This is Dan Mazur, www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com leader with 12 years' experience writing to you from the sunny rooftop garden of our inexpensive and luxurious Kathmandu hotel. Birds are tweeting and circling, butterflies float by borne upon thermal breezes, and just a few kilometres/miles from here, green forested hillsides rise from the Kathmandu valley floor, topped by snow-capped peaks. Yesterday was a peaceful and quiet day of rest, and a lovely warm sunny day for swimming in a nearby crystal clear sparkling 5-star hotel pool. After a delicious fragrant dinner of fresh veggies, rice, and skilfully prepared fish, we slept soundly and were up to greet the day with freshly brewed locally grown tea, early morning exercise and sunrise salutations on a dewy morning.
THE SAD SHERPA TRAGEDY OF 18 APRIL: Near the top of Nepal's Khumbu Icefall, at 6:40 am on 18 April, 16 Sherpas from 6 other teams were killed when an avalanche fell onto them whilst they sat upon their rucksacks at the base of an avalanche face. In memory of those lost, & to help their families, we will contribute to the Sherpa family fund and also urge you to. Please join SummitClimb and SummitTrek to give funds, climbing equipment, clothing and shoes needed for crucial Sherpa education, training and development at www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org . Any and all used and/or new items are welcome.
Aspiring Sherpas learn technical climbing together with our team of men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world. Photo Ken . Sherpas helping a member to cross the Khumbu Ice fall. Photo Squash & Stew
by Kunar Karu
YESTERDAY, WE ABANDONED OUR EVEREST NEPAL AND MOUNT LHOTSE CLIMBS, ALONG WITH 40 OTHER TEAMS. HOWEVER, WE WERE THE LAST TEAM TO LEAVE BASECAMP, and our members who chose to remain made use of the excellent training opportunities provided by the empty Khumbu Glacier. Please see the photos from the Nepal Training side of Everest at www.SummitClimbNews.com .
South Col route taken from above Pomori ABC. Photo by Patrick McKnight . Climbers, media & government attend the wake meeting in ABC. Photo by Mike Fairman.
By the way, we had a super fun trek team with us during April of 2014 and a brilliant time was had by all. Thanks again to Neal for bringing Derek, Shamus, Ian, Liam, Scott and Mike! For all of the fun photos and stories, please visit www.SummitTrekNews.com . Thank you very much! Back to Top
Team Canada in EBC, with the Icefall in the background. Photo by Sam Chappatte. Hiking up in Tangboche hill. Photo Scot.
TODAY, OUR EVEREST TIBET EXPEDITION AND OUR TIBET MOUNT CHO OYU EXPEDITION ARE STILL CLIMBING THEIR MOUNTAINS. Let's send all of the team members and Sherpas who are out in Tibet right at this moment all of our thoughts and support. Please remember them and check out www.SummitClimbNews.com .
Members climbing to North Col - Photo Scott Patch. Sherpa breaking trail down to ABC from North Col after fresh snow - Photo Mia Graeffe.
On the topic of support, WE WELCOME YOU TO STAY UP TO DATE ON ALL OF THE LATEST INFO AT: http://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
PLEASE READ DOWN TO LEARN WHAT IS THE STATUS OF FREE NO-COST PERMITS FOR EVEREST, LHOTSE, & EVEREST NEPAL TRAINING CLIMB.
MANY PEOPLE ARE ASKING: "WILL THERE BE REPURCUSSIONS FOR THE UPCOMING 2014 EXPEDITIONS?" The answer is "no repercussions". Due to a blessing of incredible luck, our own teams and Sherpas were not affected by the tragedy in April, so all of our trips for 2014 are going forward 100% as planned.
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.
Please recall we offer ***DISCOUNTS*** for returning members, referral - finder's fees for inviting your friends, group discounts for two or more, guide's discounts, leader in training discounts, medical practioner's dicounts, and tour operator commissions.
Here are our 2014 expeditions. We welcome you, your family, old and new friends, and colleagues to our team!
July 2014 MOUNT ELBRUS. Highest peak in Europe. Famous Seven Summit. 11 day trip. Easy snow climb to 5650 metres/18,600 ft. Leader Dan Mazur teaches you the basics of snow travel and climbs to the summit together with you. Often the 7 summiter's first introduction to snow climbing. Optional: bring your skiis / board for more excitement! Welcome to the team! Full Service Cost: $3750, £2350, €2850. Our team reached the summit safely in 2013. www.ElbrusSummitClimb.com .
