The Mountain Company is pleased to announce our western trek leaders for Manaslu Circuit trek and Dhaulagiri Circuit treks for October 2009.
Serena Brocklebank will lead the Manaslu Circuit trek for The Mountain Company, I have copied below some information about her experience and background:
Serena has led over fifteen expeditions in India, Nepal, Andes and Pakistan. In 2006 Serena climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, inspired by her grandfather Tom Brocklebank, who made his own attempt in 1933.
Serena originally trained as a lawyer, but from an early stage decided to pursue her passion for outdoor education and development training, and spent her early career in the 1990's enjoying working for organisations such as Outward Bound and Raleigh International.
For the last 7 years she has been working as a diplomat for the UK Foreign Office on a variety of challenging postings and recently as Vice Consul at the British Embassy in Kathmandu for 3 years.
Serena has the following outdoor qualifications: Mountain Leader Summer Assessment, Winter Mountain Leader Training, Churchill Trust Research Fellow (Adventure Development Training) and Wilderness Medical Training Certificate (2008).
For more information I suggest you take a look at The Mountain Company webpage for the Manaslu Circuit and the Manaslu Circuit photo gallery. It would also be worth reading the Blog entry with Trip Report for Manaslu Circuit October '08
Gary Pfisterer will lead the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek for The Mountain Company, I have copied below some information about Gary's background and experience:
Gary is known as one of the great leaders in the mountaineering world (per EverestNews.com). He has led many expeditions, often with his late wife Ginette Harrison, including to K2, Kanchenjunga (three times!), Shishapangma, Makalu, Dhaulaghiri and Lhotse. All of these expeditions, with the exception of Everest, were achieved without the use of High Altitude Porters or supplementary oxygen.
Gary has summitted Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Kilimanjaro via the Heim glacier, Mt Logan (third unsupported alpine style traverse of East Ridge) among many others. He has led treks throughout the Himalayas and Karakoram including the epic Lunana Snowman and Snowlake Biafo- Hispar traverse.
For more information I suggest you take a look at The Mountain Company webpage for the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek and the Dhaulagiri Circuit photo gallery. It would also be worth reading the Blog entry with Trip Report for Dhaulagiri Circuit May '08
If you are interested in joining one of these treks please get in touch with The Mountain Company.