November Climbing, Walking, and Service Newsletter
November Climbing, Walking, and Service Newsletter
Dear Mountain Friend.
My name is Dan Mazur and I am a Mount Everest expedition leader for SummitClimb and a basecamp walk leader for Summit Trek. How are you spending November so far? Celebrating and getting ready for the holidays? Out walking in the forest? Skiing early season powder? Rock climbing and enjoying the beaches? Visiting the pub or café with family and friends? Or perhaps you are watching some exciting games and matches of international rugby, cricket, and football?
I write to you from the top of our comfortable hotel in Kathmandu in the fun and friendly Thamel district. The time is 8 pm and tonight marks the middle of November and Nepal's capital city is decked out in her finest for the 'Festival of Lights'. Garlands of flowers line the walls of buildings, the pavement is painted with coloured powders, and flower petals are sprinkled everywhere. Small groups of well-dressed children and adults walk house to house singing songs, playing their drums and flutes and honouring this special day, which happens to be the Hindu Goddess Laxmi's birthday. The streets are vibrant and filled with bright costumes, music, and ecstatic voices. Tonight Nepal is showing off as an exotic, cheerful, and peaceful country. BACK TO TOP
WHAT HAPPENED AT SUMMITCLIMB AND SUMMITTREK DURING 2012? Not only is today special, as it is Nepal's biggest holiday of the year, but 2012 was another lucky year for our companies Summit Climb & Summit Trek and another lucky year for our members, who are men and women of all ages from around the world, and all climbing and trekking abilities.
WINTER RECAP: In January, all of our Aconcagua expeditions reached the pinnacle of this famous 7 Summit, known as the easiest 7000 metre / 23,000 foot mountain in the Western Hemisphere. In February, our team walked to the top of Kilimanjaro, the famous 7 Summit and Africa's highest mountain at 5800 metres / 19,000 feet, followed by an exciting technical but accomplishable rock climb on Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. BACK TO TOP
SPRING RECAP: In April and May, we conducted a series of Everest training climbs, where in just a few weeks our teams learned important mountain skills, experienced their first high altitude on Everest and walked to 7000 metres / 23,000 feet. In May of 2012, Dan Mazur led our 100% successful Everest expedition with all members who used oxygen reaching the summit, including the world's oldest Australian to climb Everest. We had a successful Everest Glacier School, with all members learning the skills they need to climb in the Himalaya, and ascending a 6000 metre / 20,000 foot high mountain. Our Spring Cho Oyu and Lhotse expeditions climbed the 6th and 4th highest mountains in the world. These were superb "8000 metre" / 26,000 foot high climbing experiences for our members, really thrilling, and of course brilliant preparation for Everest. We also had a wide variety of interesting trekking groups consisting of men and women of all ages voyaging to destinations like Everest Basecamp, Cho La Pass, Gokyo Ri, etcetera.
SUMMER RECAP: During the summer of 2012, we kept up the pace and conducted a free of cost no charge Glacier School on a 4000 metre / 13,000 foot high ice and snow mountain near Seattle. A group of new friends, men and women of all ages from around the world, enjoyed the trip immensely and reached the summit together. In August our team went to China and climbed, skied and snowboarded Mount Mustagata, the world's easiest 7500 metre / 24,600 foot high peak. Leader Arnold Coster led his third expedition there and everyone had a wonderful time. BACK TO TOP
RECENT AUTUMN NEWS: This Autumn continues to perhaps be SummitClimb's safest season on record.
1. DHAULAGIRI: In our just completed autumn season we had an expedition to Mount Dhaulagiri, located in Nepal and the 7th highest mountain in the world. We had previously thought of going for the 8th highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu. When we heard there would be 30 teams on Manaslu we quickly changed to Dhaulagiri, where there were only 2 teams. In doing so our team avoided a fatal avalanche on Manaslu in which 12 people tragically perished, may they rest in peace. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the families, friends and colleagues of those people who passed away. We also wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the climbing companies who chose to bring their customers to Mount Manaslu.
