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GOAL SETTING | Want to climb Everest this year? This is what it takes.

Standing at almost 30,000 feet, straddling Nepal and Tibet, towering, awe-inspiring it is literally calling out to every explorer on the planet “take me on!” Sir Edmund Hilary first stood on its peak in 1953 and since then, around 4000 people have scaled Mount Everest. But what does it actually involve to complete this incredible and life-affirming challenge?

From practicals like how to get there and how much a permit costs, to what exactly happens to your body when you’re more than 8000m above sea level, this NY Times feature has everything you need to know.