August 2016 newsletter from The Mountain Company
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August Newsletter

The photo above was taken at Makalu Base Camp in Nepal on our 2011 Makalu to Everest GHT expedition. We are excited to be organising this trip again in October. There is no doubt this is the most difficult commercially available trek in the Himalaya. This route travels from Makalu Base Camp to Everest region crossing three high, technical mountain passes: Sherpani Pass (6,135m), West Col (6,143m) and Amphu Laptsa (5,850m). To find out how we got along on our 2011 Makalu to Everest GHT expedition please read our Trip Reports.

John Eames will lead Makalu to Everest GHT in October and there is availability in this group if you are interested. Please note mountaineering and previous high altitude experience is required for this trip. If you would like to join this group then the next step is to send in your pre trip application for Makalu to Everest GHT and I will provide feedback on your suitability. 

Autumn/ Fall season in Nepal and Bhutan is fast approaching with our Lunana Snowman trek arriving to Paro in just over one month's time. From late September through to late December we are organising a wide range of treks with both Western and Local leaders ------> Click here for the full list of guaranteed and nearly guaranteed treks in 2016 and 2017

As mentioned in our July newsletter The Mountain Company has been nominated for the Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company category in the 2016 British Travel Awards. If you have not already done so we would be very grateful if you could vote for us. Many thanks in advance!

Please get in contact if you have any questions or require further information about any of our trips to the Himalayas and Karakoram. I am in London until September 17th when I fly out Kathmandu for our Autumn season. If you are joining one of our treks in Nepal in October or November I look forward to seeing you in Kathmandu!

Trek on!

Roland Hunter
The Mountain Company 
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Guaranteed western led departures for Autumn 2016 

Lunana Snowman (Bhutan) in late September

Almas Khan will lead our Lunana Snowman trek in Bhutan in late September. This trip is guaranteed to run and there is last minute availability if you are interested in joining this group. 

The Mountain Company has 100% track record of organising Lunana Snowman in Bhutan with our groups having successfully completed this trek on seven previous occasions in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2006.


Makalu to Everest GHT (Nepal) in October

John Eames will lead our Makalu to Everest GHT trek in Nepal in October. This trip is guaranteed to run and there is availability if you like to join this group.

Makalu to Everest GHT takes you from Tumlingtar in the steamy lowlands near the Arun River over the Shipton La and into the remote and beautiful Barun river valley before arriving to Makalu Base Camp. From here we cross Sherpani Pass over to Baruntse Base Camp, then cross West Col to Panch Pokhari followed by the Amphu Laptsa into the Everest region.


Dhaulagiri Circuit with Dhampus Peak (Nepal) in October

Ade Summers will lead our Dhaulagiri Circuit trek in October. There are only two places left in this group. There is also an opportunity to climb Dhampus Peak at 6,060m for extra cost to cover the climbing permits.

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek explores a remote area of the Nepal Himalaya starting at Beni and then follows the Myagdi Khola river up to Italian Base Camp. After walking up the narrow Chonbarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp we then cross French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing Dhampus Pass we start the long descent to Jomsom.

Kopra and Mahure Danda Ridges (Nepal) in late October

Jill Lawson will lead our joint trip with Secret Hills to Kopra and Mahure Ridge in October.

This is a lodge based trek and uses a number of community lodges where profits benefit the local communities.

Kopra and Mahure Ridg trek is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region of Nepal and contains all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience including villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine.


Kanchenjunga Circuit (Nepal) in November

Almas Khan and Jire Rai will lead our Kanchenjunga Circuit trek in November. This trip is guaranteed to run with Jire as leader and if we get one more booking we will bring Almas on board as group leader too.

The route starts by approaching the north side of Kanchenjunga where you see views of Tent peak, Nepal peak, Cross peak and then at Base Camp Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible.. Once over Mirgin La pass we visit the yak pastures of Ramche and Oktang where there are impressive views of the south west face of Kanchenjunga.
Nearly guaranteed western led departures for Spring and Summer 2017 

Dhaulagiri Circuit with Dhampus Peak (Nepal) in April/ May 2017

In April our Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is nearly guaranteed to run. For good reason Dhaulagiri Circuit is one of our most popular treks and we organise this twice a year in April and October. This is a challenging trek around Dhaulagiri the worlds seventh highest mountain crossing two Himalayan passes.

Mera Peak Expedition (Nepal) in April 2017

We have already received strong interest for our Mera Peak Expedition in April and it is looking quite likely this trip will run as planned. Mera Peak gives you the chance to climb a Himalayan peak while following a non technical route to the summit. The view from the summit is one of the finest in the Himalaya with five 8,000m peaks visible: Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT (Nepal) in May/ June 2017

Ade Summers will lead our Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek along The Great Himalaya Trail in May/ June 2017. Ade has completed this trek three times before so knows the trail well and the challenges associated with leading in Upper Dolpo region. We have received a high level of interest in this departure and will start taking deposits soon. The minimum group size to guarantee to run the trip is six and maximum group size is fourteen people.


Ladakh Sky Trail (India) in August/ September 2017

Almas Khan will lead our Ladakh Sky Trail in Northern India for the fourth time in August/ September 2017.

Our Ladakh Sky Trail is a unique trek designed by us to help you experience the best of the three areas of this region: Ladakh, Zanskar and Changthang/ Rupshu. On this trek ones crosses six mountain passes over 5,000m which link landscapes aptly described as a geological wonderland

Map recommendation for our August newsletter

Karakoram Trekking Map 1:175,000 by TerraQuest

Our recommendation for August is Karakoram Trekking Map by TerraQuest. This is a newly published map of the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan. This map is covered in plastic for weather proofing. The map covers Baltoro Glacier for K2 Base Camp trek, Hispar and Biafo Glaciers for Snow Lake trek, Hunza Valley as well as the towns and villages of Skardu, Gilgit and Askole.

Click here on Amazon to find our more about the book and to purchase a copy
Hotel recommendation for our August newsletter

Hotel by the Red Canal in Mandalay (Burma)

Our hotel recommendation for this newsletter is Hotel by the Red Canal in Mandalay (Burma). We had several clients stay at this hotel last year whiled booked onto one of our cultural tours of Burma and after the trip sent us positive feedback on their experience at this property.

Hotel by the Red Canal is located close to Mandalay Palace in a quiet part of town. This is a boutique-style property made with teak wood in traditional style not often seen at other hotels in Mandalay The hotel has 25 Suites in 4 categories uniquely named after the four major ethnic groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan.
Nomination for Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company by 2016 British Travel Awards

2016 British Travel Awards

The Mountain Company has been nominated for the Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company category in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards (BTAs). The British Travel Awards are considered the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the travel industry.

HOW TO VOTE? Please vote for us by September 30th if you think we are the Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company by clicking here
The Mountain Co is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators

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 41 reviews and of those 40 were "Excellent" and 1 review "Good". Based on this feedback on AITO website we were awarded Bronze Award for AITO Tour Operator of the Year earlier this year.
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