Dear Mountain Friend
Calling all men and women of all ages from around the world who love wild places:
Happy Sherpa Tibetan Chinese Lunar New Year, celebrated across the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, and China during this 'Year of the Serpent'.
In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, I hope this newsletter will open the door to 2013 for you. Watch out for the serpent's wisdom and watchfulness.
2013 is the Year of the Serpent, which symbolizes a progressive year with fruitful success. Serpents are wise, intelligent, and are among the most intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the 12 animal signs of the lunar calendar. Serpents are attractive people who take crises with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting, and know how to maintain composure.
Are you watching out for the Serpent this year? We sure are and hope you will join us for adventure in the spirit of the Serpent, as we slither into a safe, exciting, successful and magical journey into 2013. The possibilities are endless for creating a memorable year with one another!
WARNING, THIS NEWSLETTER IS EXTREMELY LONG... AND - Back to Top
WE ARE FOCUSED ON MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBING, WALKING, TRAINING, AND SHARING FACTS AND STORIES. Please read down to enjoy our world's highest mountain, and don’t forget to check out the DEAL OF THE MONTH, LUNAR NEW YEAR SALE PRICES AND SPECIAL DISCOUNTS.
Please feel free to dive into this newsletter's focus on what it is we do here at SummitClimb & SummitTrek through recent news, upcoming trips, and background of Everest from both sides: the northern Tibetan side and the southern Nepalese side.
READ DOWN as we delve into Everest's surrounding sister peaks, such as Lhotse, the North Col, Lhakpa Ri, and Lobuche, as well as a fascinating exploration of natural and cultural information about the places we love to visit.
Also, don't forget to look at our 2013 trip offerings below, as there are so many exciting adventures for every skill level that every dream can be met this year of the Serpent for you and your friends and family. We have included testimonials from former members on all of our past trips for you to see the good value and difference between what we do as opposed to other companies. Back to Top
The glacier school lines up on the moraine ascending to high camp. From the left, Rick, Heather, Jen, Bill, Maryana, Stephanie, Heather, Scott, Dale, Jeff, Allen, Abhi, Randy, Ulyana, Ania Kyler, Wes, Sonya, Tracy, Charlie, Stewart, Vance (Dan Mazur).
WATCH OUT for our next newsletter in January where we describe some fun and accomplishable peaks to ski and snowboard, such as Mustagata, Cho Oyu, Mera Peak, as well as fun treks in the surrounding areas.
STAY TUNED for our next project: the 8000 metre / 26,000 foot peaks and how to climb their summits and walk to their basecamps. We are going to get serious about discussing summer plans and autumn projects. REMEMBER OUR ONGOING QUEST FOR THE 7 SUMMITS.
DURING FEBRUARY, CHECKOUT AN UPDATE ON HOT AUTUMN technical and easy climbs like Ama Dablam, Asia's most famous rock, ice and snow mountain, challenging yet accomplishable technical climbing, known as the "Matterhorn of the Himalaya", and Mount Baruntse, Nepal's 'easiest' 7000 metre peak, with something for everyone, from the novice to the expert.
WHO ARE WE?: By way of introduction, my name is Dan Mazur, working for SummitClimb and SummitTrek now in their 22nd year. Our offices are located in Bristol, England; Seattle, Washington; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Chengdu, China. We are also in the midst of a big fundraising campaign for the new www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org , now in their 11th year. Please check out all of the latest news at www.SummitClimbNews.com and www.SummitTrekNews.com . Back to Top
I WELCOME YOU TO JOIN ME FOR EVEREST IN NEPAL WITH friends, old and new, starting in just two months on 7 April and running through May, as I lead my 9th Everest Nepal/Lhotse summit, training climb and basecamp walk expedition with a friendly group of men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world. Let's get together for climbs to the summit, training climbs to prepare you for Everest and fun "medium sized" and smaller peaks. Come on with me and friends for peaceful, beautiful, easy and memorable walks to the basecamp and stunning nearby viewpoints, and service projects to give back to local families with health care, education, cultural and environmental preservation.
DEAL OF THE MONTH: Bring a friend on any of our trips in 2013 and get a 10% discount for yourself and 5% for your climbing or trekking partner!
