At 7129 metres/23,390 feet, Baruntse (sometimes called Barun Tse or Barunche) lies in the heart of the Himalayan Giants of Nepal and has a higher rate of success reaching the summit than comparable peaks of this height. Our expedition offers an opportunity to climb this ‘classic’ easier 7000 metre/23,000 foot peak, located in a more remote area of the Khumbu region in Nepal in a relatively short amount of time. The summit affords some of the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu that can be seen anywhere in the Himalaya.
We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip, during our ‘warm-up’ climb of easy trekking peak ‘Mera Peak’, 6,500 meter/21,000 foot high peak. Climb two fun mountains for one low price in a short amount of time.
Baruntse could qualify you for Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Everest Tibet or Everest Nepal.
Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to base camp (photo right A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 meters / 23,000 feet.
The style of climbing is cautious and well-timed, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, `walkie-talkie` radios, satellite telephones, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, a full kitchen in base camp, two camps on the mountain, 1000s of meters of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, Gamow bag, and extensive medical kit.
Our expedition features one of the most beautiful treks in the world included in the cost.
This expedition maximizes experience gained over countless Himalayan expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top of our world`s highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs. back to topBaruntse Team Summit.
Leader and staff:
In Kathmandu, during the trek, in basecamp and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Everest, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam. Skillful basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day (photo right: Baruntse Team Summit.
Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
Our comfortable basecamp:
Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our dining tents.
On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route and set up high camps, as well as carry group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb.
We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain.
Everest National Park:
The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Baruntse, Mt. Yak and lhotse wall. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. The surrounding area is a `world biosphere reserve`. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right Yak and lhotse wall.
Trek to base camp:
This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable `teahouse` or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don`t have to carry a heavy rucksack. Our first destination is Mera Peak base camp, located at 4800 meters/15,700 feet.
Features comfortable dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
Climbing to the high camps:
We fix ropes all the way from base camp to the summit.
Base camp at 5300 meters/17,400 feet:
Our comfortable base camp is established on a broad open valley next to a beautiful lake on the glacial moraine near the base of the mountain.
Camp 1 at 6100 metres/20,000 feet:
From base camp, we follow the right bank of the Barun Glacier, approaching the mountain towards the West Col. We first cross a wide, flat moraine and low angled, crevassed glacier to a snow gully leading up to the West Col. It is a 150 metre/500 foot climb up a 50 degree hard ice snow gully up to the West Col on fixed rope. Upon reaching the top there is a wide flat glacier plateau where we establish camp 1
Camp 2 at 6400 meters/21,000 feet:
From camp 1 we begin a long glacier ascent. The climbing is low angled and we may use fixed rope to protect against open or hidden crevasses. As the slope steepens, we reach a small col where we establish camp 2.
Summit day: From camp 2, there is a short steep 75 degree ice wall we ascend to reach a small col at 6500 metres/21,300 feet. Next is a wide 45 degree snow shoulder up to 6700 metres/22,000 feet, where we reach the sharp summit ridge of Baruntse. We follow this up to a wide summit cone and finally to the true summit itself (7129 metres/23,390 feet).
Who is this trip for?
1. We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
2. We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip.
3. To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
After you arrive in the airport, you will be received by our representatives and taken to a hotel. After you check in, you will meet your travelling companions and a welcome dinner will be organized in the evening where you will be served with original Nepali cuisine and introduced to Nepali culture.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trip
After having breakfast, you will be briefed about the composition of your team, travel equipment and nature and strategy of the climb. All official procedures will be finalized and necessary arrangements will be made. Then there will be a guided tour of the major landmarks and UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath. In the afternoon, there will be a pre discussion before the expedition and the final preparation like checking the equipment will be done.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Chhuthang
Our early morning flight to Lukla, one of the world’s most beautiful and highest airports in the world, takes about 40 minutes. We will be seeing the likes of Everest mountain range and dense snowcovered forests and beautiful landscape. As we land at the Tenzing and Hillary Airport, we will start our trek to Chhuthang after breakfast. We will walk through severall forested areas. As we trek below the Kalo himal aka. Black Mountain, we will trek towards open pasture ground at Chhuthang. Overnight in a camping tent.
Day 4: Chhuthang to Thuli Kharka via Zatrawala Pass
After breakfast, we leave Chhuthang and take after the trail that is a step by step rise at first and after that much more extreme climb towards the crossover of Zatrawala Pass. Our tiring move to the highest point of the pass is remunerated with staggering perspectives of Numbur Himal, Kongde Ri, Karyolang Peak and other attractive high crests of the region. From the top our trail deviates towards Thuli Kharka.
Day 5: Trek from Thuli kharka to Kothe
Today we begin a delightful trail that takes us down to Hinku River. We will make a fairly long climb through thick rhododendron filled forest to reach Kothe. Kothe is situated at the west side of Hinku valley and is popular for thick rhododendron forest. In spring, the slopes are loaded with red rhododendron blossoms that make this place one of the best in the most captivating spot on earth.
Day 6: Trek from Kothe to Thangnak
From Kothe we proceed with our trek on the trail that goes along the edge of Hinku River. As we approach the settlement of Gondishung, we go through Lungsumgba Gompa which was built around 200 years back. From here we can see Mera Peak with its route carved with rocks which is a perfect work of art. A lovely and simple trek will lead us to Thangnak where we remain for the night.
Day 7: Thangnak to Khare
After breakfast we leave Thangnak and trek over the trail that goes over the icy way towards Kharka with mesmerizing sight of snow topped mountains. We proceed with our climbing that leads us to the beginning of Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers. From that point, our trail is a lofty climb to Khare. From Khare we will get the opportunity to see dazzling perspective of Northern Face of Mera Peak. We spend our overnight at Khare.
