Dan Mazur – very successful season on Everest and the Himalayan peaks.

Dan Mazur sent me a letter

Greetings to you, Mountain Adventurer Himalman

Hi this is Dan Mazur, just back from a very successful season on Everest and the Himalayan peaks of Tibet and Nepal with a friendly group of men and women of all ages. I am writing to you from a gorgeous stormy north Pacific ocean side near to high mountains. The 4000 metre / 13,000 foot peaks towering above me are covered with glistening thick white glacier blankets tempting skiers, walkers, and climbers. Down here on the coastline, snow lies heavily in the trees and waves crash on the rocky beach in front of my house. Sea birds and gulls soar and call in the mist, waiting for the lowering tide to expose fresh crabs, while fur seals and whales hungrily circle schools of black-mouth salmon.

Believe it or not, I am working in the office and encourage you to contact me now for a chat about joining me during our next journey on 8th April, 2012, to the Himalayas in peaceful, beautiful, friendly, and uncrowded Tibet and Nepal.

We also have upcoming trips throughout the year in Africa, China, and South America, as well as the September-December season in Nepal and Tibet.

I invite you and your friends to join me and our team this year as we are going to have a very enjoyable and adventurous time in the mountains.

I will be leading my 9th Everest expedition, as well as basecamp treks, Everest training climbs, trips to Africa, and Glacier Schools. Welcome to the team!

Do you have any questions or ideas? Please feel free to email, telephone, skype, and facebook me.

I work for SummitClimb and SummitTrek, now in their 21st year, and it seems that 2011 was their most successful year ever. I was lucky enough to lead a team to the summit of Everest, in addition to several climbs and treks. We had 8 out of 8 members (100%) on the summit of Everest from Tibet and 5 out of 6 on the summit from Nepal. In fact, all of our big peak expeditions put their members on the summits, all treks reached basecamp, and all training climbs and mid-size mountain trips achieved their objectives.

My employers are avid mountain climbers and walkers, so they maintain their focus on providing the highest quality trip at the lowest cost. They never charge more than they would be willing to pay themselves. Please check out their payment options including accepting credit cards for 100% of your payment!

In addition, I must say I feel lucky to be working for a company that cares, with a strong focus on giving back to the poor families who live near Everest and helping with health, education, environmental and cultural preservation.

I look forward to speaking to you about Mountains, our favourite subject, to meeting, to climbing to the Summit together and to trekking and training together with you in 2012.

Please call me now for a chat. I am waiting to speak to you on +44 (0)7810375400 in the UK or +1 360-570-0715 in the US, DanielMazur@SummitClimb.com , http://www.FaceBook.com/DanielLeeMazur , Skype: Dan.Mazur8848 .

DURING APRIL AND MAY OF 2012, I INVITE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN ME ON THE SUMMIT AND BASECAMP OF EVEREST, where in 2011 our friendly and very well organized expedition of leaders and Sherpas put 8 out of 8 members and 6 sherpas on the summit. We visit Everest and her surrounding peaks in just over 10 weeks on April 8th. The Nepal and Tibet season begins in early April through June, then again in September through December. These seasons have the best weather and life is quiet, peaceful, and friendly out in the Himalaya.

ARE YOU FEELING CHALLENGED BY THE ECONOMY? We run our trips as efficiently as possible. If our prices seem low, this is because we are now in our 21st year of leading climbs and treks with friendly and fun groups of men and women of all ages. We have developed deep connections with the mountaineering and trekking sectors in Nepal and Tibet. It is our objective to continue offering affordable, safe, friendly, enjoyable, and successful climbing expeditions and walks.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL TO DISCOVER FULL-SERVICE ADVENTURE IN THE HIMALAYA, ACONCAGUA, AND AFRICA DURING 2012.

NEPAL AND TIBET NEWS: Nepal and Tibet are very peaceful, calm, quiet and alluring at the moment. Tourist numbers are at pre-2008 levels due to the global economy. The political situation is very stable and back to normal. It’s a perfect time to visit, so please come on over. Welcome to our team!

NEWS FLASH: Our climbs and walks now include free hotels, free internal flights, free sherpas, and free oxygen on Everest and Lhotse.

GENEROUS DISCOUNTS are now on offer for groups of 2 or more, “BASIC CLIMBERS”, mountain guides, leaders in training, returning members, medical professionals, educators, etcetera.

PAYMENT NEWS: *Special Notice* – Worried about making full payment? Charge 100% of your expedition to your credit card. Earn valuable points and pay off the balance gradually over time. Please visit http://www.SummitClimbPayment.com.

INEXPENSIVE PLANE TICKETS ARE STILL EASY TO FIND: Please email or telephone me and I will gladly assist you in locating these.

EVEREST NEWS: For Everest climbers, we are now giving FREE OXYGEN, no charge for a five-bottle set.

EVEREST NEPAL BASECAMP WALK NEWS: 30% REDUCED PRICE! : Join Arnold Coster in April and May in 2012 for an affordable world famous basecamp trek. Spaces still available so join now! PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS, AND FREE HOTELS.

EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL & MERA PEAK NEWS: 15% REDUCED PRICE! Remote walking and easy climbing with the best views of Everest. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS, AND FREE HOTELS.

COMMISSIONS FOR SENDING US NEW MEMBERS: Please tell your friends and receive a cash commission for everyone you send us.

“HELP WANTED” : Are you a mountain guide or would you like to become one? Please join the fun and earn a big discount at our http://www.LeaderInTraining.com .

GIVING BACK TO THOSE IN NEED: If you are interested in the charity and service side, please get involved via donating to the http://www.MountEverestFoundation.org to support and work together with local families living near Everest with hospitals, schools, environmental, and cultural preservation. If you feel the need to get your hands dirty and help, dig in with our twice yearly http://www.EverestServiceWalk.org and http://www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org .

NOW IS THE TIME: Please indicate your 2012 interests very soon as we are currently gathering applications and filling out the permit applications. Welcome to our expedition and I look forward to chatting, meeting, and to walking and climbing together with you in 2012.

7 SUMMITS NEWS: In addition to Everest, in February 2012, you are invited to join me for a trip to Africa, where I am very excited to be leading a Walk to the top of Kilimanjaro (another of the famous 7-Summits), Climbing and Walking on Mt. Kenya, and Wildlife Safaris. Here is where our enjoyable team will be in February, you are welcome to join me and the gang, thanks for letting me know this week or next: http://www.AfricaSummitClimb.com . This is a fantastic Training Climb for Everest.

Also, we have a climb of Aconcagua, the famous 7-Summit and highest in all of the Americas. Would you like to join in February? Our top leader Max Kausch is very qualified, relaxed, and an excellent leader. Just a few places are left, so please do let me know in the next few days: http://www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com . Get in top shape and prepare for Everest.

Here is a QUICK LIST of the excitement on offer for 2012:

EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT: Join Dan Mazur in April and May. 2011 100% summit success. Basic Cost $12,750, £7,950, €9,250. Full Service $27,450, £16,850, €19,850;

EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT: Join Arnold Coster in April and May. 2011 5 out of 6 on the summit. Basic $19,850, £12,250, €14,450. Full Serv $35,450, £21,950, €25,750;

EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB AND NORTH COL: Join Dan Mazur in April and May. Climb to 7000m. 28 days. Full Service $7850, £4850, €5650;

EVEREST NEPAL CAMP 3 TRAINING CLIMB: Join Arnold Coster in April and May. 31 days. Full Service $8650, £5350, €6250. 16 days: $6350, £3850, €4350;

EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: Join Sange Sherpa in April, May, and October. 22 days. REDUCED PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150, Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050;

EVEREST TIBET ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: Join Dan Mazur in April and May. 20 days. Best Everest Views. Full Service: $3,850, £2,350, €2,750;

EVEREST NEPAL BASECAMP WALK: Join Arnold Coster in April, May, and October. 18 days. World famous basecamp. NEW REDUCED PRICE! Full Service: $1850, £1150, €1450;

CHO OYU CLIMB: Join Max Kausch in May & Sept. 38 days. Best preparation for Everest. Basic: $7,150, £4,450, €5,150. Full Service: $11,850, £7,350, €8,550;

LHOTSE CLIMB: Join Arnold Coster in April and May. 2011 100% summit success. Basic Cost: $6,850, £4,250, €4,950. Full Service: $14,850, £9,250, €10,750;

MUSTAGATA CLIMB: Join Jon Otto. 24 days in July. Walk, Climb, Ski, Board, Snowshoe, Raquette. Basic: $2750, £1650, €1950. Full: $5450, £3350, €3750;

AMA DABLAM CLIMB: Max Kausch. 29 days in Oct and Nov. Nepal’s famous technical-climbable rock + ice: Basic: $3250, £1950, €2250. Full: $6850, £4250, €4750;

BARUNTSE CLIMB: Join Dan Mazur. 34 days in Oct and Nov. 3 peaks in one, grand circuit in Everest region. Full Service: $7,650, £4,750, €5,550;

MERA PEAK TREK: Join Dan Mazur for 22 days in Oct. Remote walking and easy climbing best views of Everest. REDUCED PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150;

SHISHAPANGMA CLIMB: Join Dan Mazur in Sept – Oct. 38 days. Remote Tibet. Basic: $7,150, £4,450, €5150. Full Service: $11,850, £7,350, €8,550. 20% off for Cho Oyu combo;

SEATTLE GLACIER SCHOOL: Join Dan Mazur in July. 7 days of gear prep, shopping, train + attempt a 14,000 ft/4000 metre peak. Free!

