FAQS for Everest Expedition

Frequently Asked Questions for Everest Expedition

  • 2023-02-25
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We are often asked numerous questions about Everest Expedition each year. Some of the most important questions are mentioned below.

Q. What is the Everest expedition?

Everest Expedition is to reach 8848.86m/29032ft above sea level, the highest point on the earth. The expedition to Everest is an unparalleled journey of both legendary and epic proportions. It is to achieve the dream of several and obtain the opportunity of a lifetime, create history, and collect the memory for the rest of the life. Climbing to Everest is undoubtedly the ultimate mountaineering adventure and every adventure seeker wants to be a part of its rich history of it. Still, the journey to Everest is not without challenges.

Q. How much does it cost to climb Mt. Everest?

The cost of climbing Mt. Everest greatly differs in numerous ways. It varies according to the services provided to the clients, chosen itinerary; whether combined with the peak climbing or not, choose Sherpas, accommodation variances, chosen transportation (Used helicopter to Lukla/Namche and From Base Camp or not), and so on.

However, people normally charge around $40000 which accompanies full services (trekking guide, climbing Sherpa, Porter, accommodation throughout the journey, permit $11000), flight (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu via plane), Kathmandu Sightseeing, Peak Climbing (Either Lobuche or Island) for acclimatization and local expenses including tax and permits for local government e.t.c.  

Can you climb Everest alone?


Every foreign climber will need to be accompanied by a Sherpa Guide while climbing Mt. Everest. By doing so, they become safe and comfortable. You may get a lot of problems while climbing alone.

Climbing Everest with a group accompanied by a Nepalese guide and porters makes you secure, comfortable and much easier in case of emergencies and they are well known about the history, mountain, cultures, traditions and many more which you will get plenty of knowledge about them all.

How long does it take to climb Everest?

It approximately takes two months to climb Everest. Reaching Everest Base Camp, it takes about 10 days and from there it takes another 45 days (around) and five days to return.

During the expedition period, you will ascend to the higher camps (Camp I, II, III) and descend back to base camp for acclimatization practices. During your stay there, you also climb one of the trekking peaks for practice walking in the snowy lands.

What was Everest's deadliest day?

25th April 2015 was one of the deadliest days on Mount Everest. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake left 19 people dead at Everest’s base camp and nearly 9000 people dead across Nepal. It was the worst earthquake in the country's history in 80 years.

Can you climb Everest in a day?

Normally it is not possible to climb Everest. But, Lakpa Sherpa climbed it in eight hours keeping the world record. Typically climbers attempt to make it to the summit and back to Camp IV in a single day.

Climbers begin their journey to the summit at around 9 pm and reach the top at around 5 am and get back to Camp IV at around 10 am to 1 pm according to their climbing speed.  The next day, they climb back to the lower camps and finally to base camp before departing to Kathmandu.

Why climbing Everest is expensive?

There are numerous reasons why mountain climbing including the Everest expedition expensive. Some of the majors are as follows;

  • Accommodation to the tented camps above 5300m for around 40 days.
  • Food in those camps which are transported by either mule, porters from Lukla or directly taken by Helicopter
  • Climbing gears and equipment used in climbing from head to foot.
  • Climbing clothes that must be able to bear up to -40 degrees celsius
  • Climbing permits; Everest climbing permit ($11000), trekking permit ($50), other government taxes and costs.
  • Sherpa Guides; 1:1 ratio, camping staff, trekking guide, porters, gears, equipment and their accommodation, food, salary, insurance,  and transportation cost.
  • Peak Climbing expenses and several others.

Do Sherpas climb Everest without oxygen?

No. Although Sherpas acclimatize to thinner air more quickly than other climbers, they still carry supplemental oxygen. From the death zone onward, they begin to use the supplemental oxygen and use all over the summit period till they descend to Camp IV.

What are the major routes to reach the Everest summit?

There are two routes to scale the world’s tallest mountain; one from northern side –from Tibet and another southern route from Nepal. Many people choose the southern route because for different reasons; availability of Sherpas, convenience, etc.

What is the age limit for Everest Expedition?

While climbing Everest from the northern route; there is an age limit of 16-60 years. Choosing the southern route, you must be 16 years but there is no upper age limit in Nepal.

Do Sherpas speak Nepali?

These days almost all the Sherpas are updated and speak both Nepali and English language excellently along with their mother tongue – the Sherpa language.

Although their first language is Sherpa, they learn both Nepali and English in their schooling. They can excellently communicate with foreigners in the English language during your expedition.

Are there Sherpas in Nepal?

Of course Yes.

Sherpas are a Nepalese ethnic group numerous around 160,000 that are scattered in most of the Himalayan region of Nepal in eastern and central Nepal.  Popular as the heroes of the mountains, they own excellent climbing skills and superior strength and endurance at high altitudes.

How long can a human survive at the top of Everest?

Above the Death Zone (8000m and above) climbers are advised to spend minimum time as much as possible as most of the climbers expire in this area. Normally climbers spend around 16-20 hours in those lands. Most of the 200+ climbers who have died on Mount Everest have died in the death zone.

Can a helicopter fly to the top of Mount Everest?


The helicopter has successfully landed on the top of Mount Everest in 2005. Pilot Didier DelSalle flew chopper to the top of it and flew back to Kathmandu successfully.

 What is the death rate of Everest?

