The Ultimate Mt. Everest Tourism Quiz

By: Staff

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Some 25,000 tourists visit the Mount Everest area in Nepal every year. While a booming tourism industry has helped the economy of Nepal, environmental questions are also being raised. Increased human activity around the pristine Mount Everest affects local ecology and environment in a big way. Take this quiz to learn more about the effects of Mount Everest tourism.

What percentage of Nepal's gross national product comes from tourism?

Tourism comprises about 4 percent of Nepal's gross national product, pulling in around half a billion dollars annually.

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What are the ideal months in the year to attempt to climb Mount Everest?

The best time is between April and May. In the winter, low temperatures and hurricane-force winds make climbing difficult. Between June and September, summer monsoons create intense storms and violent precipitation.

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How much does a fully guided journey up Mount Everest from the south face cost?

The average cost of a fully guided journey up Everest from the south is $65,000. A fully guided climb from the north (Tibetan side) is cheaper, averaging around $40,000. These costs do not typically include personal gear, international airfare, or insurance, all of which can add thousands to the trip.

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How much time does an attempt to climb Mount Everest normally take?

From home and back again, most trips to the top over Everest take about two and a half months.

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What is the name of the region around Mount Everest in Nepal?

In climbing season from March to May, the population of the Khumbu region at the base of Mount Everest soars from around 40,000 to 700,000.

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What are Nepalese hired as mountain guides popularly known as?

About 30,000 Sherpas live in Nepal. They can make upwards of $2,000 per expedition, far exceeding the average Nepalese annual income.

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What is the cost of a climbing permit for Mount Everest?

A permit for climbing Mount Everest, which is 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) tall, costs about $3,350. This is because mountains taller than 21,300 feet (6,501 meters) are priced higher. The base height costs $1,000 and increases $500 for every 1,640 feet (500 meters).

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What is the royalty fee per person during the busy climbing season?

If you want to take the most common route to the top of Everest, you'll owe the Nepal government a $25,000 royalty fee for yourself or up to $70,000 for a seven-person expedition crew.

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What is the most common form of greeting people in Nepal?

When you greet Nepalese, say "Namaste."

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What is etiquette in Nepal concerning shoes in homes?

Proper behavior is to take your shoes off before entering people's homes.

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What is the proper way of walking around temples?

Walk around temples only in a clockwise direction.

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Which hand you should use with care when inside Nepalese homes?

Do not use your eating (right) hand to touch anything other than your food and utensils.

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What is the best policy regarding public displays of affection in Nepal?

Don't. It's as simple as that.

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What is the proper form of "feet etiquette" in Nepal?

Don't touch anything with your feet. It is a sign of disrespect and "impurity."

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How much have the glaciers around Everest melted and retreated due to global climate change?

Global climate change has affected Everest's geography, as some of its glaciers have retreated as much as three miles (4.8 km) in the past 20 years.

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How do most climbers prepare for conquering Mount Everest?

Other than swimming, running, biking, weight lifting, and climbing, most prospective climbers try to gain a little weight before their trip. The arduous climb makes you lose weight.

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Which area on Everest is known as the "death zone" ?

Humans cannot survive for any length of time at an elevation above 26,000 feet (8,000 m), which on Everest is known as the "death zone." At this altitude, the human body is unable to acclimate to the low oxygen and begins to deteriorate. Most climbers must use oxygen and will have difficulty sleeping.

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When did the government of Nepal designate the area around Mount Everest as a national park?

In 1976, Everest and the surrounding area were designated as Sagarmatha National Park. In 1979, the area was made a Natural World Heritage Site. Currently, flora and fauna in the park are protected and the collection of firewood is prohibited.

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How much waste did the Everest Environmental Expedition remove in 1998 from the area around Mount Everest?

In 1998, the Everest Environmental Expedition removed 1.2 tons of waste from Everest, collected primarily around Base Camp and Camp II. While plastic bottles and empty oxygen canisters are unsightly, batteries, spent fuel cylinders, and human waste actually pose a greater environmental risk and the expedition focused its efforts on these types of litter. Other environmental expeditions continue the effort to clean up Everest.

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How much does the Nepalese government now charge climbers as security deposit for not littering on Mount Everest?

The Nepalese government now requires a $4,000 deposit from climbers, which it refunds only if they bring down the same amount of gear and supplies that they took up.

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