ALPS MEET: Join Dan Mazur in Feb. 1 week of skiing/boarding and 1 week of ice + snow climbing in the French Alps. Free of Cost!

SERVICE WALKS TO EVEREST + REMOTE NEPAL. Join Dan Mazur in June and Nov. Assist locals w/schools, health, environment + culture exchange;

KILIMANJARO TREK, MOUNT KENYA CLIMB, SAFARI: Join Dan Mazur for 7-Summit and exotic walks, climbs, safaris in Feb and Aug;

ACONCAGUA CLIMB: 7-Summit, highest in the Americas in January + February with expert leader. 20 days in Jan-Feb. Cheap Price: $2950 £1850 €2150;

NOW IN THEIR 21ST YEAR, http://www.SummitClimb.com and http://www.SummitTrek.com have built up some of the best, if I may say so, most knowledgeable and helpful, most qualified British, American, European, and Australian leaders, technically trained expert and friendly Sherpas, skillful cooks, delicious food, comfortable hotels, cozy basecamps, excellent tents, ropes, oxygen sets, climbing and safety equipment, and an extremely succesful track record.

WELL ORGANISED, GOOD VALUE and EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD: When comparing options please carefully check what is on offer and prior performance. I have worked for many different companies during my climbing career, and I feel that SummitClimb and SummitTrek offer the best organisation, very good value for money, and unmatched summit success. For example, all of their expeditions put members on the summit (and all of their treks, walks and training climbs reached their objectives) during 2011. Many teams had 100% success! SummitClimb and SummitTrek continue to focus on the following in 2012:

*** OUR PHILOSOPHY of encouraging people to explore and enjoy mountains by reducing our prices and opening up more affordable opportunities to train, learn, share, and explore the sport of mountain climbing and walking.

***AFFORDABLE EQUIPMENT PURCHASE ADVICE. As part of our enhanced customer service, we go over your equipment personally with you and advise you about the best types of gear and locations to purchase.

***OUR CHO OYU, SHISHAPANGMA, AND NORTH COL EVEREST TRAINING CLIMB PRICES HAVE BEEN DRASTICALLY REDUCED. There is no better preparation for Everest than Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. From the North Col or the Camp 3 Training Climb you could achieve a personal altitude record and even transition directly to Everest.

***NOT SURE ABOUT YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE? Our leaders can evaluate your abilities and teach you everything you need to know. Send us an email, facebook message, skype, or telephone us to discuss your goals and dreams!

***PREPARING FOR EVEREST? WE NOW OFFER 3 EVEREST TRAINING CLIMBS, including the Everest View Glacier School, awarded National Geographic Adventures ’25 Best New Trips’ where the focus is on gaining skills, working with the leaders and sherpas, and learning to use all of the equipment you need to get to the top. We offer everything from 6 day to 31 day trips where you can test yourself at high altitude, and progress onto Everest, Lhotse, or Cho Oyu.

***JOIN ONE OF OUR EVEREST TRAINING CLIMBS, AND, IF YOU FEEL WELL ENOUGH, YOU COULD EVEN CLIMB EVEREST OR LHOTSE ON THE SPOT, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.

***FOR “TREKKING PEAK” ENTHUSIASTS who prefer a bit of walking combined with adventurous short climbs of 6000 metre / 20,000 foot high “trekking peaks”, we welcome you to join our fun teams, expert leaders, and top sherpas for Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Lobuche Peak, Mera Peak, and Island Peak.

***LOVE SKIING, BOARDING, SNOWSURFING AND SNOWSHOEING? Please come and join us for Alps Meet, Mustagata, Mera Peak, and Cho Oyu.

***LOOKING FOR INTERMEDIATE HEIGHT MOUNTAINS? Enjoy our extensive 7000 metre / 23,000 foot high peak programme including Aconcagua, North Col, Everest Camp 3, Mustagata, Ama Dablam and Baruntse.

***MORE INTERESTED IN GENTLE AND BEAUTIFUL HIMALAYAN WALKS AND CULTURAL TOURS? We have a wide variety of fascinating walks and opportunities to explore the Himalaya, whether you wish to visit the world’s most famous basecamp, remote valleys where tourists seldom tread, or bring needed supplies to poor families living in rural villages near to, but on the “wrong side” of Mount Everest.

***SEE TIBET BEFORE IT CHANGES. We have worked very hard to develop good relations with Tibetans to keep the doors open and each year we are able to consistently obtain permission for all of our climbs and walks to visit Tibet. For example, during 2012 we have a series of exciting Tibetan adventures from the Summit of Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, the North Col, as well as a wide variety of fascinating training trips, stunning basecamp and advanced basecamp walks and cultural explorations.

***LEADER IN TRAINING PROGRAM. NEW FOR 2012: We have revamped our program and now encourage existing and aspiring mountain leaders and guides to join us to share their knowledge and to learn about how to assist everyone in discovering the wonders of high places. If you are already a mountain leader or wish to become one, please examine http://www.LeaderInTraining.com .

***DO YOU PREFER CLIMBING INDEPENDENTLY AND DOING THINGS ON YOUR OWN? Please check out our **BASIC CLIMBS**, open to individuals who want to “do their own thing” and prefer a high level of autonomy and extremely low cost, yet still benefit from well-organized permits, transport logistics, advice about where and what equipment and supplies to obtain, walkie talkie and satphone communications, rescue, medical, fixed ropes, tent and camp security, etcetera.

***HOW SERIOUS ARE WE ABOUT GIVING BACK TO PEOPLE WHO LOVE MOUNTAINS? WE OFFER TWO FREE TRIPS: http://www.AlpsMeet.org and http://www.SeattleGlacierSchool.org , where you can meet like minded people, learn about mountains, share what you know, and have a load of fun. Welcome new and old friends, men and women of all ages, at no charge, free of cost!

OUR CLIMBS AND WALKS ARE LISTED BELOW and feature the best most experienced American, British, European, and Australian leaders who teach you everything you need to know, top notch trained and highly qualified sherpas, delicious food, excellent equipment, tents, radios, satphones, oxygen, etcetera. Our prices are for full-service, including everything imaginable from door to door, from KTM-basecamp-summit, and back. We also list prices for “basic” climbs, a stripped down version of the trip to help you save your pennies.

EVEREST TIBET SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2012: http://www.EverestClimb.com – Basic Cost: $12,750, £7,950, €9,250. Full Service Cost: $27,450, £16,850, €19,850. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE SUMMIT CLIMB AND THE WALK/DRIVE TO BASECAMP: FREE OXYGEN, FREE SHERPAS, AND FREE HOTELS. Please join me, Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest leader, for an exciting and affordable 60 day expedition in April and May. ***2011 expedition 100% summit success, 8 out of 8 on the summit. View the latest news at: http://www.EverestTibetNews.com . Exotic and less crowded Tibet, with the best views of Everest in the world. Made famous in 1928 by Mallory and Irvine. By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits.

EVEREST NEPAL SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2O12: http://www.EverestNepalClimb.com – Basic Cost: $19,850, £12,250, €14,450. Full Service Cost: $35,450, £21,950, €25,750. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE SUMMITCLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE OXYGEN, FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Friendly leader Arnold Coster has 5 Everest expeditions and is one of the best in the business. 60 days in April and May at a very low price. ***2011 expedition summit success, 5 out of 6 on the summit. View the latest news at: http://www.EverestNepalNews.com . The classic climb on Everest, following in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing.

EVEREST TIBET TRAINING CLIMB AND NORTH COL 2012: http://www.EverestTibetTrainingClimb.com and http://www.North-Col.com – Full Service Cost $7850, £4850, €5650. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK/DRIVE TO BASECAMP WITH FREE SHERPAS AND FREE HOTELS. Please join me, Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest leader, for an exciting and affordable 28 day expedition in April or May, and a great chance to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at altitude, visit exotic Tibet, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest and Cho Oyu AT NO EXTRA COST. View the latest news at: http://www.NorthColNews.com . Climb very high in exotic Tibet in a short period of time at an excellent price. Exotic and less crowded Tibet, with the best views of Everest in the world. Made famous in 1928 by Mallory and Irvine. By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits. Leader Dan Mazur and our friendly expert Sherpas teach you everything you need to know. Get Qualified for Everest, and climb to the summit of Everest on the spot if you feel well.

