The China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) says it has given only two permits for the traverse of Everest. One is to an American climber and the second to the Philippine all-women team.
CTMA says there were other requests but it turned them down. This is one of the reasons why it is imposing an additional $3000 traverse fee per climber.
For the three women of the Philippine team, this means an additional $9000. But expedition leader Art Valdez says it may well be worth it. If the team succeeds, the members will be the first ever women to traverse Everest.
Valdez says the additional fee is a small price to put the Philippines in the climbing history books.