NEW TRIP: EVEREST NEPAL EXPEDITION IN AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER 2014. Bookings now being accepted. Climb to the world's highest summit with leader Dan Mazur. 1:1 Sherpa Ratio. Can’t make our Everest Expedition beginning in just 3 months? Well, there are just a few places left for our April 2015 Tibet Everest Expedition and our April 2015 Nepal Everest Expedition. Welcome to our team (but please submit your application now as the spring 2015 expeditions are almost full). www.EverestNepalExpedition.com .
The famous Hillary Step going up towards the summit (Richard Pattison). David Fairweather on the summit. (Samuli Mansikka).
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 .
Alejandro prepares to step onto rock-band number 2 towards the summit. Camp 2 with a storm behind.
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 .
MOUNT BARUNTSE EXPEDITION. 32 days in October-November 2014. Remote Nepal at its best. This expedition offers something for experts and beginners alike. Grand Circle 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, crossing the famous Amphu-Labtsa Pass at the foot of Everest. Trip finishes in the famous Everest Valley. Three peaks for price of one. Leader Dan Mazur: Excellent teacher. Full Service Cost: $8950, £5450, €6450. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.BaruntseClimb.com .
MERA TREKKING PEAK EXPEDITION. 22 days in October-November 2014. Best views of Everest from this easy remote Nepal 6500 metre/21,000 foot trekking peak. Leader Dan Mazur teaches you everything you need to know. Introduction to high altitude. Full Service Cost: $3150, £2050, €2450. Our team reached the summit safely in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. www.MeraPeakClimb.com .
Heading towards the summit of fun trekking peak, Mera Peak, at 6300 metres/20,700 feet. Dawa Sherpa on the summit of Mera Peak on a beautiful, sunny and clear day with no wind (Tunc Findik).
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 .
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. Back to Top
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 .
Michael Tomordy at the Lobuche summit photo by Patrick McKnight. Paula, Alexandra, and Sam considering a ladder near Everest basecamp. Photo by Mike Fairman. 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 .
November-December REMOTE NEPAL SERVICE TREK. 12 days of magical walking in a remote part of Nepal visiting Sherpa families living in an untouched hilly forested farm region. Ancient forests and crystal clear rivers. Low-altitude trek leader Dan Mazur knows every house in every village and we stay with some of the friendliest and most charming families you have ever met while bringing needed supplies, medicines, school books, teaching, health, and environmental care. Price - Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible). www.RemoteNepalServiceTrek.org
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TREK TO EVEREST BASECAMP. 18 Days of glorious peaceful trekking at the turn of the year. Celebrate good cheer and the best holidays of the year at the world's highest holiday destination: Mount Everest Base Camp. Leader KajiTamang is an Everest expert and has led 5 Christmas New Year treks. This is an uncrowded and beautiful time of year to trek. Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450 www.ChristmasNewYearTrek.com
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 .
James Shipton (left) and Allan Taggard on the Summit of Aconcagua - Photo: Angel Armesto. James & Allan on the way down - Photo: Max Kausch. Back to Top
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. Today, I personally met with the Nepalese Government Authorities, and as of now, they 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.
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
Thorbjorn ensuring VIP tickets (David O'Brien). From l-r: Elizabeth Tertil, Peter Kinloch and Enrique Rodriguez on the summit of Mount Everest. For Elizabeth and Enrique, this was their final step to completing the 7 summits. Congratulations! (Elizabeth Tertil).
Team on their way up the 2nd Step (David O'Brien). In Memory of The Climbers Who Stayed on Mount Everest” – Photo Mia Graeffe.
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
EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB NORTH-COL. April-May, 2015 and 2016. 28 days in April or May. Probably the world's easiest 7000 metre/ 23,000 foot high peak located on the shoulder of Everest in exotic Tibet. A great way to see how you feel at altitude in a short amount of time. Dan Mazur and Scott Patch are very experienced and friendly leaders who will teach you everything you need to know. If you feel well on the April trip, you can transition to Everest or Cho Oyu. Full Service Cost: $8,950, £5,850, €6850. www.EverestTrainingClimbTibet.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
Ralph and Palden at Summit. Mark at summit
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
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
SIGNUP NOW FOR OUR 2015 AND 2016 Everest Basecamp Treks, Glacier Schools, Trekking Peaks like Mera and Island Peak, and our Service Treks.
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! Back to Top
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
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 .
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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