If you like holidays in the mountains and deadly sports, then we offer you a little activity that is not very pleasant at all: climbing Everest. Because it looks beautiful like that when mountaineers tell us about their exploits, but in reality, climbing Everest looks more like a nightmare. You’ll see.
1. There are many corpses along the way
Climbing Everest is extremely difficult, and hundreds of climbers have died there for decades and decades. Only, at this altitude, it is impossible to bring the bodies down, suddenly there are plenty of corpses preserved by the ice lying on the side of the road and which now serve as landmarks for other climbers. It’s a bit creepy though.
2. Shipping takes about 2 months
If you thought it was quiet in one or two weeks, well no, not at all. Climbing Everest is very long since you have to take breaks at certain stages to acclimatize to the altitude and the lack of oxygen. We are a long way from a cool vacation.
3. Mountaineers feel like they’re breathing through a straw.
Some climbers who have climbed Everest say that at a certain altitude, even with oxygen cylinders, breathing requires enormous effort. And it gives the feeling that the air is coming through a straw. It must be super scary.
4. You can see people dying
Due to the difficulty of the climb, your own companions may also breathe their last during the expedition, and you won’t be able to do much to help them. At the top, no hospital, no rescue, and therefore not much chance of saving those who are close to death. The experience can be very traumatic for some.
5. You can get avalanches on your face
So yes in the mountains in general there are also avalanches, but normally we can avoid them by respecting the rules. While during the ascent of Everest, certain inevitable passages are known to be regularly prone to avalanches. Mountaineers therefore have no choice but to pass through it, praying to Nature to leave them alive.
6. Climbing the summit is done in the dark
Don’t ask us for all the technical details of the thing, but apparently you have to start climbing the summit at night to be able to descend it during the day, which is safer for a descent. As a result, the last ascent before reaching the summit is only done with a headlamp, so in almost complete darkness, and it looks quite scary.
7. Beyond 8000 meters, the human body literally begins to die
As we have said, mountaineers acclimatize to the lack of oxygen by making stages, but beyond 8000 meters, it is useless. At this altitude, the living conditions simply do not allow the human body to live. The tissues and the brain are no longer properly oxygenated and they begin to die. In short, we strongly advise against it.
8. There are plenty of thieves
Mountaineers must carry oxygen cylinders with them for the ascent of Everest (for the reasons we have already told you about), and these oxygen cylinders regularly become highly coveted accessories for those who do not have them. not brought enough. As a result, there are regular thefts of oxygen cylinders and some are forced to turn back before even reaching the summit because some of their equipment has been stolen. Even up there the human is rotten.
9. In some places there is a queue
Even if the ascent of Everest is extreme, that does not prevent thousands of people from trying it each year. And, by force of circumstance, some paths become congested and mountaineers regularly queue to continue their journey. It’s stupid to go so far and so high to end up like an idiot waiting in line behind other people.
10. There is trash everywhere
With all these people, Everest has become a veritable open-air dump since mountaineers prefer to lighten their waste rather than encumber themselves with it. So even the places supposed to be the purest, we manage to dirty them. Well done humans.
11. Of course there is acute mountain sickness
Acute mountain sickness is a phenomenon that occurs at high altitudes and can affect anyone, even healthy people. It causes dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and even pulmonary and cerebral edema in the most serious cases. Nice program huh? And inevitably, since Everest is high, there are even more cases of acute mountain sickness there. Really, it does not make you want to set foot there.
12. Ascension costs a blind
You need a permit to climb Everest, and this permit already costs 10,000 euros. To that, we must add the prices of the sherpa (the guide), the full board to stay at altitude, the oxygen bottles and the outward and return flights. So, without counting the rest of the equipment, the ascent of Everest already costs around 60,000 euros. A nice budget to go and risk your life. We are going to pass our turn, huh.