How much does it cost to climb Everest? Denver climber: 'A car'

Denver climber and Outside blogger Alan Arnette just compiled a handy list comparing prices for aspiring Everest summiteers from all guiding companies on both sides of the mountain. He also offers some analysis into the factors that make the total cost of climbing Everest fluctuate. (He'd know -- he's attempted the mountain three times.)

His verdict? It's still bloody expensive: Your budget climb with Asian Trekking (no western guides) will set you back a cool $30K. On the other hand, if you sold high before 2008 and want to have arguably the best chance of summit, you can pay $74,000 to climb with Rainier Mountaineer and 11-time summiter Dave Hahn.

See the full price list after the jump:

Of course, Alan himself sums it up best:

"How much does it cost to climb Mt. Everest? This is one of the most common Google searches that lead people to my site. And the most often asked question during my presentations. My usual answer is "A car."

Let's assume you've got the cash to spend--what's it going to be? A top-of-the-line Mercedes, a gold-encrusted scepter or a trip to the top of the world? Tell us in the comments section below.

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