Day 8: Acclimatization at Khare
We will have a day to adapt ourselves to the varying altitude and climatic conditions to ensure ourselves for the summit of Mt. Baruntse. Hence, we will take a rest at Khare for acclimatization and visit around the area. Also, Khare offers short hikes to its guests which are surprisingly best places for acclimatization and preparation for the journey onwards.
Day 9: Khare to Mera La Pass
Heading for the days trip, we walk along the rocky trails above the western ridge of Mera glacier. There is a steep way onwards as we head towards Mera La Pass at 5,400m. From the very top of the pass, we will see the overwhelming view of the snow covered peaks of Khumbu region. We will descend down all the way towards our camping site.
Day 10: Mera La Pass to Seto Pokhari
Today we will take after the trail that heads higher into the yak field of the remote valley. Our trail leads straightforwardly into the epicenter of world’s towering mountains with amazing views of highly elevated valleys. After some season of trekking, we will achieve our campground close Seto Pokhari which signifies ‘White Lake’ in Nepali. Overnight in campsite.
Day 11: Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp
Leaving our campsite at Seto Pokhari, we head onwards through the remote area. We will meet Honku valley on the way which leads us to our campsite in the base camp of Mt. Baruntse. The Sherpa will build our tent and do the necessary preparations for the rest of the trip as we comfort ourselves enjoying the views around.
Day 12-23: Summit of Mt. Baruntse and back to the base camp
As the climb is done per the experience and ability of the climber themselves, there is no need of day to day itinerary. Our guides will adopt a strategy keeping in their mind what best fits the climbers and their progress. Generally, the group will spend a couple days at the base camp practicing rope climbing and acclimatizing before moving over the base camp.After all the climbing we have done till now, no further notable problems are expected. To make the climb effective, we build up two camps above Baruntse base camp. Two camps are set up over the base camp for climbing purposes. Camp 1 is set up just beneath the East Col. at a height of 5700m, and the Baruntse Camp 2 is on the southeast edge at an elevation of 6420m.
Above Camp 1, we ascend snow slopes at a 50 degree edge, past a backup summit (6745m). From here the course turns out to be more unpredictable. A progression of short, steep trails of snow and ice are folllowed until we pass onto the west side of the edge. This takes us an ice cliff after which we have entry to the less demanding, more extensive slopes above which finally leads us to the summit at 7129m. The trek takes roughly ten hours. After accomplishing the summit of Baruntse, we descend down along the same course.
Day 24: Cleaning of Base camp and descent to Seto Pokhari
Finally achieving our passion to reach the summit of Mt. baruntse and gaining a lifetime experience of Mountain climbing, we look forward to completing our trip. As the base camp has been a place to stay for us, we will leave the place clear, as it was before respecting the motive of responsible ecotourism. We will descend down and retrace our path once again through the Honku valley to finally reach Seto Pokhari for the night stay.
Day 25: Seto Pokhari to Mera La Pass
We continue our way back as we leave our camp and descend down through the alpine valley. After some time, we again walk uphill towards Mera La pass where we will camp for the coming night.
Day 26: Mera La Pass to Thagnak
From our camp, we start our trek by taking after the trail that trip steeply towards Mera La Pass. We will walk downhill for 6-7 hours all the way to reach Thagnak passing through khare for overnight stay.
Day 27: Thagnak to Kothe
We leave Thagnak after breakfast and continue our trek downwards to reach Kothe around which we can enjoy the rhododendron, oaks and pine forests. We will stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 28: Kothe to Thuli Kharka
After breakfast in the morning, we proceed ahead through the dense rhododendron forest and pass through the western section of the Hinku valley to get to Tuli Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Tulikharka.
Day 29: Tuli Kharka to Lukla
As we come to the last day of our trek, we want to finish it with the same encouragement as the very first day and continue downwards. We will ascend to cross the Zatrawala pass and again descend to reach Lukla which is our destination for the remaining of the day and night stay.
Day 30: Lukla Airport to Kathmandu
We take an early morning flight from Tenzing and Hillary Airport to Tribhuvan International Airport. Watching and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the amazing Khumbu region for the last time of the trip, we will have a short flight of about 40 minutes and back to Kthmandu. After reaching the hotel and refreshing, you can take a stroll around the Thamel area and buy souvenirs for your friends abroad. We will serve you with a farewell dinner later in the evening.
Day 31: Departure
Our airport representative will drop you off and make the necessary arrangements for the flight. Waving goodbye and exchanging wishes, you will finally leave Nepal after a memorable trip of your lifetime.
Package Price US$ 7500.00 P/ person
- Airport transportation as per your arrival date to join the Baruntse expedition
- Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
- Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu airfare as per the expedition itinerary.
- Baruntse summiteers climbing Sherpa (01 Sherpa: 02 climbers ratio)
- Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar etc for the Baruntse expedition.
- Baruntse expedition peak climbing permit and all government taxes.
- National part and conservation permit fee for the expedition.
- Full board high altitude meal while trekking to base camp and climbing Baruntse
- Liaison officer with all his expenses while on Baruntse climbing expedition.
- Expedition manager, Expedition cook, support crew and porters with their equipments, daily wages, food, insurance etc.
- All camping gear including base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen and toilet tent etc
- Mountain Hardware high altitude tents while climbing the Baruntse expedition
- Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on Baruntse expedition.
- EPI gas and burner for high climb.
- Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment
- Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.
- Medical and personal high risk insurance
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Main meal in Kathmandu
- Personal equipment and climbing gears.
- International airfare and airport tax
- Climbing Bonus, tips and personal nature expenses.
- Applicable permit fees and custom charge for Sat phone, communication equipment and commercial filming while on Baruntse expedition.