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TOP 5 MOST EXPENSIVE SUMMIT TRIPS IN THE WORLD

Well, you might think Mount Everest is top expensive climb, but the real top is on the bottom of the world...

Ascending on the tallest mountains of the planet is considered to be the top achievement for a mountaineer. One needs a lot more than courage and physical endurance to conquer all highest peaks. Summiting world’s highest mountains will take time and money.

Dick Bass, a rancher and mountaineer, spent 20 years and million dollars to summit the highest points of the Earth on each seven continents.This went down in the annals of the climbing history as the 7 Summits project. Today there are about 300 climbers who have succeeded to climb on all 7 Summits.

It seems that mountain adventurers are driven by the spirit of reaching new heights. Many of them got into somewhat a race of setting new records: Volcanic 7 Summits, maximum number of summits per year, record ascent and descent time… the list can be continued.

Mount Everest expeditions are generally recognized worldwide as the most expensive in terms of logistics, permit cost, travel and preparation expenses. However, www.mountainplanet.com conducted own research to identify the most expensive commercial guided tours and it appears that within the last years the top of the world, Mount Everest,  has been removed from 1st position*.

Let us present you top 5 most expensive summit trips according to www.mountainplanet.com

5. Cho-Oyu, Tibet

Average cost for guided tour – 23 500 USD

A mouse sleeping next to the Elephant...

Mount Cho-Oyu

We start countdown from number 5 on our list – Mount Cho-Oyu in Tibet. It seems that Cho-Oyu is destined to live in a shadow of its world famous neighbor Mount Everest. Cho-Oyu is the 6th highest mountain in the word with elevation 8,201 meters and though it’s often regarded as the most accessible of world’s 8,000 meters peaks there are few highly technical and complicated sections on the normal route.

Many adventure agencies promote Cho-Oyu expedition as the final preparation before summiting Mount Everest.

4. Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia

Average cost for guided tour – 26 500 USD

The rock which raises uncertainty...

Carstensz Pyramid

Number 4 on the list is Carstensz Pyramid  (or Puncak Jaya) - the only of 7 Summits which requires more rock climbing skills! The peak is 4,884 meters ASL and climbers need to be confident on moving through moderate rock terrain. Due to political upheaval in Indonesia the expedition to Carstensz Pyramid may raise a certain degree of uncertainty and last minute itinerary changes. Access to the peak requires a government permit and high-rate logistics. Both сan be usually handled by the adventure agency.

What climbers need to look out for is travelling to the mountain through the jungle where they can come across one of remaining uncontacted tribes whose intentions can be unpredictable.

3. Mount Vinson, Antarctica

Average cost for guided tour – 41 000 USD

The Hell freezes…

Vinson Massif

Number 3 on the countdown is Mount Vinson – the highest peak in Antarctica with summit elevation 4,892 meters. The expedition requires first-rate logistics, first-class gear and extreme physical strength and endurance. The climbers may spend 10-12 hrs a day exposed to extremely low temperatures carrying heavy loads. It’s imperative for climbers to go through a serious preparation, invest into first-class equipment, extremely warm clothes, footwear and even underwear before attempting Mount Vinson.

2. Mount Everest, Nepal

Average cost for guided tour – 55 000 USD

Removed from 1st place but still number one...

Mount Everest

Number 2 is Mount Everest! Nearly 7,000 people have summited Mount Everest since Edmund Hillary ascended on the peak in 1953. The expedition may take up to 60 days and of course considerable investment. Ascending on the tallest mountain in the world still remains ultimate mountaineering challenge, though recently there have been serious improvements in terms of facilities. Nowadays climbers can even check emails and send SMS on the very peak of Mount Everest...

Mount Everest may be number 2 in our list but it will always remain number 1 in terms of elevation and its legacy in the climbing history.

1. Mount Sidley, Antarctica

Average cost for guided tour – 56 000 USD

The real Top on the Bottom of the world...

Mount Sidley

Here comes number 1 - Mount Sidley, with elevation 4,285 meters. Antarctica’s highest volcano,  and the member of Volcanic 7 Summits. The expedition to Mount Sidley is considered to be one of the top adventuring challenges.  Mount Sidley is a rare visited location in the West Antarctica with the layer of ice in the area reaching 3 km thick. Travelling to Mount Sidley requires serious logistics. The whole expedition takes 15 days and climbers need to be physically fit to walk across windswept terrain with temperature dropping to -40C° or even more...

There are few agencies which sell expeditions to Mount Sidley. We will leave it up to you whether ad this mountain to your summit collection list.

Every adventure seeker needs an experienced and high-class trained mountain guide. The mountain guide service is client’s assurance that expedition will go fine. It’s also client’s insurance that in case of emergency and unforeseen situations proper measures will be taken.

To connect mountain enthusiasts and leaders worldwide we designed www.mountainplanet.com - a global geo-informational social network for Alpine Community which features numbers of profiles of mountain guides and essential information about routes, gear, itineraries etc.

Our mission is simple – we want to make mountains safer and closer for people looking for memorable mountain experience. Mountainplanet.com shares tons on information related to outdoor activities, we provide essential and secured information on routes’ conditions. Our aim is to keep Alpine Community safe and informed.

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*The research is based on data received from open sources. We identified most recognized adventure agencies in the outdoor industry, analyzed their offers for guided tours to the world's’ highest summits and derived the average cost per each guided tour. We included in our research only commercial guided tours which can be purchased through the adventure agency and were conducted at least a few times. 

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