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Hidden Valley on Dhaulagiri Circuit

2014 WESTERN LED TREKS
 

August/ September 2014
Ladakh Sky Trail GHT (guaranteed)

September/ October 2014:
Lunana Snowman (only one place)

 

September/ October 2014:
Kanch to Makalu GHT (very nearly guaranteed)

 

October 2014:
Dhaulagiri Circuit (guaranteed)

 

October 2014:
Everest Discovery and Ama Dablam Base Camp (guaranteed)


October/ November 2014:
Kanchenjunga Circuit (guaranteed)

November 2014:
Mera Peak Expedition

 

2015 WESTERN LED TREKS

 

April/ May 2015:
Makalu to Everest GHT

 

April/ May 2015:
Dhaulagiri Circuit

 

April/ May 2015:
Mera Peak Expedition

 

May/ June 2015:
Upper Dolpo to Jomsom

 

August/ September 2015
Ladakh Sky Trail GHT

 

October 2015
Nar to Mustang via Teri La

 

November 2014:
Everest Discovery and Ama Dablam Base Camp

Summer Newsletter

The photo above was taken from Saldang La pass in Upper Dolpo (Nepal) on a recce trek I led in May 2010 along The Great Himalaya Trail travelling from Juphal to Jomsom. This photo brings back wonderful memories of the beautiful landscape and the friendly Dolpo-Pa people we met along the way.

We have a group trekking along this trail in Dolpo at the moment and the leader, Ade Summers, recently sent a text from the satellite phone confirming they had successfully crossed the high passes over to Shey village. This is great news as this is the crux of the trek and it is was here that deep snow blocked our group's progress in 2012.

If you are interested in visiting Upper Dolpo then I suggest you watch Eric Valli's superb film "Himalaya" and also read Peter Matthiessen's book "The Snow Leopard". I also suggest you read the Trip Report from Upper Dolpo 2010 published on TMC blog. Our next Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek will be in May/ June 2015 so please get in touch if you are interested in joining this group.

Many of you have been in contact with us following the sad events on Mount Everest this Spring season when sixteen climbing Sherpas were killed by an ice serac falling off the west shoulder of the mountain. This was a truly awful accident and shows the high level of risk Sherpas take on board while climbing the big peaks in the Himalayas. It will be very tough for the families left behind as most of them have lost their main bread winner to pay for their living expenses, schooling and medicines etc.

Several of you have already asked for ways of helping to support the communities affected by this loss. If you would like to make a financial contribution then we recommend the small charity Support4Sherpas (endorsed by the British Mountaineering Council). By the way none of our Sherpas guides were affected by this incident and it will have no impact on our future treks in Nepal.

If you are looking for a trek in late Summer then I suggest you take a look at our brand new Ladakh Sky Trail GHT in Northern India. This is a 26 day trip from Lamarayu to Tso Moriri Lake making a traverse of Ladakh and Zanskar mountain ranges crossing six mountain passes over 5,000m. This trek will be led by Almas Khan who I know is very much looking forward to trekking in Ladakh again.

If you are planning to come out to the Himalaya during Autumn season I suggest you get in touch soon as many of our confirmed departures are filling up fast. Please look at the left hand column of this newsletter for the status of our western led treks. You can also check the list of all guaranteed treks in the News section of The Mountain Company's website.

Most of our western led treks in Autumn are now confirmed departures however we require just a few more people to sign up for Kanchenjunga to Makalu GHT in late September and and Mera Peak Expedition in November in order to run these groups as planned.

Please get in contact if you have any questions or require further information about any of our trips to the Himalayas. Trek on!

Roland Hunter
The Mountain Company

The Mountain Company's group on Facebook

For those of you not on Facebook I have copied below a number of links posted to The Mountain Company's group since our last newsletter. This is a round-up of the most interesting online articles and blogs posted about our destination countries.

I Porter: My Journey to Everest Base Camp as a porter: this is mountain leader Rob Fraser's Kickstarter webpage about his project to work as a porter on a trek to Everest Base Camp. 

Seven ideas for hardcore treks (in French): this is an article from RedBull using several of The Mountain Company's photos of Lunana Snowman trek in Bhutan.

BBC news: Everest avalanche and climbers descend amid uncertainty

Alan Arnette's blog: excellent commentary on recent Everest avalanche and news about 8,000m expeditions

Mera Peak Expedition in April 2014

Steve Stout led our expedition to climb climb Mera Peak in April 2014. This trip went well and four members climbed to the summit while the rest of the group made altitude records. I have written a Trip Report on TMC blog with more information about how this group got along plus some commentary on the pros and cons of Spring v Autumn on Mera Peak.

Top book recommendation

In each newsletter we select and review our favourite books and maps from our online store at Amazon. Our top book recommendation for this newsletter is Bhutan Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms by Francoise Pommaret.

This book is a wonderful introduction to Bhutan and gives information about the culture, people and way of life as well as describing the regions of Bhutan. Francoise is an authority on Bhutan having lived and worked in the country for many years and speaks the local language called Dzongkha.

If you are visiting Bhutan then it would be well worth bringing this book with you. Click here to purchase Bhutan Himalayan Mountain Kingdom through our Amazon store.

Dhaulagiri Circuit treks in October 2014 and April 2015

Dhaulagiri Circuit explores a remote area of Nepal combining many elements of a classic camping trek in Nepal. Our October group led by Tom Lawson is now guaranteed to run and there is currently availability. Our April 2015 group will be led by Allan Gibbs
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Kanchenjunga to Makalu GHT late September 2014

Kanchenjunga to Makalu GHT is a 36 day trek following The Great Himalaya Trail ("GHT") from Kanchenjunga Base Camp passing through a remote region on border with Tibet to Makalu Base Camp. This group will be led by Steve Findlay.

If this trek is too long take a look at the shorter version at 26 days where you visit Kanchenjunga Base camp and then walk out to Tumlingtar airstrip.

Doug Kofsky Photography

There are many photographers these days trekking in the Himalaya however I recommend you take a look at Doug Kofsky's website for some truly breathtaking and inspiring photos. Earlier this week I enjoyed a photo that Doug posted on Facebook of Mount Makalu taken from near Sherpani Pass. This images brought back memories from my expedition to Makalu (2009) and from Makalu to Everest Expedition (2012).

Doug has joined several of our treks (Dhaulagiri Circuit and K2 Base Camp) so I know how hard he works to get these amazing photos of the Himalaya. Doug is a frequent visitor to Nepal and has covered alot of ground in Himalaya while taking photos, I recommend you take a look at his website Doug Kofsky Photography.
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