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Feb 22, 2012

How Much Does It Cost to Climb Mount Everest? More Than a Porsche

Alan Arnette has an excellent post on Outside detailing the costs of reaching Earth's highest summit, Mount Everest. I've never thought about it before but it totally makes sense that there are a lot of thingsthat go on to make that climb, right? And all those things cost a lot of money! Like $83,000 a lot of money.

Arnette details the three ways you can climb Mount Everest: putting together your own expedition, joining a logistics only expedition or joining a fully guided expedition. Fully loaded fully guided expeditions sound fancy — sushi, five star chefs, open bar, espresso machines — but of course, all that pizazz comes with a price, as those climbs can reach more than $100,000 plus tip and bonuses. Logistics only expeditions are considerably cheaper and less fancy but come with very little included. You want oxygen? Pay more. You want to know what the weather will be? Pay more. You get the idea.

The most clear breakdown Arnette gives is in planning your own personal expedition:
Travel expenses: $2,375 - $6,225
Getting to Everest Base Camp: $2,150
Climbing fees and deposits: $19,700 - $37,700
EBC equipment and cooks: $9,300
Oxygen and climbing Sherpas: $8,525
Gear: $7,000
Misc (medical kits, communications, evacuation): $8,250-$12,000
On the high end, that all totals up to $82,900. Is it worth that much money to see our world from its highest point? Maybe! But probably not for regular humans. I mean, as a reference, you can get a Porsche 911 Carrera for $82,100. Mount Everest or a Porsche?

Sorry, I'm getting the Porsche and climbing Mount Everest from my couch. More here.

16 comments:

MynameisEarl said...

An ironic story that I got is that I know a guy that tried to climb Everest. And his last name was Everest. I kid you not, this guy's last name was, and still is Everest.

Screw the Porche, I'd buy myself a nice piece of land that I can retreat to when the SHTF.

Anne said...

There's nothing that I want to climb badly enough to spend this much money. Interesting though.

Zyu said...

A Porche that I can drive around, or me having to climb a mountain. I think the Porche wins.

Caron Rider, Author said...

I've always been afraid to climb...my boobs are so big I was afraid they'd knock me off the side of the mountain! So I'll take the car. :)

DEZMOND said...

you pay all that money and then an avalanche kills you

Pat Hatt said...

Pffft If I had that much to spend, wouldn't be climbing no death trap mountain.

R said...

That's so crazy!

YeamieWaffles said...

That's absolutely crazy how expensive it is to climb Everest. Like other people are saying I don't feel like it would really be worth the risk and expense.

Hart Johnson said...

Very interesting. I figured it would be expensive, but I was figuring $15K or so--not nearly $100K. I like experiences better than 'stuff', but cold isn't probably the direction I'd head. Physical work is okay. Sub-zero is not.

Adam said...

You couldn't pay me to climb it

Mama Zen said...

I'll be taking the Porsche!

Miranda Hardy said...

Yikes! I hadn't realized.

Brian Miller said...

wow that is a lot of money...i dunno, i know the experience would be amazing...but....

Simpetus said...

Whaaaaaaat!?
I'll never climb the everest :( sad day.

Helena said...

OMG! THAT much....!? That would almost keep me in chocolate for the remainder of the year!

G said...

I'd go for the car everytime