2. MERA PEAK: We climbed and trekked Mera Peak, with 22 of our men and women members of all ages and abilities reaching the top of this remote and beautiful 6500 metre / 21,000 foot high "trekking peak", a majestic mountain with the best ever views of Everest and no crowds. They were accompanied by 14 climbing sherpas, who prepared the route, set up high camp, and even prepared delicious meals in the Mera Peak High camp kitchen. Throughout the Mera Peak expedition members benefited from guidance and instruction provided by Dan Mazur, expedition leader. BACK TO TOP
Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak, with Mount Everest in the background. Photo by Corne Deelen. Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak. Photo by Corne Deelen.
4. AMA DABLAM: We had an excellent team on Mount Ama Dablam, Asia's most famous rock, ice, and snow peak, technical but climbable. The team ascended on strong and safe fixed ropes to the summit. Our very experienced leader Arnold Coster did a brilliant job along with our very hard working Sherpas. In fact, 8 members and 5 Sherpas reached the summit in all safety.
Kunnar Karu, Jangbu Sherpa, and Arnold Coster at Summit of AmaDablam showing Nepal National Flag. Photo Kunnar Karu. Kunnar Karu, and Arnold Coster at Summit of AmaDablam showing Nepal National Flag. Photo Kunnar Karu.
Summit of AmaDablam. Henri Geller, Luxembourg, Summit 28 October 10:30am, Kunnar Karu, Estonia, Summit 28 October 10:30am. Photo Kunnar Karu. Kunnar Karu going down from Summit. Photo Henri Geller
5. ISLAND PEAK: A fun SummitTrek group of men and women climbed Island Peak, Nepal's famous easy 'trekking peak' in October, as well as walking up to Everest basecamp and Kala Pattar. We were rewarded with an interesting climb to 6000 metres / 20,000 feet in just one day accompanied by fabulous views of Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu.
CHARITY NON-PROFIT NEWS: Now, our climbing season is nearly finished and we are preparing for our annual "Service Trek". Starting next week, for 10 days a group of nurses, school teachers, doctors, and other concerned global citizens walk to a remote valley in Nepal in which lie a group of villages where we have not seen another tourist in more than 10 years. In that valley our dedicated team will deliver books, clothing, medicines, solar electrical supplies, building materials, etcetera. Also, those members who wish to become further involved with "hands-on" activity will have an opportunity to teach in the schools and see patients at health clinics for several days.
So, this "service trek" is somewhat like a mini Peace Corps 10 day opportunity to pitch in and help. Please tell of your friends! Thanks
So that about finishes our 2012 season of success, safety, adventure, and concern. Congratulations to all of our members, sherpas, and staff!
NOW ON TO 2013 where we have very exciting plans afoot:
1. ACONCAGUA: Christmas Climb in December (2012) with our top leader Arnold Coster and also January and February (2013). Please come and join a very fun group of men and women of all ages and abilities for 20 days on this very famous 7-Summit, highest in all of the Americas, and known as the "World's Easiest 7000 metre / 23,000 foot high mountain.BACK TO TOP
2. WINTER GLACIER SCHOOL: A new FREE of cost, no charge winter climbing school during January, where we will learn about ice and snow and winter climbing, as well as snow shoeing and cross country skiing, winter camping, avalanche safety and winter rescue techniques.
3. LECTURES: February and March Charity Fundraising Lecture Tour for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development: Featuring Ms. Samantha "Squash" Falconer, the famous motorcyclist, Parachutist, and Everest Summitter, along with Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest Leader and rescuer of Lincoln Hall, world famous climber "Left for Dead" at the summit of Everest.
4. EVEREST: April Expedition highlights: climb and walk up and around Everest with Dan Mazur and our famous Sherpa team. Go for the summit opportunity of a lifetime to climb with Dan Mazur and our super star Sherpas and go for the top of our world's highest peak OR choose one of our training climbs going up to camp 3 at 7000 metres / 23,000 feet, or a novice Glacier School, up to 6000 metres / 20,000 feet, or a fun trek where you can experience what it's like to hike to the beautiful and famous Everest basecamp with our expedition team.
