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Everest Climbing Expedition, Himalayan Climbs, Walks, Hikes, Treks, Trekking Peaks spring and autumn 2011

 Photos in slideshow: Valerie Hovland, Tunc Findik, Elselien te Hennepe, Bruce Manning, & Preston Stroud. 

Himalayan Autumn Newsletter - Climbs, Walks, Hikes, Treks, & Trekking Peaks Spring & Autumn 2011

Hello friends of the mountains, how is your November? Are you training for upcoming walks and climbs?

My name is Dan Mazur. I lead trips for www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com , now in our 19th year. At present I am writing, this email from atop our Kathmandu hotel where I can see gorgeous Himalayan peaks around this part of peaceful, sunny and friendly Nepal. We're just now finishing our very successful 2010 autumn season and already preparing for a number of exciting walking and climbing adventures in 2011.

Autumn 2010 was a season of high achievement for us. Our friendly teams safely walked and climbed Mount Baruntse, Mount Ama Dablam, Mera Peak and Lobuche East. We placed more than 40 people on these 4 summits near to Mt. Everest and maintained excellent teamwork and safety throughout the season. To read more please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com . 

The famous Hillary Step on the south side of Mt Everest. Richard Pattison on the summit of Mt. Everest (Richard Pattison).

Please do tell all of your friends it's time to join our well organized and successful groups for spring 2011 climbs to the summit of Mount Everest from both the Nepal and Tibet sides, along with infamous Mount Lhotse. We also invite you for SummitClimb's Aconcagua, North Col, Mustagata, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and Baruntse peaks. back to top

Looking for a bit of a skills refresher? Please also remember you can brush up your skills with our very expert training on the Everest View Glacier School, awarded National Geographic Adventures '25 Best New Trips', at the France Pre-Everest Mountain Meet, and the Cascade Glacier School. We offer deep discounts on these trips to encourage our friends to learn about mountaineering.

Do you and/or your friends love mountains but are more interested in gentle and beautiful Himalayan walks?  Please do examine our popular and easy fun walks to Everest Basecamp, as well as to rural Nepal with our annual Service Walk.

For those of you who are "trekking peak" enthusiasts who prefer a bit of walking combined with adventurous short climbs of 6000 metre/20,000 foot high "trekking peaks", we welcome you to join our fun teams, expert leaders, and top sherpas for Mera Peak, Island Peak, and Lobuche East.

Would you like to earn extra money while sharing stories about the mountains? Please mention our trips to all of your contacts and take advantage of our new 'Cash Reward for Sending Us Members' programme.

Cost savings now available: discounts for groups of two or more, returning members, and doctors.

*Special Notice* Put the entire cost of your expedition on your credit card to earn valuable frequent flyer miles and pay off your expedition membership gradually over time. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com , as well as www.SummitTrekPayment.com for further information. back to top

Are you and your friends mountain guides or would you like to become one? Please join our www.LeaderInTraining.com programme. Earn a special discount, free hotels and lots of perks. We are always looking for new people to join our leadership team. All of our leaders started in this way and have been members of SummitClimb & SummitTrek teams.

Cho Oyu at sunset. Team members trekking down to basecamp after a successful season (Samuli Mansikka).

New high school opening in November: working together with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development and Barclays Bank, SummitTrek announces it has built a new high school. The grand opening will be in just one week at www.ServiceTrek.org. Please visit www.SummitTrekNews.com, www.ServiceTrekNews.org & www.MEFNews.org to watch the exciting news! back to top

Are you unable to join our spring expeditions? We will miss you, but perhaps you would like to sign up now for 2012 or for autumn 2011, including Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Baruntse/Mera Peak, Everest View Glacier School, Island Peak, and Everest Basecamp and Service Treks.

Looking for something a little sooner than next spring? Join us for Aconcagua in Argentina this January & February or February/March in France for our Pre-Everest meet.

