China Raises Price of Climbing Permits, Will Nepal Follow?

The cost of climbing Everest is about to go up substantially, as least from the Chinese side of the mountain. It seems the Chinese Tibetan Mountaineering Association has announced new fees for the country’s 8000-meter peaks, with the new prices going into effect in the spring of 2020. That means anyone heading to the Himalaya … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2019: Nims Bags Cho Oyu, Mountain Hardwear Team Leaves Everest

It has been an interesting few days in the Himalaya, where the autumn climbing season continues to unfold. When we checked in at the end of last week, the teams were stalled out across the region due to poor weather. But, conditions improved some over the past few days, allowing them to continue their acclimatization … Read more

China Has Strict New Rules for Climbing Everest

With the winter fall climbing season in the Himalaya now behind us and the spring climbing season still a bit far off, you would think there wouldn’t be much news to report from Everest or the other big peaks in Nepal and Tibet. But as it turns out, China has decided to make things interesting … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2018: Missing Climber on Manaslu, More Summits and a Marriage Proposal on Cho Oyu

We’ve noted on several occasions that the autumn climbing season in the Himalaya is already starting to wind down, and with summits this week on Manaslu, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma, that looks like an accurate assessment. But, things aren’t completely over yet and there is still news to share, particularly from those 8000 meter peaks, … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2018: More Summits and the “Dream Line” Skied on Lhotse

To say that it has been a busy couple of days in the Himalaya would be an understatement. This past weekend saw a significant number of summits on several mountains, along with a few historic achievements in the big mountains. And while the commercial climbing season is starting to wind down, there is still a … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2018: Summits Continue on Manaslu, Cho Oyu

We’ve been monitoring the progress of the climbing teams on Manaslu and Cho Oyu all week long as summit bids have launched both mountains. Now, as the weekend draws near, it seems that both peaks are busy as a good weather window looks to continue over the next few days, bringing opportunities to finish the … Read more