LUNAR NEW YEAR SALE. PLEASE TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!! Celebrating the Lunar New Year, my bosses at SummitClimb.com and SummitTrek.com have decided to extend our annual sale for a couple more weeks! Take advantage of our 5% discount for climbs and treks in 2013 for the trip of a lifetime. Donate the 5% discount to charity, or use it for yourself, and combine with our generous discounts for groups of 2 or more, medical professionals, returning members, mountain guides and leaders-in-training for even more savings during the first days of 2013. We are offering this for members who have not booked yet for 2013, and this offer is only good until the end of January, so now is the time to lock this incredible deal before it's too late. Back to Top
WE NEED YOUR DEPOSIT AND APPLICATION NOW.
BREAKING NEWS: TIBET IS OPEN FOR SPRING AND AUTUMN 2013: Our organizers in Lhasa just confirmed that Tibet is officially open. We are very excited and hope you will join us for some of the world's finest and most accessible high altitude climbing and trekking on EVEREST, CHO OYU, SHISHAPANGMA, as well as fun training climbs to the NORTH COL & LHAKPA RI and relaxing basecamp walks.
NOW you can join me, Dan Mazur, for Everest Nepal this spring or expert Everest leader Arnold Coster for the Tibet side. Spaces are available for both expeditions and it is the time to confirm your spot. Welcome to our team!
AUTUMN EVEREST EXPEDITION UPDATE: Skip the crowds and climb to the highest point on the planet in style. Dates are now available for the full Everest from Nepal expedition in August - October 2013 with expert leader Dan Mazur. 20 August to 20 October. 60 days in Nepal. Full Service Cost: $44,950, £28,450, €35,950; Basic Climb Cost: $24,950, £15,750, €19,950. This will be a small and select group, so please telephone me if you are interested. Back to Top
ACONCAGUA NEWS - Our December Holiday climb has just returned where our fun team of men and women of all ages are in Mendoza, Argentina after a successful summit. Please check out all of the latest news at www.AconcaguaSummitClimbNews.com (scroll down the summitClimb news page) to view more of our team reaching the highest peak in all of the Americas and one of the fabled "7 Summits".
LAST MINUTE DEAL - SPECIAL PRICE - SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR 1-20 FEBRUARY 2013: Our top leader Max Kausch is very qualified, relaxed, and an excellent leader. Just a few places are left for the Normal Route, Falso, and the Polish Glacier, so please do let me know in the next few days: www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com . Get in top shape and prepare for Everest. SUPER CHEAP PRICE OF $2950, £1850, €2150.
ELBRUS SUMMER 7-SUMMIT FUN - INTRODUCTORY LOW PRICE: 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 walk is just 5500 metres / 18,000 feet high and very accomplishable in only eleven days. Expert expedition leader Dan Mazur will be on hand to lead, teach and ensure you have a great trip. 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. Back to Top
CANADIAN - USA - INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP WINTER CLIMBING SCHOOL NEAR MOUNT BAKER: A new FREE of cost, no charge winter climbing school during late January/early February, where together with leaders Dan Mazur and Stewart Wolfe, we will learn about ice and snow, winter climbing, camping, avalanche safety and winter rescue techniques. We still have a few spaces available and hope you will join us for some technical training and fun in the snow this winter. Dates: 30 January to 4 February, 2013.
Can't make the winter climbing school? Please check out our free of cost no charge summer glacier school where we welcome men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world to learn and explore massive glaciers and 4,400 metre / 14,400 foot high peaks each July: www.SeattleGlacierSchool.org .
CHARITY/NON-PROFIT NEWS: Interested in the charity and service side of mountain adventure? Please get involved via donating to the Mount Everest Foundation at www.WaysYouCanHelp.org to support and work together with local families living near Everest with hospitals, schools, environmental and cultural preservation. DO MORE and get your hands dirty and help dig in with our twice yearly www.EverestServiceWalk.org and www.ServiceTrek.org .
