Mount Everest is famously known as the highest mountain peak in the world. Everest is at an elevation of 29, 029.30 feet of rock and this peak can be measured at a higher elevation depending on the season and considering ice and snow buildup.
Mount Everest has two climbing routes. The southeast ridge is the route located in Nepal, and is the more frequently used route for climbers. Mountain climbers from around the world travel to Nepal during the climbing season to try their luck at reaching the summit. Many of these climbers yearn to be a part of the elite group that has had the opportunity to see the world at 29, 000 feet. Although on technical levels Everest is not considered the most difficult mountain to climb, Mount Everest has a high death rate due to drastic weather complications and a severe lack of oxygen at high altitudes.
Over the last few decades many issues have stirred controversy. Government officials in Nepal and China have tried to address these issues by implementing regulations on climbing Mount Everest. The Nepali government now requires climbers to carry a permit issued by their officials. These permits can cost upwards of $25, 000.00 and proof of experience. Government officials in Nepal and China also strongly discourage inexperienced climbers or anyone under the age of 18 and over the age of 60 from attempting to summit. It is also encouraged to hire a Sherpa, (Nepal native guide and expert climber) to assist you in your ascent.
Not all visitors to Mount Everest attempt to summit this awe-inspiring mountain. Everest can be enjoyed at many locations in the Himalayas that do not require expertise in Mountain climbing.