Greetings to all Climbing and Trekking Friends. Did you do anything special on 21 June for the summer solstice, the longest day of the year? Here, we boated upon the Pacific ocean in gorgeous sunshine to our local farmer's market, walked on the beach, ate dinner with family, and stayed up late around the camp fire telling stories. Are you following the FIFA World Cup? Some exciting surprises and action to be sure.
Remote Unspoiled Everest Circuit: Mera Peak Trek, Baruntse Climb, and Amphu Labtsa Pass Crossing.
You and friends are invited: Our epic 18, 22, or 32 day journey is led by knowledgable and friendly Mount Baruntse and Mera Peak expert Dan Mazur with accomplished and helpful Sherpas. Featuring world class climbing and trekking, inspiring views, untouched natural habitats abounding with birds, wildlife and grand snowy peaks all in a less travelled and quiet domain, away from the crowds. Join us for all or part of our grand circle climb and trek through the Everest region during October and November 2014. Traverse the most remote and unspoiled part of the Everest region, where the famous easy Mera Trekking Peak and Mount Baruntse, Nepal's "easiest" 7000 metre / 23,000 foot peak and the classic Amphu Labtsa Pass all lie in the shadow of mighty Mount Everest.
History and location of Mera Peak and Mount Baruntse: Because it is located just a few kilometres/miles away from the main path to Mount Everest, the Mera Peak and Baruntse region remained unknown and untouched until exploration in the 1950s by Sir Edmund Hillary and Eric Shipton. The first ascent of Mera Peak Central was finally accomplished in 1953 by Tenzing Sherpa and British Army Colonel Jimmy Roberts who invented "trekking" in Nepal. Baruntse was first climbed in 1954 by a New Zealand expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Back to top
Start your trip with a trek to the base of Mera Peak: Our walk begins with a gorgeous flight to the Mount Everest region from Kathmandu, Nepal's exotic and peaceful temple city, to the hilly green airport of Lukla, nestled in a 2800 metre, 9400 foot high valley. We join a fully catered and lovely gem of a trek through unspoiled small mountains and ancient forests, where wild birds and animals abound, to Mera Peak, Nepal's most famous "trekking peak". You can return to Lukla from here, or carry on to walk to the top of Mera Peak.
For those of us who will ascend Mera Peak, it is an easy snow walk to the top of this 6500 metre, 21,000 foot high mountain with the best views of Everest, and we even spend an extra day resting in basecamp and practicing our snow climbing techniques before we go up. Each year we have a few snowboarders and skiiers join us on Mera Peak and it is very fun to watch them. After climbing Mera Peak, some members might choose to wander the green valleys back to Lukla. Back to top
Next Stop: Mount Baruntse: Our Grand Circle Team carries on to climb Mount Baruntse, which is known as Nepal's "easiest" 7000 metre, 23,000 foot peak, a lovely snowy ridge ascent on strong ropes, offering something for beginners and experts alike, with expansive views of the entire Everest region. In fact, this Baruntse expedition is excellent preparation for someone thinking about attempting Everest. After scaling Baruntse, we undertake an epic crossing of the Amphu Labtsa Pass at 5800 metres, 19,000 foot high. Finishing a stunning day of glacier travel and abseiling/ rapelling fixed ropes down good solid rock and snow slopes, we reach the floor of the Khumbu Valley. We now find ourselves walking down the famous wide and comfortable Everest Base Camp Trek trail and it is finally time to enjoy a relaxing three day trek, with comfortable lodging, yummy food, delicious chocolate cake, fragrant espresso and delicious cups of tea and thirst quenching cold beverages, back down to Lukla for the return flight to Kathmandu and home. Congratulations! You have completed an amazing circle of the Everest region, all in just 32 days.
Option for Climbing Island Peak and Ama Dablam: Along the way down the Everest path to Lukla, we will pass such classic landmarks as Namche Bazaar and Mount Ama Dablam. Some of our members will return home, while some will stay on and climb Ama Dablam, Asia's most famous rock, ice, and snow climb, and the Matterhorn of the Himalaya. Others will Trek up to Everest Base Camp or climb Island Peak for more "trekking peak" adventures.
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Choose short segments or combine all three trips below into the full 32 day grand circuit trip.
