2020 Spring Pre-Trip Newsletter

2020 Spring Pre-Trip Newsletter

Dear friends, climbers and walkers. I am Dan Mazur, one of the Everest summit, Everest training climb, and basecamp walk leaders at www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com

This is the pre-trip newsletter for men and women of all ages andabilities joining our 2020expeditions and walks.

How has 2020 been for you so far? I hope you have been preparing for the mountains, staying fit, walking and climbing in your local hills and peaks, not working too hard, and relaxing with family, friends, and colleagues.

We send this pre-trip newsletter to you in case you are already a member, are still thinking of joining, or wish to read about how we conduct our expeditions and walks. Thanks in advance for telling all of your friends and colleagues about what we are trying to do, and please recall we pay you or anyone you choose a 5% cash commission when you refer your friends. Let us join together with a friendly team of men and women of all ages from around the world for fun and adventure in the mountains.

Please read down all of the way to the bottom of this newsletter so you do not miss anything important. Thank you very much and welcome to our team!



A: INTRODUCTION

We offer a number of exciting trips this year and next, which you may review on our website at www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com. Read a short description for each trip below. Please ask as many questions as possible, so that we may understand one another's expectations. Informed team members achieve their goals with greater satisfaction, and are better and safer "team players." We love discussing our favourite subject, MOUNTAINS, so please ask us anything.

NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN OUR 2020 TRIPS if you have not already.

All climbs now feature western leaders, excellent food, the best Sherpas, and some of the finest equipment on the mountain.

If you consider joining (we hope you will), please be sure to read this newsletter to the end and understand it fully. Thank you.

The three goals for our expeditions and walks are:

  1. Safety
  2. Fun, Friendship, and Teamwork
  3. Achieving our goals, reaching the summit, basecamp, or your service project and returning safely

B: RECENT NEWS

At the start of the year, our team of trekkers completed the annual Christmas and New Year Everest Base Camp Trek. www.ChristmasNewYearTrekNews.com

We have just completed severalsuccessful climbs on www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com and now we are excited to be heading back to Nepal for our April, May, and June Spring expeditions. A few places are still available. Also, we are offering exciting June, July, and August summer treks and climbs in the Karakoram. We are returning to Nepal in September, October, November, and December for our autumn season. Welcome to the team! Please follow the news at www.SummitClimbNews.com

C: PAYMENT NEWS

It’s time to pay for your expedition in full. We prefer being paid directly by check or bank transfer. You may also charge your expedition to your credit card. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com .

Please read down to learn more about all of our 2020 climbs, walks, and trekking peaks. Spaces are still available. We hope that you'll join us during this peaceful and sunny time to visit the Himalaya. We encourage you to take advantage and book one of the presently inexpensive flights which are still being offered. Please let us know if you need any help finding flights.

D: 2020 EXPEDITIONS

SPRING 2020

EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT CLIMB - Easier, warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest. 60 days 5 April to 3 June 2020. www.EverestNepalExpedition.com

Join Leader Dan Mazur friendly, good teacher, well organised and leader of 12 successful Everest expeditions on the climb made famous by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. The trek on the Nepal side is gorgeous, with lots of little green terraced villages with lovely teahouses in Everest National Park. 

Full Service Cost: $38,450, £30,550, €33,850; Basic Climb: $19,450, £15,450, €17,050. Price includes everything for the climbing and walk to basecamp, experienced British and American leaders, helpful, expert Sherpa, oxygen, hotels, and internal flights. View the latest news at: www.EverestNepalNews.com

EVEREST TRAINING CLIMB CAMP 3 NEPAL - Test yourself at altitude with patient instruction by leader Dan Mazur. Dan has led 12 successful Everest expeditions. 5 April to 5 May 2020. Learn all of the skills you need to climb Everest during the 31 day (or streamlined 16 day option) www.EverestNepalTrainingClimb.com.