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5. 8000 METRE PEAKS: Try your hand at our "8000 metre / 26,000 foot high peak program" including Mount Cho Oyu (6th highest in the world), Mount Lhotse (4th highest) and Mount Shishapangma (14th highest). These peaks are amazing, very beautiful, very high, and provide an ideal proving ground for those people with Everest aspirations.
6. COME WITH DAN MAZUR TO ELBRUS: Get ready for a big new SummitClimb trip this summer: Mount Elbrus, one of the world's most famous 7-Summits and the highest peak in Europe. This very easy snow climb is just 5500 metres / 18,000 feet high and very accomplishable in only ten days. Expert expedition leader Dan Mazur will be on hand to lead and look after your every wish and need. Please tell all of your friends about our new www.ElbrusSummitClimb.com . Come one, come all, inviting men and women of all ages and abilities, from around the world.
HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT WE DO AT SUMMIT CLIMB AND SUMMIT TREK:
We take pride in offering a top notch expedition. All of our trips are led and organized by Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest climbing leader, as well as our team of American leaders who are carefully selected from only the highest qualified, friendly, very experienced expedition experts.
Our top climbing sherpas are the best in the industry, with more than 5 Everest ascents each. You will find our Sherpas to be the most friendly, technically trained, helpful, hardworking, loyal, and kind you will ever meet. All of our sherpas are technical masters and able to fix ropes and climb safely using proper climbing techniques and equipment. BACK TO TOP
Our cooks are well trained and make three delicious meals (plus snacks) each day. Our food is superb, with fresh local produce and ingredients being constantly resupplied to our team on a daily basis. The food on our expeditions is served by trained waiters and the hygiene in our dining rooms and kitchens is immaculate. We always have boiled hand washing water, soap and clean towels available to all staff and members. By the way, our team dining tents are very comfortable, insulated and well heated, with excellent tables and chairs.
We have full hot shower facilities and our members are able to take one each day. Tents are top notch, high quality 4-season tents. Each member may have their own tent in basecamp. Climbing equipment is strong, reliable and plentiful. We fix and check all our own ropes, anchors, slings, etcetera. Communications systems work well, including plentiful walkie talkie radios, satellite telephones and satellite email systems. We provide delicious high altitude food so you can eat three nutritious meals each day with plenty of hot drinks, as it is very important to stay well-nourished and hydrated at altitude. Trips include high quality clean, comfortable, and luxurious Kathmandu hotels for FREE in the price of our expedition. That means two nights at the beginning of the trip and 2 nights at the end of the trip are our gift to you.
All of the above mentioned items are part of what we call the FULL-SERVICE package. If you are interested in saving money, and providing some of the above amenities yourself, please explore our BASIC service expeditions.
***OUR CLIMBS AND WALKS ARE LISTED BELOW. If anything strikes your fancy, or if you just have questions, please contact me straight away via email or phone, as well as click the link for the trip you're interested to see more information and photos.
CLIMB THE 7 SUMMITS:
ACONCAGUA HOLIDAY CLIMB: NEW DATES NOW ADDED! 20 days in December 2012 and January / February 2013. 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. PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com .BACK TO TOP
EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2013: www.EverestNepalClimb.com - Basic Cost: $14,950, £9,450, €11,450. Full Service Cost: $35,450, £21,950, €25,750. Please join me, Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest leader for this classic climb to the roof of the world. 60 days in April and May at a very low price.
EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2013: www.EverestClimb.com - Basic Cost: $9,950, £6,350, €7,650. Full Service Cost: $27,450, £16,850, €19,850. Please join friendly leader Arnold Coster who has led 6 Everest expeditions and is one of the best in the business, for an exciting and affordable 60 day expedition in April and May.
Janice Smith at Summit of Everest on 27 of May together with Gyalje (Photo by Tenji Sherpa). Beow Lim & Tenji Sherpa at Camp 2 (Dan Mazur).
