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Manaslu Climbing Expedition | Summit Climb

  • Manaslu Photo Manaslu summit left, 'Forepeak' right. Photo Jean Luc Bremond
  • Manaslu Photo Vincent Callet climbing above Camp 1, which is visible in the centre left. Photo Dan Mazur
  • Manaslu Photo Marin Minamiya, Japan's youngest 8,000m Peak climber, and the youngest woman to summit Manaslu
  • Manaslu Photo Sherpa Climbing steep slopes to camp 2, Manaslu North on right. Photo Dan Mazur
  • Manaslu Photo Marin ascending a fixed rope. Photo Marin Minamiya
  • Manaslu Photo Ski on Manaslu. Photo Dan
  • Manaslu Photo Climbing near camp 1. Photo Marin Minamiya
  • Manaslu Photo Climbing towards camp 2. Photo Dan Mazur
  • manaslu Manaslu Basecamp. Photo Marin
  • Manaslu Photo Jangbu, Marin, Vincent, and Jason in camp 1. Photo Dan Mazur
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  • World's eighth highest & most accessible 8000 metre/26,200 foot peak in Nepal. High altitude "easy" snow climb.
  • Dates : 29 August, 2019 - 5 October, 2019. Or 30 August, 2020 - 6 October, 2020. 38 days in Nepal.
  • Full Service Cost: $14,150 £11,250 €12,450; Basic Climb Cost: $9,150 £7,250 €8,050. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2019)
  • Leaders: Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky
  • Please click here to view news of our expedition. We only have a few places left in the team for next season. Please conact us now to book: info@summitclimb.com .

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    Overview:

    At 8,156 metres (26,759 feet), Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mansiri Himal section of the Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manaslu, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu is the most accessible 8,000 meter peek in Nepal and is one of the easier 8,000 meter peaks. Join us on a unique climb that is off the beaten path.
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Manaslu Expededition Climbing Cost

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, European, or American leader
  • Expert climbing Sherpa
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation
  • Yak transport of all equipment to and from basecamp
  • Skillful base camp cooks
  • Three meals each day
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • All permit fees and liaison officers
  • Use of group gear and supplies
  • Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport transfer

What is not included?

Our basic climb includes:

  • All permit fees and liaison officer
  • Basecamp meals; basecamp sleeping tent, basecamp dining tent, and tables and chairs
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, for you and personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), including accommodation and meals on the road
  • A walkie-talkie radio
  • Emergency equipment and supplies
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents)
  • Airport transfers
  • Other services and may be purchased and hired at minimal expense

Add on High Attitude Support : Click here for prices

  • Private Sherpa (personal guide/porter) – Carries up to 10 kg (22bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.
  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps

Oxygen: You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen, which is optional on Manaslu. Approximately half of our members choose to use oxygen. Click here for prices

We recommend a three bottle set for Manaslu. The price includes three large 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottles, mask, regulator, hoses, as well as carriage to the high camps by porters. Extra bottles are available for an additional fee. We have a 30% buy-back policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition.

Oxygen supplies may be purchased separately. The same buy-back policy applies.The following may be purchased individually:

  • Mask and Hoses which are guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator.

  • Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle

  • 4 litreRussian Oxygen bottle for high-altitude climbing
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Final ridge before the summit. Photo - Puwel L

Mount Manaslu Expedition Climb Itinerary

1. Arrive Kathmandu, 1,300 meter (4,265 feet.) Stay at hotel.

2. Orientation, training, and equipment review at hotel in Kathmandu, last minute shopping, group dinner. Stay at hotel.


3. Ride a bus 9-12 hours toBesisahar, 760 meters (2,493 feet.). Stay at tea house


4. Take a Jeep 7-8 hours to Dharapani, 1,860 meters (6,102 feet). Stay at tea house


5. Hike 6-7 hours to Kharche, 2,700 meters (8,858 feet).Stay at tea house


6. Hike 6-7 hours to Bimthang, 3,720 meters (12,205 feet).Stay in tea house


7. Rest in Bimthang, short acclimatization hike. Stay in tea house.


8. Hike 9-11 hours to Samdo 3,860 meters (12,644 feet) via Larkya-La Pass 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). Stay at tea house.


