It’s not the ‘official’ way to conquer the world’s tallest mountain if you go by the Ozaki 8, but you can skydive Mt Everest for $25,000.
Does that seem like a tall price tag? I agree it is – but it takes skydiving to a completely new level. While thousands of customers go shark diving each year, just 340 people know what it’s like to skydive Mt Everest, according to the company that offers the service.
Wanna Skydive Mt Everest? The Details, Please…
First, an obvious disclaimer. This is one of the most intense experiences on the planet. While the company says you don’t need jump experience to do it, I wouldn’t skydive off Mount Everest as my first jump.
Google ‘Skydiving near me’ and make a couple (hundred?) jumps first.
If you’ve cleared that hurdle, and can meet the Skydive Mt Everest price of $25,000 for (two) tandem jumps, these are your choices:
Tandem Jumping – In which you’d jump while harnessed to a skydiving instructor. You’d pay $25,000 for two tandem jumps from the Syangboche drop zone (from where you’d also take off). Add an extra $5,000 to the price and you’d do one from Syangboche, and the other from Ama Dablam Base Camp.
Solo Skydiving – If you’re a certified skydiver with a class B license and/or can demonstrate a minimum 200 jumps from a regulatory agency, you can do a solo skydive at Mt Everest. That’s exactly what the name implies – you’re skydiving without an instructor harnessed to you. Costs range here from $22,500-$30,000.
Note the trip to the drop zone in itself is an adventure. Each trip is a minimum 11 days an would start (and end) in Kathmandu, Nepal. You’d want to be in excellent health for this; consider that the Ama Dablam Base Camp is 15,000 feet above sea level.
And of course, it’s a good idea to be fine with heights.
You could make the argument that Mt Everest is being commercialized. We’re now seeing hundreds of climbers reach the Everest summit annually because of improvements in technology and infrastructure. Mt Everest has become so popular that hundreds of corpses now dot the terrain. They’re climbers that didn’t make it – an eerie legacy of dead bodies on Everest.
Also, you may have seen Point Break and you’re under the assumption that skydiving at Mt Everest is part of the Ozaki 8. It’s not – you’re thinking of Birth of Sky, in which Bodhi and his party BASE jumped off Mt Everest. Only one person in history has done that: Russian daredevil Valery Rozov, who did that jump after decades of training at age 48.
Plus, Birth of Sky is actually the second Ozaki 8 ordeal, so unless you’ve already kayaked the Inga Rapids and lived to talk about it (and just four people in history have done that), I’d say forget the Ozaki 8 and just go about living a meaningful life.
I don’t want to be too much of a Debbie Downer though, because to skydive Mt Everest is a different beast and one that, in the right circumstances, would be very rewarding and one that few of us could ever quite fathom.
Is it for most people? With health, wealth, and a thick skydiving resume, I’d say think about it. It wouldn’t be the cheapest thing you ever did, but – dude…skydiving at Mt Everest. You can’t top that shy of jumping from space.