MERA TREK. 18 days in October 2014. Stunning remote Nepal Trek to Kare village near Mera Peak at 5000 metres / 16,400 feet, led by freindly trekking guide Dan Mazur. Ancient forests, "small" mountain ranges, rare birds, and wild animals flourish throughout the trek. Kare village is above treeline so the views are stunning and you will have a chance to walk onto the 5400 metre / 17,700 foot high Mera La Pass and see how you feel up there. Full Service Cost: $2150, £1250, €1550. www.TrekMera.com .
MERA TREKKING PEAK EXPEDITION. 22 days in October-November 2014. www.MeraPeakClimb.com . Best views of Everest from this easy remote Nepal 6500 metre/21,000 foot trekking peak. Friendly Leader Dan Mazur teaches you everything you need to know about walking and easy climbing on snow. Perfect introduction to high altitude. Helpful expert Sherpas are there with you every step of the way. Full Service Cost: $3150, £2050, €2450. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Please also read the news page www.MeraPeakNews.com . OPTIONAL: For those who are especially keen, you may wish to bring your skiis or snowboard (please watch the video on the news page).
MOUNT BARUNTSE EXPEDITION. 32 days in October-November 2014. www.BaruntseClimb.com . Remote Nepal at its best. This expedition offers something for experts and beginners alike. Grand Circle Traverse trekking and climbing trip, begins with Mera Trekking Peak as a "warm-up", then Baruntse: Nepal's 'easiest' 7000 metre / 23,000 foot high peak, superb preparation for Everest. Then we complete the loop by trekking and climbing over the famous and very beautiful Amphu-Labtsa Pass at the foot of Everest. Trip finishes in the famous Everest Valley with a three day trek to Lukla. Perfect ending to a very special circuit. Three peaks for price of one. Leader Dan Mazur: Excellent teacher will teach you all of the climbing skills you need to know. Our strong Sherpas are with you every step of the way. Full Service Cost: $8950, £5450, €6450. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. For the news please visit: www.BaruntseNews.com and please watch this well made 10 minute video by Richard Pattison: "Breathless on Baruntse" (Click Here ). Back to top
Look closely to see the two climbers standing in the middle of the Amphu Labtsa glacier (Dan Mazur). Trekkers on a suspension bridge on the trail to Everest. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern.
PLEASE READ DOWN TO LEARN ABOUT OUR EXCITING SEASON OF UPCOMING TRIPS IN 2014 AND 2015.... Back to top
IF YOU PLAN TO BE WITH US DURING THE NEXT 12 MONTHS, then you need to contact me now, as all of our trips are nearly full, with only a few places left. This is because we have not raised our prices and kept them very low to encourage returning and new members to join our teams this year.PERMIT PRICES FOR ALL MOUNTAINS ARE INCREASING IN 2014 AND 2015, BUT, FOR NOW, WE VOW TO NOT INCREASE OUR PRICES in order to emphasize OUR COMPANY PHILOSOPHY of offering the best possible expeditions with high quality leaders, the best Sherpas, top notch equipment, delicious food, excellent transport services and good hotels, at the most efficient prices, in order to welcome our old and new friends to enjoy the mountains as much as possible.
WE WELCOME INDIVIDUALS JOINING ALONE, AND SMALL GROUPS OF TWOS AND THREES TO OUR EXPEDITIONS UPON FIXED DATES.
If you can't make the fixed dates and/or would prefer to CHOOSE YOUR OWN DATES, please let us know and we can gladly arrange a CUSTOM TRIP for you.
If you are a LARGER GROUP, please let us know and we can provide special low prices, dates, and a private customised trip.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY UP TO DATE ON ALL OF THE LATEST INFO AT: www.facebook.com/summitclimbers and all of the social media pages mentioned at the bottom of this newsletter, including Skype, YouTube , Twitter , Instagram , Pinterest , Linked-In and Vimeo. Several times a week we publish the latest news on our expeditions and other mountain issues including photos, videos, blogs & always encourage you to join in. Back to top
August-September 2014 MOUNT CHO OYU OR SHISHAPANGMA. 38 days. World's 6th highest - and THE BEST POSSIBLE TRAINING FOR EVEREST. Located near Everest. 100% of our team summited in 2013. Leader Dan Mazur teaches everything you need to know about mountaineering. Our strong sherpas are the best on the mountain and are helpful and friendly every step of the way. Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050. (20% Discount for Cho-Shish-Combo). Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.ChoOyuClimb.com . Back to top
HERE ARE OUR TRIPS FOR OCTOBER - NOVEMBER:
MOUNT AMA DABLAM Rock-Ice-Snow Climb. 29 days in October-November 2014. Very climbable fixed rope easy-technical climb just 20 kilometres / 12 miles from Everest. Leader Dan Mazur teaches everything you need to know about technical rock, ice, and snow climbing. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, our qualified leader and Sherpas are there to climb together with you and/or let you go at your own speed, fast or slow! Climbing Ama Dablam qualifies you for Everest. Full Service Cost: $5550, £3450, €4050; Basic Climb Cost: $2450, £1550, €1850. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.AmaDablamClimb.com .
