Mount Everest stretches its precarious, snow-capped peak towards the sky. Swirling clouds dance about its jagged peak, intermingling with plumes of drifting snow. The name alone conjures up images of adventure and majestic beauty. It is the highest peak in the world, towering above all others at a staggering 29,029 feet. Mount Everest is the apex of many climbers’ lives. To conquer the summit, is to become part of an elite group of climbers that have been allowed safe passage by this mountain we call Everest. Planning a trip to this powerful mountain is a dream for many people. Not only does the mountain beckon climbers daring to reach its summit, but it also summons trekkers hoping to stand at her feet, if only to gaze from a distance upon her perilous peak. Here are some things you need to know before you go.
The first item on your list when planning a trip to Mount Everest, is to get a passport. You can apply for a passport at several different locations, including: post offices, public libraries, and clerks of court. You must have proof of U.S. citizenship and a form of identification when applying for a passport. Proof of citizenship includes an official birth certificate or a previously issued passport, and proof of identification includes a valid driver's license or a military issued I.D. It can take several months to get a passport issued, so plan accordingly.
The best and safest way in how to access Mount Everest, is to plan your climbing or trekking vacation with a reputable guiding company. Mount Everest is located in beautiful, yet unforgiving and remote terrain. It can take up to seven days of difficult trekking simply to come within miles of this mountain. It is important that you find a guiding company that has experience in leading groups on adventures to Mount Everest. Make sure that they have the necessary equipment and provisions to insure a safe and adventurous journey.
A final and important aspect of planning a trip to Mount Everest is to buy mountaineering and trekking insurance. This decision could save you thousands of dollars should you run into trouble while climbing or trekking in this secluded area. Travel insurance can help cover the costs of a rescue or medical emergency.
Mount Everest is a mountain full of grandeur and splendor. Whether your desire is to make a trek to the base of this amazing mountain or to attempt a push for its stately summit, following a few simple tips will help make planning your trip to Mount Everest an enjoyable process.