Nepal is home to 8th of the 14 highest mountains in the world. With Mount Everest 8,848 m standing tall in Nepal, mountaineering enthusiasts are keen to explore this region at least once their lifetime. By the end of 2010, there had been 5,104 ascents to the Everest summit by about 3,142 individuals, with 77% of these ascents being accomplished since 2,000. After Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) opened access of various small peaks for climbing, mountaineering enthusiasts, amateur and experienced alike, are attracted by Nepal's beautifully challenging climbing peaks. Peak climbing in Nepal gives you the experience of both trekking and mountaineering. The trekking peaks or climbing peaks, whatever you please to say, offer mountaineering challenges of varying degrees. Nepal has over 1,310 peaks above 6,000 meters recognized for climbing, where, NMA along with other governing bodies are in the process to unveil 5 new Eight-thousander peaks for commercial climbing in Nepal. The increasing popularity of the trekking peaks in Nepal is down to the fact that visitors not only get to trek some of the world's popular trails, but also experience the thrills of mountaineering. Nepal opened its peaks for mountaineers worldwide in 1949. Ever since, it continues to ignite the imagination of mountaineering and climbing enthusiasts worldwide. Although there are many climbing peaks in Nepal, some are evidently more popular than the others are. Some of the most popular trekking peaks are Island Peak, Mera Peak, Lobuche, Kyajo Ri, Nayakanga, Pisang Peak, Singuchuli Peak andTharpu Chuli. Depending upon the amount of time and climbing experience you have, you can choose a peak that best suits you.