Baruntse is a mountain in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, crowned by four peaks and bounded on the south by the Hunku Glacier, on the east by the Barun Glacier, and on the northwest by the Imja Glacier. The mountain was first climbed May 30, 1954 via the south ridge by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow of a New Zealand expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Accessing the mountain is usually gained from the South, where climbers can ascend Mera Peak to acclimatize before moving up the valley to Baruntse base camp. It is recorded that 19-time M. Everest summiter Chhewang Nima died in 2010 on an expedition to Baruntse. He was hit by an avalanche at an altitude of about 7 km (23,114 feet) above sea level. Himalayan Pioneer’s 32 days expedition to the top 7,129 m /23383.12 ft., will make you experience once a life time moment.
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, we will head out for city tour of Kathmandu valley and visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Swyambhunath Stupa. After the tour is over, we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel.
Fly to Lukla , 45 minutes
After breakfast, we will head to Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal. We will manage an early morning flight to Lukla as much as possible. Flying above green snow topped mountains we will reach Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla after 40 minutes of flight. Upon our arrival at Lukla airport, we will be greeted warmly by our crew members and after some brief discussion and preparation, we start our travel through the village of Lukla. This is a short hike to be prepared for high altitude travel. After reaching lodge, one can explore local area and visit a nearby monastery after refreshment. Overnight at Lukla.
Lukla to Chutanga Trek
We will travel to Chutanga via trekking. We will the take a day off for rest and acclimatization. We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. Overnight at tented camps.
Khartitang to Kothe Trek, 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we will begin our trek from Khartitang towards Kothe (4095m). It will take about 5 hours to reach Kother while having ample rest on the way. We will walk slowly in order to cope up with sudden rise in elevation. Overnight at tented camp.
Kothe to Tangnang Trek, 3-4 hours
We will trek from Kothe to Tangnang (4350m). We will walk beneath the shadow of might Himalayas all along our trek. We will pass via few villages as rest accordingly. Lunch will be served at appropriate place. Overnight at tented camp.
Rest and acclimatization
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. Overnight in Pheriche.
Tang Nang to Khare Trek, 4 hours
We will trek to Khare. This trail is composed of vast mountain beauties and waterfalls on the way. Waterfalls will be perfect spot to rest and relax. We will also witness glorious mountains with snowcapped tops teasing us. Overnight at tented camp.
Rest and acclimatization
We will rest and prepare ourselves to approach Mera La Pass which is situated at 5350m. The guide will also conduct a last minute training and will also provide techniques about handling gears and equipment. Overnight at tented camp.
Khare to Mera La Pas Trek, 4-5 hours
We will cross Mera La Pass after 4 hours of normal trek. Crossing the pass will be technical so every member mst follow the guide’s command and walk slowly. We will rejoice panoramic views from the top of the pass. The top of the pass will be a perfect viewpoint to enjoy and experience Himalayas. We will then descend down and find a suitable place to set up camps. Overnight at tented camp.
Seto Pokhari Camp to Baruntse Base Camp
Finally, on this day we will trek to Baruntse base camp (5300m). The trek will be of 2-3 hours which will provide spare time for us to relax after reaching the base camp. We will establish camps and tents required for expedition.
Baruntse Summit Climbing Period, 8-12 hours
We will start trekking from Camp I. We prefer that climber stay at camp I for acclimatization and stay overnight few days. There is only camps I until we reach the summit. The ascent from Base Camp to summit is quite challenging and requires experience and technique. There are existing fixed lines and only establish new ropes if deemed necessary by guide. Climbing up from Camp 2 to Camp 3, the trail is composed of snow, ice and rocks which might be slippery and loose. The ascent from Camp I to the summit (7129) is the hardest.
Fly Back to Kathmandu
We will fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost
- All transfer from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
- Accommodation 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3-star hotel)
- Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Back to Kathmandu,
- Baruntse Expedition Climbing Permit.
- Garbage Deposit
- Government Liaison Officer.
- Guesthouse, accommodation during trekking
- All Meals (Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the Trek and Climbing Time in Base Camp.
- Sagarmatha Conservation Fee.
- Single/Double tent at the Camp with mattress
- Climbing Sherpa Guide
- Climbing Sherpa (Assistant)
- Required Number of Porter.
- Group Climbing Equipment’s (Fixed rope, Main rope, Ice hammer, Snow Bar, Ice screw)
- Walkie-talkie radios set.
- Tents for Base Camp- High Camp-Camp 1
- Kitchen Tents, Dinning Tents and Toilet Tents in Base Camp.
- Insurance for all of the team staffs (Nepali)
- Emergency medical kits
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.