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Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse Expedition Overview

Key Information

Duration:

31 Days

Grade:

Strenuous

Best Season:

March, April, May and September, October

Maximum altitude

7130

Accommodation

Tea house / Camping

Transportation

car / flight

Trip name

Baruntse Expedition in Nepal

Responsibilities:

Agency and Guide

Discover the thrill of scaling one of the most accessible 7000M peaks with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks' Baruntse Peak climbing expedition. Nestled amidst the towering giants of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, Mount Baruntse offers a unique opportunity to hone your mountaineering skills while soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas.

Our expedition is tailored for seasoned adventurers with prior experience in alpine or mountain climbing. We carefully evaluate each applicant's background to ensure a cohesive and well-prepared team capable of tackling the challenges of this exhilarating climb.

Pre-requisite requirements include successful completion of expeditions such as Lobuche East & Island Peak, Chulu West, Khumbu 3 Peak, or Aconcagua, providing the necessary foundation for this endeavor.

While the allure of conquering this 7000M giant is undeniable, it comes with its share of difficulties. With a rating of AD+, the route demands technical prowess and endurance as you navigate through glacier routes and steep ice sections. However, every challenge presents an opportunity for growth, equipping you with invaluable experience for future endeavors on 7500-8000 meter peaks.

Our expedition strategy encompasses two primary camps: Camp 1 situated just beyond West Col at 6,100m altitude, and Camp 2 positioned on the South-East Ridge at 6,420m elevation. Additionally, our itinerary includes scenic treks through the heartland of the Khumbu region, enriching your experience amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes.

Delve into the rich history of Baruntse, which witnessed its first ascent on 30 May 1954, via the south ridge by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow of a New Zealand expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary.

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, safety and personalized attention are paramount. Our expeditions maintain a 1:1 guide-client ratio for Baruntse climbs, ensuring individualized support and guidance throughout the journey. In certain situations, such as fixing summit ropes, our experienced expedition leaders may adjust the ratio temporarily, prioritizing safety without compromising on the quality of your adventure.

Join us for an unforgettable expedition to Baruntse Peak, where every step is a testament to your spirit of adventure and determination. Let Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks be your trusted companion on this extraordinary journey into the heart of the Himalayas.

At an impressive altitude of 7000 meters, Baruntse Peak stands as an accessible yet exhilarating challenge for climbers. Nestled amidst the towering giants of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, this majestic mountain offers a gateway to unparalleled experiences in the heart of the Himalayas. Our team at Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks invites you to join us on this remarkable journey, where you'll not only conquer Baruntse but also acquire invaluable skills for scaling even higher peaks in the future.

Experience Matters

Prior alpine or mountain climbing experience is a prerequisite for participating in our Baruntse expedition. We carefully assess each applicant's background to ensure that every team member is equipped to tackle the rigors of this ascent. Previous expeditions such as Lobuche East & Island Peak, Chulu West, Khumbu 3 Peak, or Aconcagua are among the qualifications we consider.

Challenges Await

Undoubtedly, the allure of conquering a 7000-meter peak is undeniable, but make no mistake – it's no walk in the park. With a difficulty rating of AD+, the route to Baruntse's summit presents technical climbs and glacier routes that will push your limits of skill and endurance. However, overcoming these challenges will furnish you with the experience needed to set your sights on even loftier summits between 7500-8000 meters in the future.

Our Recommended Route

While the South-East Ridge presents formidable obstacles, including steep ice sections and a significant ice cliff, we recommend the South Ridge for a more accessible and equally rewarding ascent to the summit.

The Expedition Experience

Our meticulously planned expedition comprises two camps: Camp 1, strategically positioned after West Col at 6,100 meters, and Camp 2 on the South-East Ridge at 6,420 meters. Beyond the thrill of the climb, you'll also immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Khumbu region through a series of trekking excursions.

A Commitment to Conservation

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we recognize our responsibility to preserve the pristine environments we explore. The Baruntse base camp has been our home for expeditions since 2021, and as stewards of these mountains, we're dedicated to leaving it in a better state than we found it.

