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Everest Nepal Review

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Here is what Mike had to say: Dear SummitClimb Team: We fly Sunday night back home. Thank You for all your efforts. Special Thanks to the Sherpa and please seriously pass on my gratitude. The leader managed well given the variables. I was especially impressed by his medical care when situations arose.  Best, Mike

Here is what Mito says: Hope the team is well especially the Sherpas. It was my first ever climbing expedition and everything was perfect. Really happy with the management at KTM as well as in the mountains. Thanks!

Here is what Basia has to say: Basia shared your video — feeling thankful. I feel very grateful for the chance to experience both sides of Mt.Everest. These expeditions were with Summit Climb.

I had a thought this morning that if I had chosen a different company, I wouldn't have met my friend, great climber and an excellent personal sherpa - Sange Sherpa and I may not have had a chance to summit this amazing, big mountain this year. Thank you Dan and thank you Sange!! ---Basia

Basia Gorska at camp 3. Photo by Sange Sherpa. Our tents at the North Col at 7000 metres-23,000 feet, also known as camp 1. Photo David O Brien

Basia Gorska at camp 3 at Everest Nepal. Photo by Sange Sherpa. Our tents at the North Col at 7000 metres-23,000 feet, also known as camp 1. Photo David O Brien.

Here is what Dale has to say: May 19, 2009...I remember it like yesterday. It was a great team to be with. Thanks Dan Mazur, and we all miss Samuli.

Here is what George says: Hi! It feels like it's been half a year since I last saw you even though it's only been 6 weeks. I just wanted to say I enjoyed the experience with you guys and I'm doing everything I can to join Everest Tibet in 2017 in the spring time. I really hope to see you guys again and hope all is well!

Here is what Marin says: Really good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you've been doing! Yes, I recommended  my friend to climb Cho Oyu with you because I think you're an absolutely great guide. To be honest.. I've been regretting booking for Everest with the expensive company so early on last year that now I can't change my booking or even have my money back! :( I really wish I had booked with you, because I know exactly how you operate, and I really don't like the expensive company's Military Precision climbing style at all. I guess we'll see how it goes, but if I find their style too suffocating I might move to your team on the mountain. Plus, the expensive company's summit 'prediction' date is May 18th and I will be flying out of Kathmandu by May 25th, which I find a little early for a summit bid.

Anyhow, I hope you are doing fantastic, happy as always, and enjoying the laid back fun-style climb! I'll speak to my friend about the Cho Oyu climb, it'll be awesome if he joins your team.

Keep in touch, Stay warm!

Marin

Here is what Terry says: I really want to thank you for taking the time to acknowledge and respond to my "suggestions".  Like I said below, I really like the things that are done by SummitClimb.  The style of organizing and climbing done by SummitClimb fit my style (based on numerous trips with various groups) so I have good things to say about my experiences with you and the others with whom I climbed. I definitely plan to use SummitClimb again.

Thanks Again!!

Terry

Here is what Monika says: One more time - thanks a lot for Everest Summit, especially for the decision to climb on the 23rd. It was a good choice, especially with the weather.

Monika

Here is what Scott says: Thanks again for a fantastic Everest Nepal trip.  Versus what Alan Arnette's website cites as a 67% summit attempt success rate, our 100% success rate is awesome!  You made great calls when it came to getting us on the summit! I made it home safely thanks to Korean Air and am starting to put some of the weight I lost back on.

Not coincidently upon my arrival home there was an interesting article about the sherpas in a magazine that I subscribe to.  I've scanned the article and attach it to this email and hope you enjoy reading it.  I think it is well-written and seems fair based on everyone I spoke to in Nepal...guys like Lakba Sherpa, etc.

I hope all remains well with you.  I'm going to send a separate email after this one about my unused 7th oxygen bottle, as you said you'd deal with refunds sometime in July or so.

And as I indicated before, as a very satisfied client, I'm happy to be a spokesmodel for SummitClimb anytime so just ask!

Best regards,

Scott

Here is what Richard says: I have climbed with SummitClimb on three expeditions now (Cho Oyu, Everest and Dhaulagiri) and I can safely say that I love them. Basically what I find the main difference being that the top end companies hold your hand far too much. With Summit, you can climb on your own or if you dont feel comfortable, with someone else. Obviously the ability to climb alone will depend on your own ability, confidence and level or expertise etc. As it says on the website, summitclimb is set up for climbers more then novices although to go with them as a novice is no problem at all either. But generally speaking with Summit a lot of the expedition members have a good mountaineering knowledge allowing also to that freedom of movement. At least that is my experience with them.
Richie at Lama in Pangboche. Photo Sandra Richie at summit of Everest. Photo Richard
 
Richie at Lama in Pangboche. Photo Sandra.  Richie at summit of Everest. Photo Richard

If you have only ever climbed with high roller companies, then Summit probably could seem a bit random. I have witnessed this also. On Dhaulagiri we had a guy who had only ever clmbed with Alpine Ascents and companies of this level. I dont think he liked SummitClimb much. But the remaining 11 of us on the expedition had no problems at all with them. We didn't make the summit unfortunately but Dhaulagiri will forever be one of my favourite expeditions to have had the privilege to participate in. That's for you to decide on that one I guess.
 
Another thing is the guides. A lot of guides take themselves far too seriously I have noticed but Arnold and Dan (both of whom I consider good friends) have a very mature and relaxed attitude. They know when to relax and when to emphasize danger on the mountain.

Okay, SummitClimb do not have a world class chef, do not provide 11 bottles of O2 and two personal climbing sherpa's per client. They do not have a disco tent with bar. They do not have an Iridium or Thuraya that they can give to each member. If this is worth an extra $30,000 to you, then by all means google search the high roller companies. If like me you are there to get away from your normal life for a while and just want to climb one of these big peaks without all the rubbish that high paying expeditions can attract, SummitClimb is for you!
Regards, Richie.

Here is what Samantha says: -Summit climb are more competitive with their prices.

-They have an incredible experience with visas/culture/network of people.  I have a couple of examples where this was demonstrated amazingly.

1. There were chinese visa issues.  Some companies abandoned their climb, some waited and so the trip was delayed.  (Summit climb had visas first and were one of only a few companies that even got them) and our trip was not held up.

2. After a terrible storm took most of our tents at an advanced camp and most of other companies tents too other companies had to call their expedition off.  -Summit climb used their network of people and contacts and while we rested at BC a complete set of new tents reached us.
 
Squash on the summit (Stew Edge). Squash, Paula and Lakpa Nuru in camp 3 (Stewart Edge).

-Whist summit climb don't make huge promises about things (which no one should as this is the mountains) they are always very resourceful and in my experience have always worked stuff out.

-Their sherpa team are long standing, strong and loyal - Summit climb put back via various charity projects they organise and fund raise for.  The sherpas are heavily involved in this which I think is fantastic.

-What could they do better?  I don't know, this is a difficult one.  I always accept they are the price they are because they don't offer luxuries such as a carpet in your base camp tent, a better quality shower etc, which some companies who you pay more with do.  I think it's important that you have your expectations set right. Summit climb do not hold your hand on trips, they allow the trip to be your own while still being there for you.
 
Squash falconer abseiling in the infamous yellow band on Everest (Stew Edge). Squash pointing out a rather large crevasse near Camp Two (Squash Falconer).

-My advice would be to go on an expedition or at the very least try and meet the team before you make a commitment as big as Everest.  I would advise this for any company you were thinking of using.  You will have individual needs and whilst summit climb suit me and I love doing trips with them we all have different ideas.

-I can say that I know the summit team well and they have always been fantastic - a lovely group of capable people.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help in any way.

Squash!

Here is what Mitch: On my quest to be one of the few individuals to climb the seven summits and complete marathons on seven continents, I have been fortunate to work with many elite climbing and running expedition and tour companies.  When it came time for Everest, I did a huge amount of research on firms and the guides.  When I came across SummitClimb and Dan, I was of course instantly drawn because of the price, but also a bit skeptical.  After talking to Dan, I was completely sold.

There are a lot of famous mountaineers and guides and companies, but what I was looking for was a personal experience, an opportunity to summit, but safely.  Dan gave me and my climbing buddy time over the phone and the office was incredibly helpful with the so-many questions we have before Everest.  What should we bring, what are our chances, what are the trade-offs, what to expect, what gear, how is the food, and so many others.

Here's the thing, you literally put your life in the hands of the company and people involved.  Dan, while known for his heroic and philanthropic endeavors is the real deal.  Humble, respectful, knowledgeable and helpful.  From the moment we arrived at Base Camp, the array of other climbers from other camps told me how much they wanted to be around SummitClimb and our crew.

I did not feel that I had any less of an experience because of the price, in fact, the personalization was much more than I expected.  The chefs, porters and sherpas were first class and they are the real reasons we summit or don't.  When a terrible "Into Thin Air" storm hit on our May 11th/12th summit night/day, around 60 of the 70 climbers turned back that night due to -40 temperatures and 40 mph winds and complete white-our conditions.  All but one of our climbers summitted that evening thanks to the support of our sherpas and support crew.

Climbing Everest is a big deal - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I would recommend SummitClimb completely and without hesitation.  You want a company that will look after you and give you the best chance of getting to the top and back down safely.  Better yet, an individual who gives back to the world, makes sure his group is well looked after, and gives you a level of comfort and efficiency on your biggest day.

Mitch


Here is what Vic S

  • The leader provided great team leadership and is a very good communicator.  He is clear and patient.
  • Liked the independence afforded on the expedition (e.g., not an expensive commercial company which hikes you in a line up and down everywhere)
  • Good team - most were pretty experienced climbers who could take care of themselves and help out where needed. Even the less experienced still did ok.
  • Solar charger and battery setup worked well.
  • Double wall dining tent was nice.  Heater also worked well.
  • Sherpas were very hard working and super friendly.  There were no slackers on the staff.
  • Pickups from the airport were both flawless.
  • Staff did a good job with the admin paperwork and it was very efficient to complete.  
  • Staff delivered our bags right to our hotel when they had arrived the day prior.


Here what Jo S Says : What was good about the expedition?

The style of the organisation and the ambiance inside the group. The determination of the members. To be a group of not more than 10 members

Comments about the leader and staff?

Staff very original.

Leader perfect! giving us lots of liberty and confidence. Generous, letting use all of his equipment. He always waited for the latest one. If anything went wrong, he never complained and he always tried to fix it.

Here is what Dan has to say:
 
Just got back late yesterday p.m. and dealing with lots of e-mails. Glad to assist. We were quite satisfied with the services of Summit Climb.  They were all good to work with and attentive to our needs. We  did not have our own private Sherpa but we had a Sherpa from Summit Climb join us for the trek to Base Camp  and two of the Group Sherpas that were with us for much of the climb above Base Camp.  SummitClimb is quite quick to get back to you with any questions that you might have.  Good value.  We all summited so that is a good indicator. We climbed the south side.  Pros and Cons to each side.
 
If  you are mentally strong particularly, you will be successful.  This is where people fail in my opinion.

Good luck. Dan

Everest Tibet Review

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Here is what Jack has to says: One of the best life experiences I ever had. Thank you SummitClimb

Here is what Basia has to say: Basia shared your video — feeling thankful. I feel very grateful for the chance to experience both sides of Mt.Everest. These expeditions were with Summit Climb. I had a thought this morning that if I had chosen a different company, I wouldn't have met my friend, great climber and an excellent personal sherpa - Sange Sherpa and I may not have had a chance to summit this amazing, big mountain this year. Thank you Dan and thank you Sange!! ---Basia

Here is what Rob has to say: Nice to hear from you, and congratulations on another successful year on Everest. Great to see such a strong and safe performance from  the SummitClimb teams on both North and South. All is well here thanks. I’m glad to report that my minor frostbite healed very quickly so I’m back to full health. Your office staff was very helpful bringing us to the clinic in Kathmandu. I didn’t get to thank you in person, as I believe you were still trekking down from Everest Base Camp, but I’m very pleased to have climbed with SummitClimb again this year. Keep in touch, Rob

Here’s what Steve has to say: Firstly I had one of the best experiences of my life, thank you . What was good about your expedition - : Almost everything especially when things where not going to plan. The leader made things work out and went the extra mile on so many occasions. What can we do better? - : I really cannot think of a single thing. 10 out of 10 from me. What advice would you give someone thinking of joining us in the future? - : Do it and be flexible things always worked out in the end

Here is what Leifur says: Hi Dan , Thanks for the Everest - Tibet climb.  It went well and the leader did a good job. The Sherpa did extra well. He is strong and service minded. It was a pleasure climbing with him. I purchased extra oxygen for the climb (beyond the five bottles already included in the cost). I was feeling strong on the summit climb and started on 1.5 litres flow, increasing it to 3 on the steep steps.  With only 12 hours round trip I had plenty of O2 and left a full unused bottle in camp 3 knowing that the other O2 would be appreciated. I have no complaints but if there is part of the cost of the unused Oxygen bottle paid back it would be well appreciated. Regards, Leifur

Here is what Alan from California 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."

