Top FAQs about Mount Everest Climbing Tour
Mount Everest, the world highest mountain at 8,844.43 metres above the sea level, is always an ultimate challenge for mountaineers and adventures from all over the world. How to climb Mount Everest? When is the best time to go? Who was first to climb Mount Everest? Can I reach the top of the world? If you are thinking about conquering Mount Everest, here are the things you need to know before you go.
When Was Mount Everest Climbed for the First Time?
Mount Everest was first conquered by Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953. Since then, more and more mountaineers attempted to Mount Everest and over 4,000 climbers reached the top of the world highest mountain in history. During these years, there are about 800 climbers who attempt to climb Mount Everest annually.
Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay
Can I Climb up to the Summit of Mount Everest?
Can I stand on the top of the world? It seems unreal for ordinary people to conquer the Mount Everest. You need to be strong enough, both mentally and physically, to handle the cold temperatures, high altitude and face up various uncertain accidents and even the failure that you cannot reach the top of Mount Everest. Only having cardiovascular fitness is not enough for you to climb in such a high altitude. You need to do some flexible training at least one year before you climb the Everest. You need to progressively build your climbing condition. It is suggested to consult your doctor and professional Everest climbing guide for professional advice. In most cases, Mount Everest climbers have to have the successful experiences of summiting peaks above 7000m.
Do I Need Any Document to Climb Mount Everest?
For mountain climbers who want to climb Mount Everest from the northern side in Tibet, you need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit first for entering Tibet, and Aliens’ Travel Permit to get to the Everest Base Camp at 5,200 metres. The Mountaineering permit is required for climbers who want to reach other base camps, as well as the top of Mount Everest, higher than the EBC. All the documents need to be applied through a local travel agency that offers the guide and other travel and mountaineering services for you.
The document for climbing the Mount Everest in Nepal is simply the Trekking Information Management System Card that you can obtain in Kathmandu from Tourist Service Centre or Trekking Agencies’ Association.
How to Climb Mount Everest?
If you plan to climb Mount Everest from Tibet, you can easily get to the Everest Base Camp (at 5,200 metres) from Lhasa by road. From the EBC to the summit of Mount Everest in the northern side in Tibet, there are other five base camps. Camp 2 is located 6,000 metres above the sea level, from which mountain climbers can ascend the Rongbuk Glacier. From Camp 3 (6,500 metres) to Camp 4 (7,010 metres), you need to climb the glacier by using the fixed ropes. The rope continuously goes up to Camp 6 at 8,230 metres via Camp 5 at 7,775 metres. Before reaching the top of Mount Everest, climbers need to finish another three steps leading to the summit.
Climbing Mount Everest should be divided into different sections
If you plan to climb Mount Everest from Nepal, you need to take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu first, and then trek to the Everest Base Camp at the south side of Mount Everest on Nepal side. The Base Camp in Nepal is at 5,334 metres, where most climbers will spend weeks to acclimate to the altitude before reaching to the top of the Everest. Then you will continue to climb to the Camp 2 (6,500 metres), Camp 3 (7,470 metres) and Camp 4 (7,920 mtres). Once you meet the climbing window at the Camp 4, you can start the final summit push for Mount Everest within 10 to 12 hours.
Is Mount Everest Safe to Climb?
What are the dangerous things for climbers to conquer the Mount Everest? The answer should be the freezing temperature, the high altitude and the wild storms. Of cause, a healthy body is the basic. In fact, there are also many mountain climbers who die from heart attack or some other health problems.
But the success rate has been increased during the past decades from 18 percent to 56 percent. The new climbing gear has made the climb easier and safer for climbers and trekkers. Moreover, the cell service is available in Mount Everest area, so that climbers can get two-way communication, while the former climbers could only relied on radios in the past.
In general, it is safer to climb Mount Everest now than before. But you still need to pay attention to the physical training, the equipment preparation, the weather of Mount Everest, etc.
When Is Mount Everest Climbing Season?
From April to May and September to October is the best time to visit Mount Everest Base Camp. If you want to go further up to the summit, it is suggested to go between April and May, which is called the climbing window for mountaineers to the top of Mount Everest. The average temperature of the summit is always below 0° C, even in July, the hottest summer month, the average temperature of the Everest summit is -19° C. Besides the temperature, you should also pay attention to the wind and snow in the top area. There are many unstable weather patterns near the top of the Everest. Though the wind is gone, there may be dark clouds or something else. In this case, even you climb Mount Everest in the best season, you need to wait for the day with a good weather condition at the base camp to make the final summit push for Mount Everest.
From April to May and September to October is the best time to climb Mount Everest
Climb up to the Top of Mount Everest from Nepal or Tibet?
Every year, about two-thirds of the climbers attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the south side in Nepal, while the rest climb up to the top of Mount Everest from the Tibet side. It is more challenging to climb the Mount Everest from the northern side in Tibet than the southern side in Nepal. For beginners, it is a good choice to climb Mount Everest from Nepal. It is easier to get the documents to climb Mount Everest in Nepal side. And you will have more chances to reach the top of Everest with the developed commercial mountaineering support on the Nepal slope. All professional mountaineers choose to climb Mount Everest from North Slope in Tibet. Though it is really a challenge, once they succeed to reach the top of Mount Everest, they reach the summit of their career.
How Long Does It Take for an Everest Climbing Tour?
Generally, it takes about two months to climb to the Mount Everest to acclimate the high altitude, get use to the thin air and wait for the suitable weather to reach to the summit. You spend most of the acclimatization period to ascend and descend the mountain from different camps. At each camp site, it is suggested to spend a few days acclimatizing the altitude before moving to the higher one.
How Much Does It Cost to Climb Mount Everest?
The cost of your lifetime challenge to the summit of Mt. Everest usually covers the royalty fee for the peak, the service fee for the mountain climbing agency, the payment for the Sherpas, who would help you carry your baggage, cook the meals during the trekking and climbing tour, and guide you to the top of the highest mountain in the world, the service fee for the local mountain climbing agency, and so on.
Before your trip to Mount Everest, you may also need to pay for some training to keep fit and strong enough to face the challenge in Mount Everest. Moreover, you need to prepare some money in case some unexpected things occur during your Everest climbing tour.
In total, it really costs a lot of money (around $40,000 or more) to fulfill the dream to conquer the top of the world. But to make an early plan, consultant with the experienced guide, listen to the professional advice and have a plan to save your money, you will reach the top of the world one day. For those who really can’t afford to climb the Mount Everest, to visit Everest Base Camp at 5,200 metres is also a chance to face the top of world at the highest point you can reach.
What Shall I Prepare for Mount Everest Climbing Expedition?
It is hard to say how much it costs in total to climb Mt. Everest. But it is easy to figure out what you need for your Mount Everest climbing tour. Some gears will be offered by your mountain climbing agency, but there are still some other personal gears that you need to buy on your own, like the down jacket, the gloves, etc. You need the professional outdoor equipment that can keep you warm and safe in such an awful environment with freezing weather at 7,000 to over 8,000 meters above the sea level. And our Tibet travel gurus are always here to help you sort out the climbing gears for Mount Everest.
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