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KATHMANDU - Nepal will slash the climbing fees for Mount Everest to attract more mountaineers, even as concerns grow about the environmental harm done by climbers who already crowd the mountain during the high season. 

Madhusudan Burlakoti, head of Nepal's Department of Mountains, said on Friday that beginning next year, it would cost $11,000 per climber to climb Everest.

Under the current rules, a single climber pays $25,000. But larger groups get discounted rates, with a group of seven paying $70,000. The discount encourages climbers to team up even if they have vastly different experience and barely know each other, Burlakoti said.

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