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Archive for February, 2012

Videos from the January Kilimanjaro Team

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Berg Adventures started the year right on Kilimanjaro. Climbers Tim, Terri and Rafael all made it to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain this January. Ascending along the Lemosho Traverse, the team spent nine days on the mountain and summited the 19,430ft/5,895m peak on Day 8 after spending a night in the crater at 18,700ft/5,700m. We enjoyed listening to their enthusiastic dispatches each morning in the office; they certainly sounded like they were having a great time. Congratulations Team!

Terri is to climb the Barranco Wall

Terri is to climb the Barranco Wall

Onwards towards the summit

Onwards towards the summit

Looking down at the glaciers below

Looking down at the glaciers below

Tim and Rafael stand on the summit with guides Julius and Emmanuel

Tim and Rafael stand on the summit with guides Julius and Emmanuel

Upon returning home, Tim shared these great videos with us.

The team is welcomed to camp with singing and dancing. Maybe we should start a Berg Adventures choir!

When the team reached the trailhead at the bottom of the mountain, a buffet lunch and a team of acrobats were waiting for them.

Here’s what Tim had to say about it:

“Everyone from the other tours was gathered around to watch the show. This is why we LOVE Berg…NO ONE else does this stuff!”

A big thanks to Tim for sharing these videos and to the rest of the team for sharing their experiences too.

Start planning a Kilimanjaro adventure of your own. Visit our Kilimanjaro homepage or contact our office today!

Nepal 2012: Something for Everyone

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Visit the stunning homeland of the Sherpa people and stand in the shadow of the mountain they call Chomolungma – Mount Everest. Whether you want to climb a 6000m peak (or an 8000m peak!) or you want to embark on a trekking adventure, we’ve got the perfect trip for you.

A classic Sherpa village surrounded by towering peaks

A classic Sherpa village surrounded by towering peaks

All of our adventures in Nepal begin in the colorful city of Kathmandu where the historic sites, the restaurants and the shopping could keep you occupied for days on end. After two days in the city, we fly to a place that so greatly contrasts Kathmandu – the land of the Sherpa’s, Everest’s Khumbu Valley. Our classic trip, the Everest Base Camp Trek, is offered twice a year and it is truly spectacular. This year we are also offering a shorter trek through the Everest Region over the Christmas holidays. This trip is designed to be family friendly, so bring the kids! In the next few months, we will also be introducing a trek to the remote Dolpo region of Nepal. Stay tuned to the newsletters and Berg Adventures Blog for more on this exciting new adventure!

Ama Dablam – quite the sight

Ama Dablam – quite the sight

If you have never done much trekking before, the Everest Base Camp Trek is a great introduction. Days are long and you’ll often find yourself walking up hill, but the pace is relaxed and you will be well looked after. We stay in comfortable tea lodges in spectacular locations all along the route, and have arguably the best cook in the region whose specialties include roasted chicken, “sushi” and chocolate cake.

If trekking to Base Camp doesn’t sound challenging enough for you, ask us about our High Passes of Everest adventure or about climbing one of the renowned peaks in the Everest region such as Lobuche Peak, Island Peak or Ama Dablam. Each of these adventures travels to base camp with the trekking team before branching off to further explore the beauty of the Everest Region.

A beautiful view of Everest from Gokyo on our High Passes Trek

A beautiful view of Everest from Gokyo on our High Passes Trek

We are also excited to announce that we have an Everest Expedition in Spring 2013. For more information visit the Everest page on our website or contact our office to arrange a time to discuss your Everest climbing ambitions with Wally Berg, world-class mountain guide and Everest expedition leader.

Everest Base Camp 2012 Dates:

  • April 22 – May 15, 2012
  • October 8 – October 30, 2012

For more information about our Everest Base Camp Trek click here.

For more information on our Christmas Trek click here.

Climb Elbrus: An Adventure Unlike Any Other

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Looking for an adventure that takes you to two of the world’s finest cities and also on an epic climbing expedition? Our Mount Elbrus climbing expedition does just that. Visit the grand, historic cities of Saint Petersburg and Moscow before continuing on to climb the highest peak on continental Europe, Mount Elbrus. You’ll get the chance to take a ride on the illustrious Trans-Siberian Railway on the night train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, visit Moscow’s famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral and other famous landmarks, and hike in remote regions of the Caucasus Mountains – all musts on any world traveler’s life list.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain on continental Europe standing at an impressive 18,586ft/5,665m and is one of the Seven Summits. At Berg Adventures, our Mount Elbrus Expedition, and its unique and exciting travel program through Russia, is one of the adventures of which we are most proud. Wally Berg has operated the trip through St. Petersburg to Moscow then on to the Caucasus mountains to climb Mount Elbrus each summer for the past 18 years.

In 2011 companies operating on Elbrus faced major challenges due to a regional closure at the access point of the South Side of Elbrus. Teams cancelled their climbs and others chose to climb the mountain’s North Side which meant longer days and rougher conditions resulting in unhappy climbers and fewer summit successes. Not Berg Adventures. Thanks to our local contacts, our staff in Russia and in our office in Canada, and our longstanding ties to the local community, we were able to operate two climbing expeditions via the South Side of the mountain. We were the only company to successfully climb via the South Side that year. The 2011 season proved to be exciting and confirmed that Berg Adventures is prepared for just about anything and is dedicated to getting you up the mountain.

Join us for another great climb this season!

Trip Dates:

  • June 29 – July 14, 2012
  • June 28 – July 13, 2013

*Private trips available. Contact our office for details.

Click here for more information about climbing Elbrus with Berg Adventures.

To read about last year’s adventures read the dispatches here: trip 1 and trip 2.

Book Review: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro is a fascinating book about a 250mi/400km walk from the summit of Kilimanjaro all the way to the Kenyan coast.

Shadow of Kilimanjaro

The walking team included a variety of interesting people including the book’s author, Rick Ridgeway. Most of this epic journey traveled through remote national parks and protected areas putting the team face to face with all kinds of wildlife from lions, hippos, and crocodiles to the less intimidating ungulates and birds. They also saw elephants – lots and lots of elephants.

Read the full review here.

Purchase the book from Amazon.

The expansive plains of East Africa

Join us for an African Adventure of your own! We still have a few spaces open on our 2012 Kilimanjaro trips and safaris are available on request year-round.

Visit our Wildlife Safari homepage and Kilimanjaro homepage.