EVEREST NEPAL CAMP 3 TRAINING CLIMB: http://www.EverestTrainingClimb.com – Full Service Cost $8650, £5350, €6250. Sixteen day option: $6350, £3850, €4350. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Friendly leader Arnold Coster, has 5 Everest expeditions and is one of the best in the business. 31 days, or 16 days school only, in April or May, and an affordable way to learn all about climbing, see how you feel at altitude, visit beautiful Nepal, and if you are feeling well, transition to Everest AT NO EXTRA COST. ***2011 expedition 100% summit success. View the latest news at: http://www.EverestTrainingClimbNews.com . The classic climb on Everest, following in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing. Leader Arnold and our friendly expert Sherpas teach you everything you need to know. Get Qualified for Everest, and climb to the summit on the spot if you feel well.

EVEREST GLACIER SCHOOL: http://www.EverestGlacierSchool.com – REDUCED PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150,  Seven day option: $1450, £950, €1050. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. Friendly leader Ang Sange Sherpa, has led 14 Glacier Schools, and is an excellent instructor and a very friendly person, and teaches everything you need to know. 22 days (or 7 days for the school and climb only) during April, May, or October. If you feel well enough on the April trip you can transition directly to the Everest Nepal Training Climb or Cho Oyu. ***2011 expedition 100% summit success! View the latest news at: http://www.EverestGlacierSchoolNews.com . AWARDED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S “25 BEST NEW TRIPS”.

EVEREST TIBET ADVANCED BASECAMP WALK: http://www.AdvancedBasecampWalk.com – Full Service Cost: $3,850, £2,350, €2,750. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE DRIVE ACROSS TIBET AND WALK UP TO ADVANCED BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS AND FREE HOTELS. Please join me, Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest leader, for an exciting and affordable 20 day walk in April or May, and a good chance to see exotic Tibet. View the latest news at: http://www.AdvancedBaseCampNews.com . Rustic, Medieval and Less crowded Tibet, with the best views of Everest in the world, much better than in Nepal. Made famous in 1928 by Mallory and Irvine. ***Everyone reached basecamp during our recent trek. By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits.

EVEREST NEPAL BASECAMP WALK: http://www.EverestBasecampWalk.com – Full Service Cost: $1850, £1150, €1450. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS, AND FREE HOTELS. Friendly leader Arnold Coster, has 5 Everest expeditions and is one of the best in the business. 18 days in April, May or October. Wander gentle and wide snow-free trails through beautiful green terraced villages with amazing Himalayan views. Includes top-notch sherpas, delicious food, high-quality tents and excellent equipment. Visit our world’s most famous basecamp and hike the Everest view ridge of Kala Patar. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest. ***Everyone reached basecamp during our recent trek. View the latest news at: http://www.BasecampNews.com .

CHO OYU CLIMB, THE WORLD’S BEST PREPARATION FOR EVEREST: http://www.ChoOyuClimb.com – Basic Climb Cost: $7,150, £4,450, €5,150. Full Service Cost: $11,850, £7,350, €8,550. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK/DRIVE TO BASECAMP WITH FREE SHERPAS AND FREE HOTELS. 38 days in April-May & Sep-Oct. ‘Easy’ snow climb of the 6th highest mountain in the world. There is probably no better preparation for climbing Everest. Most accessible of the world’s “8,000 metre”, 26,000 foot high peaks. 4-time Cho Oyu leader Max Kausch is extremely experienced, friendly, and teaches you everything you need to know. Located beside Everest on the edge of the exotic Tibetan Plateau. It is possible to ski and snowboard Cho Oyu. ***2011 expedition 7 out of 9 members reached the summit! View the latest news at: http://www.ChoOyuNews.com . By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits.

LHOTSE CLIMB, 4TH HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, CLIMBED FROM THE SAME ROUTE AS EVEREST: http://www.LhotseClimb.com Basic Climb Cost: $6,850, £4,250, €4,950. Full Service Cost: $14,850, £9,250, €10,750. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE SUMMITCLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE OXYGEN, FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. 60 days in April-May. Climb the fourth highest peak in the world from the same route as our Everest Nepal Expedition. 5 time Everest summitter and experienced Lhotse leader Arnold Coster is friendly, helpful, well organized, and teaches you everything you need to know. Branch off the Everest route just before high camp and ascend the infamous Lhotse Couloir to the summit. A brilliant way to check out Everest up close and climb a high and challenging summit for reduced cost. ***2011 expedition 100% summit success! View the latest news at: http://www.LhotseNews.com .

MUSTAGATA CLIMB, WORLD’S EASIEST 7500 METRE / 24,606 FOOT HIGH PEAK, FAMOUS FOR WALKING, CLIMBING, SNOWSHOEING, SKIING, BOARDING, AND SNOW RAQUETTING: http://www.MustagataClimb.com – Basic Climb Cost: $2750, £1650, €1950. Full Service Cost: $5450, £3350, €3750. Leader Jon Otto is friendly and experienced and speaks perfect English and Chinese. Jon will teach you everything you need to know. In just 25 days for a reasonable cost, you can climb this very high but moderate snow peak (average slope angle just 18 degrees). Climbing Mustagata could qualify you for Everest. Includes top-notch sherpas, delicious food, high-quality tents and excellent equipment. ***Our 2011 expeditions were very safe and successful! View the latest news at: http://www.MustagataNews.com . SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS “BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION 2012”.

AMA DABLAM CLIMB, ASIA’S MOST FAMOUS ROCK, SNOW, AND ICE PEAK. THE MATTERHORN OF THE HIMALAYA. TECHNICAL BUT CLIMBABLE: http://www.AmaDablamClimb.com – Basic Climb Cost: $3250, £1950, €2250. Full Service Cost: $6850, £4250, €4750. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK TO BASECAMP: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. 29 days in October-November. Located just 15 km / 10 miles from Everest. Among the most photographed peaks in the world. Everything for the novice to the expert climber. Beautiful rock is solid granite “scrambling”. Basecamp is located in a lovely grassy meadow. The hardest pitch is 12 metres / 40 feet of French class 4, British Severe, or North American 5.7. You will be following, not leading, on secure fixed ropes. Test yourself to 7000 metres / 23,000 feet. 4 time team leader Max Kausch is very experienced and friendly. He will review all needed skills on small cliffs around the warm and sunny basecamp. Climbing Ama Dablam qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. ***2011 Summit success: 10 out of 11 members on the summit! View the latest news at: http://www.AmaDablamNews.com .

BARUNTSE CLIMB, GRAND CIRCLE CLIMBING TRIP THROUGH THE EVEREST HIMALAYA. 3 PEAKS IN ONE, MERA PEAK, BARUNTSE AND AMPHULABTSA: http://www.BaruntseClimb.com – Full Service Cost: $7,650, £4,750, €5,550. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND WALK: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. 34 days in October-November. Just 15km / 10 miles from Everest, Baruntse is known as Nepal’s ‘easiest’ 7000 metre / 23,000 foot peak. Hiking on snow which is steep and exposed at times, but not technically difficult. Experienced friendly leader Dan Mazur teaches you everything you need to know. Make a great ‘circle-trek’ through remote valleys near Everest. “Three trips in one” includes easy Mera “trekking-peak” 6500 metres / 21,500 feet high and a crossing of the famous “Amphu-Labtsa” pass at 5800 metres / 19,000 feet. Climbing Baruntse qualifies you for Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma. ***2011 expedition success: 7 members on the summit of Mera Peak and Baruntse. First team to reach the summit, two years in a row. View the latest news: http://www.BaruntseNews.com .

MERA PEAK TREK, REMOTE NEPAL AT ITS FINEST, A GORGEOUS TREKKING PEAK WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF EVEREST: http://www.TrekMera.com – REDUCED PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND WALK: FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE INTERNAL FLIGHTS. 22 days in October. Mera Peak has perhaps the best Everest views of any mountain, because Mera stands back at a distance from the range. It is a 6500 metre / 21,000 foot high but relatively easy ‘trekking peak’ located in a gorgeous remote area of Nepal, where uncut ancient forests and deep river gorges abound. Your leader Dan Mazur is experienced, friendly, and will teach you everything you need to know. It is also possible to ski and snowboard Mera Peak. Trekking Mera is good preparation for Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Everest Nepal Training Climb, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, and Mustagata. ***2011 expedition success: 7 members on the summit! View the latest news: http://www.MeraPeakNews.com .