Here is what Troy says: "Thanks for everything! I appreciate everything you did to make this a safe and successful expedition."

Here is what Jacques Puyo: I was there! Summit Climb brought me to the Top under the leadership of Dan. This expedition was not only extremely well organized (all these important details taken care of for you, so that you can concentrate on your inner voyage...and focus on the goal), but we also had lots of excellent food (I am French :-)), as well as fantastic people interactions. If you have a chance: go with Summit Climb, these guys are smashing.

Here is what 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."

Here is what Phil has to say: "The expedition is ideal for individuals or groups of climbers who wish to participate in a Himalayan expedition at a reasonable price. The price is only slightly higher than the cost of organizing your own independent expedition. You have the wealth of experience provided by the organizers and land leaders, who use no middlemen, dealing directly with the government mountaineering office.

Allows a member to experience the Himalayas a little bit as the first pioneer climbers did when there was no such thing as commercial expeditions. Some climbers without the contacts and knowledge to organize their own trip will enjoy how all logistics are taken care of by professionals, from your arrival at the airport to your departure from the staging city.

All group equipment and oxygen used is of the finest quality and replaced on a frequent basis. Leaders are professional climbers, there to assist the members and give advice rather than just dragging someone to the summit and down. The western leaders and local Nepalese and Tibetan Sherpas are some of the best, season after season.

The style of expedition is structured but relaxed with all team members having a say in the day to day running of the trip, although the leaders have the final decision on issues that effect the safety of the team. Of course, some people will prefer to pay the higher prices asked by some of the professional guiding companies.

The expedition provides similar high mountain and base camp food and equipment as the higher priced companies, and especially pride themselves on the training of the Nepalese and Tibetan sherpas in technical climbing, and assisting the members in every way. The kitchen staff are diligent in their tasty food production, preparing plenty of hot drinks, and hygiene practices.

You come home after the expedition with a sense of achievement and friendship. You have been a team member in an expedition rather than a guided client."

Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Everest from Tibet:

  • "It’s a full service expedition with everything taken care of. Or you can go in simple style with the basic climb.
  • Its cheaper than the South side expedition.
  • It involves some very interesting history of Mallory and Irvine and the 1920s expeditions.
  • SummitClimb's strong team has fixed the route to the summit two years in a row.
  • It's less of a circus atmosphere.
  • There is a nice slow pace of approach and climb.
  • The challenging and breathtaking trek to ABC along the "miracle highway" has been referred to as "like crossing the moon".
  • There are many rest periods at low altitude villages between forays to the cold and windy heights. It keeps you strong.
  • Our leaders are very team focused, dedicated and hard working, with attention to the member's needs and details.
  • Our teams are focused on letting each member go at his/her own pace with support from our leaders and sherpas.
  • We have excellent staff and Sherpas.
  • The basecamp food is excellent with plenty of hot drinks.
  • Our equipment is strong and plentiful.
  • The Tibetan side of Everest might be shorter to climb, you start from a high ABC at 6400 metres.
  • The summit day is shorter, starting from 8300 metre high camp, 300 metres higher than high camp on the Nepal side."

Here is what Garth had to say: "Good that we are all back safe and sound, well done to you! I had a fantastic time out in Tibet, what an incredible experience. Jon, the Prentice Brothers and myself left Tibet saying that we would return"

Here is what Frank had to say:

1. The leader was a nice excellent leader with a very good weather forecast page.

2. The kitchen crew did an excellent job, food was very good in all camps!

3. The 4 sherpas made a great job, tents and oxygen were ready and at the right place at the right time.

4. The tents and equipment were very good. We had single tents for all members in BC and upper camps! Back to top

If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com

Lhotse Review

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Here what Roger Says : I have been on a number of Himalayan expeditions with a couple of operators who sit in the mid-range in terms of cost, not the most expensive and not the cheapest. My understanding of Summitclimb, probably produced as a result of comments by these operators, was that Summitclimb was a very budget orientated, cut-corners type of operator. Obviously some of these comments are to be taken with a pinch of salt and one of my main reasons for signing up for the Lhotse expedition rather than Everest was to see for myself how Summitclimb operate without incurring the expense of an Everest trip.

To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. Summitclimb far exceeded what I would have expected from a budget expedition.

The biggest surprise for me was the quality of the food provided. I was expecting pretty much spam and potatoes for the whole expedition and one of the first nights on the trek in we did indeed have spam. My initial thoughts were "this is it, I was right". That was the last time we had spam and the leader later told me he had told the cook that "spam isn't meat, we want meat". From then on the meals were really really good and I could not fault them. They were far better than the meals I had had with an operator who I had paid $45,000 for an Everest trip.

Other good things about the expedition:

  • The initial admin procedure was painless
  • The logistics company in Kathmandu was just brilliant in getting me to the airline office, helicopter company and the airport all in a very short space of time
  • Hotel Shakti again was more than I was expecting, comfortable, good breakfasts, close to the action but not very noisy.
  • The base camp facilities and base camp staff were great
  • The Sherpa staff were brilliant. What I found particularly humbling was that I was being served dinner by someone who had numerous Everest summits and who that very morning had done a load carry up the hill and then returned to base camp.
  • Having my down suit carried up to camp 1 for me on the first rotation made a hard day that little bit easier
  • Setting up a cook tent at camp 1 and bringing food around rather than having to cook our own, again just made life that little bit easier

My last comment would be in regard to the leader. Again as a result of comments heard previously I wasn't expecting a whole lot of leadership but again I was surprised. I found the leader to be just the right type of leader in that for me he provided the overall direction for the expedition ie when we would be heading up, how long for etc and then left me to do my own thing. However with other members who were fairly new to climbing he took a much more hands on approach. To me this style of figuring out who you are leading and how they need to be led was great.

I don't really have any negative comments to make about the expedition, as I said before I was very pleasantly surprised and would have no hesitation in recommending Summitclimb to other people and would be more than happy to climb with Summitclimb again.

Regards, Roger

Here what Roger D Says : Now that I have returned home, it is all back to normal again, well almost as my mind does seem to want to drift back to the mountains when I should be concentrating on other matters, a return visit seems inevitable!
 
Firstly thank you for all your efforts, I hugely enjoyed the trip and the company and of course the summit. I am a happy Client. My reflections:
 
1. What was good about the expedition?
 
Funnily enough the informality of the arrangements. Rather difficult to explain but the absence of rigid instruction and the being to a great extent seemly  able to make my own decisions was good. By way of comparison I did down-climb a little way with members of one of the large expensive commercial teams, and the level of discipline and instruction was horrid.

If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com

Cho Oyu Review

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Here is what Sam has to say: It was a great trip, the leader was really good to be with on the mountain and the Sherpas were great as usual. Thanks, Sam

Here are Darren's comments:  Dear SummitClimb,

thank you for engaging our excellent team leader for this Cho Oyu autumn ascent.

The leader you chose was perfect in guiding us on the mountain.

I appreciated very much his:

  • Advice on how to get along with high altitude
  • Support in medical Issues
  • Spreading good mood
  • Clear announcements and recommendations
  • Support in the high camps
  • Guiding of the sherpas
  • Listening to our problems and questions

Therefore he was a lot responsible for my success on the mountain. Please tell him this. Best greetings, Roland

Here are Darren's comments:

After letting the dust settle and getting back into a routine here are my thoughts:

The Climb was great with no complaints. Stellar guide with the Sherpa and base camp team, Basecamp food was awesome too!...all top notch and best on the mountain.

Be well and thanks again...see you in a 2020 Everest attempt.

Thanks! 
Darren

Steven M. writes:  I will always remember Cho Oyu well as the greatest ever achievement. I returned last week from my 20th visit to Nepal. My heart is still there for an attempt at Everest. The SummitClimb leader's guidance and calm composure will always remain with me. Kind Regards, Steve M.

Here is what Stew says: A great climb, superb organisation and a fine leader. Thanks again!

Here is what Rasmus has to say:  A couple of weeks ago I arrived back home after a succesfull Cho Oyu expedition in Tibet. I used summitclimb's basic climb service with a basecamp and ABC add-on for my solo-ascent. I was happy with the services and how the summitclimb concept worked.

This expedition on Cho Oyu is a part of a bigger project, aiming to ascent Everest from the north in spring.

The project as a whole is covering 3 expeditions, where 2 of them are meant as preparation for Everest;

  • Cho Oyu - already completed
  • Manaslu - autumn
  • Everest from north - spring

Because I liked the concept and services offered through summitclimb on my recent Cho Oyu climb, I'm considering to use you on both Manaslu and Everest as well. These expeditions will be with a basic climb setup with BC and ABC services as add-ons.
 
Best regards, Rasmus

Here is what Alan has to say:

Hope you're well along with the rest of the team - big hello to ang pasang sherpa and jangbu sherpa please.

From a feedback perspective I can't offer more than - believe it or not you were right I doubt if I am finished with climbing and will be looking to return and who knows I might have a crack at Everest North side if that's acceptable - so as you suggested please tag my hardware and keep it in your store room.

I've just finished reading ed visteurs book about climbing all 14 8000 m - very inspirational read and includes all the feelings and emotions I got on cho oyu and my return - you feel quite empty when you get home - it took a while to realise what we achieved and what a buzz it was. A great team!!

Also I don't think I ever thanked you for sorting me out with the antibiotics for my chest so thank you.

Hope you have a great Xmas and safe new year and I'll be in touch - I know Dave is keen on Everest too.

Best wishes, Alan

Here is what Steve says:

Wanted to give you a quick shout and tell you what a fantastic time I had in Tibet. I've been climbing all over the world for 20 years...you win some you lose some. It was truly an amazing experience. When you get home lets chat more, go skiing, and bring your family over for dinner...I look forward to planning our next climb in the Himalayas...I'm sold...you guys did a great job...your outfit is just my style. oh and somehow I flew home with the helmet you lent me. I will get it to you this winter. Talk to you soon...make sure you get home in one piece -Steve

Here is what Troy has to say:

Just want to again express thanks for everything. I enjoyed the Cho Oyu expedition. I'm glad I chose your company.

If you ever need anything please let me know.

Thanks, Troy

Here is what Dmitri our Cho Oyu member has to say: As regards the Shisha Pangma expedition,  I will certainly consider this mountain, amongst the other 8000- ers, for my future trips.

Thanks again for a great Tibetan experience this spring,

Here is what James has to say:

Regarding the trip to CHO OYU, I found this a thoroughly enjoyable experience and well planned. Thanks, James

Here is what Wayne says: 

Dear SummitClimb,

I've been meaning to drop you a note of thanks after Cho Oyu. That was a really great experience!  Wanted to compliment you and especially the leader for putting on a smooth trip. I know that comes from a lot of experience, planning and a high level of organization. You have a most excellent (and
entertaining) leader working for you. And it was reassuring to have the sherpas around. If anything went wrong I knew they would straighten it out.

It was nice having the support with everything taken care of so all I had to do was focus on getting myself up the mountain. We had an interesting group of climbers on the trip. Everyone got along perfectly which is not always the case. When I come back to the Himalayas it will definitely be with Summit Climb! Feel free to post this on your website. See you in the mountains!

Wayne

Here is what Kurt from Durango, CO says:

"I enjoyed the trip to Cho Oyu. I felt that the leaders were all very effective and that they went above and beyond their duty to facilitate a successful expedition."

Here is what Krzysztof from Warsaw says:

"I very much enjoyed dealing with all the staff. The leader was very professional and helpful. The Leaders in training were also great and trustworthy guys. It is worth mentioning that the expedition is a good value for the price." 

Here is what Vik from Seattle says:

 "The leader was a fantastic climbing leader and I look forward to climbing with him again. The Sherpas and leaders in training were very helpful at taking us around Kathmandu to acquire last minute gear. The staff did a great job organizing the hotels in Kathmandu.

 I was really impressed with the food at ABC.  It was good and there was plenty of it, all with good variety. It was great that we ran a ropes course down on the glacier for everyone. I think it was helpful to several people and also was a fun way to spend the day."

Here is what Mor says:

"I had a very good trip, I have nothing but good words about the organization and staff. I especially want to mention Arnold as a quite good and team organizer. I have no doubt I would not have succeeded in the climb if it weren't for him."

Here is what Neil, summiter, says about Cho Oyu:

"Reaching the summit was a fantastic feeling - and made even better by a swift descent to ABC knowing that I would not have to climb the scree hill on the way to Camp 1 again (you will get to know that hill very well during the expedition!). Back in basecamp there were celebrations to be had in ABC and yet another brilliant cake from the cook tent!!

All in all, the Summitclimb expedition was a great experience - so much so that we are heading to Everest north side with them in the spring. Everyone at SummitClimb's enthusiasm, the attention to detail and most importantly the feel that the expeditions are put together with people who enjoy climbing and mountains and the people who work and climb there make Summitclimb a great choice.

