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Porter steadying his loadDuring my annual coverage of Everest, one of my most popular posts is about money; well how much money it takes to climb Everest. What most readers want to know is 1) how little do I have to spend and 2) where do I get it?
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This post was updated on February 19 2014.

Update February 2014

In February 2014, the Nepal’s ministry of tourism and civil aviation announced a new fee structure for their mountains. Please read this post for all the details but the main change for Everest was that effective January 1, 2015, a new single climber permit for $11,000 replaces to the long time Everest permit fee structure of 7 members for $70,000 or $10,000 per person. Thus I have updated this post to reflect an $11,000 permit fee for going it solo instead of $25,000. All other fees remained unchanged for this analysis. Bottom line is that prices will go up for 99.9% of all Everest climbers..

I predict the majority of Western Guides will increase their base prices for 2015 by $2500 to $5000.


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The Big Picture

For 2014, costs have increased pushing the prices higher on both sides, especially for the low cost operators. Those at the high-end have held their prices steady absorbing the increases. The average price of the companies I surveyed looks to be about $48,000 on the south and $37,000 on the north with the primary difference being the permit costs and support staff salaries.

There are real costs involved to climb Everest and it is not the place to save money. However, with guided expeditions charging from $30K to $100K, it is confusing. You can sometimes get a deal, but don’t count on it given the popularity of Everest. Most leading commercial guides sell out months in advance each year.

The Nepal and Tibet governments control much of the costs today with permit fees and requirements on wages, insurance and treatment of Sherpas, cooks and porters so a base price has been effectively established.

There are three ways to climb Everest: put together your own expedition, join a logistics only expedition or join a fully guided team.

Some climbers believe a solo expedition in the Messner 1980 north style is the way to save money; however the notion of a solo climb is somewhat academic today.

Before the explosion of commercially organized guides with dedicated Sherpas, ropes and ladders; a climber could go to the mountain (usually the north) and climb alone without using any of the common support systems. Some people try these days but end up using a ladder someone else put across a crevasse or a cook at base camp thus never really making a true solo climb. The best you can really achieve is without Sherpa support and still the costs are significant.

The majority of climbers use commercial expeditions because they spread the costs across multiple climbers thus reducing expenses and improving safety.

On Your Own

It is tempting to dream of planning your own Everest expedition. After all, anyone can fly to Kathmandu, buy a permit, food for 6 weeks; fly to Lukla or Lhasa, hire yaks and porters to get your gear to BC, establish your own base camp, cook all your own meals, determine your own weather forecast, make multiple climbs to ferry your own gear while establishing your high camps, pay for use of the fixed ropes, buy/rent oxygen, regulator, mask, summit, hire more yaks to get your gear back out or carry it yourself, and a ton of other stuff. It is certainly possible and done occasionally. However even these “independent” expeditions rely on some level of local logistics.

If saving money is the goal, you will be disappointed. You might have been able to do all this for under $15K back in the last century but definitely not today. The permit alone is $11,000. Even the first Swiss and British expeditions were massive undertakings requiring funding on a national level.

Cost Breakdown

To get started on the costs let’s look at the south but the north is similar with the permit being about $3700 cheaper. There are fees every climber and expedition must pay – directly or indirectly: a climbing permit, liaison officer, visa, park fee, yaks, porters, icefall ladders and fixed ropes, waste deposit, travel, insurance, tents, food and fuel. At a minimum these total $23,000 for one person going alone. Even splitting group expenses the base costs are $25,000 for a 7 person team.

If you wanted to do a true solo, unsupported (no oxygen, Sherpa or cook support but using ladders and ropes) on the south side for one person it would cost at least $24,000.

When you add in oxygen and base camp support, a one-person climb with Sherpa support approaches $45,000 but a 7 person team leveraging the group costs comes in at $37,000.

All these estimates assume you get your $4,000 trash deposit back, not always true. None of these estimates include western guides, add another $10,000 to $25,000 for that. To fully gear up for an 8000m climb from nothing, add another $7,000 for boots, down suits, layers, etc. Finally, this does not include tips which can be a couple of thousand dollars in total.

The bottom line for me is that even with the 2015 individual permit price reduction, going with a team is less expensive and safer. The reason they can offer climbs less than what I have calculated is that they reuse gear from season to season, get volume discounts and, in some cases, pay below market wages to staff. Remember you always pay your own personal expenses like airfare, extra hotel nights, alcohol and tips.

