The reason I am contacting you is because previously you expressed an interest in climbing large Himalayan peaks and I am wondering how your plans are coming along?
I write to you with some exciting news: our Spring 2014 Everest Tibet and Cho Oyu teams summited successfully. We are so proud of everyone involved, well done to our team members: men and women of all ages, and thanks to our excellent leaders and top Sherpas. You can read all about their success at www.SummitClimbNews.com
8000 Metre Facts: You probably already know that their are 14 mountains higher than 8000 metres / 26,000 feet. Mount Everest is the highest, Mount Cho Oyu the 6th highest, and Mount Shishapangma the lowest of the 14. These peaks were made famous by the hard won competition between the first person to climb them all: Reinhold Messner from Italy and his Polish rival Jerzy Kukuczka who climbed them all by more difficult routes and/or in winter without oxygen. Only 15 people have climbed all 14 of them and the first to be ascended, Mount Annapurna, was climbed by a French team led by Maurice Herzog in 1950. Herzog's book "Annapurna" still remains as a classic in mountaineering literature. The team flew in a propellor plane from France to Delhi and upon arrival, were immediately jailed for not having the correct permits. After finally reaching Nepal and dining with the king, they set out to climb Mount Dhaulaghiri, but due to non-existent maps, they ended up getting lost and accidentally climbed Mount Annapurna. I am not going to tell you how it ends but I can say it is a shocking tragedy.
Photo by Dawa Lama - Dmitri on the summit 24 May. Mia Graeffe on Summit of Everest - First Female from Finland to summit Everest from Tibet - Photo Mia Graeffe. Back to top
This September and October we are offering "basic" and "full-service" climbs on either of 2 big mountains: Mount Cho Oyu OR Mount Shishapangma PLUS the opportunity to combine the two in a special ‘Double-Header’ expedition and earn a special 20% discount on "Shisha". Also, some members have also expressed interest in going to Shisha's main summit, which is a challenging undertaking, requiring SummitClimb to provide extra Sherpas and fixed ropes, which we will gladly do! Don’t miss out!
I invite you to reserve your place in the team NOW and continue our 2014 success in Tibet:
Cho Oyu cimbing route to summit seen from ABC. Dmitri Nichiporov photo. Climbers hiking up from Camp 1 to Camp 2. Photo Ry Fable. Back to top
Team on the north summit of Shisha. Clockwise from foreground: Jangbu, Gyelzen, Karten, Alejandro, Haris, Bart, and Richard. Team working their way through Shisha rock band.Back to top
38 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 for 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: 5th to 20th October. Full service includes all climb and trek costs, free hotel and free sherpas. Our last expedition put everyone on the central summit. Please go to www.ShishaPangmaNews.com . Back to top
Main summit of Shisha? This year, we have a group of people requesting a special trip to the main summit, which means extra time, rope, and Sherpas. Please let us know if you would like to join the challenge.
There are only TWO AND A HALF months to go until we head out to these wonderful peaks.
For further details please check out our dedicated Cho Oyu / ShishaPangma newsletter here:
Our permits are nearly full, please get in touch with your questions now.
Please email your application: Put your cursor on the "How to Join the Team" button on the upper right of www.SummitClimb.com and then go down to "applications" and then choose the relevant one from there. Thank you very much.
I look forward to climbing with you this autumn.
- UK telephone: +44 (0)7810 375400 (evenings best, I may be out climbing in the day);
- UK address: 30 Downfield Lodge, Downfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2TQ, England;
- US telephone: (+1)360-570-0715 (please leave a message in case I am out in the hills);
- US address: POB 123, Lakebay, WA, 98349;