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What is it like to visit Mount Everest?

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If I must sum up what is it like to visit Mount Everest in just one word – then the word is ‘Surreal’. Every voyage to the Mount Everest begins with a dream and as an avid trekker, it has always been my dream to trek to the highest mountain in the world.

I have always been encouraged and determined to visit Mount Everest, however there are several factors I had to consider before heading to the greatest journey of my life. Through my personal experience, I have described each stage on what it is like to visit Mount Everest.  

first visit Mount Everest -Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

What is it like to fly to Lukla?

To visit Mount Everest, I took a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. You must know that flying to Lukla was one of the most petrifying and exciting moments that I experienced on the trip. Numerous flights carry trekkers between Kathmandu and Lukla and the flight lasts not more than 25-30 minutes. But the take-off is the scary part as the runway is comparatively smaller. On one side there is a vertical wall and on the other side there is a steep valley. Although, it is the one of the most conventional ways hikers use to reach the Himalayan region 9,383 feet above sea level, yet it was an adventurous ride.

Related: Flight to Lukla – What you need to know.

How tedious is it to climb Mount Everest?

At 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), Everest is the world’s tallest mountain, so it is obvious to say that climbing is not going to be easy. From my experience I would tell you to save energy on the preliminary terrains. You might be excited in the initial phase of the trek but preserving your energy for the last challenging days is advisable. Also, take these pointers –

  • Do not climb together with large numbers of hiker on one rope.
  • Do not rush and let people pass one by one, especially when you are crossing a bridge or a narrow channel.
  • Do not slender on the ropes more than required.
  • Use your crampons and legs on steep areas and hikes.
everest base camp
Everest Base Camp

What is the weather like on the Mount Everest?

The subalpine areas are beautiful surrounded by majestic mountains. As I hiked through the subalpine, the weather was good with warm days and cool nights. However, the weather changed from tablelands to the highest mountains as it got darker, denser and snowier. As we were trekking, the weather conditions changed dramatically each hour as we hiked higher.

TypeJulyAugSeptOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJun
Celsius-18-18-21-27-30-34-36-35-32-31-25-20
Fahrenheit-0.4-0.4-5.8-16.6-22-29.2-32.8-31-25.6-23.8-13-4

How dangerous is it to trek to the Mount Everest?

No doubt that the Mount Everest is the world’s deadliest mountain, if proper precautionary measures are not taken. Irrespective, thousands of people are drawn to Nepal to climb it each year. Avalanches, earthquakes and falls are the most precarious reasons because of which Mount Everest is considered unsafe. However, during my visit to the Mount Everest there were over hundreds of trekkers trying to attempt and achieve the summit. With professional to guide, weather forecasting, geared outfits and high-tech equipment – I was completely in safe hands!  The only thing concerning is altitude sickness, as it is the only thing that bothered me. Moreover, Everest base camp is the most famous trek.

Read More: Everest Region Trek Packages

What is the air like on Mount Everest?

Air at the summit has only one third of the oxygen compared to the sea level. Because of which, almost everyone uses a supplementary oxygen while trekking to the summit.  Mountaineers begin using oxygen just below the ‘death zone’ at 8,000m, and sometimes also carry extra bottled oxygen for emergencies. Although altitude sickness due to breathlessness on higher altitude did give me headaches, but they were bearable. However, I have read that many endure High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), leading to indistinct speech, awkwardness, diminished coordination, hallucinations and weak decision making – none of which are good sign in the death zone.

Related: Why 2020 is the best time to Trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal?

visit Mount Everest - Yak at third lake in Gokyo
Yak at third lake in Gokyo

How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?

The cost to climb the Mount Everest differs on various grounds. If you plan to climb solo it may cost you more, while if you prefer to go to the mount with an organised group the cost is comparatively less. Also, the cost to climb the summit varies depending on the nationality of the trekkers. While a national for Nepal, India, China and some other neighbouring countries can climb Mount Everest for as low as 5000 dollars, the same trail may cost a foreigner upto 60,000 dollars. Speak to a travel expert to get an ideal packages and detailed costing for climbing the summit.

Related: How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?

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Langtang Trekking 이제 돌아와서 한숨돌리고 적네요. 네팔이란 나라가 처음이고, 한국에서도 등산한번 하지 않았었는데, 갑자기 네팔이 가고 싶었습니다. 네팔에 가면 뭔가 꽉막힌 마음이 뚤릴것 같았고, 복잡한 머리가 정리가 될것 같았습니다. 다행이 CORE TREK 의 Nim을 만나 트레킹을 잘 마무리할 수 있었습니다. 랑탕 출발하기전 호텔 부킹이나 팀스 / 퍼밋 , 환전 및 준비물 구매 등 그리고 이런 일들을 하기위한 이동까지 꼼꼼하게 함께 챙겨 주어서 그나마 잘 준비하여 트레킹을 시작하였습니다. 그리고 트레킹 중간에 대부분이 3G를 사용하지 못해 가족들에게 연락이 되지 않았는데, 다행이 Nim과는 현지 폰으로 연락이 되어, 저 대신 가족들에게 연락도 가능하고, 중간 중간에 문제 있는지등 그리고 복귀 마지막날 뭔가를 잘못먹었는데 아파서 호텔에서만 누워 있었는데, 그래도 타국에 누군가 연락할 수 있다는게 많은 도움이 되더군요. 저는 포터 및 가이드 없이 혼자서 갔다왔고, 트레킹이야 혼자만의 싸움이였지만, 카트만두 출발전 / 복귀후에는 Nim이 많은 도움이 되었네요. 다음에 또 네팔에 오게되면 필히 Nim과 함께 하겠습니다.