Is Climbing Mount Everest on your bucket list?
Then check out these five essential facts about scaling the Everest.
Best time to climb the Everest
Every year hundreds of climbers make the journey to the Himalayas, waiting for good weather. Good weather is absolutely essential for climbing Mount Everest. In fact, the weather can be the difference between managing to scale the highest peak in the world, or putting yourself in serious danger.
So what is the best time?
According to Culture Trip, spring and autumn is the best time to climb Mount Everest, i.e. from April to May, and from September to November.
Best time to climb the Everest: April to May, and September to November
If you thought Nepal was the only starting point for climbing Mount Everest, then you would be wrong. The mountain lies between Nepal and Tibet, and as such there are routes from both countries.
There are quite a few possible routes to the top of the Everest, but only two routes are most commonly used by climbers: the south route in Nepal and the north route in Tibet.
The south route, in Nepal, is the most popular route because of the cost and convenience.
Climbers using the south route fly to Kathmandu, then take a domestic flight to get to Lukla village, from where the actual journey begins.
How long does it take to climb Mount Everest?
Here’s the short answer: around 2 months.
But most climbers spend months, or even years, preparing for this challenging climb.
Yearly permit limits
In case you did not know, you need a permit to climb the Everest.
So you might be wondering about any limits there might be on how many of these permits are issued in a year.
Here’s the thing – even though in theory there is a limit to how many people get permits for climbing the Everest, in practice, there actually isn’t any.
That said, the process is usually handled by the expedition companies, so you don’t really have to worry about the technicalities.
How much does it cost to climb the Everest?
Climbing the Everest can be expensive – the starting price is usually around £28,000 ($35,000) and can go above £79,000 ($100,000).
This includes all that is necessary, namely:
- Climbing permit of around £8,700 ($11,000)
- Bottled oxygen
- High-altitude gear which includes tents, sleeping bags, and boots
- Medical care
- Support from Sherpa guides and bottled oxygen for them, which is compulsory for every foreign climber.
Climbing the Everest is no longer the impossible feat that it used to be when Edmund Hillary did it. But it still is no walk in the park. If you are serious about doing it, make sure you know the essentials above, and really understand what it takes.
Also, get professional guidance from a reputable expedition company before deciding on taking on this challenge. Because it is a challenge, and a monumental one at that, and good preparation is vital.
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