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Summer 2015 newsletter from The Mountain Company
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Hidden Valley on Dhaulagiri Circuit

2015 WESTERN LED TREKS
 

August/ September 2015
Ladakh Sky Trail GHT (guaranteed)

September/ October 2015:
Lunana Snowman (guaranteed)

 

October 2015:
Dhaulagiri Circuit (guaranteed)

 

October/ November 2015
Naar to Mustang via Teri La GHT (nearly guaranteed)

  

October/ November 2015:
Kanchenjunga Circuit (guaranteed)

November 2015:
Mera Peak Expedition (guaranteed)

 


2016 WESTERN LED TREKS

 

April/ May 2016:
Mera Peak Expedition

 

April/ May 2016:
Kanchenjunga Circuit (guaranteed)

April/ May 2016:
Dhaulagiri Circuit

 

August/ September 2016
Ladakh Sky Trail GHT

 

September/ October 2016:
Lunana Snowman

 

October 2015:
Dhaulagiri Circuit

 

October/ November 2015
Naar to Mustang via Teri La GHT

  

October/ November 2015:
Kanchenjunga Circuit

November 2015:
Mera Peak Expedition

Summer Newsletter

As I am sure you heard on April 25th and May 12th there were two large earthquakes in Nepal causing many fatalities, injuries and destruction of property. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the people of Nepal. Being in Kathmandu during this time I was inspired by their resilience and resourcefulness as everyone helped each other out during this crisis.

Fortunately all of our clients, guides and staff are fine and accounted for. We had one group on Dhaulagiri Circuit during the earthquake and I was in daily contact with Almas Khan, the leader of this group, to determine the best course of action for them. For more information on decisions we made for their safety and the group's feedback please read Trip Report for Dhaulagiri Circuit in April 2015

On May 13th I took this photo above at Boudhanath in Kathmandu and, as you can see, this important Buddhist stupa survived the recent earthquakes in Nepal. I inspected six World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and was relieved to see many of the temples and buildings were still standing: for more information on condition of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

Thank you for your emails, phone calls and messages of support since the earthquakes. Thanks also for your generous donations to help Nepal. As Facebook'ers would have seen, shortly after the earthquake we raised US$15,000 of donations. From this fund we purchased 30 tons of rice, 25 tents, 300m of foam mats and sanitary products to help people in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

After this emergency relief phase further help will be needed over the next few years for the reconstruction phase. I urge you to consider donating again to help Nepal to rebuild its infrastructure in the affected towns and villages. We recommend Gurkha Welfare Trust as this charity has been operating in Nepal for many years due to its close connection with British Army.

The best way to help Nepal recover is to come and visit on holiday, this will bring in much needed income and reducing reliance on international aid. By being in Nepal you will also show solidarity and support the Nepalese people.

For Autumn 2015 season, we have decided to go ahead with most of our treks in Nepal. If you are looking for a camping trek then we have groups heading for Dhaulagiri Circuit, Naar to Mustang GHT, Kanchenjunga Circuit and Mera Peak Expedition: for more information on trekking in Nepal post-earthquake

I am now back in UK and will be here throughout the summer so please give me a call if you would like to discuss a trip to the Himalaya. Our telephone number is +44 (0) 207 0187031.

Trek on!

Roland Hunter
The Mountain Company

Satellite phones and weather forecasts for our Himalayan treks

At The Mountain Co we have always take the safety of our groups very seriously. We send Thuraya satellite phones with all of our groups therefore we have reliable communications with our leaders in the field. We also receive bespoke weather forecasts from EverestWeather.com. By investing in these services we reduce the overall risk of our groups and crew while trekking in the Himalaya.

Pakistan treks for Summer 2016

We have some exciting news! Following the relaxation of Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advisory to Pakistan a month ago, The Mountain Co is now promoting three treks to Pakistan over Summer of 2016. They are as follows:

Snow Lake and Hispar La. Dates: July 9th to 30th 2016

K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La. Dates: July 30th to August 21st 2016

K2 Base Camp & Concordia. Dates: August 26th to September 18th 2016

Top book recommendation

In each newsletter we select and review one of our favourite books and for our Summer newsletter our choice is Kathmandu by Thomas Bell. Thomas lived in Nepal for 10 years and has used this experience and knowledge to provide a deep insight into the culture and people living in Kathmandu. Also look our for excellent articles written by Thomas Bell for Al Jazeera website.

This book is best described by the publisher as follows "Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya; a unique survival of cultural practices that died out in India a thousand years ago. It is a carnival of sexual licence and hypocrisy, a jewel of world art, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled Western intervention, and an environmental catastrophe."

 

Top hotel recommendation: Dwarikas Dhulikhel

In this newsletter our top hotel recommendation is Dwarikas Dhulikhel located on the hills around Kathmandu. This hotel has well designed rooms located in lush forest. There is a beautiful infinity pool with the Himalayas as a back drop; Zero Zone glass house at top of property for the mountain views; meditation and yoga led by their own Guru; massage and spas as well as a Himalayan salt house for health benefits.

We use Dwarikas Dhulikel for our Luxury Kathmandu Valley trek and several of our clients have come to this property to relax after their trek.

Independent traveller reviews AITO website

The Mountain Company is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators ("AITO"). On AITO's website, so far we have received 24 reviews and of those 23 were "Excellent" and 1 review "Good". Click here to read our reviews on AITO website
 
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