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Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse Expedition

40 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Intermediate

    As this grade is technically challenging, climbers should be comfortable on 45 to 60 degree slopes, climbing on exposed ridges and/or 5.8 rocks. You should have a well rounded past history of climbing experience. This includes climbing some notable mountains such as, or equivalent to, the West Buttress of Denali or the Polish Glacier on Aconcagua. Peaks of our advanced beginner are best recommended for practicing this grade of mountains. Baruntse, Cho Yuo, Ama Doblam, Pumari are belong this category.

    Intermediate

  • Trip Code: ATH359
  • Best Season: Spring (March, April, May, June) and Autumn (September, October, November)
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Destination: The Summit of Mount Baruntse 7,129 m /23383.12 ft
  • Trip Route: Ktm-Lukla-Khothey- Mera Peak - Baruntse base Camp- Baruntse summit- Khothey-Lukla-Ktm
  • Trip Style: Tented Camp Trekking for the entire trip
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Max. Altitude:
    7,129 m /23383.12 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hrs walking per day, 12 hours and above on climbing days
  • Trip Category: Climbing
  • Trip Highlight

    • Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodhnath
    • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
    • Exclusive small team with a high guide to climber ratio
    • High Sherpa ratio – 1 Sherpa with every Two climber
    • Lead by experienced guides who have stood on the summit of Baruntse Summit and other 8000 meters peaks
    • Best Sherpa, support staff and logistics
    • Secular views of Mt Everest, Makalu
    • Climbing up Mera Peak
    • Climbing up to Burantse Summit

Among the hundreds of peaks of the world, Baruntse 23,390 ft / 7129m is one of the most gorgeous peaks which lies at the center of three glacier valleys, the Imja, the Hunku and Barun. The peak itself commands a central position amongst some of the high peaks of the Himalaya. The rewards of summit day include spectacular views of Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. The first ascent of Baruntse was made by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow on 30 May 1954. They ascended the mountain by the South-East Ridge, which will be the line of our ascent.
 
We strongly recommend you to book this trip as this one of the best practices for the climber who desires to climb Mt Everest and any other 8000 meters peaks. The successful climb of Baruntse peak provides maximum chances of success to climbing Mt Everest as the trails and topography are similar each other. Join us and climb Baruntse, we can change your dream of climbing Everest into reality. We believe; once you trust us, trust forever.

The completion of this expedition on the top of Baruntse including Kathmandu tour, trekking, Mera peak climb takes 40 days. The trail to base camp takes 14 days from the fertile green of the Arun Valley, through the terraced farm land and spring crops to the barren mountainous realm of Makalu, the northern neighbor. Two camps are set up above base camp for climbing. The camp I is set up just below East Col. at an altitude of 5,700m and the Baruntse camp II is on the South – East Ridge at a altitude of 6,420m.  
 
This trip starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. It will be guided by our fully experienced Sherpa climbing guide. The indigenous Shepras were born in the Himalayas, grew up in the Himalayas. Its home for them, it's in their blood. They're not only 'familiar' with local communities and culture; they're a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 - Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 - Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04 - Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 05 - Morning fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Chutok (2800 meters) 3 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 06 - Trek to Pangkongma (2950 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 07 - Trek to Kurke (3800meters) 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 08 - Trek to Thuli Kharka (4200meters) 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 09 - Trek to Khothey (3600 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 10 - Trek to Tangnag (4350meters) 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11 - Acclimatization and Rest day at Tangnag. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12 - Trek to Khare (4900meters) 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 13 - Trek to Mera La (5415meters) and Base Camp (5300m) 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 14 - Climb Base Camp to High Camp (5800meters) 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 15 - Summit to Mera peak (6654meters) and climb back to Mera peak base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 16 - Trek to Khare. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 17 -Trek to Baruntse base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 18 - Rest and acclimatization day in base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Days 19 to 31 - Climbing Period
  • Day 32 - Rest and cleanliness programme in Baruntse base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 33 - Trek back to Seto Pokhari camp. Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 34 - Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 35 - Trek to Khothey (3600 meters). 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 36 - Trek to Thuli Kharka(4200 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 37 - Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 38 - Morning Fly back to Kathmandu 35 minutes. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 39 - Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 40 - Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Experienced Required 

The Baruntse climb is not for novice mountaineers. It will require members to be comfortable ascending and descending steep terrain on fixed ropes. A high technical standard is not mandatory because primarily the local Sherpa guides will be leading the climb and fixing the route. However, this is not a mountain to visit and then discover that you are not comfortable with exposure.

Climbing is not simply a game but it is the most attractive and the most challenging test which require a solid experience of peak climbing. We strongly recommend joining this trip only to them who have basic snow and ice-climbing skills and should be comfortable with glacier travel, which includes moving in a rope team, self-arrest, and basic crevasse rescue. Climbers who have already climb the peaks like Mera Peak; Island Peak can be involved in this trip.

Our Baruntse expedition is not "guided" because this is not a realistic proposition in the high-altitude realm. "Guiding" and being "guided" implies the intimate supervision and care of a "client" by a "Guide" who can be responsible for the direct and immediate control of safety. On 7000 meters peak, such a direct duty-of-care, implicit in the traditional guide-client relationship, is not possible.


Important Note

The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please note that because of climbing High Mountain, it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.

Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing as long as it takes for us to be successful.

Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent. 


Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla 

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. 

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler's cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$1000 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org