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Travel / September 22, 2014

Life List: Skydive Mount Everest

Written by: Molly McCowan

In the era of free solo climbing and proximity wingsuit flight, both jumping out of a plane and climbing the world’s tallest mountain have become a bit old hat. But by combining the two, one company has made the tandem skydive cool again.

Of course, when clients of Everest Skydive climb Chomolungma, they don’t do it in boots and crampons. They ascend to 29,500 feet in the company’s AS350 B3 helicopter, steel their nerves, and take one of the biggest leaps on Earth.

 

Photo courtesy of Nepal Adviser.

The free fall on these jumps plunges more than 15,000 feet, and can last up to two minutes (the average skydive involves less than 60 seconds of free fall).

And if—after reuniting with the sweet, sweet ground—clients wish to continue their stay on Everest, the company also offers a week-long trek to Everest Base Camp, where they can hang with folks who insist on getting high the hard way.

If you go: A solo skydive costs $25,000, and is only offered to those with at least a B license from the U.S. Parachute Association. Tandem skydivers pay $35,000. All the skydiving supplies you’ll need—jump suit, high-altitude parachute equipment, goggles,jump helmet, oxygen tank, and more—are included.

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Molly McCowan

Molly McCowan is a professional writer and editor based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Her love for travel sees her globe-trotting whenever she can, and she seeks out experiences that are off the beaten path so she can immerse herself in new cultures. She speaks fluent Spanish, so she’s almost always planning a trip to somewhere in Latin America. She also lived in Spain for a while, and backpacked across Europe on a shoestring budget. She hikes, camps, goes four-wheeling in her old Jeep Wrangler, and fly fishes in the mountains of Colorado regularly.

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