Photos in slideshow: Valerie Hovland, Tunc Findik, Elselien te Hennepe, Bruce Manning, & Preston Stroud. For caption information on these photos, please visit our Everest View Glacier School photo gallery.
Himalayan Climbs, Walks, Hikes, Treks, & Trekking Peaks Spring & Autumn 2010
Hello Friends of the Mountains,
This is Dan Mazur writing from peaceful and sunny Nepal. I am just back from Mount Shishapangma in Tibet and send my greetings to you, your family, friends, and colleagues. How are things? Hope you are enjoying October so far. Will you be joining us for climbing, walking, and hiking in the Himalaya next spring or autumn 2010? We invite you to read down to become a part of our friendly team of men and women of all ages from around the world who love exploring mountain paths, peaks, culture and environment.
Currently I am typing this email on the rooftop of our Kathmandu hotel. It has been bustling lately with our international teams of climbers and walkers arriving, shopping for last minute pieces of equipment and clothing, and getting excited to go out to the hills. The views of far off mountains can be seen during sun breaks through light, cloudy rain showers blowing through the surrounding valley. My job brings me here as a Himalayan climbing expedition leader, walk and hike leader, trainer, and educational-medical mission coordinator for www.SummitClimb.com , www.SummitTrek.com , and www.ServiceTrek.org . I have been fortunate enough to lead or organize more than 10 successful climbing, walking, and hiking expeditions to Everest (both base camp and summit), as well as numerous other mountains in the area during the last 18 years.
I feel lucky and proud to be working for www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com because this year (knock on wood) they had a very successful series of expeditions, including 2 Everest expeditions, 2 Cho Oyu expeditions, a Shishapangma expedition, our first Everest View Glacier School, Island Peak climbs, and Everest Basecamp and Service Treks. Now we have begun our new super-trip: Mera Peak combined with Baruntse, crossing the Amphu-Labtsa pass and a chance to trek down the majestic Khumbu Valley in order to make a full circuit trek while climbing 6000 and 7000 metre peaks. We are very excited to do this and share news of this climb!
The famous Hillary Step on the south side of Mt Everest. Richard Pattison on the summit of Mt. Everest (Richard Pattison).
Thanks in advance for telling all of your friends and colleagues about what we are trying to do. Join together for fun and adventure in the mountains, while trying to give back to mountain communities and environments with medical service and charitable education projects. We encourage you to take advantage and book one of the presently inexpensive flights which are still available. back to top
NOW IS THE TIME TO sign up for our spring expeditions including 2 weeks of fun skiing, boarding and climbing in the French Alps in March, climbing to the summit of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Lhakpa Ri/North Col with our expert leaders and top sherpas in the spring, as well as going for our Everest View Glacier School, Island Peak and Everest Basecamp Walks and new Everest Basecamp Service Trek to the Deboche Nunnery. So come on and join our great groups of men and women of all ages from around the world!!! Can't go in the spring? Sign up for next autumn, including Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Baruntse/Mera Peak, Everest View Glacier School, Island Peak, and Everest Basecamp and Service Treks.
JOIN OUR 2010 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. Read a short description for each trip below and follow the links to view slideshows (big peaks are at the top of the list and fun walks a bit lower down).
A. More Recent News:
Our international expedition just returned from Cho Oyu in Tibet, world's 6th highest and most accessible mountain. The team enjoyed a great trip together with a lot of fun and success, placing 9 members and 4 sherpas on the summit and has just returned home safely. Please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com to read more and see photos from the mountain. There probably is no better preparation for climbing Everest than a Cho Oyu or Shishapangma expedition and we invite you in April and next September to join our fun group of men and women from around the world. Please let us know if you will be with us, as there are still spaces left!
We also had a team of international climbers from around the world just return from Shishapangma in Tibet, world's 14th highest and less crowded 8000 metre peak. The team and I enjoyed a lot of fun and success, with all 6 members and 2 sherpas reaching the central summit and returning home safely. Please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com to read more and see photos from the mountain. We plan to go back in September 2010 and are already beginning to accept applications. Combine with Cho Oyu and earn a 20% discount! back to top
Team on the central summit. Clockwise from foreground: Jangbu, Gyelzen, Karten, Alejandro, Haris, Bart, and Richard. Team working their way past the gendarme (Dan Mazur).
Our expedition to Baruntse and Mera Peak, as well as Everest View Glacier School, Island Peak Climb and Everest Basecamp Trek are currently underway and heading for the mountains. Please go to www.SummitClimbNews.com to follow the progress of all of our international teams of men and women from around the world, as well as see exciting photos from the mountain.
