- Country: Nepal
- Destination: Mount Baruntse
- Maximum altitude: 7129 meter
- Group size: Min - 1
- Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Mount Baruntse lies in the South-East corner of the Everest National Park, between the 8000m pinnacles of Lhotse and Makalu. At 7129m (23,390ft), Baruntse is viewed as a technical mountain and an incredible choice to encounter the adventure of life in the Himalaya. Ascended for the very first time by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow in 30 May, 1954 from the South-East ridge, many climbers have successfully summited Mt. Baruntse ever since. Baruntse is in many regards the ideal expedition. A major leapfrog from Nepal's trekking tops, but with the dedication and sacrifice required on much higher mountains, it is perceived as one of the world's most ascendable 7000m mountains.
Despite the fact that its elevation is not as much as neighboring mountains, you will be in the very heart of the compelling Himalayan mountain before you enjoy the Lhotse South face and not far away the staggering Makalu west column. Participation in the Baruntse expedition includes utilizing a significant number of skills required for climbing any 8000 meter peak, thus it is a perfect preparation climb for other peaks higher than 8000m. Throughout the years, the climbers have succeeded the mountain generally in the spring season because of better climatic conditions in this season which guarantees wellbeing of the climbers. On occasion, climbers have summited this peak even in the fall season. This Baruntse expedition package has been in effect deliberately, so that all enthusiastic individuals have appropriate acclimatization and have adequate stamina and expertise to adapt to the changing atmosphere from and back to the base camp before setting out for our Baruntse summit.
We likewise provide climbing practice session at the base camp where all the expedition individuals can practice and sharpen their abilities to guarantee a successful climb. We set up our base camp at 5300 meters where our undertaking cooks set up all the important top notch and delicious suppers. Our professional climbing guides set up higher camps at 6400 meters and 6800 meters and settle ropes to make the summit ascent secure and organized.
So, we extremely recommend you to book this expedition as it is a preliminary experience for those who desire to summit the Everest or other higher peaks in the future as the trails and geography of them are basically similar. Our package can be a fine match to your needs. So we dare you to dream for we are always there to help you achieve it.
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.