Autumn Newsletter 2007

Autumn Newsletter 2007

Dear Friends, Climbers and Trekkers. This is Dan Mazur writing to you on behalf of everyone at . We are sending this email to you because you are a member of our team and/or have requested information. How has your August been? For us, summer began as a wet and cool one, but the sun finally appeared at the end of July. However, of course it is cloudy, foggy, and raining today as I write. This letter contains information for those of you who have joined our Autumn 2007 programme (we also mention a bit about 2008). We send it in case you are already a member, or are still thinking of joining and/or wish to read about the ways we conduct our expeditions. Please be sure to tell all of your friends about what we are trying to do. Thank You Very Much.

reading this email if we have sent it to you unnecessarily. Our apologies.

Please click one of the links below to go directly to that section of the newsletter or just scroll down. Thank you.

A. Autumn Trips back to top

We are offering 7 trips this Autumn which you may review on our website at Read a short description for each trip below and click links to view video clips.

Please ask as many questions as possible, so that we may understand one another's expectations. Informed team members achieve their goals with greater satisfaction, and are better and safer "team players". We love discussing our favourite subject, MOUNTAINS, so please ask us anything.

*SERVICE TREK - 2 to 13 November 2007, June & November 2008 (12 days). Helping local people help themselves in remote villages far from any trails tourist have walked. We have never seen another tourist group in this area. Off the beaten track trekking through tiny terraced farms and ancient un-cut forest in remote Nepal foothills near Mount Everest National Park. Get involved in health clinic, environmental and educational projects. Includes return round-trip domestic flights, cook, food, porters, guide, and everything for your trek. Full service cost $950, £450, €650. Trek leaders Dan Mazur and Ms. Kandu Sherpa, leaders of 7 service treks. We currently have 3 team members signed on. Click here to see a short video from our service trek (it may take several minutes to download) .

*GLACIER CLIMBING SCHOOL - September 2007, June & September 2008 (7 days). If you want to learn more about climbing on snow and ice, please attend our glacier school. It’s geared for men and women who are ready to try roped mountaineering on a glaciated peak. The cost is free and the leader is Dan Mazur, 6 time Everest leader. Click here to see a video from one of our glacier schools (it may take several minutes to download) .

*LEADER IN TRAINING PROGRAMME - are you thinking of becoming a mountain leader or are you one already? Please enquire if you want to explore the world of mountain leadership with us, and earn a discount.

*CHO OYU CLIMB - 2 September to 9 October 2007, May & September-October 2008 (38 days). Expedition to the 6th highest and most accessible of the worlds 14 highest peaks. Climbing Cho Oyu qualifies you for Everest. Cost starts at $5450 (us dollars), £2650 (pounds sterling), €3950 (euros). Leader is 3 time Cho and 3 time Everest leader, Arnold Coster. 6 people have signed on, and there is still time if you wish to become a team member. Air tickets are available. Click here to see a movie about Cho Oyu (it may take several minutes to download)

*SHISHAPANGMA CLIMB - 2 September to 9 October 2007, 2008 (38 days, but for many members will be extended two weeks beyond the Cho expedition). Joining Shishapangma together with Cho Oyu gives you a 20 percent discount. Expedition to the smallest of the world's 14 highest peaks. Climbing Shishapangma qualifies you for Everest. Cost starts at $5450, £2650, €3950. Leader is 3 time Cho and 3 time Everest leader, Arnold Coster. 3 people have signed on, and there is still time if you wish to become a team member. Air tickets are available. Click here to see a short video clip about Shishapangma (fairly quick download). back to top

*AMA DABLAM CLIMB - 1 October to 1 November 2007, 2008 (32 days). Climb Ama Dablam, Asia's most famous rock-ice-snow climb, technical but do-able. Climbing Ama Dablam qualifies you for Cho, Shish, Lhotse, and perhaps Everest. Cost starts at $1450, £750, €1050.Leader is 8 time Ama Dablam and 6 time Everest leader Dan Mazur. 15 people have signed on. Click here to see a 9 minute movie about Ama Dablam (it may take several minutes to download)