ISLAND TREKKING PEAK EXPEDITION. 22 days in October-November 2014. Nepal's most famous easy trekking peak. Trip includes a visit to Everest basecamp too. Leader Dan Mazur teaches you everything you need to know. Introduction to high altitude. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250. 5 day option: $1350. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.IslandPeakClimb.com .
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL. 22 days in October-November 2014. Trekking to and training upon a 6000 metre / 19,000 foot high peak near Everest. Introductory level training course giving you the skills you need to graduate to snow, ice and rock climbing on higher peaks. Like Everest. Patient teacher Dan Mazur teaches you everything you need to know to climb in the Himalayas. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250. Seven day option: $1450. 4 day extension to Everest Basecamp: $550. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.EverestGlacierSchool.com . Back to top
EVEREST BASECAMP TREK. 18 Days in October-November. Amazing, memorable trek in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to world's most famous basecamp. Trek leader Dan Mazur loves to lead the trek with friendly Sherpas! Full Service Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450. www.EverestBasecampWalk.com .
photo by Murari Sharma: Patale health post worker Jamyang and Dr. Lisa McClellan examine a Nepalese baby. Giving out school supplies at the school in Patale
Murari at Kalapathar. Photo Murari.Christmas New year members enjoying the beautiful weather behind Budish stupa. Photo Kaji Tamang.
December, January, and February MOUNT ACONCAGUA CLIMBS TO THE HIGHEST PEAK IN ALL OF THE AMERICAS and a famous Seven Summit. 20 days in Argentina climbing a very easy and very high mountain. 6980 metres / 23,000 feet high and excellent preparation for Everest. Patient, friendly leader Max Kausch teaches everything you need to know and has been the chief of 20 expeditions for Summit Climb. Cost: $3750, £2260, €2735. www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com . 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.
BIG NEWS FOR 2015: We welcome you to join us for the Spring Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Everest Training Climb, Island Peak, Everest Basecamp and Remote Nepal Service Trek Season. It's hard to believe, but these trips are NEARLY FULL with just a few places left. WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO INCREASE THE PRICES FOR 2015, AGAINST ALL ODDS. We want to maintain our emphasis on quality services provided at the most efficient price level.FREE NO-COST PERMITS FOR EVEREST AND LHOTSE AND EVEREST NEPAL TRAINING CLIMB. The Nepalese Government Authorities will grant a free climbing permit to anyone who was denied a chance to climb in April 2014. PLEASE TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS THE GOOD NEWS AND ASK THEM TO GET IN TOUCH TO BOOK THE FEW REMAINING SPOTS IN OUR 2015 AND 2016 TEAMS FOR FREE PERMIT HOLDERS. Back to top
EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT CLIMB. April-May, 2015 and 2016. 60 days. or September-October, 2014 and 2015. Join experienced friendly leader Dan Mazur / Scott Patch to climb the world's highest peak, made famous by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. The Nepal side of Everest is considered to be warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest. Full Service Cost: $36,450, £23,950, €27,450; Basic Climb: $14,950, £9850, €11,450. 100% of our team reached the summit together with Dan Mazur in 2013. www.EverestNepalExpedition.com
EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT CLIMB. April-May, 2015 and 2016. 60 days. Climb the world's highest peak made famous by Mallory and Irvine in 1924. Leaders Dan Mazur and Scott Patch are experienced and friendly. The Tibet side of Everest is less expensive, more remote and less crowded than the Nepal side. Climbing the Tibet side of Everest is cheaper, but reputed to be colder and windier than the Nepal side. Full Service Cost: $28,450, £18,750, €21,750; Basic Climb Cost: $9950, £6550, €7550. We had the best summit success of any team in 2013. www.EverestTibetExpedition.com Back to top
Almost to the Top of Everest - Photo Mia Graeffe. Everest and Basecamp after storm dropped over 1 meter of snow at Basecamp - Photo Scott Patch.