We trek into basecamp, learn many glacier rope skills while acclimatizing slowly and cautiously through the Khumbu icefall and Western Cwm. Then, we carefully move our way up the mountain all the way to camp 3 at 7300 metres / 23,000 feet. Full service option: $10,150, £8,050, €8,950. Sixteen day option: $8,150, £6,450, €7,150.  Many members will choose to go back home at this point, but some will choose to continue to the summit and if they are feeling well, take the option to join the www.EverestNepalClimb.com Price includes everything for the climbing and walk to basecamp, experienced British and American leaders, helpful, expert Sherpa, oxygen, hotels, and internal flights.

MOUNT LHOTSE EXPEDITION - High Nepal summit for low cost, same route as Everest.  www.LhotseExpedition.com

April-May, 60 days. World's 4th highest peak. Climb Everest route, branch off before high camp, and ascend Lhotse Couloir. You are able to ascend-descend 50 degree snow/ice on good strong fixed ropes. Leader Dan Mazur; friendly experienced 12 time Everest and 4 time Lhotse climber. 100% of our team reached the summit with Dan on our last expedition. Full Service Price:$16,150, £12,050, €14,150; Basic Climb: $9,150, £7,250, €8,050 Price includes everything for the climbing and walk to basecamp, experienced British and American leaders, helpful, expert Sherpa, oxygen, hotels, and internal flights.Our recent expedition was very successful, please read more at www.LhotseNews.com

EVEREST VIEW GLACIER SCHOOL - Learn high altitude mountain skills and climb a 6000 metre / 19,500 foot peak with great views of Everest.  www.EverestGlacierSchool.com

18 days Full Service Cost: $3,450 £2,650 €3,050 or Five day option: $1,850. Price includes everything for the climb and walk to basecamp, helpful, expert Sherpa, hotels, and internal flights. Friendly leader AngSange Sherpa has led 14 Glacier Schools, and is an excellent instructor and a very helpful person who teaches everything you need to know. 18 days (or 5 days for the school and climb only) during April, May, October, or November. 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". Choose our fixed dates or New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April, May, October or November.  www.EverestGlacierSchoolNews.comYou can also add on a trip to Kala Pattar and EBC for $550

ISLAND TREKKING PEAK EXPEDITION - Nepal's most famous easy trekking peak. Climb to 6,000 metres / 19,500 feet in just 1 day.  www.IslandPeakClimb.com. 22 days or 5 days (climb only) in April, May, October, November or December. Trip also includes a visit to Everest basecamp. Friendly leader Lakpa Sherpa has led 25 Island Peak climbs, and is an excellent instructor and a very helpful person who teaches everything you need to know. Island Peak is a great introduction to high altitude.Full Service Cost: $3,450 £2,650 €3,050. 5 day option: $1850. Price includes everything for the climb and walk, helpful, expert Sherpa, hotels, and internal flights. Choose our fixed dates or new flexible date option; arrive anytime at your convenience during April, May, October or November: www.IslandPeakNews.com

EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL - Walk together with 12 time Everest summit leader Dan Mazur in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing, to the world's most famous basecamp.  www.EverestBasecampWalk.com 17 days in April, May, October, or November. Walk on wide snow-free trails through green terraced villages perched next to to rapidly flowing rivers beneath the towering snowy giants of the Himalaya. Walk 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 GorakShep. Leader Dan Mazur is a friendly and helpful trekking guide who knows every part of the trail. Your Sherpas Mingma and Yangjie 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 Price: $2,150, £1,650, €1,850. Price includes everything for the climb and walk to basecamp, experienced British, American, and European leaders, helpful, expert Sherpa, hotels, and internal flights. Please go to: www.EverestBasecampNews.com . Choose our fixed dates or New Flexible Date Option; arrive anytime at your convenience during April, May, October or November.

E: ORGANIZING YOUR NEPAL VISA

YOUR NEPAL VISA IS BEST PURCHASED WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE KATHMANDU AIRPORT. When you arrive in Kathmandu airport, you will fill out the arrival and visa forms at the computer kiosk, and then the immigration officials will stamp your Nepal visa into your passport at the immigration counter. You will provide your passport sized photo and pay cash (dollars, pounds, or euros) for the visa at that time. The cost of thevisa is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, or $125 for 90 days. Obtain a single entry visa for the total number of days you will be in Nepal.

