How To Climb Everest
Do you want to know how to climb Everest? Everest is the tallest mountain in the world at 8,848 meters, or 29,029 feet. That's enough to call every climber's attention. But to reach it's summit is a major task that can be achieved in a number of ways, but it definitely involves a lot of effort. Climbing Everest will require time, first to prepare physically and technically, and then for the long trip to the mountain. You will also need money, not only what you need to get to Nepal, get geared up and pay for porters and guides, but what you need to maintain whatever expenses you leave at home.
- Train a lot. You need to be in top notch physical condition to reach the summit, no matter how many oxygen tanks or porters or guides you can pay for.
- Get a guide and an expedition service. It's ideal to go for the summit with a group of people you know. But if you don't find a team, join a commercial expedition. This way, you'll be able to bypass the organizational hassle.
- Plan your life ahead. To avoid finding everything upside down when you return from Everest, don't leave any ropes untied. It could be a good practice to leave a statement to clarify your last will, making it easier for the ones you leave behind should the worst happen. Seriously, there's a chance that you won't come back from Everest.
- Go through a deep medical survey. Any health condition is magnified by the harsh conditions up the mountain, so you must be cautious and monitor your body deeply while training to climb Everest.
- Take on some smaller mountains to try out your equipment before flying to Asia. Gear is much easier to get here in the States than anywhere else, so a trip to any difficult mountain to test all the gear you'll carry along to Everest is necessary to get used to it and personalize it.
- Go through the vaccination program thoroughly. Not only yellow fever, but an awful lot of other diseases are present in the area around Everest, so make sure you follow all sanitary instructions. These instructions are usually provided by the mountain guide.
- Book your tickets in advance. Being such a far away place, flying to Kathmandu requires a long series of connecting flights, so if you don't buy a trip pack, book your flights with at least a couple of months of anticipation. Keep in mind that the climbing season is especially crowded in Nepal.
- Follow your guide's acclimatizing instructions carefully. High altitude can really turn anyone, regardless of shape and age, into a sick, weak person. So follow the acclimatizing plan very closely, and report any symptoms to your guide as soon as possible. Lying about your health to stay on the climb is not a good practice.
- Climb slowly and carefully. Speed is opposed to safety as head is to toe. So don't push it.
- Don't climb alone. Unless there's an emergency situation that justifies it, never climb alone at high altitudes.
Unless you are a really experienced climber, climbing Everest with a guided commercial expedition is mandatory. Prices are quite similar, and you should be careful when choosing which to hire. Some U.S.-based companies offer full packages, and also have lots of experience on the mountain. Go out, and play safe.