*EVEREST BASECAMP TREK - 1 TO 17 October 2007, April, May, October 2008 (17 days). Walk, hike, and trek to the world's most famous basecamp on good snow-free trails. Walk to the top of the famous viewpoint of Kala Patar, to take in our world's highest mountain in all of her majesty. Includes return round-trip domestic flights, cook, food, porters, guide, and everything for your trip. Full service cost $1650, £750, €1150. Trek leaders Dan Mazur and Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Leaders of more than 20 treks to Everest basecamp. 6 people are currently signed up. Combine with our 5 day Island Peak climb for optimum enjoyment and a taste of high-altitude. Click here to see a short video of an Everest basecamp trek (fairly short download).

*ISLAND PEAK TREKKING PEAK CLIMB - 18 to 22 October 2007, April, May, October 2008 (5 days). An exciting climb on an "easy" small trekking peak in a beautiful valley near Everest. Unbelievable views of the Everest massif. Full Service Cost: $790, £350, €550. Add-on to a Nepal Everest basecamp trek for the best possible acclimatization. Leader: Pemba Sherpa, more than 25 ascents of Island Peak. 4 people are currently in the team. Click Here to see a short video clip of Island Peak (fairly short download) .

If you are considering joining (we hope you are) PLEASE BE SURE AND READ THIS EMAIL TO THE END AND UNDERSTAND IT FULLY. THANK YOU. back to top

THE THREE GOALS for our expeditions and treks are:

a. Safety;

b. Fun, Friendship, and Teamwork;

c. Achieving our goals, reaching the top, basecamp, your service project, and returning safely.

B. Preparation - what to remember back to top

1) Purchase your flight ticket now. Flights are still available. Please let us know if you need assistance in booking your ticket. We are here to help.

2) Application paperwork and payment - what we need in your file. NOW is the time for the completion of registration formalities, if you have not done so already.

Delay in receipt of the following items listed below may result in delay of your departure from Kathmandu.

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file immediately. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

  • [ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs

  • basic, sherpas, oxygen, etc.

  • [ ] Make your Oxygen order (if any) crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, etc.

  • [ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.

  • [ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 5 page form),

  • [ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 5 page form),

  • [ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 5 page form),

  • [ ] Signed Conditions of Climbing Expeditions, Treks and Tours (part of 5 page form),

  • [ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 5 page form),

  • [ ] 2 Passport-Sized Photos (name printed on back side),

  • [ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,

  • [ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,

  • [ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,

  • [ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you. back to top

3) Please bring all of your personal paperwork, including your original proof of insurance, at least two extra photos, etcetera.

4) How much money to bring. Please remember to bring lots of cash (at least $30, as of June, 2007) for the Nepal visa, which you will purchase upon arrival at the Kathmandu (KTM) airport, as well as a passport photo, necessary for obtaining the visa. Please also bring plenty of cash for tips + gratuities, for shopping, drinks, etcetera. You will be paying for your own hotel and meals in KTM. There are good bank, cash, atm machines, and traveler’s cheques will work, especially in KTM. Members who don’t bring enough cash are often found sitting on their hands in a dark and cold hotel room or tent while the rest of the team are out having fun enjoying the night life that is surprisingly exciting and even funny, the sometimes fun pubs and shopping. If you are going to Cho-Oyu and/or Shishapangma be sure to bring cash for your China-Tibet visa, approximately: $100. You may encounter the occasionally very good inexpensive carpet and souvenir shopping that can be found in Tibet, at low prices where no credit cards and no traveler's cheques may be used. Those of you going to Tibet may wish to consider bringing only dollars or changing all of your currency into local currency in Zhangmu, upon crossing into Tibet from Nepal. There is a new cash machine in Zhangmu, hopefully its still working. Be sure to bring extra cash to Tibet for tipping the sherpas and staff as many of them will not be returning to KTM.

