginners and is highly recommended as one of the first peaks to tick off your list in Nepal.

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