If you are a hard core adventurer and have considered climbing Mt. Everest, you might have some idea on how much you will have to save to get through the climb and back successfully. The rest of you might be shocked to hear that the standard supported climb begins at no less than $28,000 and can go to over $100,000 for a fully custom climb.
“Guided climbs on Everest is like any competitive marketplace, it’s driven by supply and demand and the demand is huge! As I’ve noted for years now, more and more Everest climbers are coming from India and China adding to the historic demand from the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia. Meeting that demand are many Nepal based guides. China is making huge moves to capitalize on the tourist demands from their own country which will add to the crowding.”. Alan Arnette
Two sides of the mountain, Nepal and China, are seeing hikes as high as 12% over the last few years. So what do you spend all that money on? A lot you would already think of and some you wouldn’t. Travel can be as high as $10.000 and permits and insurance as much as $30,000. Then there are climbing fees to your guide company which can be as high as $25,000 and gear (the fun stuff) up to $30,000.
“You can cook your own food but most people use a Nepali cook and helpers at $5,000 for base camp and budget about $800 per person for food and fuel while climbing Everest over a six week period.
Supplemental oxygen runs about $550 per bottle with a minimum of 5 bottles totaling $2,750. But you will also need a mask at $450 and a regulator at $450. You can carry your own extra oxygen to the high camps, but most people use the Sherpas to cache them at the high camps. When hiring a personal Sherpa, the standard is for him to climb on oxygen, albeit at a lower flow rate, so this will run an additional $2,000.
Finally, you will need climbing gear including boots, down suit, clothing layers, gloves, sleeping bags, packs and more. This will cost at least $7,000 if you buy everything new. High altitude boots from La Sportiva or Millet run $1,000, a full down suit from Feathered Friends or Mountain Hardwear is over $1,000 and a sleeping bag rated to -20F is at least $600.” – Alan Arnette
Original Article found at Alanarentte.com