Announcing a new trip to Pakistan: Climb Broad Peak, one of the world's "easiest" 8000 metre/26,000 foot high mountains: 17 June to 5 August, 2011. www.BroadPeakClimb.com . SummitClimb's accomplished leader Max Kausch was in Pakistan climbing Gasherbrum 1 & 2 in 2010, so he knows the ropes.

Calling all Aconcagua climbers. Do you and your friends want to climb the highest peak in all of the Americas and get qualified for Everest in only 20 days? Please join us in welcoming our new Aconcagua leader: Max Kausch, a well-known Argentine climber. Max went to University in London, speaks perfect English and Spanish, is a UIAGM aspirant guide, and has been leading SummitClimb's Himalayan expeditions since 2002. Max has led three previous expeditions to Aconcagua. We are offering two sets of Aconcagua dates: 9-28 January and 1-20 February, 2011, at a special reduced price: $2950, £1850, €2150. www.SummitClimbAconcagua.com . back to top

Plane tickets are still available for our spring trips, but you must book them now to get the best deals. Please let me know if you need any help finding inexpensive flights, and what you might be finding in your own research, as we always try to keep a current file of the best flight prices available.

Please read down to join our 2011 trips if you have not already. We are offering a number of exciting trips next year which you may review on our website at SummitClimb.com, SummitTrek.com, and ServiceTrek.org. Below please read a short description for each trip and follow the links to view slideshows.

Find us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Linked-in. We encourage you to become our friend on these sites, as we send out lots of interesting news on a regular basis. For example, check out our recent give away for stunning photography:

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  • www.twitter.com/Summit_Climb
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For your convenience we have organized the section below as follows:

Team on the north summit of Shishapangma. Clockwise from foreground: Jangbu, Gyelzen, Karten, Alejandro, Haris, Bart, and Richard. Team working their way past the gendarme (Dan Mazur).

A. CLIMBING EXPEDITIONS SPRING AND AUTUMN 2011:

All climbs now feature western leaders, excellent food prepared by trained chefs, the best climbing sherpas in Nepal, a comfortable individual tent for each person in basecamp and some of the finest equipment on the mountain. back to top

CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST SOUTH: in April and May. Led by Dan Mazur. Our 8th season on the Nepal side of Everest. Our Nepal Everest teams have always been successful and we expect another superb season. This is the original first ascent route made famous by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. Climbing Everest from Nepal is warmer and more beautiful than Tibet. We have 4 members signed up already, with room for just a few more. Full Service Cost: $30,550, £19,250, €21,850. www.EverestNepalClimb.com .

CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST NORTH: in April and May. Led by Dan Mazur. Our 7th season on the Tibet side of Everest. The most affordable and less crowded way to climb Everest on the route made famous by Mallory and Irvine in 1924. Our Tibet-Everest teams have always been successful and always received a permit. The Tibetan authorities welcome us back with open arms for 2011. 6 members are currently signed on, and if you would like to join, we need to know. Full Service Cost: $25,850, £16,350, €18,550. www.EverestClimb.com .

‘EASY’ EVEREST NORTH COL CLIMB: 28 days in April or May. Join Dan Mazur and head for the ‘shoulder' of Everest to see how you feel at 7000 metres/23,000 feet climbing high on the most famous mountain in the world while exploring exotic Tibet. Dan will teach you everything you need to know. If you feel well on the Col, you could carry on to the summit. 4 members are currently enrolled for April and 3 for May. Full Service Cost: $7450, £4650, €5350. www.NorthColClimb.com

LHOTSE CLIMB: 68 days in Nepal in April and May. Led by Dan Mazur and Gavin Vickers. World's 4th highest mountain, Climbed from the same route as Everest-Nepal at 1/3 the cost! The route is the same up to camp 4 as that of Tenzing and Hillary's first ascent route of Everest in 1953. We have 3 members signed up already, so are going forward 100% as planned. Full Service Cost: $12,050, £7550, €8650. www.LhotseClimb.com

