Hello Mountain Friends,
I hope you are well and enjoying the last days November? This is Dan Mazur writing to you from sunny and warm Kathmandu, Nepal, with wonderful views of the high Himalayas towering above this lush green valley.
I am a Mount Everest expedition leader for SummitClimb and SummitTrek and involved in volunteer projects with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development. At the moment we are celebrating our team's success and good fortune in 2013 while planning exciting adventures for the rest of the year and 2014.
First, the good news: 2014 EXPEDITION SALE NOW ON: FIVE PERCENT DISCOUNT FOR ALL TRIPS PAYED IN FULL PRIOR TO 31 DECEMBER, 2013.
RECENT NEWS - ANOTHER SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR:
During 2013 I led our fun and successful team of men and women of all ages to the summit of Everest, with all members and Sherpas reaching the top, for a 100% success rate. Our Everest training climb was a grand achievement as the members reached camp 3 on the South Col side and the North Col on the Tibet side. Our Everest basecamp treks were super fun. Our Mount Elbrus Team enjoyed this classic 7-Summit, which is quite often the "7-Summiter's" first encounter with snow climbing. We had an exhilarating Island Peak expedition and Everest View Glacier School as lovely views and bright warm sunshine greeted us on the summit. Our Cho Oyu team summited successfully and our Sherpas fixed much of the route. Our Mera Peak group worked together well to achieve success and our Baruntse team was the only one so far this year to climb atop this remote summit. As we speak, our Ama Dablam members are going for the summit of Asia's most famous, rock, ice, and snow mountain, technical but readily climbable on well fixed safety ropes. Back to Top
If they succeed, our 2013 climbs, treks, and expeditions will have achieved a 100% successful and safe season. We wish to thank all of the leaders, Sherpas, members, families, colleagues, sponsors, and friends who made this possible. To see more please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com and www.SummitTrekNews.com
Ms. Rikke Hojland on the Summit of Everest, 23 May, 2013. Photo by Tenji Sherpa. View into Nepal from the summit. Rikke Hojland Photo.
CHARITY/NON-PROFIT NEWS: Our team gathered water quality samples in villages near Everest basecamp. We are working with a special laboratory that identifies trace amounts of caffeine and ibuprofen in order to track human effects on water supplies. This is all part of a quest to improve the treatment of waste from Everest basecamp. Also a team of licensed engineers surveyed Nepal's oldest convent, with an eye to rebuilding this historic landmark, located in the shadow of Mount Everest.
Design View of Mount Everest Waste Treatment Plant. Photo Mike Eliason of Architects Without Borders. Aspiring Sherpas learn technical climbing together with our team of men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world.
NEW SHERPA CLIMBING SCHOOL: We wish to thank those generous individuals and sponsors who have donated their climbing boots, ice axes, crampons, helmets, harnesses, clothing, shoes, rucksacks and other climbing equipment to the www.SherpaClimbingSchool.org . We could not have helped these hardworking Sherpa students without you, and please keep up the great work. If you know of anyone who wishes to donate, we are able to arrange free shipping to Nepal.
HIMALAYAN MULTI-MEDIA SLIDE/VIDEO PRESENTATION NEWS: I will be out meeting people during the end of January and beginning of February. I am personally narrating live multi-media slide / video presentations about Everest climbs, climbing K2, unclimbed peaks and high Himalaya adventures, and also raising money for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, working together with local families living near Mt Everest to improve their health care, education, environmental and cultural preservation Back to Top
If you would like to sponsor a lecture, know of a venue or an audience please check out www.FundraisingLectures.org and email info@MountEverestFoundation.org or dan@SummitClimb.com . Looking forward to meeting you and your family and friends and colleagues during January and February 2014!
Tenji Sherpa taking a water sample at the location where the Gorak Shep people fill their water jugs. Mounts Khumbutse and Changtse in background. We took a water sample from this exact spot. Close up of the water sampling gear in action - gloves, syringe, filter, bottle.Dan in Mustagata basecamp. Manuel Weber Photo
WINTER January and February CLIMBS & TREKS: Currently, I am planning three www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com to the western Hemisphere's and South America's highest peak and one of the fabled 7 Summits. NEW DATES NOW ADDED! 20 days in December 2013 and January / February 2014. SPECIAL LOW PRICE PRICE: $3450, £2250, €2650 7000 metres / 23,000 feet.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IN NEPAL - EVEREST BASECAMP TREK: 14 days from 22 December to 6 January. A great way to have fun over the holiday. We plan to celebrate Christmas in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and bring in the New Year in Gorak Shep. Full Service Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450. ADD ON A FUN EXTRA 3 day trip to Island Peak for $1350! www.ChristmasNewYearTrek.com
FREE-OF-COST NO-CHARGE WINTER GLACIER SCHOOL: During the first week of January, we are back to climbing the high peaks with our 2nd Annual Free of Cost - No Charge www.WinterClimbingSchool.org Join 10-time Everest leader Dan Mazur and friends to learn about mountain equipment, winter camping, ice climbing and glacier travel.