Cho Oyu is one hell of a mountain. The feeling as you come up over the summit plateau and Everest pops into view beyond is amazing! Oh and when you see Everest clearly - stop climbing - you are on the summit!

Here is what Arnold, climber of Cho Oyu says:

  • "The western leaders are good.
  • Each member has their own private basecamp tent.
  • The food is good, with the cooks being skillful and friendly.
  • Basecamp is a comfortable place to relax.
  • The sherpas are excellent, strong and helpful.
  • Cho Oyu is a do-able 8000 metre peak.
  • Compared with other 8000 metre peaks, this is a short trip.
  • Within the team, members are very free to climb at their own speed, supported by sherpas and leaders.
  • Cho Oyu is a nice test if you are thinking of Everest.
  • The team members are friendly.
  • Tibet is special.
  • The cost for Cho Oyu is inexpensive compared to other 8000 metre peaks.
  • SummitClimb is very experienced." 
  • Here is what Rick W, climber of Cho Oyu says:

    I thought the trip was great. The team selection was great and I really enjoyed everyone.  I thought the info we received pre-climb was very good and the suggestions for conditioning were right on.  The sherpas were really amazing people and I enjoyed all of them . The food was very good. Info for the trip during the climb was good. I am sure I will be back in the spring to maybe again in the fall.   My trip back to Kathmandu came off without a hitch.  Everyone was very helpful and things went smoothly.  The translator for CTMA was very kind and the people at the border were great.

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Ama Dablam Review

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Please Scroll down for more AmaDablam Climb  Review, Testimonial, Endorsement, Complaint, Feedback, Opinion:

Here is what Steve says: Our trip was great! Both the trekking portion of it and our guided portion. Everything went pretty smoothly on the climbs. Can you please find a way to get these pictures to Sherpa Tenzing? He was a wonderful Sherpa and great to climb with. Thanks again and we’ll be in touch! - Steve

Here is what Scott and Nicole has to say: Dear SummitClimb. Nicole and I had a really great experience on Ama Dablam. I wanted to let you know that we especially enjoyed the leader, as both a leader and a person. He obviously has quite extensive experience. We enjoyed our time with him and felt that he was on of the better leaders that we have had during our climbing expeditions. Cheers! -Scott and Nicole

Here is what Charles says : I'd like to thank Summitclimb for the excellent organization and incredible experience that was climbing Ama Dablam this past October. Thank you for your help. Kind regards, Charles

Here is what Morten R says: First of all many thanks for arranging such a successful trip to Ama Dablam, I have just arrived well back home, and though its only been a day, I have started to look for new climbing adventures and Everest-Tibet 2019 is high on the list.

Here is what Morten R says:  "Hope you are all Well, We reached Namche today in a good time. I just wanted to send My High appraisals for the Sherpas and the leader, they are doing an amazing job. So much work going on behind the scene that We do not see. And the food is amazing, first time I get so good fresh vegetables on a climb. Thanks ! Kind regards, Morten R

Here is what Dave has to say: "An amazing mountain & guides - Summit Climb!!!" Here is what Robert says: I still appreciate your tutelage on Ama Dablam x 2, doing trips in spring in fall - both those trips really got me ready for my Everest summit - Kudos and safe climbs my friend!

Here is what Rob says:  Apologies I haven’t had a moment to send a specific thank you email to you guys yet. Work got busy very fast and I haven’t even had a chance to review all of my photos yet – hoping to do it this weekend!  I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition and was very impressed by the SummitClimb setup. The office staff couldn’t be faulted on their excellent logistics and the expedition leader was brilliant to have with us. The climbing sherpas (Lakpa, Pasang, etc) were really helpful throughout the whole trip and Dorje was an excellent cook. Ama Dablam was a beautiful mountain and I’m delighted I climbed with SummitClimb this year on my first trip to Nepal. I’ll take a few weeks to reflect, but may consider an 8,000er in the future. We’ll see!“

Here is what James has to say:  Dear SummitClimb:  Here are a few things that come to mind. Very nice to not have to walk herded in a line as a single large group on the trek, which other outfits were doing. We all found one another anyway.

The flexibility in tackling the climb from base camp was helpful. People going up in separate smaller groups, and with the option of going down.

Shakti Hotel was good enough to stay in. Being able to stay in teahouses as opposed to tents along the trekking trail was quite nice, given the weather situation and options. It was very nice to be able to access the duffel bags on the yaks, in the evenings as we gathered in each mountain village on trek. Pleasant to make a couple friends of trekkers who joined us for a few dinners and breakfasts during the trek; nice to be open and friendly. Good job on making the call to send a few people down who were not acclimatizing, as well-being is a sensitive concern easily overlooked. It was nice having an itinerary and following it closely enough. Gave a sense of schedule and progress. Especially with participants' varying arrivals. Having individual tents at base camp was very nice, and what a treat it was each morning to be greeted with hot tea. A small touch, but invaluable.

This was a semi-technical climb, and not all members were experienced in rock climbing and rappelling techniques. Reviewing at base camp was useful.

It was a good trip, whether we all summited or not. We all came back healthy and alive, which cannot be said of some members of other teams that were on the same route as us (of course our condolences for them). Thank you for being a climber yourself, and living a lifestyle that is simple and admirable. Too often in this world we get caught up with appearances and competing for what is not really worthwhile. While I didn't personally summit, the trip was a unique experience. It's valuable to see one's own limits, both physical and mental, and to come to terms with what we decide will ultimately make us happy.
 
Cheers,
James

Here is what Paul says: Thanks for a great trip, I would love to try again in a couple of years oct 2016, a great Himalayan adventure, Thanks Paul

Here is what Tom says: Many thanks for arranging the trip. While Ama Dablam was a different challenge than initially envisioned I had a great time on the mountain and enjoyed myself greatly.   The decision to break up the waiting game with a foray to Island Peak was inspired: for those of us that went and did that climb that was the highlight of the trip.

Commendations to Dani and to Lakba for their wonderful service.   Dani did a great job with both the Oct team and the November team and has a very good handle on what is required in order to lead a diverse group of type A personalities. He was patient, decisive and careful.    Lakba worked wonderfully hard - confirming rooms, arranging meals and helping me with my gear.  He also is a valuable part of your team.

Here is what Adrian says: Hi, My body is back at home, but my soul has a way to travel yet - I think there is an Arabic saying along the lines that distances shouldn't be covered quicker than the pace of a camel - travelling thousands of miles overnight just isn't good for the psyche.
 
I feel that the Ama Dablam trip went resoundingly well, and I was well impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the leader, sherpas, and the other staff.  It was also appreciated that the office staff took time to collate everyone's photos and distribute a DVD of them. 

The quantity and quality of food (and having kitchen tents at ABC and Camp

1) definitely helped to keep us all going. 
 
We were lucky the group got along so well together, that the weather was not too unkind, and that no-one was too ill or injured (as we witnessed in many of the groups around us in basecamp).  Our sensible acclimitisation programme probably helped here too. The cooks, Sherpas and porters all worked very hard to ensure the expedition succeeded, so I hope their experiences of the group and trip generally are as positive as mine.  I speculate that the type of expedition on offer (e.g. not a fully guided experience) attracted a certain type of physically fit, experienced, and independent-minded client, which contributed to the overall success of the trip.
 
A few minor things could be "tweaked" though. • It's worth mentioning on the web just how good cell reception is in Nepal even at one end of basecamp people were able to SMS and call.

  • Also, the ease of charging phones etc at basecamp - I was amazed how simple it was, and didn't need a car type (cigar-lighter) plug (as mentioned on the web as being necessary).
  • It's probably worth suggesting members invest in buying cheap holdalls in KTM to put their luggage in for the flight and, more importantly, for carrying by beasties of burden.
  • A simple (photocopyable) map of Thamel showing "recommended" gear shops, banks, and the supermarkets would have been really timesaving and useful.
  • Make ski-goggles recommended not optional in the kit-list.  The prospect of strong winds made having them in the bag very reassuring.

These are minor points, and they in no way detracted from the overall enjoyment and positive experience of the expedition. Regards, Adrian.

Here is what Sam N says: Almost everyone on the trip made the summit!!!!! The team worked well together and got along well, the food was pretty good and prepared well so that no one got sick. The cooks did a good job preparing food to keep everyone healthy. The leader did a good job allowing time for the team to summit on summit day and he was personable. - Sam N

Here is what Wanda, Ama Dablam summitter who has been on climbs with other companies has to say: "What I liked best about this expedition was the focus of independence that was placed on each person. I have been on other "guided" climbs and I never felt like I was gaining much in the ability to become a self-sufficient climber. On this trip, I felt good about the knowledge and confidence that was gained, knowing that I had to take care of myself as well as look out for those on my team. I especially liked they way everyone climbed at the rate that best suited their own fitness level. I never once had the feeling that I was waiting for someone to catch-up or that I was holding up the team.

There are a couple of things that I feel individuals can do to make this trip an enjoyable experience.

  1. Train! I have always found that the more fit I am, the more I enjoy any expedition. Also, research the route and come prepared with the knowledge of what to expect.
  2. Come with a relaxed, open mind. The team dynamics on my Ama Dablam trip were great because there were no stringent agendas (personal, or otherwise) I have found that it is the less uptight people that generally have the best experience and now that I think of it, the reason the Ama Dablam trip was free of this aspect was probably because of the personalities of the leaders. They are serious about why they are there, yet it is approached with a "no worries" attitude. I LOVED THAT! And it obviously worked, because every member of our team summitted.

Because we had many Sherpa on our team and we interacted a lot during the climb, I felt this was a cultural experience as well. Many spoke a little English so we were able to converse, ask questions about their lifestyle and customs. They were an integral part of our expedition, hard working and very experienced. I was glad to have had this interaction as it gave that much more feeling to an “international” endeavor.

My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. 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.

Looking back, if there was one thing that I would suggest to make this trip better it would be more yak cheese pizza at basecamp! Yum, this stuff was delicious.

Overall, this company gets top marks for their operation and that is why I will definitely climb with them again in the future."

Here is what summitter Kurt has to say:

"I personally felt the trip was very well organized and executed. I was very impressed that you cared enough about the anchors and ropes to fix them properly. Most other expeditions seemed to not care and were willing to use whatever was currently in place.

The list of good things on this trip is rather extensive:

  • -Individual and common tents at base camp -Morning tea served to us while we were still in our sleeping bags!!!
  • -Three excellent meals every day.
  • -Shower and washing facilities.
  • -Excellent logistical support for full and basic service.
  • -Many helpful and friendly sherpas all the way the summit if you need them.
  • -Personable and knowledgeable leaders.
  • -Friendly logistical staff.
  • -Plenty of time to acclimate and accomplish our climbing goals.
  • -Flexibility to accommodate different member’s needs.
  • -Low key approach to expedition climbing.
  • -Audience with the High Lama of Pangboche and another holy man who walked up to BC to bless us all once again.
  • -The end of expedition family-style party at the home of our local Nepalese agent!!!"

Here is what Stein from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition: "Regarding the expedition I have only praise for you!!

Although I guess there were more members than usual, I found that pretty much everything went smooth and efficiently. I found the base-camp staff and the climbing Sherpas at least as friendly and helpful as last year. The organisation of basecamp and the climb itself could not have been done any better given the circumstances!!

Back in Lukla, Kami provided us with the flexibility to return to Katmandu when we wished. In Kathmandu Murari and Deha were helpful beyond any expectations! (And it was nice to chill out at "Yak and Yeti" where the breakfast was worth the price alone!! Murari negotiated a very favourable rate for us!)

The new web site is very good and feedback from family and friends says that they were able to follow the expedition very closely!! BZ!

I have no hesitations in recommending this trip to anyone. All in all I am very satisfied with the trip!!"

Here is what Bjorn from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition: Thank you for a fantastic trip! I'm safely back home, already back at work!

Regarding your expedition, all I have is praise! Things very generally well organized, however provided enough slack to allow a lot of personal preferences. Everyone in the staff were good people, the climbing sherpa's were strong and the kitchen staff made great food and took good care of us.

Impressive staff, and I would like to mention the climbing sidar, Kagi, as a person who made lasting good impressions.

I also felt that the schedule of the trip regarding the trek in, acclimatization and duration was good, and well thought out.

Thank you for a great adventure, a spectacular summit, nice people and staff and fantastic weather.

Here is what Joanne from Birmingham, England had to say about our October 2007 expedition: First and foremost I have to thank you for warming my toes in camp 3 and suggesting swapping my layers around - I'm sure I couldn't have gone a step further if you hadn't helped with the defrosting exercise!!

I really enjoyed the trip and the whole group were great fun to be with. Considering how large the group was, and a number of concerns about this were raised amongst the group, the ascent groups were pretty well organised.

The meals were pretty darned good considering logistics, supplies and camp locations. The lighting was excellent in the mess tent. The cooks were great and so polite and hard-working in all camps.

I was really impressed with the sherpas - Lakpa and Tenzing were great!

