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Nepal May Cut Climbing Fees for Mount Everest

Nepal's tourism minister says the country may reduce the price charged to climb Mount Everest in the off-season.

Subba Gurung said Wednesday the government is considering reducing fees by 50 percent during the autumn season and by 75 percent during the winter. He said the proposed fee reductions would be intended to draw more tourists to the world's tallest peak.

Teams of climbers now pay 70-thousand dollars to scale the mountain. Gurung said the March to May high season price would stay the same.

Most climbers scale the nearly nine-thousand-meter-high mountain during the spring season in late May, when there is more daylight and the weather is warmer.

A record-breaking 520 climbers reached the summit from Nepal and Tibet during this year's main climbing season.