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Mount Baruntse, 7120 metres above sea level, lies at, 27 52 19 longitude and 86 58 55 latitude, in the epicentre of three glacier valleys, the Imja, the Hunku and Barun. The peak commands a central position amongst some of the high peaks of the Himalaya. The summit view includes Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. For this remote expedition we fly to Lukla and then trek till base camp.
Mount Baruntse is technical and with avalanche-prone area section that makes difficult to climb. It has a magnificent view of Everest region, Makalu region, World's largest Khumbu Glacier and thousands of snow-capped mountains. Baruntse expedition has not easy access to get there. It has hard sections of 50 degree’s elevation to reach the Baruntse with a lot of ridges makes difficult to climb. We only recommended the experienced climber with companion skilful sherpa guide to the Baruntse.
Baruntse expedition is an adventure for climbers wishing to summit 7000 meter peaks in remote Nepal. It is located just on the south of a croissant of mountain made of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse on one side and Makalu on the other side, at the far northern end of one of the most wild valleys of Nepal, the Hinku valley.
From the base camp to the west Cole with its huge glacial plateau, everything will make your ascent exciting. Although its altitude is less than neighbored mountain, you will be in the heart of the mighty Himalayan peaks in front on the renowned Lhotse south face, not far away from Makalu west pillar. Our Baruntse Expeditions approaches the pristine wilderness environment of Hinku valley and Mera La on the way to Baruntse Base Camp.
The climbing route of this majestic seven-thousanders is technically not demanding and it provides a real climbing test of 45 degree straight forward snow and ice climb. This great mountain is one of the most preferred seven-thousanders for its remoteness and relatively short climb to the summit.
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner.
After breakfast, we will meet to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to Lukla. The scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla caters the panorama of the peaks of Langtang, Rolwaling and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla . Instantly, after making the final arrangement for the Bruntse Climbing , we kick off. A good trail leads through pasture to the edge of a diminishing forest of rhododendron and pine which clothes the steep hillsides above Lukla. We make steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to ‘kharka’ used for grazing yaks where we’ll stop for overnight tented camp.
We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to Lukla. The scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla caters the panorama of the peaks of Langtang, Rolwaling and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla . Instantly, after making the final arrangement for the Mera Peak Climbing , we kick off. A good trail leads through pasture to the edge of a diminishing forest of rhododendron and pine which clothes the steep hillsides above Lukla. We make steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to ‘kharka’ used for grazing yaks where we’ll stop for overnight tented camp.
Today, after a breakfast we continue our journey descending to Hinku valley of Gothey. This is a good place to camp and there are several teahouses around and you can visit and go and watch the local lifestyle in the remaining time and we’ll camp near by the teashops and overnight.
The following day is another short day as you trek in the shadow of Mera Himal along the ridge of the Hinku Khola. The west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, we will take lunch at Gondishung, a summer herders’ settlement. Beyond Gondishung we pass a 200 year-old Gompa built beneath a massive boulder. At the Gompa we burn some juniper at the shrine, an offering that just might ensure a successful ascent of Mera Peak. Thagnag is a summer grazing area with the simplest of lodges and shops starting to develop and we overnight in Thagnag.
Today we are heading up from Tagnag towards the Mera Base Camp at Khare. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to your camping spot at Khare after 3-4 hrs walk.
Acclimatization is very necessary at a higher altitude to avoid mental and physical sickness. As we are above 5000m altitude, we will spend a rest day at Khare for acclimatization and exploration. Proper acclimatization is a must for successful Baruntse Peak Climbing. Our crew member will check climbing gears before heading further to the higher camps. There is a nearby hill which can provide us with a good hike of a few hundred meters. Beside that, we will have a short mountaineering training on this day. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This is an exciting day. After breakfast, we will leave Khare and follow an impressive trail that goes over a rocky platform above the western ridge of Mera Glacier and follow it to the pass. We will reach the Mera La Pass. From the top of the pass, we will have mesmerizing views of high snow-capped mountains in the Khumbu region. Our trail descends gently to reach our campsite just below the pass. Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will follow the trail that heads higher into the yak pasture grounds of the remote valley. Our trail leads directly into the epicentre of the world's towering mountains with stunning views of high alpine valleys and surrounding mountains. After some time of trekking, we will reach our campsite near Seto Pokhari. Seto Pokhari literally means 'White Lake' in Nepali language and is the first of the series of lakes in Upper Hongu Basin.Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will cross the wide and grassy valley scattered with small boulders. The valley is more barren and rugged the more we climb higher. Then we will pass several passes on our left and trek to the Baruntse Base Camp. The trek includes serene wilderness, unique landscape and unbelievable cultural exposure. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Camp 1 (6100m): To reach camp 1 (6100m) located on the West Col on the edge of Upper Barun glacier, we cross Hunku glacier to a steep gully leading directly toward. The 150m steep and 50deg climb to the West Col from the glacier there will be fixed ropes to provide a beeline to camp-1 for safe carrying of the loads required for the climb. Camp 2 (6400m): Camp 2 (6400m) is located on the edge of the Upper Barun glacier at the start of Southeast Ridge. From camp 1at West Col we begin a long glacier ascent on low angled glacial slope; we may use a fixed rope to protect against open or hidden crevasses. Summit Day (7129m): From camp-2 we climb-up a short steep of 75 degrees ice wall to a small Col at 6500m. Next section to 6700m is 45deg snow shoulder after which we reach a sharp summit ridge of Baruntse, which we follow to the wide summit cone leading to Mitru summit at 7129m.The view from the summit is just incredible, truly stunning views of Lhotse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and the Khumbu Himal
