Mount Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse Expedition – At an elevation 7,129m, Mt. Barunstse is nestled on the lap of Mount Everest and mount Makalu at the center of three glacier valley- the Imja, the Hunku and Barun. Baruntse Expedition was first made by Colin Todd and Geoff Harow on 30 May 1954 via South-Eastern ridge.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 36 Days
Trekking Duration - 31 Days
Trekking Mode - Camping Trek
Trip Level - Extreme
Max. Altitude - 7129
Min. Group Size - 2

Mount Baruntse Expedition – At an elevation 7,129m, Mt. Barunstse is nestled on the lap of Mount Everest and mount Makalu at the center of three glacier valley- the Imja, the Hunku, and Barun. Baruntse Expedition was first made by Colin Todd and Geoff Harow on 30 May 1954 via South-Eastern ridge. The south-east flank is quite arduous and technical because of steep snow slopes and the hard section of 50-degree elevation with gigantic ice cliff to be climbed facing the hazard of avalanches on the way.

Mount Baruntse Climbing Expedition needs two camps on the Lower Barun Glacier, underneath the SE Ridge at 6,000m and 6,300m respectively. Fixed lines would be installed on the climbing route to Camp 1 below the West/ East Col to protect the climbing process. Baruntse Peak summit features the panoramic views of Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. Descend is made via the same route. The climbing trail follows the route of Mera La and Hinku valley as if going to Mera Peak before approaching to the Baruntse. The existing route includes passing of Amphu Laptsa past Island Peak and climbs down to the standard Everest trail.

Mt. Baruntse expedition befits those climbers who are good in shape, possess previous climbing experience and wants to experience ultimate climbing adventure along with close cultural and natural encounter. It is recognized as the most achievable 7,000m+ peak in the world. Spring is the most admirable season for climbing however you can go for Baruntse Expedition during winter too.

Visit Himalaya Trek provides an expert guiding team which gives you training and technique for the technical part of climbing. We also provide all the logistic supplies important for successful climbing. Our Baruntse Expedition itinerary is carefully designed that focuses on proper acclimatization and slow ascend for safety and comfortable success.

Mount Baruntse Expedition Itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02: In Kathmandu, Cultural tour, Official procedure, and Expedition briefing
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2850 meters) and trek to Chutanga (3020 meters).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Chutanga.
Day 05: Cross Zatra La (4700 meters) and trek to Thuli Kharka (4300 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Kothe (3691 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Thangnak (4356 meters).
Day 08: Trek to Khare (5045 meters).
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khare.
Day 10: Trek to Mera base camp 5300 meters.
Day 11: Trek to Seto Pokhara (5000 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Baruntse BC5400m.
Day 13: to Day: 28 Climbing periods Baruntse 7129 meters.
Day 29: Trek to Amphu Laptsa Base Camp (5620 meters).
Day 30: Cross Amphu Laptsa (5800 meters) and trek to Chukung Chukung (4730 meters).
Day 31: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters).
Day 32: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
Day 33: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
Day 34: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 35: Free Day at Kathmandu.
Day 36: Departure.