9. Hike 8 hours to SamaGaon, 3,690 meters (12,106 feet)


10. Rest in SamaGaon. Acclimatization, re-packing, shopping, etc


11. Hike 6-7 hours to base camp, 4,800 meters (15,748ft).


12. Rest in basecamp. Acclimatization, training, and organization.


13. Rest in basecamp. Acclimatization, training, and organization.


14. Walk to camp 1 return base camp


15. Rest in base camp


16. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there.


17. Walk to Camp 2. Return to base camp.


18. Rest in base camp.


19. Rest in base camp.


20. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there.


21. Walk to camp 2 and sleep there.


22. Walk to camp 3. Return to base camp.


23. Rest in base camp.


24. Rest in base camp.


25. Rest in base camp.


26. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there.


27. Walk to camp 2 and sleep there.


28. Walk to camp 3 and sleep there.


29. Summit attempt.


30. Summit attempt.

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At the summit of Manaslu. Photo Darren


31. Summit attempt, descend to camp 2.

32. Pack and prepare to depart. Trek to SamaGoan.


33. Trek to Bimthang. Stay at tea house.


34. Trek to Dharapani. Stay at tea house.


35. Drive to BesiShar. Stay at tea house.


36. Take bus to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel


37. Celebration Banquet. Packing and final shopping in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel


38. Say Good-bye to your new friends and depart for home.

Mount Manaslu Climb - Personal & Team Equipment

Climbing:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles
  • Abseiling/Rappelling Gloves

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat

    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Head:

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants

    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Feet:

  • Boots

    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent

  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping:

  • Down sleeping bag

    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)

  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.

    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)

  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes

Medical:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manaslu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)

  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 Means
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manaslu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals
Practical:

  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)

Oxygen:


A 5 bottle set of oxygen is included in the cost of our full service Everest, K2, and Lhotse expeditions. It may be purchased for Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Manaslu. Click here for pricing

Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.

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Manaslu High Camp. Photo Puwei L

WHO ARE THE LEADERS AND SHERPAS

Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organised, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. With expedition leaders Dani Fullier and Don Wargowsky  you will have an excellent experience on Manaslu.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Mount Manaslu Expedition Climb - Your Experience & Training

Winter snow walking experience and experience at high altitude is highly recommended. The trip includes brief climbing clinics. We will teach you everything you need to know on glacier near basecamp. To be successful, proper conditioning is critical to your success on Manaslu. Team members are expected to be very fit and in good health. Proper training with a focus on long hikes carrying a backpack is essential.

CLIMBING APPLICATION FORMS

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.


In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
 

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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Summit seen from camp 4. Photo Puwei L

Manaslu Recent News Update

 
Blog posts: Scroll down for day by day news of our climbing and trekking teams.
 
Sept 29: The entire team is back in the thick air and relative warmth of base camp! Everyone is tired, but happy and healthy. We'll walk down to Sama tomorrow for our first real plumbing, electric, and wifi in weeks Don W.
 
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Manaslu Base Camp
 
Sept 28:
 
  • Congratulations to Nathasha for summiting Manaslu today!!! She and Ang Dorji had a great summit day, making it from camp 4 to the base camp tomorrow. Huge congrats to the entire team and our amazing Sherpa staff! Everyone who attempted Manaslu made it to the summit! - Don Wargowsky
  • The first team of Jan, Laure, Tenji and Don all summited yesterday. It took us 24 hours from camp 3 to the summit and back down to camp 4. Laure summited with no supplemental oxygen. Jan used one can above 7,700 and Don used O2 on the last hour of the descent. Everyone is tired, but healthy and in good spirits! We are excited to return to the comforts and thick air of base camp today.
  • Also, Natasha and Ang Dorji Sherpa left for the summit from camp 4 at 1 am. They have lots of strength and oxygen and we are praying that they will do well!
 
