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  • Hey, adventure seekers!

  • Looking for a thrilling new activity to pump up that heart rate?

  • I've got just the thing: plan a trip to climb Mount Everest!

  • But before you pack your bag, you should learn about exactly what it takes to plan a trip

  • to one of the most dangerous climbs in the world.

  • Standing at 29,029 feet high, this rocky summit poses plenty of dangers and challenges that

  • can work against you if you're not prepared.

  • First off, it's important to understand a little bit about the great Mount Everest.

  • If you've ever seen any of the blockbuster films about this epic climbing adventure,

  • you know hiking up Everest is no joke.

  • People who climb Mt Everest typically plan their climb during what they callthe summit

  • windowduring mid May and sometimes November.

  • Temperatures warm up a bit and the winds are somewhat calmer during these times.

  • While it may sound logical to climb during warmer months like July and August, it's

  • actually a pretty bad idea since this time of year ismonsoon seasonand you'd

  • be stuck in heavy rains.

  • Aside from climbing during the right seasons, there are plenty of other precautions you

  • should take when attempting such a challenging climb.

  • Unlike hiking on your average hillside or shoreline, the height of this mountain is

  • hard on your lungs.

  • Mount Everest's summit is higher than any other mountain in the world.

  • So in terms of its height above sea level, it stands taller than anything else on our

  • planet.

  • Woah, is right.

  • And at this height, oxygen levels decrease pretty drastically.

  • It's almost as if the air is gettingthinnerso to speak.

  • When climbing Mt. Everest, you'll notice yourself feeling more short of breath the

  • higher up you get.

  • Sure, you're exerting a lot of energy walking and climbing, but this shortness of breath

  • is also due to the lower oxygen level.

  • At an elevation of 29,029 feet, each breath you take only has one third of the amount

  • of oxygen as it would normally have at sea level.

  • So, clearly there are a lot of risks when it comes to climbing Mt. Everest, which is

  • why climbing it alone is probably the worst idea ever.

  • It's best to plan the climb with a group.

  • There are plenty of excursions you can pick from and plan with, and they range in price.

  • But once you book your ticket, how can you possibly prepare for this climb of a lifetime?

  • Lucky for you, I've created the perfect to-do list for planning an epic trip to the

  • great Mount Everest.

  • First off, you've gotta know what to pack.

  • Here's a quick list to check off as you're stuffing your luggage with the essentials:

  • Sunscreen, since the sun is super bright up in the mountains.

  • Sunglasses, also to protect from the brightness of the sun.

  • It's a good idea to bring snow glasses since the light reflecting on the white snow can

  • be incredibly bright.

  • A warm jacket filled with down.

  • No matter what season you go in, it can be pretty chilly at nighttime.

  • Moisturizer.

  • This applies to both your skin and your lips.

  • Your skin is likely to become dried out and chapped since the mountain's climate is

  • dry and chilly.

  • Food.

  • It's important to bring foods you'll want to eat on your excursion.

  • Don't bring food you've never had before or that you might not like or might not fill

  • you up.

  • You'll need all the energy you can get - this isn't a time for a diet.

  • Some helpful tips?

  • Bring things with garlic in them since this ingredient is actually helpful when it comes

  • to adapting to high altitudes, thanks to its ability to make your blood thinner.

  • You can also pack peanut butter and hard salami - but I wouldn't eat those together, obviously.

  • Cup-a-soups, candy bars and canned tuna are also good, especially as you get higher and

  • higher in your climb.

  • Foods that can be prepared instantly are your best bet.

  • Lower base camps will have some food for sale that is prepared there, but the higher up

  • you go, the less ritzy it gets, so you'll need to bring your own food.

  • Okay, so you've packed all your tasty snacks: now you need to actually get to the mountain.

  • Mt. Everest is located in Tibet on the border of China and Nepal.

  • You can fly into Tibet and hang out in Lhasa and Shigatse to explore a couple days before

  • you actually get to base camp.

  • It's best to wait a day or two in Tibet before climbing the mountain, just to be sure

  • you won't suffer from altitude sickness.

  • And on top of that, this time will give you a chance to get your Aliens' Travel permit.

  • No, this isn't a ticket to another planet.

  • If you're entering onto Mt Everest from its Chinese side, the Aliens' Travel permit

  • is necessary for both climbing Mt. Everest and just visiting its base camp.

  • You'll also need something called the Frontier Pass.

  • You can attain these once you're actually in Tibet.

  • However, if you choose to walk onto Everest Base Camp on the Nepal side of the mountain,

  • which is the most popular side to enter on, you don't need to follow the more strict

  • traveling rules that China sets to get to the mountain.

  • Before you make your visit, it's best to research all the permits needed for both sides

  • so you won't have to cut your trip short.

  • Okay, it's finally time to climb!

  • Because this is such an extensive and dangerous climb, it's best for your group to be led

  • by someone who knows what they're doing.

  • There are lots of organizations that do group treks and they typically visit the same various

  • paths up the mountain.

  • The groups will often hire what they call sherpas, who are kind of like the roadies

  • of your mountain climb.

  • They basically set up camp and carry the various amenities you'll need.

  • Let's say you choose to enter Mt. Everest from the South, on the Nepal side.

  • One of the first camps you'll hit is at about 19,500 ft.

  • You'll probably spend one night here as your body becomes acclimated with the new

  • climate and altitude.

  • Next you'll hit Base Camp 2 at about 2,000 feet higher after walking through what they

  • callThe Valley of Silence”, which is fairly flat in terrain.

  • Even at 21,000 feet, your body will still feel the effects of the higher altitude.

  • But after staying here a couple days, you should start to get used to it.

  • As you go higher to other camps, you'll see that Sherpas have already set up camp

  • for you.

  • It's pretty incredible - at this height on the mountain, Sherpas can no longer rely

  • on animals to carry some of the load - they do it with their bare hands.

  • Pretty impressive, right?

  • When it comes time to approach the mountain's summit, the weather becomes incredibly important.

  • To have the safest, most successful climb to the summit, you'll need 5 days of clear

  • skies and minimal winds.

  • That's why traveling between the months of May and June are usually best.

  • Because this can be such a small window of time, a mass amount of climbers can be seen

  • trekking through the mountain - sometimes around 800 people at a time during a short

  • period.

  • Makes rush hour traffic on the freeway look a little more appealing, doesn't it?

  • Once you hit Camp 3 on your excursion, you'll need to start wearing an oxygen mask as the

  • air becomes incredibly thin.

  • While it is possible to rough it and climb without bottled oxygen, it's considered

  • pretty dangerous.

  • Don't think the mask matches your trendy climbing outfit?

  • No need to look like a tough guy, there's no shame in needing to breathe!

  • Better be safe than sorry, right?

  • Once you reach the summit, you're looking at 29,029 ft above sea level!

  • Pretty wild!

  • At this point of the mountain, people can enjoy this incredible accomplishment and truly

  • feel like they're on top of the world….but just for half an hour.

  • Once that 30 minutes is up, it's time to climb back down.

  • Did I make all that sound really easy?

  • Trust me, it's not.

  • People who plan this trip spend thousands of dollars and sometimes train for years,

  • getting their climbing and stamina ready for a trek like this.

  • Even if you don't have a lot of experience climbing, would you ever attempt to climb

  • Everest?

  • Tell us if you think the work and money is worth the trip in the comments down below!

  • And don't forget to give us a “likeand share this video with your friends and

  • challenge them to a climb!

  • Subscribe to our channel for more awesome videos and as always, stay on the bright side

  • of life!

Hey, adventure seekers!

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What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest

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    Copper Jim   posted on 2020/04/23
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