Baruntse Expedition

Trip Facts

Starting Price $7,400.00 per person
  • Trip Duration 31 days
  • Trip Grading Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 7,129m
  • Best Time Spring & Autumn
  • Trip Mode Teahouses & camping

Trip Overview

  • A Perfect 7,000er snow and ice summit at the epicenter of three glacial valleys
  • Ideal Training Mountain: a semi-technical but high altitude with several exposed pitches near the summit
  • Superb views of 8,000ers including Everest, Lhotse and Makalu
  • Multi-camp expedition led and supported by highly experienced mountaineers, guides, and crew members
  • Expedition includes acclimatization on Mera Peak & a few days of trek into the scenic cultural Sherpa valley of Khumbu

Introduction

Lying between greater cousin peaks of Lhotse and Makalu at the epicenter of three glacial valleys – the Barun, the Imja, and the Hunku –  the peak is crowned by four summits on four ridges with a high rate of successful ascent on normal route via South Ridge. Despite being a 7000er, Baruntse Expedition involves various 8000m climb components, thus offering itself as an ideal training peak for higher climbing.

The steep sections of ice at 50 degrees and a prominent ice cliff at about 7,000 meters make the South-East Ridge of Baruntse somewhat a difficult climb. 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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 : Rest day/ sightseeing (optional)
  • Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla – Chutanga
  • Day 04 : Chutanga
  • Day 05 : Chutanga – Tuli Kharka
  • Day 06 : Tuli Kharka – Kotay
  • Day 07 : Kotay – Tagnag
  • Day 08 : Tagnag – Khare
  • Day 09 : Rest day and Acclimatization day in Khare
  • Day 10 : Khare - Mera peak high camp
  • Day 11 : Summit Mera Peak (6476 meters/ 21,247 feet) – Kongmadingma
  • Day 12 : Kongmadingma – Seti Pokhari
  • Day 13 : Seti pokhari to Baruntse Base camp
  • Day 14 : Rest day at base camp
  • Day 15 : Rest day at base camp
  • Day 16 : Camp 1
  • Day 17 : Back to base camp / optional
  • Day 18 : Rest day at base camp / optional
  • Day 19 : Camp 1 / optional
  • Day 20 : Camp 2
  • Day 21 : Summit Baruntse, back to camp 2
  • Day 22 : Back to base camp
  • Day 23 : Rest day base camp
  • Day 24 : Trek to Kongma dingma
  • Day 25 : Trek to Khare
  • Day 26 : Trek to Kothe
  • Day 27 : Trek to Tuli kharka
  • Day 28 : Trek to Lukla
  • Day 29 : Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 30 : Rest day in Kathmandu
  • Day 31 : Departure.
  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Arrival in Kathmandu and our representative will meet you at the airport, transfer to your Hotel.

  • Day 02 : Rest day/ sightseeing (optional)

  • Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla – Chutanga

    This is a 45 minutes flight to Lukla from Katmandu. Lukla is at 2,840m. From Lukla the path traverses south-east through forest, crossing several cascading streams. Our first camp is at Chutanga 3,400m

  • Day 04 : Chutanga

    Acclimatization day in Chutanga. Hike up to Kharka Tang for acclimatization and return down to Chutanga

  • Day 05 : Chutanga – Tuli Kharka

    This is 05 hr walk to Tuli Kharka crossing Zatrwa la which is at 4,600m/15000ft. Tuli Kharka is at 4,400m

  • Day 06 : Tuli Kharka – Kotay

    This is 05 hr downhill walk to Kotay. Kotay is at 3,500m

  • Day 07 : Kotay – Tagnag

    This is 06 hr walk to Tagnag. Tagnag is at 4,246m. There is a summer settlement here and also has a two or three lodges open during the trekking season

  • Day 08 : Tagnag – Khare

    This is 04 hr walk to Khare which is at 5,100m

  • Day 09 : Rest day and Acclimatization day in Khare

  • Day 10 : Khare - Mera peak high camp

    You climb to Mera la glacier and start an easy climb towards Mera peak High Camp which is behind the rock at 5,800m

  • Day 11 : Summit Mera Peak (6476 meters/ 21,247 feet) – Kongmadingma

    Leave early at four in the morning and summit at 9:00 am. The last 50 meters are 45- 50 degrees steep and fix a rope. Return to high camp and start descending down to Mera la and towards the Hongu valley

  • Day 12 : Kongmadingma – Seti Pokhari

    Walk along the Hongu valley

  • Day 13 : Seti pokhari to Baruntse Base camp

  • Day 14 : Rest day at base camp

  • Day 15 : Rest day at base camp

  • Day 16 : Camp 1

  • Day 17 : Back to base camp / optional

  • Day 18 : Rest day at base camp / optional

  • Day 19 : Camp 1 / optional

  • Day 20 : Camp 2

  • Day 21 : Summit Baruntse, back to camp 2

  • Day 22 : Back to base camp

  • Day 23 : Rest day base camp

  • Day 24 : Trek to Kongma dingma

  • Day 25 : Trek to Khare

  • Day 26 : Trek to Kothe

  • Day 27 : Trek to Tuli kharka

  • Day 28 : Trek to Lukla

  • Day 29 : Flight to Kathmandu

  • Day 30 : Rest day in Kathmandu

  • Day 31 : Departure.

Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com

Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

Equipment

Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

 Why use Climb High?

  • Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
  • This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
  • Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
  • Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
  • We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
  • Our great local contacts ensure us good deals with the best hotels for trekkers in Kathmandu.
  • We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

Cost

Group Size Cost
2 to 3 persons US$ 8200 per person
4 to 6 persons US$ 7800 per person
7 and above US$ 7400 per person

Includes

  • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb,
  • High altitude food and gas for camp 1 and 2,
  • High altitude tent for camp 1 and 2,
  • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)
  • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks,
  • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff and porters,
  • Baruntse climbing permit,
  • Barun National Park fees,
  • Trekking permit (TIMS),
  • Liaison officer fees,
  • Liaison officer insurance - life, medical and rescue,
  • Group climbing equipment (ropes and ice screws, snow bars),
  • Climbing Guide,
  • Walkie-talkie,
  • Satellite phone,
  • Domestic baggage 25 kg,
  • Airport |hotel transfer,
  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs,
  • Equipments for staffs and porter,
  • Climb High duffle bag,
  • Rescue arrangements,
  • First-aid kit,
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu,
  • VAT.

Excludes

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance,
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
  • Meals in Kathmandu,
  • Bottled mineral water,
  • Beverages (hard and soft drinks),
  • Personal trekking gear and climbing gear,
  • Tips for guides and porters,
  • other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

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