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December Climbing, Walking, and Service Newsletter

Photos in slideshow: Fabrice Imparato, Dan Mazur, Joanna Goodson, Ken Stalter, Ryan Waters, Bruce Manning, & Tunc Findik.

 December Climbing, Walking, and Service Newsletter

Hello Mountain Adventurer,

Are you or someone you know interested in the 7-summits, base camp walks, "trekking peaks", glacier schools or training for Mount Everest? Please write and let me know how 2012 has been going and your plans for 2013. I look forward to your reply.

BREAKING NEWS: TIBET IS OPEN FOR SPRING 2013!!: Our organizers in China just confirmed from the permit offices and authorities that we will be going to Tibet next spring. We hope you will join us for some excitement on Everest, Cho Oyu, as well as fun training climbs and relaxing basecamp walks. Welcome to our team!

Grace McDonald Summit at Lhotse (Grace) .  View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. (Sandra Le Duc). Giving out school supplies at the school in Patale.

My name is Dan Mazur and I am a climb and walk leader for www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com . I also raise funds for the www.MountEverestFoundationForSustainableDevelopment.org (MEFSD). Luckily, our 2012 SummitClimb and SummitTrek trips in Nepal, Tibet, Aconcagua, and Africa have been very safe and successful, with all teams reaching their summits, walking to their basecamps, learning new skills, and attaining their goals. Please check out all of the latest news at www.SummitClimbNews.com and www.SummitTrekNews.com .

CHARITY/NON-PROFIT UPDATE: Right now, I write to you from the rural village of Patale in central Nepal where we are conducting our annual "Service Trek".  A group of nurses, school teachers, doctors, and other concerned global citizens, as well as myself are in a remote valley where we have not seen another tourist in more than 10 years. In that valley our dedicated team is delivering books, clothing, medicines, solar electrical supplies, building materials, etcetera. Please tell of your friends and view the latest news at: www.ServiceTrekNews.org! Thanks

www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com have negotiated some very good prices, top leaders (if I may say), helpful loyal sherpas, skillful cooks, and excellent equipment for 2013, so please read down to see the surprisingly good values on offer. We are featuring trips of fun climbing and waling groups of men and women of all ages to Everest in Nepal and Tibet, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and much more this year and hope you'll join us. We welcome all abilities: beginners, experts, intermediates and novices; new friends and old hands.

Team on their way up the 2nd Step (David O'Brien). Yaks bringing supplies into ABC (Vicen Jolis). Visiting with patients at the health clinic (Deha Shrestha).

NOW IN THEIR 22ND YEAR, www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com have built up some of the best, if I may say so, most knowledgeable and helpful, most qualified British, American, and European leaders, technically trained expert and friendly Sherpas, skillful cooks, delicious food, comfortable hotels, cozy basecamps, excellent tents, ropes, oxygen sets, climbing and safety equipment, and an extremely successful track record.

IT IS TIME: Please indicate your 2013 interests very soon as we are currently gathering applications and filling out the permit applications.

***OUR CLIMBS AND WALKS ARE LISTED BELOW. If anything strikes your fancy, or if you just have questions, please contact me straight away via email or phone, as well as click the link for the trip you're interested to see more information and photos. OUR CLIMBS AND WALKS NOW INCLUDE FREE HOTELS, FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS, AND FREE SHERPAS.


ACONCAGUA HOLIDAY CLIMB: 20 days in December, January, and February 2013. 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. PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com .

EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2013: www.EverestNepalClimb.com - Basic Cost: $14,950, £9,450, €11,450. Full Service Cost: $35,450, £21,950, €25,750. Please join me, Dan Mazur,  9 time Everest leader for this classic climb to the roof of the world. 60 days in April and May at a very low price.

Richard Maybank from the UK on the Summit of Everest (Lakpa Gyalu Sherpa). Sandra enjoying day at BaseCamp (Sandra).

EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2013: www.EverestClimb.com - Basic Cost: $9,950, £6,350, €7,650. Full Service Cost: $27,450, £16,850, €19,850. Please join friendly leader Arnold Coster who has led 6 Everest expeditions and is one of the best in the business, for an exciting and affordable 60 day expedition in April and May.


Janice Smith at Summit of Everest on 27 of May together with Gyalje (Photo by Tenji Sherpa). Beow Lim & Tenji Sherpa at Camp 2 (Dan Mazur).

MOUNT ELBRUS: 21 July to 4 Aug 2013. Full Service Cost $4250, £2650, €4250. Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the fabled "7 Summits" of the world. Join Dan Mazur next July for a classic ascent on a large mountain in a short amount of time. Please contact us now if you are interested! Spaces are filling up quickly.