This is basically a short trek. We will take our time for cleaning and drying equipment. We will have a hot bath for healing and relaxing after an effortful climb up. Most importantly, we will collect all the garbage we produced to manage the disposal. Then, we will start to retrace our steps back on the same trail that descends gradually through Honku Valley. We will continue until we reach Seto Pokhari. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will trek through the high altitude route. This is one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas. We will descend through the remote alpine valley. After trekking down for some time we will start to follow a rising trail that ascends gradually towards campsite just below Mera La Pass. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Now we will be climbing on a steep trail towards Mera La Pass. We will enjoy the majestic view of the high alpine valley with surrounding Himalayas. After having spent some quality time at the top of the pass we shall descend pass through Khare to reach Thangnak. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today’s trek will be the most downhill trekking. After having breakfast we will move towards Kothe by retracing our own footsteps. We will be trekking back into a subtropical forest from a high alpine region. We will continue moving until we approach Kothe for our night stay. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today’s trek is an initial gradual ascend on the trail that goes along the dense forest. We will be traversing through the western section of the Hinku Valley towards Tuli Kharka. We will have astonishing views of Mera North, Mera Central, and southern face of Mera Peak from Tuli Kharka. Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Our last day walk of this adventurous trip will lead us to the high ridge of Kalo Himal. We will cross Zatrawala Pass by ascending a moderately steep trail. When we reach the top of the pass, we will descend down the hill and cross Chutanga all the way to Lukla. This trekking trail offers us plenty of wonderful scenes of dazzling silver mountains at the backdrop.
Lukla –Manthali- Kathmandu Today, we fly back to Manthali after our long mountain journey. We fly early morning flight to Manthali as possible as ,drive to Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. If we get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, we can visit to some nearby shops or venture out at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by trekking guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have managed time for this today as well! At the evening we will be at a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing our trek to Everest Base Camp hosted by Virgin Nepal Trek and Expedition! Overnight at Kathmandu.
TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
Arrival and Departure services at Paro Airport to Hotel.
Kathmandu on BB – Twin Sharing Room
Expedition Cargo: KTM-Manthali-Lukla-KTM
Stool Shipment Transfer, Garbage Deposit Fees
1 Government Liaison officer and 1 Base Camp Manager
Wages, equipment allowance, insurance, high camps load ferry bonus and summit bonus etc of Climbing Sherpas
Walkie-talkie set to each client with radio base station & accessories Satellite phone for the emergency purpose
All necessary Cooking gears and shelter
Equipment allowance, Insurance and insurance of Liaison officer
Personal insurance Medical/Emergency rescue cost (If require)
Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
Departure Tax/Personal equipment
Alcoholic,( Hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Mineral/ hot water, Desserts-during trek)
Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
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Almost all climbers use Italian OneSport shoes today. The One Sport company has been aquired by Millet - boots still looks the same but the brand tag is different.
Get them oversized (1-2 sizes). This is not your average weekend climbing trip and you need something where your toes have space to move freely, or you'll get frostbite by rush delivery.
HotTronics make great heating pads and wires that can be used in your boots on your summit attempt. Michael Strynoe rebuilt the battery packs to give more power at a lower weight using AA Lithium batteries.
Camp makes the ultralight titanium crampons. They are light, but considered not durable. We took our chances with them and they never broke on us.
Bring spares and carry one spare at the summit attempt. Secure them to the boots with steel wire if they keep falling of. There are however many brands of crampons around. Choose your favorites, remember only that ice climbing crampons differ from glacier crampons.
You will need multi-layer clothing for climbing between BC and C3. The temperature changes dramatically when the clouds obscure the sun.
One or two layers of lightweight Gore-Tex over fleece will work well, since the layers will be easy to shed or add. Carry a lightweight down jacket at all times. Use a cap to protect your head in the sun. Wear water-resistant gloves in the icefall and a good pair of down mittens higher up. Carry a spare mitten on your summit attempt.
Use a heavy down suit for the summit. We wear it already from C2 on the summit attempt in order to save weight. If you choose to do that, move early in the morning or you'll boil.
We have used down suites from both Mountain Hardware and North Face and they all worked equally well. Check that the hood will work together with the oxygen mask, covering your face properly. If possible, bring a spare down suit for cold nights in BC. Bring plenty of lightweight socks to change.
Use a heat-exchanging, wired face mask for protection against Khumbu- cough. Use the mask already from Gorak Shep. You'll get used to it and be protected right from the start. You should find the mask in stores for cross-country skiing. If you don't, check the gear link list on this web site. The Finnish manufacturer is listed there.
North Face makes a great no-nonsense harness. Remove the stuff that you don't need. Tie about half a meter of line with a carabiner for the fixed ropes. Forget screw carabiners, you want them big and simple at Everest. Make a knot halfway up the rope and hook up a jumar with another carabiner. Secure the jumar in the front to your backpack straps or at chest level when not in use, this being the easiest way to get hold of it. Use a repelling device or just a carabiner if you know the technique.
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
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Hotel/Trekking guest houses/Tent
2 - 15 People