What does it cost to climb Everest?
The tallest mountain in the world is making news again.
Just saying you have seen Mt. Everest is a trip in itself. But climb it, and you make a list of few people who have made it to the summit. Mt. Everest stands 29,000 feet above sea level, making it the tallest in the world. Located on the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet. It is a task in itself to get there, but how much are you going to have to shell out to climb it? It might not be as much as you think.
Alanarnette.com put a article together on how much it actually costs to summit Mt. Everest. The average cost.........
It ranges from $30,000 to $85,000 depending on your guide service you choose. On the low side, you can hire a local Nepali guide to take you up. The high end is hiring a guide from the west.
There are 2 ways to climb the mountain, the north slope and the south slope. Each poses their own dangers, because well it is the tallest mountain in the world. A climb on the North runs you about $32,000 and South is about $42,000.
What is included in the prices?
Well number 1 is getting there. It is a pretty small piece of the cost. But you have to get there first.
Second is Permits and Insurance. You are climbing a mountain in another country, so you need to be allowed to climb there. I can tell you this is fixed either $11,000 and $7,000 depending on what side you climb from. Insurance is a no brainer. I mean your climbing a mountain. Come on.......
Third is Supplies and Gear. You need to stay fed and warm. You can't just run to a sporting good store and buy a tent and sleeping bag. Temperatures don't get into the 70's, or even 50's for that matter. And with wind gusts possible to 200 MPH, you need to stay warm. Cold weather clothes, boots, and oxygen.
Last, the guide service. You want someone who has been there and can keep you safe. There are a ton of different guide services that offer trips to the summit of Everest. Some have more success than others, but it all depends on how far you can make it up the mountain.
Now towards the bottom of the article on alanarnette.com, it says Everest is getting safer to climb. I can believe that too. Advances in technology, being able to see weather conditions better, and training programs. It is getting more reachable. Will you see me on it, probably not, but the thought of joining that group of elite climbers gets a person thinking.
So head over to alanarnette.com, check out what it costs to climb Mt. Everest. Maybe you want to plan a trip sometime this summer.
If you want more information on Mt. Everest, check out the Wikipedia page on it.