Back in 1953, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers to summit Mount Everest, it took five months total. These days, it usually takes about 65 days. But a high-speed expedition offered by Furtenbach Adventures gets you up the summit of Everest and back in three weeks. The Austrian operator gives clients an altitude simulation tent that they sleep in for six weeks before departure. The tent is supposed to stimulate the production of red blood cells and reduce the number of rest days and acclimatization climbs, or “rotations,” need on a mountain, explains Financial Times.
The Flash Everest expedition costs $110,000 and is catered toward high-end executives who don’t have time to spare. But other companies are focusing on adding luxury and comforts to expeditions. The Russian outfit 7 Summits Club puts their clients in heated canvas suites that contain beds and a desk. The company also flew in massage therapists, a top cruise-ship chef from Chile and offered two Sherpa guides per climber. It cost $80,000 for the package.
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