KILIMANJARO / MT KENYA / SAFARI: Join us for our next Africa Expedition to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Wild Game Viewing Safari in August or February 2012 and 2013: 
www.AfricaSummitClimb.com .  Kilimanjaro, 1-9 August or 14-22 February (9 days): Cost $3150, £1950, and €2350.  Mt. Kenya trek or optional rock climb, 13-20 August or 21-28 February (8 days): Cost $2150, £1350, €1550.  Safari: Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Myanyara (3-4 days): $1150, £750, €850.

One of our team members enjoying the non-touristy and easy walk on Mt. Kenya. (photo: Felix Berg). Lion cub resting on a branch in Masai Mara national park. Photo by Jonathan Barbero. Arnold watching Andrew belay on the Point Peter practice climb. . Photo by Arnold Coster View on Kili from Simba Camp. Photo by Arnold Coster Photo by Jonathan Barbero.How close! photo by Jonathan Barbero


www.EverestTibetTrainingClimb.com and www.North-Col.com - Full Service Cost $7850, £4850, €5650. Please join Arnold Coster, 6 time Everest leader, 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.

www.EverestTrainingClimb.com - Full Service Cost $8650, £5350, €6250. Sixteen day option: $6350, £3850, €4350. Join 9 time Everest leader Dan Mazur 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.

Trekking through the villages below Namche Bazaar. That's the Dudh Kosi river.Our team members crossing the river on their way up to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people.(Elselien te Hennepe)

EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: 18 days in October, April and 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. Cost: $1850, £1150, €1450. www.EverestNepalWalk.com.

www.AdvancedBasecampWalk.com - Full Service Cost: $3,550, £2,250, €2,750. Please join Arnold Coster, 6 time Everest leader, for an exciting and affordable 20 day walk in April or May, and a good chance to see exotic Tibet.

www.EverestGlacierSchool.com - PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150, Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050. Price includes everything for the climb and the walk to basecamp: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS".



At the summit with Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, and more - 6119m (Sean McLane). On Summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, and the Khumbu Glacier from the Summit of Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View from the summit of Lobuche East (Max Kausch).   Approaching to summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever).

ISLAND PEAK, NEPAL’S MOST FAMOUS ‘EASY’ TREKKING PEAK: www.IslandPeakExpedition.com. 22 days in October, April and May. Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6000 metres in just one day. Fabulous views of Lhotse south face and Makalu. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1850, €2150. Five day option: $1350.  

MOUNT MERA ‘TREKKING-PEAK’ CLIMB: 22 days in October. Join Himalayan expert Dan Mazur and friends for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera. PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150.
www.MeraPeakExpedition.com  and www.MeraPeakNews.com .  Bring your skis and snowboard if you are excited about skiing and/or boarding down this peak.

Member climbing the wall before summit of Mera Peak. Photo Frank Seidel Members approaching to the summit of Mera Peak. Photo Frank Seidel
Member climbing the wall before summit of Mera Peak. Photo Frank Seidel. Members approaching to the summit of Mera Peak. Photo Frank Seidel.

Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak, with Mount Everest in the background. Photo by Corne Deelen Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak. Photo by Corne Deelen.

Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak, with Mount Everest in the background. Photo by Corne Deelen. Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak. Photo by Corne Deelen.


www.LhotseClimb.com Basic Climb Cost: $4,150, £2,650, €3,150. Full Service Cost: $14,850, £9,250, €10,750. 60 days in April-May. Climb the fourth highest peak in the world from the same route as our Everest Nepal Expedition.  

Arnold Coster at the Summit of Lhotse (Arnold Coster).

MOUNT CHO OYU: Led by Dan Mazur, Cho Oyu is not difficult, in fact it is considered to be the "most-accessible" of the "8000 metre" peaks and relatively easy, very large and located near Everest, so is not to be underestimated. 38 days in Tibet and Nepal.  NEW LOW PRICE: Full Service Cost: $11,850, £7,450, €8,950, Basic Climb Cost: $6250, £3950, €4750. FOR MORE PLEASE GO TO  www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com.

cho oyu   cho oyu

Camp 3. Ralph melting snow at 6500m - Mark Van't Hof 

cho oyu   cho oyu

                               Way to C2 Mark at 6600m - Max Kausch. Mark working on vertical ice pitch at 6700m - Max Kausch

MOUNT SHISHA PANGMA: 38 days September-October or 15 days in Oct (MOUNT CHO OYU COMBINATION). 'Easy' snow climb of the less crowded & lowest of the world's 14 eight thousand metre, 26,000 foot high mountains, located in Tibet near Everest. Led by Arnold Coster who teaches you everything you need to know. Full Service Cost: $11,850, £7,450, €8,950; Basic Climb Cost: $6250, £3950, €4750. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450. www.ShishapangmaExpedition.com.