SHISHAPANGMA CLIMB, THE LOWEST OF THE WORLD’S FOURTEEN 8000 METRE PEAKS. THE BEST POSSIBLE PREPARATION FOR EVEREST: http://www.ShishapangmaClimb.com – Basic Climb Cost: $7,150, £4,450, €5150. Full Service Cost: $11,850, £7,350, €8,550. 20% discount for combining with Cho Oyu. PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FOR THE CLIMB AND THE WALK/DRIVE TO BASECAMP WITH FREE SHERPAS AND FREE HOTELS. 38 days September-October or 15 days in October (Cho Oyu combination). ‘Easy’ snow climb of the less crowded & lowest of the world’s 14 eight thousand metre, 26,000 foot high mountains, located in exotic Tibet near Everest. Led by Dan Mazur who teaches you everything you need to know. Dan is a 9 time Everest Leader, and this is his third Shishapangma expedition. Our sherpas are extremely experienced, our food is delicious and our tents and equipment are among the best. Climbing Shishapangma qualifies you for Everest from Tibet, Everest from Nepal, and Lhotse. You may wish to combine with Cho Oyu to climb Shisha in just 15 days and save 20%. Also, it is possible to ski and snowboard Shisha. ***2011 expedition: 4 out of 5 members reached the summit, and the Cho-Shish “double header” was 100% successful. View the latest news at: http://www.ShishaPangmaNews.com . By the way, we have an office in Lhasa and ALWAYS obtain our Tibet permits.

http://www.SeattleGlacierSchool.org – 7 days in July. Free of cost. No charge. Leader: Dan Mazur is a friendly and accomplished leader who teaches you everything you need to know. Learn glacier climbing and snow camping. Purchase or hire – rent mountaineering equipment at one of the many inexpensive mountain climbing shops in Seattle. After several days of instruction and practice, attempt one of the most glaciated 4000 metre / 14,000 foot high peaks in lower North America. ***Our 2011 glacier school was very safe and successful! View the latest news at: http://www.SeattleGlacierSchoolNews.com .

http://www.AlpsMountainMeet.com – Free of cost, no charge. 1 or 2 weeks in France during late February and early March, led by Dan Mazur who teaches you everything you need to know. It’s not as expensive as you think, around £48 per day includes accommodation and 2 meals a day. Week 1: skiing/boarding on/backcountry in Tignes, with a chance to climb 3,800 metre / 12,500 foot high peaks. Week 2: climbing around Chamonix including glaciers, ice and mixed couloirs. It is not necessary to know how to ski. View the latest news at: http://www.AlpsMeetNews.com .

http://www.EverestBasecampServiceTrek.org – Donation: $3450, £2150, €2450 (your contribution for the trek and your international flight are gift aid tax eligible). PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR TREK, INCLUDING FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS. 22 days in April and October. Support trek with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery, where 12 impoverished nuns live in an ancient convent. After visiting and helping, walk to Everest Base Camp and the famous Everest viewing ridge of Kala Pattar. Leader Ang Sange Sherpa, 15 Everest Basecamp Treks. ***During our recent trek, members helped to install a greenhouse and water line.

http://www.RemoteNepalServiceWalk.org – Donation: $1850, £1150, €1250 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are gift aid eligible). PRICE INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR TREK, INCLUDING FREE SHERPAS, FREE HOTELS, AND FREE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS. 15 days June or November – December. Join experienced friendly leader Dan Mazur and staff of the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) to walk the beautiful green foothills beneath Mount Everest and explore ancient uncut forests and terraced farmlands. Visit friendly farm families living a traditional life, and deliver needed medical and educational supplies to remote schools and hospitals. Try your hand at school teaching, building construction, and seeing patients. THIS IS A LOW ALTITUDE TREK, you will never step on snow nor walk higher than 2700 metres / 8850 feet. Discounts for medical professionals and teachers. ***During our recent trek, members delivered needed medical and school supplies and clothing, also tried their hand at teaching and seeing patients. View the latest news at: http://www.ServiceTrekNews.org .

http://www.KiliTrek.com – Kilimanjaro, 14-22 February or August (9 days). One of the famous “7-summits”. A brilliant introduction to high altitude mountaineering on the highest mountain in all of Africa. Kili is only easy walking to the top on solid trails, there is no climbing. A fast way to see how you feel at altitude in exotic Africa. Leader Dan Mazur teaches you everything you need to know and has climbed Kili 5 times. Cost $2950, £1850, €2150. View the latest news at: http://www.KiliTrekNews.com .

http://www.KenyaClimb.com – Mt. Kenya trek or optional rock climb, 21-28 February or August (8 days). This is the 2nd highest peak in Africa. Stunning forests with lots of wildlife, high altitude cloud forest and above treeline terrain. Much less crowded than Kilimanjaro with a gorgeous summit circuit walk, the highlight of which is the stunning sunrise from famous Point Lenana. Optional exciting 16 pitch rock climb on good granite. Hardest pitch North American 5.7, French 4, British Severe. Should you choose the optional rock climb, you will be following, not leading, on secure fixed ropes. Leader Dan Mazur has climbed Mt. Kenya three times. Cost $1850, £1150, €1350. View the latest news at: http://www.MtKenyaNews.com .

Wildlife Game viewing Safari in East Africa’s best parks (2-4 days): Amboseli (2 days): $650 USD, Serengeti (4 days): $1200. See Lions, Giraffes, Elephants, Rhino, Hippos, Zebras, Wildebeest, and thousands of Birds.

COMBINE ALL 3 AFRICAN ADVENTURES AND SAVE: 14 February – 2 March or August: a) $4950, £3050, €3550 (with Amboseli safari), b) $5550, £3450, €4050 (with Serengeti safari). ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT, SO PLEASE BOOK NOW.

http://www.AconcaguaSummitClimb.com – 20 days in January / February. SPECIAL LOW PRICE. One of the famous “7-summits”. A brilliant introduction to high altitude mountaineering on the highest mountain in all of the Americas. 7,000 metres / 23,000 feet. Leader Max Kausch: experienced, friendly, speaks perfect English + Spanish. Max has climbed Aconcagua five times and teaches everything you need to know. There is no “climbing” on Aconcagua’s easy terrain, its just a walk on rocky (and occasionally snowy) trails. However, it’s still challenging, as with occasional snow and wind on summit day, crampons, ice axe, mountaineering boots and winter clothing are required. High altitude for a low price and a short duration of time. Aconcagua can help qualify you for Everest. REDUCED PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. ***Our last Aconcagua expedition was very safe and successful! View the latest news at: http://www.AconcaguaSummitClimbNews.com . ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT, SO PLEASE BOOK NOW.

This brings us to the close of our first newsletter for 2012, our 21st Anniversary, and I look forward to climbing, walking, and doing service work with you in 2012.

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Peak Climbing in Nepal.

Nepal having 1310 Himalayan peaks over 6000 meters offers joys of mountaineering in Nepal which can be combined with the pleasure of Trekking & Expedition. This climbing in Himalaya is a dream of very. The uncountable number of Himalayan peaks on the vicinity of highest mountain of the world has been always the great attraction of the mountain climbers. The “Trekking peaks” of Nepal can be climbed with an organised trek on payment of peak fee and with the permission. There are 18 trekking peaks ranging from 5600m. Since 1978, the Nepal Mountaineering Association has had the authority to issue climbing permits for small-scale peaks. Thanks to our NMA membership, Unique Path Trekking can see to permitting without the previously complicated application process. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions, with its eight peaks above 8000 meters. It has challenged the minds and bodies of those who have dared for decades. Among the identified 1310 peaks above 6000 meter, one quarter are officially opened for mountaineering activities, including the ‘trekking peaks’. Climbing these peaks is the next step beyond ‘simply’ trekking, before scaling the 8000-meter peaks.

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Most of these climbing trips take you through wild and virgin alpine regions, out of reach of regular trekkers and which will be a true bliss for you.As mentioned above , peak climbing in Nepal is associated with trekking to the region of that particular peak and has a dual benefit.In Nepal, peak climbing is controlled and managed by Nepal mountaineering association (NMA). As a member company of NMA , we are authorized to obtain climbing permit and operate the climbing expeditions for our clients.The Himalayas, the abode of eternal snow and ice, throne of the Gods amphitheatre of the cosmic dance of the Siva and Parvati, incomparable gigantic landscape garden and laid out by mother nature. This is a dreamland of mountaineers and naturalist. The below mentioned snowy trekking peaks are opened for mountaineers who loves to increase their mountaineering skills in Nepal, the country roof of the snow capped mountains. Peaks are categorized in two groups. As per this, permit fees structure have been fixed. Let us complete the dream, climbing on Snowy Peaks in Nepal under the expert management having well experienced staffs who have earned the best reputation from the mountaineering ground.

