Ang Tshering Sherpa, Immediate Past President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association provides detailed mountaineering facts and figures in Nepal. His exhaustive study not only provides statistics and highlights exceptional climbs but also tries to show the economic importance of the sport to Nepal’s economy. Here is Ang Tshering Sherpa’s report:
As promised I am giving you some figures and statistics in an attempt to answers interesting and important questions that many people have asked about mountaineering in the Himalayas.
I attempt to answer questions such as how many people have climbed Mt. Everest? How many climbers were on other major peaks? Who are the record holders this spring season? Where in the world most climbers come from? What is the importance of Mountaineering to the Nepalese economy? Etc.
I have collected and verified this information through·4 main sources:
1. Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (Government of Nepal),
2. China Tibet Mountaineering Association
3. Nepal Mountaineering Association and
4. The excellent archives of Miss Elizabeth Hawley.