It also decided to waive 50 percent royalty fee for mountaineers climbing Mt Dhaulagiri in 2010 and 2011 to celebrate the golden jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Dhaulagiri.
More than 4,000 climbers have scaled Mt Everest since it was first climbed by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Some 700 of these foreigners are said to be still alive.
“We have decided to waive the visa fees for these mountaineers in 2010 and 2011 as a part of promoting Nepal Tourism Year campaign,” Ranjan Aryal, acting secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) said.
Nepal is celebrating that year 2011 as Nepal Tourism Year campaign and it aims to welcome one million foreign tourists during the year.