Feature Peak Climbing in Nepal :

Yala Peak Climbing

Yala Peak Climbing

Yala peak 5637m is famous, easier and non technical trekking peak in Nepal lies in Langtang trekking region north of Kathmandu valley. As Yala peak is not difficult for climbing, prior climbing experience is not required though but previous outdoor experience and average level of fitness is recommended. Himalaya Journey Treks and Expedition’s professional climbing Sherpa/Guide will take to you safety way to summit the Yala peak as your expectation. Our company will arrange the Langtang valley trekking with good acclimatized than prefer for yala peak climbing…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 3, Duration: 15 Days, Alt: 5637m
Pisang Peak Climbing

Pisang Peak Climbing

Pisang Peak is the most popular among the trekking peaks in Nepal in Annapurna region, This Peak offers good scope for exploration. The western flank of the mountain is guarded by a hanging glacier and offers considerable challenge. The western end of the ridge is guarded by huge rock slabs, which make it difficult to climb. A German Expedition made the first ascent of Pisang Peak in 1955. Pisang peak being the truncated southern end of the mountain. This is made up of steeply tilted rock, the dip slope of which faces the valley and is well seen in this peak…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 4, Duration: 21 Days, Alt: 6091m
Naya Kanga Peak Climbing

Naya Kanga Peak Climbing – 18 days

Amadablam Expedition peak is located in the heart of the Khumbu region; Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and Everest surround it. Ama Dablam is often sited as the most beautiful peak in the world. From far distances, Ama’s steep slopes and curving ridges draw ones eyes up toward its spectacular summit. Our route, the South West ridge, requires exposed granite ridge walking, ascending fixed lines on steep buttresses and snow and ice climbing at high altitudes. On the South West Ridge as one team, we will journey into the Khumbu region. After an acclimatizing…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 3, Duration: 18 Days, Alt: 5844m
Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing

Mera peak climbing is one of the most popular of Nepal’s 18 ” Trekking Peaks”. From the trekker, the walk from Lukla through the Sherpa country of the remote HInkhu valley is an unforgettable experience, offering superb scenery, and abundant wildlife -including rumoured sightings of the legendary yeti. About 700 foreign visitors climb the 6654m. Mera peak each year, an achievement which requires mountaineering skills and a special permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association.. The altitude of Mera Peak is 6654m. Above sea level, Mera peak…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 4, Duration: 20 Days, Alt: 6644m
Mardi Himal Peak Climbing

Mardi Himal Peak Climbing

One of the good-looking trekking route in Annapurna Area, “Mardi Himal” is truly adventurous for trekking peak climbing which lies less than 15 miles from Pokhara and is the most southerly peak of the Annapurna range. It is the lowest and the least climbed or visited peak. Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Baisl Goodfellow first drew the attention of western climbers, and Jimmy Roberts who, with two Sherpas, climbed to the summit by a route on its East face in 1961.The valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal are steep and heavily wooded with …
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 3, Duration: 21 Days, Alt: 5587m
Lobuje Peak Climbing

Lobuje Peak Climbing

Lobuche Peak there are two different summits Lobuche East (6,119m) and Lobuje West (6,145m). Although a continuous ridge connects them there is a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. Lobuche is an attractive summit, offering a variety of existing routes and a wide scope for new lines. Seen from near Pheriche, the dark triangle of its rocky East Face rises above the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to an icy skyline.This skyline forms the South Ridge, the junction of the East Face with the glaciated South-West Face and the line of the normal…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 4, Duration: 22 Days, Alt: 6119m
Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak, is 6187 meters high and one of the most popular and busy trekking peak in Nepal, also known as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Climbing this peak gives the best satisfaction every amateur and serious climber can dream of. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal, this is the mountain for you. Our professionally designed itinerary offers you a couple of days extra at the same town to get acclimatized. Island peak climbing…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 4, Duration: 18 Days, Alt: 6189m
Chulu Peak Climbing

Chulu Peak Climbing

These peaks are part of the Manang Himal, which are quite rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal, the eastern limit of which runs south from Chako and Peak 6687 in a north-to-south direction along the Hunlung Khola, Nar Khola and Phu Khola. To the south it is bounded by the Marsyangdi Khola and the Mesokanta La. To the west its limit is the Kali Gandaki and to the north the Parchekya La (5,447m). There exists considerable confusion with regard to the name and location of the Chulu peaks and what summit actually constitutes Chulu West and..
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 4, Duration: 22 Days, Alt: 6300m
KanCholatse Peak Climbing

Cholatse Peak Climbing

Cholatse is a stunning peak with narrow snow and ice ridges and steep faces. It is on the ridge separating the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys, just north of Taboche and just south of a 5420 meter pass used by Sherpas and trekers alike to go between the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys. Interestingly, there is a lake just below this pass to the east, and in Tibetan ‘cho’ is lake, ‘la’ is pass, and ‘tse’ is peak so Cholatse means literally “lake pass peak”. Unlike many mountains, there is no easy way to reach or descend from its summit, so any climb of the mountain is a serious…
Activites: Climbing, Grade: 4, Duration: 20 Days, Alt: 6440m

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Nepal Expedition Trips 2009 – Mera Peak OCTOBER 2009.

Mera Peak 6476m – the highest trekking peak in Nepal.

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• Nepal’s highest trekking peak at 6476m
• A great introduction to trekking at high altitude before tackling an 8000m peak
• Excellent success rate thanks to our gradual acclimatisation programme
• A tried and tested circular route, making for an interesting and varied itinerary
• Truly breathtaking views, including 5 of the world’s highest peaks (Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu)

Introduction
At 6476m (over 21, 000 feet) Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, and is ideal as an introduction to the world of high altitude mountaineering. The view from the top is arguably one of the finest panoramas in the Himalaya – a magnificent spread of 5 of the world’s highest mountains. Whilst a tough and demanding climb, Mera has little in the way of technical climbing. As such it is accessible to most mountain walkers, provided they are fit, acclimatised and armed with determination and strong will-power. Previous experience with crampons and ice axe is necessary, but extensive experience is not essential, and we can organise a refresher course on the glacier before making the ascent.  Mera P Trekking and Walking

Our itinerary has been designed with great care, enabling a slow and safe acclimatisation, but at the same time fitting perfectly into a 3 week schedule. We have chosen a circular route, not only because this makes the trip more varied, but we firmly believe that the key to success on Mera Peak lies in acclimatisation. Our trek in to the Hinku valley avoids the main trail over the Zatrwa La used by most trekking companies, and instead takes us through remote villages, across rugged terrain and into the wilderness of the Makalu Barun National Park. Our clients, instead of being forced into a rapid ascent over the Zatrwa La, benefit from a slow acclimatisation that stands them in good stead for success on the mountain. Our success rate is enhanced further by allowing a spare day in case of adverse weather or illness.

We have one of the best support teams in the Himalaya: an experienced Western leader, local Sherpas, sirdars, cooks and porters. We have worked with our crew for many years, and together we have taken our clients up hundreds of peaks in the Khumbu, from Everest to Mera Peak.

Our leaders
Our trip to Mera Peak will be led by a qualified International Mountain Leader. All of our leaders have a valid first aid certificate, have a wealth of experience at altitude – and are highly versed in recognising and dealing with the symptoms of altitude sickness. We are extremely careful in our selection of leaders, and make sure that not only are all of our staff known personally to us, but also that we choose the right leader for the right trip. With Dream Guides you will be looked after by someone whose experience on Mera Peak is second-to-none, and to whom your safety and wellbeing are paramount.

Altitude
We are confident that our itinerary follows an excellent acclimatisation programme. We make sure we do everything at a slow, steady pace and keep ourselves hydrated. Most people do not experience any problems at altitude, provided they ascend slowly and are sensible about any altitude symptoms. If you do have any problems, we are equipped with a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC bag) and a satellite phone to aid evacuation.

Itinerary & Highlights :

Trip Grading:
There is a great variety of terrain on this trip: the initial trek into the Hinku valley is straightforward, with rugged trails and strenuous but achievable passes. The paths are in relatively good condition all the way to Khare, where we establish “base camp” for several days. After this we use crampons and ice axes to make our way up the Mera Glacier, where we will rope together as appropriate for glacier travel. We have given this trip a Grade E – demanding – due to the altitude attained and on account of several long days’ trekking. The actual technical aspect of the climb is Easy – but this reflects the technical difficulty of the mountaineering and we are not suggesting that an ascent of Mera Peak is not a tough physical challenge!

