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The international border between Nepal and China runs right over the peak. Ascents may be made from both sides, with the Tibetan side generally dubbed the North Face (in addition to the East Face) and the Nepalese side the South Face (in addition to the Southwest Face). About 3, 200 climbers have summitted Everest so far, and over 230 have perished trying. Clear weather and low winds are crucial factors in deciding summit attempts. Many tour operators now make all arrangements required and impart some training (often slammed by many experts as 'barely adequate' ) A shot at summiting Everest, for anyone inclined to do so, now costs anywhere between $60, 000 and $90, 000 (Rs 32-50 lakh)

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