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Mount Baruntse Expedition


Overview The Mount Baruntse Expedition is an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes mountaineers to the majestic Himalayas. Rising to an impressive height of 7,129 meters (23,389 feet). Mount Baruntse is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, near the renowned Everest and Makalu peaks. This expedition offers a unique opportunity to conquer a formidable peak and experience the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscapes. The journey begins in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal, where climbers gather and make final preparations. After a scenic flight to Lukla, the trekking route follows the classic Everest Base Camp trail. It passes…

Overview

The Mount Baruntse Expedition is an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes mountaineers to the majestic Himalayas. Rising to an impressive height of 7,129 meters (23,389 feet). Mount Baruntse is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, near the renowned Everest and Makalu peaks. This expedition offers a unique opportunity to conquer a formidable peak and experience the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

The journey begins in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal, where climbers gather and make final preparations. After a scenic flight to Lukla, the trekking route follows the classic Everest Base Camp trail. It passes through picturesque Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests. As the expedition progresses, the terrain becomes more rugged and challenging, leading climbers to the Barun Valley.

The ascent of Mount Baruntse requires technical skills and acclimatization to high altitudes. The climb includes sections of steep ice and snow, crevasses, and rock formations, making it a demanding yet rewarding endeavor. Experienced mountaineers with prior high-altitude experience and knowledge of basic mountaineering techniques are well-suited for this expedition.

Camp setups strategically planned along the route, providing climbers with necessary rest and acclimatization periods. Base Camp is established at the foot of the mountain, serving as a hub for organizing summit attempts and providing a temporary home for the team. Climbers undergo rigorous training and prepare their equipment before embarking on summit bids.

Reaching the summit of Mount Baruntse is a momentous achievement, rewarding climbers with awe-inspiring panoramic views of neighboring Himalayan giants. The descent follows the same route, allowing participants to reflect on their accomplishment while enjoying the stunning natural beauty of the region.

Conclusion and Summary

The Mount Baruntse Expedition is a physically and mentally demanding adventure that requires careful planning, teamwork, and perseverance. It is a life-changing experience that tests the limits of one’s endurance, resilience, and mountaineering skills. The memories and sense of accomplishment gained from standing atop this majestic peak will remain etched in the hearts of climbers for a lifetime.

Trip Highlights


Mount Baruntse is a beautiful mountain peak located in the Himalayas, standing at 7,129 meters. It is a popular peak for climbers and offers a challenging and rewarding climb. Here’s an overview of the Mount Baruntse Expedition:

  • Duration: The Mount Baruntse Expedition typically takes around 30-35 days.
  • Route: The most common route to climb Mount Baruntse is from the south side in Nepal. The expedition starts from Lukla and proceeds through the Mera Peak region.
  • Base Camp: The base camp for the Mount Baruntse Expedition is located at an altitude of 5,250 meters. From here, climbers prepare for the ascent by taking rest days and practicing mountaineering skills.
  • Camp Setup: The expedition team sets up several camps along the way to the summit, each at higher elevations than the previous one. These camps serve as resting places and staging points for the summit push.
  • Summit Push: The summit push usually takes around 3-4 days, depending on the weather conditions and the team’s pace. The final ascent to the summit involves navigating steep slopes, ridges, and crevasses.
  • Summit: The summit of Mount Baruntse is at an altitude of 7,129 meters. From the summit, climbers can enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas and surrounding landscapes.
  • Descent: The descent usually takes around 2-3 days, and climbers return to the base camp before heading back to Lukla.

The Mount Baruntse Expedition is a challenging climb that requires physical fitness, mountaineering skills, and mental toughness. It’s important to choose a reputable and experienced expedition company and to prepare well in advance for the expedition. The climb is a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the Himalayas and to challenge oneself both mentally and physically.

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Tracking the details that you provide, we will be waiting for you at the airport at your estimated arrival time. As soon as you complete your VISA obtaining procedure, we will meet and greet and transfer you to a cozy hotel where you can rest and relax. Exploring the streets of Thamel can be a good option for the evening.