F: Preparation - what to remember. Please read the section below carefully. Thank you.

1) Purchase your flight ticket now. Flights are still available. Return flights from UK-Kathmandu-UK are around 475 pounds. Return flights from USA-Kathmandu-USA are around $1100. Please let us know if you need assistance in booking your ticket. We are here to help. 

2) Application paperwork and payment - Now is the time to complete of registration formalities, if you have not done so already.

Delay in receipt of the following items listed below may result an inability to get you onto the permit and perhaps even a delay of your departure from Kathmandu.

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file immediately. If you have not already sent these, please do. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order (if any) crystal clear at this time, numberof bottles, masks, payment, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal Sherpa, quarter Sherpa(equipment carriage service), payment, etc.
[ ] Signed and scanned Trip Registration and Waiver forms (part of 4 page form)
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form)
[ ] 1 close up photo scan of your face
[ ] Scan of passport identification pages
[ ] Complete flight itinerary
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue, travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation insurance is advised)
[ ]Doctors letter for all climbs 7000m and above

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you. 

3) Please bring all of your personal paperwork, including your original proof of insurance, and carry at least two extra paper photos of your face in your pocket

4) Please make sure to budget enough cash and bring it along with you to Kathmandu. Credit cards are of no use once you leave Kathmandu, and even in Kathmandu credit cards are still quite often not accepted by shops, hotels, and restaurants. If you wish to use your bank ATM card in Kathmandu, you will only be able to withdraw Nepalese rupees and not dollars, euros, pounds, etc. Once you are away from Kathmandu you won't be able to obtain any cash and sometimes it’s hard to change money other than US dollars. We have found that it is better to be prepared and bring too much cash than not enough. Traveller's cheques are not useful in Nepal. Please bring enough cash to cover your expenses for the following:

  1. Hotels in Kathmandu (KTM)
  2. Restaurants in KTM
  3. Shopping in KTM
  4. Nepal visas
  5. Emergency cash for rescue
  6. Tips for staff, Sherpas, summit bonuses, leader, etc
  7. Shopping and drinks (lattes, coke, beer, etcetera) during trek
  8. Phone calls and internet charges
  9. Here are the recommended amounts of cash to have on hand for each trip. If you feel uncomfortable carrying such currency on your trip, you can give it to our leader for safe keeping:
  • Everest Nepal members: please bring at least $1800 cash with you for the expedition.
  • Lhotse members: please bring at least $1800 cash with you for the expedition.
  • Everest Nepal Training Climb members: please bring at least $1000 cash with you for the trip.
  • Everest Glacier School members: please bring at least $700 cash with you for the trip.
  • Everest Basecamp Nepal walkers: please bring at least $400 cash with you for the trip.

Be sure to bring extra cash to Nepal basecamp for tipping the Sherpas and staff as many of them will not be returning to KTM. $, £, €, work well in Kathmandu. For Nepal walks and climbs, you will change money into rupees after arriving in Kathmandu

5) Helicopter rescue, repatriation, and travel insurance are required. Cancellation insurance is recommended. Do you have your proof of travel and mountain rescue insurances? Remember, you need to be covered for all mishaps, including both in town, en-route, and during climbing and/or walking. We are glad to advise you about different types of insurance and where to find them. Nowadays good insurance is available for any person from every country in the world. If you have sent the above, thank you very much.

6) If you don't have Global Rescue Insurance, your credit card is your helicopter rescue bond. We will require you to complete a credit card authority letter, and attach your credit card. This will be taken care of at our office in Kathmandu. The letter and your credit card will be kept locked in our safe. We have never had a problem with this in the past. We need the name and contact details of an emergency contact person who is available 24 hours a day, speaks English, and is able to wire funds to Nepal on your behalf(for treks up to $10,000, for climbs up to $20,000) on immediate notice. This is in case you are injured and require a helicopter rescue. They never start the rescue until they have your money. We are unable to pay for any rescue on your behalf. The above mentioned insurance is necessary and also required. Insurance companies are slow in paying claims, and we can't have you lying on the mountainside, awaiting the helicopter rescue flight while your insurance company investigates the claim. Thank you.

