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

Equipment and Clothing: ,000 to ,000

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Equipment and Clothing: $8,000 to $15,000.

You can’t just run up the mountain in your cross-trainers and heaviest sweatshirt; you need specialized, high altitude mountaineering gear. These items will include essentials such as:

  • Plastic double boots (or specialized single boot systems) made specifically for high altitude climbing

  • 700-fill down parka

  • Glacier glasses with side covers (If you wear prescription glasses, you’ll need to special order these.)

  • Sleeping bag – expedition weight, rated to at least -40°F

  • Climbing backpack (3,500-4,000 cu. in.)

  • Trekking backpack (2,000 – 2,500 cu. in.) – optional

  • Ice axe with leash

  • Crampons

  • Alpine climbing harness

  • Carabiners, ascender, rappel/belay device, prussiks

There’s lots more gear to buy, but you get the idea. Most likely, however, you’ll already own most of this gear because there’s no way you can even think about climbing Mount Everest if you’re not already a seasoned high altitude climber. Many commercial guide companies actually require that you either take their specialized high altitude, pre-Everest training course, or sign on for another of their 8,000-meter guided climbs.
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