Upper Dolpo to Jomsom, Nepal (Roland Hunter) April 2010 for more information on this trek
 Stok Kangri Expedition, India (Alan Ward) July 2010 for more information on this trek 
Snow Lake & Hispar La, Pakistan (Roland Hunter) July 2010 for more information on this trek
K2 & Gondogoro La, Pakistan (Roland Hunter) August 2010 for more information on this trek
Lunana Snowman, Bhutan (Gary Pfisterer) September 2010 for more information on this trek
Dhaulagiri Circuit, Nepal (Roland Hunter) October 2010 for more information on this trek
 Mera Peak Expedition, Nepal (Roland Hunter) November 2010 for more information on this trek  
 Makalu to Everest, Nepal (Roland Hunter) April 2011 for more information on this trek 
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I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

The big news from The Mountain Company since our last Newsletter is the launch of our redeveloped website, if you have not already seen it please take a look at 


Our aim was to design a website with increased search functionality as well as incorporating improved information and a clearer layout.

We have also included our favourite photos to give you an idea of what to expect, hopefully you will find our selection of images inspiring! We would be very interested to hear what you think and any comments you might have.
Please scroll down this newsletter for information on The Mountain Company's trek program for this year. However I wanted to bring to your attention to two very special reconnaissance treks we have planned for 2010 and 2011.
The first one is the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek that I am leading in April 2010. Upper Dolpo is a remote region in Nepal on the border with Tibet where few other groups have trekked, for more information on the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek.
The second one is the Makalu to Everest trek that I plan to to lead in April 2011. This is a very challenging expedition crossing several passes over 6,000m, it is the crux section of the new Great Himalayan Trail, for more information on the Makalu to Everest trek 
If you would like to keep up to date on the latest news from the Himalayas and Karakoram then please check into our blog regularly, the link is at  

I will be in London through to late March so please get in touch anytime if you would like to discuss any of our treks.


Best wishes for the New Year! 

Kind regards
Roland Hunter
The Mountain Company had a busy season during Autumn/ Fall 2009, in October Gary Pfisterer led a group around Dhaulagiri Circuit. In November Roland led another successful expedition to the summit of Mera Peak (his fourth Mera summit) followed in December by a trek to Everest Base Camp for the charity Islamic Relief.
In Nepal we had a full program of Sherpa led treks with four groups reaching Everest Base Camp, one group trekking around the Manaslu Circuit and several private groups staying at the Everest Luxury Lodges and Annapurna Luxury Lodges. Over in Bhutan we had a group who completed the Laya Gasa trek aka the half Snowman.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in 2009, it was great to see many familiar faces in Kathmandu this year on repeat bookings.  I managed to meet almost every one of our clients in Nepal this year and I very much appreciate all of the feedback received from you.
We recently updated our Everest Base Camp itinerary, this is a variation to the standard trek where we have included several sections allowing you to explore off the main trail to quieter areas of the Khumbu.

As before our new itinerary still has 14 walking days Lukla to Lukla however you now have the chance to walk towards Ama Dablam Base Camp and also see the Sherpa village of Phortse.on the walk back from Everest Base Camp.

We are confident that you will be staying at the best teahouse lodges in each location. Roland recently inspected all of the lodges during his trek to Everest Base Camp in December. Each year new lodges are built and others upgraded, for 2010 we have made one change where we now plan to use the brand new Mountain Resort in Phakding.
Our March 2010 departure is now guaranteed to run.
For further information on our Everest Base Camp trek  [please note as of December 31st our website has not been updated for the new itinerary, email us if you would like the new Trip Dossier].

As mentionned above in the Introduction to this newsletter Roland will lead the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek as a reconnaisance in April 2010, this is now guaranteed to run. 
The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom is an epic journey that
crosses a number of high passes in a rarely visited area of Nepal near the Tibet
border. The trail travels through a Tibetan Buddhist region where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way.


Most other trekking companies run the relatively easier Upper Dolpo Circuit whereas we plan to walk out on the remote and challenging trail to Jomsom.
Upper Dolpo was first written about by David Snelgrove in his book titled "Himalayan Pilgrimmage" and more recently by Peter Matthiessen in "The Snow Leopard".
Please get in touch soon if you would like to join the group, for more information on the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek
The Mountain Company is organising a fundraising trek to Everest Base Camp trek for the charity Development in Literacy (DIL) in April 2010. Roland is looking forward to returning to the Khumbu to lead this group. 
DIL do a good job in establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan with a strog focus on gender equality and community participation, for more information on DIL's range of projects please take a look at their website
This trek is now guaranteed to run however there are still some places available if you are interested in helping to raise funds for them. The dates are departing UK on April 1st and flying back on April 18th. Please get in touch with TMC office soon if you are interested in joining the group.
Gary Pfisterer is looking forward to  returning to lead the epic Lunana Snowman in Bhutan, he is one of the few people around who has already successfully completed this trek on a previous occasion.
The Snowan trek is unique, you will visit Lunana a remote and rarely visited region of the Bhutan Himalaya on the border with Tibet. This is a 28 day trek covering 356km while crossing 8 Himalayan mountain passes!!
The Mountain Company has considerable experience in organising the Snowman trek and understand the logistical challanges involved. Roland led a group in Autumn 2008 that successfully complete the traverse from Paro to Bumthang.
Alan Ward is leading our Stok Kangri expedition this summer, he has previously summited this mountain so knows the route well. 
The trip starts with an interesting trek from Chilling through typical Ladakhi landscape before arriving to Stok Kangri Base Camp. There is also an optional extension after the trip to visit the Taj Mahal. 
For more information on the Stok Kangri Expedition
The Mountain Company is hoping to run a full program of treks in Pakistan over the summer of 2010. In July Roland will lead Snow Lake and Hispar La followed in August by K2 and Gondogoro La trek.
 Please get in touch with us soon if you are interested in joining one of these treks.

This course is two full days on the mountain and is ideal for anyone who is planning to participate in one of The Mountain Company's expeditions and who has no previous experience of high altitude trekking or for those who want a refresher in the essential skills.

This course would be ideal preparation for hill walkers with no previous mountaineering experience interested in joining Mera Peak, K2 & Gondogoro La, Stok Kangri or Everest North Col.

The objective of the course is to teach you some basic skills and safety tips and to give you extra confidence to help you to travel safely in the mountains. The course will be led UIAGM Mountain Guides with a minimum group size of 4 and maximum 8 per instructor.  
Our Chamonix skills weekend is organised for us by alpine specialists Mountain Tracks, for more information on the course

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Roland Hunter
The Mountain Company
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