Also currently underway is a worthwhile Service Trek of 8 nurses walking through beautiful green foothills near the Everest region, bringing medical-aid to a rural hospital, as well as supplies to 2 schools supporting a poverty-stricken valley with 4000 residents, surrounded by still unspoiled ancient forests and tiny terraced farms. We have another Service Trek in November that plans to follow in their footsteps and make it to the rural village of Patale for a second visit to the health clinic and schools there. We still have a few spaces available and invite you to join us in helping the people of Nepal help themselves. 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).
We have a new March-April Everest Basecamp Service Trek to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery, where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent, while also getting to walk to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. We will be helping to dig a new waterline, as well as with ongoing repairs on the crumbling buildings. Would you like to join our team of men and women of all ages?
The weather this year was good and every climb and trek was able to succeed in optimum conditions. We hope it will continue and thanks for watching the progress of our Baruntse/Mera Peak team, a great group representing men and women from 10 countries and some of Nepal's best and most accomplished sherpas. So please stay tuned for excitement over the next 40 days! back to top
B. Climbing Expeditions Spring and Autumn 2010:
All climbs now feature western leaders, excellent food, the best sherpas, a comfortable individual tent for each person in basecamp and some of the finest equipment on the mountain.
1. Dan Mazur is very excited to be returning to Tibet for Everest in spring 2010 to lead our international team of men and women to the summit of the world's highest summit. We were one of the few foreign teams to be granted a permit to climb Everest-Tibet last spring 2009, where we put 5 members and 5 sherpas on the summit. www.EverestTibetClimb.com : 30 March to 6 June, 2010; Full Service: $23,450, £14,450, €16,550; Basic Climb Cost: $8450, £5250, €5950. Less expensive than Nepal, made famous by Mallory and Irvine in 1928! Leader: Dan Mazur, 7 Everest expeditions. back to top
Camp 2 on Everest Tibet and a stunning view of the lower Himalayan peaks beyond (Gordon Hopper). Herve Coron on the summit of Mount Everest (Herve Coron).
2. Climb to the summit of the world's highest peak from Nepal. In May 2009, Our Everest Nepal team put 5 members and 2 sherpas on the summit of Everest and we're excited to return in 2010. www.EverestNepalClimb.com : 30 March to 6 June, 2010; Full Service Cost: $27,750, £17,050, €19,550; Basic Climb Cost: $15,350, £9450, €10,850. Original first ascent route made famous by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. Leader: Arnold Coster, 5 Everest expeditions.
3. www.Lhakpa-Ri.com and www.North-Col.com : 30 March to 26 April, and 29 April to 26 May, 2010; Full Service: $6750, £4150, €4750; Basic Climb Cost: $4950, £3050, €3450. World's easiest way to reach 7,000 metres / 23,000 feet in a short time, on the shoulder of Everest. We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip. Climbing up to the North Col or Lhakpa Ri could qualify you for climbing Everest or Cho Oyu and if you do well, you could transfer directly. Leader: Dan Mazur, 4 North-Col/Lhakpa Ri expeditions. back to top
Annette and Lhotse summiter Herman Kristen (the first Dutchman to summit Mt. Lhotse in 2008), near the summit of Lhakpa Ri (Peter Hage). Dawa Sherpa assisting Ken Stalter across a crevasse on the North Col (Dan Mazur).
4. www.LhotseClimb.com : 30 March to 6 June, 2010; Full Service: $10,950, £6750, €7750; Basic Climb Cost: $3950, £2450, €2750. In May 2009 we put 3 members and 3 sherpas on the summit of Lhotse in all safety. World's 4th highest mountain, Climbed from the same route as Everest-Nepal! Arnold Coster, 3 Lhotse expeditions.
5. Pre-Everest mountain meet in France: 27 February-6 March 2010 (possibly, we will be adding a second week from 7-14 March as well). Meet is free of cost, no charge. Place your name on the sign-up roster. A week of fun skiing-boarding and summit climbing in France. Meet our Everest leaders including Dan Mazur and Arnold Coster. Welcome to men and women of all ages. Accommodation cost is $300, £175, €200 per week, which includes accommodation and two meals a day. If you wish to join, please book now, as the trip fills up quite rapidly.
6. Aconcagua: www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com . The highest peak in all the Americas. This magnificent Andean peak offers a high altitude adventure; a chance to walk or climb on a big mountain expedition for a relatively low cost and in a short amount of time. We teach you everything you need to know. Test yourself at high-altitude and get qualified for Everest. 1-20 February, 2010. Full Service Cost: $3450, £2050, €2450. Leader: Doug Sandok, 10 years leading climbs in the Himalaya & South America.
