How Much Does It Cost To Climb Mount Everest?

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 things that go on to make that climb, right? And all those things cost a lot of money! Like $US83,000.

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 $US100,000 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: $US2,375 - $US6,225 Getting to Everest Base Camp: $US2,150 Climbing fees and deposits: $US19,700 - $US37,700 EBC equipment and cooks: $US9,300 Oxygen and climbing Sherpas: $US8,525 Gear: $US7,000 Misc (medical kits, communications, evacuation): $US8,250-$12,000

On the high end, that all totals up to $US82,900. 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 $US82,100. Mount Everest or a Porsche? Hmm...

Sorry, I'm getting the Porsche and climbing Mount Everest from my couch. [Outside via @erikmal]


    mt everest of a porsche?.. I know you said that in a sarcastic favourable way to the porsche but I really think that the vast majority of people including me would choose mt everest .

      Not me!! I Climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago and it was the hardest hing I have ever done. That day I swore that I would never again climb above 5000 meters and I intend to keep that commitment. :-) Having said that I wouldn't spend the money on a Porsche either! Would look for some other adventure with a little more comfort involved!

      Well I agree with your choice, but the number of Porsches sold every year would tend to indicate most wouldn't.

      Seriously? I can't think of anything I've ever wanted to do less than climb Mt Everest. Seems like such a completely pointless exercise. Considering the cost and risk involved, I think you'll find you're in the minority.

    This assumes you're already capable of climbing Everest. It doesn't include the cost of gaining the skills, experience and fitness.

    $82,900. Really?

    Maybe if Contiki did the tours.

    A fit person piecing the tour together themselves I'm sure could get it for much cheaper.

    You can see the world from a much higher point, the window seat on an airplane.

    It sounds to me like Alan Arnette is getting fleeced.

    A friend is climbing this year and has set up a charity at and his costs are well below that. It's probably because he's not doing it as a "tourist" though.

    Like Drew, I was just thinking that you could probably skydive onto, or very near, the peak for nowhere near that cost. And then get a chopper to pick you up after you've posted a photo Check-In on Facebook.

    Nothing like climbing to the top yourself, of course. But if we're going to discount the value of experience and bring it down to dollars, time and overall risk to life and limb...

    Why do they even factor is the cost of a cook? What cretin can't cook their own food?

    Just take a chopper!

      Helicopters cannot reach the top of Mt Everest, the air is too thin at that altitude to support their weight. There would also be issues with high winds potentially slamming you into the side of the mountain.

        yes they can

    I go for Mt Everest...There are better looking cars than Porsche...but nothing taller than mt Everest..... And I am sure the cost is way cheaper if you are little clever enough and work on some cost cutting...

    Real mountaineers go for Annapurna

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