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How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?

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So, you have decided to climb the Mount Everest. Congratulations on completing your first step to an adventure of a lifetime. But, picking a place to is not enough. You will need to plan the budget, time, and most importantly a trust-able travel agency. To some, the cost to climb mount Everest might seem a bit high. However, it is an absolute must to have a proper understanding of the cost breakdown.

At the end of this article, you should have a clear idea on how to budget your trip to Nepal. If any of your queries remain unanswered, do not hesitate to contact us at

A slight glimpse…

At 29,029 feet – the Mount Everest is the tallest peak on the earth and a remarkable conquest for even the most experienced climber. Generally during the spring season several mountaineers visit Nepal to participate in their lifetime voyage. It is crucial to be healthy, plan and be committed for at least two-month to successfully complete the trek.

Everest – Getting to the Top

Nevertheless, it is also important to understand and analyse the cost to climb Mount Everest as it can be an expensive affair. All-in-all the cost to climb Mount Everest could range from $33,500 or above.

Most obvious costs…

It may sound expensive but here is a cost breakdown to help you pre-plan your trip to Mount Everest. Here

Air Tickets:

This cost may fluctuate depending on where you are travelling from i.e. your designated country to Kathmandu in Nepal. Going ahead you will again have to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukha – from where you will start the trek to Mount Everest.

lukla airport Nepal
Image: Lukla Airport

Guide Service:

A guide service provides support to climbers throughout the expedition to Mount Everest. It is essential to have a professional operator guide you through the journey. These guides also provide food, accommodations, campaign facilities and other supplies that are needed for the two-months spent on the trek.


Before you set your foot on the Mount Everest – you will have to first obtain a climbing permit from the government of Nepal. It is also advisable to know about the required peak climbing permits and their fees as it may vary for nationalities.

Here is a cost breakdown…

S/NItemsCost (USD)
1Sherpas (each)$3000.00
3Bottled Oxygen$3,700.00
4Additional Trekking Gear$15,000.00
5Permits & Royalty$1,100.00 + $2,750.00
Cost breakdown for Everest Base Camp

Permits to climb Mount Everest in Nepal: $11,000

The government of Nepal provides permits to the climbers depending on which route they are climbing. Most people climb the southern side of the Mount Everest, so if you plan the same route the permit will cost $11,000 on average.

Table: Climbing Royalty for Foreigner Climbers above 8000 meter in USD

S/N Name of The Peak Spring Autumn Winter/Summer
1Mount Everest (8848 M) Normal route $11000 $5500 $2750
2Mount Everest (8848 M) Other Route $11000 $5000 $2500
Climbing Royalty for Foreigner

Travelling to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal: $4,000

The trek to the Everest base camp takes around a week’s time. As a mountaineer, you will need porters along the way to guide you through the journey. Also, renting yaks to carry the gear and luggage can be an option. You may also need to accommodate yourself in tea houses along the way. In total the journey till the Everest base camp could cost upto $4000.

Mount Everest 2020
Image: Everest Base Camp

Sherpas (each): $3,000

Sherpas are locals of the region – they are well versed in the climbing routes and ensure safety of the hikers. If you plan to climb Mount Everest with the help of a trekking agency – then a Sherpa is assigned to a group or exclusively to each climber depending on your package. Most treks assign one climbing Sherpa to each of their clients to ensure they stay safe on the mountain at a cost of $3,000 per person.

Food: $800

On an average six weeks of food and drinking water on Mount Everest will cost you around $800. On the Everest, food for high altitude mountain climbers is cooked to perfection and is apt for the temperature conditions.

Bottled oxygen: $3,700

Most Everest climbers use additional oxygen bottle whiling trekking to the summit. Generally, each climber uses five bottles of oxygen to reach to the peak. Per bottle approximately costs $550 which totals to $3700. Depending on how many oxygen bottles you may require, this cost may vary.

Additional Trekking Gear: $15,000

Trekking to the Mount Everest does mandate you to buy additional high-altitude gear which may include a down suit, sleeping bag and boots. There are a range of other expenditures that add up to the cost of trekking to the Mount Everest. These may include travel expenses, emergency-rescue insurance, visas and immunizations (if required). Hence, having a spare amount of up to $10,000 to $15000 is advisable.

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