Dear trekking and climbing friends,
Welcome to our May 2014 Newsletter
How are you doing? What adventures do you have planned for the next 6 -12 months? Please get in touch and tell me all about it!
My name is Dan Mazur and for over 10 years I have been working for two well-organized and affordable companies called SummitClimb and SummitTrek.
I am writing to you from my comfortable tent in gorgeous sunny quiet Everest basecamp at 5300 metres / 17,350 feet. It’s a beautiful day with peaks towering above us, the tinkle of yak bells and roar of avalanches in the distance and a few puffy white clouds forming against the blue velvet sky-high ceiling with towering summits of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Pumori jutting up all around us, as if we lay in the mouth of a dragon.
All of our current trips in Tibet are doing very well, with Everest, Cho Oyu, Everest Tibet North Col training climb, and Everest Tibet Advanced Basecamp trek teams right on target, achieving their goals.
Already the first round of North Col climbers summited. Please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com for more details.
A very sad tragedy has struck on the Nepal side, with a number of Sherpas from other teams passing away beneath an avalanche near the top of the Khumbu icefall. We send our deepest condolences to their families. As a result, our Everest Nepal climb has been postponed to next year and the Government of Nepal has promised a free permit to everyone who could not climb this year.
Not only that, but there will be no repercussions for all of our other Nepal trips going forward this coming Autumn and next spring. That is to say: 100% of our upcoming Nepal trips are going forward exactly as planned.
Even now, our Nepal Training Climb is together with me here in Everest basecamp and our team is training and enjoying the excellent climbing conditions and the peace and quiet. We plan to head back into the Khumbu icefall today and climb a 6000 metre / 19,000 foot high peak later this week. As a bonus, those training climb members on this year's trip will receive a gift from the Government of a free permit next year.
Regarding plans for the next few weeks and months, time is of essence to sign up for our upcoming trips for this Summer, Autumn, next Winter and Spring. We have a fantastic group of leaders and members, so we welcome you and friends to the team!
Perhaps you are an ‘armchair mountaineer? Well you don’t have to miss out… please note that WE PAY YOU CASH FOR TELLING YOUR FRIENDS and bringing us new members. When your friends sign up, we will send you a commission. We call it the "finder's fee", and in 2014, have already sent out more than $15,000 in referral fees and commissions!
In this newsletter we shall be focusing on the second half of 2014. We are planning trips to Mt. Elbrus, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Mera Peak, Island Peak as well as other interesting treks and training climbs across Nepal, Tibet, China, Africa, and Argentina. Also we will be telling you all about our Spring 2015 expeditions which are already booking up fast.
So let’s move on to the really exciting part where I get to tell you all about our Summer, Autumn and Winter expeditions. Places are limited but currently we do still have availability on all of the following trips
(Please act quickly to avoid disappointment) Back to Top
MOUNT ELBRUS: 29 July to 8 Aug 2014(11 days).
ONLY 3 PLACES REMAIN!
Elbrus is the highest and easiest snow peak in Europe (18,600 feet) and one of the "7-Summits". See how you feel at high altitude in a short time at an affordable price. A very easy beginner snow walk. Stay in huts, ride ski lifts and snow cats and enjoy a short summit day. Join 7-Summit expert Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know. Equipment and clothing available for hire/rent. Full Service Cost $3750, £2350, €2850. Please contact us NOW to book your flight and receive your visa invitation letter. www.ElbrusSummitClimb.com
1-25 July. 25 days in China.
World’s highest mountain which can be skiied, boarded, or snowshoed. 24,000 feet / 7500 meters. SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION". Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4450; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450. Friendly leader Scott Patch: snow safety expert, professional ski - snowshoe instructor. We have our own private basecamp and separate route on the mountain, following the traditional and nearly forgotten route of famed explorers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman in 1947. Climbing Mustagata qualifies you for Everest.
MOUNT CHO OYU: Led by Max Kausch / Dan Mazur who will teach you everything you need to know, Cho Oyu is not difficult, in fact it is considered to be the "most-accessible" of the "8000 metre" peaks and relatively easy. 38 days in Tibet and Nepal during April-May and September-October. There is perhaps no better preparation for Everest.