7. www.MustagataClimb.com : 5-28 July 2010; Full Service: $4450, £2750, €3150; Basic Climb Cost: $2050, £1250, €1350. Walk, climb, ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and snow-raquette to the summit and down. Mustagata is the world's easiest 7500 metre / 24,600 foot peak, and a brilliant introduction to very high altitude. 4 have joined for the trip. Leader: Jon Otto. His 10th Mustagata climb. 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).
8) Cho Oyu climb to the summit of the world's 6th highest and most accessible mountain. Our team enjoyed a great trip together this autumn and placed 9 members and 4 sherpas on the top in all safety. Ideal way to get qualified for Everest. Leader Dan Mazur has led 4 Cho Oyu expeditions and 7 Everest expeditions. Join our fun team of men and women of all ages. www.ChoOyuClimb.com : 23 April to 30 May or 1 September to 8 October 2010; Full Service: $10,950, £6750, €7750; Basic Climb Cost: $6550, £4050, €4650. We currently have 4 members on board, and just need a few more to confirm this trip. Please send your application quickly. Thank you. back to top
Cho Oyu at sunset. Team members trekking down to basecamp after a successful season (Samuli Mansikka).
9. September Shishapangma climb to the summit of the world's lowest fourteen 8000 metre/26,000 foot peak. Located near Everest. Less crowded than Cho Oyu. Easy snow-climb. Some members ski Shishapangma (it is much better for skiing than Cho Oyu), as it has a north facing slope which is wind protected between camp 2 and camp 1/2. The snow is often best there and it's on the climbing route. We teach you everything you need to know. Get qualified for Everest. Combine with our Cho-Oyu expedition and earn a 20 percent discount. Leader: Dan Mazur, 3 Shishapangma expeditions. Our 5th Shishapangma expedition. 1 September to 8 October 2010, Full Service Cost: $10,950, £6750, €7750; Basic Climb Cost: $6550, £4050, €4650. 9-23 October (Cho Oyu combination includes 20% discount), Full Service Cost: $8750, £5350, €6150; Basic Climb Cost: $5250, £3250, €3750. www.ShishapangmaClimb.com .
10. www.BaruntseClimb.com : 8 October to 14 November, 2010; Full Service: $6750, £4150, €4750; Basic Climb Cost: $1950, £1250, €1350. This is good value with two mountains for the price of one, and a very accomplishable climb of what may be Nepal's easiest 7000 metre/23,000 foot peak. Located just a few kilometres/miles from Everest, Baruntse is visited by surprisingly few teams and is located in a gorgeous, remote and unspoiled area. Not only is this a perfect trip for beginners and people just learning about the Himalaya, it also holds appeal for the more experienced climber seeking a challenge. For the novice climber, we teach you everything you need to know during the free warm-up climb of 6500 metre/21,300 foot Mera Peak, where we carefully acclimatize, then go for our main objective, the famous 7200 metre Baruntse. Leader: Dan Mazur, his 2nd Baruntse expedition. back to top
Below the West Col of Baruntse looking up towards the summit. Tunc Findik, former SummitClimb team member and summiter of Everest, Cho Oyu and Pumori on the summit of Baruntse. A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres/23,000 feet (Tunc Findik).
11. Can't make it for the full itinerary or looking for something a bit easier? Just walk-climb beautiful and remote Mera Peak: www.MeraPeakClimb.com : 8-29 October; Full Service: $2750, £1750, €1950. Leader Dan Mazur, 2 Mera Peak climbs.
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. back to top
C. Walking and Trekking Peaks 2009 and 2010:
1. This year's 'Everest View Glacier School', awarded National Geographic Adventure's '25 best trips of 2009', was a grand success. 100% of our 9 member team in April and 3 members in May, comprised of men and women of all ages, reached the summit of 6200 metre/20,300 foot high 'Lobuche East' and learned excellent glacier travel, as well as rock-ice-snow climbing skills. Great group of men and women of all ages. Get the skills you need for Everest. www.EverestGlacierSchool.com : 30 March-20 April, 1-22 May, or 7-28 October 2010; Full Service: $2750, £1750, €1950; Seven day option: $1050. Learn glacier travel and rope technique from Everest leaders, then summit a 6,000 metre / 19,700 foot peak. Add on a fun trek to Everest Basecamp and Kala Pattar for $450. Leader Raj Thapa, British mountain leader, 3 Everest View Glacier Schools.
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).
2. www.IslandPeakClimb.com : 30 March-20 April, 1-22 May or 7-28 October 2010; Full Service: $2750, £1750, €1950; 5 day option: $950. Nepal's famous 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6,000 metres / 19,700 feet in just one day. Includes a walk to Everest basecamp and scenic view ridge of Kala Pattar. Leader Raj Thapa, 10 Island Peak climbs.
