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Climb Mount Everest  

The World's Highest Mountain Peak
Stand on top of the world and conquer one of the greatest challenges to the human spirit of adventure. At 8840 meters (29,029 feet), Mt. Everest has captivated climbers for generations. After unsuccessful attempts that date back to 1921, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay first reached the summit in 1953. Nearly sixty years later, the summit of Everest remains one of the most challenging endeavors undertaken by humans. It is also one of the more costly. The Nepali government charges between $10,000 and $25,000 per person for a permit. Add on the costs of Sherpas (local guides who carry essential supplies to the basecamp), additional permits, equipment, helicopters, and other essentials, and the cost can easily exceed $65,000. Not for the faint of heart, Everest had claimed 216 lives by the end of the 2009 climbing season. Extreme care and precaution must be taken because of the time spent in the so called “death zone” above 26,000 feet where the dangers of altitude sickness in the form of cerebral and pulmonary edema are very real. However, the rewards of standing on top of the highest peak on earth have filled the pages of books and been the plot of many a beautiful story. The southeast ridge on the Nepali side of the peak is the most popular route to the summit. The peak climbing season is in May prior to the monsoon storms. For those not wanting to risk life and limb at such high altitude, a two to three week trek to the base camp of the peak is still a worthwhile expedition that allows you to be in the shadow of the world’s tallest peak.
 
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Mount Everest, Nepal
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"I have not conquered Everest, it has merely tolerated me."
- Peter Habeler
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