NEW SHERPA TRAINING SCHOOL: www.SherpaClimbingSchool.org . Working together with the 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.Back to Top
Sherpa fixing rope on Cho Oyu. Photo Mark. Kunnar Karu, Jangbu Sherpa, and Arnold Coster, on the summit of Ama Dablam. Photo
by Kunar Karu
LECTURES: During February and March we will be performing our exciting Charity Fundraising Lecture Tour for the MEFSD. This year our main goal of doing the lectures is to raise funds and new and used climbing and trekking equipment and clothing for the www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org , featuring Ms. Samantha "Squash" Falconer, the famous motorcyclist, parachutist, and Everest summiter, along with Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest Leader and rescuer of Lincoln Hall, world famous climber "Left for Dead" at the summit of Everest. Please inquire about opportunities for hosting a presentation in your own community where all of the proceeds go to help the people of Nepal with educational, environmental, medical, and service projects in rural areas that lack any funding from outside sources. We encourage you, family, friends, and colleagues to attend the presentations and also please invite us to your town for an exciting talk, and to bring together people in your community who enjoy mountains, for an interesting social event where everyone can meet new friends and rendezvous with old acquaintances. For more please go to www.FundraisingLectures.org
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. For more about our discount programme please read down to the bottom of this newsletter. Thank you. Back to Top
PAYMENT NEWS: Can't afford to pay now but need to lock your place? Please put down a ten percent refundable deposit and pay off your expedition over time. Also, feel free to use your credit card for 100% of your payment.
ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT CLIMBING BUT WONDERING HOW TO GET STARTED? Everyone has to begin somewhere, so why not join our Everest Training Climb teams this spring, learn the basics about equipment and climbing from our friendly, helpful, expert instructors and then put your new skills to work and reach 7000 metres / 23,000 feet high on the saddle of Everest, all in just 4 weeks.
WHERE TO FIND INEXPENSIVE CLIMBING AND WALKING EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING? Our Equipment Experts are on hand to help you find the affordably priced climbing and walking equipment you need. Please just let us know what you need and we will help you find it at the best prices. This offer is available to anyone from any place in any country in the entire world, so even if you can't find good gear where you live, our staff is easily able to source it for you.
INEXPENSIVE 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.
IT IS TIME TO JOIN: Please indicate your interests very soon as we are currently gathering applications and filling out the official permit applications. Our office staff are excited and organising supplies, sherpas, oxygen, and preliminary permits and need to know now regarding your plans for 2013. Back to Top
NOW I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT EVEREST AND SURROUNDING PEAKS, THEIR ROUTES, WEATHER, ENVIRONMENT, AND THE APPROACH (Don’t worry, after that we will get into the prices, dates and attributes of all of the cool trips we have on offer):
Please read down for some fun information about Everest and her surrounding peaks, as well as our full list of trip offerings for 2013. We want to help make sure our members are informed and able to accomplish their 'Serpent' dreams in 2013 by providing some insight into the different options available right now. There is a full list of trip options for 2013 below our Everest section, so PLEASE KEEP READING. Thanks!
MOUNT EVEREST: Is the earth's highest mountain at 8848 metres/29,029 feet above sea level. The international boundary between Nepal and Tibet runs across the precise summit point. Its massif includes the neighbouring peaks of Lhotse (world's 4th highest mountain), Nuptse and Changtse, as well as many fun smaller 'trekking peaks' and easy basecamp walks which I'll discuss more about below.
EVEREST SEASONS: The Nepal and Tibet season begins in early April through June, then again in September through December. These seasons have the best weather and life is quiet, peaceful, and friendly out in the Himalaya. Back to Top
1ST OF ALL...WHY DO WE CLIMB EVEREST? The best and most famous answer to this question came from George Mallory of the UK, who was important in some of the first attempts on Everest from the Tibet side in the early 20s. He replied when asked, "because it is there." Though this could be applied to any mountain, cutting to the heart of the matter, Everest is quite special and considered one of the greatest challenges one can attempt on this planet.