G: In Kathmandu (KTM) - arrival and departure

7) Arriving in KTM, meeting your flight, and going to your hotel:

Note: Our staff will meet you at the airport holding a "SummitClimb or SummitTrek" sign.

Our staff tries to personally meet your flight at the Kathmandu airport and bring you to the hotel. We were able to meet all of our team members last season. Do we have your exact arrival (and departure) information, including: airline, flight number, arrival date, arrival time, and departure city? If you have sent the above, thank you very much. Before leaving the airport please change a little money ($20, 10 pounds, or 10 euros) into rupees at the exchange counter. You will get a better rate once you are inside Kathmandu, so please don’t change too much. When you walk out of the airport terminal, please walk slowly and carefully and look for the sign bearing your name (usually your last, or surname, but occasionally your first, or given name). The sign may also simply say "Summit Climb or Summit Trek". In case we miss you, please take a 500 rupee taxi to the hotel. We did not miss anyone last year, but some members did not read the signs.

All members of all teams are urgently instructed to never tip more than $1 or 1 euro or 1 pound or 100 rupees at the airport in exchange for receiving help with your luggage. These airport people are becoming really persistent and expect that visitors will not know any better. Sometimes they ask for huge amounts of money and people give it to them, so please be aware and cautious when you arrive. Please also note that if 10 people try to carry your bag, they don’t all receive a tip. You just give the money to one of them and let them divide it among themselves.

If you are arriving early, please make sure to telephone our office, so our staff can begin working on the permit, check your equipment, and help with purchasing any missing items.

By the way, many members have asked if there is some small gift they could bring for our Kathmandu Office as these people work so hard taking care of us. YES, they have asked for a bottle of Chivas 12 year old whiskey. 1 litre is available in Kathmandu for $50 (5800 Nepalese Rupees), in UK for £40, in USA (700ml) for $30, and in Dubai Duty Free 1 litre is AED 140. You are allowed to bring up to 1 litre of whiskey/alcohol to Nepal, but not more. Thank You Very Much For Your Kindness.

8) Print out our KTM office details and carry with you at all times. Our Kathmandu office managers are:

  • Mr. Murari Sharma and Mr. Deha Shrestha
  • Everest Parivar Expedition (Across the street from Armed Police Force Headquarters)
  • Halchok, Swoyambu, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Mobile: (977) 985109-1456 or 985102-3985
  • Office: 977-1-4283382
  • Residence tel: 9771-4418210, 4428110

PLEASE PRINT OUT ITEM 8 above and item 9 below and CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES (ESPECIALLY ON ARRIVAL) IN CASE YOU BECOME LOST

9) KATHMANDU HOTEL - Here is the information for the comfortable, clean, and well managed hotel we are using this year:

  • Harati Manor Inn
  • 569 Gangalal Marg, Chhetrapathi Chowk, near Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tel: 4263429, 4261067, Cell: 9841230040.

Your trip includes 2 free nights at the comfortable Harati Manor Inn at the beginning and two free nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing a room with another member. If you want a private room, the cost is an additional $20 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $30 per person for single occupancy. We are able to book extra nights if you wish to arrive earlier than the trip start date or stay later then the trip end date. Please contact us to pay for your additional hotel booking needs before the trip

Please budget about $50/day for Kathmandu meals and drinks.

We often stay at the comfortable Harati Manor Inn. It is an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes’ walk. The Harati Manor Inn also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horseback riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centers, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna hand-painting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motor biking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungee jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much, much more.

10) Arrive in KTM on the first day of our itinerary for the team orientation. All members must be present on the first day of our scheduled itinerary in Kathmandu unless you have made special arrangements. We need your passports on that day so that we can obtain the permit for you to go to the mountains. We will do an intensive orientation, training, and shopping before setting off for the mountains, in the next day or two. It’s fine if you want to arrive earlier, and definitely a good idea if you have lots of shopping to do. Below are the dates we require you to arrive in Kathmandu (of course it is no problem to arrive earlier).