Our Clean-Up Project

Join us in our endeavor to combat pollution and waste at the base camp. With each booking, a portion of the proceeds – $50 for 6000 meter peaks, $100 for 7000 meter peaks, and $200 for 8000 meter peaks – will be allocated to our clean-up initiative. Our team will actively participate in waste collection efforts and establish a dedicated waste management site at the base camp, with the aim of restoring its natural beauty over the course of several seasons.

Your Support Makes a Difference

By choosing Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks for your expedition, you're not just embarking on an unforgettable journey – you're also contributing to the preservation of the Himalayan environment for generations to come.

Join Us Today

Experience the thrill of Baruntse Peak and the warmth of Himalayan hospitality with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. Book your adventure now and become part of our mission to explore responsibly and protect our planet's most majestic landscapes.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Baruntse 7129M and Mera Peak 6476M (35-day itinerary)
  • 1:1 Guide/Climber ratio during Summit Climb. 1:2 ratio on Mera Peak climb.
  • South-east ridge route, Camp 1 - 2 strategy
  • 15 days in Baruntse Base camp 5460M and higher. Heated Dining tent and Single person tent at base camp
  • Return via helicopter after the expedition
  • Amphu Lhabtsa Pass 5800M via Khumbu Valley (28-day itinerary)

Baruntse Expedition Itinerary

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Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Take some time to rest and recover from your journey. In the evening, explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and enjoy your first taste of Nepalese cuisine.

 

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Today is dedicated to trip preparation and a comprehensive briefing about the upcoming adventure. Meet with your expedition leader and fellow trekkers. Use the rest of the day to explore Kathmandu, visiting iconic sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3030

Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Begin your trek to Chhutang, passing through picturesque landscapes and small Sherpa villages. Reach Chhutang in the evening and stay in a cozy lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3900

Embark on a challenging trek to Thuli Kharka, crossing the Zatrawa La Pass, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy a comfortable evening at a lodge in Thuli Kharka.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4100

Continue your trek to Kothe, a serene and remote village. The trail takes you through dense forests and opens up to stunning vistas. Arrive at Kothe, relax, and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4360

The trail ascends to Thangnak, a high-altitude settlement with spectacular views of Mera Peak. Explore the surroundings and acclimate to the increasing altitude.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5050

Reach Khare, the base for Mera Peak and Baruntse expeditions. Take it easy and allow your body to adjust to the higher altitude. Enjoy the mountainous scenery that surrounds Khare.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5050

Use this day for acclimatization and exploration. Hike to higher elevations and enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. Learn about high-altitude mountaineering techniques from your guides.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5650

Today marks the ascent to higher altitudes as you trek to the High Camp at 5650 meters. The trail challenges you with steep ascents and rocky terrain, but the mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks make every step worthwhile. As you reach the High Camp, set up your tents against the backdrop of the towering Himalayan peaks. The evening sky at this elevation is a canvas of stars, offering a truly magical camping experience. Rest well, as the next day holds a thrilling climb to Mera Center.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4800

The highlight of your journey unfolds as you climb to Mera Peak, standing proudly at 6476 meters. Begin the ascent in the early morning, navigating through snow and ice with the assistance of your experienced guides. The panoramic views from the summit are nothing short of spectacular, offering a 360-degree vista of the Himalayan giants.

After relishing the accomplishment at the summit, begin the descent back to Kongmading. The descent requires careful navigation through the challenging terrain, making it an equally thrilling part of the adventure. Arriving in Kongmading, the transition from the alpine wilderness to the comforts of a lodge. Share stories of your summit success with fellow trekkers and enjoy a well-deserved rest in the lower altitude. The lodge provides warmth, hearty meals, and the satisfaction of a successful climb. Reflect on the day's achievement, surrounded by the serenity of the Himalayan night.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5000

Continue your journey to Seto Pokhari, a beautiful glacial lake surrounded by towering peaks. Camp near the lake and enjoy a night under the starlit sky.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5400

Arrive at Baruntse Base Camp, your home for the upcoming climbing period. Set up camp, prepare your equipment, and undergo final briefings with the climbing team.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
7130

Embark on the challenging climb from Baruntse Base Camp to the summit at 7130 meters. Celebrate your achievement and take in the awe-inspiring views from the top. Descend to base camp for a well-deserved rest.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4800