Annapurnas from summit of Manaslu.  On the final summit pyramid
 
Annapurnas from summit of Manaslu. On the final summit pyramid.
 
Sept 26: The team is settled into camp 3. The members who are not using supplemental oxygen will rest here for a few hours and leave for the summit at 9pm local time. Wish us luck! Nathasha, who is using supplemental oxygen will go to camp 4 tomorrow morning and attempt the summitearly Saturday morning. - Don W
 
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Being ready at Camp 3.Camp 3 and beautiful view.
 
Sept 25: The team has arrived at Camp 2. We are getting lots of food and rest. Hopefully, the weather with cooperate with our summit push. The SummitClimb team reset both of the double ladders between camp 1 and camp 2 today, making the route faster and safer for all the teams - Don W.
 
Sept 24: The team is safe and sound in camp 1. Everyone is feeling great and looking strong! - Don W.
 
 
 
Sherpa looks down on members climbing an ice chute from amp 1 to Camp 2. Sherpa Photo. Manaslu team ascends ladder to Camp 2. Daniel Mazur Photo
 
Sept 23: We took a rest day a base camp today. Tons of great food and hot showers for everyone. It was good to relax at lower elevation. Tomorrow we will start our summit attempt! - Don W.
 
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Good food at manaslu base camp. Manaslu basecamp.
 
Sept 22: Today was a very big day. The team got up at 5am, had breakfast, and climbed to camp 3. After setting up camp, we descended all the way back down to base camp. The team is looking strong and is looking forward to a bit of rest in base camp before we make our final push for the summit of Manaslu! - Don W.
 
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Ice step with other climbers. Manaslu Camp 3.
 
Sept 21: Today the team moved up from Camp 1 to Camp 2. We moved up all the necessary food/supplies for our summit push. The terrain was vertical in places, but all the members did an excellent job getting to Camp 2. - Don W.
 
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Camp 1. Camp 2
 
Sept. 20: We woke up to amazing weather today, the best that we have seen the entire trip. We moved up to camp 1 to find our tents standing, while other teams tents we're destroyed by all the snow we received in the last few days. We are all settled into camp 1 and plan to move up to camp 2 tomorrow. Everyone is fit, healthy, and handling the altitude very well! - Don.

 bad weather   manaslu camp 1 
 
Sept. 19: We got our biggest snow yet overnight. We spent the morning shoveling out out tents and hanging out in the dining tent. The weather looks better tomorrow. Hopefully we can move up to camp 1 then. Don W
 
manaslu basecamp snow
 
Sept 18: It continued to snow most of yesterday, throughout the night, and most of the day today. We're still resting in base camp and waiting for a break in the weather. Don Wargowsky
 
Sept 17: We got a big dump of snow overnight. We will have to take an extra rest day or two at base camp and wait for the snow to settle. - Don Wargowsky
 
high camp in bit cloudy
 
Sept 16: We slept in and had a late breakfast, then took hot shower in Basecamp. Having a hot shower when it is cold and raining outside is amazing!
 
Sept 15: The team climbed over steep terrain and across ladders to camp 2 today. Everyone did an excellent job and descended back to base camp in the rain, but everyone is in good spirits.
 

 

Camp 1 - looking up toward camp 2. Dan Mazur Photo. Camp 1 in the morning. Larkya Peak behind. Jean Luc Bremond Photo


Sept 14:
The team climbed to camp 1 at 5600m, 18,375'. Everyone is feeling very well even though we are at extremely high altitude. Tomorrow we will climb to camp 2 for the first time and then descend to base camp for some rest. - Don Wargowsky
 
  


Sept 13 - Today was a big day for the Manaslu team. We got up at 4:30am, ate a wonderful breakfast, then headed up the mountain for an hike to 5,500m, 18,045'. After our hike, we had a traditional Puja ceremony, where a Lama blessed out team and equipment. The team is strong and feeling great! Also, hello to Ludmilla in Russia. Your daughter is a strong climber. We are very happy that she is here! - Don Wargowsky
 
getting ready for puja
 
Sept 12 -  The team used a rainy day to set up our climbing systems and practice ascending fixed ropes. We will use these skills tomorrow on our first trip on to the glacier. - Don Wargowsky
 
 
Sept 11 - Today the team slept in late and had a relaxing rest date. Base camp is huge this year. There are hundreds of tents. Manaslu is a very popular place!

