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  1. Babu Poudel
    April 1, 2014

    My Dream.. cust is to much….

    • haily
      April 4, 2014

      i feel the same way

  2. soham desai
    March 28, 2014

    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?

    • Alan Arnette
      March 28, 2014

      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. Siamak
    March 16, 2014

    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.

    • Alan Arnette
      March 23, 2014

      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. Fred
    March 5, 2014

    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?

    • Alan Arnette
      March 5, 2014

      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. Paul Maloney
    February 20, 2014

    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. Mason
    February 17, 2014

    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?

    Thanks!

    Mason

    • Alan Arnette
      March 5, 2014

      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. http://www.alanarnette.com/climbing/sponsorship.php

  7. Dennis Latham
    January 28, 2014

    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.

    • Alan Arnette
      January 28, 2014

      Hi Dennis, I understand on the ‘why’ question. I get it a lot. I wrote a short essay years ago that at http://www.alanarnette.com/stories/whyiclimb.php . 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.

      • Mike Friend
        April 2, 2014

        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?

      • Alan Arnette
        April 2, 2014

        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. Cogan
    January 13, 2014

    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

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. Yovanna
    January 13, 2014

    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?

    -Yovanna

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Hi Yovanna, Mental toughness is an important trait when climbing – to be able to push yourself when you want to quit, without hurting yourself.

  10. Megan
    January 13, 2014

    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

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. molly
    January 13, 2014

    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?
    ~Molly

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. Daniel
    January 13, 2014

    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

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Daniel, you feel like superman when you come down from a climb but soon your body adjusts to new altitude and you feel normal.

  13. Brooke
    January 13, 2014

    Hello! My name is Brooke and I am in 8th grade. I have a blog brookemhk.edublogs.org 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!

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Brooke, the noseguard attaches to your sunglasses and protects your nose from the sun. It also makes you look like a duck!

  14. Heather
    January 13, 2014

    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?

    ~Heather

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Heather, I once spent $2000 to buy gear when I first started! It made the store very happy :)

  15. franklin
    January 13, 2014

    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?

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Franklin, my down suit costs about $1000 but I have used it for over 10 years.

  16. Nicholas
    January 13, 2014

    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!

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Hard work Nicholas!

  17. Ben
    January 13, 2014

    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?

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. Mitch
    January 13, 2014

    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

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. johnmhk
    January 13, 2014

    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.

    Thanks,

    John

    • johnmhk
      January 13, 2014

      Ps.

      What do you think the minimum average age to climb and survive would be? Are there training exercises you would recommend to a preteen climber?

      • Alan Arnette
        January 14, 2014

        John, This is a good question for your parents and teachers.

  20. Aliciahk
    January 13, 2014

    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,

    ~Aliciahk

  21. Katie
    January 13, 2014

    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.
    ~Katie

  22. Hannah
    January 13, 2014

    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

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Hannah, My favorite everest trip was in 2011 when I summited plus I had a great team.

  23. Dia
    January 13, 2014

    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

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      Dia, I was 38 when I started climbing. My favorite everest trip was in 2011 when I summited plus I had a great team.

  24. Abby L
    January 13, 2014

    Hey Alan,
    Excellant information, I am surprised how much climbing Everest cost.
    Which company do you recomend to climb Everest?
    ~AbbyL
    visit my blog @www.abbylsblog.edublogs.org

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. Anthony
    January 13, 2014

    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?

    • Alan Arnette
      January 14, 2014

      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. roger thomas
    January 13, 2014

    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. Fernando Rodriguez Gil
    January 9, 2014

    Excelent information

  28. Keith
    January 6, 2014

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

  29. Karen Whelan
    January 6, 2014

    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. gary ambrosino
    January 6, 2014

    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.

    • Alan Arnette
      January 6, 2014

      HI Gary,

      I am working on an article addressing that exact question. I hope to get it up in a couple of weeks.

      Thanks,Alan

  31. Mikael Strandberg
    January 6, 2014

    Bro, can i repost in 2 weeks….?

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