NEW LOW PRICE: Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4350, €5050 20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition. Back to Top
FOR MORE PLEASE GO TO www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com
FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND FREE SHERPAS. All of our Cho Oyu expeditions reached the summit in 2013. In fact, I led our October expedition which put 6 members on the summit and our skilful friendly Sherpas led much of the route. For more please visit: www.ChoOyuNews.com
BASIC CLIMBERS FOR CHO OYU WANTED NOW!!!! We have basic climbers looking for climbing partners.
Juergen Landmann on the summit. Dan Mazur Photo. James Grieve on the summit. Everest Massif, including Nuptse and Lhotse in the background. Matt Olsen Photo.
At ABC from left to right Kenneth hutt, Anders Bergvall, Pascal Tiercelin, Sacha Guittet, Dimitri Nichiporov, Jan Virt, Paul Hudson. Yaks on the way to ABC. Photo Angel.
MOUNT SHISHA PANGMA: www.ShishaPangmaExpedition.com
38 days September-October or 15 days in October (our popular Cho Oyu - Shishapangma "double-header"). "Off the beaten track" but very climbable large mountain. Perfect preparation of Everest, located in Tibet and the lowest of the world's 8000 meter / 26,000 foot high peaks. .
Full Service Cost: $12,850, £8450, €9,850; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4150, €5050.
20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition- Full Service Cost: $10,250, £6,750, €7880; Basic Climb Cost: $5350, £3350, €4050. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450.
Full service includes all climb and trek costs, free hotel and free sherpas.
BASIC CLIMBERS FOR SHISHAPANGMA WANTED NOW!!!! We have basic climbers looking for climbing partners.
Alejandro prepares to step onto rock-band number 2 towards the summit. Camp 2 with a storm behind. Cho Oyu on the left side, low in the clouds is Everest, second from the right, seen from Shisha Pangma summit. Shishapangma Glacier with ice pilgrims and Mount Shishapangma in all her majesty seen from the ridge at 5950 metres/19,500 feet
AMA DABLAM CLIMB, ASIA'S MOST FAMOUS ROCK, SNOW, AND ICE PEAK. THE MATTERHORN OF THE HIMALAYA. TECHNICAL BUT CLIMBABLE: www.ExpeditionAmaDablam.com
Full Service Cost: $5550, £3450, €4050; Basic Climb Cost: $2450, £1550, €1850; Extended dates available: 10 October to 7 November (29 days in Nepal). Extended dates available: 1 November to 29 November. Flexible date option also available, with the option to begin and end the trip anytime between 10 October and 1 December.
PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. 29 days in October-November. Located just 15 km / 10 miles from Everest. Among the most photographed peaks in the world. Everything for the novice to the expert climber. Beautiful rock is solid granite "scrambling". Basecamp is located in a lovely grassy meadow. The hardest pitch is 12 metres / 40 feet of French class 4, British Severe, or North American 5.7. You will be following, not leading, on secure fixed ropes. Test yourself to 7000 metres / 23,000 feet. Led by Max Kausch- 4 Successful Ama expeditions, friendly, a good teacher, technically accomplished. He will review all needed skills on small cliffs around the warm and sunny basecamp. Climbing Ama Dablam qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. View the latest news at: www.AmaDablamNews.com
MOUNT BARUNTSE EXPEDITION. 34 days in Nepal's remarkable remote Everest region during October and November. Climb "three peaks" in one expedition. Exciting and remote trek and climb through a rarely visited part of Nepal, yet within a stone's throw of Everest. Join leader Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, for Nepal's "easiest" 23,000 foot high peak. This trip is very unique in that it offers something for everyone, from the novice to the expert. Dan loves sharing this climb with our members, as the Baruntse Expedition really is a "grand circle" climbing trip through the Everest Himalaya, and climbs famous Mera 'trekking-peak', then Baruntse, then crosses the amazing 'Amphu-Labtsa' pass, which is like another summit itself. www.BaruntseExpedition.com - Full Service Cost: $8950, £5450, €6450. 12 October to 14 November. 34 days in Nepal. Climbing Baruntse qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. Full service includes all climb and trek costs, free hotel and free sherpas. PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST NOW AS PLACES FOR BARUNTSE FILL QUICKLY. Latest news at www.BaruntseNews.com
EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT EXPEDITION: www.EverestNepalClimb.com
20 August to 20 October. Full Service Cost: $45,000 each, £26,700, €32,500
PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE SUMMITCLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE OXYGEN, FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Please join 10 time Everest leader Dan Mazur for this classic climb to the roof of the world, an exciting and affordable expedition. 60 days in April and May at a very low price. ***2013 expedition had 100% summit success. View the latest news at: www.EverestNepalNews.com
View towards Base Camp; Pumori on left; Nuptse on right. Photo David Maidment,
View from Pheriche towards Tawoche and Lobuche; porter in foreground. Photo David Maidment. Toy on the Ice Axe. Photo Scot Younghusband. back to top
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com - Full Service Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250, Seven day option: $1450. Price includes everything for the climb and the walk to basecamp: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal falights. Friendly leader Ang Sange Sherpa has led 14 Glacier Schools, and is an excellent instructor and a very friendly person who teaches everything you need to know. 22 days (or 7 days for the school and climb only) during April, May, or October. If you feel well enough on the April trip you can transition directly to the Everest Nepal Training Climb or Cho Oyu. AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS".