5) Helicopter rescue and travel insurance is required. Do you have your proof of travel and mountain rescue insurances? Remember, you need to be covered for all mishaps, including both in town, enroute, and during climbing and/or trekking. If you have sent the above, thank you very much. Please read more about insurance by  .

6) Your credit card is your helicopter rescue bond. We will require you to complete a credit card authority letter, and attach your credit card. You may view this letter for your reference by  . This will be taken care of at our office in Kathmandu. The letter and your credit card will be kept locked in our safe and we have never had a problem with this in the past. We need the name and contact details of an emergency contact person who is available 24 hours a day, speaks English, and is able to wire funds to Nepal on your behalf, up to $5000, on immediate notice. This is in case you are injured and require a helicopter rescue (only available in Nepal, not available in Tibet, where rescue is via yak and jeep, but you still need helicopter insurance for Tibet climbs, in case you need a chopper down from the Tibet border to Kathmandu as this road is sometimes closed). They never start the rescue until they have your money, and we are unable to pay for any rescue on your behalf. The above mentioned insurance is necessary and also required, but insurance companies are slow in paying claims, and we can't have you lying on the mountainside, awaiting the helicopter rescue flight while your insurance company investigates the claim. Thank you.

C. In Kathmandu (KTM) - arrival and departure back to top

7) Arriving in KTM, meeting your flight, and going to your hotel. Our staff try to personally meet your flight at the Kathmandu airport and bring you to the hotel. We have been able to meet all of our team members so far during 2007. Do we have your exact arrival (and departure) information, including: airline, flight number, arrival date, arrival time, coming from where? If you have sent the above, thank you very much. When you leave the airport, please slowly and carefully look for the sign bearing your name (usually your last, or surname, but occasionally your first, or given name). The sign may also simply say "Summit Climb". In case we miss you, please take a 200-300 rupee taxi to the hotel.

8) Print out our KTM office details and carry with you at all times. Our Kathmandu office managers are:

Mr. Murari Sharma and Mr. Deha Shrestha

Everest Parivar Expedition (inside Beijing Hotel):

Jyatha Kantipath, Near Thamel

Kathmandu, Nepal

office tel: (9771)-4249825, 4248813

residence tel: 9771-4418210, 4428110

fax: 9771-4249835

mobile: (977) 985102-3985


9) KTM hotel - basic or luxury. This year we are offering two types of hotel, “basic” and “luxury”. Basic hotels cost approximately $20 per night (One example of a basic hotel we have used in the past is the Hotel Nepa in KTM, Luxury hotels cost approximately $45-$60 per night (One example of a luxury hotel is the Annapurna Hotel in KTM, The difference between luxury and basic is that luxury hotels have several restaurants, bars, and a swimming pool inside the hotel. They accept credit cards, with a surcharge. These are good quality clean, hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping. We book your hotel for you, so please only view the websites to decide which hotel you prefer and leave the arrangements to us. Hotels and food in Kathmandu only, but not out on the road, trek, or expedition, are your responsibility.

10) Arrive in KTM on the first day of our itinerary. Team orientation. All members must be present on the first day of our scheduled itinerary in Kathmandu unless you have made special arrangements. We need your passports on that day so that we can obtain the permit for you to go to the mountains, and do quite a bit of intensive orientation, training, and shopping before setting off for the mountains, in the next day or two. Below are the dates we require you to arrive in Kathmandu (of course its no problem to arrive earlier).

Cho Oyu: 2 September

Shishapangma: 2 September (you may wish to climb it after ascending Cho Oyu)

Ama Dablam: 1 October

Everest Basecamp: 1 October

Island Peak: This trip is combined with our Everest basecamp trek.