ACONCAGUA CLIMB: Two trips, January or February (20 days). Join experienced veteran Max Kausch for a challenging introductory climb to nearly 7000 metres/23,000 feet. He will teach you everything you need to know. Aconcagua is one of the ‘7-summits’ and the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. Climbing Aconcagua could qualify you for Everest. Please join us in welcoming our new Aconcagua leader: Max Kausch, a well-known Argentine climber. Max went to University in London, speaks perfect English and Spanish, is a UIAGM aspirant guide, and has been leading SummitClimb's Himalayan expeditions since 2002. Max has led three previous expeditions to Aconcagua. We are offering two sets of Aconcagua dates: 9-28 January and 1-20 February, 2011, at a special reduced price: $2950, £1850, €2150. www.SummitClimbAconcagua.com .

Announcing a new trip to Pakistan: Climb Broad Peak, one of the world's "easiest" 8000 metre/26,000 foot high mountains: 17 June to 5 August, 2011. www.BroadPeakClimb.com . $12,050, £7550, €8650. Leader Max Kausch was in Pakistan climbing Gasherbrum 1 & 2 in 2010, so he knows the ropes. back to top

MUSTAGATA CLIMB: www.MustagataClimb.com : 25 days in July. The world’s ‘easiest’ 7500 metre/24,500 foot high peak. Walk, climb, ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and snow-raquette to the summit of Mustagata and down. Leader Jon Otto will teach you everything you need to know, has climbed it nine times and you will enjoy not only his friendship and care, but his ability to speak perfect English and Chinese is impressive. 4 have joined the trip already. Full Service Cost: $4950, £3150, €3550.

CHO OYU: May or September. 38 days of ‘easy’ snow climbing on the world’s most accessible 8000 metre/26,000 foot high peak. Led by Dan Mazur and Max Kausch. Our 10th expedition and probably the best possible preparation for climbing Mt Everest. We have 3 members for Cho Oyu in May and 5 for Cho Oyu in October. Full Service Cost: $12,050, £7550, €8650. www.ChoOyuClimb.com

SHISHAPANGMA:  www.ShishapangmaClimb.com : 38 days in September. World's lowest 8000 metre/26,000 foot high peak. Intermediate high-altitude snow climb located near Everest. Less crowded than Cho Oyu.  Combine with our Cho-Oyu expedition and earn a 20 percent discount. 3 members have joined. Full Service Cost: $12,050, £7550, €8650.

AMA DABLAM: 32 days in October and November. Led by Dan Mazur, our 12th expedition to the most famous rock-ice-snow climb in all Asia. Technical but accomplishable, Ama Dablam is 6800 metres/22,000 feet high and one of the most photographed peaks in the world, just 20 kilometres/12 miles from Everest. The rock is good solid granite "scrambling", climbed on fixed ropes with just one 10 metre / 30 foot high pitch of grade French UIAA 4, British Severe and North American 5.7. Climbing Ama Dablam could qualify you for Everest. 4 members have joined the team. Full Service Cost: $6250, £3950, €4450. www.AmaDablamClimb.com

MOUNT BARUNTSE: 34 days in October and November. Led by Dan Mazur, our 3rd expedition to Nepal’s ‘easiest’ 7000 metre/23,000 foot peak. This climb incorporates an ‘acclimatization’ easy-snow-climb of Mera Peak, a spectacular 6500 metre/21,000 foot ‘trekking-peak’ with stunning views of Everest, then moves on to Baruntse’s spectacular ‘easy but high’ snow climbing with amazing views of the entire Everest Massif. Dan will teach you everything you need to know. Two peaks for the price of one. Climbing Baruntse could qualify you for Everest. 3 members are currently signed. Full Service Cost: $7450, £4650, €5350. www.BaruntseClimb.com back to top

 

 

Tents lined up. Camp 1. The mountains behind are sub-peaks of Baruntse. Dave, Arnold, Thorsten, and Michael on descent in the West Col couloir.Team making final ascent of Baruntse's second summit. (Dan Mazur).   back to top