Mountain view seen from Mera Peak
Trek to Seto Pokhari

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel).
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 02
Sightseeing and trek preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Fly to Lukla Day 03
Fly to Lukla (2850 meters) and trek to Chutanga. (3020 meters)
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The path goes into the valley towards the left into the more quieter valley and passes through small tea shops and passes the small settlement of Chutok. The trail ascends from the very beginning from Lukla and undulates briefly at some places during the day. The day’s trek ends at a small village of Chutanga. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Acclimatization day at Chutanga Day 04
Acclimatization day at Chutanga.
The day is spent on an easy hike to gain an altitude of more than 500-600 meters and then a free afternoon to rest follows. This day is very important as the trek quickly enters into higher altitudes of more than 4000 meters on the very next day. (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Cross Zatra La Day 05
Cross Zatra La (4700 meters) and trek to Thuli Kharka. (4300 meters).
The trek enters further into the valley ascending all the time and enters the alpine vegetation leaving the tree line behind. The path reaches the end of the valley below the Zatra La. A steep ascent leads to the top of the pass and an equally steep descent follows. The descent ends at Thuli Kharka, a small flatland with a couple of Teahouses. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Kothe Day 06
Trek to Kothe. (3691 meters)
The trail briefly drops and yet again steadily starts to climb to the top of another small pass. A steep descent slowly leads back into vegetations and passes through thinner forests that start to grow thicker with the drop in the elevation. The drop ends as the trek enters the Hinku valley and then undulates through forests of Pine and Bamboo. At the end of the forest, another small settlement with a couple of Teahouses marks the end of the day. The village also provides the first glimpse of the Mera Peak. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Thangnak Day 07
Trek to Thangnak. (4356 meters)
The trek continues to move further into the valley following the river closely and passes through the yak pasturelands used in the summer. The trail continuously and gradually keeps ascending and passes a spiritual cave monastery on the way. The ascent finally ends at Thangnak. There are few hikes available around afternoon that will further more enhance the process of acclimatization. The hikes also provide views of the Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters), Kyashar (6,769 meters), Mera La and other peaks of the Hinku Valley. (4hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Rest at Khare Day 08
Trek to Khare. (5045 meters)
The trek now travels on a rocky trail and keeps ascending towards Mera Peak. After a good climb in the morning the trail reaches the grassy areas of Dig Kharka, another yak pastureland. Once again, the trail ascends into the higher elevation and finally ending at the last settlement of the trek, Khare. (3 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Khare Day 09
Acclimatization day at Khare.
The day will be used to get into the glacier and acclimatize to the higher altitude. Also, the climbing guide will provide a brief training on climbing and also will introduce all the gears going to be used during the climb. The training is to introduce you to the basics of mountaineering and also to build up your confidence so that you can enjoy the climb. (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Mountain view seen from Mera Peak Day 10
Cross Mera La (5415 meters) and trek to Mera Base Camp. (5300 meters)
The day will be another day full of ascending but this time, it is on the glacier. In the morning after a good hour or so of climbing, the trail passes by a small tea-shop, the final teashop before the summit of Mera Peak (6654 meters). A gradual walk finally on an easier slope through the glacier follows after a steep ascent. The slope continues until the Mera La and the trail will drop a bit to reach the campsite. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Seto Pokhari Day 11
Trek to Seto Pokhari. (5000 meters)
The trek to Seto Pokhari is quite a comfortable trail with Chamlang and Baruntse visible for most of the day. The trail stays almost flat and quietly gains altitude of a couple of hundred meters at the end of the day at Seto Pokhari. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Bharunche Base Camp Day 12
Trek to Baruntse BC 5400m.
Trek to Baruntse BC 5400m.
Baruntse Expedition Day 13 - 28
Climbing periods Baruntse 7129 meters.
Mt. Bharuntse (7129 meters) Climbing periods.
Trek to Amphu Laptsa Base Camp. Day 29
Trek to Amphu Laptsa Base Camp (5620 meters).
Another short day trek ends the day at Amphu Laptsa Base Camp. A good rest is a must as the trek crosses one of the most technical pass in the following day. (2 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Chhukung Day 30
Cross Amphu Laptsa (5800 meters) and trek to Chukung Chukung (4730 meters).
The trail climbs through huge sections of rocks and ices and only ends at the top. A steep drop from the top leads into the Chukkung valley. The day ends in the valley as we camp on a flatland at the bottom of the pass. (8-9 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Thyangboche. Day 31
Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
The day starts with the trail descending down to the valley passing Dingboche on the way and a brief climb afterward leads to the village of Hortse. After Hortse, the trek continues on the same path taken during the way up. The days trek ends at Thyangboche. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Manjo Day 32
Trek to Monjo. (2835 meters)
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously traveled route taken during the way up. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Lukla Day 33
Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Fly Back to kathmndu Day 34
Fly back to Kathmandu.
A 25-minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
sight-seeing-kathmandu-valley Day 35
Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Final-Departure Day 36
Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service Includes on trip cost.
01: Airport transportation, Arrival, and departure Land transport.
02: Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
03: Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu domestic flight.
04: Experience climbing Sherpa.
05: Climbing gears like rope, ice bar etc for the Baruntse Expedition.
06: Mount Baruntse Expedition climbing permit and all government taxes.
07: Garbage deposit fee (refundable)
08: Full board high altitude meal while trekking to base camp and climbing Period.
09: Liaison officer with all his expenses while on Baruntse Expedition.
10: Expedition manager, Expedition cook, support crew and porters with their pieces of equipment, daily wages, food, insurance etc.
11: All necessary camping and kitchen equipment provided that includes base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen tent, toilet tent.
12: Good quality high altitude tents while climbing the Mount Baruntse Expedition.
13: Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask.
14: EPI gas and burner for the high climb;
15: Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency

Service excludes on trip cost
01: Medical and personal high-risk insurance
02: Nepal entry visa fees
03: Lunch, Dinner in Kathmandu
04: Personal equipment and climbing gears.
05: International airfare and airport tax
06: Climbing Bonus, tips, and personal nature expenses.
07: Applicable permit fees and customs charge for Sat phone, communication equipment, and commercial filming while on Baruntse Expedition.

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera

Climbing gear for Mt Baruntse Expedition Trips.

Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7″ use a 60cm tool; 5’7″- 6’1″ use a 65cm tool; over 6’1″ use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails)
40 ft 6mm perlon (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
Ski or trekking poles (Snow baskets required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems)
Climbing boots.
Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being too tight around the boot.)
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu.

Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Design
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

 

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