MOUNT MERA ‘TREKKING-PEAK’ CLIMB: 22 days in October. Join us for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera. A beautiful, ‘easy’, and remote 6500 metre / 21,300 foot high 'trekking peak', with some of the best views of Everest possible. This is a stunning trek through ancient forests alongside raging rivers and across high remote passes. A less visited and unspoiled region of Nepal. Full Service Cost: $3150, £2050, €2450. www.MeraPeakExpedition.com and www.MeraPeakNews.com Bring your skis and snowboard if you are excited about skiing and/or boarding down this peak.
ISLAND PEAK, NEPAL’S MOST FAMOUS ‘EASY’ TREKKING PEAK: www.IslandPeakExpedition.com
22 days in April, May and October.
8 to 29 April, 22 April to 13 May, and 10 to 31 October
Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6000 metres 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. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1950, €2250. By the way, we had some very good Island Peak trips last year and reached the summit with some very helpful and friendly Sherpas.
Please read more at www.IslandPeakNews.com Thank you very much
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.
EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: www.EverestBasecampWalk.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. Visit projects conducted by the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, including the rebuilding of Nepal's oldest convent in Deboche, and the Everest basecamp biogas project in Gorak Shep. 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. REDUCED PRICE! - Cost: $1850, £1250, €1450. By the way, our recent Everest Base Camp walk was very successful, interesting and fun. Please go to: www.EverestBasecampWalk.com and click on: 'Please view our new Everest Basecamp Trek video clips'.
Namche Bazar Saturday Market. Photo by Iam Dumanski. Edward and Laxman Hanging Prayer Flags on the Thada Koshi Bridge. Photo by Mike Fairman
Remote Nepal Service Trek - www.RemoteNepalServiceTrek.org 13 days June or November. Join our experienced friendly leader and some of the world's best Everest climbing sherpas with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) to walk the beautiful green foothills beneath Mount Everest and explore ancient uncut forests and terraced farmlands. Come one come all! It's an affordable price and the funds go to a great cause. You will definitely be called upon to help out (if you want to, but you are not required to) the local villagers, by teaching at local schools and doing medical checks, and checking building construction as you walk through this remote pristine unspoiled part of Nepal that is never visited by tourists and is not mentioned in the Lonely Planet nor any other guidebooks. Visit friendly farm families living a traditional life, and deliver needed medical and educational supplies to remote schools and hospitals. This is a low altitude trek and you will never step on snow nor walk higher than 2700 metres / 8850 feet. Discounts for medical professionals and teachers.
***During our recent trek, members delivered needed medical and school supplies and clothing, also tried their hand at teaching and seeing patients. Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductable and gift aid eligible). Price includes everything for the walk: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IN NEPAL - EVEREST BASECAMP TREK: 20 December to 4 January. This is a great way to have fun over the holiday, do something different, make new friends, and have a blast. Go to Everest during a less crowded time of year. We plan to celebrate Christmas in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and bring in the New Year in Gorak Shep, which is the closest village to Mount Everest.Dan Mazur is the leader, and a good friend, loves to have fun and has led 9 Everest basecamp walks and expeditions to the summit. Walk on wide trails through lovely 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. Full Service Cost: $1850, £1150, €1450. ADD ON A FUN EXTRA 3 day trip to Island Peak for $1350! www.ChristmasNewYearTrek.com .