Service Trek: 2 November back to top

11) Please don’t plan on leaving before the last day of our itinerary. We need you to stay until the last day of the expedition. Below I have noted the dates for your return flight home at the end of each expedition. Its ok if you want to leave a bit earlier, but schedule your flight for the final day in any case. You never know when bad weather or route conditions can slow you down and cause you to need each and every day. Of course its fine if you want to stay on after the expedition ends.

Cho Oyu: 9 October

Shishapangma: 9 October (most likely 2 weeks later)

Ama Dablam: 1 November

Everest Basecamp: 17 October

Island Peak: 22 October

Service Trek: 13 November

12) Shopping in KTM. Our planned schedule allows plenty of time for equipment shopping in Kathmandu, where there are so many shops that you will find almost everything you need, except good high-altitude mittens and gloves. Here is a partial list for those desiring to contact Nepalese shops and manufacturers:

For hardwear like boots, crampons, ice-axes and harnesses, go to the Everest Summitters shop in Thamel. Email: , phone: (9771) 4219404, 4468775.

For soft goods like down jackets trousers and suits, we have used two shops:

A. Shona's Shop in Thamel: e-mail: , phone: 4265120

B. Everest Hardwear shop in Thamel. e-mail , tel 4230399, mobile (977)98510 45706 back to top

13) Storing excess baggage and personal possessions - valuables in KTM. We provide secure facilities in Kathmandu in which to store your extra personal items such as luggage, extra money, credit cards, passports (those people going to Tibet need their passports), jewelry, expensive watches, etcetera. These facilities are kept locked and are extremely safe.

14) Depart KTM for the mountain. After completing our orientation session and receiving permits, we plan to depart Kathmandu as follows, although the schedule may differ by one day:

Cho Oyu: 4 September (drive to Tibet border and cross into Tibet);

Shishapangma: 4 September (drive to Tibet border and cross into Tibet);

Ama Dablam: 3 October (fly to Lukla and begin trekking);

Everest Basecamp: 3 October (fly to Lukla and begin trekking);

Island Peak: This trip is combined with our Everest basecamp trek;

Service Trek: 4 November (fly to Phaphlu and begin trekking);

D. Equipment and supplies for trekking and climbing back to top

15) FOR AN EQUIPMENT LIST for trekking, climbing, and group equipment

16) Buy your mattress in KTM. Regarding mattresses, above basecamp, we do not recommend anything you have to inflate. These "therma-rest" are unreliable with all of the sharp iceaxes, crampons, and rocks that we will encounter. I never saw one not puncture when used above basecamp. These are a liability and dangerous. Please don’t depend on one above basecamp. Several traditional closed cell foam non-inflatable karimat mattresses are preferred. I like to bring 3 or 4 mattresses as they are inexpensive and I want to sleep warmly and comfortably at night. These are available very inexpensively in Kathmandu, so there is no need to bring any from home. Why fly around the world with a kit bag filled with foam? Our planned schedule allows plenty of time for equipment shopping in Kathmandu.

17) Climbers and trekkers-bring or buy duvet-down jacket. Trekkers and climbers, please be sure you have a duvet/down jacket. Fairly good quality down/duvet gear is available in Kathmandu inexpensively and is a crucial part of your equipment. Cho-Oyu and Shishapangma climbers will, in addition, need a duvet/down jacket with an insulated hood and duvet/down trousers as well. Or, many Cho Oyu or Shishapangma climbers prefer a down/duvet suit. We recommend you advance order your Kathmandu down/duvet gear/kit so you know its available.

