To compile the list of the most expensive mountains to climb, Outforia looked at everything from the cost of joining a guided climbing group, acquiring the necessary permits, the required equipment, to guides and sherpas to hire.
Scaling the highest peaks in the world requires a combination of hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing, and cold endurance, which naturally makes it quite a niche activity. You need to be mentally and physically ready, have expert skills and equipment, be experienced and aware of the dangers, as well as being able to fund your trip.
As there is so much preparation and equipment involved in tackling these daunting climbs, they can cost eye-watering sums in total. You’ll likely be going as part of a guided group, led by someone who is familiar with the mountain and has completed the climb multiple times before.
The top 10 most expensive climbs in the world (US$)
- Mount Everest, Nepal » 29,032 ft » : $84,123
- Mount Vinson, Antarctica » 16,067 ft » $46,618
- Cho Oyu, Tibet » 29,906 » $33,703
- Puncak Jaya, Indonesia » 16,023 » $27,449
- Denali, United States » 20,310 » $12,086
- Monte San Lorenzo, Argentina » 12,159 » $9,095
- Mera Peak, Nepal » 21,247 » $9,000
- The Eiger, Switzerland » 13,025 » $8,462
- Aconcagua, Argentina »22,841 » $8,395
- The Matterhorn, Switzerland » 14,692 » $8,212