After about 1 year or more’s training, and climbing at least 1 Nepalese peak of about 6500 m, one will spend weeks there in the spring, acclimating to the altitude with rest and day hikes, waiting for the route to Everest’s summit to open in May.
From Kathmandu, mountaineers take a short flight to Lukla, then a walk of about 10 days to Everest Base Camp 2 860 m above sea level. The price range for a standard supported climb ranges from $28,000 to $85,000, this includes transportation from Kathmandu or Lhasa, food, base camp tents, Sherpa support, and supplemental oxygen.
So much preparation goes into one climb, yet believers are preparing for a journey to an eternal home. It’s preparation is lifetime, the reward is not a medal but a crown, the cost is not equated to money but to holiness.
As believer one should not boast about oneself on the journey, but rather knowing that by God’s grace it ends in the eternal glory, for those who make it.
Dear Lord, help me to go through with you to the end. Make me appreciate the costliness of the Gospel and the Grace of God. Label my life with your Glory, In Jesus’ name, Amen. Dr Cliff Ferguson – Shalom Centurion.