Climbing Mount Everest is on every climber’s bucket list. The bragging rights alone are motivation enough, as the summit of this monster mountain is just over 29,000 feet. Not to mention, it’s very steep and the weather is often inclement. There are blizzards and avalanches on Mount Everest, which takes the danger up several notches.
Other than the obvious dangers of weather, avalanche and the staggering height, equipment fails and straight up exhaustion contribute to many of the fatal accidents that happen on the mountain.
The risks are of definite importance for any climber to consider before planning an Everest expedition, but the cost should also be a deciding factor. A climber has to be prepared to shell out $35,000 up to $65,000.
It’s surprising to me that so many even attempt it. But they do, and over 4,000 have actually made it to the top. Some more than once.
In recent years, more and more people have been flocking to Nepal to try their hand at the climb. This, of course, causes issues such as traffic jams. Lowering the amount of fatal accidents is top priority.
Mount Everest’s home country, Nepal, instituted rules to control who goes onto their mountain. The rules ban very old or young people from climbing. They also prohibit inexperienced climbers from trying. To be granted a permit to go up, a climber must prove that they can go above 6,500 feet. It’s for the good of the climbers, even if some don’t understand the reasoning. This climb is the hardest one to achieve, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Let’s explore some of the unknown facts about some of the expeditions up Everest.
1. Lucky Number Seven
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay spent seven weeks making the climb before reaching the summit of the mountain in May of 1953. The experience was extremely hard. At the top, they had to cut the victory celebration short, just 15 minutes, because of the short air supply.
They had time to take a few pictures, and look at the signs other climbers had left when they reached the top. Norgay even left food there.
2. Wedding Summit
This Mount Everest story is sweet and inspiring. Pem Dorjee Sherpa and Moni Mulepati got married at the summit of Mount Everest in 2005. They were the first couple to ever get hitched on the mountain. Moni was also the first non Sherpa woman to make it to the top. Pem is registered with the government of Nepal as a trekking and mountaineering guide.
I love the thought of going through so much to get married. They have been through something so hard together, so hopefully they can make it through whatever life throws at them.
3. First Woman on Top
Junko Tabei grew up being thought of as a weakling. She was one of seven kids in her family. Even though she was frail, she always wanted to climb. She took a class trip and climbed Mount Nasu at ten.
When she became an adult, her passion for mountain climbing was stronger than ever. She followed her dream and was the very first female to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.
And not just Everest, she was also the first woman to climb to the top of the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents.
This remarkable woman passed away in 2016, but not before she climbed Mount Fuji with students five years prior. Even cancer didn’t keep her from her passion.