Participate in base camp clean-up activities before descending to Kongmadin. Camp amidst the rugged landscape and relish the accomplishment of reaching the Baruntse summit.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5050

Retrace your steps back to Khare. Enjoy the familiar landscapes with a sense of accomplishment as you descend to lower altitudes.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4100

Continue your descent, passing through Thangnak and Kothe. Enjoy the diverse landscapes and unwind in the comfort of a lodge.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3900

Descend further to Thuli Kharka, savoring the final moments in the high-altitude wilderness. Spend the night in a lodge, reminiscing about your incredible journey.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2828

Embark on the final leg of your trek, heading back to Lukla. This day offers a mix of nostalgia and a sense of accomplishment as you approach the end of your journey. Celebrate with your trekking companions in Lukla.

 

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner with your guides and fellow trekkers. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences and friendships formed during the expedition.

 

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Spend your last day in Kathmandu at leisure. Explore any remaining sights, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax. This is an opportunity to soak in the rich cultural atmosphere of the city.

Bid farewell to Kathmandu as you head to the airport for your departure. Carry the memories of your extraordinary adventure in the Himalayas and the sense of achievement from conquering Baruntse. Until next time, Nepal!

Baruntse Expedition Cost Includes?

  1. Accommodation: 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with Bed & Breakfast plan.
  2. Transportation: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back for all members, along with guides and Nepalese staff, including personal baggage. Necessary transportation provided from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (by bus), then to Base Camp (by porters), and back to Kathmandu (by bus).
  3. Permits: Baruntse expedition permit, National Park fees, and TIMS permit.
  4. Logistics: Stool shipment transfer and garbage deposit fees covered.
  5. Meals: 3 meals a day during trekking and at Base Camp for both members and staff.
  6. Cargo Handling: Air cargo clearance for personal luggage of members and payment of government taxes.
  7. Government Liaison Officer: One liaison officer provided with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
  8. Base Camp Staff: Including a base camp cook and kitchen helper.
  9. Porters: Allocation of porters per member up to Base Camp and their return journey.
  10. Staff Welfare: Daily wages, equipment, food, and clothing provided for all Nepali staff and porters.
  11. Insurance: Medical and emergency rescue insurance for all staff.
  12. Baggage Allowance: 30 kg per member for personal baggage.
  13. Camp Equipment: North face tents for Base Camp, along with foam mattresses, dining, kitchen, toilet, store tents, hot showers, tables, chairs, and cooking gear.
  14. Lighting: Base camp lighting provided.
  15. Farewell Dinner: Arrangement for a farewell dinner in a standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese staff.
  16. Base Camp Service: Comprehensive services provided at Base Camp.
  17. High Altitude Equipment: Oxygen cylinders and masks with regulators provided, along with satellite phones or walkie-talkies if necessary.
  18. Climbing Support: One climbing Sherpa per member, along with high camp services including cooking gas, cooking pots, high altitude tents, high food, and fixing gear.
  19. Full Board Service: All-inclusive service throughout the expedition.

Baruntse Expedition Cost Excludes?

  1. Meals: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu beyond the 4 nights stay.
  2. Insurance: Personal insurance coverage.
  3. Personal Expenses: Such as telephone usage, internet, laundry, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, and shopping.
  4. Visa: Nepali Visa fees ($40 per person for 30 days, $100 for 60 days).
  5. Sherpa Summit Bonus and Tips: Summit bonus of $500 for Sherpas and additional tips.
  6. Rescue Evacuation: Costs associated with emergency rescue evacuation if required, and any other personal nature expenses.

Baruntse Expedition Altitude Profile

Baruntse Expedition FAQs

Participants should have prior experience in high-altitude climbing, preferably with at least one 8,000-meter peak or similar challenging expeditions. Familiarity with technical ice and rock climbing is also essential.

The Baruntse Expedition offers an incredible opportunity to summit a majestic Himalayan peak standing at 7,129 meters. Participants will traverse breathtaking landscapes, experience unique cultural encounters with local Sherpa communities, and challenge themselves in a remote and rugged environment.

The expedition typically lasts around 30 days, including acclimatization periods, summit attempts, and trekking to and from the base camp. However, the exact duration may vary depending on weather conditions and individual fitness levels.

