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May 23 , 2014
The government has opened 104 new peaks, including a new eight-thousander – Mt Yalunga Kang (8077m), or Kanchanjunga West -- for commercial expedition.
The cabinet meeting held on Wednesday took the decision.
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It has also begun the process to give international recognition to the new 8,000-meter peak. A proposal to give recognition to five Nepali 8,000-meter peaks, including Yalung Kang, is under consideration at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation popularly known as the UAAA.
With this, the number of 8,000-meters peaks in the country has reached nine. Other proposed 8,000-meter peaks include Kanchanjunga South (8,476m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473m), Lhotse Middle (8,413m) and Lhotse Shar (8,400m).
Along with Yalung Kang, the government opened 103 other peaks for commercial expedition. Within this, the number of peaks opened for mountaineering has reached 414.
Among the newly opened peaks, nine are above 7,000m, 90 above 6,000m and 4 above 5,000m. The government has also decided to promote peaks, measuring less than 5,800 meters as trekking peaks.
Nepal has a total of 3,310 peaks including 1,913 climbing peaks.