April Greetings from SummitClimb, SummitTrek, and the Mount Everest Foundation
April Greetings from SummitClimb, SummitTrek, and the Mount Everest Foundation
Greetings Mountain Enthusiast
I hope all is well and that you are having a good 2014 so far. Please get in touch and tell me all about what you have been doing and your plans for the rest of the year.
My name is Dan Mazur and I am an Everest walking and climbing leader working for SummitClimb and SummitTrek. I have led 10 Everest expeditions to the summit of our world's highest peak, and am currently leading my 11th.
Our spring Everest Nepal and Everest Tibet summit expeditions, Lhotse climb and Everest Training Climbs have just commenced. Our Cho Oyu team will be heading out here soon also. We are lucky to have some really great teams of men and women of all ages with excellent leaders, top Sherpas, fine food and good equipment. We also have teams trekking to Everest basecamps and the Everest training schools are going for their goals.
Today our teams on the South side woke up to gorgeous views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse and after a delicious breakfast and some repacking, we walked for 20 minutes to upper Pangboche village where we visited the high lama of Pangboche, named Lama Geshe. He blessed all of the members of our trekking and climbing expedition and all of our Sherpas too.
I am also pleased to report that the teams arrived safely to Everest Base Camp (Tibet) on the North side on Monday 14 April. They have spent two nights in EBC resting and acclimatizing.
I encourage you to view our progress as we go for the summit and walk to the highest peaks in the world over the coming weeks. We are anticipating a lot of excitement from our teams. For more information and to watch the news as it comes in from our teams, please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com & www.SummitTrekNews.com, where we will be posting frequent updates. Thank you very much! Back to top
We feel lucky to be alive and blessed to be back in Nepal and Tibet that we are already looking forward to our summer, autumn and winter expeditions and walks. Will you be joining us? Please contact us now if you'd like to book a trip, as spaces are still available. We feel it’s never too early to start planning for 2015 too!
I am writing to invite you to join me this summer when we have groups of men and women of all ages climbing on Mustagata and Mt. Elbrus. Moving into autumn we have big peak expeditions to Cho Oyu, ShishaPangma, Ama Dablam, Mount Baruntse, as well as our Everest Basecamp Walk, Everest Glacier School, Island Peak, Mera Peak and Remote Nepal Service Walk. All we need is you to complete our group. Welcome to our team!
We have so many exciting trips planned for 2014 and 2015 that the possibilities are endless for you to find the adventure you're looking for and join our fun groups of men and women of all ages from around the world.
Now is the time to plan your summer and autumn mountain travels and a chance to break out into the wild mountain environments of our world. PLEASE KEEP READING DOWN FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR UPCOMING ADVENTURES IN 2014 AND 2015. Thanks.
DON'T LET THE MONSOON SEASON STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING FUN ADVENTURES THIS SUMMER!!!
MUSTAGATA: www.MustagataClimb.com. Worlds highest mountain which can be skiied, boarded, or snowshoed. 24,000 feet / 7500 meters. SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION". 1-25 July. 25 days in China. Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4450; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450. Friendly leader Scott Patch: snow safety expert, professional ski - snowshoe instructor. We have our own private basecamp and separate route on the mountain, following the traditional and nearly forgotten route of famed explorers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman in 1947. Climbing Mustagata qualifies you for Everest.This is Kristine O'Brien and Gary Kellund resting at camp 2, 6200 metres/20,300 feet on Mustagata (K. O'Brien and G. Kellund). Our all female team, the "Lipstick Blondes" from the UK, in between camp 1 and camp 2 on Mustagata (www.lipstickblondes.com).
MOUNT ELBRUS: www.ElbrusSummitClimb.com 29 July to 8 Aug (11 days). Full Service Cost $3750, £2350, €2850. Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the fabled "7 Summits" of the world. A great way to see how you feel at high altitude in a short time at an affordable price. Join Everest leader and 7-Summit expert Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, for a classic and 'easy' snow walking ascent on a large mountain in a short amount of time. Please contact us now if you are interested! Spaces are filling up quickly.We had very good success on Elbrus in 2013. Please check out www.ElbrusNews.com
(photo by Scott Patch: Jan and Dan on the summit).(photo by Scott Patch: team heading for the high camp of Elbrus on a perfect sunny day). Back to top
LOOKING FOR A BIGGER PEAK TO CLIMB THIS AUTUMN?