18) Food during the expedition - bring your own snack food. All basecamp and trek meals and high meals (3 per day) are included in our full-service expeditions. We provide more than enough food and cooking fuel for three meals per day on the high mountain. However, we ask each climbing member to provide their own daily-snacks and freeze dried meals at high altitude while climbing above basecamp. Please remember to bring your daily snack-energy mountain food for each day we are climbing above basecamp on the mountain. This food would consist of chocolate bars, power bars, energy gel, rehydration drinking powder, sweets, nuts, sausage, cheese, etc.. More and more items are available in Kathmandu, but choice may be limited. In April of 2007, a wide variety of imported sweeets, snacks, and chocolates were available, with quality brands such as Cadbury, Snickers, Lindt and Cafe d'Or in abundance. The prices were not bad. There were many kinds of local snacks and powerbars available, but they still do not import foreign power bars, energy gel, etcetera. No freeze-dried food is available for purchase in Kathmandu. You must bring it from home. If you like imported cheeses, tinned meats, and other specialty foods, please bring them. Here is the list of items we suggest you bring for yourself:

Cho Oyu: 2-5 kilos - 4 to 10 pounds of snacks and at least 3 freeze-dried dinners;

Shishapangma: 2-5 kilos - 4 to 10 pounds of snacks and at least 3 freeze-dried dinners;

Ama Dablam: 2-4 kilos - 4 to 8 pounds of snacks and at least 2 freeze-dried dinners;

Everest Basecamp: 1-2 kilos - 2 to 4 poundsof snacks;

Island Peak: 500 grams - 1 pound of snacks;

Service Trek: 1 kilo - 2 pounds of snacks

19) Boots and shoes for your climb - trek. Regarding shoes, please wear the following:

Cho Oyu: "One-Sport Everest Millet" boots high on the mountain and sturdy-leather boots for trekking to camp1.

Shishapangma: "One-Sport Everest Millet" boots high on the mountain and sturdy-leather boots for trekking to ABC..

Ama Dablam: Plastic double boots for above camp 2 and sturdy-leather boots for trekking and rock-climbing to camp 2.

Everest Basecamp: Comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support that are water repellant and well “broken-in”. There is no snow on our trek.

Island Peak: Sturdy climbing boots that are made for crampons.

Service Trek: Comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support that are water repellant and well “broken-in”. There is no snow on our trek.

Please note: Members who have tried to wear leather or single boots to the summit have suffered frostbite. Not recommended, and, in fact, we may disqualify you from the trip if you are planning to climb in only leather or single boots. Frostbite is not an option on our expeditions.

Good shoes and all types of climbing boots are available for purchase and hire inexpensively in Kathmandu. Our planned schedule allows plenty of time for equipment shopping in Kathmandu.

E. Sherpas and staff back to top

20) Tipping your sherpas and staff.
Regarding gratuities (tips). Our staff are among the best, because they can count on receiving gratuities for a job well done at the end of each expedition. You will be impressed when you see just how hard they do work. It is a matter of pride for them. We will "pool" these tips together and then, as a group, we will vote on the distribution of the gratuities to the individual staff. This method has seemed to be the fairest and has worked very well in the past. In addition there will be a high-altitude bonus. We recommend the following tip:

Cho Oyu: $150

Shishapangma: $150

Ama Dablam: $100

Everest Basecamp: $75

Island Peak: $50

Service Trek: $50

Expect to pay the above tip no matter what. On Shishapangma and Cho Oyu, for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus of $200 per sherpa. That amount of money may be split between climbers who were in the summit party. If you have a personal Sherpa, your tip will be more, on the order of $200+. We request you to bring this money with you to Tibet, in cash, and be ready to pay it there, as many of our staff are Tibetan and will not be returning to Kathmandu with us. Traveler’s cheques and credit cards may be of use in Kathmandu, but they will not work in Tibet. back to top

21) Bring gifts for sherpas and staff. Regarding other gifts you may wish to provide, please bring as many as possible. These equipment donations are quite important to our staff and their families as they are often handed down to needy relatives and Sherpas who are learning to climb and need some assistance. Most, if not all sherpas got their start on "hand-me-down" kit.

