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Mount Everest

With a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea-level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, and the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point.

The highest mountain on the Earth attracts many well-experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers and green tourists willing to hire professional guides. Although it does not pose particularly substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind, so any ecotourist tempted by this mountainous challenge should always take heed of the experience and advice of the experts.

Hiking and climbing are naturally environmentally friendly ways of spending a holiday, and although by choosing to attempt Everest you can feel assured that you are within the bounds of responsible ecotourism, you nevertheless must take every precaution to ensure your safety on your travels, and unless already a professional mountaineer, then a tour guide and group is absolutely essential.

Alpine Ascents International is a well reputed global company that prides itself on successful climbs all over the world. You will be guided by a team of experts and local Sherpa.

One World Trekking also offer a package tour for up to 12 people. It is a 16 day trek along well-travelled routes, though you will still need to be in great shape to tackle it.

You do not have to attempt to reach the summit, however, if that just seems like too tall a challenge, and Everest Treks offer treks and tours in and around the Everest region, so you may enjoy the views, though not have to over-exert yourself continually upwards during your stay.

All in all, for the keen hiking ecotourist, Mount Everest has a huge amount to offer.