This is my estimated break down and there are additional costs I have not included for example travel, insurance, etc. for the support staff required by the governments.

PERSONAL TRAVEL $2,425 – $6,325

  • Airfare $1500 to $5000 depending on class and routing and excess baggage
  • Transportation Kathmandu to Lukla $325 round trip per person
  • Hotel and food in Kathmandu $300 to $700 depending on delays
  • Nepal Visa $100
  • Immunizations $200

Getting to EBC $3,990 – $4,550

  • Yaks to and from Base Camp $150 per yak per day carrying 120lbs, (4 yaks for 4 days minimum or $2400)
  • Porters to and from Base Camp $75 per porter per day carrying 60lbs (3 porters for 6 days minimum or $1350)
  • Tea Houses and food on trek to EBC $20 – $100/person /day – 7 days $140 – $700
  • Park Fee $100/team

Climbing Fees $16,500 – $21,500

  • Nepalese Liaison Officer $2500/team
  • South Base Camp Medical support $100/person
  • Permit $11,000 for each climber regardless of team size on South, $7300 for Westerner, $3000 for Nepali Sherpa on North
  • Garbage and human waste deposit $4,000/team permit (refundable but not always)
  • Icefall Doctors to fix route $2500/team or $500 per climber
  • Contribution to fixed ropes above Icefall $100/climber
  • Weather forecast $0 to $1000
  • Puja $300

EBC and High Camps $3,500 – $8,800

  • Tents $3000 new (sleeping, cooking, toilet, storage at 4 camps for 3 people)
  • Cooks $5000 per cook and assistant for 6 weeks
  • Food and fuel $800 per person for 6 weeks

Climbing $3,440 – $11,880

  • Oxygen $500/bottle (5 bottles) $2500
  • Oxygen Mask (Summit Oxygen) $440
  • Oxygen Regulator $500
  • Climbing Sherpa $5000 per Personal Sherpa with same oxygen as client

Misc $9,650 – $14,400 – 34,400

  • Medical kit $1000
  • Sherpas, cooks tips and bonus $250 – $2000 per individual depending on performance and summit
  • Helicopter evacuation from EBC-South $5000 – $20,000 depending on start and end locations (not available on north)
  • Rescue Insurance: $400
  • Personal Gear (down suit, high altitude boots, sleeping bags, etc): $7000
  • Satellite phone (own) $1000 to $3000 depending on usage
  • gear allowance for Sherpas $1000

OK, so now that it looks cost prohibitive to climb solo or even very independently for most people, let’s look deeper at climbing with an organized team.

Guide Definition

What is a guide? There are international organizations that certify guides such as the AMGA and the IFMGA. Individuals, after years of practical experience, go through extensive training across all types of terrains and techniques plus rescue and some medical courses before an intensive testing process to receive their certification. This is time consuming and expensive and not common in the US market but almost always required across Europe. Certified guides are technically the best of the best.

Some expeditions are led by a Westerner who does not call himself a guide but rather a leader. The leader coordinates activities, sometimes from base camp and may or may not actually climb with clients. The leader may or may not have actually summited the mountain.

Be aware that anyone can call themselves a guide in Nepal. There are many local companies with slick looking websites that offer attractive packages. Some are excellent but many are high risk. Verify everything.

There are three options for supported climbs: Sherpa supported, Sherpa guided and a western guided commercial expedition. All leverage permit fees and group costs such as deposits, cooks and tents across multiple climbers. Let’s look at them in detail:

Sherpa Supported Expedition

A Sherpa supported expedition is one where a company organizes all the logistics: food, group gear, transportation plus Sherpa support but does not provide traditional western guides or, in some case, even a lead Sherpa guide. The Sherpas may or may not speak English very well and will most likely follow your lead as to pushing forward or turning back.

These cater to experienced climbers or those on a tight budget. You can sign onto one of these climb for under $40,000 on the south side, but you need to read the fine print and strongly consider safety.

At the low end of the price range, a Sherpa will ferry your oxygen gear to the highest camps, prepare all the tents, and carry the group gear but not your personal gear. Don’t underestimate the toll of the simplest tasks at extreme altitude. One service uses a 4:1 ratio of climbers to Sherpa to give you a feel for the level of support. Also, due to the low staffing, some do not help with route fixing creating ill will with other teams.

