What It Costs To Climb Mount Everest by Leslie Hamilton Ballpark Estimate: $70,000 to $100,000



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Hiring A Guide Service

  • $59,000 to $77,000 (Per person for top US-guide service on South Col Route)

  • $40,000 (Per person for guided trip up North Ridge Route)

If you choose to go with a commercial guide service, here are just a few of the expenses the companies assume in order to guide their paying customers up the popular South Col route:

  • Climbing permits and fees – prorated per person, $25,000 for 1 person; $56,000 for 4 people; $70,000 for 7 people, etc.

  • Climbing permits and fees – prorated per person, $25,000 for 1 person; $56,000 for 4 people; $70,000 for 7 people, etc.

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Fee – $100 per team

  • Khumbu Icefall Fee (paid to Sagarmatha Park for route maintenance) – $2,375 per team

  • Satellite Phone permit (paid to Nepalese Ministry of Communications) – $2,300 per phone

  • Garbage and Human Waste Disposal (A comprehensive clean-up and recycling effort is underway on Mount Everest, to counteract decades of environmental abuse. This fee is paid to Sagarmatha Park officials.) – $4,000

  • Oxygen (High quality oxygen and oxygen canisters are essential to the success and safety of climbers.) – $30,000

  • Lead guide – $25,000 Note: The more famous your guide, the more he or she will cost you. For instance, for $125,000, you may be able to hire Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen.

  • 2 Assistant guides – $10,000 to $15,000 each

  • Liaison Officer (ensures that your expedition meets all local regulation requirements) – $3,000

  • Doctor (Some doctors will volunteer their services in exchange for a Himalayan experience.) – $4,000

  • 7 Climbing Sherpas – $5,000 each

  • 3 – 4 Cooks – $3,500 each

  • 3 Helicopter charters from Kathmandu to Lukla – $16,500

  • 150 Yaks (transport 120 lbs. of gear each, from Lukla to Basecamp) – $7,500

  • Ritual expenses. (Sherpas perform many rituals along the way, to honor and appease the mountain, which they call Sagarmatha – goddess of the sky. Donations are made to the local monastery; there are daily rituals performed; prayer flags are flown at Base Camp; and finally, a Lama leads a day-long ceremony to mark the beginning of the ascent.) – $300

  • Helicopter evacuation from Base Camp (in case of emergencies) – $5,000




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