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!
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