ACONCAGUA HOLIDAY CLIMB: NEW DATES NOW ADDED! 20 days in December and January / February. SPECIAL LOW PRICE. 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. Max has climbed Aconcagua five times and teaches everything you need to know. There is no "climbing" on Aconcagua's easy terrain; it's just a walk on rocky (and occasionally snowy) trails. High altitude for a low price and a short duration of time. Climbing Aconcagua qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma.
Our last Aconcagua expedition was very safe and successful! Please see www.AconcaguaSummitClimbNews.com
REDUCED PRICE Normal route: $3450, £2250, €2650. www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com
New: optional climb of the "Polish Direct", a more challenging way to the top, avoiding the crowds. 3 to 22 February (20 days): Cost: $4550, £2950, €3350
James Shipton (left) and Allan Taggard on the Summit of Aconcagua - Photo: Angel Armesto. James & Allan on the way down - Photo: Max Kausch.
2015 CLIMBS. NOW IS THE TIME TO SIGN UP FOR OUR SPRING EVEREST SEASON, COMING UP QUICKLY.
www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com - 38 days in April-May 21 April to 28 May
'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 Max Kausch is extremely experienced, friendly, and teaches you everything you need to know. Located beside Everest on the edge of the exotic Tibetan Plateau.
www.EverestGlacierSchool.com - 22 days (or 7 days for the school and climb only), April or May.
7th –28th Apr 2015, 21st April – 12th May 2015
We teach you everything you need to know about glacier travel and climbing techniques. After several days of instruction on the Cho La glacier, put your new skills to work climbing the famous 6000 metre / 20,000 foot high Lobuche peak with gorgeous views of Everest. Add on 4 days to see Everest basecamp and climb the amazing view ridge of Kala Patar.
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
www.EverestTrainingClimbNepal.com - 31 days (or 16 days climb only) in April or May. 7 April to 7 May 2015, and 21 April- 21 May 2015
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
www.EverestTrainingClimbTibet.com - 28 days in April or April-May.
7 April to 4 May 2015, & 21 April to 18 May 2015
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.
www.LhotseExpedition.com - 8551m / 27,923 ft 60 days. April-June.
7 April to 5 June 2015.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.
www.EverestNepalExpedition.com - 8848m / 29,035 ft 60 days April-June. or Sept-Oct 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.
Sherpas helping a member to cross the Khumbu Ice fall. Photo Squash & Ste
www.EverestTibetExpedition.com - 8848m / 29,035 ft 60 days April-June. 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, less crowded than the Nepal side. Climbing the Tibet side of Everest is reputed to be colder and windier than the Nepal side.
www.EverestTibetWalk.com - 20 days in April or April-May. Visit ancient Kathmandu, then explore the exotic Tibetan Plateau for five days by car. Upon reaching the basecamp of Everest, take a few days of rest to adjust to the altitude, then walk on good trails for three days to the Advanced Basecamp (ABC) of Everest, surrounded by amazingly high peaks. This is a rare high altitude trek, taking you all of the way to 6400 metres/ 21,000 feet. Leader Arnold Coster is patient, friendly and experienced.
Lunch in Tingri Tibet - Photo taken by Arni Vatnhamar Members in Tingri Tibet - Getting first view of Everest from Tibet. Photo by Scott Patch. Back to Top
www.EverestBasecampWalk.com - 18 days in April or May or October. Join experienced friendly leaders Ang Sange Sherpa and Mingma Sherpa to wander the gentle and wide snow-free trails through beautiful green terraced villages with amazing Himalayan views. Visit our world's most famous basecamp and hike the Everest view ridge of Kala Patar. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest.
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 enjoy chatting about mountains, my favorite 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 "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.
GENEROUS DISCOUNTS 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 (please go to www.LeaderInTraining.com ).
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.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEADERS: Our growing company is always looking for 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, ask about the special guide's discount.
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.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO FURTHER DISCUSSION WITH YOU, TO MEETING, AND TO CLIMBING AND TREKKING TOGETHER ON THESE TRIPS:
Thanks for reading, and I would like to speak to you personally and at length about our favorite topic: MOUNTAINS. Please email, telephone, Skype or Facebook me at your earliest opportunity
Welcome to the team and Best Himalayan regards, Back to Top
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