Mount Everest, Nepal
Over 300 climbers saw their chance to summit Everest in 2014 come up short when the deadliest season to ever strike the world’s highest mountain took the lives of 19 climbers and mountain workers. Changing weather patterns and melting icefalls are posing constant threats. In addition, Lake Imja, which has been formed by accelerated glacial melt, is in danger of releasing a glacial lake outburst flood. A hanging serac off the West Shoulder has caused route changes and made the journey to Mount Everest more of a wild card than in past years. Prices to make the expedition in 2015 are higher than ever, due to permit costs going up and trekking companies increasing the life insurance rates for climbers. Nepali operators such as Asian Trekking and High Altitude Dreams are now offering spring expeditions ranging from $25,000-35,000, while non-Nepali operators, such as International Mountain Guides, are offering spring summits in the $45,000-$65,000 price range.