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Baruntse Expedition (7129m)

Trip Overview

Baruntse is one of the beautiful 7129m climbing peaks in Nepal. It is also one of the few peaks of this height with a high rate of success of ascent on normal route. The approach to the mountain follows the Mera Peak trek up to Mera La and then to Baruntse base camp. (5,250m). Therefore, we choose a more accessible and popular alternative via west Ridge. This route also gives us the opportunity to acclimatize and climb the Mera Peak (6476m/21,246ft). We make two high camps above the Base Camp - Camp I just below East Col at an altitude of 5,700m and the Camp II on the South-East Ridge at a height of 6,420m. The Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak Climbing also includes a few days trek into the scenic heartland of the Khumbu region. Throughout our journey we are rewarded with exceptional views of the Himalayan vista.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2730m/8954ft): 3-4 hours
Day 03: Paiya to Pangkoma (2850m/93,48ft): 5-6 hours
Day 04:  Pangkoma to Nigmsa (Shibuche) (2745m/90,03ft): 4-5 hours
Day 05: Nigmsa (Shibuche) to Chetra khola (3150m/10332ft): 7-8 hours
 Day 06: Chetrakhola to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 6-7 hours
Day 07:  Kothe to Tangnang (4,350m/14,270ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: Rest day with an optional short hike to Charpate Himal Glacier: 4 hours
Day 09: Thangnang to Khare - 5,045m/16,486ft : 2-3 hours
Day 10: Pre-climb preparation and rest
Day 11: Khare to High camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 4-5 hours
Day 12: High camp to Mera Peak Summit then to Kongma Dingma (4850m/15912 ft): 9-10 hours
Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
Day 14: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16519 ft): 6 hours
Day 15: Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp (5300m/17388 ft): 6 hours
Day 16-26: Baruntse climbing period
Day 27: Rest day at the Baruntse Base Camp
Day 28: Baruntse Base Camp to Amphu Labcha Base Camp (5650m/18536 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 29:  Amphu Labcha Base Camp(South) to Amphu Labcha Base Camp(North) (5300m/17385 ft) : 5 - 6 hours
Day 30: Amphu Labcha Base Camp to Pangboche (3930m/12893 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 31:  Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 32: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 33: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 34: Final departure
 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
On arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your booked Hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2730m/8954ft): 3-4 hours
We fly to Lukla early in the morning. After breakfast at Lukla we begin our trek to Paiya. The trail passes through a jungle down to Shurke village. we pass through several villages, jungles and hills before reaching Paiya.

Day 03: Paiya to Pangkoma (2850m/93,48ft): 5-6 hours
We continue our trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests in a narrow mountain trail. On our trek today we see great views of the Dudhkoshi River valley and Dudh Kund Himal.

Day 04:  Pangkoma to Nigmsa (Shibuche) (2745m/90,03ft): 4-5 hours

We come across a lot of Mani walls throughout the trail. We  pass through beautiful hills, ridges, and teahouses before stopping for lunch. Here, we can admire the mesmerizing views of the south face of Mera Peak and Naulekh Peak. We walk past pine and rhododendron forests to reach Nigmsa (Shibuche). 

Day 05: Nigmsa (Shibuche) to Chetra khola (3150m/10332ft): 7-8 hours
We pass through lush forests before reaching a stream. We walk straight ahead, through a rhododendron forest. Then we descend through a bamboo forest before passing a cave by the side of Chetrakhola.

 Day 06: Chetrakhola to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 6-7 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast and reach a fine vantage point. From here we admire the beautiful surrounding with views of Mera Peak and Hinku Valley. Next, we trek through bamboo and pine forests in a narrow trail with Mera Peak looming nearby. 

Day 07:  Kothe to Tangnang (4,350m/14,270ft): 3-4 hours
We pass a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gomba where we can see writings on a rock on the way to Mera Peak. A short walk from the Gompa will take us to Thagnag which is a summer grazing area. 

Day 08: Rest day with an optional short hike to Charpate Himal Glacier: 4 hours

http://nepalexpeditions.biz/wp-content/uploads/baruntse-nepal-expedition.jpgWe can either rest for the whole day or take part in a short distance hike to Charpate Himal Glacier.

Day 09: Thangnang to Khare - 5,045m/16,486ft : 2-3 hours
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 our camping spot at Khare. 