Sept 10 - The team left the comforts of the village and hiked to base camp at 4975m, 16320'. We are very happy to finally be on the mountain! - Don Wargowsky
 
Sept 9 - The team took a rest day in Sama. We ate great food, took hot showers, and played with the children from the school next door. We are all very excited to move up to basecamp tomorrow! Don
 
 
 
Sept 8 - The team took a much deserved lazy morning on Samdo. After lunch, they hiked 2.5 hours to Sama. Sama is the last village before base camp, so everyone is taking advantage of our last creature comforts before we head up the mountain. - Don W.
 
 
 
Sept 7 - The team climbed up and over Lakya La pass 5160m, 16,930' then continued to the village of Samdo. It took about 12 hours to complete, but the team did great and is feeling well in spite of the very high elevation - Don
 
 
 
Sept 6 -  We took a rest/acclimatization day at Bimthang, 3720m/12,200'. The team ate great food and drank tons of hot tea. We took an afternoon hike just outside of the village. Everyone is doing very well with the altitude so far.

 
 

Photo Don.
 

Sept 5 - We trekked from Kharche to Bimthang. Most of the hike was in the rain, but the team is in good spirits and happy to be gaining elevation quickly.

 
 

Photo Don
 
 
3 Sept - We had our first full day of trekking today. The team hiked from Tal, along to Marshyangdi River to Dharapani were we ate lunch then turned Northeast and followed the Dudh river to the village of Tilije. The Dudh is a very white, milky river. It is beautiful and filled with huge rapids and waterfalls. We are happy to be beyond where Jeeps can go. The trails are narrower and everything has more of a remote feeling. Everyone is happy, healthy, and enjoying the view from our tea house balcony.
 
walking   water fall

Photo by Don W
 
2 Sept - The road got cleared! We took an Jeep ride to Chyamche on a very exciting road. Big thanks to our expert drivers! From there we loaded our gear on to donkeys and started our hike to Tal. The team is very excited to stretch their legs!

 
 
bridge   river and rock

Photo by Don W
 
1 Sept - Many days of continuous rain caused a land slide that covered the road to our next stop, so we stayed in the hotel for a second night. Our day was filled with great food and watching Baliwood films. The road should be cleared by tomorrow morning.
 
31 Aug - The team traveled by bus to Besisahar today. We enjoyed wonderful views of the jungle and the Trishuli River. Everyone is very excited to have started our adventure.

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Team Roster - 
 
  • Don W., (Leader) USA
  • Lauri H., Finlande
  • Christopher C., Australian
  • Ms. Nataliia B., Russian
  • Jan C., Czech Republic
  • Ulf A., Deutsch
 
Climbing :

  • Tenji Sherpa
  • Ang Dorjee Sherpa

Cook:

  • Nima Dorjee Lama

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Marin says:
       
    Really good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you've been doing! Yes, I recommended  my friend to climb Cho Oyu with you because I think you're an absolutely great guide. To be honest.. I've been regretting booking for Everest with the expensive company so early on last year that now I can't change my booking or even have my money back! :( I really wish I had booked with you, because I know exactly how you operate, and I really don't like the expensive company's Military Precision climbing style at all. I guess we'll see how it goes, but if I find their style too suffocating I might move to your team on the mountain. Plus, the expensive company's summit 'prediction' date is May 18th and I will be flying out of Kathmandu by May 25th, which I find a little early for a summit bid.

    Anyhow, I hope you are doing fantastic, happy as always, and enjoying the laid back fun-style climb! I'll speak to my friend about the Cho Oyu climb, it'll be awesome if he joins your team.

    Keep in touch, Stay warm! Marin