  • Everest Nepal: 5 April.
  • Lhotse: 5 April.
  • Everest Nepal Training Climbs: 5 April
  • Everest Glacier School: 5 April
  • Island Peak: 5 April
  • Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal (and optional Island Peak): 5April.

11) Please don’t plan on leaving before the last day of our itinerary. We need you to stay until the last day of the expedition. Please note that you cannot leave before the end date of the trip unless you have the leaders permission. Below are the dates for your return flight home at the end of each expedition. Of course its fine if you want to stay on after the expedition ends.There are lots of fun things to do in Nepal like wild game viewing safaris, rafting, visit lakeside in Pokhara, etcetera. 

  • Everest: 3 June
  • Lhotse: 3 June
  • Everest Nepal Training Climbs: 5 May
  • Everest Glacier School: 22 April or 26 April (EBC extension)
  • Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal: 21 April

H: Equipment -

12) For an equipment list for climbing, walking, and group equipment, please go to 'equipment' link on the top bar of the SummitClimb and SummitTrek website. All equipment MUST be in a locked kit-duffle-holdall bag with your name in LARGE LETTERS. Unlocked rucksacks and unlocked bags of any kind are not advised.

13) Shopping in KTM.Our planned schedule allows plenty of time for equipment shopping in Kathmandu.

We provide free assistance in purchasing or renting/hiring equipment. We know where to find the best climbing equipment, clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, etcetera for your expedition. Give us a call or email and we will be glad to help. Equipment purchase and hire/renting is simple, easy and affordable here in Kathmandu! We have access to the finest brands and the best quality gear at rock bottom prices. Also, we provide personal gear checking of all of your equipment in Kathmandu. Please bring the gear you have and we will check it and help you find any missing pieces, make sure it fits correctly, and is the best quality for you. Even if you have no gear, please just let us know and we will find every single piece for you. With more than 100 high quality and affordable equipment shops here in Kathmandu, we can find any item you might need. Just let us know your sizes in advance and we will give you a list of options, and assure you of availability. 

14) Storing excess baggage and personal possessions/valuables in KTM:  We provide secure facilities in Kathmandu in which to store your extra personal items such as luggage, extra money, credit cards, passports, jewellery, watches, etcetera. These facilities are kept locked and are extremely safe. All bags left in storage must have your name clearly written in large letters.

15) Depart KTM for the mountain: After completing our orientation session and receiving permits, we plan to depart Kathmandu the following day.

16) Buy your foam mattress in Nepal. Regarding mattresses, inflatable mattresses are ok. Also, traditional closed cell foam non-inflatable karimat mattresses are good to have. I like to bring 3 or 4 mattresses as they are inexpensive and I want to sleep warmly and comfortably at night. These are available very inexpensively in Lukla.There is no need to bring any from home. Why fly around the world with a kit/duffel bag/hold-all filled with foam?

17) Climbers and walkers bust bring or buy duvet-down jacket. Fairly good quality down/duvet gear is available in Kathmandu inexpensively and is a crucial part of your equipment. Everest and Lhotse climbers will, in addition, need a duvet/down jacket with an insulated hood and duvet/down trousers as well. Many 8000 metre / 26,000 foot climbers prefer a down/duvet suit. We recommend you advance order your Kathmandu down/duvet clothing so you know it is available.

18) Food during the expedition -

Bring your own snack food. All basecamp and walk meals and high meals (3 per day) are included in our full-service expeditions. We provide more than enough food and cooking fuel for three meals per day on the high mountain. However, we ask each climbing member to provide their own daily-snacksat high altitude while climbing above basecamp, and a few freeze dried meals forsummit day. We do not provide any daily snack energy food. You need to provide your own snacks. Please remember to bring your daily snack/energy mountain food for each day we are climbing above basecamp. This food would consist of chocolate bars, power bars, energy gel, rehydration drinking powder, sweets, nuts, sausage, cheese, etc. More and more items are available in Kathmandu, but choice may be limited. A wide variety of imported sweets, snacks, and chocolates were available, with quality brands such as Cadbury, Snickers, Lindt and Cafe d'Or in abundance. The prices were not bad. There were many kinds of local snacks and powerbars available, but they still do not import foreign power bars, energy gel, etcetera.

