But, at a height of over 29,000 feet, it’s a pursuit fraught with danger, and many people have not been able to survive the attempt to summit the mountain. This has thrown up many questions about whether or not anyone should be allowed to do the climb, or whether it should be restricted to only those with experience.
In the past, it has been an experience open to anyone with the time, money, and equipment, under supervision of course. The glory of reaching the highest summit in the world is something no one can ever take away from you. And this is one of the reasons why so many people attempt something so dangerous. It is the ultimate test of pitting man against nature, and a lot of people love that battle.
There are courses where you can do the Everest Base Camps. These are still an impressive feat, and much safer, but they don’t quite have the same feel as scaling the mountain from bottom to top. If this is something you’ve never done, but would like to try, you need to know what the process involved.
For one thing, you are going to need a lot of money; this is an expensive adventure. The exact cost will depend a lot on what you take with you, and which side of the mountain you start from, as well as whether you want help and support. You could be looking at North of $20,000!
You’re also going to need to be over the age of 18, and able-bodied. Under no circumstances should you attempt to climb without oxygen tanks to help you, this could lead to the development or brain damage, or even death. Making it to the top is no guarantee once you hit the slope, so you have to make sure you are in peak physical condition, and you have some experience scaling mountain tops.
In days gone by, anyone with enough money and time would be able to attempt the Everest climb. However, there have been a number of high-profile fatalities and injuries over the years. Some of which have even been the subject of books, and a Hollywood film! And, this has raised a lot more questions about the health and safety issues surrounding Mount Everest.
As such, there have been changes brought about recently by the Nepalese government to restrict who can climb. And now, inexperienced climbers, plus those deemed too old, too young, and the disabled, are now not allowed to climb. This might seem unfair to a lot of people, but there’s no doubt it’s a sensible move, and it will definitely cut down on the number of fatalities.
Since Edmund Hillary first conquered the peak in 1953, the draw of Everest has enticed hundreds of people per year. This creates an important source of income for Tibet and Nepal but also leads to dangerous overcrowding.
Mohan Krishna Sapkota, acting secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, talked about how climbing Everest has become fashionable in recent times. ‘Everyone does Everest these days,’ he claimed and talked about the obvious safety issues of having too many inexperienced climbers on the mountain.
Another sad fact is that, if you were to die on Everest, there’s no guarantee your body will be retrieved if it’s too high. So, there are many people who have to wait years for the bodies of their loved ones to be found on the mountain. This is further reason to applaud some of the new regulations being brought in by the Nepalese government.
So, if you’re serious about climbing Everest you need to make sure you can afford it, you are in good condition, that you have a permit to climb, and that you are of age. Otherwise, you could get into legal trouble, or encounter potentially life-threatening problems.