Mt. Everest – Every Mountaineers Dream. The Name I have been literally chanting since a long time now. It is probably this deep desire in me that is forcing the Mountains to call me again and again.
Mt. Everest , also known as Sagar Matha in Nepal (Meaning “Forehead in the Sky”) and stands tall at 8848 mtrs.
Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest on May 29th 1953, from the South East Ridge- Nepal.
Today, 63 Years later- I dream of becoming the first woman from Andhra Pradesh to Summit the Mt. Everest.
Why is Everest so Expensive?
Every Step your moving ahead on the Everest is a step your taking against the gravity and defying the obvious to be on top of the world. So to balance the very obvious and basic necessities to survive becomes a herculean task.
Food supplies, Water, Sleep and even Oxygen is a luxury on the Mountains.
Clothing and Equipment are made to sustain temperatures of - 50°C while keeping it lightweight too considering the fact that every thing has to be carried along with us. Such Equipments made with advanced technology come with a minimum cost of 5 Lakhs.
Oxygen Cylinders are priced at 500$ each and It would take a minimum of 5 Cylinders for each Climber to survive on Everest.
Expedition cost includes the Mt. Everest Royalty fee to be paid to the Govt. Of Nepal/China that costs to approximately 7 Lakhs
A careful and guided expedition on the Everest requires highly skilled Mountain Guides called Sherpas. A good Personal Climbing Sherpa is hired a minimum cost 6 Lakhs.
Smaller Expenses like travel, satellite phone calls, nutritional requirements, high Altitude Training, insurance etc., make the Total Expedition cost close to 35 Lakhs.
In spite of using equipment of such advanced technology, Mountaineers climb with a weight close to 20-25 kgs and with a lot of good spirits. :)
While the Physical and Mental task is totally mine to conquer, you can help me win over the financial challenge by donating generously and gifting me some good spirit! :)