Great to have a shower tent and a ladies pee tent (these were about the only places where there were no peeing men in view!!)

Looking for the next mountain to climb!

Here is what summitter Eric Elliot had to say about our October 2007 expedition:

"Strictly speaking, this was an "unguided" expedition. However, there was always some "guidance" prior to and during this fantastic expedition. Before my trip, SummitClimb answered many questions that I had by email, clearly and in a timely fashion. What's more, during the expedition, the leader and his excellent Staff, assistant leaders, and extremely competent Sherpas were always available to explain technique and offer assistance to ensure the best possible chance of success.

This does not imply that minor improvements can never be thought of for a very comprehensive, well-coordinated and well-established expedition with optimal flexibility, but everything detailed on the excellent website was accomplished and so nothing more could be expected. Thank you so much! - for your thoughtfulness right from the start, and for sharing your extensive experience with the entire group throughout."

Here is what Richard  P says: I have now been a member on 3 Summitclimb expeditions, repeat business is the best complement any business can receive. Summitclimb have extensive experience on a number of mountains and I have found all three of my Summitclimb expeditions to be well organised and I’ve had no doubt we’d get to our mountain even when other companies were having visa or logistic problems.

The climbing sherpas and base camp staff are a close knit group and work hard for each other and the team in a very family atmosphere, always welcoming team members to join in their camaraderie. It has been very special to re-ignite friendships with the Sherpa team on my two subsequent Summitclimb expeditions. The climbing Sherpas have been an inspiration, especially Tenji and Thile, it is incredible the effort and power they exert for the team cause. I recommend Summitclimb to all of my friends.

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Baruntse Review

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Here is what Kurt has to say: I have been on 4 expeditions to the Himalayas to climb Ama Dablam (2005), Cho Oyu (2008), Everest (2015), Baruntse and Mera (2016) peaks all with SummitClimb. I can highly recommend the leaders, staff and logistical preparations on all trips.

Here is what Jacqueline said: Hello SummitClimb, I want to send many thanks to you - for preparing me so well for the trip to Baruntse. The information was good, you were fast in answering the mails. I had such a wonderful time! It was challenging, but the experience was one of the best in my life.

I am grateful to the leader - please let him know:

• He is a great leader because he places responsibility with Sherpas.
• He's so modest.
• He knows his participants and sees what they need, he regularly asks how you are doing.
• He is a very experienced climber, and makes good decisions, for example when it comes to the timing of the Baruntse climb.
• Whenever I mention his name, if people know him, they praise him.
• He supported me when I had a hard time, so he is such a good coach.

If I go climbing in the Himalayas again, I hope to have him as a leader.

Thank you Summitclimb! Happy Christmas! - Jacqueline


Here is what Garvan and Marguerite says: We arrived back yesterday afternoon, finally! I would like to say that the trip was an outstanding success. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found the sherpas and porters etc to be excellent. The whole expedition was an extraordinary experience from start to finish. The experience of the 2 climbing sherpas was amazing. They were very helpful and did their best to get us up and down safely.

Here is what Michael says: I was with the October Baruntse team and it was a challenging climb but I was very happy with the outcome.

Here is what Mike says: Great trip to Nepal...thanks to the leader and your crew. Went through my pictures tonight with some friends. Not done yet...unfinished business will bring me back.

Review from Kurt: Here's a few photos from my recent trip to Baruntse (7127m). Thanks to the leader, Sherpas, and SummitClimb for a well organized successful expedition. -Kurt

Here is what Paul Brophy says:

I CLIMBED THIS MOUNTAIN ,WITH THIS TOP EXPEDITION LEADER,WATCH ,THIS VIDEO AND BOOK YOUR SELF A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME ADVENTURE

Here is what 
Andrew Davis says:

This was an epic trip!! I would highly recommend this mountain and experience.

Here is what 
Markus Beck says:

3:28pm Nov 7: from Facebook:

Good work. It was hard work with all that snow. Your team had it timed luckily for mera pk and baruntse BC to take advantage of good weather and a more solid trail. I'm sure for crossing amphu laptsa (which we abandoned on oct 26), it took a big group effort of the Sherpas to get it done. We met a few members of the team as well as the team leader. Good group, good organization. - Markus Beck

Here is what Geoff says:

Yes indeed we met your Baruntse leader in Khare, and then had lots of contact with him through the climbing period in Base Camp. I believe your group summited Baruntse with 8 or 9 clients on about the 3rd of Nov. We then summitted (3 of us + 3 sherpas) two days later. We were very lucky with the weather, as you may have heard.
There was a big snow fall around the 1st of Nov that made things look pretty iffy. There's no doubt that the trail and the ropes set up by your group were a massive help for our summit bid... so if you could pass along our thanks to your leader, that would be greatly appreciated. We didn't get a chance to thank him personally before they left.

Good luck with the rest of your expeditions this year, and let's keep in touch! Regards, Geoff 

Here is what Felix says:

- Beautiful itinerary with good campsites and many interesting activities;
- Good leaders;
- Lots of experienced staff and sherpas, even a good cook;
- International team: good teamwork and gathering of people.

Here is what Jose says:

Baruntse is a great expedition, and the Mera preliminary is a good test. The general experience of the sherpas and leaders is evident in terms of deciding strategy and defining daily schedules, this also implies that the tent, porters and kitchen teams work in a  very effective way.

Here what  George S says:

First of all.. I'd like to thank your wonderful team for my first experience to join an international OPEN group expedition.

I enjoy so much. particularly I'm the only Zero-Zero-Zero. coming from zero degree (equator line),

zero snow (no four season) and Jakarta is "zero" sea level. so I learn a lot from all friends I met.

I enjoy the Mera Peak. even lots of raining in the first week. then following the valley into Baruntse BC was so beautiful,

So silent+peace. and Baruntse itself stands so challenging. even I missed the summit. but I like 'em all.

I won't forget the crossing Panch Pocari that surprised me with beautiful ponds.

Then ascending the ICE CAKE on the West Co. I never imagined how beautiful it is.. And finally Amphu Labtsa. it's stunning.

Came into the pass to get secret of the other side. and descending way is unbelievable !!

So I recommend this triple trip Mera-Baruntse-Amphu Labtsa. since Mera only is to short and considered as "warming up".

I like your kitchen's team "chef" and his smiling kitchen boys. who really support us.

I have no probrem with the food. Hot chocolate is the most valuable item.

The campsite chosen by Sherpa is good.

Porters are really strong and walk so fast.


Thanks George S

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Everest Nepal Training Climb Review

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Here is what Cat says:

Just landed in Dubai and waiting to fly out through Seattle on the way back to AZ. Just wanted to say how grateful I am to have been a part of the Nepal Everest team. Please send everyone my warmest regards. Looking forward to climbing with you guys soon

Here is what Magnus Says:

On Thursday, I finally got home and I have to say that the ‘re-entry’ has been rough – between jetlag, lots of emails and everything that piled up over the last month. I miss the simplicity of life in the mountains and the comradery with the team. Of course, having clean clothes, a shower and different food are also very nice.

I wanted to thank you for an AWESOME trip and for being so flexible and putting me on the Nepal trip within a few hours. This allowed me to still have a great trip and almost achieve my goal of reaching 7000m (if only it hadn’t been for the closure of the Lhotse face on my ‘summit’ day). I had a really good time and an amazing experience. It was fantastic to see what it’s like to climb the “big” mountains in the Himalayas…and the Khumbu icefall was something else all-together. I also can’t believe I spent a week above 6000m.

I would like to thank the great SummitClimb team leader! Who gave us lots of freedom and super flexibility. Their many years of experience showed at every moment – from making sure we were safe on the mountain to the schedule/itinerary. I always felt in very good hands with the SummitClimb guides. You put together a great team with great people and an outstanding Sherpa team.

Please say ‘hi’ to everyone from me. I miss you guys and wish I could have stayed to climb to the top with you guys!

All the Best! Stay safe! Good luck to everyone! I’m rooting for you!!! - Magnus

Here is what Mario says:

I was one of the Nepal Camp 3 training climbers. You might remember we chatted about many things in the kitchen tent at Camp 2.  Congratulations on getting everyone to the top! That's unheard of.

I'd like to be helpful and offer some constructive criticism about the organisation of the trip but I actually have very little in the way of negative comments.  A very satisfied customer.

- Your office was very effective, helping me join the trip at very late notice.

- I thought your office in Kathmandu was above and beyond the level of service I'd expect - they were helpful to the point I felt like I was taking advantage of their good nature at times. They just did everything that was asked and more.

- The Sherpa guide was great, very attentive and showed a real care for us that differentiated his performance from competent to exceptional.

- I thought the base camp facilities were adequate and the staff responsive to anything we needed. I thought the food was good considering the circumstances. How do you cook pizza for 15 in a tent!?!

- I've not been on many on many Everest expeditions (well, just this one actually... haha...) but I suspect most don't have the leader's unique personal approach which gives the whole operation another dimension.  If you'd ask me who I would expect as expedition leader on Everest, I'm glad you are running the show.

That's about it really.  I would really like to come back and try for the top one day, if you'll have me. Certainly interested to hear any thoughts on the idea.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to reach out.  I hope my comments are helpful, even if they are a little light on suggestions.  Hopefully not the last time we talk - look forward to hearing from you soon.

Mario

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Everest Tibet Training Climb Review

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Here is what Edmond says: Dan and his guides and support team provide an outstanding adventure, from airport to summit and safely back. Friendly, knowledgeable guides will raise your skill level, provide top notch gear and food, and provide the best opportunity to hit your peak. I especially loved how, on Everest, we had our own tents to the highest camps on the mountain to stretch out and spread our gear.

Here’s what John has to say: I think that everyone did a great job.  I was surprised at the logistics there are in getting people from all over the world organized and geared properly and to the starting point, let alone up the mountain. Very impressive! 

The trip leaders, sherpa’s, cooks, and drivers were all first rate.  We had a great Sherpa and didn’t seem to need much from the team leader.  If anyone is unsure whether they can go for the summit or not, then this is a good way to feel all of the parts of the climb. You can then decide later if you think that you can summit the next time. (or at least try)  I am in that exact thought process now! I could not have been happier with everything

Here is what Steven Says: I just wanted to say thanks to all of the SummitClimb team for a great trip, as you know things were up and down and changing almost every day and in some cases every hour.

The SummitClimb leader did a great job with me and the clients he has, I realise the rest of the group are still on Everest or Cho I am back home now and just wanted to say Thanks for all your help.
Can you please pass on my best regards to everyone.  

Here is what Tom says: It was an awesome expedition. Solid team. The sherpas were dedicated, friendly, good English. Top-notch food and accommodation. Lots of jokes and good times. The leader was a champ. Thanks for putting it all together. It was a privilege to be a part of it. I still look at my high altitude boots everyday and wish i was back there =). Thanks, Tom

Here is what Troy says: "First of all thanks for everything. I appreciate everything you did to make this a safe and successful expedition."

Here is what 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."

Here is what Phil has to say: "The expedition is ideal for individuals or groups of climbers who wish to participate in a Himalayan expedition at a reasonable price. The price is only slightly higher than the cost of organizing your own independent expedition. You have the wealth of experience provided by the organizers and land leaders, who use no middlemen, dealing directly with the government mountaineering office.

Allows a member to experience the Himalayas a little bit as the first pioneer climbers did when there was no such thing as commercial expeditions. Some climbers without the contacts and knowledge to organize their own trip will enjoy how all logistics are taken care of by professionals, from your arrival at the airport to your departure from the staging city.

All group equipment and oxygen used is of the finest quality and replaced on a frequent basis. Leaders are professional climbers, there to assist the members and give advice rather than just dragging someone to the summit and down. The western leaders and local Nepalese and Tibetan Sherpas are some of the best, season after season.

The style of expedition is structured but relaxed with all team members having a say in the day to day running of the trip, although the leaders have the final decision on issues that effect the safety of the team. Of course, some people will prefer to pay the higher prices asked by some of the professional guiding companies.

The expedition provides similar high mountain and base camp food and equipment as the higher priced companies, and especially pride themselves on the training of the Nepalese and Tibetan sherpas in technical climbing, and assisting the members in every way. The kitchen staff are diligent in their tasty food production, preparing plenty of hot drinks, and hygiene practices.

You come home after the expedition with a sense of achievement and friendship. You have been a team member in an expedition rather than a guided client."

Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Lhakpa Ri/North Col:

"It’s a full service expedition with everything taken care of. Or you can go in simple style with the basic climb.

It involves some very interesting history of Mallory and Irvine and the 1920s expeditions.

SummitClimb's strong team has fixed the route two years in a row.

It's less of a circus atmosphere.

There is a nice slow pace of approach and climb.

The challenging and breathtaking trek to ABC along the "miracle highway" has been referred to as "like crossing the moon".

There are many rest periods at low altitude villages between forays to the cold and windy heights. It keeps you strong.

