Baruntse - 7129m

Destination: /Makalu/Everest Region
Duration : 40 days
Best Season : Mar-May; Oct-Nov

Grade : Mountaineering
Max. Altitude : 7129

Barentse is a popular expedition peak located close to Makalu and lying at the centre of three glacier valleys, Imia, Hunku and Barun. It is one of the easier high altitude expedition peaks, making it a good progression for those who have previous experience peak climbing to around 6000 m. The most commonly used route is via the south east ridge, and although fairly straightforward, there are some challenging sections and a prominent ice cliff to be climbed. From the summit there are fantastic views, as Barentse lies central to many of the highest peaks in the Himalaya including Everest, Lhotse and Markalu. The best time to go with regards to safety is the Spring, as the mountain can be avalanche prone at other times of year, although many people safely summit in Autumn.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 :    Arrival and transfer

Day 02 :    Preparation and briefing for departure to Everest Region

Day 03 :    Fly to Lukla (2804 m) and Trek to Chutok (2800 m)

Day 04 :    Trek to Col Khari La & Pangkongma (2950 m)

Day 05 :    Trek to Kurke (3800 m)

Day 06 :    Trek to Thuli Kharka (4200 m)

Day 07 :    Trek to Khothey (3600 m)

Day 08 :    Trek to Tangnang (4350 m)

Day 09 :    Acclimatisation day in Tangnang

Day 10 :    Trek to Khare (5045 m)

Day 11 :    Trek to Mera Base Camp (5300 m)

Day 12 :    Trek to high camp (5780 m)

Day 13 :    Mera Peak summit (6654 m) to Kongma Dingma (4850m) 9-10 hrs

Day 14 :    Contingency or spare day

Day 15 :    Trek to Seto Pokhara via Honku Valley (5035 m)

Day 16 :    Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5300 m)

Day 17 - 33 :    Climbing period for Baruntse (7129 m)

Day 34 :    Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp South (5650 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 35 :    Trek to Pangboche (3930 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 36 :    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 37 :    Trek to Lukla

Day 38 :    Fly Back to Kathmandu.

Day 39 :    Rest and shopping day

Day 40 :    Farewell and departure

Day 01 :    Arrival and transfer

We welcome and receive you in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel for overnight stay. At evening you’ll join with us for dinner program in traditional Nepali Restaurant. Hotel (BD)

Day 02 :    Preparation and briefing for departure to Everest region

Today we are busy with briefing about expedition, documentation, last minute shopping and preparation for departure to the trekking and climbing route. We’ll also introduce you to our Nepali crew who will be joining you for expedition. Hotel (B)
 

Day 03 :    Fly to Lukla (2804 m) and trek to Chutok (2800 m)

Our staff will come to hotel to pick you up for 35 min scenic flight from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804 m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the three hour trek up to the Chutok La pass (2945 m). Overnight at Tented Camp BLD
 

Day 04 :    Trek to Col Khari La & Pangkongma (2950 m)

After the pass of Col Khari La (3081 m), the trail weaves along mountain sides through the Khari Khola valley to set up camp in Pangkongma (2950 m), a six hour trek. Overnight at tented camp BLD


Day 05 :    Trek to Kurke (3800 m)

A magnificent five hour route takes us along mountain crests through rocky and wild landscapes. Passing through, we’ll enjoy the splendid panorama of the wooded regions below us. The day ends at Kurke (3800 m). Overnight at tented camp BLD


Day 06 :    Trek to Thuli Kharka (4200 m)

Today we climb for six hours up to a pass at 4400 m and then descend to Thuli Karkha (4200 m), which means "vast pasture". Overnight at tented camp BLD


Day 07 :    Trek to Khothey (3600 m)

We descend for five hours down hillsides, passing pleasant meadows and then down through forests of blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons. The trip is accompanied by beautiful views of the south side of Mera Peak. The day ends at Khothey (3600 m). Overnight at tented camp BLD


Day 08 :    Trek to Tangnang (4350 m)

Today is short-trek day in which we trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herder's settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung we pass the 200 year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. We will pray for our successful ascent of Mera Peak in the boulder of the Gompa offering incense. Then short walk takes us to Thagnag. Overnight at tented camp BLD

Day 09 :    Acclimatisation day in Tangnang

Today is our rest day. After breakfast, we hike for about 3 hours up to Charpate Himal Glacier. Seen very close from the Thangnag, Charpate Himal is regarded holy by the Sherpa community and is worshipped by traditional Sherpas of the mountains. We will observe Mera North up close from here. After an hour's pleasant hike downwards, we will be back at the camp at Thangnang. Overnight at tented camp BLD

Day 10 :    Trek to Khare (5045 m)

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. The camping experience at Khare is something to be cherished with views of the beautiful north face of Mera Peak from our campsite at Khare. Overnight at tented camp BLD

Day 11 :    Trek to Mera Base Camp (5300 m)

Today after breakfast, we walk through boulder strewn course to reach base camp of Mera Peak. We have to march through steep route (about 260 m) for around 3-4 hours to reach base camp. Upon reaching there after a short rest and unch, we begin ice climbing training with our climbing guide. Inexperienced climbers need to learn much more today. After about 2-3 hours training, we might choose to go to Mera La. Overnight at tented camp BLD

Day 12 :    Trek to High camp (5780 m)

We need to walk through rock-strewn area for about two hours to make our way to Mera high camp. The trail can be hazardous if it has recently snowed as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp and from here the sunrise and sunset can be viewed along with the Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. Overnight at tented camp BLD

Day 13 :    Mera Peak Summit (6654 m) to Kongma Dingma (4850 m) 9-10 hrs

This is really a big day. The crew wakes up around 1 a.m. for preparation. The climbers also wake up around 2.30 am and have very early breakfast. If we are a well-acclimatised group, it takes around 4-6 hours to reach the summit of Mera Central.