Participants should possess excellent physical fitness with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular endurance, strength, and stamina. Regular endurance training, including hiking, running, and climbing, is recommended to prepare for the demands of high-altitude trekking and climbing.

Safety is our top priority. Our experienced guides are trained in mountain rescue techniques and first aid. We provide high-quality equipment and adhere to strict safety protocols throughout the expedition, including thorough risk assessments and emergency evacuation plans.

The itinerary usually begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, followed by a trek through the picturesque Khumbu region to reach the Baruntse base camp. Acclimatization climbs are incorporated to prepare participants for the summit push. After summiting Baruntse, the descent follows a similar route back to Lukla.

The ideal time for the Baruntse Expedition is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season, typically from April to May, or post-monsoon (autumn) season, from September to November. During these periods, the weather is generally more stable, with clear skies and milder temperatures, offering optimal climbing conditions.

Baruntse Expedition Additional Information

Nepal, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, offers a plethora of challenging peaks for mountaineers seeking the thrill of conquering towering summits. Baruntse, standing at an impressive 7,129 meters (23,389 feet), is one such peak that beckons adventurers with its majestic presence. If you're contemplating a Baruntse expedition, it's crucial to delve into various aspects such as climbing equipment, weather conditions, the best time for the expedition, permit costs, the leading guide to summit the peak, and the climbing routes.

Climbing Equipment:

Embarking on a Baruntse expedition requires meticulous planning, and having the right climbing equipment is paramount. The essentials include:

  1. Climbing Boots: Sturdy and insulated boots suitable for high altitudes.

  2. Crampons: Vital for traction on icy surfaces.

  3. Ice Axe: An indispensable tool for self-arrest and stability on steep slopes.

  4. Harness and Carabiners: Essential for safety during roped sections.

  5. Helmet: Protects against falling debris and potential head injuries.

  6. Down Suit: Insulated suits to combat the extreme cold.

  7. Sleeping Bag and Tent: Designed for sub-zero temperatures.

  8. Climbing Ropes: Dynamic and static ropes for various sections of the climb.

  9. Oxygen System: Necessary for higher altitudes where oxygen levels are low.

  10. Personal Gear: Sunglasses, sunscreen, headlamps, gloves, and other personal items.

Weather Conditions:

Understanding the weather patterns is crucial for a successful Baruntse expedition. The region experiences distinct seasons:

  1. Pre-Monsoon (Spring): Considered the best time for climbing, typically from April to June. Stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures enhance the climbing experience.

  2. Monsoon (Summer): July to September brings heavy rainfall and poor visibility, making it unsuitable for climbing.

  3. Post-Monsoon (Autumn): Another favorable window, lasting from September to November. Clear skies, stable weather, and manageable temperatures characterize this period.

  4. Winter: Harsh conditions with extreme cold and heavy snowfall. Climbing during winter is extremely challenging and not recommended.

Best Time for Expedition:

The ideal time for a Baruntse expedition is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. Aim for April to June or September to November for the best climbing conditions, minimizing the risk of avalanches and ensuring clearer routes.

Permit Cost for the Baruntse Expedition:

To embark on a Baruntse expedition, obtaining the necessary permits is imperative. As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, permit costs may vary, and it's essential to check with the Nepalese government or authorized agencies for the most up-to-date information.

Leading Guide to Summit Baruntse:

Choosing an experienced and reputable guide is crucial for a successful Baruntse expedition. Local guides who are familiar with the terrain and weather conditions can significantly enhance your chances of reaching the summit safely. Look for guides with a proven track record in high-altitude mountaineering and a deep understanding of the Himalayan region.

Climbing Routes:

Several routes lead to the summit of Baruntse, with the Southeast Ridge being the most popular. This route offers a challenging yet manageable ascent, showcasing breathtaking views along the way. Understanding the intricacies of the chosen route and having a well-thought-out plan is essential for a safe and successful climb.

In conclusion, a Baruntse expedition is a formidable challenge that demands meticulous preparation. From acquiring the right climbing equipment to choosing the optimal time for the ascent, each aspect plays a crucial role in ensuring a safe and memorable adventure in the heart of the Himalayas. Always stay informed about the latest regulations, weather updates, and safety guidelines to make the most of this extraordinary mountaineering experience. Happy climbing!

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