EVEREST EXPEDITION ROUTES - NORTH VS. SOUTH: Regarding the routes on Everest, the two most popular are the Nepal (South Col) and Tibet (North Ridge). The North, Tibetan side is generally considered colder, as it sees less sun, whereas the South, Nepalese side can get decently warm when the sun is out. It’s a major consideration for some, especially those more susceptible to getting cold in their extremities. The North has a higher basecamp at 6400 metres/ 20,000 feet called 'ABC' (advanced basecamp), as opposed to the South, which is at 5000 metres/17,400 feet. The route itself is considered easier on the North side up to camp 4, where you sleep before summit day, but above camp 4 there are three technical sections (known as the First, Second, and Third Steps). On the South the route gets a bit more involved early on inside the notorious Khumbu Icefall, and has a technical section on summit day called the Hillary Step.
SUCCESS RATES: NEPAL (SOUTH SIDE), VS TIBET (NORTH SIDE). The average historical success rate during the last 50 years has been higher in Nepal than on the Tibet side. Holding all other things equal, you have a higher chance of summit success on the Nepal Side. Read down to see what the "other things are"
HIGH CAMP ADVANTAGE: Then there’s the location of the highest camp before the summit. On the North side it’s at 8300 metres, which is the highest regularly used high camp on earth! On the south side the high camp is a little lower at 8000 metres, where you still need to sleep on oxygen. That means that you have 850 metres to climb to the summit from the South, and only 550 metres from the North. Back to Top
Sherpas helping a member to cross the Khumbu Ice fall. Photo Squash & Stew
KHUMBU ICEFALL: Another consideration is the terrifying Khumbu Ice Fall on the South, where you have to cross large and deep crevasses via ladders strapped together end to end. It is the most dangerous part of the ascent via either side, and it’s for this reason alone that some people choose to climb from the North. The problem is that the ice fall is continuously moving, and while navigating through it there are chances that pieces will break off, fall onto climbers or break ladders essential for crossing crevasses, obliterating sections of trail and ripping out the fixed ropes.
CROWDS - WHICH SIDE IS MORE POPULAR: The Nepal side can be quite a crowded circus of climbers from all over the world outnumbering the teams in Tibet up to 3 to 1 per person in basecamp. Tibet is much less crowded than Nepal, with a very spread out basecamp where there may be a kilometre or half mile between different teams, making quite a difference in climbing styles, and overall ambience of the route, approach, basecamp, etcetera.
THE BIG DIFFERENCE IS PRICE: The Northern Tibetan route is generally cheaper. This is because of logistics and getting people and supplies to base camp is done all by car. On the Southern Nepalese side, people and supplies are first flown from Kathmandu to Lukla, then people hike and supplies are taken by Yak to base camp. For example, SummitClimb's www.EverestTibetExpedition.com , at $27,450, is 25% cheaper than SummitClimb's www.EverestNepalExpedition.com at $35,450. By the way, both expeditions are full service with all permits, western leaders, sherpas, equipment, hotels, food, comfortable basecamp, satellite phones, email, oxygen and domestic flights included. Back to Top
HOW AND WHERE DO THESE TRIPS TO EVEREST AND SURROUNDING PEAKS AND WALKS START? - Please keep reading for some cultural information and geographical explanations about Nepal and Tibet. Also, delve further into Everest's sister peaks and other OPTIONS FOR ADVENTURE in the surrounding areas.
KATHMANDU - BEGINNING A VISIT TO NEPAL OR TIBET: Everest walks, training climbs, and expeditions begin in the ancient and colourful city of Kathmandu, where your SummitTrek and SummitClimb staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. Kathmandu has superb mountain equipment and clothing shopping with more than 100 new and used outdoor / climbing shops with great prices. Don’t miss a bit of sightseeing in Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated.
NEIGHBOURING PEAKS - FUN TRAINING CLIMBS AND WALKS: In regards to peaks on or near Everest there are several very enjoyable, accomplishable, affordable and interesting summits that can be a great way to test oneself at high altitude for all skill levels.