A Sherpa will climb with you on summit night but you might be on your own with random teammates throughout the rest of the acclimatization climbing process, including preparing meals at the high camps. It is quite common to find yourself climbing only with a Sherpas or even alone. Access to modern weather forecasting technology is unlikely, you may use old style oxygen masks. It is absolutely required to ask many questions and understand every detail before signing onto these style of expeditions. Recent references are a must.

Asian Trekking specializes in this style of climb and is very good but many others are not. I climbed Everest in 2008 with High Altitude Dreams using this model.

Sherpa Guided Expedition

A Sherpa guided expedition will have an experienced Sherpa lead climbers through the route. Usually they depend on a Sirdar (a highly experienced senior Sherpa) to make the big decisions such as when to go for the summit or when to turn-around.

A variation on this approach is to hire a Personal Sherpa. These Sherpas have gained significant experience and training in dealing one to one with western clients. Their English skills are usually very good. A personal Sherpa will be at your side, literally, throughout every step of your climb including all the acclimatization climbs. You will never climb alone.

While they will not carry your gear, they may offload some items from time to time. They will be with you exclusively on your summit night even if you turn around before the summit. Expect to pay an additional $5K to $7K for a Personal Sherpa plus another 5% to 20% in tips and bonuses.

Almost every expedition except for the lowest costs ones, provide a Personal Sherpa on summit day, at an additional fee.

IMG’s Classic Everest Climb program has used this model safely for years. I summited in 2011 with my Personal Sherpa Kami Sherpa from IMG. Expect to pay around $40,000 for this style.

Western Guided Expedition

The western guided expeditions are ‘full service’ trips and are most appropriate for first time Everest climbers or anyone looking for a bit more support. The cost vary widely ranging from $55K to $85K. This includes all the services of a Sherpa guided climb plus sharing one or more western guides. If you want your own personal western guide, expect to pay $100K, plus tips and bonuses.

The major point of this approach is you are climbing in close proximity to a western guide who most likely has several summits of Everest under his/her harness. There is no language barrier and the guide will make all the decisions as to turn around times, weather and manage emergencies.

In addition, with a western guide, you will receive coaching and encouragement but this varies widely amongst the multiple personalities of the guides. A major component of the price difference is that you are paying for this incremental attention and guidance.

On these higher-end expeditions, you should have a high quality of food ranging from better prepared to exotic. One service likes to promote their sushi, another their 5 Star chef. Then there are espresso machines, open bars – in other words the sky’s the limit, all at a cost.

The most expensive guide companies (Adventure Consultants, AAI, etc) almost always come with several western guides and you never climb alone. I climbed Everest in 2002 and 2003 with Adventure Consultants using this model.

Team Size

One area to understand is the size of the team.

The highest price companies, that most often have small teams with western guides, will promote that they offer the benefit of personal attention, camaraderie, teamwork and support. They suggest the large teams are impersonal, and crowded.

My observation is that some small guided teams will try to climb as one group to support the teamwork and leverage the support staff which is good. However, the disadvantage of this is that if you are not feeling 100% you may feel the pressure to go anyway. Sometimes, you can lag a rotation behind, but it is discouraged.

The large teams almost never climb as one huge group. When climbing with a Personal Sherpa, there is a natural grouping that develops with like-minded climbers climbing at their own pace in small groups thus you get the advantage of a small team but leverage the costs more widely. Rarely are you forced to climb if you are not ready. Also you can avoid those “difficult” personalities that are always part of a long expedition.

My observation on large teams is sometimes you can have the feeling of a herd with large camps, unknown faces. Some climbers might feel a bit isolated. However, there is a increased feeling that if something goes wrong, there are a lot of resources on hand.

The bottom line for me has always been what kind of experience do you want. Both large or small teams can be equally successful.

As of February 2014, the final 2013 numbers on the Himalayan Database showed that 658 climbers made the summit. There were 539 from the south and 119 from the north side. 9 did not use supplemental oxygen and there were 8 confirmed deaths.

This brings the total summits to be around 6,871 by 4,042 different climbers, meaning that 2,739 climbers, mostly Sherpa, have multiple summits. The south side (Nepal) remains more popular with 4,416 summits while the north (Tibet) has 2,455 summits.

