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How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Blaww » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:17 pm

I was wondering how much western guides make to guide on Everest.....

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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Tonka » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:34 pm

Less than you unless you're unemployed.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Blaww » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:38 pm

$325 usd per day doesn't sound horrible.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby dadndave » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:13 pm

If you know, why did you ask?
It's time you all knew. Curiosity didn't kill the cat. I got the bastard with a shovel.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Bob Burd » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:31 pm

dadndave wrote:If you know, why did you ask?


He didn't until someone gave him an answer in NZ dollars. That post went out with the wash...
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby dadndave » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:00 am

Bit slow on the uptake this morning on account of knocking off three bottles of Coopers, after which, a bottle of very ordinary claret seemed like a good idea.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Blaww » Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:33 am

Yeah, there was another post, but it vanished.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby WyomingSummits » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:16 am

Blaww wrote:$325 usd per day doesn't sound horrible.


How many days out of the year do you plan on guiding on Everest? Yeah, $325/day isn't bad......but it's not a 200+ day gig. A trained monkey could make $100 in an hour of street performance,but it doesn't mean he's going to make that every hour.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby DukeJH » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:18 am

I've heard panhandlers in LA make more than "average" professional mountain guides. Of course, mountain guide gigs usually include room and board, basic as it may be.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Marmaduke » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:23 am

WyomingSummits wrote:
Blaww wrote:$325 usd per day doesn't sound horrible.


How many days out of the year do you plan on guiding on Everest? Yeah, $325/day isn't bad......but it's not a 200+ day gig. A trained monkey could make $100 in an hour of street performance,but it doesn't mean he's going to make that every hour.


What does the owner of the guiding company make and what do the sherpa make?
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Sunny Buns » Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:21 am

325/day would be $13.54/hour.

Maybe what climbing guides make has some things in common with what teachers make?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0xuFnP5N2uA

I'll bet they make some nice photos on their climbs; probably make a lot of people smile.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:46 pm

I'm not sure how common the practice is, but some I know some guys have guided Everest for no pay. Their compensation was a free trip to Everest which is quite expensive.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby mconnell » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:27 pm

ExcitableBoy wrote:I'm not sure how common the practice is, but some I know some guys have guided Everest for no pay. Their compensation was a free trip to Everest which is quite expensive.


I was going to say the same thing. If you are a "junior" guide, it's pretty common (or used to be) to not be paid for international trips. Airfare/permits/food/etc. are your pay for several weeks work.
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Re: How much do Everest guides make?

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:10 pm

My old climbing buddy Bill Crouse has been to the summit of Everest 7 times. Not all of those summits were as a guide. I don't think his salary plays much of a role in what he does.
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