THE NORTH COL: Along the route to the summit of Everest in Tibet is the North Col at 7000 metres/23,000 feet high. It is a spectacular location with incredible views and is situated between Mount Changtse and the summit of Everest, directly on the main climbing route for Everest from Tibet. The North Col is the location for camp 1 on a high snow ridge above advanced basecamp. The actual climbing on this fun trekking peak could be best described as steep walking/climbing, with climbers attached to fixed ropes and it runs in conjunction with the exciting spring Everest climbing season. Ascending www.North-Col.com may be the easiest way in the world to reach 7000 metres / 23,000 feet. Back to Top
LHAKPA RI: Right next to Everest is the neighbouring mountain of Lhakpa Ri (also known as Xang Dong Feng) at 7045 metres/23,000 feet. It is a fun and 'easy' spectacular trekking peak, which divides the upper East Rongbuk glacier and upper Kharta glacier. Lhakpa Ri is close enough to Everest to feel the enourmous power and character of the world's highest mountain, but is set far enough back to appreciate the true beauty of this great peak. The summit view from Lhakpa Ri rivals that from many of the world's highest mountains. Amongst the highlights are the north faces of Makalu and Pethangtse, the Kangshung (east) face of Everest and the magnificent east face of Lhotse.
LHOTSE: Lhotse is the 4th highest mountain in the world, and lies on the shoulder of Everest at 8516 metres/27,940 feet. The route follows the Everest route up to camp 3. The climb is an exciting mixture of snow and ice with a wee bit of rock up high. Lhotse is sometimes mistakenly identified as the south peak of the Everest massif. No serious attention was turned to climbing Lhotse until after Everest had finally been ascended. Lhotse was first climbed in 1956 as an alternative route to the summit of Everest by Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger (Swiss team). In addition to the main summit there are two subsidiary peaks, Lhotse Shar, which is immediately east of the main summit, and Nuptse, a high peak on the mountain's west ridge. The great thing about Lhotse is you climb most of the Everest route for a much cheaper price. For example, SummitClimb's www.LhotseExpedition.com , at $14,850 is 60% cheaper than SummitClimb's www.EverestNepalExpedition.com at $35,450.
LOBUCHE EAST: Lobuche (also spelled Lobuje) is a Nepalese mountain which lies close to the Khumbu Glacier at 6119 metres / 20,075 feet. There are two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East (often mistaken for Lobuche West which is a separate mountain further west). The first recorded ascent of Lobuche East was made by Laurence Nielson and Sherpa Ang Gyalzen on April 25, 1984. It is a beautiful place to learn, practice your skills and to take an up-close look at the high peaks of the Himalaya, including Everest, the famous south face of Lhotse, Makalu and the north side of Ama Dablam. We refer to this as the www.LobucheClimb.com or www.EverestGlacierSchool.com . The "Cho La" lies at the base of Lobuche, providing an ideal training ground to practice easy snow and ice climbing and beginner glacier travel and rope training. After the class, rest for a few days in gorgeous grassy and less crowded Lobuche basecamp, then try for the top of easy "trekking peak" Lobuche. Back to Top
BASECAMP WALKS AND CULTURAL TOURS: Both basecamp walks to Everest are fun and exciting, although Tibet and Nepal are vastly different, like visiting two entirely opposite planets. Back to Top
EVEREST NEPAL BASECAMP - GETTING THERE: This is one of the most famous treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable 'teahouse' which is kind of a "bed and breakfast" in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. The trek can be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. www.EverestBasecampWalk.com is a great opportunity to retrace the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where one can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Trusty yaks and porters can carry all of your baggage, so one doesn't have to carry a heavy rucksack.
EVEREST NEPAL WALK TO BASECAMP: Most teams stop at the tiny hamlet beneath Everest: "Gorak Shep". Using Gorak Shep as a basecamp (it was also Hillary's) one has the opportunity to spend an entire day walking up to the modern-day Everest basecamp at the foot of the deadly Khumbu Icefall, where all of the big Everest expeditions now go. The following day one can walk up to the ridge top known as "Kala Patar" for fabulous views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and on and on.