Our leaders are very team focused, dedicated and hard working, with attention to the member's needs and details.

Our teams are focused on letting each member go at his/her own pace with support from our leaders and sherpas.

We have excellent staff and Sherpas.

The basecamp food is excellent with plenty of hot drinks.

Our equipment is strong and plentiful."

Here is what Garth had to say:

"Good that we are all back safe and sound, well done to you! I had a fantastic time out in Tibet, what an incredible experience. Jon, the Prentice Brothers and myself left Tibet saying that we would return

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Island Peak Trekking Peak Review

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Here is what Kevin says: That was an amazing trip! Thanks to the leader and his organization and a great group of adventurers! -Kevin

Here is what Kevin says: Went on this trip and it was amazing! Great climb with a great organization!

Here is what Island Peak member Gary has to say:

The Island Peak trip was great.  We had great weather for the summit and the climb was really fun.  And excellent views from the summit as well.  Also, I can't say enough good things about the Sherpa leader - he's an awesome guy.  After the trip, we, along with Pasang our porter, walked down from Dingboche to Lukla and we had a great time sampling all of the teahouses along the way! Everything went like clockwork (which you know all too well is pretty unusual for Nepal...) so thanks again for arranging such a great trip.  It's just too bad I didn't have more time to do a longer trip.  Maybe next time...

I'll look for photos from the trip and send some good ones.  Feel free to use them on your website if you choose.

Best,

Gary

Here is what Nathan, who reached the summit of Island Peak in October, says:

I had a great time, and it was a very memorable trip I hope to go on another climb with Summit climb in the future, just need to get the time, energy and finances together.

I thought that it was really great the flexibility that you provided, you gave options of what was possible along with a sense that it was flexible as to what was possible, and what we could do. You gave us a lot of information and then let us make decisions based on what was best for us. I really liked this. It was not a tour like we go here now, we do this, and then we do that, next we are here at this date, etc.

It would be hard to improve on this, because like I said I liked this type of approach, and in an environment where things like weather make exact planning all but impossible to guarantee, I think it is the best approach.

If I were to go again, what would I do differently? I guess I would plan some more time into it, or some more flexibility about when I had to leave.
Other than that, all was good wouldn't change a thing.......oh I would bring less snacks as I didn't eat that many.

If I was advising someone who was thinking of joining, what would I tell them?

I would suggest that they join if they are looking for a customized like tour. For all expedition climbs I would highly recommend SummitClimb and SummitTrek to anyone I know. Also, I would tell them there is a lot more in the valley that is available to buy that I previously though.

Hope my comments weren't too direct, I figured you would rather hear what I think truthfully than me telling you that everything Summit climb did was perfect and there is nothing to change.

Regarding the photos, I put mine in Dropbox. Did you see that?

Also, I forgot whether I told you this or not, the place that you chose on the return to Namche, I forget the name, was owned by the son of the guy in Lukla, was an awesome great place with a great shower and nice clean warm rooms.

If was a lot of fun getting to know you, and hiking with you.  I appreciate all your help, advice and friendship you offered along the way. Hope to see you again, either climbing or not, in the future.

Nathan

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Mera Peak Review

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Here is what Stef has to say: Mera offers you the most beautiful views on your future mountains to conquer!

Here is what Sean has to say:

Dear team, I would just to thank each and everyone of one of you... including Stephen who I am unable to find on facebook at the moment for an amazing experience. Reaching the summit of Mera Peak was incredible but my real joy came from the people I shared this with! I will forever remember you and I could not of asked to spend time with a better group of people, I am truly grateful for your friendship and kindness. I will be back. EBay is not ready for my boots yet. Big hug from "down under" - Sean

Mera Peak Climb and Trek Review from Travis:
 
I want to say Thank you for the most wonderful, fun and great experience of my life. Honestly and truthfully I don't know if I'll ever top this trip and the lifelong memories it has supplied me with.
 
If you ever want to use me as a reference or anything I've sent or typed please do so if it will help promote business. I just wish I would have had a warning about how much and how good the food was going to be - haha.
 
The Sherpas were  absolutely great. So kind and really took good care of me all the way through the trip and even back in Lukla. I was a little worried about some of the details but it all worked out great. We made great time but he never pushed me and let me set the pace.
 
I've also since hooked up with some of the other  members on FB.
 
Well be safe in your travels and have fun.
 
Thanks again for everything and the most wonderful, fun and amazing experience.
 
Your friend, Travis

Here is what Ray has to say:

Hey  SummitTrek Team,

Trip was awesome and plan to return in a few years when I save up more leave from work.

If you were to go again, what would you do differently?

  • I would have trained a tad more to get in better shape,  taken a 3rd mattress as I am a little heavier than average.

If you were advising someone who was thinking of joining, what would you  tell them?

  • Go for it! Its affordable and the team and leaders are great. Mera is a great introduction to expedition life and is challenging and fun walk/climb to those not at their fittest.

Thanks, Ray

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Everest Nepal Trek Review

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Here is what Ian says: The most epic adventure I've had. All the good folks at SummitClimb and SummitTrek made this an unreal experience.
Thanks - Ian

Here is what Daniel P says: This is a great trip, we were treated with the utmost care for our health and well being. Food and accommodations were top notch, all staff attentive, plus....it was flat amazing. Just do it. I went in 2015 and will be going back in 2018 !

Here is what Babbi says: Dear SummitClimb, Thank you for all of your help and great service. We are just heading home on our second leg of our trip. I personally had a wonderful time as I think everyone in our group did. We were so happy with our guide, Sherpa's, porters and tea houses. The weather was perfect for us and we were able to see the beautiful vistas that only the Himalayians can provide. Hope the remainder of your season is successful and that the summit team is able to summit. Best to you

Here is what Tia Says:  You have been so incredibly amazing. I am forever grateful to you for the experience you gave us and the knowledge that you shared. I will never forget this experience. Thank you !!!

Here is what Rosey Says: I strongly believe that we got the best, smartest, kindest guide on the entire mountain. I appreciate your gentle nature and your willingness to answer questions that we had.  I will never forget the experience. Thanks again

Here is what Nate Says: Thank you for being an amazing guide and showing us the best places. You kept me fed really well and I enjoyed all of the meals. We had some great laughs and moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

Here is what Brent Says: What a great trip we had thanks to you and your team. I can’t thank you enough. You and your team were always concerned about our safety, well-being and comfort. It seems that you always put us first. Also thanks for teaching us so many amazing new things. I appreciate the hotels you chose and all of the good food and tea!

Here is what Ian says: One of the most amazing trips of my life!

Here is what Curt has to say: I want to express my gratitude for all that your leaders in Kathmandu did for me - they were a wonderful group of people. I so appreciated their friendliness, professionalism and all the great preparation they provided - they were just great. Thanks, Curt

Here is what Joe says: This video just begins to capture the majesty of the mountains and the integrity of the trek. Seeing everest was a lifetime goal for me that became an incredible, demanding and exhilarating journey. Oh, to go back again!

Here is what Dave says: One of the best experiences of my life!

Here is what Eric says: I'll always remember what a great expedition that was...great friends :)

Here is what Daniel says: I went to EBC with SummitTrek in 2015. They took great care of us and it was the most humbling thing I've ever done.

Here is what Mike says: Great trip to Nepal...thanks to the leader and your crew. Went through my pictures tonight with some friends. Not done yet...unfinished business will bring me back.

Here is what Neil and Ariel have to say:

Hi there, I was just looking through some photos of our trip and was inspired to write to you. It was a marvelous adventure and all four of us loved it and wanted to thank you for making it possible and giving us excellent Sherpa Guides and Porters. They worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and fun. Great stuff. (in fact my only gripe on whole trip was that I should have taken my good camera, really regret that!). So, where do we go from here? Not sure... I am thinking I may have to build a house first? Gordon and I are playing with the Mera peak/ Ama Dablam trip we briefly discussed but just not sure when. Keep us posted with your usual enthusiasm and adventures. Cheers and thanks again, Neil and Ariel

Here is what Ian says: It was an amazing experience. SummitTrek took great care and ensured our trip was successful. I took this pic of Derek on the return trek.

Here is what Lisa from the UK says:

Dear Lisa, The reason we are writing to you is that we would like to request your comments on the Everest Nepal Base Camp Trek you joined. That is because what you think is quite important to us. Your feedback can help us to do a better job next time. We would be very grateful if you would write a short reply and tell us what was good and what was not so good?

What was good - I particularly liked the small group and the level of 'independence' we were given. Having seen other larger groups walking in a line of 15 or so, I was thankful for our small numbers and the flexibility this offered – walking at different speeds etc. All of the porters were superb, as was Dorgey (not sure if that is the correct spelling) the guide.

What was not good. My only small gripe was that one of the overnight accommodations was pretty bleak, without electricity in the rooms and very cold, having said that, on the return journey they offered us extra blankets and gave us different rooms. I do appreciate that at high altitudes heating is at a premium, but that particular night we were all absolutely freezing. But overall it was well organised and a great experience.

If you were to go again, what would you do differently?

Probably very little infact, I am struggling to think of anything. Maybe not to fall over on the snow and bang your head and always check your water for things swimming in it!  but again, they just added to the adventure!!

You will be seeing me again as I intend to bring my daughter out to do the service trek in a year or so, so that she can experience and see the difference between her life and that of others. Additionally, Keith (step Dad – who was 70 on the day we reached Base Camp) and I are looking to join you for the Kilimanjaro trek in 2014 / 2015. We wouldn’t consider going with anyone else

If you were advising someone who was thinking of joining, what would you tell them?

Just do it!! Pack your bag and take your legs and sense of adventure out there.

Do you have any photos or videos you would like to share?

I have yet to go through them all, but yes – and Keith has plenty. I will send some over.

Here is what Mark from USA says:

I do plan on going on another trek in Nepal or even the service walk - probably in 2015 when I can get a month off work.   I was so moved by the kindness of the people, the poverty of so many, but yet so happy the people. I felt more safe in Nepal, be it the city or the mountains, than anywhere in the US. The beauty of the mountains and the culture -  I love it there.  
 
The good:  
 
Being anal about logistics, it took me a while to relax. I was somewhat relentless asking questions at the office with the younger fellow.  At the appropriate time he respectfully told me in private that it will all be fine. Email doesn't explain it well, but his body language and tone of voice was one of caring more so than frustration. It stopped me in my tracks and I had to laugh at myself. Do I not trust anyone? I was completely relaxed and fine after that.

Everything was taken care of for us. Passes, permits, etc. pick up at the airport upon arrival, comforting. Domestic flights. I guess what I am saying is that the overall organization of the trip was really good.

Office staff was very helpful.

The trek staff. I hated to part with them. I really had a good time connecting with them. Dorjee our guide spent time with me at the monastery.
I explained my late father was devout. I had brought with me the last of his ashes to spread around somewhere in the mountains. I showed them to him and he just nodded. He took me all through the monastery, prayed at various stations with me, and at the end showed me where and how to spread the ashes.  How personal is that....
 
Loved how well we were looked after by the staff when trekking. One of the group to EBC was having a really hard time.  Dorgee knew just how far to let him go, so to speak, without jeopardizing his health.  He made it to BC - none of us thought he would have.

The accommodations were good for the most part,  at one point a member was going to stay at a different lodge that was like the Hilton as the one we were slated to stay at was cold. This was on the way out. After that incident the lodges were better.

Seeing how respected and liked you are by the locals is good. Makes one feel like a part of something good instead of just another trekker. And some of them are pretty self serving.

Talking to some of the young adults there I was impressed by their desire to make their country a better place, things such as sanitation, environment and density issues.
 
When I go again I will spend more time there and would like to do something to help there, what ever that is, and go higher. Altitude fascinates me and I love to push myself.
 
What would I tell someone thinking of going? Go for your soul. I would say:

Its not all about who has the least cost.  There are many climbing and trekking companies out there to choose from. SummitTrek was a bargain for what we got - I see others for the same trip, days and route, for much more. Who ever you go with you are paying for the same thing (I have heard from climbers this as well with minor unnecessary perks with the expensive ones).

The trekking staff is all about your safety and comfort. I noticed that in all but one or two lodges, we were always the first to be served.

Never seen beauty such as in those mountains, too big to describe.

Oh, and, I indunated you and staff with questions before and during and never felt I was a burden, quite the opposite.
 
I could sell this trip to anyone seriously considering.
 
Ramble ramble. I am probably leaving lots out.
 
Have a great holiday season and would love the see you sometime.
 
Best to you, Mark

Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA 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!"

Here is what Maria from Athens says:

"Overall it was a very nice experience and we are very happy we participated in the trek and we would love to come back to climb."

Here is what Mike from Santa Monica says:

"When about everything was good, all I can do is mention what was best. Our guide could not be surpassed! He could not have been more attentive, considerate and conscientious. He was a pleasure throughout the trek, and before in Kathmandu, and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable, the food was tasty and substantial. I'd be happy to recommend SummitClimb to anyone. You guys have this program handled!"