IN APRIL AND MAY, OUR BIG 2014 EVEREST SEASON BEGINS with www.EverestNepalExpedition.com and www.EverestTibetExpedition.com and the permits ARE NEARLY FULL, please send in your application and refundable 10% deposit now. Our trips are very specially priced and fill up quickly.
EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2014: www.EverestNepalClimb.com – Full Service Cost: $36,450, £23,950, €27,450; Basic Climb Cost: $14,950, £9850, €11,450. Please join 10 time Everest leader Dan Mazur and 6 time Everest leader Arnold Coster for this classic climb to the roof of the world. 60 days in April and May at a very low price. Optional September-October dates available. Back to Top
EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2014: www.EverestClimb.com - Full Service Cost: $28,450, £18,750, €21,750; Basic Climb Cost: $9950, £6550, €7550. Please join friendly leader Dan Mazur and Scott Patch who is one of the best in the business, for an exciting and affordable 60 day expedition in April and May. Back to Top
Would you like to train for Everest or try some different mountains and treks?
EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB AND NORTH COL: www.EverestTibetTrainingClimb.com and www.North-Col.com - Full Service Cost: $8950, £5850, €6850. Please join Scott Patch and Dan Mazur for an exciting and affordable 28 day expedition in April or May, and a great chance to learn all about climbing, see how you do at altitude and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest and Cho Oyu at no extra cost.
EVEREST NEPAL CAMP 3 TRAINING CLIMB: www.EverestTrainingClimb.com Full Service Cost: $8,650, £5,650, €6650. Sixteen day option: $6350, £3850, €4350. Train 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 perform at altitude and if you are coping well, transition to Everest at no extra cost. Friendly and experienced leader Dan Mazur will teach you everything you need to know.
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com 21 or 29 days in April and May. Fun and learning on a 6000 metre / 19,600 foot high peak "across the street" from mighty mount Everest. - PRICE: $2950, £1950, €2250, Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050. Price includes everything for the climb and the walk to basecamp: good quality mountain instruction, free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS". Back to Top
MOUNT CHO OYU, PERHAPS THE BEST POSSIBLE TRAINING FOR EVEREST: 38 days in April and May, also September and October. Led by Dan Mazur and Max Kausch, Cho Oyu is not difficult, in fact it is considered to be the "most-accessible" of the "8000 metre" peaks and a relatively easy snow climb located near Everest. Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050. www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com
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: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450. www.ShishapangmaExpedition.com
MOUNT LHOTSE ON THE SHOULDER OF EVEREST: Looking for hardcore 8000 metre / 26,000 foot adventure in April and May? Check out www.LhotseExpedition.com on the shoulder of Everest, the fourth highest peak in the world. All of our team summited in 2013! Full Service Cost: $14,850, £9,750, €11,350; Basic Climb Cost: $4950, £3250, €3750. 60 days in April-May.
EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: 18 days in April and May. Join 10 time Everest expedition leader Dan Mazur for the walk to the world's most famous basecamp 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. Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450. www.EverestNepalWalk.com
EVEREST TIBET ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: www.AdvancedBasecampWalk.com - Probably the highest walk you could do in the entire world, to 6400 metres / 21,000 feet. Full Service Cost: $3,850, £2,350, €2,950. The Tibet side of Everest has the best views of our world's highest peak. The views of Everest are much better in Tibet than they are in Nepal. An exciting and exotic 20 day walk in April or May. Back to Top
Monkey Temple in the morning. Photo by Maggie Noodle. Buddha statue at Tengboche monastery on EBC trek. Photo Maggie Noodle.
www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org 13 days June or November – Join our team to bring important medical supplies, medical care, books, school supplies, and education to poor families living on the "wrong side" of Everest, where tourists never tread. Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible, gift aid eligible). Includes everything for the walk: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. Back to Top
SUMMER July-August 2014:
MUSTAGATA: EASIEST AND HIGHEST FOR SNOWSHOEING, SKIING, BOARDING, RAQUETTING: Join me in July for skiing and snowboarding to 7500 metres / 24,500 feet on www.MustagataClimb.com , on the world's highest & easiest skiable/boardable mountain. MOUNT MUSTAGATA WAS SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION". 1-25 July. 25 days in China. Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4450; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450.Back to Top
MOUNT ELBRUS. YOUR FIRST SNOWY 7-SUMMIT? Later in July, let's go to www.ElbrusSummitClimb.com together. A classic Seven – Summit in exotic Russia. Climb to the top and test yourself at altitude in just 11 days. We had excellent success on this peak in 2013. Quite often a 7-Summitter's first snow peak. 21 July to 4 Aug 2014. Full Service Cost $3750, £2350, €2850.