EVEREST NATIONAL PARK IN NEPAL: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and the surrounding area is a 'world biosphere reserve'. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron groves at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, snow pheasants, and well over 100 different bird species. Back to Top
EVEREST TIBET BASECAMP - GETTING THERE: The drive from Kathmandu, into Tibet and finally to basecamp is a relaxing and interesting adventure. There are several stops in medieval looking towns with dirt streets and stays in local "hotels" and eating in local "restaurants". It is a very exotic taste of Tibetan culture (see it now before it entirely disappears), while stopping to rest and acclimate, and walk in the beautiful surrounding hills to adjust slowly and carefully to the rising altitude. The drive offers a scenic chance to encounter the vast Tibetan plateau and view the Himalayan giants of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse, Ghauri Shankar, and of course Everest in all of her majesty. There is no better view in the world of Everest than from www.TibetEverestWalk.com . The view on the Tibet side is much better than anything you will see in Nepal. The road to Tibet BC ends at "Chinese base camp"; located just near the ancient and active Rongbuk Monastery, where one can visit the monks and high llama (these same Buddhist clerics will perform a blessing ceremony for our expedition in basecamp).
THE WALK TO EVEREST TIBET ADVANCED BASECAMP is a trek of stark beauty to the base of the highest peak in the world. This trek is very accomplishable by the average person who enjoys walking. In fact the walking distance to Tibet Advanced Basecamp is much less than the walking distance to Nepal Everest Basecamp! The trails in Tibet are generally good and normally one never steps on snow and there is no climbing, only walking on moraine paths made by yak caravans. From basecamp one can trek up the amazing Rongbuk Glacier, also known as the "Golden Highway", where there are gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Lakpa-Ri and all of its "Little Sisters", as well as Changtse and of course Everest. At 6400 metres / 21,000 feet, Advanced Basecamp (ABC) must be the highest basecamp in the world, and it is hard to believe that yaks can walk around up here, with their jingling yak bells around their necks and big fluffy fur coats.
EVEREST NATIONAL PARK IN TIBET: The park is situated among rolling, vast green (in May-June) short-grass and boulder strewn valleys leading up to the base of the mountain. The environment is beautiful and stark, inhabited with wild birds and animals. Upon reaching basecamp, you trek towards the mountain, where the vegetation changes to become more alpine and rocky, with the mountain looming upwards and the best views of Mt. Everest possible from this altitude, better than those in Nepal. Plants in the park range from spruce, pine, a wide variety of evergreen trees, as well as coldbelt grasslands. Many precious animals inhabit Tibet, such as wolves, bear, lamergeiers, antelope, deer, fox, gazelles, yaks, and many species of birds. Back to Top
***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, phone, skype, facebook, twitter, and linked-in as well as click the link for the trip you're interested in to see more information and photos.
CLIMB THE 7-SUMMITS:
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, 10 time Everest leader for this classic climb to the roof of the world. 60 days in April-May and September-October at a very low price. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE OXYGEN, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, SHERPAS, AND HOTELS. Please read down for training options.
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. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE OXYGEN, SHERPAS, AND HOTELS. Please read down for training options.
MOUNT ELBRUS: 25 July to 4 Aug 2013 (11 days). Full Service Cost $3750, £2350, €2850. Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the fabled "7 Summits" of the world. A great way to see how you feel at high altitude in a short time at an affordable price. Join Everest leader and 7-Summit expert Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, for a classic and 'easy' snow walking ascent on a large mountain in a short amount of time. Please contact us now if you are interested! Spaces are filling up quickly.
ACONCAGUA HOLIDAY CLIMB: NEW DATES NOW ADDED! 20 days in February 2013, also book now for December 2013 through February 2014. 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. Get qualified for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. Leader Max Kausch: experienced, friendly, speaks perfect English + Spanish. PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com .
KILIMANJARO / MT KENYA / SAFARI: Join us for our next Africa Expedition to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Wild Game Viewing Safari in August or February 2013 AND 2014: 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
One of our team members enjoying the non-touristy and easy walk on Mt. Kenya. (photo: Felix Berg). Lion cub resting on a branch in Masai Mara national park. Photo by Jonathan Barbero. Arnold
8000 METRE / 26,000 FOOT HIGH 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 at a much lower price. Surely there is no better preparation for Everest. Leader is 3 time Lhotse climber Dan Mazur. Please read down for training options. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE OXYGEN, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, SHERPAS, AND HOTELS. Back to Top
Jangbu adjusting tents in camp 3, Lhotse-Nuptse wall behind with crazy fault line (Squash Falconer). Jangbu and Squash sharing a cup of tea on the way to the South Col (Stew Edge).
