Here's an Indian article critical of the commercial Everest climbs:
Buy your way to the top of Everest Monday, 12 May , 2003, 08:30
However, extensive mountaineering experience is not necessary. "We will put the person through a training course -- it may take a week it may take two weeks, depending on the client," Pandey said.
Climbers would need to set aside 75 days, from their arrival in Kathmandu until their return from their adventure to the capital. If they needed training in mountain skills, they should allow even more time.
For $50,000, he said, everything would be taken care of -- from the return air fares to Lukla, from where the trek to Everest Base Camp begins, to tents, food, porters, and Sherpa guides.
"For someone not experienced, we will provide at least four Sherpas," he said.
"We will provide all the support necessary -- it will be like helping someone who can't walk to walk."
There is no guarantee, however, he cautioned. "Everest is too unpredictable."