On the second day, we will complete all official formalities like obtaining permits to climb Mera Peak and other necessary documents. Our guide will take you around the city for general shopping. We will conduct a briefing in the evening and pack up everything for the trek and peak climbing.

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, we take a short and scenic flight to Lukla, one of the highest altitude airports. As we land at Lukla, we will meet our local team members and porters who will carry our luggage to Chutenga. We will hike towards the southeast of Lukla that leads towards Makalu Barun Conservation Area where we will obtain entry permits with nominal fees. We then follow a path that goes across small rivers and takes us past monasteries until we reach the Chutenga village.

After Chutenga, we will slowly move towards Zwatra La Pass that lies at 4610 m. After the steep ascent, our trail descends towards Thuli Kharka. We walk on barren lands down the hills until we reach our destination. Walking slowly and steadily for about 6-7 hours we finally reach Thuli Kharka.

After an appealing breakfast at the lodge in Thuli Kharka, we will head towards Kothe. The trail passes through the Hinku Valley, starting with a decent downhill with mesmerizing views of mountains. As we walk along, we will be going up and down hills through the dense green forests. As we enter the Hinku valley, we will behold the sight of Mera Peak, our ultimate destination. Then, we make a steep descent to the Hinku River and climb a gentle steep hup hill to reach our stop for the night.

After a night’s rest at Kothe, we move towards our next stop in the Mera Peak climbing journey. We will walk along the bank of the Hinku river towards Gondishung where we will stop for lunch. Gondishung is famous for a 200-year-old monastery, Lungsumgba Gompa, and other attractive heritages. It is believed that if one makes prayers at this Gompa, the Mera Peak climbing will be successful. We continue to walk until we reach Thangnak, a pasture land, used widely in summer to graze yaks. We will rest at a teahouse for the night.

The next stop after Thangnak is Khare. The trail from Thangnak to Khare is a bit challenging and demanding as it requires travelers to walk on steep moraine ridges from Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, right in front of the Charpate Himal, meaning the four-sided hill.

Following the glacier is a 3-4 hours steep hill climb that leads to Khare. We will be walking above the tree line here. So, we will stay here for another day to acclimatize ourselves.

From Khare, the route diverges towards Baruntse and Mera Peak.  If you wish to add Mera Peak to the trip, we will head towards Mera Base Camp. In other cases, we will move forward to Khamedingma. We walk steadily to acclimatize our bodies and avoid hazards. We set up our camp and rest overnight.

After resting at Khamedingma, we head towards Seto Pokhari, meaning the White Lake. It is an eye-pleasing sight of a wonderful lake at a high altitude that appears white. Our trail will be braced by the beauty of this region.

From Seto Pokhari, we walk through rugged terrain and rocky paths above the treeline. With big boulders all around, we will cross several passes until we reach the Base camp for Baruntse.

 

Our climbing routine starts from the 12th day. We will start with the prayer rituals at the base camp and conduct some basic training and practice with our climbing gears. Our team will set up ropes and explore various routes for climbing while we will conduct rotations enjoying nutritious meals prepared by our kitchen team. We will ascend to higher camps and return to lower camps to rest overnight for proper acclimatization. Even if we are fully prepared, we must wait for favorable weather for the summit.

We will set up camp 1 at 6100 m altitude on the South-East ridge of the peak. The slopes rise up to 45 degrees which is why we need to fix ropes all the way up to the West Col through the Upper Barun Glacier traversing a steep 50-degree snowy slope.

Camp 2 is set up at 6400 m in the Upper Barun Glacier that is led by an uphill climb on a glacial slope from Camp 1. We must follow the fixed line as we must pass through numerous crevasses and there are also the risks of avalanches at times.

Finally, from Camp 2, we will climb an ice wall as steep as 75 degrees to reach a small Col at 6500 m. After reaching the Col, we follow the ridge to the Summit peak of Baruntse. The panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mera Peak, Nuptse, and others can be clearly seen from the top of this peak. We will then prepare to descend to lower camps.

On this day, we will clean up the base camp, manage the garbage and tip our staff. Then we will return down to Khamedingma to rest overnight.

