The Big E. business 2/2
Everest has not waited for global inflation to drive up its prices. Here is our complete investigation into the juicy Everest business. As we saw in the first part of this investigation, outside of commercial expeditions, there is no salvation. Try to imagine it any way you like, but the fact is that on Everest today, you either go on a commercial expedition or you don’t.
The supply of oxygen bottles. ©Climbing the Seven Summits (CTSS)
While $ 35,000 is hardly a shoestring budget for anyone, that is the minimum investment required to climb Everest. Local outfitters always offer a basic pack including approach and base camp logistics and, sometimes, the fee agreed to pay for the fixed ropes.
This is a popular option for small teams on several 8,000’ers, but not so simple for Everest, which includes higher (and fixed) fees corresponding to the fixing and maintenance of the route across the Khumbu icefall, the rope-fixing team for the rest of the route, Sagarmatha National Park entrance, Liaison Officer fee and insurance, etc. Paperwork can be huge, and agencies are used to dealing
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