Here is what Soon Keng from Singapore says:

"Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back."

Here is what Patty had to say:

"What was good about the trek - the lodges, the peace and tranquility of the trek, the people of Nepal, the Yaks - EVERYTHING!!!

We loved it. We got to meet other trekkers and have more interaction with the people in Nepal. Each lodge was so unique and the owners and their children so special. I loved the quiet of the

trek... there were no motors running, the only sound was the people, dogs and yaks!

To prepare for the trip... walk - LOTS! Hike if you have any hills/mountains in your area but WALK - WALK - WALK. I felt stronger and stronger the farther we went. They may also want to practice walking with poles. I never used them and they may have helped on the way down with my knees.

What to expect - expect to enjoy the experience. Just let the little things go and open yourself up to living through one of the most amazing experiences in your life. Don't expect it to be like home... you are there to experience a different aspect of life, not your normal day to day existence.

I also LOVE the fact that you have added on Island Peak - I would have done that FOR SURE!!! I'm very disappointed we didn't have that opportunity, which just reinforces my drive to go back. You know, we swore this was a once in a lifetime trip and we didn't think we would ever go again BUT we loved it. I was really tired by the time we got home and it took me a couple of day before I REALLY appreciated all that we had experienced. It didn't sink in until we were home, going through the pictures, handing out the gifts we had bought, etc. when it hit me - It was one of the BEST things I have ever done for me personally and for Rob and I as a couple. Not everyone takes the opportunity to experience life and to live life, the trek make us both feel like we have lived life a bit more... but we're not done yet!!!

Let people know they can purchase almost ALL of their gear in Katmandu for much cheaper prices than in most countries and it is GOOD gear, not just junk. We would not have bought as much clothing, etc. to Katmandu if we would have known this. Not only would we have saved $$ BUT we would have supported more people in Katmandu. It may be a third world country, BUT the Nepalese know what trekkers and climbers need."

Here is what Wanda says:

"My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. 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."

Here is what Elselien says:

"I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definitely higher up) the lodges. 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 flexible when and where they can. This gives them 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."

Here what Chan S Says :

I was blessed to have Lakpa as my guide. He was like my son in Nepal, looking after me to ensure that I was safe and didn't slip and fall off the edge.

Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back.

Here what Mike S Says :

When about everything was good, all I can do is mention what was best. Our guide could not be surpassed! He could not have been more attentive, considerate and conscientious. He was a pleasure throughout the trek, and before, in Kath. and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. We had dinner with his wife in Kath. and I am sure that she would be a perfect guide also.

Our Sherpa was also excellent. He could not have been more attentive to our needs and safety.

The porters were so cute, it was always a pleasure when we came upon them. They were also very careful with our gear.

The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable. The food was generally tasty and substantial, given how remote we were (everything portered in), and the altitude, etcetera. Certainly, comparable to Patagonia refugios, or Swiss alpine huts.

Here is what Blake G says: 

I was lucky to have chosen summitclimb.  At the time I decided to go with you guys I knew very little about your company or the leadership.  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 yrs expedition and look forward to many more in the future.
 
What was good about the expedition? The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved.  every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly.

Here is what Roger N says: 

Thank you once again for organizing such a great trip to Nepal. I look forward to participating in another Summitclimb adventure sometime in the future.
 
Best wishes,
 
Roger N
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Dan B says:

"The Base Camp Trek with Summitclimb was great fun with great people.  I trained hard and it paid off in that I had no issues whatsoever in keeping up with the guides.  We did get to view Mount Everest on several occasions which is what the trip was all about.  The view from Kala Patthar was awesome." 

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Everest Tibet Trek Review
Elbrus Review

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Here is what Brad says: Hello SummitClimb,

First off I want to thank you for all the assistance you gave me with my trip to Mt. Elbrus. It was a wonderful adventure and we even summited in a snow storm (it does not get more Russian than that). The guides and facilities were all above expectations.

Well that is two of the Seven Summits down and Aconcagua in January so I am sure you and I will be in touch.

Thank you,

Here is what Andrea  says:

I have attached a few photos. Unfortunately our camera did not like the mountain whether so my climbing shots are limited.  Luckily, others in the group were considerate to share theirs, especially for that summit shot!

Overall the trip was great!  The acclimatization was easy and well-paced, climbing on Elbrus was fairly easy when the weather was good.

I was a little nervous about getting our visas in time, but I was pleasantly relieved when all the information was supplied with very organized instruction.  It made the whole process go very smoothly!

Logistically, Elbrus is atypical with the ski-lifts, gondolas, and snow cats.  We ended up taking a snow cat pretty high on summit day. We got to the summit at sunrise and had an early return to camp. Our group was agreeable in choosing the best option to give everyone a chance to summit.

The food and accommodations were all sufficient.

Please, if you have any questions about anything I wrote, don't hestitate to follow-up!

Andrea :)

Here is what Jules and Calin says:

Have you got your 2014 programme together as we would like to combine our climb on Kili next July/ August with a immediate follow on flight out to Russia to complete Elbrus?

We had a fabulous time on Elbrus and the leader did a great job with the team and logistics,  we look forward to future climbs with you."

-Jules and Calin

Here is what Jan says:

Hi SummitClimb. Another summit in the bag! On Friday 2 August, after a turn back on 31 July due to bad weather, 5 of us from the group of 8 sumitted Mt Elbrus with 2  Russian guides, and SummitClimb's leader. I am thrilled and it has raised my confidence for the next of the 7 summits on the list - Vincent Massive in the Southern hemisphere summer, Dec-January. Best Regards, Jan

Here is what Dan says:

First off, I had a great time.  The people that I meet and hang out with are always interesting and fun people.  This was no exception.  I had no issues with anyone in the group.  By the way, I am still in touch with everyone from last year's EBC trip.

All of us gave our pictures to the leader and he downloaded them to "dropbox".

As far as the climb goes - I had no issues whatsoever until we hit 5100 metres / 17000 feet.  We were climbing in very strong winds. I ran completely out of energy and had to go down. After resting for a few days, on our next summit attempt, I wanted to quit at the saddle but our assistant leader told me I couldn't stop. We continued and I had my own private leader and personal photographer. After a time, the assistant leader moved up to help someone else. The leader, who had already summited with others, came down to help me and we continued on to the top. He had a lot of nice things to say that kept me moving up. My biggest fear was that I will slow up or endanger other climbers. The two leaders did a nice job in convincing me that I actually belonged on the mountain.

Our accommodations were better than I expected.  I thought we would be in tents.  We stayed in huts.  The food was good and plentiful. We saw The Barrels. I spoke to people who stayed in The Barrels.  I am glad we didn't stay there.

I did not think the outhouses were the worst in all of climbing.

I think Summitclimb takes pride in being a non regimented program and that's fine.

In summary, I had a great time and I am glad that I went.


-Dan

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Mustagata Review

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Here is what Arun Mahajan says:

Muztagh Ata was great and I would always recommend your organization!" -Arun Mahajan

Here is what summiter Gary from New Mexico says:

"Mustagata is an excellent exposure to very high altitude without requiring excessive commitment or extensive technical climbing skills. It makes for a great test before trying something higher. It's also a chance to see really interesting people and cultures that you wouldn't experience on a Himalayan climb in the "typical" areas of Nepal or Tibet. Finally, it's a chance for some great snowshoeing/raquetting, snowboarding and skiing in an amazing location.

The Tibetan sherpas were really great. I've climbed before with Nepalese sherpas, and these Tibetan guys were certainly their equal when it came to their strength, work ethic, and all around helpfulness. They genuinely seemed to have a good time, with infectious smiles. I'd climb again with them any time."

Here is what summiter Urs from Switzerland had to say:

"Overall it was a great experience. Technically it was very easy. For competent off-piste mountain skiiers and snowboarders, I would recommend skis or split board over raquettes/snow shoes, as the way down is very breathtaking.

The challenge of Mustagata is certainly the altitude, rather than the technicality of the terrain. It's more challenging than easy two day or week-long climbs like Island Peak or Kilimanjaro."

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Lobuche Peak Review

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Here is what Tony says: I am totally positive about the trip. Well paced, good leadership. Nice flexible approach. All worked well for me and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone thinking of going. Regards, Tony

Here is what Travis says: It was/is a great time!


I had a wonderful time and wonderful trip. Enough can't be said about how nice it is to just basically show up and have most things handled for you. Everything from the hotels to the airport pickup and other logistics. It really makes this trip easy to do with minimal planning at a pretty affordable price. I even got to meet the Sherpa that brought me back to Lukla from Mera Peak during my last trip there in November 2015. Such a small world, it's nice to have those connections. Thanks, Travis

Here is what Marjo and Mika say:

We are now back home and would like to thank you and your Company for the great trip we had to Lobuche East. Special thanks to your professional, kind and helpful sherpas. They all were so strong and we had a really good group together with Matt from UK!! Everything was very well organized, they took good care of us, we saw beautiful sherpa villages and enjoyed wonderful scenery. And finally the climb went very well and we all summeted!

Thank you also for your kindnes during our stay in Kathmandu, it was nice to meet your family. Your hotel manager was also very helpful drawing maps for us to find sights from the city and he even drove us to the airport.

Our friend, Linda from US sent just an email that she is going to climb with you to Mount Rainier! So great! And also our friend, Tanya from Australia, who could not come now because of leg operation, is going to join Lobuche team in spring season.

Greetings from Finland, Marjo and Mika

Here is what Grace Says:

I credit a childhood full of National Geographic magazines for my fascination with Mt. Everest and thirst for "off the beaten path"
adventures.  So, naturally, when the venerable magazine called out Summit Climb's Everest View Glacier School as "one of the best adventure travel trips", I knew it was the trip to get an adventurous but entirely inexperienced aspiring climber, like myself, up a mountain and then on to Everest Base Camp. If you have even the slightest thirst for adventure and challenge and you find yourself trekking through the Himalayas, you will ask yourself what it would be like to climb one of those beautiful peaks. Summit Climb's Everest View Glacier School is the way to make sure you answer that question.

I had a blast - so much fun that I've been planning my next trip with Summit Climb since I came home. What better review can I give than becoming a repeat customer? There is no shortage of adventure companies offering well organized and safe climbing opportunities in Nepal with experienced leaders; however, it's the extra little things that make a trip like this special.

Going with Summit Climb meant that I got free, unexpected, impromptu, laid back, really local walking tours through the winding and confusing streets of Kathmandu.  It meant an unbelievable array of companions in Kathmandu, at tea houses and along the trail because the leaders are very inclusive and like to bring together all of their clients and guides - especially for dinners on the initial days in Kathmandu. As a result, it was easy for me, a solo traveller, to make friends and mix with all types of climbers, from the novices on their way to climb their first peak, to the intermediate on their way to a more challenging peak, to experienced local and foreign guides, who have made mountain climbing their life's work and stood on the summits of peaks a beginner can only dream of. Maybe it's the nature of those who climb, or perhaps it's a reflection of the type of people who join a Summit Climb trip, but everyone was friendly, approachable and supportive of each other's ambitions and experience (or lack thereof).  Summit Climb gets huge marks for creating such a welcoming, positive and engaging environment for a first-timer. They also do a great job picking their local guides for the glacier school.  Even before I left Kathmandu, a Summit Climb repeat customer was raving about how lucky the glacier school group is to have thi leader as their guide and instructor and he was right.

The leader had all of the qualities a beginner climber would look for in a guide and instructor for their first trip to Nepal; he is a friendly, patient, approachable, supportive and professional guide who will make you feel safe at all times and make sure you are feeling healthy and having fun as well. He genuinely cares about everyone on his team and is committed to making sure you not only succeed, but truly enjoy your first Himalayan climbing experience. Most importantly he has a deep connection to Nepal, the mountains and the people; which led to many unexpected, warm and informal experiences with the locals along the way. I joined Summit Climb as just another client and there's a real skill to making people feel like they're not just another client.  In Nepal, the Summit Climb family always made me feel and took care of me like I was a friend and because of that I would encourage anyone who wants to learn to climb in the Himalayas with a relaxed, inclusive, friendly and supportive group to go with Summit Climb's Everest Glacier View School."

Grace

By the way, I've been following you hospital and school trek updates. Sounds like the group is doing lots of great work and enjoying themselves. Congrats.

Grace

Here is what Dennis N Says:
 
Just returned to Utah from the Everest View Glacier School. It was quite an experience of which I will never forget.  The views of the Himalayan Peaks were stunning and the people I met were awesome.  You have a great leadership and sherpa team assembled.  I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for their professions.  The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well.  Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Here is what John Says:

We had a wonderful adventure and couldn't have wished for more.  I especially want to let you know what a superb leader our guide was.  He was the consummate professional, taking care of our every need and his patience with all the personalities was remarkable.  The entire staff was great and made the trip care free.  Thanks again for working with our group to make the trip fit our schedule.  I will never be the same after spending 4 weeks in Nepal and the high alpine, I look forward to my next adventure.

