Pakistan peak fees reduced
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In what could be described as a vain bid to try and tempt climbers back to its mountains next year, the Pakistan Government are continuing the 50% royalty reduction for peaks in the Karakoram. The Pakistani trekking and climbing industry, which saw a bumper year in 2001 (70 expeditions), was devastated last year with only 29 expeditions to peaks above 6000m arriving in the country.
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Although some British climbers are tentatively planning expeditions for 2003, it seems unlikely that they will set foot in the country in the current political climate.