Mera Peak trek Trekkers approaching summit, Mera Peak

Mera Peak Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu. Airport transfer provided. Meet the group this evening at our hotel. Hotel

Day 2 A free day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Also a kit check and final chance to buy any last minute items. Hotel

Day 3 An early start for the spectacular flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, where we meet our porters and cook team. Trek to Poyan (2800m). Camp

Day 4 Today we leave the main trade route to Phaplu, and begin a steady trek along the winding path to Pangkongma (2846m). Camp

Day 5 Fantastic views today, including our first view of Mera’s south face, as we head over the Pangkongma La to Nashing Dingma (2600m). Camp

Day 6 From Nashing Dingma we head over the Surke La and make our way to camp at the grazing land of Chalem Kharka (3600m). Camp

Day 7 From Chalem Kharka we continue climbing through grazing country, but on more rugged paths that afford superb views of Kanchenjunga, to our camp at Chunbu Kharka (4200m). Camp

Trekkers walking on thick snow, Mera Peak Trekkers walking on thick snow, Mera

Day 8 Chunbu Kharka to Khote. Today we have a shorter day as we contour around the Hinku valley and descend to join the main trail towards Mera. We camp in an area known as Khote (3550m). Camp

Day 9 From Khote we head up the Hinku valley to the village of Tangnag (4356m). Our day is dominated by stunning views of Kusum Kangguru and Kyashar. Camp

Day 10 Acclimatisation day in Tangnag. One option for today is to walk up the ridge towards Kusum Kangguru base camp, reaching an altitude of nearly 5000m. Here we should be able to have a good view of our route up to Mera La. Camp

Day 11 Tangnag to Khare. We cross over glacial moraine, with great views over the turquoise glacial lakes, and hike through the pasture of Dig Kharka, underneath the impressive North Face of Mera Peak, to reach Khare (4850m) – the last settlement before we head onto the Mera Glacier. Camp

Day 12 Acclimatisation day in Khare. There are some excellent walks around Khare, and it is important to spend time acclimatising and recuperating here to maximise our chances of summiting. We may also have a chance to hone our crampon and ice axe skills by climbing up to the tongue of the glacier. Camp

Day 13 Khare to the Mera La. An hour and a half’s walk above Khare, we put on our crampons and head up the 25-30 degree slopes of the Mera Glacier to establish our camp at the Mera La (5300m), where we can enjoy the truly spectacular scenery: including our first glimpse of a 7000m peak, Chamlang. Camp

Mera Peak Nepal Mera Peak, Nepal

Day 14 Mera La to High Camp (5800m). This is a short day – 3-4 hours – as we are still acclimatising in preparation for our summit bid. Today you really feel you are in the heart of the giant mountains of the Himalaya: first we see the red pyramid of Makalu to the east, followed shortly by the impressive black rock of Everest peeking out above Lhotse, and it is not long before we catch sight of Cho Oyu to the north-west. The final piece to the jigsaw is Kanchenjunga, 80 miles to the east: a well-earned vista of 5 of the highest mountains in the world! Camp

Day 15 Summit day! An early start for a long day. You should be well acclimatised by now as we set off in the cold, one step at a time. We continue across the glacier at a slow but steady pace, roped up in teams to avoid the crevasses. Most of the climb is at an easy gradient, whilst the last 50 metres are somewhat harder at 45 degrees (we may use a fixed rope for this last section). It usually takes around 4-6 hours to reach the summit, where you are rewarded with a view of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world – from the sunrise over Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, to the majestic summits of Everest and Lhotse to the north, every single step will be worthwhile as you breathe in this unforgettable panorama.

We then make the long descent via the same route to Khare, where you will have a hot meal and a much deserved sleep! Camp

Day 16 A spare day – just in case of bad weather, an additional day for another summit attempt. Camp

Day 17 Descend to Khote. We begin our walk out today, descending the Hinku valley, to camp at Khote (3550m). Camp

Day 18 Khote to Tuli Kharka. Our return to Lukla is more direct, and today we climb up through the forest on the west side of the Hinku valley, to the yak herders’ settlement of Tuli Kharka (4300m). Camp

Day 19 Tuli Kharka to Lukla. We ascend to cross the Zatrwa La (4600m), our last climb of the trip! Now we have a 2000m descent all the way to Lukla, and our base at Paradise Lodge – a favourite haunt of Sir Edmund Hillary. Lodge

Day 20 We take the early morning flight back to Kathmandu, and have the afternoon free for sightseeing or last minute shopping. This evening we will go out for a group meal to celebrate in one of Kathmandu’s finest restaurants. Hotel

Day 21 The trip ends today with a transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Please note that this itinerary should be taken as a guideline and is not set in stone. This is adventure travel, and bad weather, delayed flights and a whole host of reasons can prevent us from following our intended schedule. Our leader will be able to make any alternative arrangements that are necessary to ensure our trip runs as smoothly as possible.

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Nepal Expedition Trips 2009 – Baruntse Expeditions.

Country/Region: Nepal baruntse expedition

Area: Everest Region

Season: March – May, Oct – Nov

Highest Point: 7,129 m

Grade Level: 5

Mt. Baruntse of 7129m. lies at the center of three glacier valleys, the Imja, Hunku, Barun and above the east and west col, infront of Mt. Makalu. The peak standing majestically in the center of some highest peaks of the Himalaya like Makalu, Lhotse and Nupse offers a rewarding climbing experience. The best views enjoyed during the expedition are of Mount Lhotse, Nupse, Everest and Makalu. This peak is technically not so demanding, comparing to Amadablam and Pumori, though it offers a good experience of snow and ice climb with some ice cliff obstacle sections around 700m. Fix rope is needed to ascent and descent especially from Camp 1, which will be done by our Sherpa climbers.

baruntse _480 Mt. Baruntse of 7129m.

With 45 minutes flight and 10-12 days acclimatizing trek, we arrive to the Mount Baruntse Base Camp. The Base camp is normally established above the five holy lake “Panch Pokhari” at 5400m. and 2 higher camps on the mountain. We will climb the Mera peak 6654m. (trekkers peak) before heading to base camp, to gain a proper acclimatization.

mt baruntse _468 New

After a successful summit of mount Baruntse, we cross Amphu Laptsa Pass and enter to Upper Khumbu region. The return trek will be enjoyable by visiting most of the Sherpa villages like, Dingbuche, Pangbuche, Tengbuche, Khumjung, Khunde and of course the Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu region.

 Trekking in Nepal Himalaya. /Version english/

Day By Day Itinerary:

Day 01 Kathmandu Lukla
Day 02 Lukla
Day 03 Tukdingma
Day 04 Chhetrawa
Day 05 Kothay
Day 06 Tragnag
Day 07 Tragnag
Day 08 Khare
Day 09 Mera La
Day 10-11 Summit Mera peak
Day 12 baruntse Base Camp
Day 13-30 climbing period
Day 31 Rest
Day 32 – 37 Lukla
Day 38 Kathmandu
Day 39 Kathmandu
Day 40 Departure

* Source :  – http://www.sherpaclimbing.com/Nepal/Expedition/

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Trekking in Nepal Himalaya : GOKYO, KALA PATTAR and EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (19 days).

The ultimate challenge to the ‘just-do-it’ ambitious trekker. This moderate to challenging graded trek takes to you to the foot of Mt. Everest traversing across the high Cho La pass at an elevation of 5420 m. Also included is the opportunity to trek to the summit of both Gokyo Ri [5340m.] and Kala Pattar [5554m.] for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. A visit to Everest Base Camp will give you the chance to have a closer look at the spectacular Khumbu Icefall. Beginners or inexperienced climbers can take this trek, but this trek requires one to be moderately fit. Considering the snow conditions over Cho La Pass, the trek may not be advisable during winter [January & February] and the monsoon season [July & August].

Outline Itinerery :

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 3 Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2656m) Day 4 Trek to Namche (3450m) Day 5 Rest day in Namche Day 6 Trek to Dole (4084m) Day 7 Trek to Machermo (4410m) Day 8 Rest day in Machermo Day 9 Trek to (4750m) Day 10 Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m) Day 11 Trek to Tragnag (4690m) Day 12 Across Cho La 5420 m. to Lobuche (4928m) Day 13 Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m) Day 14 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) & return to Gorak Shep Day 15 Trek to Pangboche (3985m) Day 16 Trek to Namche(3450m); Day 17 Trek to Lukla (2800m) Day 18 Fly to Kathmandu Day 19 Depart Kathmandu Detail Itinerery – Gokyo, Kala Pattar & Everest Base Camp Trek

DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 2 – Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine Pasupathinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in town Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Soyambhunath. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Day 3 – Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2652m] A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding.

Dudh Kosi – bridge in Phakding.

Day 4 – Trek to Namche [3450m] From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La Pass.