EVEREST TRAINING CLIMB NEPAL. April-May, 2015 and 2016. 31 days (or 16 days climb only) in April or May. We will teach you everything you need to know. Follow the same route as the climbers trying for the summit of Mount Everest, but stop in camp three at 7300 metres / 24,000 feet. Completing this climb is excellent preparation for eventually trying for the summit of Everest, at a much lower cost and for a shorter duration. If you do well on the March-April climb it is possible to transition to Everest and try for the summit. Full Service Cost: $8,650, £5,650, €6650. Sixteen day option : $6350, £4150, €4850. www.EverestTrainingClimbNepal.com
MOUNT CHO OYU EXPEDITION. April-May, and August-September 2015 and 2016. 38 days. Easy' snow climb. 6th highest mountain in the world. There is probably no better preparation for climbing Everest. Most accessible of the world's "8,000 metre", 26,000 foot high peaks. Leader Dan Mazur is extremely experienced, friendly, and teaches you everything you need to know. Located beside Everest on the edge of the exotic Tibetan Plateau. Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com
MOUNT LHOTSE EXPEDITION. April-May, 2015 and 2016. 60 days. Fourth highest peak. Climb Everest route; branch off before high camp; ascend Lhotse Couloir. You: able to ascend-descend 50 degree snow/ice. Leader Dan Mazur: friendly experienced Everest and Lhotse climber. High summit for low cost. Full Service Cost: $14,850, £9,750, €11,350; Basic Climb: $4,950, £3250, €3750. 100%% of our team reached the summit with Dan Mazur in 2013. www.LhotseExpedition.com
Lama Card showing by Anne-Mari Hyrylainen - Finland. Photo Anne. Lakpa Kongle Sherpa capturing Anne-Mari Hyrylainen photo on the summit of Lhotse - Finland. Photo Anne Back to top
Mitch and others on Lhotse Face (Paula Leonard). Team at breakfast (Stew Edge). View o Everest from Camp3 (Squash Falconer)
MOUNT MUSTAGATA EXPEDITION. July 2015 and 2016. 25 days. World’s highest mountain which can be skiied, boarded, or snowshoed. 24,000 feet / 7500 meters. SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION". Friendly leader Scott Patch: snow safety expert, professional ski - snowshoe instructor. Climbing Mustagata qualifies you for Everest. Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4450; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450. www.MustagataClimb.com
NEW SERVICE: OUR EQUIPMENT EXPERTS are on hand to help you rent or purchase the affordably priced climbing and walking equipment you need. It does not matter if you live where good gear is hard to find. Please just let us know what you need and we will help you find it at the best prices and have it sent you and/or keep it on hand for your climb.
INEXPENSIVE PLANE TICKETS ARE STILL EASY TO FIND: Please email or telephone me and I will gladly assist you in locating these.
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.
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 ALWAYS enjoy chatting about mountains, an exciting subject for me.
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 "HOW TO JOIN THE TEAM " button. Many thanks!
TO HOLD YOUR PLACE ON THE TRIP, PLEASE NOW MAKE A REFUNDABLE TEN PERCENT DOWN PAYMENT. You may pay the entire cost of the trip with your credit card, make a bank transfer, mail a check, or pay cash, the choice is yours. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com to learn more.
BY THE WAY, WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEADERS: Our growing company is always looking for trekking and climbing 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. If you are already a mountain guide, please do ask about the special guide's discount. Thank you very much.Please contact me as soon as possible. I enjoy questions and discussing our favourite topic: MOUNTAINS.
I look forward to chatting, meeting, and to climbing to the summit and walking to basecamp together. Thank you very much. Welcome to Our Team and Best Mountain Regards!
I am waiting for your contact - Dan Mazur
Email: Dan@SummitClimb.com and Dan@SummitTrek.com
Telephone UK: (+44) (0)7810375400. Telephone USA: 1-360-570-0715 (please leave a message with your name, phone, and email)
Latest climbing news: www.SummitClimbNews.com .
Latest trekking news: www.SummitTrekNews.com .
Latest charity / non-profit news: www.MountEverestFoundation.org .
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UK Mailing address: 30 Downfield Lodge, Downfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2TQ, England
USA Mailing address: POB 123, Lakebay, Washington, 98351, USA
Daniel Mazur Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Mazur
Ps. PLEASE BE SURE TO TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO (WE PAY YOU A CASH COMMISSION "FINDER'S FEE" FOR SENDING US NEW MEMBERS) . THANK YOU ! Back to top