Freeze-dried/Dehydrated meals: We request you bring your own freeze-dried meals. No freeze-dried food is available for purchase in Kathmandu. You must bring it from home. If you like imported cheeses, tinned meats, and other specialty foods, please bring them.

Here is the list of food we suggest you bring for yourself:

  • Everest: 3-6 kilos - 7 to 13 pounds of snacks and at least 5 freeze-dried dinners
  • Lhotse: 3-6 kilos - 7 to 13 pounds of snacks and at least 5 freeze-dried dinners
  • Everest Training Climbs: 2-4 kilos - 4 to 8 pounds of snacks and at least 2 freeze-dried dinners
  • Everest Glacier School & Island Peak: 1-2 kilos - 2 to 4 pounds of snacks
  • Everest Basecamp Treks & Remote Nepal Service Trek: 1-2 kilos - 2 to 4 pounds of snacks


19) Boots and shoes for your climb/walk. Please wear the following:

  • Everest: "One-Sport Everest Millet" style boots high on the mountain and sturdy, lightweight leather boots for walking to camp ABC.
  • Lhotse: "One-Sport Everest Millet"stlye boots high on the mountain and sturdy, lightweight leather boots for walking to camp 1.
  • Everest Training Climbs: Plastic double boots, super warm specialty insulated single boots, or "One-Sport Everest Millet" boots. Sturdy, lightweight leather boots for walking to camp ABC.
  • Everest Glacier School & Island Peak: Sturdy double plastic climbing boots that are made for crampons, in addition to comfortable lightweight walking shoes with good ankle support that are water repellent and well “broken-in.”.
  • Everest Basecamp Treks: Comfortable lightweight walking shoes with good ankle support that are water repellent and well “broken-in.”

Please note: Members who have tried to wear leather single boots to the summit of our 7000 metre / 23,000 foot plus climbing peaks have suffered frostbite. Single boots are not recommended, and may disqualify you from climbing 7000 metre / 23,000 foot plus climbing peaks. Frostbite is not an option on our expeditions.

Good shoes and all types of climbing boots are available for purchase and hire inexpensively in Kathmandu. Our planned schedule allows plenty of time for equipment shopping in Kathmandu. Let us know your size and we are glad to check for you! IF YOU HAVE VERY SMALL OR VERY LARGE FEET, PLEASE TELL US BEFORE, AND WE WILL CHECK THE KATHMANDU SHOPS FOR AVAILABILITY.

I: Sherpas and staff

20) Tipping your leaders, Sherpas, and staff. Regarding gratuities (tips), our leaders, Sherpas, and staff are among the best, because we can count on receiving gratuities for a job well done at the end of each expedition. You will be impressed when you see just how hard they work. It is a matter of pride for all of us. Besides individual tips, we also ask you to pay an additional “group” tip and we will "pool" these tips together and then, as a group, we will vote on the distribution of the gratuities to the individual staff. This method has seemed to be the fairest and has worked very well in the past. In addition there will be a high-altitude bonus.

We recommend the following tip for our group staff:

  • Everest Group Tip: $350
  • Lhotse Group Tip: $350
  • Everest Glacier School & Island Peak: $100
  • Everest Basecamp Treks & Remote Nepal Service Trek: $150

Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.

Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa, who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows:

  • Everest Summit Attempt Bonus: $600, Summit Success: $1000.
  • Lhotse Summit Attempt Bonus: $500, Summit Success: $800.
  • Everest Nepal Training Climb Summit Attempt Bonus: $150, Summit Success: $250.
  • Everest Glacier School & Island Peak: Summit Attempt Bonus: $100, Summit Success: $150
  • The above amount of money may be split between climbers who were in the summit party. If you have a personal Sherpa, your tip will be at least 30% more.

Tipping the leader on Everest climbs/Lhotse: Suggested amount $500+ per member.