FREE-OF-COST NO-CHARGE SUMMER July GLACIER SCHOOL: During 19-26 July, join us for our 16th Annual Free of Cost - No Charge www.CascadeGlacierSchool.org . Join friends to learn about mountain equipment, snow and ice climbing, camping, and glacier travel. Then try for a 4200 metre / 14,000 foot high glacier summit. Cost: FREE.
AUTUMN September-October-November 2014:
CHO OYU IN SEPTEMBER WITH DAN MAZUR: I am leading my 6th expedition to Mount Cho Oyu, sixth highest peak in the world, located near Everest, and perhaps the best possible training for Everest herself! Only a few places are left, so please contact me right away. www.ChoOyuClimb.com . Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050. Back to Top
MOUNT AMA DABLAM IN OCTOBER: moderately technical climbing on Asia's most famous rock, ice, and snow climb. You don’t need to be an expert, as the climbing is easy and well protected with soild fixed ropes to the summit on very good quality granite, and solid snow, which is mostly considered moderate scrambling and the hardest pitch is about 15 metres / 50 feet of grades are UIAGM - French 3+, British Severe, North American 5.6, Australian 12. Ten October to Seven November (29 days). Can't make the dates? We now offer the chance to join any time from October to the end of November. www.AmaDablamClimb.com . Full Service Cost: $5550, £3450, €4050; Basic Climb Cost: $2450, £1550, €1850.
OCTOBER ON BARUNTSE WITH DAN MAZUR: In October, I welcome you to join me for my 4th www.BaruntseExpedition.com . Offers something for the beginner and expert alike. This is a grand circle traverse of Mera Peak and Baruntse, two of the finest trekking and climbing peaks located near Mount Everest, but off the beaten track. Crossing the Amphu Labtsa pass is not only like climbing a third peak, but it links the remote Honku Valley with the popular Khumbu Valley. This trip is like climbing three peaks in one and allows you to see remote Nepal and the famous Khumbu - Everest region at their best. The climbing is very high and very easy. 35 days in October and November. Full Service Cost: $8450, £5450, €6450.
MERA PEAK, FAMOUS REMOTE "TREKKING PEAK": For a training refresher or basecamp walk we will be offering Mera Peak, for 22 days in October. PRICE: $3150, £2050, €2450. www.MeraPeakExpedition.com Bring your skis and snowboard if you are excited about optional skiing / boarding here. Back to Top
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEADERS: please visit www.LeaderInTraining.com .
KILIMANJARO / MT KENYA / SAFARI: Join us for our next Africa Expedition to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Wild Game Viewing Safari in August or February 2014: 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.
EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: 18 days in October. Walk to the world's most famous basecamp 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. Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450. www.EverestNepalWalk.com
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL IN OCTOBER: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com - Learn all about high altitude mountaineering and glacier climbing in a short time for a good price. Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250, Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050. Price includes everything for the climb and walk to basecamp: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS".
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, £1950, €2250. Five day option: $1350.
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.
Standing next to an ice block from an ice calving event on a glacial lake,Ngozumpa glacier. (AngPhula Sherpa), Exploring one of many glacial lakes on Ngozumpa glacier.
HOW TO APPLY: Our trips are popular and fill up rapidly. Please send your completed application and refundable 10% deposit to hold your place on the team. 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 "How to Join the Team" button.
GENEROUS DISCOUNTS are now on offer for returning members, groups of 2 or more, aspiring leaders, "BASIC CLIMBERS", mountain guides, medical professionals, and educators. WE ALSO OFFER SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR LEADERS IN TRAINING AND MOUNTAIN GUIDES: www.LeaderInTraining.com .
WE PAY YOU CASH FOR TELLING YOUR FRIENDS and bringing us new members. It's our way of saying thanks to you for recommending your friends. Please send us new members and we will pay you cash for each person you send to us. We have already paid more than $16,000, £10,000, €12,000 in this programme in 2013.
CAN'T GO IN 2014? Please join us in 2015, as all of the trips mentioned run each year.
Thanks for reading. Please email, telephone, Skype or Facebook me at your earliest opportunity.
Welcome to Our Team and Best Mountain Regards!
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