***ARE YOU A BASIC CLIMBER LOOKING FOR A CLIMBING PARTNER?***
PLEASE CONTACT US NOW AS WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PAIRING UP BASIC CLIMBERS FOR OUR AUTUMN CHO OYU CLIMB
MOUNT CHO OYU: Led by Max Kausch / Dan Mazur who will teach you everything you need to know, Cho Oyu is not difficult, in fact it is considered to be the "most-accessible" of the "8000 metre" peaks and relatively easy. 38 days in Tibet and Nepal during September-October&April-May. There is perhaps no better preparation for Everest. NEW LOW PRICE: Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050 20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition. FOR MORE PLEASE GO TO www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com.FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND FREE SHERPAS. All of our Cho Oyu expeditions reached the summit in 2013. In fact, I led our October expedition which put 6 members on the summit and our skilful friendly Sherpas led much of the route. For more please visit: www.ChoOyuNews.com
Juergen Landmann on the summit. Dan Mazur Photo. James Grieve on the summit. Everest Massif, including Nuptse and Lhotse in the background. Matt Olsen Photo.
MOUNT SHISHA PANGMA: www.ShishaPangmaExpedition.com38 days September-October or 15 days in October (our popular Cho Oyu - Shishapangma "double-header"). "Off the beaten track" but very climbable large mountain. Perfect preparation of Everest, located in Tibet and the lowest of the world's 8000 meter / 26,000 foot high peaks. .
31 August to 7 October, 2014. Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4150, €5050.
20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition: 8th to 22nd October Full Service Cost: $10,250, £6,750, €7880; Basic Climb Cost: $5350, £3350, €4050. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450. www.ShishapangmaExpedition.com. Full service includes all climb and trek costs, free hotel and free sherpas.
Alejandro prepares to step onto rock-band number 2 towards the summit. Camp 2 with a storm behind. Cho Oyu on the left side, low in the clouds is Everest, second from the right, seen from Shisha Pangma summit. Shishapangma Glacier with ice pilgrims and Mount Shishapangma in all her majesty seen from the ridge at 5950 metres/19,500 feet
AMA DABLAM CLIMB, ASIA'S MOST FAMOUS ROCK, SNOW, AND ICE PEAK. THE MATTERHORN OF THE HIMALAYA. TECHNICAL BUT CLIMBABLE: www.ExpeditionAmaDablam.com Full Service Cost: $5550, £3450, €4050 ; Basic Climb Cost: $2450, £1550, €1850; Extended dates available: 10 October to 7 November (29 days in Nepal). Extended dates available: 1 November to 29 November. Flexible date option also available, with the option to begin and end the trip anytime between 10 October and 1 December. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Beautiful rock is solid granite "scrambling". Basecamp is located in a lovely grassy meadow. The hardest pitch is 12 metres / 40 feet of French class 4, British Severe, or North American 5.7. You will be following, not leading, on secure fixed ropes. Test yourself to 7000 metres / 23,000 feet. Led by Max Kausch- 4 Succesful Ama expeditions, friendly, a good teacher, technically accomplished. He will review all needed skills on small cliffs around the warm and sunny basecamp. Climbing Ama Dablam qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. View the latest news at: www.AmaDablamNews.com
Puja - buddhist ceremony - at Ama Dablam BC - Liam Suckling. Grace McDonald crossing a bridge on the way to Namche - Romain Hoffmann. John Shelton-Smith rock climbing at 5900m - Grace McDonald. (photo right by Dan Mazur: Sean climbing the Yellow Tower, showing the team you do not need to pull on the ropes to get to the top, on Ama Dablam). Back to top
MOUNT BARUNTSE EXPEDITION. 34 days in Nepal's remarkable remote Everest region during October and November. Climb "three peaks" in one expedition. Exciting and remote trek and climb through a rarely visited part of Nepal, yet within a stone's throw of Everest. Join leader Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, for Nepal's "easiest" 23,000 foot high peak. This trip is very unique in that it offers something for everyone, from the novice to the expert. Dan loves sharing this climb with our members, as the Baruntse Expedition really is a "grand circle" climbing trip through the Everest Himalaya, and climbs famous Mera 'trekking-peak', then Baruntse, then crosses the amazing 'Amphu-Labtsa' pass, which is like another summit itself. www.BaruntseExpedition.com - Full Service Cost: $8950, £5450, €6450. 12 October to 14 November. 34 days in Nepal. Climbing Baruntse qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. Full service includes all climb and trek costs, free hotel and free sherpas. PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST NOW AS PLACES FOR BARUNTSE FILL QUICKLY. Latest news at www.BaruntseNews.com
