People Are Now Paying $300,000 For A Luxury Trip Climbing Mount Everest.

At least 11 deaths on Mount Everest in the past week has drawn attention to just how severely overcrowded the mountain has become.

A record 381 people were granted permits to climb Mount Everest in 2019, according to The Washington Post, and the number of guides can easily double the number of people on the mountain.

Many of these climbers are on Everest at the same time, in a narrow time frame when conditions are best. This results in bottlenecking and queuing in the mountain’s “death zone,” where there’s simply not enough oxygen for the body’s cells to survive.

All these conditions create a recipe for disaster.

Most people who climb Everest hire commercial expedition operators, which usually charge between $60,000 and $65,000, according to The British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

But not everyone who climbs Mount Everest is a daring adventurer, some people just want to play pretend and have the same luxuries they have at home. 

One company, Seven Summit Treks, charges $130,000 per person for a “VVIP” Mount Everest package that includes a welcome dinner, a stay in a five-star Kathmandu hotel, a private bakery and bar at base camp, private heated kitchen, shower, and toilet tents at base camp, a personal photographer, meals, and unlimited tea and coffee, plus a private helicopter service. The package doesn’t include international flights to and from Nepal, required gear, or tips for the crew.

This amount is massive compared to the $6,000 -$8,000 most people spend on items such as a down suit, sleeping bags, boots, a trekking backpack, and an ice axe.