A luxury private-tour operator has offered to take tourists to the top of Mount Everest in 2019, if they can make a reservation for a day or two ahead.
The company, Himalayan Tours, says it is willing to take guests on a private tour if they could make a deposit of at least £100k.
The trip will take the group to the mountain’s highest point, at 6,632 metres, from where it will be climbed to the summit of the world’s highest peak.
The route will take more than two hours and include an hour at the summit itself, a hike of 3,100 metres to the Nepalese side of the mountain, and a visit to the nearby town of Lhotse.
There will be a helicopter flight from Lhotep, in Nepal, to Lhote to fly the group back to Kathmandu.
Himalayan Tours is the first luxury tour operator in the world to offer such a service.
The company, which was founded in 2013 by a Nepalesian couple who came from a small village in the Himalayas, says its Everest service is the cheapest and quickest way to the mountaintop.
The Himalayan tour company offers tours to remote and remote-controlled destinations in India, Nepal, Thailand, China and other parts of Asia.
Its Everest service offers private tours for the lowest prices in the industry.
Himalayan is also a major player in the luxury private tours industry, and is currently the only tour operator to offer Everest trips to Thailand.