10 Incredible Mountain Climbs that Don't Cost a Fortune
We’re going to take a stab in the dark here, but if we had to guess, we’d bet you wouldn’t want to drop upwards of $30,000 to climb a mountain. Not that mountain climbing isn’t incredible or unworthy of a significant investment — it’s just, not everyone has a bank account substantial enough to fund a trek up a mountain like Everest, for example, which, depending on who you ask, can cost anywhere from $23,000 to $100,000.
This led us to wonder: what mountains can you climb at a cost that’s more attainable to the masses? Turns out, there are many great options all around the world, so we turned to some experts not only for help with identifying them, but also to find out all the important details about each.
“There are endless options around the world for climbers not looking to break the bank,” said Jonathan Ronzio, director of the award-winning adventure documentary Between The Peaksand creator of the adventure travel blog, Explore Inspired. “Everest is really the outlier when you look at costs that can average $40 to 60k for the complete expedition. Whether you're after the Seven Summits, Colorado's 14ers, or New Hampshire’s 4,000-Footers, there are amazing mountains to climb for cheap—sometimes as cheap as a $5 park entrance fee.”
Of course, the amount of money you’ll spend on a climb involves a few factors, including things like travel to and from the location and lodging, if needed. But ultimately, Ronzio said, it comes down to your experience level. You have to consider whether or not you’ll need a guide, if you want to climb as part of a group expedition and what gear you’ll need to rent or buy.
“That's where the money starts piling up,” he said.
So, if you’ve got most of the gear you’ll need and have some experience under your belt, here are 10 incredible mountains you can climb without spending an almost unfathomable amount of money.