Overall 248 people (161 westerners and 87 Sherpas) have died on Everest from 1921 to 2013, 140 on the Nepal side and 108 from Tibet. Since 1990, the deaths as a percentage of summits have dropped to 3.6% due to better gear, weather forecasting and more people climbing with commercial operations. Annapurna is the deadliest 8000 meter mountain with a summit to death ratio of 2:1 deaths for every summit (109:55).

A Wide Price Range

So, what is the difference between an Everest expedition for $40K and one for $65K? Often it is simply profit, overhead, number of guides and team size. Also how many services are bundled into one single price versus offered as options. The lowest price outfits promote a low price and then offer “options” such as oxygen, Sherpa support or even food above base camp.

Another common practice to keep expedition costs low is to pay support staff the absolute minimum whereas the best guides pay a livable wage for their entire team. It is critical to fully understand what you are getting into. But often it is the availability of resources: extra Sherpas, back up supplies (ropes, tents, oxygen bottles, etc), medical facilities, communications and profit and overhead for the operator. But this is difficult to compare.

An example are Sherpas bonuses. A low price service may not include a bonus whereas another may. For example, one company asks the climber to pay $1500 to his Sherpa if they reach the South Col and another $500 if they leave for the summit. This is not shown as part of the base price. But a different company includes these bonuses in their overall package. In both cases it is customary to tip your Sherpa, and western guide, an additional amount.

Comparison Shopping

With all this as background, I used public websites and my own research to compile the 2014 Everest fees from the major Everest guide companies. Also I looked back at their 2013 summit rates and historical numbers where available. This is not a complete list of all guides and I did not look at small one person operations or those who do not run climbs each year for more than one or two clients.

Everest 2014 List Prices and 2013 Summit Rates

COMPANY Typical Team Size SOUTH w Sherpa Guide* SOUTH w Western Guide*
NORTH 2013 Summit Success
AlpenGlow 2-4 N/A $89,000 N/A 2013: 1 of 2 clients, 1 guide, 4 Sherpas
Adventure Consultants 8-12 N/A $65,000 N/A

2013: 7 of 10 clients, 5 guides, 21 Sherpas

257 total summits (clients, Sherpas, guides) since 1990

Alpine Ascents International 8-16 N/A $65,000 N/A

2013: 13 of 16 clients, 3 guides, 21 Sherpas.

264 total summits (clients, Sherpas, guides) since 1992. 75% success from 2004

Jagged Globe 8-12 N/A $58,000 N/A 2013: 10 of 10 clients, 3 guides, 11 Sherpas
Mountain Trip 4-8 N/A $65,000 N/A 2013: 1 of 4 clients, 0 guide, 4 Sherpas
Mountain Madness 4-8 N/A $64,000 N/A no information available
Himalayan Experience 20-30 N/A $65,000 N/A

2013: 12 of 12 clients summited, 2 of 2 guides, 12 Sherpas

364 total summits (clients, Sherpas, guides) since 1994, 0 – 96% success

RMI 4-10 N/A $59,000 N/A 2013: 0 of 3 clients, 2 guides, 3 Sherpas
International Mountain Guides 12-20 $40,000 $55,000 N/A

2013: 16 of 31 clients, 4 guides, 24 Sherpas (2 pushes) est.

381 total summits (clients, Sherpas, guides) since 1991. 66% from 2006

Kobler & Partner 8 N/A $52,400 N/A no information available
Peak Freaks 8-15 $39,000 $48,500+ N/A 2013: 4 of 8 clients, 2 guides, 8 Sherpas.
7 Summits Club 20 N/A N/A $55,740 2013: 9 of 13 clients, 1 guide, 9 Sherpas
Altitude Junkies 8-12 $42,500 N/A N/A 2013 (n): 3 of 9 clients, 1 leader, 7 Sherpas
Summit Climb 5-20 N/A $36,450 $28,450

2013: 12 of 12 South and 11 of 14 clients north

213 total summits both n and s (clients, Sherpas, guides)

Adventure Peaks 10-20     N/A 2013: 4 of 8
Asian Trekking 20 $36,350 est N/A $29,070 est

2013 (s):14 of 26 clients, 21 Sherpas

2013 (n): 5 of 5 clients, 4 Sherpas

310 total summits (clients, Sherpas) since 2003.