MOUNT MUSTAGATA WAS SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION 2012". Our leader Jon Otto has climbed Mustagata 9 times and he speaks perfect English and flawless Chinese. At 7500 metres / 24,500 feet. Mustagata is the world's 'easiest' peak of its size because the average slope angle is only 18 degrees, equivalent to a "novice" ski piste or run. Climbing Mustagata qualifies you for Everest.
www.MustagataExpedition.com . 15 June to 9 July 2013 and 2014. 25 days in China. Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4450; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450.

MOUNT BARUNTSE EXPEDITION. JOIN LEADER DAN MAZUR FOR NEPAL'S "EASIEST" 7000 METRE / 23,000 FOOT HIGH PEAK. Dan loves sharing this climb with our members, as the Baruntse Expedition really is a "grand circle" climbing trip through the Everest Himalaya.
www.BaruntseExpedition.com - Full Service Cost: $7,650, £4,750, €5,550. Climbing Baruntse qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma.

MOUNT AMA DABLAM, test yourself to 7000 metres / 23,000 feet on Asia's most famous rock, snow, and ice peak: the Matterhorn of the Himalaya, which is technical, but climbable:
www.ExpeditionAmaDablam.com - Full Service Cost: $6850, £4250, €4750. Basic Climb Cost: $3250, £1950, €2250. We now offer the Ama Dablam expedition anytime during a flexible window from 10 October to 1 December. If you can't make our standard dates, no worries. You can just show up anytime you like before 1 December.


www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org : 13 days November or June - Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are gift aid eligible). Price includes everything for the walk: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights.

Service Trek Team member. From left Dan  Mazur (Leader), USA/UK, Neer Kaji Tamang, Nepal, Marie Sérleys Michaud, France, Anne Kates, Canada, Wolfgang Nicola, Germany,  Daniela Milea, Canada, Kamal, Nepal,  Jeremy Smith, Australia.   Daniela Milea, Canada, Jeremy Smith, Australia, Anne Kates, Canada, Wolfgang Nicola, Germany, Marie Sérleys Michaud, France discussing about medicines for service trek. Photo by Deha Shrestha.
Service Trek Team member. From left Dan  Mazur (Leader), USA/UK, Neer Kaji Tamang, Nepal, Marie Sérleys Michaud, France, Anne Kates, Canada, Wolfgang Nicola, Germany,  Daniela Milea, Canada, Kamal, Nepal,  Jeremy Smith, Australia. Daniela Milea, Canada, Jeremy Smith, Australia, Anne Kates, Canada, Wolfgang Nicola, Germany, Marie Sérleys Michaud, France discussing about medicines for service trek. Photo by Deha Shrestha.


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 2013.

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 favourite 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!

, make a bank transfer, post a cheque, or pay cash, the choice is yours. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com to learn more.

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.

and bringing us new members. Be sure to tell your friends about what we are trying to do.

. Return flights need to be booked now for the most favourable prices. Please ring or email if you need assistance in finding the cheapest and best fares and routes.

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 programme recommendations.

CAN'T GO IN 2013? Please join us in 2014 & 2015, 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 favourite topic: MOUNTAINS. Please email or telephone or 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 Himalayan Regards!
-Dan Mazur

Email: Dan@SummitClimb.com and Dan@SummitTrek.com ;
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Latest climbing news: www.SummitClimbNews.com ;

Latest walking news: www.SummitTrekNews.com ;

Latest charity / non-profit news: www.MEFnews.org ;

Featured Climb: www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com & www.BaruntseExpedition.com ;

Featured Walk: www.EverestNepalWalk.com & www.ServiceTrek.org & www.ChoOyuTrek.com & www.ShishaPangmaTrek.com ;

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http://www.youtube.com/user/MountEverestVideo ;

http://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellmazur ;

Skype: Dan.Mazur8848 ;

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: 360.570.0715 (please leave a message in case I am out climbing or walking;

US address: POB 123, Lakebay, WA, 98349, USA;


Pps. Congratulations, you made it to the bottom of this email. You must have the patience and perseverance needed to be a Himalayan, Aconcagua, Elbrus, and African climber and walker!


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