“We all were reluctant to rush back down after experiencing a sunrise behind Everest. So, we took more stops than usual and were gifted by this rare optical phenomena. A circumhorizontal arc combined with a 22-degree halo” – Nuptse summit, Khumjung, Nepal

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I spent about six weeks trekking through the Everest region of the Himalayas several years ago. Except for the higher altitudes, you can easily get by on $10-15 dollars a day. Obviously *climbing* Everest is a different story, but you can still get up to near 20k ft. on your own, and the views are amazing at all altitudes.

Edit: Clearly there are additional costs, namely the flight and your gear. So if you factor in $800 for a flight from the States; $200 each for gear (we bought everything at Shona’s in Kathmandu, which is a wonderful store, and the gear is good enough that it will last you 15 years) save for shoes and pack, which we brought; $250 for misc. guesthouses, permits, visa, and transportation; and then the $800-1000 for the six weeks in Khumbu/Everest region, you’re looking at between $2-2.5k for a *six week* vacation. And yes, finding the time can be a challenge and have opportunity costs, but so does everything in life.

Edit2: First, to all of those responding with “opportunity cost,” “opportunity cost,” “opportunity cost” — give me a break. Sure it exists, but it exists for everything! Do we factor it in to our financial calculations of going out to dinner, calling in sick, our time spent playing video games or watching TV, or taking the kids to the park instead of working another job? And second, there is a world out there of really inexpensive and wonderful travel, focused somewhat around South and Southeast Asia, but elsewhere as well. And it’s totally accessible, so long as you have time and flexibility (very important) and a willingness to accept fewer comforts than at home. The prices I listed were ballpark what we spent (per person), but feel free to not believe. In fact, I encourage you to go find out for yourself. Nepal is amazing!

Tl/dr: Nepal is super inexpensive if you avoid package trips and higher-end comforts.

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