Stew shows off the Starlight Flag. Fulfilling dreams for children with terminal illness (Squash Falconer). Squash falconer abseiling in the infamous yellow band on Everest (Stew Edge).
MOUNT CHO OYU: Led by Dan Mazur, who has climbed Cho Oyu 5 times and 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, £7,950, €9,750, Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4150, €5050. 20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition. FOR MORE PLEASE GO TO www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com . FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND FREE SHERPAS. Back to Top
Itsvan and Kobra topping out the icefall at 6700 metres (Max Kausch). Yaks leaving cho oyu basecamp
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. There is perhaps no better preparation for Everest. Full Service Cost: $12,850, £7,950, €9,750; Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4150, €5050. 20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450. 38 days in Tibet and Nepal during April-May and September-October. www.ShishapangmaExpedition.com . FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND FREE SHERPAS. Back to Top
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
7000 METRE / 23,000 FOOT HIGH PEAK PROGRAMME:
MOUNT MUSTAGATA WAS SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION 2012". Our leader Jon Otto, who will teach you everything you need to know, has climbed Mustagata 9 times and 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, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. 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 3 time Baruntse leader Arnold Coster, who will teach you everything you need to know, for NEPAL'S "EASIEST" 7000 METRE / 23,000 FOOT HIGH PEAK. Arnold 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: $7,950, £4,950, €6,050. 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, INTERNAL FLIGHTS AND SHERPAS. Back to Top
Thorsten walking along corniced summit ridge (Dan Mazur). Frank Seidel and Jennifer Klich crossing the Mera La. Photo by Mchael Moritz.Lovely camp along the Baruntse River at Rato Oral, which means 'red cave'. Sorry, I cut the top off of Mount Chamlang in the background. (photo right by Tunc Findik: Baruntse seen from basecamp at sundown).
MOUNT AMA DABLAM, The best technical but accomplishable rock, snow and ice climb in all Asia. Climbed on good quality solid granite and fixed ropes. Join 6 time Ama Dablam leader Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, and 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 - NEW LOW PRICE! Full Service Cost: $5950, £3650, €4550. Basic Climb Cost: $2450, £1550, €1850. Standard dates: 10 October to 7 November (29 days in Nepal). 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. Climbing Ama Dablam qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS AND SHERPAS. Back to Top
Puja - buddhist ceremony - at Ama Dablam BC - Liam Suckling. Grace McDonald crossing a bridge on the way to Namche - Romain Hoffmann. John Shelton-Smith rock climbing at 5900m - Grace McDonald. (photo right by Dan Mazur: Sean climbing the Yellow Tower, showing the team you do not need to pull on the ropes to get to the top, on Ama Dablam)
TRAINING CLIMBS, GLACIER SCHOOLS AND FUN WALKS:
EVEREST NEPAL CAMP 3 TRAINING CLIMB: www.EverestTrainingClimb.com - Full Service Cost $8650, £5350, €6250. Sixteen day option: $6350, £3850, €4350. Join 10 time Everest leader Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, and get trained for Everest on the same classic route as our summit expedition. 31 days, or 16 days school only, in April, May, September, or October, and an affordable way to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at 7000 metres / 23,000 feet, visit beautiful Nepal, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest. Get Qualified for Everest. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, AND SHERPAS. Back to Top
EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB AND NORTH COL 2012: www.EverestTibetTrainingClimb.com and www.North-Col.com - Full Service Cost: $8950, £5550, €6750. Please join Arnold Coster, 6 time Everest leader, who will teach you everything you need to know, 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 7000 metres / 23,000 feet, visit exotic Tibet, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest and Cho Oyu. Get qualified for Everest. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND SHERPAS.
Team member at 6900 metres on the North-col (Chang-la) face, traversing a crevassed section, on the way to camp 1 (Gordon Hopper). A line of climbers making their way up the snow slope at 7200 metres (Gordon Hopper).
EVEREST BASECAMP WALK NEPAL: 18 days in October, April and May. Join ten time Everest expedition leader Dan Mazur to 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 . FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS AND SHERPAS.