Heading towards the summit of fun trekking peak, Mera Peak, at 6300 metres/20,700 feet. Dawa Sherpa on the summit of Mera Peak on a beautiful, sunny and clear day with no wind (Tunc Findik). Back to top
EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: www.EverestBasecampWalk.com18 days in October, April &May. Walk on wide snow-free trails through green terraced villages perched beside rapidly flowing rivers beneath the towering snowy giants of the Himalaya to Nepal's most famous and beautiful basecamp first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa; hike the scenic ridge of Kala Pattar with stunning views of Everest. Visit projects conducted by the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, including the rebuilding of Nepal's oldest convent in Deboche, and the Everest basecamp biogas project in Gorak Shep. Your leaders Mingma Sherpa and his wife Yangjie Sherpa are highly educated, were raised in this valley, have been to the Hillary School and attended university in Kathmandu. Their English is superb, they are friendly and gracious hosts, and as you walk together each day, they will explain every detail of the trek and answer all of your questions. REDUCED PRICE! - Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450. By the way, our recent Everest Base Camp walk was very successful, interesting and fun. Please go to: www.EverestBasecampWalk.comand click on: 'Please view our new Everest Basecamp Trek video clips'.
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com- Full Service Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250, Seven day option: $1450. Price includes everything for the climb and the walk to basecamp: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. Friendly leader Ang Sange Sherpa has led 14 Glacier Schools, and is an excellent instructor and a very friendly person who teaches everything you need to know. 22 days (or 7 days for the school and climb only) during October , April&May. If you feel well enough on the April trip you can transition directly to the Everest Nepal Training Climb or Cho Oyu. AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS".
Nathan, Sangeeta, Thile and Dan on the summit of Island Peak. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa. Rosemary, Maggie, and Sangeeta wowing the camera in front of Deboche. Photo James Barritt.
ISLAND PEAK, NEPAL’S MOST FAMOUS ‘EASY’ TREKKING PEAK: www.IslandPeakExpedition.com22 days in April, May and October. 10 to 31 October, 8 to 29 April &22 April to 13 May, Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6000 metres in just one day. Fabulous views of Lhotse south face and Makalu. This trip can be done on its own or combined with the Everest basecamp trek, or the Everest Glacier School. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250. By the way, we had some very good Island Peak trips last year and reached the summit with some very helpful and friendly Sherpas. Please read more at www.IslandPeakNews.com. Thank you very much
MOUNT MERA ‘TREKKING-PEAK’ CLIMB: 22 days in October. Join us for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera. A beautiful, ‘easy’, and remote 6500 metre / 21,300 foot high 'trekking peak', with some of the best views of Everest possible. This is a stunning trek through ancient forests alongside raging rivers and across high remote passes. A less visited and unspoiled region of Nepal. Full Service Cost: $3150, £2050, €2450. www.MeraPeakExpedition.comand www.MeraPeakNews.com Bring your skis and snowboard if you are excited about skiing and/or boarding down this peak CHARITY/NON-PROFIT TREKS:
Remote Nepal Service Trek - www.RemoteNepalServiceTrek.org 13 days June or November. Join our experienced friendly leader and some of the world's best Everest climbing sherpas with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) to walk the beautiful green foothills beneath Mount Everest and explore ancient uncut forests and terraced farmlands. Come one come all! It's an affordable price and the funds go to a great cause. You will definitely be called upon to help out (if you want to, but you are not required to) the local villagers, by teaching at local schools and doing medical checks, and checking building construction as you walk through this remote pristine unspoiled part of Nepal that is never visited by tourists and is not mentioned in the Lonely Planet nor any other guidebooks. Visit friendly farm families living a traditional life, and deliver needed medical and educational supplies to remote schools and hospitals. This is a low altitude trek and you will never step on snow nor walk higher than 2700 metres / 8850 feet. Discounts for medical professionals and teachers. ***During our recent trek, members delivered needed medical and school supplies and clothing, also tried their hand at teaching and seeing patients. Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductable and gift aid eligible). Price includes everything for the walk: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights.