Tim Mosedale 4-6   $45,000 N/A

2013 4 of 6 clients, 1 Guide, 8 Sherpas

N/A = not offered, * full logistics support, gear, food, Personal Sherpa, oxygen, mask and regulator

You can see my thoughts on Everest guides on my main site at Selecting a Guide.


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In my mind one of the largest decisions to make in selecting a guide service is your personal safety. The vast majority of Everest rescues and emergencies are never reported to the public – and there are many; almost daily throughout the season. Climbers get altitude sickness, GI issues and debilitating fatigue; your life becomes dependent on those around you.

If you are climbing with a small or a thinly staffed team, there is the possibility of not having adequate resources nearby to help you. It is a serious and sometime fatal mistake to believe that Everest is so crowded that someone will always be around to give aid if needed. Remember that each person is struggling to survive on their own, including the Sherpas, and may not have the strength to help regardless of their desire.

The bottom line is that teams who charge more or field a large team will generally have more resources available to support their clients.

As you can see selecting a guide service can be as daunting as climbing Everest itself! But in the end if you get references from other climbers of similar age and experience, the decision will be clear for you. Never be afraid to ask questions. The best operators welcome your questions. Trust me, they have heard it all. Finally, no legitimate operator wants to bring someone on who is a liability so they are interviewing you as much as you are them.


Getting the money is almost always harder than climbing Everest. Climbers become very creative when finding money. Some take out loans, refinance their home mortgage, others have the infamous “rich uncle”. Then there are those who set up a website to sell t-shirts or ask for “donations” from strangers. Believe it or not, this actually works to raise some money but rarely enough to cover all the expenses.

But the most common way to fund an Everest climb is to make it a priority in your budget by setting money aside each month for as long as it takes. This is how I funded 26 of my big climbs since starting at age 38.

The question of obtaining a sponsor often comes up. It is extremely difficult to get on a sponsored team for example by one of the large outdoor gear companies. There are ways to obtain a sponsor but it takes years of work, a solid plan, proven experience and often comes down to who you know and a lot of luck.

Climbing for a charity or a cause is popular but be careful not to use your cause as a way to fund a climb. This is a poor practice in my opinion.

You can read more about my own experiences with The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything and thoughts for sponsorship at this link.

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  57 Responses to “Everest 2014: The Cost to Climb Everest”

  1. My Dream.. cust is to much….

  2. Hi Alan,
    Your love for climbing and the mountains is pretty eveident from the website, analysis, blogs and posts you come up with. Thanks heaps for making it so very easy for us to understand and know about the art of climbing and the commercialization of climbing these days.

    My question to you is, how much does it cost to put together all the personal gear you need from scratch for everest climb? Also, from your vast knowledge and experience, in your opinion which is the best guiding company for undertaking a everest summit attempt?

    • Hi Soham, if you add up the cost of every item needed to safely climb everest is would be around $7,000. As for guides, it depends on the experience you want – a lot of hand holding to extremely independent. The choice should be driven by your experience and not price. I have more ideas on my guides page.

  3. Hi Alan,

    Thanks for your great and informative article about Everest. I have been climbing mountains is Iran ( the highest at 5671m) and canada since I was 20 Years old, being 53 now with a recent Aconcagua and kilimangaro climb with almost no exprience in technical climbing the question will be: Is technical climbing experience a MUST for climbing Everest. and if yes, would a year of training in this field be enough to handle the climb requirements.
    Thanks for your time.

    • Siamak, the term “technical” has many meanings. On Everest South Col route you use crampons, carabiners, ice axe, etc which can be termed technical gear. But you do not do technical rock or ice climbing in the traditional definitions. By this I mean you are not using both hands and feet to support yourself on a somewhat vertical wall. There are steep sections in the Icefall and the Hillary Step but they require basic climbing skills. All this said, you can easily fall and die if are not comfortable in these environments so it is best to have all the mountaineering skills before attempting Everest.

  4. I’m confused. You wrote: “Climbing for a charity or a cause is popular but be careful not to use your cause as a way to fund a climb. This is a poor practice in my opinion.”

    Can you elaborate? Why would this be bad? Aren’t you getting donations for Alzheimers to climb? What If I had funding to climb for a cause and bring awareness to that cause. How would that be bad?

