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Mt. Baruntse is located in Khumbu region adjacent to Everest and Makalu, world’s highest and fifth highest mountains in the world. The mountain is closed in three directions by Hinku, Barun and Imja Glaciers.
Baruntse is an expedition peak that many seasoned mountaineers regard one of the best . It was first climbed in 1954 by a New Zealand expedition team of Edmund Hillary, Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow. Baruntse provides an amazing view of Everest, Cho Oyu, south face of Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse and several other peaks and stunning glaciers below.
The route used to attempt the Baruntse is either South east ridge via West Col or East ridge. Mountaineers often climb Mera peak (6476m) before approaching the summit of Baruntse. The mountain has steep icy slopes, cliffs and ridges that are prone to avalanches. The final stretch involves overcoming a cornice section, an overhanging of snow mass, along with fierce wind. The Base Camp is fixed at 5300m, camp 1 at 5700m and high camp at 6400m.
Previous climbing experience, mountaineering skills and high level of physical endurance and stamina is essential. You will also need enough period for acclimatization
Baruntse Expedition involves several days of trekking in Hinku valley which features beautiful Sherpa villages, terraced fields and pristine subtropical forests.
● Baruntse is an expedition peak located between Everest and Makalu
● 360 degree views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse
● Observe Hinku, Barun and Imja Glaciers
● Experience first class Himalayan mountaineering
● Trek through Hinku Valley
● Enjoy mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Four nights accommodation at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accomodation in a tea house during the trekking trails.
● Full board meals during trek & climbing period – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa guide, porters and supporting staff.
● Round trip domestic flight ticket(Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.
● Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government for the Baruntse Expedition.
●All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar, etc for the Baruntse expedition.
● Liaison officer with all his expenses while on the Baruntse climbing expedition.
● Insurance for all staff
● 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 the Baruntse expedition.
● EPI gas and burner for the high climb.
● Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment
● Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.
● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Personal Climbing Gears.
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra days accommodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Rescue and evacuation
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles
5. Climbing Gears
● Ice Axe
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover
● Water Bottles
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter
8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment
All accommodations for the Baruntse expedition are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this expedition. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a 3-Star hotel ( could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trek you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.
For the Baruntse expedition there will be a license holder sherpa climbing guide and Porters for carrying luggage. This
arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this expedition for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of climbers in any group is 10 people.
Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old.After the tour you will meet with your trekking/ peak climbing guide, briefing about the trek and checking your trek gears will be done afterwards.
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Puiyan. The trail descends to a local stream then climbs up to Puiyan via Chutok La. Stay overnight in Puiyan.
After warm breakfast, we pick up the trail that leads us across Puiyan khola, a little stream that comes directly from the mountains. Ahead you will experience a dramatic climb to Kari la and from there to Panggom. Stay overnight in Panggom.
The trek today will take at least 5 hrs depending upon how used to you becoming walking on a bit rough rocky trail. There will be few ups and downs before reaching Nashing Dingma, which is a small Sherpa village. Stay overnight in Nashing Dingma.
The trail starts by entering pine and bamboo forests and climbs up to a hill followed by crossing of a stream a little below. Another 1 hr walk through a quiet forested path will take you to Bamboo Camp. Stay overnight in Bamboo Camp.
Today you will enter Hinku Valley which is famous for views of Mera peak. Enjoy walking along rhododendron, pine and maple forests. The views of Mera peak appear in sight midway. Drop down to Hinku river and make a quick ascent to Khote.
The trail continues to follow the bank of Hinku River. En route pass by Gondishung village and ancient Gompa. The final stretch is easier as you arrive at Tangnag.
Spend a full day acclimatizing with the altitude. Learning mountaineering skills from your Sherpa guide will occupy much of the day.
Following breakfast, get back on the trail as you advance towards the east. The ascending trail passes through narrow valleys for quite some time before leading you to an open grassy valley. You will be testing your skills on the use of ice axes, crampons and rope walking especially on the moraine path to Dig Kharka. Nearby is a river and ponds where you can install your camps. Stay overnight in Khare.
Today we rest and prepare for the next day’s climb. After breakfast we get ready with our climbing gear and practice ice climbing just above Khare. We move further ahead to explore the good views of Mera La which is en route to the peak. After practicing ice climbing for 2-3 hours, we will walk down to our camp and rest for the rest of the day. Overnight in Khare.
The trek from Khare to Mera La Base Camp is an uphill one. You will reach Mera Glacier in less than 2 hrs. Experience walking on glacier and snow and overcoming crevasses!
After breakfast continue on the wild trail through forests and meadows. You will be surrounded by high snow-capped peaks. Presently you will step into Hongu valley basin. Stay overnight in Seto Pohari.
The trail becomes more rugged and rocky as you go towards Bartunse Base Camp. Continue till you reach the Baruntse Base Camp.
Today an Advanced Base Camp will be set up at an altitude of 6,000m near a glacier at the foot of the South East Ridge. We need to allow enough time for additional acclimatization and load carrying to stock Baruntse Advance Base Camp (BABC) and Camp 1. Camp 1 is at a height of 6,450m on the South East Ridge proper. Above Camp 1, we will climb snow slopes of 45°and the route becomes more demanding. Fixed line would be placed on the ascent to Camp 1, below the West / East Col. The route above C2 requires some fixing which would be done by our professional Sherpa guides. From Camp 2, we climb to the summit. After that we will descend on the same route and spend overnight at Camp 1 and Baruntse Advanced Base Camp. Overnight in camp.
We take the much needed day off today. We can utilize the whole day resting, cleaning and drying all our climbing equipment. Moreover, it is most important for us to understand that Himalayan Glacier practices a 0 carbon footprint policy in order to preserve the Himalayan ecosystem. Therefore, we collect all our garbage and hand it over to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee at Namche. Overnight camping at Baruntse Base Camp.
Today you will begin your return journey. Leave the base camp and descend down a high Hongu Valley, pass streams and hill sides to reach Khamedingma. Stay overnight in Khamedingma.
The trail follows a forested path of rhododendrons, birches and pines. The path is mostly downhill through rocky steps except for some grassy meadows on the way. Stay overnight in Tangnag.
The section from Tangnag to Chatrabu covers mostly dense forests. This is the Hinku valley you are walking on. Enjoy beautiful views of Mera North and Mera Central en route. Stay overnight in Chatrabu.
This is the last day of your trek. So enjoy a leisurely pace trek through rhododendron and pine forests crossing beautiful Sherpa villages along the way before reaching Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This day will be an extra buffer day just in case the flight from Lukla gets cancelled due to bad weather. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you
Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flight for your onward journey.