We request you to bring this money with you to basecamp in cash, and be ready to pay it there, as many of our staff are local and will not be returning to Kathmandu with us. Traveller’s cheques and credit cards may be of use in Kathmandu, but they will not work in basecamp.

21) Bring gifts for Sherpas and staff. Regarding other gifts you may wish to provide, please bring as many as possible. These equipment donations are quite important to our staff and their families as they are often handed down to needy relatives and Sherpas who are learning to climb and need some assistance. Most, if not all Sherpas got their start on "hand-me-down" kit.

NEW SHERPA TRAINING SCHOOL: www.SherpaClimbingSchool.org . Working together with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD), we need new and used good-quality climbing and walking equipment and clothing, as well as funds for office expense. The MEFSD is building a new school for training 30 aspiring young Sherpas, both men and women. Safety, technique, communication, education, health, environmental and cultural preservation, and economic opportunities will be the goals for this new training course so that we can provide education, training and help local people in Nepal to earn a good living from sustainable tourism in their beautiful country for many years to come.

Do you have extra mountain equipment, clothing, and shoes/boots? Older equipment, shoes, and clothing are fine. We encourage you to bring any extras for our staff. Please remember that Sherpa people come in all sizes (from extra small to extra large), and would appreciate any rucksacks, old harnesses, helmets, ice-axes, old ice and rock gear, warm clothing, goretex, fleece, pile, down, and duvet clothing, windproof clothing, and any kind of out-of-door shoes and boots, including walking, climbing, running, etc. Children’s and Women’s clothing is also needed. Thanks for helping and being so very thoughtful.

J: Communication

22) Telephone. We have a mobile phone in basecamp. The cost is around $1 - $2 per minute, depending on which country you are ringing andit’s free of cost to receive incoming calls and texts on the mobile phone.We plan to have access to mobile and satellite telephone during the walk too. Those wishing to use our sets are required to post a $100 deposit, prior to departure from Kathmandu. The cost for satellite phones is $4 per minute. Incoming calls are not possible. If your usage exceeds the deposit amount, you will be required to pay more cash in basecamp, or stop using the phone. Be sure to bring enough $, £, or €. While unable to receive satellite telephone calls, at times members can receive short satellite text/SMS for $4 a message from their friends and family.

23) Online expedition updates: There may be a website where your family, friends, colleagues, and sponsors can watch the progress of our climbs and walks. This website is a public service from www.SummitClimbNews.com and www.SummitTrekNews.com . Once reaching the site please go to “recent news” and you will see the dispatches from your expedition. We have traditionally asked all members to become involved and to write or phone  blogs - "dispatches" or reports about the progress of our expedition and also to post photos for the folks at home to see, during the expedition.

However, these dispatches are only to be about your impressions of our climb and are strictly for public viewing. Please don’t confuse them with personal phone calls to family, loved ones, friends and colleagues at home.

24) Battery charging: laptop, ipod, mp3 player, and/or digital camera. On our climbs, we often bring a solar charging system on the expedition that members have access to. As long as there is sun, we are able to charge batteries easily on the mountain. If your device has a 12 volt "automotive cigarette charger" please bring it (order one on the internet before you go) as that will be the best thing for basecamp. In Kathmandu, be sure to bring your wall charger compatible to Kathmandu's 220 volt current (when its working). Also, we encourage you to bring your own smaller solar panel, as these seem to work very well.

Computer, ipod, mp3, camera note: Laptops work well up to about 4000 metres/13,000 feet. Altitude can destroy or wipe hard drives bigger than 7 - 10 GB above this altitude, or hard drives that have a moving disk. There are several options out on the market for laptops with non moving hard drives that work well in altitude.

Some early ipod and mp3 players have this problem as well. Check to make sure your ipod does not have a moving drive, especially before you turn it on above 4000 metres/13,000 feet. We have had several instances where these were wiped or crashed.

We plan to have inexpensive internet at Everest basecamp. Last year we did and it worked well, but mainly at night. Digital cameras work well. We recommend that you keep them in your jacket during the day and in your sleeping bag at night.