The good news is the death rate on the Mount Everest has declined drastically in the recent years. Decades ago, people used to die due to avalenches, less technical skills and many more but in the recent years only a few people die.

One thing is that you should not forcefully move in the mountains. Those who obey their Sherpa leaders and choose professional Company and Sherpas climb successfully without any hazards.

Till the date around three hundred climbers are expired out of 4000 successful climbers. It means three to four people have died each year since  1953.

Who climbed Everest quickest?

Nirmal Purja has set two new world records, marking yet another 8,000m season where he has pushed the boundaries of his sport further than many thought possible. In just eight days, 23 hours and 10 minutes, Purja summited Everest, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga - all without supplementary oxygen.

But in 21 May 2004 - Pemba Dorje Sherpa (Nepal) climbed from Base Camp to the summit of Mt Everest in a time of 8 hr 10 min, becoming the fastest ever ascent of the world's highest mountain.

Do you shower when climbing Everest?

Throughout the trek, there are plenty of places where you can take shower.  Sometimes it is issue that the water may not be hot. During yolur hike to base camp, the showers are heated by the solar power. Thus if it's been a cloudy day or for a couple of days you're not going to get any hot water.

What is the hardest part of Everest?

While climbing Everest from the southern ridge, halfway between the "South Summit" and the true summit, the Hillary Step was the most technically difficult part of the typical Nepal-side Everest climb and the last real challenge before reaching the top of the mountain. And while ascending Camp I, the Khumbu Icefall is another technical part to climb. While ascending for the first time, you should be careful enough that you may fall in deep creaveases. Following every steps your Sherpa leader, you can do it easily.

Can a beginner do Everest?

Yes. But for the first time, you are recommended to reach Everest Base Camp only. After climbing some 6000 and 7000m peaks and mountains only you should try climbing Everest. It is one of the technical things to ascend to the top of the world and you should have excellent climbing skills, previous climbing/trekking experiences, and be able to bear the extreme cold to climb Everest.

Climbers achieve their biggest dream to climb Everest with rigorous practices, sound physical and mental determination, and so on.

Is it safer to climb Everest?

Experts say that there is only a little chance to occur avalanches while climbing Everest. Obviously, there are certain challenges while climbing every mountain including Everest. The main obstacles of the Mount Everest Expedition are Acute Mountain Sickness, thin air, lack of oxygen, unavailability of luxurious food and accommodation, and so on.

Which is the best season to climb Everest?

Spring (March, April, and May)

As Everest Expedition takes around two months, there will be only one expedition in a year. It means the journey begins in the last week of March and completes in the latter days of May. Sometimes it extends up to the first week of June due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Everest gets favorable conditions once a year and that is in Spring. There's a brief window of time – usually after May 15 – when temperatures are warmer and the high-altitude winds known as the jet stream has moved away from the mountains. It is also right before monsoon season.

Why don't people climb Everest in winter?

Expect the spring, all other seasons are unsuitable months for Everest climbing. In the summer months, there happens heavy rainfall and storm in the high mountain regions. The way to Everest Base Camp becomes slippery and muddy making it uncomfortable to climb.

In the winter, the combination of extremely low barometric pressure (which significantly slows climbing), low air temperatures, and high wind speeds put climbers on Everest at a remarkably high risk of frostbite, hypothermia, acute mountain sickness, and metabolic deterioration.

Can a normal person climb Everest?

Yes. Normal people can successfully climb Everest but they should have some capabilities and skills; physically fit, at least 3 months of training to climb mountains, or previous peak climbing practices. You should also be comfortable on glacier climbs with previous experience at high elevations.

What is the scariest part of climbing Everest?

For novice climbers, Khumbu Icefalls is considered the scariest part of the entire Everest Expedition. It is because of the long and deep crevasses. There are long and deep gaps between the two ice giants and you may need to cross some ladders above the gaps which makes it scarier for some climbers. However, these days there is the extensive systems of ropes and ladders installed which have made your journey more convenient.

Can a plane fly over Mt. Everest?

As Everest sits at 29032 ft, planes can fly over Mt. Everest but typical flight routes do not travel above Mount Everest as the mountains create unforgiving weather.  And for much of the year, the mountain is covered in hurricane-force winds and sub-freezing temperatures making flying over Mount Everest more threatening.

Most pilots flying commercial jets typically evade flying over such peaks as circumnavigating through the maze of some of the highest mountains in the world is tremendously risky.

What illnesses can you get on Mount Everest?

Altitude-related sicknesses such as Acute Mountain Sickness, High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), and High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) are some of the major problems among Everest climbers. Mountain sickness results in headaches and shortness of breath, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, high fever, unable to sleep, and so on.

Why did they put 3 feet on Everest?

The new measurement team from both Nepal and China means the world's tallest mountain technically reaches a bit higher into the sky than we previously thought. It was 29029ft previously but became 29032ft now. The measurement also stands as a de facto agreement between the two nations as to Everest's true elevation above sea level.

What happens if you climb Everest too fast?

If you push too high too fast or too hard, it can lead to severe altitude sicknesses such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). The higher the peak, the more effectual our bodies must be at consuming oxygen, so the more we must be acclimatized in certain elevations.

Why is there no oxygen on Mount Everest?

Oxygen content is so low near the summit of Mt. Everest because its abundance is directly proportional to atmospheric air pressure within the troposphere, and this falls exponentially with increasing elevation.

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