The Sherpas who take foreign climbers all the way to the top, on the other hand, earned the greatest money, earning between $5,000 (PS3,960) and $8,000 (PS6,330) in a single season. The lowest-paid Sherpa workers received $150 (PS260) a month.
Sherpas carry supplies for their foreign employers during their ascent of Mount Everest. Although they are not officially employed by any company, many people think of them as "staff members" of international expeditions. In fact, they are independent contractors who work for themselves or for different companies at the same time.
The amount they are paid depends on how high they can take their clients. The highest-paid Sherpas carried foreigners to the top of Mount Everest; the lowest-paid took tourists into the heart of Nepal. The average salary of all Sherpas was about $600 (PS1020) a year.
In addition to carrying supplies and passengers, Sherpas help with food preparation, cleanup after accidents, and general maintenance around camp. Some also play an important role in guiding clients up difficult terrain or hours-long hikes that would be impossible without them.
Because they are not bound by law to report wages, there is no official record of how much Sherpas earn.
Employees on an Everest adventure A sherpa may currently expect to earn around $6000.00 for a position on an expedition, compared to five times that for a western guide. The majority of them will utilize this money to start a lodge and operate a company, and some of them have become quite wealthy as a result of their efforts.
In order to estimate how much a sherpa makes on Everest, we first need to understand what kind of work they do and how much it pays. Sherpas are responsible for most of the manual labor required for climbing Mount Everest. They carry supplies up the mountain and help climbers down again when they return to base camp. They also assist with logistics like transporting food and fuel up the mountain.
Because of this, it can be assumed that the work involves heavy physical exertion and is not likely to be done as part of a team effort or under a supervisor's direction. Thus, it can be concluded that the job is physical in nature and requires strong arms and hands used for lifting weights and carrying items over rough terrain. An employee might be able to get additional work as a cook or waiter in the higher-paying expeditions, but this would not be considered normal employment practice for a sherpa.
It is difficult to come by reliable data on how much exporters make on average worldwide. However, research conducted by the United States Department of Commerce suggests that international trade is highly profitable.
While Western guides earn roughly $50,000 every climbing season, Sherpa guides earn around $4,000, barely enough to maintain their families. Although this is more money than the ordinary Nepalese earns, it comes at a cost: Sherpas risk their lives with each ascent. They are responsible for transporting supplies up the mountain and helping injured climbers back down.
How do they pay? Through commissions on equipment sales or cash payments from climbing companies. Either way, this modest income cannot cover the expenses of living in Nepal's cold mountains.
Besides guides, tourists can volunteer as porters at base camps or hotel staff at higher elevations. Both roles are physically demanding and often result in injury or death. The ministry of tourism has plans to introduce safer alternatives to guide work over the next few years.
In conclusion, tourism in Nepal is a very competitive industry where workers are often exploited by their employers. Guides tend to be paid poorly and may be forced to climb again and again without rest days. Other vulnerable groups include porters who carry heavy loads up steep hills and staff who work in hot climates without adequate protection. However, many jobs do exist in the tourism industry and people should not assume that all jobs are done under conditions of slavery or indentured servitude.
In rare situations, you may be able to hire a personal sherpa to accompany you on the climb for an additional $5,000 to $7,000, with tip and incentives. Western-guided expeditions are "full-service" programs that are best suited for first-time Everest climbers or anybody looking for a little extra assistance. The price ranges from $45K to $65K.
The amount of money you spend on your expedition affects how many people will work with you. A full service expedition includes a guide, porter, and cook; most pay their guides higher wages so they can bring more customers into the shop. In general, you should plan to spend between 2% and 10% of your body weight in cash to have a successful expedition.
Not only is climbing expensive, but also traveling to the mountain can be very costly as well. The further you go from the city, the more expensive flights become. A one-way ticket to Lhasa from Delhi goes for about $1,500, while a return flight costs about $3,500. Hiring a local guide in each of the cities you'll pass through on the way to Everest can get very expensive. For example, hiring a guide in Kathmandu for two weeks would cost around $10,000.
After accounting for all of the above expenses, there's still a significant percentage of people who climb Everest who don't make any money off of it.