You may not be able to move mountains, but they can move you. Standing at the top of the world after an extremely challenging climb can be a profound experience.
: Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
Step 1: Start saving Start saving your pennies – climbing Everest is not only a challenging expedition, but also an expensive one. You'll need about $60,000 to make your dream of standing at the top of the world a reality.
Step 2: Get in shape Get in shape by running 5 to 10 miles a day, preferably uphill, for at least 12 months prior to your climb. Lift weights to build your upper body strength.
Step 3: Practice Practice on an easier mountain – both to build your experience and confidence, and to get your body used to exertion at high altitudes.
TIP: Take a course that teaches the skills involved in ice and mountain climbing.
Step 4: Join an expedition Join an expedition when you are ready to tackle Everest. This will be a large portion of your expense, but some of your equipment is provided and climbing with a group makes for a safer experience.
Step 5: Purchase gear Purchase all the gear that your expedition does not provide. This will include clothing, boots, sleeping bags, and more.
Step 6: Prepare mentally Prepare yourself mentally. Visualize a successful climb, while understanding how hard it is going to be physically and mentally.
TIP: Pack on some pounds before you go, as you could drop up to 20 percent of your weight over the course of the climb.
Step 7: Get started Tackle the mountain. Conserve your energy and your oxygen for the long haul, follow best safety practices, and stick with the group.
Step 8: Brag about it Brag to anyone who will listen. You’ve been to the top of the world and lived to tell about it.
FACT: Erik Weihenmayer climbed Mount Everest in 2001 – becoming the first blind man to scale the mountain.