Do you have extra mountain equipment, clothing, and shoes/boots? Older equipment, shoes, and clothing are fine. We encourage you to bring any extras for our staff. Please remember that Sherpa people come in all sizes (from extra small to extra large), and would appreciate any rucksacks, old harnesses, helmets, ice-axes, old ice and rock gear, warm clothing, goretex and fleece, pile, down, and duvet clothing, windproof clothing, and any kind of out-of-door shoes and boots, including trekking, climbing, running, etc.. Children’s and Women’s clothing is also needed. Thanks for helping and being so very thoughtful.

F. Communication back to top

22) Satellite telephone. We plan to have a satellite telephone in basecamp. Those wishing to use it are required to post a $100 deposit, prior to departure from Kathmandu. The cost is $4 per minute. Incoming calls are not possible. If your usage exceeds the deposit amount, you will be required to pay more cash in basecamp, or stop using the phone. Be sure to bring enough $, £, or €. We have a satellite telephone members can use for ringing out for $4 a minute. While unable to receive telephone calls, members can receive short text/SMS for $4 a message from their friends and family.

23) Website where your friends, family, and colleagues, can read about your expedition. There will be a website where your family, friends, colleagues, and sponsors can watch the progress of our climb and trek. This website is a public service from . Once reaching the site please go to “recent news” and you will see the dispatches from your expedition. We have traditionally asked all members to become involved and to write or phone "dispatches" or reports about the progress of our expedition. However, these dispatches are only to be about your impressions of our climb and are strictly for public viewing. Please don’t confuse them with personal phone calls to family, loved ones, friends and colleagues at home, for which you will be personally paying.

24) Battery charging: laptop, ipod, mp3 player, and/or digital camera. Onour climbs, we bring a solar charging system on the expedition that members have access to. As long as there is sun, we are able to charge batteries easily on the mountain. If possible, please bring an automotive 12 volt charger for your laptop, digital cameras, ipod, and mp3 players, as you can plug it straight into our solar system.

Computer, ipod, mp3, camera note: Laptops work well up to about 4000 metres/13,000 feet. Altitude can destroy or wipe hard drives bigger than 7 - 10 GB above this altitude, or hard drives that have a moving disk. There are several options out on the market for non moving hard drives that work well in altitude. Panasonic make a special laptop called a "Toughbook"; it is expensive, but I once chipped one out of the ice in a tent at 7500 metres and it still worked. Some early ipod and mp3 players have this problem as well. Check to make sure your ipod does not have a moving drive, especially before you turn it on above 4000 metres. We have had several instances where these were wiped or crashed. Digital cameras work well. We recommend that you keep them in your jacket during the day and in your sleeping bag at night.

G. Information for climbers back to top

25) Bring warm mittens. Warm mittens are necessary for Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Ama Dablam. Please don't frostbite your hands. As of this writing, Kathmandu does not have very good mitts and gloves, but that is certain to change. I prefer mittens to gloves, as mittens are so much warmer, however, on Ama Dablam it is a matter of personal preference. I am not sure who makes the best gloves. If you are in London, try visiting a snow and rock shop and trying some on. Here is a link to one of the better mittens I have seen so far: . You won't need to wear any liner gloves inside these mitts (they already have their own integral liner) so fit is very important. This company ships around the world. Be sure to discuss the size of your hand and what size mitt you might need with the person at the shop. Sometimes our members from other countries have them sent to our US office address and US team members bring them over to the mountain directly for the person. This would be an option for our Ama Dablam expedition this year.

26) Bring or buy a figure 8. Climbers, please be sure to bring a "figure 8" for rappelling/abseiling. Modern rock climbing descenders ie: "atc’s" do not work on fixed line, and are a liability because they slow you and the team down considerably. It is hard for some people to believe until they witness this personally, but we are asking you to believe it now. Please go out and purchase a figure 8... You may also purchase a figure 8 in Kathmandu.

27) Bring spoon and cup. Please remember to bring your own personal cup and spoon for altitude. Bring it from home or purchase it in Kathmandu.

