Have you got all your holidays planned for next year? I found a great deal that you might be interested in.
Authorities in Nepal are planning to slash the permit price for climbing Mount Everest by up to 75 per cent!
Normally it costs $87,600 for a permit for 10 people, but soon it could be as low as just $21,900.
The only catch is that you have to climb in winter to get the discount!
Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of Everest on 29 May 1953.
Last year saw over 500 people make the climb, bringing the total to 3017 individuals who have made it to the top of the 8,848 metre peak.
The interesting thing is that 13 people died prior to the mountain being conquered and 241 have died since. You have about a 1 in 10 chance of not making it down alive! A blind man has climbed Everest; a double amputee has climbed Everest; a 70 year old has climbed Everest! Why? Because it is there, because it is difficult, because it takes them to the edge – a dangerous place to live! Your interests might not lead you to strap on crampons and grab an ice-axe but everything in life has an element of risk attached. If we live our lives trying to avoid all risk, we will be compressed and limited in all that we do.
I am attempting a great ascent – to live my life according to Christ’s example – the risks? Criticism, ridicule and misunderstanding… but what a view!
What are you climbing towards?