    • Thanks for the comment Fred. Climbing for a cause is fantastic and clearly what I do on behalf of Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support. 100% of all donations I may generate go directly to long established 501(c)(3) non-profits and zero ever to me or to cover my climbing expenses. In other words, all my expenses are covered by myself or in other ways and not through donations on behalf of Alzheimer’s. I have no issue asking people to donate to a cause, but am uncomfortable asking individuals to fund a climb. That said, many people do just that successfully. Hope this helps.

  5. Zimbabwean so life tough in general, climbed most african mountains an example is Mt kilimanjaro. Would do anything to climb Everest, but lets be honest the price is ridiculous! I understand about equipment and all but come on not many can outlay 100k for a climb!

  6. Hi Alan,

    I was wondering about the expenses of climbing Everest. How in the world have you afforded to climbing it 4 times? I’m very interested to climb it myself for an organization. What resources do you suggest for someone seriously planning to climb it?



    • Hi Mason, as I mention at the end of this article, many people, including me, fund climbing by having a good job and make it a priority in the budget. I have self funded all my climbs except for the 7 Summits as I note throughout my main website. I have a short article on obtaining sponsors, but the short answer is it is extremely difficult these days.

  7. I fell 100 feet onto rocks as a teenager and walked away with three fractured ribs. I was falling headfirst, and according to a witness, rolled forward and landed on my back on flat rock, bounced ten feet in the air and landed on my feet. Since then, I’m afraid of heights so I don’t understand the desire to climb mountains. I just finished reading The Abominable by Dan Simmons, about an Everest climb in 1925 that I thought involved Bigfoot but it didn’t. Some of the stuff I learned about the heath dangers of climbing fascinates me. I never considered the effect of less oxygen on the body, and how the body actually starts to die at those heights. I’m currently watching a documentary series called Everest, but I just don’t understand the motivation to climb mountains, especially that one. The dangers seem to over-ride the thrill to me. I’m a combat veteran so I know about the addictive nature of danger in actual combat, but I’ve never heard anyone explain why people want to climb Everest and face a life altering expense and possible death. All anyone ever seems to say is “Because it’s there.” That would not be enough reason for me. Just wondering if there are other answers.

    • Hi Dennis, I understand on the ‘why’ question. I get it a lot. I wrote a short essay years ago that at . Also, I am working on a post on this very question where I interview many recent Everest climbers. I think you will find it interesting.

      • Hi Alan, I just stumbled across your website and have really enjoyed reading your articles – especially your reply to the ‘why do you do it?’ conundrum. I have had a fascination for mountaineering ever since I read Chris Bonnington’s “Everest the Hard Way”. There was something in there about the history of the mountain, the challenge of making an ascent via a new route, the risk (a deaf and dumb porter drowned on the trek up and BBC cameraman Mick Burke died attempting to summit) and the photos were stunning too. But despite reading the book I have never climbed a mountain, although I did once attempt rock climbing. I suffer from vertigo when not roped up which is all the excuse I need not to attempt what you and so many other climbers regularly do. So my appeal as a non climber, as sad as it may sound, is as someone who loves adventure stories and has a deep admiration for those who live their own adventures. I would just pose one question – what gives you greater satisfaction, the physical challenge of climbing in the ‘death zone’ on a mountain like Everest or the technical challenge of climbing for example the north face of the Eiger?

        • Thanks Mark, some nice points and questions. My answer is not going to be definitive – both give satisfaction but for different reasons. At altitude, there is often the question of pure survival but when ice or rock climbing, it is often a question of capability. In both situations, the feeling of accomplishment is similar in that you set a hard goal and succeeded or at least did your best and learned something you can use next time out.

  8. Hello Mr. Alan Arnette,
    I am part of Mrs. Donofrio’s 8th grade class. I think it is amazing that you have climbed Mt. Everest 4 times! I also think it is thoughtful that you donate the fundraising money to Alzheimer’s. I had no idea that climbing Mt. Everest could be so much money! When did you get interested in climbing?

    ~ Cogan

    • Cogan, I got interested in climbing after a vacation to the Rocky Mountains with my parents when I was 12. But really started climbing when I moved to Colorado many years later

  9. Hello, Mr.Arnette,

    I was looking around various posts and they were all very interesting and helpful. The charts are very informative. I would like to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and I’ve made plans with my best friend to climb Mt. Everest. I think it is wonderful how you’ve climbed Mt. Everest four times but also that you’ve done it to help raise money for Alzheimer’s. I hope to one day do the same, regardless of the price.I think it would be such an unforgettable experience that helps one’s character grow in many good traits. What was one trait you thought was the most important to be able to climb successfully?


