Spring newsletter from The Mountain Company
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Western led treks for 2014 and 2015


April/ May 2014:
Mera Peak Expedition (GUARANTEED)

April/ May 2014:
Dhaulagiri Circuit


May/ June 2014:
Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT (GUARANTEED)


September/ October 2014:
Lunana Snowman (GUARANTEED)


September/ October 2014:
Kanch to Makalu GHT


October 2014:
Dhaulagiri Circuit


October 2014:
Everest Discovery and Ama Dablam Base Camp

October/ November 2014:
Kanchenjunga Circuit (GUARANTEED)

November 2014:
Mera Peak Expedition


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

Spring Newsletter

Happy Lhosar to friends of The Mountain Company

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Lhosar! Today, March 2nd, is the start of the Tibetan New Year and Lhosar will be celebrated by Buddhists throughout the world.

Now that Spring has sprung in Nepal and Bhutan it is only a few weeks before our first groups arrive for their trips to these Himalayan countries. One of our most frequently asked questions is the difference between a Spring and Autumn trip. 

Of course both seasons have their pros and cons however I would recommend you certainly consider Spring. In summary the key advantages are: lower number of tourists; flowers in bloom especially rhododendrons; warmer weather from April onwards and less expensive international flights. For a more detailed discussion please read our FAQs on our website "When is the best time of year to visit Nepal?"

If you are considering coming out to Nepal this Spring then I suggest you think about booking your trip soon. As you can see on the column to the left of this newsletter our Mera Peak Expedition and Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trips are now guaranteed to run.

Looking further ahead to Autumn season our Kanchenjunga Circuit trek in Nepal and our Lunana Snowman trek in Bhutan are now both guaranteed to run. And we require several more bookings to run the following treks: Kanchenjunga to Makalu GHTDhaulagiri Circuit, Ama Dablam Base Camp and Everest Discovery and Mera Peak Expedition

I suggest you regularly check our Latest News section of our website for our full list of Western and Sherpa led treks guaranteed in Spring and Autumn 2014.

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

New contact details for The Mountain Company

Please note that we have moved office so now have a new address and telephone number: 108 Crowborough Road, Tooting, London SW17 9QG, United Kingdom. 
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 0187031

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.

Wanderlust Travel Awards 2014: Bagan was voted Top City and Burma (Myanmar) came 4th in best country to travel category.

Dining in the Himalayas: Nepal's 10 Best Cultural restaurants

Ten Countries that deserve more tourists by Daily Telegraph: includes Bhutan

TMC Blog: Tsechu (religious festivals) in Bhutan with dates for 2014

New Everest Permit Fee System by Alan Arnette

Dhaulagiri Circuit treks in April and October 2014

Dhaulagiri Circuit explores a remote area of Nepal combining many elements of a classic camping trek in Nepal.

Our April group will be led by Allan Gibbs and our October group will be led be Tom Lawson. Both of these trips are close to becoming guaranteed to run so please get in touch soon if you would like to join these groups.
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Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT in May 2014

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom itinerary visits a remote region of Nepal walking out through Dolpo to Jomsom along a section of The Great Himalaya Trail. This trek is now guaranteed to run and there is currently availability.

Adrian (Ade) Summers will lead our Upper Dolpo trek in May 2014, he is one of the few leaders who already knows this trail well having successfully completed Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek 2010.

Kanchenjunga Circuit in November 2014

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is a long and challenging walk around Mt. Kanchenjunga visiting both North and South Base Camp.

This group will be led Jill Lawson. This trek is now guaranteed to run and there is currently availability. 

Everest Discovery and Ama Dablam Base Camp in October 2014

Everest Discovery and Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is a leisurely trek to Everest region with visits to Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries. You will also have the opportunity to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This trek is close to becoming guaranteed to run we just require one or two more people to sign up.

This group will be led by Jill Lawson who is one of our regular leaders in Nepal.

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.

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.

Mera Peak Expedition in April 2014 and November 2014

Mera Peak Expedition climbs to the highest trekking peak in Nepal at over 6,400m. 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.

Our April expedition led by Steve Stout is guaranteed to run and there is currently availability. Our October expedition will be led by Almas Khan and we require a few more bookings in order to confirm this departure.

New online application form for Nepalese visas at Kathmandu airport

The Nepalese government has recently introduced a new online application form  to speed up the process of obtaining your visa on arrival to Kathmandu airport. If you are not planning to obtain your Nepal visa in home country before departure then we recommend you use this system as it will reduce your waiting time at the immigration counter on arrival to Kathmandu airport. Please click on the link below:

Online application form for Nepalese visas
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