28) Group vs personal sherpas. Our climbing sherpas carry group equipment. They will not be carrying your personal equipment. Each year, at least one of our team members decides to hire their own personal sherpa. We encourage you to do so, especially if you are not excited about climbing with a rucksack which is loaded with your personal equipment and snack food. We now encourage members who need a bit of extra assistance to hire a "quarter-of-a-sherpa". The cost will be from $650 (not including the tip, which you must also pay), depending upon what level of support you require of the sherpas, from assistance in carrying a few kilos, to being your personal guide every day on the mountain. For more information, please visit our Sherpa link by  . By the way, hiring your own personal sherpa has been shown to markedly increase summit success and safety, especially on descent. back to top

29) Cho Oyu oxygen. About half of our Cho Oyu team members use oxygen. Its not like Everest where Oxygen is absolutely necessary, but some Cho-Oyu climbers prefer it because it gives them a little extra edge of "insurance" that they will be feeling as well as possible when resting in the high camp and on summit day. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Our Sherpas will help you carry the oxygen, and two four-litre bottles should be more than enough (1 might suffice), and you also need the mask, hoses, and regulator. Or, you can have the full set of five bottles plus mask-regulator-hoses. We 100% guarantee all of our bottles and oxygen systems, and test them thoroughly with the mask/hose/regulator set-up. We have our own oxygen analysis instrumentation, and we are able to certify the contents are 100% oxygen. Additionally, we are able to measure the volume of contents in the bottle. Our bottles/masks/hoses/regulators are 100 percent guaranteed and reliable. We always have spare parts and back up bottles, masks, regulators, and hoses. We have a 60% "buy-back" policy on unused oxygen, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition.

Here are the costings:

A. High-altitude Cho-Oyu Shishapangma climbing oxygen set (mask, regulator, and 2 large Russian 4 litre bottles, guaranteed to be in perfect working order and function perfectly together): We have a 60% "buy-back" policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition. $1425. £700, €1050.

If purchased separately:

B. Mask + Hoses (guaranteed to be in perfect working order and match the bottles and regulator perfectly): We have a 60% buy-back policy on masks and hoses in good condition. $175. £85, €125.

C. Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle (guaranteed to be in perfect working order and match the bottle and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 60% buy-back policy on regulators in good condition. $350., £170, €250.

D. One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing (guaranteed to be in perfect working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 60% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles. $450, £225, €325 each

E. Five bottle set (we recommend a five bottle set for Everest and occasionally someone requests it for Cho Oyu): $2450, £1200, €1800.

In an effort to reduce environmental pollution and encourage reuse and recycling, we now offer a $60, £30, €45 cash bonus for each empty oxygen cylinder you bring down to basecamp/abc in working condition.

H. Donations of medical and educational supplies, clothing, etcetera for the Mount Everest Foundation: back to top

Please consider donating supplies, clothing, funds, building materials, solar equipment, etcetera, as well as your own time and efforts to the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet. Your donation will be used wisely by the Foundation which exists to help poor farmers help themselves. These families live in Nepal and Tibet near Everest, but far from the tourist trail where life is very primitive, making Nepal the 12th poorest country in the world and the poorest country in all Asia. The foundation builds schools and hospitals and protects fragile environments. Please visit their website at: . They encourage you to become involved and conduct service treks and volunteer projects. Thank you very much.

Click Here to see a 7 minute video about MEF (it takes several minutes to download)

I. Conclusion back to top

30) What have we forgotten? Please express yourself now, and communicate all of your thoughts, questions, and ideas. It is very important that we build another top team this year by working together, beginning today. We always enjoy discussing our favorite subject: MOUNTAINS. Also, this kind of conversation may help us to understand one another's expectations.

31) Let us begin climbing and trekking. We are looking forward to further discussion, to meeting, to climbing and trekking together, and to seeing you feeling well on the trek, in basecamp, the upper camps, on the summit, and on the way back down.

Thank you very much, Cheers for now and we look forward to climbing with you soon, Yours Sincerely, from Daniel Mazur and all of us at .


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