Regards,
John

 
PS I have some wonderful pictures and video of the trek/climb that I will send to you on DVD soon.
Everest Glacier School  with you guys from Summitclimb was a great experience !
 
Everest Glacier School was something I will recommend to others and -who knows -may be some of my family will join you in the future
 
I didn't really know,what to expect from this trip (completely new territory for me) and how I would do on the mountain (factors like altitude and conditioning )
 
I am really glad I did it and I still feel the "mental buoyancy " from the experience

 
To meet and climb with the leader in person was definitely THE highlight. I had seen and listened to him before at  Vancouver Mountain Film Festival and knew about him and other climbers rescuing  Lincoln Hall on Everest . For me safety  is a huge concern and I thought ,that I could trust him 100% with that and i wasn't wrong ! The tempo was very relaxed and I think most mistakes  happen,when people are rushing too much and get physically and mentally exhausted . I must say,that I did feel itchy in the beginning to get going faster though .
 
It also allows for a "group feeeling " to evolve . So many participants have given positive feedback . The whole climb seemed to be accomplished rather by the group than by each individual team member.
 
If you remember : I was a bit concerned about my sinus - headache and the night before the climb I wondered , if it would work for me to continue the climb. But I thought ,that worst case scenario I would have to abandon the climb on route and felt comfortable after talking about it  to you and you reassuring me,that I should be fine . Plus I did have helicopter rescue insurance in the worst of cases.
 
It  felt great ,when we finally got started on Monday evening. I have never camped on a glacier before and it was a unique experience . The self arrest practice was fun and hopefully I never need it in a "real" situation .
 
The hike to high camp was a pretty hard hike, but with taking it one step at a time and the breaks in between it was fine .
 
On the climb to the summit, the leader stopped ,when we asked for breaks - no problemo . Tempo was very comfortable and sustainable for hours . And we made it all the way to the top !
 
I found this while surfing on the net ,which sums up ,what I think about how to approach a climb :
 
Tip #10: It is just a mountain:  Ever try to hit a golf ball or ski a steep ski run when you are stressed out versus relaxed?  Go into the climb knowing that your summit is not going to change the history of climbing, and that when push comes to shove you are those close to you are really the only ones who care about your experience.  Get hurt or killed and you will have a big impact on the world around you.  If you are relaxed, happy, and not too attached to getting into "summit or plummet" mode and you will oddly have a much better chance of summiting.  There is no worse fate than being in the mountains with someone who hates climbing and is simply there to tick off the top.  Enjoy the ride, get as high as you can, realize that it is only important to you personally, and be kind to others and you will more than likely get lucky.
 
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Here is what Lenchik has to says:


Great to see the pictures from our Glacier School! The skills I learned were pretty handy on my recent climb. Thank you to SummitClimb - you are an amazing leader, role model, mentor! Highly recommend. -Lee

Here is what Scott says:

What an adventure! Thank you for your tremendous hospitality and hope to see you soon. -Scott

Here is what Sarah has to say: 

Hello Dan!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for teaching me for a WEEK long... for free. It was an incredible trip, and I am so happy that I got to learn about glacier travel from you. I will sign up for one of your other trips sometime in the future:)
Here are some of the pictures that I took.

Sarah

Here is what Harry has to say:

Dear SummitClimb, Thank you very much for leading our Glacier School. I appreciate all the experience you shared with us, and your leadership on the climb. Best Regards, Harry 

Here is what Stephen says:

Thank you SummitClimb for the incredible experience and friendship. I can't wait to do it again. –Stephen

Here is what Brent has to say:

Everyone,

It was great climbing with everyone and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If anyone wants to climb out here in the Great Northwest in the future, contact me and I will be happy to climb with you or just get you the latest route beta. That goes for rock, snow, ice and alpine routes.
As to www.SummitClimb.com , I plan on joining some of their trips to Nepal and China in the future. If anyone else has these aspirations, please let me know.

Stay clipped, Brent

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Christmas Trek Review

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Here is what Joe has to say: Writing about my trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) requires the use of lots of superlatives...it was a lifelong dream of mine to see everest...from the time I was nine years old and read about Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reaching the summit. I made the December-January trek, which meant fewer crowds (and yes there were a number of large groups we met going up and down) and much cooler temperatures. As for the trip itself, from home in the states to EBC and back was smooth as good be. I was met at the airport in kathmandu, driven to the hotel, welcomed as expected, and over the next day or two, met my three fellow trekkers, had all of our gear checked by a local Summit Climb representative, which I appreciated, and we met Kaji, our guide -- a patient, thoughtful and considerate person, as i learned first hand. We met our porters, two exceedingly helpful and pleasant young men, at Lukla and began our great journey. All the paper work at the Park was taken care of for us by Kaji, and each lodge we stayed in, or stopped in for lunch, was pleasant, clean and comfortable -- and all the costs were included. As individuals, we paid for only one thing, battery charging -- a modest fee, as I recall. The trek itself was just one spectacular scene, vista, view, call it what you wish, after another. I admit that I stood transfixed (and cried tears of joy) when Kaji stopped me, pointed to the horizon, and said "Joe, that is Everest." I had told him that seeing Everest had been a dream of mine for most of my life. The swinging bridges (after gingerly crossing my first one) are exhilarating! The mountains are (sorry to use such a cliche) breath-taking, awesome, inspiring and humbling. The people we met, Nepalese and other tourists, were open, friendly and gracious. Walking uphill, so to speak, to get to 18,000 feet is a challenge, but I never felt hurried. Each day was planned carefully so we could acclimate, rest, and make steady progress toward EBC. We had a Christmas dinner and a New Year's celebration, complete with cake and gifts, courtesy of Kaji and our porters. I hope this brief sketch illustrates my enthusiasm for the trek, my respect for Nepal and its people, my admiration for Kaji and our porters, and my appreciation for the folks at Summit Climb who planned, coordinated and executed every step (almost literally, I'm tempted to write) of the trip flawlessly. I want to go back. And if you have a life-long dream, as I did, or just a fancy to do something out of the ordinary, I cannot urge you too strongly to sign up and get going. It is the trip of a lifetime. (after writing this, I see that I am to report when I was there...was four years ago in december-january.)

Here is what Ali has to say: Hi, sorry I'm crazy behind on my emails I'm still catching up from Christmas & New Years messages from home!

The trek was truly fantastic, the small group was absolutely perfect & the trek leader and the porters were wonderful! The trek leader was extremely supportive and I know all of us would not have made it without him, his patience was exceptional. I'm so happy that I did that trek with your company & the chocolate cake was a very special touch you should definitely keep that in your Christmas trek.

Speak soon - Ali

Here is what Paul, Aidan, and Emma have to say: Hi Summitclimb team - It was a magnificent journey and we thank all involved in making it so enjoyable and run so smoothly.  Special thanks to all of the Sherpas and the team in Kathmandu. The lead Sherpa was an amazing leader and his extraordinary  experience showed through with the Island Peak summit climb in very difficult conditions.   I have no hesitation in returning to climb and trek with Summitclimb and have no hesitation in recommending to others the professionalism and friendliness of the team. Thank you all so much and we hope to see you again soon. Paul, Aidan, Emma .

Here is what Jerry has to say: I hope this email finds you well. Thank you for the opportunity to share with you my viewpoint regarding the 'Christmas Trek and Climb' in Nepal - 2014 - 2015. I think the entire trip exceeded my expectations. I was delighted with the professional,cheerful and patient approach everyone took. Everyone' includes yourself, the staff in your office in Kathmandu, the hotel staff in katmandu, our guide, the sherpas, porters and all the staff caring for us in each teahouse/lodge during the trip. I was showered with many acts of kindness by many of your associates throughout the trip - for that,I am grateful. As much as everyone was of great help, the person who was of particular influence, was the Sherpa guide. I found him to be a man of great patience with a wonderful sense of humor. His many acts of kindness were very much appreciated. To compliment his wonderful personality is his incredible physical strength. He considered every possible detail daily - no small feat. He displayed great leadership on our climb of Imja Tse. Thanks to our guide, some of us made it to the summit - in challenging conditions - winter weather. It was a hell of a long day from base camp to the summit and back for me - only possible with the Sherpas. We were all inspired by their cheerful enthusiasm. I am humbled to think I had occasion to travel through the Himalaya with such wonderful people as our Sherpas and 4 porters. How I enjoyed our porters - such lovely personalities. I would not change a thing about our trip. It was all good - every trail, teahouse, meal, cup of tea and conversation I had. Anyone who wishes to attempt such a venture best know though - Imja Tse in winter conditions can be very serious - so bring good Sherpas. I will miss the people of Nepal. I will never forget the compassion shown to me, every day I was in Nepal. If you could ever pass on my regards to our staff, I would appreciate the opportunity - they had a huge impact on me.

Best Wishes to all the Staff @ SummitClimb - Jerry

Here is what Alessandra has to say:

Just a quick note to let you know that all tigers + goat made it back safe at home and we are all already suffering the post-holiday blues in our various work/office locations!!!!

I wanted to thank you once again for what was an absolutely amazing trip – we were blessed  in so many ways that I cannot start to describe, first with your perfect organisation and advice, then with our fantastic guide and porters along the trek, who not only kept us safe and well, but also became lovely companions on our trip , and finally the weather was absolutely perfect and allowed us uninterrupted views of the fabulous valleys and mountains every single day of the trip.
 
I would definitely recommend them to go in winter as I thought it was an amazing time. I'd tell them the flight to Lukla was amazing fun :) Also make sure your kit is up to spec as I used almost everything we brought in the various stages, from clothing to medicine and we had some absolutely good advice from the team in KTM.

Do you have any photos or videos you would like to share?
Yep - given ALL to the guys in KTM

Thank you very much, Alessandra

Kilimanjaro Kenya Safari Review

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Here is what Agina has to say: Dear SummitClimb

It's my pleasure to write you to rave about my Kilimanjaro expedition. I worked really hard and saved for almost a year (as you know) to go on this expedition. Your team did not disappoint! I flew to Tanzania without knowing any of my team members. I finally met them at safari when I got to the lodge at Momella. We bonded instantly and went on to do Kili together as a team.

I was met at the airport by Yitzak and your team members never left my side. I was guided all the way up the mountain by Yitzak and Frankie and the rest of our team. We took the Western Breach route which was a bit more challenging that the other standard routes but I'M SO GLAD we took the Western Breach. The first two days we shared the mountain with so many other people it was getting very crowded. After day two, we split off and I felt like we had the mountain all to ourselves!

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip. I was very surprised at how well we were taken care of by our porters, cook, and guides. We ate wonderful meals and our tents were always ready for us at the end of each day! The entire team was friendly, helpful, and just a pure joy to be around. The team made our expedition so fun and enjoyable, I felt like all I had to do was get up that mountain and our porters, cook, and guides did the rest! They were all truly amazing.

I happened to be the only American and only female on this expedition. It did not bother me at all. As a matter of fact, I'm still in contact with the majority of my team member, Klaus, Andy, Stefan, and Guillermo. We correspond regularly and they are like brothers to me! LOL.

Honestly, I'm so glad I chose to go on this expedition with your outfit. I felt safe, well-cared for, and I felt like our porters, cook, & guides were all very experienced on the mountain. I never worried about a thing.

I will definitely book with you again to do other summits. Your patience with me during the whole process deserves recognition! I know I pestered you to death with questions and concerns that may have been silly, but this was my first expedition and I was going solo so I had a lot of concerns. You never made me feel like a bother though. Kudos to you SummitClimb!

I've attached a few photos of our team and myself. Best, Agina


Here is what Bhav had to say about her Mt Kilimanjaro trek 2016


I honestly wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first such experience. But I can say that I found it kind of therapeutic (everyone laughs when I say this)! But honestly, I had a wonderful experience with the team from the start to the summit & back

The SummitClimb Staff were all amazingly supportive and encouraging, and I have no complains at all. I had heard people saying to me you won't like the food as you go up, but the SummitClimb cook was a star and cooked amazing nutritious meals. The millet porridge and sukumawiki were my Fav :)

The porters were amazing in their part. Admire them for what they do!

The SummitClimb leader was like a climbing partner in the form of a guide. Informative, supportive & a wonderful person to have shared an amazing expedition with.

To be honest I couldn't tell you what to change as what I experienced was amazing. I personally believe that to enjoy nature one has to be in sync with her. So everything was just perfect as far as I am concerned:)


Overall it was a wonderful experience trekking up Kilimanjaro & getting to finally see that part of nature so closely. Thank you to the team of Summitclimb

Here is what Mary says:

Once again , a big thank you for a wonderful experience on stunning Mt Kenya , and attempt on Batian ,a very well organised safari, and THE ONLY  ascent route on Kilimanjaro! Umbwe Route is so spectacular, you are right to keep it a secret!!
 
Hope Mt Elbrus went well for all of you ....It's on my bucket list, and I'll join you soon again and climb it with you.
 