 

From Khamedingma, we will wake up for a warm breakfast. Then we will descend to Thangnak.

 

Our trek to Chatrabu goes on rugged terrain and dry, barren trails. With very few settlements and almost zero green trees, we will finally reach Chatrabu to rest overnight.

 

From Chatrabu, we descend back to Lukla and rest in a cozy hotel.

It’s time to leave the Khumbu region and fly back to the Capital city. As we reach Kathmandu, you are free to explore around and go shopping for souvenirs. You can chill in Thamel or go sightseeing around the World Heritage Sites. On the 33rd day, we will all get together for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant.

After a wonderful journey and teamwork for 33 days, it’s the day when we will need to say goodbye until next time. You will be dropped at the airport by one of our representatives 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure.


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What's Included


  • Airport Transfer Costs
  • 4 nights accommodation while in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast
  • Makalu Barun Conservation Area Entry Permit Fee
  • Mt. Baruntse Climbing Permit
  • Garbage Deposit Shipment Charges
  • Domestic Flight Fares and Land Transportation
  • Full Board Meals while on the trek
  • Tents for Base camp as well as high camps
  • High altitude food, cooking set, and toiletries
  • Camping types of equipment, Tents, Cooking sets, Food, etc.
  • All costs incurred for Supporting staff (A Professional Mountain Guide)
  • 1 Porter for 1 member to carry personal luggage
  • All costs including wages, insurance, meals, transportation, and allowances for porters and guides
  • Technical Climbing Gears, Rope, Rock Pistons, Ice Crops
  • All taxes imposed by Nepal Government

What's Excluded


  • International Airfares
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Heritage Entry Fees
  • Dinner and Lunch while in Kathmandu
  • Extra meals while on trek (besides breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Travel and Medical Insurance and Emergency Evacuation costs if needed
  • Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, boiled water, mineral water
  • Extra batteries, cell phone charging, Wifi while on the trek
  • Personal Climbing equipment
  • Tips and Gratuities for porters and guides
  • All expenses incurred in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Risk of flight delays to and from Lukla
  • Anything not mentioned in the cost inclusion section

Trip Information


Mt. Baruntse, elevating at an impressive altitude of 7,129m in the heart of the Khumbu region is comparatively an easier peak with similar altitudes. “Barun-Tse”, as its name implies, is the peak in the western part of the Barun Glacier Valley. Towards the south of Baruntse lies the Hunku Glacier while Imja Glacier limits it towards the Northwest. Crowned by four peaks, Baruntse has four routes that lead to the summit, the South one being the popular one. However, the route via Southeast ridge is a bit challenging as it is a straightforward climb that goes through hard sections of an ice cliff that rises up to 50 degrees and also poses the risk of avalanches.

Successfully ascended for the first time on May 30, 1954, by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow from the Expedition team led by Sir Edmund Hillary, Baruntse is an ideal choice for those wanting to leap from 6000 m to 7000 meters peaks. With a higher rate of success than other peaks above 7000 m, Mt. Baruntse is a spectacular peak to prepare for an 8000 meters peak.

Mt. Baruntse Expedition is led through two significant trekking routes. The first one goes through Lukla to Zwatra La Pass all the way to Mera La Pass that turns to Hunku Glacier up to the Base Camp. The other route goes through Makalu Trail across the West Barun Glacier. Whichever route you take, you will be mesmerized by the pristine beauty and tranquility that the region houses. Walking through the ancient Sherpa settlements, grassy meadows, high pass that offers majestic views of high mountain peaks of the Khumbu region.

Perfect physical fitness and adequate experience in high-altitude trekking are required to go on this expedition. Proper acclimatization will be very handy in making the expedition memorable and successful.

The best season to go on Baruntse Expedition is Spring and Summer when the weather is moderate, skies are clear, the days are longer and there is less risk of extreme snowfall, storms, and winds. However, a competent team of Nepal Challenge Trek can organize expeditions to Baruntse even in Autumn and Winters

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Trip Facts


Duration 32 Day(s)
Activities Mountaineering
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Challenging
Max Altitude 7129M
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