3. www.TrekEverestNepal.com : 30 March to 16 April, 1-18 May or 7-24 October 2010; Full Service: $1850, £1150, €1350. Walk to Nepal's most famous and beautiful basecamp first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa; hike the scenic view ridge of Kala Pattar, with stunning views of Everest. Leader Raj Thapa, 15 Everest Basecamp Treks. back to top
Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp (Tunc Findik).
4. www.TrekEverestTibet.com : 30 March to 18 April or 29 April to 18 May, 2010; Full Service: $2950, £1850, €2050. Walk the 'golden highway' to Everest advanced basecamp at 6,400 metres / 21,000 feet, made famous by Mallory and Irvine in 1928. The Tibet side has the best views, better than Nepal. Leader: Dan Mazur, 10 Everest-treks.
5. www.KiliTrek.com and www.KenyaClimb.com . In February and August. Come on and join in. Trip organised by Felix Berg, who is an old Africa hand. Felix' family lives locally in Africa and they do a great job.
- Kilimanjaro, 19-27 February, 28 February-8 March, or 1-9 August (9 days): Cost $2680, £1650, €1850.
- Mt. Kenya walk or optional rock climb, 9-15 March or 13-20 August (8 days): Cost $1250, £850, €950.
- Safari (2-4 days): Amboseli (2 days): $650 USD, Serengeti (4 days): $1200 USD
- Combine all 3 and save, 28 February-18 March or 1-20 August (20 days): a) $4250 (with Amboseli safari), b) $4850 (with Serengeti safari). back to top
6. www.ChoOyuTrek.com : 23 April-10 May or 1-18 September 2010; Full Service Cost: $2950, £1850, €2050. Walk to Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest & most accessible 8000 metre/26,200 foot peaks, near the historic Nangpa La, great high altitude walking on good snow-free trails with stunning views of the highest mountains in the world. Leader: Dan Mazur, 5 Cho Oyu treks.
7. www.ShishapangmaTrek.com : 1-18 September; Full Service Cost: $2950, £1850, €2050. walk to Shishapangma, the world's 14th highest 8000 metre/26,200 foot peak, enjoy the incredible beauty of the Tibetan Plateau, and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free trails providing stunning views of surrounding high peaks of the Himalaya. Leader: Dan Mazur, 3 Shishapangma treks.
Our team ascending the summit ridge on Island Peak (Emil Friis). Our team member on the shoulder to the summit (Stefano Ricci)
D. Service & Volunteer Projects and Walks 2009 and 2010:
1. www.ServiceTrek.org : 14-27 November, 2009 and 2010; Full Service Donation: $1450, £850, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible). We are going on a hospital aid and school teaching expedition in November to help poor families living near Everest help themselves. Would you like to join our team of men and women of all ages? Leader: Dan Mazur. His 10th Service Trek, and he knows the valleys we walk very well.
2. www.EverestBasecampServiceTrek.org : 30 March to 20 April, 2010; Full Service Donation: $2750, £1750, €1950 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible). Support trek to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery, where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent, while also getting to walk to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. We will be helping to dig a new waterline, as well as with ongoing repairs on the crumbling buildings. Would you like to join our team of men and women of all ages? Leader Raj Thapa, 15 Everest Basecamp Treks. back to top
The time is here to register and pay for your trips. Payment and all application materials 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. full payment;
- 7. flight information with arrival time, date, airline, flight number. back to top
A beautiful sunrise cresting over the summit of Everest (Tunc Findik). A view of the famous second step on the north side of Mt. Everest (Franck Pitula).
F. 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.
G. 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! back to top
H. Want to become a mountain leader? Please check out www.LeaderInTraining.com .
G. Plane tickets still available. Return flights from UK-Kathmandu-UK are about 550 pounds, 650 euros, $900 USD. Return flights from USA-Kathmandu-USA are about $1500 USD. Feel free to call or email if you need us to assist with the above fares.
I. How is your training going? We want you to be in great shape for the climb and have a personal trainer who consults via email and he is a real pro by the name of Ben Palmer. Send us an email with your training inquiry and we will forward it onto Ben for his advice.
Slightly above ABC, one of our Everest climbing expedition members is heading up to ascend the North Col, where camp 1 is located at 7000 metres/23,000 feet (Tunc Findik).
J. 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 may help us to 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 your family, colleagues, and friends during 2009. Thank you very much. back to top
High Altitude Regards-Dan Mazur
POB 123, Lakebay, Wa, 98349
Ps. Congratulations on reaching the bottom of this newsletter, you must have the perseverance and patience it takes to climb, walk, and hike in the high mountains. back to top