Day 10: Pre-climb preparation and rest
Today we rest and prepare for the next day’s climb. After breakfast we get ready with all our climbing gear and practice ice climbing just above Khare. We move further ahead and enjoy good views of Mera La which is en route to the peak. After practicing ice climbing for a couple of hours, we walk down to our camp and rest for the rest of the day. 

Day 11: Khare to High camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 4-5 hours
We walk through a rock-strewn area for about two hours. We set up our high camp at a location which grants great views of the sunrise and sunset along with the Himalayan vista. 

Day 12: High camp to Mera Peak Summit then to Kongma Dingma (4850m/15912 ft): 9-10 hours
 The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on the conditions. From the summit, we take in amazing views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) and others. Later, we trek to Kongma Dingma to spend the night.

Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
 this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Mera as planned due to bad weather or any other unanticipated reason.

Day 14: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16519 ft): 6 hours
As we are ascending steadily near Seto Pokhari or White Lake, we see the first lake among a series of lakes that occupy the upper Hongu Basin. On today’s trek we experience the beautiful mountain wilderness of the Hongu Valley. 

Day 15: Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp (5300m/17388 ft): 6 hours

https://www.alltrekkersteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Baruntse-Expedition-with-Mera-Peak-Climbing.jpgOur trail crosses a wide and grassy valley scattered with small boulders. We pass Hunku Peak and proceed to the base camp of Mt Baruntse. 

Day 16-26: Baruntse climbing period
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 for 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 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 Sherpa guides. From Camp 2, we climb to the summit. We also descend on the same route and spend overnight at Camp 1 and Baruntse Advanced Base Camp.

Day 27: Rest day at the Baruntse Base Camp
We take the much needed day off today. We can spend the whole day resting, cleaning and drying all our climbing equipment. 

Day 28: Baruntse Base Camp to Amphu Labcha Base Camp (5650m/18536 ft): 4-5 hours
We hike along the rugged moraine towards Imja Valley. Along the way, we get panoramic views of the high Himalayan peaks including Lhotse and Everest toward on the north-west. 

Day 29:  Amphu Labcha Base Camp(South) to Amphu Labcha Base Camp(North) (5300m/17385 ft) : 5 - 6 hours

We cross the Amphu Labcha pass (5845 m) which is one of the highest passes in Nepal. It's better to tackle the pass early in the morning when the snow is stable. 

Day 30: Amphu Labcha Base Camp to Pangboche (3930m/12893 ft): 6-7 hours
We walk downhill along the moraine to arrive at Chukung which is the starting point for the journey to Island Peak. The wilderness of the remote Hinku Valley gives in to the civilization of Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangoche village.

Day 31:  Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286 ft): 5 - 6 hours
We visit the Tengboche Monastery which is a popular monastery of the Khumbu region. A steep descent will lead us back to the Dudh Kosi River. Our final journey today is a steep climb on a hill and into Namche Bazaar.

Day 32: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft): 6-7 hours
A long steady downhill path from Namche leads us to an impressive bridge called the Hillary Suspension Bridge high above the river. We cross the Bhote- Koshi River three times. 

Day 33: Fly back to Kathmandu
The flight time to Kathmandu is normally scheduled in the morning  because Lukla suffers a lot of wind in the afternoon. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some shopping around the city.

Day 34: Final departure
We  will pick up you  from the hotel and drop you to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight.

Equipment List

Climbing Gears:

1. Ice Axe

2. Crampons

3. Harness

4. Tape Slings

5. Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)

6. Descender/Eight figure

7. Plastic mountaineering boots

8. Ascender/Jumar

9. Helmet

10. Snow Bar

11. Rope

12. Ice Hammer

13. Ice Screw

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel                 

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket 

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • toothpaste/brush set;
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) 
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • cold medicine.
  •  antibiotics for stomach infection
  • anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • water purification tablets

Useful Info

The trek  can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

Can I really climb a mountain? Do I need to have climbing experience? 
We suggest that people undertaking a first climb should have at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we'd expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills. 

What type of people comes along?
Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.

How fit do I need to be? Will I have to carry a lot of weight? Should I be able to do 100 chin ups?
The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure's web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.

What gear is provided?
 Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. 

Who will be responsible for my safety?
The short answer - you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.

What if I get sick or have an accident?
 Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.
 

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Duration 34
Transportation Flight and Drive
Group Size 2-18
Difficulty Difficult
Max Elevation 7,129m / 23,389ft.
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/Camping
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