Day 5 – Rest day in Namche Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the national park centre and museum just above the town.

Day 6 Trek to Dole [4084m] We are now approaching 4500m, so we will stay at Machermo for an extra day .Today is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main trail north out of Namche. A short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We follow this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.

Day 7 Trek to Machermo [4410m] From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements [yersa], which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while at the rear are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Today’s trek is a short one and we will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch.

Day 8 Rest day in Machermo We are now approaching 4500m, so we will stay at Machermo for an extra day to acclimatise. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration around the camp and just above the village there is an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyu [8210m] and the mountains which flank the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 9 Trek to Gokyo [4750m] Rested, we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

View of Gokyo

Day 10 Rest day – Ascent of Gokyo Ri [5483m] Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region – some say it is even better than that from Kala Pattar. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views to be had by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo

Everest and Lhotse from Gokyo Ri.

Day 11 Trek to Tragnag [4690m] Fit and acclimatised, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Tragnag and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small kharka.

Day 12 Trek to Lobuche [4928m] An early start is necessary today, as we have to cross Cho La and make the long descent to Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across to the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier [often snow covered] which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.

Day 13 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m] To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail continues to follow the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sun begins to set over the Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Khumbu, Kala Pattar [5549m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Day 14 Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] & return to Gorak Shep. For the trek to Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required. It takes several hours on a trail across the Khumbu Glacier which weaves its way along translucent ice pinnacles and past seemingly bottomless crevasses. At Base Camp, there will hopefully be an expedition ‘in residence’ and there are great views up into the Khumbu Icefall where there is often some climbing activity. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the south Col. We then return to Gorak Shep.

Day 15 Trek to Pangboche [3985m] It is downhill most of the way today, past Lobuche to Duglha and Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has trekkers’ aid post here which is interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Day 16 Trek to Namche [3450m] We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to Thyangboche and its famous monastery. There are magnificent views from here and Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants which can be seen. From Thyangboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 17 Trek to Lukla [2800m] Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Day 18 Fly to Kathmandu We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 19 Depart Kathmandu Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).

* see : – Everest Base Camp – CLASSIC treks. / Version polish and english /

Trekking in Nepal Himalaya : EVEREST HIGH VALLEY – Travel Guide. /Version english/

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Trekking in Nepal Himalaya : EVEREST HIGH VALLEY – Travel Guide. /Version english/

On the Lap of the Mighty Sagarmatha – Solu Khumbu or Everest region.

The Everest or Solu-Khumbu region lies on the eastern part of Nepal. Inhabited by the mountain people who have lived in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds of years, the Solu-Khumbu region has still retained its age old practices. The region which has some of the world’s tallest peaks gained fame with the identification of the world’s tallest peak Everest (8848m) in this region. In terms of popularity among trekkers,this region ranks second only to Annapurna region. This maybe because of its high elevation. The villages and places lying in this region are situated above the 2000m mark. Solu at the south includes villages like Junbesi ,Phaplu and Chiwong. Pharak is situated between Solu and Khumbu. Khumbu include villages Namche bazaar, Thami, Khumjung, Kunde , Pangboche and Tengboche.

The major mountains are the Mt.Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega, Mera Peak and Island Peak.

Mt. Everest, which is part of the Himalaya range, is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Rising to a height of 8848m, the world’s highest mountain was named in 1865 after Sir George Everest. The mountain got its Nepali name Sagarmatha during the 1960s, when the Government of Nepal gave the mountain the official Nepali name. In sanskrit Sagarmatha means “mother of the universe”. The Tibetan name for Mount Everest is Chomolungma or Qomolangma, which means “Goddess Mother of the Snows”. Climbers wishing to scale the peak have to obtain an expensive permit from the Nepal Government, often costing more than $25,000 (USD) per person. Base Camp, which serves as a resting area and base of operations for climbers organizing their attempts for the summit, is located on the Khumbu glacier at an elevation of 5300 m (17,400 ft); it receives an average of 450 mm (18 in) of precipitation a year. The climate of Mount Everest is extreme In July, the warmest month, the average summit temperature is -19° C (-2° F).

When George Mallory, the British climber was asked why he wanted to climb Everest he replied ‘Because it is there’. After two unsuccessful attempts, in 1924 he again tried to climb the peak with Andrew Irvine. They started on June 8, 1924 to scale the summit via the north col route and never returned. Their bodies were later discovered by the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition near the old Chinese camp in 1999. Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Nepal were the first two climbers to set foot on the summit of Mt.Everest. They reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953 by climbing through the South Col Route. More than 300 climbers have scaled the highest mountain since then. Also there have been more than 100 deaths on the mountain where conditions are so difficult that most corpses have been left where they fell, some of them visible from standard climbing routes.

Mt. Lhotse (8516m) is the fourth highest mountain in the world. It lies south of Mt. Everest. It was first climbed by two Swiss climbers F. Luchsinger and E. Reiss in 1956 from the West face. The Czech scaled it via the South face in 1984.
An impressive ring of three peaks makes up the Lhotse massif: Lhotse East or Middle, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar. The South Face of Lhotse is one of the largest mountain faces in the world.

Cho Oyu, (8201m) the sixth highest mountain in the world, has gained popularity among climbers just recently. The mountain sits on both sides of the border of Nepal and Tibet, about 30 km. west of Mount Everest. Cho Oyu in Tibetan means “the turquoise goddess .” The south face of Cho Oyu, facing Nepal, is quite steep and difficult, and is rarely climbed. The north side, accessed from Tibet, is more moderate, and there is a relatively safe route to the summit. In the autumn of 1954, an Austrian team made the first ascent via this route.

Ama Dablam (6856m)

which means ‘mother’s jewellery box’, in sherpa language is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Seen from below, the mountain looks like a woman with outstretched arms or a woman wearing a long necklace. Ama Dablam lies alongside Everest in the heart of the Khumbu valley. Mt Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Everest can be seen at close quarters from Ama dablam.

Nuptse (7,855m.) lies south west of Mt Everest. It is situated in the Khumbu Himal. From the Thyangboche Monastery Nuptse appears as a massive wall guarding the approach to Everest. The name Nup-tse in Tibetan means west-peak. The main ridge, which is separated from Lhotse by a 7556m high saddle, is crowned by seven peaks and goes west-northwest until its steep west-face drops down more than 2300m to the Khumbu-glacier. Nuptse I was first summited by a British expedition on May 16, 1961

Pumori

peak at 7145m is just 8 km away from the world’s highest peak Mt.Everest. The ascent to this peak is described as a classic climb in the 7000m peak category. In Tibetan, ‘Pumo’ means girl and ‘Ri’, mountain. The peak was named by George Mallory, the famous English climber who lost his life trying to ascend Everest in 1924. The German climber Gerhard Lenser was the first to reach the summit of Pumori peak in 1962. Pumori is a popular climbing peak and the easiest. The best season to climb this peak is during autumn and spring.

Mera Peak (6,475m) is the highest of Nepal’s trekking peaks. By its standard route, it is also the highest peak in Nepal that can be climbed without prior mountaineering experience. It was first climbed on 20 May 1953, by J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing, from the standard route at Mera La. The mountain lies to the south of Everest, dominating the watershed between the wild and beautiful valleys of the Hinku and Hongu.

Island Peak also known as Imja Tse at 6160m was named by Erick Shipton’s group in 1953.It was so named as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when observed from Dingboche. The peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British group as preparation for climbing Mt. Everest. Among them one of the climbers was Mr. Tenzing Norgay. The peak is part of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and the main land forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle Peak and Lhotse Shar. Cho Oyu and Makalu lie to the east of the Island Peak. Baruntse, Amphu and Ama Dablam lie to the south.

Lobuche(6,119m)

is known as Lhauche among the Locals. It rises above the town of Lhauche which is just a few kilometer from Mt. Everest. The first ascent on this peak was done by Laurice Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa on 25 April 1984.

Kalapattar is a small mountain 5,545 m (18,500 ft) high on the southern flank of Pumori (7,145 m). It is a trekking peak and every year tourists climb this peak to enjoy the fantastic panoramic views it offers of the Khumbu glacier, the Everest and nearby peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse. To the east, Makalu, Amadablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu are visible.

Climate, Flora & Fauna
The climate in the Everest region can be divided into four climate zones owing to the gradual rise in altitude. The climatic zones include a forested lower zone, a zone of alpine scrub, the upper alpine zone which includes upper limit of vegetation growth, and the Arctic zone where no plants can grow. The types of plants and animals that are found depend on the altitude. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. All vegetation that is found above this zone is shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. At an elevation of 5,750m begins the permanent snow line in the Himalayas. From this point there is no sign of greenery or vegetation. A common animal sighted in the higher reaches is the hairy animal yak. Dzopkyo a sterile male crossbreed between a yak and a cow is used to move goods along the trail. Red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, wild yak, and Himalayan black bear are some of the more exotic animals that are found in this region. A variety of birds can be sighted in the lower regions.