B. MOUNTAIN SCHOOLS AND SKILLS REFRESHER COURSES 2011:

EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com : 22 days in April, May, or October. Looking to acquire mountain skills and high-altitude confidence in a short period of time? Join friendly, patient and accomplished British mountain leaders Raj and Abbey for a fun learning trip to ‘easy’ 6200 metre/20,000 foot high Lobuche Peak with stunning views of Everest. They will teach you everything you need to know to climb in the Himalaya. Course includes 3 days of glacier instruction, followed by a slow, cautious, and very educational 2 day Lobuche Peak climb. Add on a fun trek to famous Everest Basecamp and Kala Pattar, a ridge with inspiring views of Everest for $450, £250, €350. 6 members have signed for April, 3 for May, and 3 for October. Full Service Cost: $3050, £1950, €2150. Seven day option: $1150, £750, €850.

ALPS MOUNTAIN MEET: Free of cost, no charge. 1 or 2 weeks in late February and early March, led by Dan Mazur. It’s not as expensive as you think, around $75, £45, €50 per day includes accommodation and 2 meals a day. Week 1: skiing/boarding on/off piste in Tignes, with a chance to climb 3800 metre/12,500 foot high peaks. Week 2: skiing/boarding/climbing around Chamonix including on/off piste, glaciers, ice and mixed couloirs. 8 men and women have joined, with room for just a few more. www.AlpsMountainMeet.com

CASCADEGLACIERSCHOOL.COM . One of our most popular schools. A week of training and climbing on a 4500 metre /14,500 foot high peak near Seattle, led by Dan Mazur: 25 June to 2 July, 2011. back to top

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). 

C. "TREKKING PEAKS" 2011:

WWW.LOBUCHECLIMB.COM : 22 days in April, May, or October. Join friendly, patient and accomplished British mountain leaders Raj and Abbey for a fun learning trip to ‘easy’ 6200 metre/20,000 foot high Lobuche Peak with stunning views of Everest. They will teach you everything you need to know to climb in the Himalaya. Add on a fun trek to famous Everest Basecamp and Kala Pattar, a ridge with inspiring views of Everest for $450, £250, €350. 6 members have signed for April, 3 for May, and 3 for October. Full Service Cost: $3050, £1950, €2150. Seven day option: $1150, £750, €850. back to top

MERA PEAK: www.MeraPeakClimb.com : 22 days in October. Join Himalayan expert Dan Mazur and friends for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera. A beautiful, ‘easy’, and remote 6500 metre/21,000 foot high 'trekking peak', with some of the best views of Everest possible. This is a stunning trek through ancient forests beside raging rivers and across high remote passes. A less visited and unspoiled region of Nepal. Full Service Cost: $3050, £1950, €2150.

ISLAND PEAK CLIMB: www.IslandPeakClimb.com : 22 days in April, May, or October. Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6000 metres/20,000 feet 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. Your leader Mingma Sherpa has climbed Island peak 17 times and will teach you everything you need to know. He is highly educated, was raised in this valley, has been to the Hillary School and attended university in Kathmandu. His English is superb, he is very friendly and can explain every detail of the trek and answer all of your questions. Full Service Cost: $3050, £1950, €2150. 5 day option: $1050, £650, €750. back to top

 

Gary at 5850 metresgoing for the summit of Lobuche East during our Everest View Glacier School (Keith Whelan). Squash videoing the view from the summit of Lobuche (Keith Whelan).

D: BEAUTIFUL WALKING TRIPS IN 2011:

EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: www.EverestNepalWalk.com : 18 days in April, May and October. 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. 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. Full Service Cost: $2050, £1250, €1450. back to top

ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK TIBET: www.EverestTibetWalk.com : 20 days in April and May. Walk the world-famous 'golden highway' to Everest advanced basecamp at 6400 metres/21,000 feet, made famous by Mallory and Irvine in 1924. Full Service Cost: $3250, £2050, €2350.

