It is expensive
Everest is a major source of income for the country of Nepal on the south and Tibet on the north. Anyone can call themselves a guide and charge whatever they can get. Companies can have slick looking websites offering great deals and still be rip offs.
A climbing permit for $10,000 is required just to set foot on the mountain.
Before you even get started there is $7000 for boots, down clothing, layers, equipment, etc. for outfitting.
Other expenses are: park fee, porters, liaison officer, icefall ladders and fixed ropes, insurance, yaks, waste deposit, insurance, tents, bedding, food and fuel.
If you want oxygen, base camp support, Sherpa support, or a western guide, add in more thousands. There is even an option for a chef.
Tips alone can cost thousands.
You can try to climb alone for around $25,000, but you could get killed. Or you can write a check for up to $125,000 or more to join an organized expedition.
Decades of climbing has taken a toll on the mountain. Climbers who advance beyond the base camp must make a $4000 deposit to bring down not just their own trash, but 17.6 pounds of accumulated trash or forfeit the deposit and face charges.
Everest is the world’s highest garbage dump
Trash accumulated at the summit includes empty food containers, human waste, liquor bottles, oxygen and cooking gas cylinders, assorted plastic, ropes, tents, beer cans, the remains of a helicopter, and even climbers’ bodies which do not decompose in the extreme cold.