EVEREST TIBET ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: www.AdvancedBasecampWalk.com - Full Service Cost: $3,850, £2,350, €2,950. 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. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND SHERPAS. Back to Top
EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "25 BEST NEW TRIPS": www.EverestGlacierSchool.com - PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150, 22 days in April, May, or October. Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'at 6000 metres / 20,000 feet. Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050. April, May, or October. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, AND SHERPAS.
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 April, May, or October. Nepal's famous ‘easy’ 'trekking peak'. Climb to 6000 metres / 20,000 feet in just one day. Fabulous views of Lhotse south face and Makalu. Full Service Cost: $2950, £1850, €2150. Five day option: $1350. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, AND SHERPAS. Back to Top
MOUNT MERA ‘TREKKING-PEAK’ CLIMB: 22 days in October. Join Himalayan expert Arnold Coster and friends for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera at 6500 metres / 21,500 feet, with some of the best views of Everest imagineable. 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. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, AND SHERPAS.
Leader spots from below while a team member climbs the final headwall to the summit and Jangbu, chief sherpa, gives a thumbs up. Members on the summit of Mera Peak with Everest and Lhotse behind.
www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org: 13 days June or Novemeber - Donation: $1450, £950, €1050 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductable and gift aid eligible). Join local expert Dan Mazur, to explore the rolling hills and lush green valleys, with Everest hovering in the distance. Deliver needed medicines, books, supplies, health care, teach in the schools, consult on environmental and cultural preservation projects. Price includes everything for the walk: all trek costs, free sherpas, free hotels and free internal flights. Back to Top
We take pride in offering a top notch expedition. All of our trips are led and organized by Dan Mazur, 10 time Everest climbing leader, as well as our team of British, European and American leaders who are carefully selected from only the highest qualified, friendly, very experienced expedition experts.
Our Equipment Experts are on hand to help you find the affordably priced climbing and walking equipment you need. It does not matter if you live in a country or place 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.
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. Back to Top
Also we include free internal flights on all of our Nepal trips.
NOW, PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT VISITING EVEREST AND HER SURROUNDING ENVIRONS IN NEPAL AND TIBET TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDLY TEAMS FROM SUMMITCLIMB AND SUMMITTREK.
Dale says: "I just want to say "thanks" for organizing this expedition. I was able to achieve my childhood dream/goal of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, and SummitClimb was a big factor in that dream becoming a reality."
Ms. Soon Keng says: "An unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back."
Rob says: "Your good relationship with the Chinese government allowed for us to get into Tibet earlier than any other international expedition. SummitClimb provided an excellent expedition leader. I think the food was fresh and really good, considering how difficult it is to get supplies up the mountain. Having our own tents in base camp and ABC was also a bonus."
Ms. Wanda says: "My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety." Back to Top
Alan says: "I had a very good experience on this unforgettable expedition. The trip was well organized and I liked the leader. He was full of energy and humour."
Blake says: "I was lucky to have chosen SummitClimb. Being in Nepal I realized what an amazing operation you guys run and how respected the leaders are. I was proud to have been a part of this year’s expedition and look forward to many more in the future. The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved were great. Every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly. The leaders were amazing and the porters they hired were first rate. Top notch work guys!"
Bruce says: "I thought the expedition worked well and it was another good group of people you put together. I look forward to climbing together again and seeing you next time."
Ms. Elselien says: "I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are being flexible when and where they can. This gives everyone a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard. I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions." Back to Top
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 and 2014.
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!
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A TEN PERCENT REFUNDABLE DOWN PAYMENT, 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 (please go to www.LeaderInTraining.com ).
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, and when they sign up, we will send you cash. We call it the "finder's fee", and pay this very frequently. Its our way of saying thanks to you for recommending your friends.Back to Top
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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, telephone, Skype or Facebook me at your earliest opportunity.
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Ps. PLEASE BE SURE TO TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO (WE PAY YOU A CASH COMMISSION "FINDER'S FEE" FOR SENDING US NEW MEMBERS). THANK YOU.
Ppps. Congratulations, you made it to the bottom of this email, amazing! You must have the patience and perseverance needed to be a Himalayan, Aconcagua, Elbrus, and African climber, walker, and service worker!
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