CHO OYU ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: www.ChoOyuTrek.com : 18 days in May and September. Walk to Cho Oyu advanced basecamp at 5700 metres to visit the sixth highest & most accessible of the world’s fourteen 8000 metre/26,000 foot high peaks, near the historic Nangpa La with stunning views of the highest mountains in the world. Full Service Cost: $3250, £2050, €2350.

SHISHAPANGMA ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: www.ShishapangmaTrek.com : 18 days in September. Walk to Shishapangma ABC at the base of the world's 14th highest 8000 metre/26,000 foot high peak. Enjoy the incredible beauty of the Tibetan Plateau and walk to a very high altitude with stunning views. Full Service Cost: $3250, £2050, €2350. back to top

 
Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp (Tunc Findik). 

E. SERVICE & VOLUNTEER PROJECTS AND WALKS 2011:

REMOTE NEPAL SERVICE WALK: 14 days in November. Walk with us to a seldom-visited area near Everest on a hospital aid and school teaching/building expedition to help poor families help themselves. The leader is Dan Mazur and this is his 8th service walk, he knows the region well and the families we are staying with are his good friends, so you will feel like a member of the family. Join to become involved and directly help Nepalese people to help themselves and gain an insider’s perspective to discover an area filled with friendly and kind (but very poor) families that will really appreciate and be thankful for your visit. Donation: $1650, £1050, €1150. (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible). www.ServiceWalk.org back to top

 
Our October Service Trek team of 8 nurses in Phaplu after landing from the short flight from Kathmandu (Deha Shrestha). The view from Bhusinga (Erin Coughlin).  back to top

F. REGISTRATION:

The time is here to register and pay your refundable 10% deposit for 2011 trips. Here are the details we need from you:

  • 1. completed application (4 pages);
    • Climbing application: www.summitclimbapplication.com 
    • Trekking application: www.summittrekapplication.com
    • Service Trek application: www.servicetrekapplication.org
  • 2. passport photocopy/scan;
  • 3. proof of insurance;
  • 4. personal sherpa order (where applicable);
  • 5. oxygen order (where applicable);
  • 6. refundable 10% deposit;
  • 7. flight information with arrival time, date, airline, flight number.

G. We now accept credit cards, cheques, and bank transfers for your entire payment. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com , www.SummitTrekPayment.com and www.ServiceTrekMembersFoundation.org for further information. back to top

H. We do offer discounts of 5% for groups of 2-3, 10% for 4-8, and 15% for 9+. We offer a 10% medical practitioner's discount and ten percent for www.LeaderInTraining.com and a 10% certified guide's discount. We also offer 5% discounts for returning members and provide a 5% commission paid in cash for each new member you bring us. We also offer basic options for those on a budget!

I. Want to become a mountain leader? Please check out www.LeaderInTraining.com .

J. Plane tickets still available. Return flights from UK-Kathmandu-UK are about 550 pounds, 650 euros, $900 USD. Feel free to call or email if you need us to assist with the above fares, and we are always keen to hear what you are finding in your own flight research.

K. How is your training going? We want you to be in great shape for the climb and if you would like a bit of additional motivation, we have a personal trainer who consults via email and he is a real professional by the name of Ben Palmer. Send us an email with your training inquiry and we will forward it onto Ben for his advice. back to top

 

Ama Dablam seen from camp 1 at 5700 metres/18,800 feet. Camp 2 at 6000 metres/19,800 feet (Nikos Daniilidis).

L. What have we forgotten? Please express yourself now, and communicate all of your thoughts, questions, and ideas. It is very important that we build another top team this year by working together, beginning today. We always enjoy discussing our favourite subject: MOUNTAINS. Also, this kind of conversation will help us to better understand one another's expectations.

Thanks for reading this and telling all of your friends and colleagues at your local shop or gym.

Best wishes to you and yours during the holiday season and Happy New Year 2011. back to top

High Altitude Regards-Dan Mazur

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