MOUNT ELBRUS: 21 July to 4 Aug 2013. Full Service Cost $4250, £2650, €4250. Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the fabled "7 Summits" of the world. Join Dan Mazur next July for a classic ascent on a large mountain in a short amount of time. Please contact us now if you are interested! Spaces are filling up quickly.
KILIMANJARO / MT KENYA / SAFARI: Join us for our next Africa Expedition to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Wild Game Viewing Safari in August or February 2012 and 2013: www.AfricaSummitClimb.com . Kilimanjaro, 1-9 August or 14-22 February (9 days): Cost $3150, £1950, and €2350. Mt. Kenya trek or optional rock climb, 13-20 August or 21-28 February (8 days): Cost $2150, £1350, €1550. Safari: Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Myanyara (3-4 days): $1150, £750, €850.BACK TO TOP
TRAINING CLIMBS, GLACIER SCHOOLS AND FUN WALKS:
EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB AND NORTH COL 2012: www.EverestTibetTrainingClimb.com and www.North-Col.com - Full Service Cost $7850, £4850, €5650. Please join Arnold Coster, 6 time Everest leader, for an exciting and affordable 28 day expedition in April or May, and a great chance to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at altitude, visit exotic Tibet, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest and Cho Oyu.
EVEREST NEPAL CAMP 3 TRAINING CLIMB: www.EverestTrainingClimb.com - Full Service Cost $8650, £5350, €6250. Sixteen day option: $6350, £3850, €4350. Join 9 time Everest leader Dan Mazur and get trained for Everest on the same classic route as our summit expedition. 31 days, or 16 days school only, in April or May, and an affordable way to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at altitude, visit beautiful Nepal, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest. BACK TO TOP
EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: 18 days in October, April and May. 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. Cost: $1850, £1150, €1450. www.EverestNepalWalk.com .
EVEREST TIBET ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: www.AdvancedBasecampWalk.com - Full Service Cost: $3,550, £2,250, €2,750. Please join Arnold Coster, 6 time Everest leader, for an exciting and affordable 20 day walk in April or May, and a good chance to see exotic Tibet.
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com - PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150, Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050. Price includes everything for the climb and the walk to basecamp: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS".
At the summit with Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, and more - 6119m (Sean McLane). On Summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, and the Khumbu Glacier from the Summit of Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View from the summit of Lobuche East (Max Kausch). Approaching to summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever).
ISLAND PEAK, NEPAL’S MOST FAMOUS ‘EASY’ TREKKING PEAK: www.IslandPeakExpedition.com.. 22 days in October, April and May. Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6000 metres in just one day. Fabulous views of Lhotse south face and Makalu. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1850, €2150. Five day option: $1350.
MOUNT MERA ‘TREKKING-PEAK’ CLIMB: 22 days in October. Join Himalayan expert Dan Mazur and friends for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera. PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. www.MeraPeakExpedition.com and www.MeraPeakNews.com . Bring your skis and snowboard if you are excited about skiing and/or boarding down this peak.
8000 METRE PEAK PROGRAMME:
LHOTSE CLIMB, 4TH HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, CLIMBED FROM THE SAME ROUTE AS EVEREST: www.LhotseClimb.com Basic Climb Cost: $4,150, £2,650, €3,150. Full Service Cost: $14,850, £9,250, €10,750. 60 days in April-May. Climb the fourth highest peak in the world from the same route as our Everest Nepal Expedition. BACK TO TOP
Arnold Coster at the Summit of Lhotse (Arnold Coster).
MOUNT CHO OYU: Led by Dan Mazur, Cho Oyu is not difficult, in fact it is considered to be the "most-accessible" of the "8000 metre" peaks and relatively easy, very large and located near Everest, so is not to be underestimated. 38 days in Tibet and Nepal. NEW LOW PRICE: Full Service Cost: $11,850, £7,450, €8,950, Basic Climb Cost: $6250, £3950, €4750. FOR MORE PLEASE GO TO www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com.
