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Just found this article where climbing the 7 summits is being discussed.. including 'normal'prices... read and weep!

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By SHOWWEI CHU
UPDATED AT 3:41 PM EDT  Saturday, Apr. 17, 2004

Want bragging rights to a feat only a few people have in this world? Then scaling the Seven Summits is for you.

Of the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents, professional mountain guides recommend that you first climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's apex. Aconcagua (South America), Elbrus (Europe), Carstensz (Oceana) and the other more challenging ones, Vinson (Antarctica), McKinley (North America) and Everest (Asia), could follow should you choose to continue.

Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the easiest one because the climb isn't technical -- little in the way of mountain-climbing techniques are required. But climbers will need to be in strong physical condition and have a healthy bank account.

A two-week trek on Kilimanjaro by Alpine Ascents International of Seattle will cost $4,500 to $4,700 (U.S.), which includes meals, accommodations and transportation in Tanzania, porters, drivers, guides and climbing permits. A similar trip by Mountain Madness, also of Seattle, ranges between $5,790 and $6,090.

If the breathtaking vista atop Kili leaves you hungry for more, experts suggest you take a one-week mountaineering course before attempting Argentina's Aconcagua, which can cost about $4,000. That way you'll learn how to walk on steep terrain, prevent yourself from falling off a glacier.

Be prepared to enter another mountaineering realm with Aconcagua because porters and dining tents do not exist on that 6,962-metre peak. But you will get a good dose of cold weather and ripping winds. "Suddenly, you're not at these nice little camps at the edge of the mountain," says Gordon Janow, director of programs at Alpine Ascents. "That is typically the biggest leap for people."

Climbers who set themselves the goal of scaling all seven peaks typically do it in 18 to 24 months, and quite often they will tackle the hardest ones first, such as Everest, and work backward, he says.

A view from those vertiginous ledges doesn't come cheap. Everest, a 2-month trek that always begins in March, costs $65,000, according to Alpine Ascents. The climb to Antarctica's Vinson will run you $26,500.
 
(from GlobeandMail.com)

Now compare those Kili and Aconcagua trips prices with ours  8)
It's amazing people still pay 3 or 4 times what we charge to these companies... It's exactly the same trip, with the same local guides and partners.

Check our Kiliprices here:
http://7summits.com/kilimanjaro/trips.html

And our Aconcagua prices here:
http://7summits.com/aconcagua/trips.php

And compare with those mentioned above...

Seems the reporter asked the wrong people. And Oh yeah, soon Everest will be cheaper as well, keep on checking 7summits.com or sign up for the mailinglist!

Keep climbing,
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« Last Edit: Apr 18 2004, 01:55 by 7summits »
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