K: News updates for families and friends:

We understand how important it is for your family and friends to be able to follow your progress whilst on the mountains. Please ask them to visit the following webpages and social media sites for regular updates:

www.SummitClimbNews.com or www.SummitTrekNews.com

www.facebook.com/summitclimbers

www.twitter.com/SummitClimbInc

L: Additional information for climbers:

25) Bring or buy warm mittens. Special high-altitude mittens are necessary for all of our climbs, for example: http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/mens/gloves/mens-alti-mitts.html. Nowadays, we can find many warm mitten choices in Kathmandu. You won't need to wear any liner gloves inside these mitts (they already have their own integral liner) so fit is very important. Be sure to discuss the size of your hand and what size mitt you might need with the person at the shop. Please remember if your mitten is too big, you will not be able to climb without taking it off, which is not good.

26) Climbers, please be sure to bring a "figure 8" for rappelling/abseiling. Modern rock climbing descendersie: "atc’s" do not work on fixed line, and are a liability because they slow you and the team down considerably. It is hard for some people to believe until they witness this personally, but we are asking you to believe it now. Please go out and purchase a figure 8. You may also purchase a figure 8 in Kathmandu.

27) Group vs personal Sherpas. Our climbing Sherpas carry group equipment. They will not be carrying your personal equipment. Each year, at least one of our team members decides to hire their own personal Sherpa. We encourage you to do so, especially if you are not excited about climbing with a rucksack which is heavily loaded with your personal equipment, oxygen, water, and snack food. We now encourage members who need a bit of extra assistance to use our "equipment carry service”. The cost will be ¼ of a private Sherpa (not including the tip, which you must also pay) and includes carriage of ten kilos of your personal equipment up and down to and from basecamp to the highest camps. For more information, please visit our Sherpa link on the leader tab of each website. Hiring personal Sherpa has been shown to markedly increase summit success and safety, especially on descent.

28) Everest and Lhotse oxygen: For Everest & Lhotse climbers, we are now giving FREE OXYGEN, no charge for a five-bottle set. 

Our Sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen, and 5 four-litre bottles of oxygen are recommended for Everest and Lhotse - NOW INCLUDED FOR FREE FOR FULL SERVICE MEMBERS! Some members on Everest and Lhotse like to purchase a few extra bottles for insurance in case of a longer stay at high camp or a second summit attempt.

We 100% guarantee all of our bottles and oxygen systems, and test them thoroughly with the mask/hose/regulator set-up. We have our own oxygen analysis instrumentation, and we are able to certify the contents are 100% oxygen. Additionally, we are able to measure the volume of contents in the bottle. Our bottles/masks/hoses/regulators are 100 percent guaranteed and reliable. We always have spare parts and back up bottles, masks, regulators, and hoses.

In an effort to reduce environmental pollution and encourage reuse and recycling, we now offer a $60 cash bonus for each empty oxygen cylinder you bring down to basecamp/ABC in working condition on all of our expeditions.

Donations of medical and educational supplies, clothing, etcetera for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development:

29) Please consider donating supplies, clothing, funds, building materials, solar equipment, etcetera, as well as your own time and efforts to the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet. Your donation will be used wisely by the Foundation which exists to help poor farmers help themselves. These families live in Nepal and Tibet near Everest, but far from the tourist trail where life is very primitive, making Nepal the 12th poorest country in the world and the poorest country in all Asia. The foundation builds schools and hospitals and protects fragile environments. Please see what we have been doing with recent donations at www.ServiceTrekNews.org. We encourage you to become involved and we conduct service treks and volunteer projects you might wish to join.

Thank you so much for all of your kind compassion and wonderful help to the people of Nepal and Tibet!!!


Conclusion

30) 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. Please contact us with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.

31) Let us begin climbing and walking. We are looking forward to further discussion, to meeting, to climbing and walking together, and to seeing you feeling well on the trek, in basecamp, the upper camps, on the summit, and on the way back down.

Thank you very much, Cheers for now and we look forward to climbing and walking with you soon, Yours Sincerely, from Dan Mazur and all of us at SummitClimb.comand SummitTrek.com

Thanks for telling all of your friends about what we are trying to do.

-Dan Mazur

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