Mount Baruntse (7129m) is one of the best 7000m peak in the Himalayas. Mt. Baruntse lies in between on the lap of Everest and Makalu Mountain. The peak standing majestically in the center of some highest peaks of the Himalaya like Makalu, Lhotse and Nupse offers a rewarding climbing experience. Now a days this This mountain has become a popular for climbers. This peak is technically not so demanding, comparing to Amadablam and Pumori, though it offers a good experience of snow and ice climb with some ice cliff obstacle sections around 700m. This mountain was first ascended first by…
Mount Baruntse (7129m) is one of the best 7000m peak in the Himalayas. Mt. Baruntse lies in between on the lap of Everest and Makalu Mountain. The peak standing majestically in the center of some highest peaks of the Himalaya like Makalu, Lhotse and Nupse offers a rewarding climbing experience. Now a days this This mountain has become a popular for climbers. This peak is technically not so demanding, comparing to Amadablam and Pumori, though it offers a good experience of snow and ice climb with some ice cliff obstacle sections around 700m.
This mountain was first ascended first by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow on 30 May 1954.The south -East Ridge of Baruntse is little bit difficult because of being straightforward hard ways to climb.
After a successful summit of mount Baruntse, we cross Amphu Laptsa Pass and enter to Upper Khumbu region. The return trek will pass through delighthful sherpa villages,
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:
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.
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.
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