ACONCAGUA HOLIDAY CLIMB: NEW DATES NOW ADDED! 20 days in December and January / February. SPECIAL LOW PRICE. One of the famous "7-summits". A brilliant introduction to high altitude mountaineering on the highest mountain in all of the Americas. 7000 metres / 23,000 feet. Leader Max Kausch: experienced, friendly, speaks perfect English + Spanish. Max has climbed Aconcagua five times and teaches everything you need to know. There is no "climbing" on Aconcagua's easy terrain; it's just a walk on rocky (and occasionally snowy) trails. High altitude for a low price and a short duration of time. Climbing Aconcagua qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. Our last Aconcagua expedition was very safe and successful! Please see www.AconcaguaSummitClimbNews.com REDUCED PRICE Normal route: $3450, £2250, €2650. www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com
New: optional climb of the "Polish Direct", a more challenging way to the top, avoiding the crowds. 3 to 22 February (20 days): Cost: $4550, £2950, €3350 Back to top
James Shipton (left) and Allan Taggard on the Summit of Aconcagua - Photo: Angel Armesto. James & Allan on the way down - Photo: Max Kausch.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IN NEPAL - EVEREST BASECAMP TREK: 20 December to 4 January. This is a great way to have fun over the holiday, do something different, make new friends, and have a blast. Go to Everest during a less crowded time of year. We plan to celebrate Christmas in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and bring in the New Year in Gorak Shep, which is the closest village to Mount Everest.Dan Mazur is the leader, and a good friend, loves to have fun and has led 9 Everest basecamp walks and expeditions to the summit. Walk on wide trails through lovely terraced villages perched beside rapidly flowing rivers beneath the towering snowy giants of the Himalaya to Nepal's most famous and beautiful basecamp first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa; hike the scenic ridge of Kala Pattar with stunning views of Everest. Full Service Cost: $1850, £1150, €1450. ADD ON A FUN EXTRA 3 day trip to Island Peak for $1350! www.ChristmasNewYearTrek.com.
Murari at Kalapathar. Photo Murari. Christmas New year members enjoying the beautiful weather behind Budish stupa. Photo Kaji Tamang. Back to top
SPRING 2015 – WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS NOW FOR NEXT YEAR:
EVEREST NEPAL CAMP 3 TRAINING CLIMB: www.EverestTrainingClimbNepal.com- Full Service Cost: $8,650, £5,650, €6650. 16 day climb only cost: $6350, £4150, €4850. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Please join 10 time Everest leader Dan Mazur for this classic climb to the roof of the world and get trained for Everest on the same classic route as our summit expedition. 31 days, or 16 days school only, in April or May, and an affordable way to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at altitude, visit beautiful Nepal, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest AT NO EXTRA COST.
Sherpas helping a member to cross the Khumbu Ice fall. Photo Squash & Ste
EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB AND NORTH COL: www.EverestTibetTrainingClimb.comand www.North-Col.com- Full Service Cost: $8950, £5850, €6850. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK/DRIVE TO BASECAMP WITH FREE SHERPAS AND FREE HOTELS. Please join friendly leader Dan Mazur and Scott Patch who is one of the best in the business, for an exciting and affordable 28 day expedition in April or May, and a great chance to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at altitude, visit exotic Tibet, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest and Cho Oyu AT NO EXTRA COST. Made famous in 1924 by Mallory and Irvine. By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits. Get Qualified for Everest, and climb to the summit of Everest on the spot if you feel well. Back to topA great view of the North Face of Everest. Our members approaching camp 2 at at 7500 metres/24,600 feet. photo Myles Osbourne
EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT EXPEDITION: www.EverestNepalClimb.com-7 April to 5 June. 60 days in Nepal. Optional Autumn dates available: 20 August to 20 October. Full Service Cost: $36,450, £23,950, €27,450; Basic Climb Cost: $14,950, £9850, €11,450. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE SUMMITCLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE OXYGEN, FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Please join 10 time Everest leader Dan Mazur for this classic climb to the roof of the world, an exciting and affordable expedition. 60 days in April and May at a very low price. ***2013 expedition had 100% summit success. View the latest news at: www.EverestNepalNews.com .
EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT EXPEDITION: www.EverestTibetExpedition.com- 7 April to 5 June. 60 days in Nepal. Full Service Cost: $28,450, £18,750, €21,750; Basic Climb Cost: $9950, £6550, €7550. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE SUMMIT CLIMB AND THE WALK/DRIVE TO BASECAMP: FREE OXYGEN, FREE SHERPAS, AND FREE HOTELS. Please join Experienced leaders Dan Mazur and Scott Patch. ***2013 expedition 11 out of 14 on the summit.View the latest news at: www.EverestTibetNews.com. Exotic and less crowded Tibet, with the best views of Everest in the world. Made famous in 1924 by Mallory and Irvine. By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits.
Rikke Hojland summit of Everest on 23 May 2013. Photo Rikke. Summit View. Photo Rikke
Summit of Everest on 23 May 2013, Rikke Hojland and Ang Dorjee Sherpa. Photo Rikke. Rikke Hojland summit of Everest on 22nd May 2013. Photo Rikke. Back to top
READY TO SIGN UP?
Our trips are popular, so if you are interested, now is the time to let us know. Please confirm your place in our rapidly filling teams for 2014 and 2015.
QUESTIONS? Before joining our team, please be sure you understand everything about the trip, so do ask lots of questions. I am here to answer any and all. I enjoy chatting about mountains, my favorite topic.
HOW TO APPLY: After all questions are answered to your (and our) satisfaction, please send your completed and signed application (email is preferable). To find the application, please go to www.SummitClimb.com or www.SummitTrek.com and in the upper right hand corner you can download it from the "Contact/Application" button. Many thanks!
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A TEN PERCENT REFUNDABLE DOWN PAYMENT, PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF THE TRIP WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD, make a bank transfer, post a check, or pay cash, the choice is yours. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com to learn more.
WHERE TO FIND INEXPENSIVE CLIMBING AND WALKING EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING? Our Equipment Experts are on hand to help you find the affordably priced climbing and walking equipment you need. Please just let us know what you need and we will help you find it at the best prices. This offer is available to anyone from any place in any country in the entire world, so even if you can't find good gear where you live, our staff is easily able to source it for you.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEADERS: Our growing company is always looking for members who would like to learn to become leaders, so please visit www.LeaderInTraining.com, where we give special discounts for learning leaders and mountain guides. For more about our discount program please read down to the bottom of this newsletter. Thank you.
INEXPENSIVE PLANE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE. Return flights need to be booked now for the most favorable prices. Please ring or email if you need assistance in finding the cheapest and best fares and routes.
GENEROUS DISCOUNTS are now on offer for groups of 2 or more, "BASIC CLIMBERS", mountain guides, returning members, medical professionals, educators. WE ALSO OFFER SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR LEADERS IN TRAINING AND MOUNTAIN GUIDES (please go to www.LeadersInTraining.com).
WE PAY YOU CASH FOR TELLING YOUR FRIENDS and bringing us new members. Be sure to tell your friends about what we are trying to do, and when they sign up, we will send you cash. We call it the "finder's fee", and pay this very frequently. It's our way of saying thanks to you for recommending your friends.
ARE YOU FIT? We want you to be in shape for your walk or climb, so please send us an email with your training inquiry and we will forward fitness program recommendations. Back to top
CAN'T GO IN 2014? Please join us in 2015& 2016, as all of the trips mentioned run each year.
Thanks for reading, and I would like to speak to you personally and at length about our favorite topic: MOUNTAINS. Please email, telephone, Skype or Facebook me at your earliest opportunity.
I look forward to chatting, meeting, and to climbing and walking together in Nepal and Tibet. Thank you very much. Welcome to Our Team and Best Mountain Regards!
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THANK YOU.Pps. Congratulations, you made it to the bottom of this email, amazing! You must have the patience and perseverance needed to be a Himalayan, Aconcagua, Elbrus, and African climber, walker, and service worker