  10. Hi Mr. Arnette,
    My name is Megan and I am in Mrs. Donofrio’s 7th grade class. I can’t believe how expensive it is to climb Mt. Everest! Even though I would never climb Mt. Everest, I would probably pay 35k – 50k. And to think, you summited Mt. Everest successfully four times! Not to mention the 35+ other mountains you also climbed. Never in a million years would I be brave enough to climb a mountain, especially Everest.
    I also read your post, Bodies on Everest, which was very interesting. I think it would be terrible to be left behind knowing you would never finish your climb. I couldn’t imagine having to leave someone behind, but if you stay with them or try and help them, there is a possibility you will die, too. It would also be kind of creepy seeing dead bodies that were still perfectly preserved. Do you have any other mountains you would like to climb? If so, which one(s)?

    • Megan, There are many mountains I would love to climb all around the world. That is what makes climbing a great sport. Some include the north side of Everest, some in Pakistan, Europe and Canada. Plus many here in the United States.

  11. Hey Alan,
    My name is Molly and I am an eighth grade. I don’t think I would be able to climb Mt. Everest at all, let alone as many times that you climbed it. I didn’t think about the cost that much, but I didn’t know it was going to be that high. It must take you a pretty long time to climb Everest, but to also get all the funding to actually climb the mountain.
    How long do you want to climb for?

    • Hi Molly, I will climb as long as I can safely. My body is still fit at age 57 so I hope for a long time. I have a friend who climbed Everest at age 70!

  12. Hi I’m Daniel
    The cost to climb Mount Everest sure is a lot of money. I heard that it cost around 100K per person. But looking at the list that you posted made it look like a lot more money then that. I learned the other day that Mount Everest is called Sagarmatha by Nepalese natives. I saw that you climbed Everest FOUR times. I don’t know how in the world you have the mental capability to do such thing but I ca tell you I am very impressed. I also know when you climb Everest, It is very hard to breath. When you get back from your Climbing trips is breathing feel weird because of the oxygen change? Sincerely Daniel

  13. Hello! My name is Brooke and I am in 8th grade. I have a blog My class and I are reading Peak, a book about climbing Everst. I was looking at your post about your gear. I never seen a Beko Noseguard. Can you tell me a little bit more about it thank you. Bye!

  14. Hey Mr. Alan,
    I’m a student of Mrs. Donofrio’s. We are currently reading “Peak” by Roland Smith. The book revolves around Mt. Everest. Reading your blog really filled me in on some little known facts about Everest. I have looked through a range of posts on your blog and a few of your videos. The videos that I did watch are quite interesting. I plan on keeping up with your blog, checking in and seeing your new posts. What is about the most you ever spent on in one trip to the store for gear?


  15. Hello Alan Arnette,
    I go to a school in Venice, Fl and were reading this book Peak and its about a 14 year old boy who is going to climb Mount Everest.I didn’t know that climbing Mount Everest would be so expansive. I figured it would cost a lot but not as a lot as it really is. What was the most expensive equipment your own?

  16. Hello Alan Arnette,
    I’m stunned. Just trying to process all those numbers give me a headache! An expedition up Everest does not have a cheap option! It took until now to fully realize that. Every single little thing about those prices boggle my mind. How did you manage climbing Everest four times?! Along with the other Seven Summits? It seems that it could put a hole in Bill Gate’s wallet!

  17. Hi Alan Arnette,
    climbing Mount Everest was was more costly than I orginally thought. I knew it cost alot, but I never thought that little things, such as the garbage and waste department being 4,000$, would be so expensive. Do you think that the price to climb Mount Everest is too expensive, or it is just the right amount to climb the highest mountain in the world?

    • Ben, You can spend from $25K to $100K to climb Everest, a lot depends on how much support and comfort you want. So it is it worth it? It is for those who climb.

  18. Dear Mr. Arnette,

    You have a great story! I would never climb Everest in a zillion years. But you did 4 times! That is incredable! I knew that climbing Mt. Everest would be expensive but, I didn’t think it could cost a grant total of 70,000 dollars! And I didn’t think that 25,000 would go to just getting a permit to climb it. And the gear is also very expensive, more than I thought. Like a pair of climbing boots is almost $1,000. What was your favorite memory of climbing Everest? Do you think it is too expensive to climb Everest?