Camp 3. Ralph melting snow at 6500m - Mark Van't Hof
Way to C2 Mark at 6600m - Max Kausch. Mark working on vertical ice pitch at 6700m - Max Kausch
MOUNT SHISHA PANGMA: 38 days September-October or 15 days in Oct (MOUNT CHO OYU COMBINATION). 'Easy' snow climb of the less crowded & lowest of the world's 14 eight thousand metre, 26,000 foot high mountains, located in Tibet near Everest. Led by Arnold Coster who teaches you everything you need to know. Full Service Cost: $11,850, £7,450, €8,950; Basic Climb Cost: $6250, £3950, €4750. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450. www.ShishapangmaExpedition.com .BACK TO TOP
7000 METRE PEAK PROGRAMME:
MOUNT MUSTAGATA WAS SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION 2012". Our leader Jon Otto has climbed Mustagata 9 times and he speaks perfect English and flawless Chinese. At 7500 metres / 24,500 feet. Mustagata is the world's 'easiest' peak of its size because the average slope angle is only 18 degrees, equivalent to a "novice" ski piste or run. Climbing Mustagata qualifies you for Everest. www.MustagataExpedition.com . 15 June to 9 July 2013 and 2014. 25 days in China. Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4450; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450.
MOUNT BARUNTSE EXPEDITION. JOIN LEADER DAN MAZUR FOR NEPAL'S "EASIEST" 7000 METRE / 23,000 FOOT HIGH PEAK. Dan loves sharing this climb with our members, as the Baruntse Expedition really is a "grand circle" climbing trip through the Everest Himalaya. www.BaruntseExpedition.com - Full Service Cost: $7,650, £4,750, €5,550. Climbing Baruntse qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma.
MOUNT AMA DABLAM, test yourself to 7000 metres / 23,000 feet on Asia's most famous rock, snow, and ice peak: the Matterhorn of the Himalaya, which is technical, but climbable: www.ExpeditionAmaDablam.com - Full Service Cost: $6850, £4250, €4750. Basic Climb Cost: $3250, £1950, €2250. We now offer the Ama Dablam expedition anytime during a flexible window from 10 October to 1 December. If you can't make our standard dates, no worries. You can just show up anytime you like before 1 December. BACK TO TOP
www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org: 13 days November or June - Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are gift aid eligible). Price includes everything for the walk: free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights.
READY TO SIGN UP?
Our trips are popular, so if you are interested, now is the time to let us know. Please confirm your place in our rapidly filling teams for 2013.
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 favourite 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 "Contact/Application" button. Many thanks!BACK TO TOP
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF THE TRIP WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD, make a bank transfer, post a cheque, 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.
WE PAY YOU CASH FOR TELLING YOUR FRIENDS and bringing us new members. Be sure to tell your friends about what we are trying to do.
PLANE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE. Return flights need to be booked now for the most favourable prices. Please ring or email if you need assistance in finding the cheapest and best fares and routes.
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 programme recommendations.
CAN'T GO IN 2013? Please join us in 2014 & 2015, as all of the trips mentioned run each year.
Thanks for reading, and I would like to speak to you personally and at length about our favourite topic: MOUNTAINS. Please email or telephone or Skype or Facebook me at your earliest opportunity. I look forward to chatting, meeting, and to climbing and walking together in Nepal and Tibet.
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Welcome to Our Team and Best Himalayan Regards!
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UK telephone: +44 (0)7810 375400 (evenings best, I may be out climbing in the day);
UK address: 30 Downfield Lodge, Downfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2TQ, England;
US telephone: 360.570.0715 (please leave a message in case I am out climbing or walking;
US address: POB 123, Lakebay, WA, 98349, USA;
Ps. PLEASE BE SURE TO TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. THANK YOU.
Pps. Congratulations, you made it to the bottom of this email. You must have the patience and perseverance needed to be a Himalayan, Aconcagua, Elbrus, and African climber and walker! BACK TO TOP