Have a safe season.
 
Best wishes,  Mary

Here is what Jack from California had to say about our Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya/Safari:

"The leaders made considerable efforts to insure a great climb on Kenya and memorable trekking of the Circuit Route around the massif. Climbing guides especially were all amazing in knowledge of mountain craft, experience and patience.

Thank you for a really great time on Mt. Kenya. Everything went so smoothly, almost like it was too easy! Even the weather cooperated.

I was able to make the summit in the company of clients and guides from all over the world; Canada, Germany, Holland, Kenya and the US. The backgrounds among all the people here are equally as varied and interesting."

Here is what Nicola from Australia, now living in London, had to say:

"It was an amazing time, one I do not wish to forget in a hurry. Words cannot describe my experience in Africa. I thought the other team members were great and everyone seemed to really enjoy the safari."

Here is what Sylvia from Victoria, Canada, had to say:

"Thank you for a very enjoyable and successful trip. I think it was really good."

Here is what Paul from Chicago, had to say:

"I had a great time and the trip was awesome."

Here is what Cheryl from Vancouver, had to say:

"I really enjoyed it. I am very glad that we had the chance to stay on Mt. Kenya. The trek and time spent there was amazing."

Here is what Wayne from Vancouver had to say:

"The trip was really very well done and I commend SummitClimb on the flexiblility they are able to bring, allowing people to all try to reach their goals in their own way."

Here is what Kelly from Chicago had to say:

"The camaraderie is great and the SummitClimb guides are great team-builders.

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Aconcagua Review

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Here is what Steve says: I have one regret in the last 6 years of mountaineering and that is trusting another company on my Aconcague trip. I should of gone with you guys. -Steve

Here is what Joe says:  I really enjoyed meeting you and climbing with you.

Thanks for everything you did for me and the group in getting 10/11 to the top.  It was an incredible experience. Take care and let's keep in touch. You will always be welcomed at our home . -Joe

Here is what Damon has to say:

Dear SummitClimb,

Thanks for your concern. I was up there at Nido waiting for the wind to calm down for 2 days before the Summit attempt.

I have to say that your organization is really..really well organized. As it seems like everyone was connected to know each member's status. Such small details make the trip worth while.

By the way... Don't ride mules for 4.5 hours. You can't imagine what that will do to your body. I'm still in bed now...recovering.

Happy New Year Damon"

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Broad Peak Review

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Here is what Steve says:      

I just wanted to let you know what a good time I had and how well organized this summer's Broad Peak trip was.  I was also impressed by the overall team that SummitClimb put together -- a most interesting, experienced and fun group of individuals.  Thanks for letting me join them, Steve.

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Winter Glacier School Review

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Here is what Jacque says:

Thank you so much for your hospitality and teaching us such great info and skills! I am excited to join you for more future endeavours in pursuit of my dreams. Thank you for hosting the glacier school for us! I love all the stories and shared experience, you are such an inspiration to us all.

Here is what Lindsay Says:

Thank you so much for this awesome experience. Its been a great few days in Olympia/Rainier and I am really grateful for all your expertise and generosity. I hope to learn more and keep climbing with this new knowledge. It was so fun! See you in the mountians soon.

Here is what Akibo Says:

You have not only open my eyes to mountaineering only. There were some amazing lessons I got from you which I will remember my whole life.

Here is what John Says:

Words of gratitude can never be enough to thank you for this wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand what mountaineering is all about. To get to experience that, and to learn from a guide of such caliber, is an absolute privilege. For someone with little experience in the field I can only hope to someday amount to at least half of the climber you are. You gave us the opportunity to learn from you, and to bond with people of all cultures in this week long adventure. So in a world where commercial mountaineering is the trend, here is to the company who introduced us to mountaineering for nothing in return.

Here is what Akash Says:

Thanks a lot for the amazing opportunity to experience the mountains. The leaders’ humbleness and ‘down to Earth’ attitude and simplicity are some attributes we should all strive for. This experience is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Here is what Ben has to say:

I am SO excited to announce that I have been accepted to join climb Summitclimb for a one week mountaineering course on Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft.) in Washington starting on New Years Day. I am so beyond grateful for the opportunity to learn from such an incredible climber. This is going to be a monumental step in my climbing career, one to fuel bigger, tougher ascents. I'm absolutely psyched.

Here is what Harry has to say:

Dear SummitClimb, Thank you very much for leading our Glacier School. I appreciate all the experience you shared with us, and your leadership on the climb. Best Regards, Harry 

Here is what Stephen says:

Thank you SummitClimb for the incredible experience and friendship. I can't wait to do it again. –Stephen

Here is what Brent has to say:

Everyone,

It was great climbing with everyone and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If anyone wants to climb out here in the Great Northwest in the future, contact me and I will be happy to climb with you or just get you the latest route beta. That goes for rock, snow, ice and alpine routes.
As to summitclimb.com , I plan on joining some of their trips to Nepal and China in the future. If anyone else has these aspirations, please let me know.

Stay clipped, Brent

Alpenglow covers participants as they ascend above the clouds during a terrific sunrise (Allen Smith). The massive glaciers stretch out below the summit as the members of the Seattle Glacier School descend the ridge back to high camp (Scott Patch). Leaders Bill and Scott go through the hip-belay technique on a slope outside camp as Tracy looks on (Rick Eng).

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Manaslu Review

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Here is what Darren D. has to say : Hey Brother! Hope all is well and THANKS for putting together our stellar team for Manaslu last year! AWESOME climbing! Great team!. Be well Darren

Here is what Michael J. has to say : Dear SummitClimb: I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate our excellent leadership during our Manaslu expedition this fall!

A regular expedition leader may set up a plan to to send some of his team, normally stronger , and more experienced part, to the summit. A good leader, however, may set up, and change, modify his plan to ensure the success for the entire team! Ours was such a good leader! With none of the team member having experience above 8000 meters, our leader managed to set up a great plan to lead all his team members to top of Manaslu. This is such an achievement! I highly appreciated his leadership and enjoyed this experience of my life time. Thanks. Michael J.

Here is what Marin says: Really good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you've been doing! Yes, I recommended  my friend to climb Cho Oyu with you because I think you're an absolutely great guide. To be honest.. I've been regretting booking for Everest with the expensive company so early on last year that now I can't change my booking or even have my money back! :( I really wish I had booked with you, because I know exactly how you operate, and I really don't like the expensive company's Military Precision climbing style at all. I guess we'll see how it goes, but if I find their style too suffocating I might move to your team on the mountain. Plus, the expensive company's summit 'prediction' date is May 18th and I will be flying out of Kathmandu by May 25th, which I find a little early for a summit bid.

Anyhow, I hope you are doing fantastic, happy as always, and enjoying the laid back fun-style climb! I'll speak to my friend about the Cho Oyu climb, it'll be awesome if he joins your team.

Keep in touch, Stay warm!

Marin

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K2 Trekking Review

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Comment from Lee: It was a great trip and beautiful. There were 5 trekkers. The leaders, guides, and the other staff were available to help the trekkers. This was very nice because often the trekkers needed help. Some people might consider this to be labor intensive, having to watch over people. Your team did it well. Thanks Again, - Lee

Everest Pre Acclimatization, Speed and Oxygenless Ascent

Here is what David says:

Good to hear from you, and thanks for all your work in helping make it possible for me to join the team in a customized way this year. It was an amazing, humbling, inspiring experience.

Sorry for the lengthy response below--

As far as my training goes, I did use an altitude tent (from Hypoxico) for about 6 weeks before the trip. However, I don't ascribe my success that much to the tent. There were other guys on the team who used altitude tents far more than I did. They used them for 3 months, and even got nitrogen tanks to further dilute the oxygen and take the simulated altitude all the way up to 29,000 feet level in some of their training, though not that high while sleeping. In contrast, I never got the simulated altitude above around 16,000 feet while sleeping, and I actually had to travel to Romania for the week before the expedition for work, so for the last 10+ days before reaching Tibet I was sleeping and training at sea level. Hence, while my altitude training may have helped, I don't give it a great deal of credit.

What I think differentiated my training from the rest of the group, and what helped me go fast on the mountain, was the intensity of my aerobic training before coming. I wanted to climb it without oxygen, and made it all the way to 8300 meters without using it, but at the urging of my Sherpa, and the team leader I took it for the summit push. With that goal in mind, I knew I had to train really hard. I was already in marathon shape when I began considering Everest in January, but then ramped my running and incline training much more. Since I live in a city, I did all my training on a treadmill. Before I came to Nepal, I was doing 60 minute runs at 10.4 mph and 2% incline, and 3 hour hikes with a 20 pound pack at 15% incline, resulting in almost 8,000 vertical feet of elevation gain in this workout. I also did 60 minute jogs at 15% incline, but without the pack, getting in about 4,500 vertical feet in an hour. These workouts were really intense!

And when I started hiking with my Sherpa on the approach, I was able to keep up with him consistently, and earned a lot of compliments from him on how strong I was. When I was high on the mountain, and gasping for breath for hours at a time, I was on guard for pulmonary edema, and I was glad my lungs had experienced that kind of air turnover intensity before.

My ascent was quite short--19 days from basecamp to summit, with just one rotation up the mountain. I struggled on two occasions with strong headaches, but drank literally 8 liters of water during the day and 2 at night, and luckily the headaches only lasted a few hours and I was able to adjust without going back down. I believe that I could have achieved my goal of climbing without oxygen if I had had just a few more days to acclimate.

By this point I felt for safety I should listen to the advice of those around me and take the oxygen. So besides the time being probably a little too short for acclimatization for a no-oxygen climb, I think the energy I spent beforehand also tipped the balances out of my favor. However, once I started oxygen at Camp 3, I was super strong and able to pass the line of climbers ahead of us when we left late that night.

For me, going in a short number of days was a necessity given my vacation time at work, but I also liked it because there was little repetition going up and down the mountain, and less boredom. As I mentioned above however, I think for my level of fitness it was just a few days too short to be able to climb the mountain the way I wanted. I want to go back again, and this time I think I will give myself several more days to rest. One mixed positive/negative was since I was only on the mountain one rotation, I didn't get a chance to go down and eat a lot of food to prepare for the summit bid. When I returned home I found I'd lost almost 15 pounds--this was almost all muscle. I had heard you need to force feed and that you lose your appetite, but didn't take the advice properly to heart. By the time I was pushing for the summit I'm sure I had already lost a lot of that muscle mass. Meanwhile the rest of the team had gone down to base camp and towns below and told me they just stuffed themselves for days.

So, to someone else who wants to do it in a short timeframe, I would say the following: First, using an altitude tent should help, but it's important not to go overboard on it because pushing it too far interferes with training recovery, and I think aerobic fitness is more important than the benefit you can gain from spending only 6-8 hours a day in a hypoxic environment, and the rest with plenty of oxygen. Secondly, and most importantly, they need to be in superb aerobic shape, much better shape than your regular team member.

This is because when you cut the time down as much as I did, you are pushing your body right to the margin of what's physiologically possible for adaptation, and definitely increasing risk of altitude sickness. Third, I think it is very important to take the approach to base camp and ABC at a measured pace. It's very important not to rush your body during this adaptation process, because you really only have one shot at getting it right. You shouldn't stress about taking a few extra days either though, because if done right, you will have plenty of time before the summit bid. I took three nights at BC, because I didn't feel totally right on day 2 there, and so I had my Sherpa reschedule our porters for another day. Fourth, I would emphasize how important copious water consumption is during the acclimatization phase. I didn't take Diamox except when I got the headaches, but perhaps that would have helped more. I did take aspirin and vitamin C.
And finally, I would emphasize the importance of maintaining high calorie consumption because there isn't time to go back down and eat a bunch of food before the summit bid.

I would be happy to speak with anyone who is thinking of climbing with you and wants to go fast.

You asked me to give some feedback on my Sherpa as well. Overall, I thought he was excellent. He is very strong and an enjoyable, easy-going companion, who clearly has the right priorities on the mountain (safety). I would definitely climb with him again. One thing that was difficult for me was convincing him that I wanted to climb without oxygen, and that I wanted him to help build the patient strategy that would give me the best chance of that. He didn't believe it was safe--and I understand his position--and never really came around to understanding and supporting my position. I don't think he understood that I was okay with turning back and not making the summit, and would still pay him a summit bonus, if he or I decided it was unsafe. So I give him high marks despite a few quibbles.

Last thing--I would like to come climb it again, and finish it without oxygen, hopefully next year if I can get off work again. I am interested in whatever repeat-member discounts you can provide, and thought I'd mention one other thing. I'd be happy to serve as an on-mountain resource to other climbers, and assist the Sherpas in guiding other members in any way it might be helpful (I am trained in wilderness first aid, and even cleaned and bandaged up a Sherpa when he cut his hand at the North Col, for example).
Perhaps we can discuss this as the year goes on.

Thanks, and thanks again to your office, the Sherpas, and the leader for making this trip an absolutely incredible experience,

David