    • Mitch, My favorite memory of climbing Everest was seeing the sunrise from the summit. It was awesome. You can spend from $25K to $100K to climb Everest, a lot depends on how much support and comfort you want. So it is it worth it? It is for those who climb.

  19. Dear Mr. Alan,

    My name is John and I go to school in Florida. I would like to attempt to climb Everest some day. I found this post very informative, and I will certainly refer to it in the future. The information is accurate, and the entire post is well written.



  20. Hello,
    My name is Aliciahk and I love your blog. You have tons of information on just one post. I wish I had the chance to climb Mount Everest because I think it would be the most breath taking view. You are a well educated man and you know your stuff. Keep climbing and thanks for all the great information. I’ll keep reading all your adventures and posts. Good bye for now,


  21. Hello Mr. Arnette!
    I think it is very impressive that you have climbed Mt. Everest four times! My class and I have been reading the book “Peak,” and our teacher found your blog. “Peak” is a story about a boy who is 14 years old and he tries to climb Mt. Everest before his birthday, so he can be the youngest person to reach the summit. I did not realize how expensive it is to climb Mt. Everest, and I hope you can raise enough money for people who have Alzheimer.

  22. Hey Alan,
    Your blog is so cool. Wow, I can’t belive that you climbed Mt. Everest four times. That’s crazy cool. You also have a lot of awsome posts. When I was reading this post, I came across the chart where it says all the prices and Sherpas you get and so on. I saw that on one you can pay less and get more for your money.
    You are so brave and strong to be doing this. I guess you could say this is a major hobby. Even more than that. Your pictures are so cool. Out of the four Mt. Everest trips you took, which one was your favorite? What did you like most about that trip? I enjoyed your blog! Hope to blog you later.
    Your fan, Hannah

  23. Hello Mr. Alan! My name is Dia. I am very interested about all that you do. It is unbelievable how expensive it is to climb Everest. I am only 12, but I think it would be amazing to climb Everest, and I have put it on my bucket list for when I am older. My class is reading the book Peak. It is a personal story of a 14 year old boy who climbs Everest. It is filled with the struggles and hardships he has of acclimitazing, and trying not to get HAPE. If he makes it to the top, he will be the youngest person to stand on the peak of Everest, and the youngest person to stand above 29,000 feet. It is a fiction book, but I think the way it is told seems quite real. Which experience of climbing Everest was your favorite? How old were you when you started climbing? Thank you for your time. DIA

  24. Hey Alan,
    Excellant information, I am surprised how much climbing Everest cost.
    Which company do you recomend to climb Everest?
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    • Abby, Thanks. There are many companies who guide everest so the best is the one you feel most comfortable with and can support your skills and experience.

  25. Hello Alan,
    I am in Mrs. Donofrio’s 7th grade class and we are reading this book called Peak. It is about a kid named Peak who is going to climb Mt.Everest. Did you end up going with a group or just by yourself? I would honestly pay from 50k to 60k. I would save up for a few years. It is a very big risk to climb Mt.Everest. I’m still not sure if I would do it or not. What was one of the biggest challenges climbing Everest? How long did it take you to climb Everest?

    • Anthony, I climbed Everest with professional teams. it took about 2 months. The biggest challenge is having the mental toughness to push yourself when you get very tired plus being in Everest shape which is better than the best shape of your life physically.

  26. Excellent information for interested climbers and me! I,m looking forward to your super reports of the coming Everest season, from the comfort of home, although I will be in Kathmandu in March to visit Pokhara with my friend Ngima Sherpa; regards

  27. Excelent information

  28. Very informative and useful analysis of cost and options for Everest. Thanks!

  29. Alan. I recently spoke with my travelguard agent while securing my insurance for machu picchu. She looked back at my 2012 Base Camp Trek to Everest and reported that they had paid out $8,500.00 to Fishtail for my helicopter ride out from base camp. That wasn’t the billed amount, it was the actual paid amount.

  30. Awesome post !! By far the best analysis of Everest climbing options on the web.

    Alan, could you comment a little further on the importance of the “match” between the climber and the guide service for guided climbs and the best way to achieve that. It seems this intangible is a crucial component of success and safety but not something that just “occurs” during the early stages of the trip.

  31. Bro, can i repost in 2 weeks….?