Sagarmata (Mt. Everest) National Park

The Sagarmatha National Park is the highest national park in the world. It was formally opened to public in July 19, 1976. The park covers an area of 1,148 sq km. It rises from its lowest point of 2,845 m (9,335 ft) at Jorsale to 8,850 m (29,035 ft) up to the summit of Everest. The park’s area is very rugged and steep, with its terrain cut by deep rivers and glaciers. It includes three peaks higher than 8,000 m, including Mt Everest. In 1979 the park was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site. The park’s visitor centre is located at a hill in Namche Bazaar, where a company of the Nepal Royal Army is stationed for protecting the park. The park’s southern entrance is a few hundred meters north of Monjo at 2,835 m. Trekking and climbing groups must bring their own fuel to the park (usually butane and kerosene), and the cutting of wood is prohibited. The Sagarmatha Pollution Control, funded by the World Wildlife Fund and the Himalayan Trust, was established in 1991 to help preserve Everest’s environment. About a humdred species of birds and more than twenty species of butterflies have made this park their home. Musk deer, wild yak, red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan thars, deer, langur monkeys, hares, mountain foxes, martens, and Himalayan wolves are found in the park

People & Places

Places

Jiri
Early expeditions to climb Everest from the Nepalese side started from Jiri. Before the airstrip at Lukla came into existence all the trekking and climbing expeditions to the Everest region started from Jiri. Starting from Jiri, the route passes through the Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu, many of them having beautiful Buddhist monasteries.

Lukla
Lukla, a village in Khumbu boast of the region’s sole airport.Lying at a height of 9000ft, most travelers to this region usually begin and end their adventure in Lukla. The airport was built in 1964 by Sir Edmund Hillary as part of his project in Khumbu region during the early 60s to transport the supplies for the Himalayan Trust projects in the Khumbu region. Today, somewhere between 90-95% of the foreign nationals who reach Lukla, arrive by a half hour flight from Kathmandu.

Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is known as the sherpa capital. Namche is actually a village lying at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and a valley that leads to the frontier pass of Nangpa La . It is tucked away in a niche at a height of 7,845 ft. W. H. Tilman and C. Houston were the first westerners to enter it in 1950 and many more have come since then. Facilities like a bank, a post office, hotels and shops where one can purchase climbing equipment as well as tinned food have sprung up over the years. Namche Bazar is the major regional trading center. Its Saturday market or haat is the place where most of the trading takes place. The headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park is located in Namche.

Thyangboche
Thyangboche is famous for the Thyangboche gompa. It is one of the most important centers of Buddhism in the region. The gompa is the largest in the Khumbu region. It was first built in 1923. Destroyed by a fire in 1989, it was rebuilt later on partly with foreign aid. From Thyangboche, one gets a panoramic view of Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Kangtenga, and Thamserku.

Pangboche
Buddhism is believed to have been introduced in the Khumbu region towards the end of the 17th century by Lama Sange Dorjee. According to the legend, he flew over the Himalayas and landed on a rock at Pangboche and Thyangboche, leaving his footprints embedded on the stone. He is believed to have been responsible for the founding of the first gompas in the Khumbu region, at Pangboche and Thami. Pangboche is the highest year-round settlement in the valley. The Imja Khola, coming from the right, joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the village. The gompa (monastery) in Phyangboche is thought to be one of the oldest in the Khumbu region.

Khumjung
Khumjung , a village lying west of Thyangboche, is famous for the gompa where the skull of a supposed Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, is preserved under the supervision of the head Lama. The skull seems more like the outer skin of Himalayan Brown Bear, and this is proved by the report of a scientific exploratory expedition conducted by Sir Edmund Hillary, a copy of which is kept in the gompa.

Pheriche
Pheriche is located at an altitude of 13,845 ft. It lies on a level patch. Apart from the basic facilities available here, there is a medical-aid post maintained by the Himalayan Rescue Association of the Tokyo Medical College with Japanese doctors in attendance. Among other facilities, there is an air compression chamber installed for assisting victims of high altitude sickness

Gokyo
The scenic village of Gokyo lies below the hilly Gokyo Ri(5483m). The village is a cluster of stone houses and walled pastures.One has to pass by the holy Gokyo lakes on the way to the village. The Ngozumpa Glacier Nepal’s longest glacier at 25 miles has to be traversed enroute to this remote village. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. The summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu are visible from the summit of Gokyo Ri.

Thami
Thami at 3750m is in a large valley. The village has a police checkpost and a few lodges and tea shops. A little above the village is the Thami gompa, which is the site of the annual Mani Rimdu festival.

People

Sherpas live in the upper regions of Solu Khumbu. They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. In the past they were traders and porters, carrying butter, meat, rice, sugar, and dye from India, and, wool, jewelry, salt Chinese silk and porcelain from Tibet and beyond. The closure of the border between India and China undermined their economy. Fortunately, with the mountaineering expeditions and trekkers, the Sherpa’s found their load carrying skills, both on normal treks and high altitudes in great demand. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. The sherpas are Buddhists.

At the lower elevations lives the Kiranti Rai. The villages of Jubing, Kharikhola, Okhaldhunga, are inhabited by the Rais. Of mongoloid stock they speak their own dialect. Reference is made of their fighting spirit in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The people from this group have supplied recruits to Gurkha regiments both in the British as well as Indian armies. The Rais follow a religion that is partly animistic with a strong Hindu influence. They revere their ancestors by observing Kul or Pitri puja every year.

The Jirels live in the area around Jiri. They are mongoloid and follow Buddhism.

Festivals

Losar is celebrated in the month of February by the Sherpas. ‘Losar’ means New Year in Tibetan. Apart from the Sherpas and Tibetans, the Gurungs and Tamangs also celebrate Losar. Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity at monasteries. People exchange various goods and gifts among them. Families organize feasts and perform dances.

Dumje is celebrated to mark the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava).The celebration takes place in June and lasts for six days. It is celebrated in a big way in the villages of Namche, Thame and Khumjung.

Mani Rimdu is a festival that celebrates the victory of Buddhism over the ancient animistic religion of Bon. This festival is celebrated in the monasteries of Thyangboche, Chiwang and Thami. At Thangboche the celebration takes place during the November- December full moon. At Thami the Mani rimdu is festival is celebrated during the full moon in May.Chiwang Gompa generally celebrate this festival during autumn. The lamas wear elaborate brocade gowns and papier-mâché masks while performing. Through the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled, or converted to Dharma Protectors as positive forces clash with those of chaos. The dances convey Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most profound, for those who do not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively. It gives an opportunity to the Sherpas to gather and celebrate together with the monks.

Sakela (Chandi Dance) is a harvest festival celebrated by the Rai community. The harvest ceremony involves the worship of mother earth, called ‘Bhumi-Puja’. The festival is celebrated twice a year, once in spring before planting begins and once during autumn before harvesting. Ubhauli is celebrated during the spring season on Baishakh Purnima. In the autumn season on Mangsir Purnima, Udhauli is celebrated. The spring worship is done to propitiate mother earth for a good harvest and the rain god to bless the earth with enough rain. The festival is celebrated with more fervor in the remote hills. The Rai villagers celebrate it with priests (dhami) who perform rituals to worship their ancestors. The elders of the community begin the dance with a puja. Later on everybody participate in the dance forming a circle by holding each other’s hands. With drumbeats, they begin dancing at a slow pace but moves faster later with the drumbeats. The dance steps and hand gestures imitate the sowing and harvesting of crops .The festival also provides an opportunity for the Rai people to socialise.

The Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Mt Everest Base Camp is the most popular destination for trekkers in Nepal. Its popularity has grown since the first expedition to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950s.One can do this trek the old way, by beginning the trek from Jiri. From Jiri it takes around nine days to reach Namche. On the way you will come across Rai settlements. The other (quicker) alternative is to take a flight to Lukla and to begin the trek from there. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route with an ascent up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you traverse along a high path from where you have the first good view of Everest. You head towards Thyangboche Monastery located on top of a mountain ridge and then descend the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche. After that you arrive at the Khumbu Glacier. The trek through the glacier takes you first to Lobuche and then to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep you can climb up to Kala Pattar for even more spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including Everest’s south west face. Yhou then reach your destination, the Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall.

* see : – Would You Pay $95,000 to Climb Everest in Just 4 Weeks?

** see also: – Trekking – posts on my site :

Trekking in Nepal Himalaya : GOKYO, KALA PATTAR and EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (19 days).

Everest Base Camp – CLASSIC treks. / Version polish and english /

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