Everest, Adventure or Business

EXPENSES

Number of ascents

In the past 20 years the number of climbers has grown exponentially, especially in commercial routes. For the southern route the average price is $48,000 and for the northern one the average price is $37,000.

Routes

1950 - 1989

6.7%
12.4%

1990 - 2009

10.5%
38.7%

The ascent of the Everest has become big business for important "travel" companies and locals. Nowadays it is dangerous to climb the mountain if you haven't paid the tolls to the various companies located around the mountain.

Taxes

From January 1st 2015, the government of Nepal is going to change the taxes charged for climbing Mount Everest. It will effect 99% of the climbers since the special rate for groups of seven will disappear. Taxes will have to be paid individually.

Price before Price before Price after

Cost Breakdown

1. Climbing Fees

41.76% ( $16,500 – $21,500 )

Nepalese liaison officer, South base camp medical support, garbage and human waste deposit, icefall doctors to fix route, contribution to fixed ropes above icefall, weather forecast, puja.


2. Misc

24.42% ( $9,650 – $14,400 )

Medical kit, sherpas, helicopter evacuation, rescue insurance, personal gear, satellite phone, gear allowance for sherpas.

3. Getting to Everest base camp

10.09% ( $3,990 – $4,550 )

Yaks, porters, tea houses and food for 7 days, park fees.

4. Everest base camp and high camps

8.85% ( $3,500 – $8,800 )

Tents, cooks and assistants, food and fuel for 6 weeks.

5. Climbing

8.70% ( $3,440 – $11,880 )

Oxygen, oxygen mask, oxygen regulator, oxygen sherpas.

6. Personal travel

6.13% ( $2,425 – $6,325 )

Airfare, transportation from Kathmandu to Lukla, hotel and food in Kathmandu, Nepal visa, immunizations.