Day 14 :    Contingency or spare day

This one day we allow as the spare day because there might be time needed in order to cope with the weather problem, acclimatisation schedule and unforeseen circumstances. Overnight at tented camp BLD.

Day 15 :    Trek to Seto Pokhara via Honku Valley (5035 m)

We head up into the upper yak pastures of this incredible remote valley. All morning the great flanks of Chamlang dominate on our left, and the spire of Baruntse comes into view beyond. The terrain is remarkably benign, especially considering we are actually heading directly into the very epicentre of the highest group of mountains in the world. The valley floor remains broad and straight, only gradually rising to the blind alley of peaks ahead. It is almost a shock to realise that the two majestic mountains we are heading straight towards are none other than Everest and Lhotse. Overnight at tented camp BLD

Day 16 :    Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5300 m)

Cross the wide and grassy valley scattered with small boulders. The valley gets increasingly barren as you climb higher. Pass the Peak 41 and Hunku Peak on your left and proceed to our base camp and main objective of the trip - Mt Baruntse. Overnight at tented camp BLD.

Day 17 - 32 :    Climbing period for Baruntse (7129 m)

We do not provide a day-to-day itinerary for the climb period, as this will be determined by the expedition leader and members. Guides will take a flexible approach based on what fits with climber’s and their own experience. Typically, the team will spend a few days at the base camp organising food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatising before moving above the base camp.

The activities in climbing period include:
Rest & acclimatisation at Base Camp
Carry loads to ABC, return to Base Camp
Climb to temporary ABC (5800 m)
Climb to West Col, sleep at Camp 1 (6135 m)
Climb to Camp 2 (6400 m)
Summit attempt (7220 m) return to Camp 1
Spare summit day
Return to Base Camp

Day 33 :    Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp South (5650 m) 5-6 hrs

We trek through the high altitude route from Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp. This is one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas. We rarely meet any trekkers en route unless it is peak tourist season. We climb steadily up to and just beyond Seto Pokhari (White Lake), the first of a series of lakes that occupy the upper Honku Basin. Experience the wilderness of the Honku Valley. On the right is Chamlang (7321 m) with hanging glaciers on its South-West and North-West faces. The Honku Valley is true mountain wilderness. O/N Camping (BLD)

 

Day 34 :    Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (North) 5650m 5-6 hrs

Starting from the South base of Amphu Lapcha, today is an early morning climb. The climb involves steep sections on rock and ice. It`s better to tackle the pass early in the morning when the snow is stable, i.e., before sunlight melts the snow. We use climbing ropes wherever necessary. The last sections of the climb to Amphu Lapcha winds up through snow shelves. On the other side, a steep descent awaits to be endeavored on fixed lines leading down to the moraine. O/N Camping (BLD)


Day 35 :    Trek to Pangboche 3930m 5-6 hrs

We walk downhill along the moraine to arrive at Chukkung, the starting point for the Island Peak. The wilderness of the remote Hinku Valley now introduces us to the civilization of Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi river a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. To reach Pangboche after a few long days of hard mountaineering and trekking is a delight. O/N Camping (BLD)


Day 36 :    Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m 5-6 hrs

The path today leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. After making a brief visit to the Tengboche Monastery, we make a steep descent and the trial leads us back along the Dudh Kosi river. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side taking us to Namche Bazaar. We take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. O/N Camping (BLD)


Day 37 :    Trek to Lukla

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in-distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. O/N Camping (BLD)


Day 38 :    Fly Back to Kathmandu.

Today you fly from Lukla to Kathmandu same about 35 minute and we transfer to your booked Hotel. Hotel (L)


Day 39 :    Rest and shopping day

Today you’ll have free in Kathmandu. You can have sightseeing in the cultural heritage inside Kathmandu, buy souveniers and thankas to take back home or anything as the day is free and easy. At evening we’ll host farewell-Celebration dinner with local typical cultural experience in Restaurant adjoining our crew that were in the expedition time with you. Hotel (BD)


Day 40 :    Farewell and departure

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport as per your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the expedition, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Real Himalaya will take you to the airport. Farewell and departure.

 

Personal Belongings

- Camera, Charges, personal medical kit, ID/Passport, Dairy book, Nepalese currency etc....

Personal Trekking / Climbing Gears

- Down Suit

- Climbing Boots

- Harness

- Zummer

- Crampons

- Ice Axe

- carabineer

- Descender

- tape shilling

- fursik rope

- Helmet
- Warm Inner Cloth

- Day bag (hiking - 10-20ltrs)

- Rucksack - 45 ltr

- Gore-Tex Jacket and Trouser

- Feather jacket

- Trekking shoes

- Few Pair of warm socks

- Climbing thick gloves

- Normal gloves

- Hat/Cap

- UV polarize sun-glass

- water bottle, camel bag

- Water thermos

Cost Includes:

- International arrival and departure

- Domestic arrival and departure

- 6 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (B/B plan)

- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket

- Trekking lodge and accommodation to/from Baruntse base camp

- Climbing guide

- Climbing Sherpa (1:1 person)

- 1 person 1 tent

-  Full camping support in Baruntse base camp and camp 1 & 2

-  Food and tent

- cook, kitchen boy and other service crew

- Baruntse and Mera peak climbing permit

- Liaison Officer

- 20 kg baggage transport service to/from base camp

- Group climbing gear (fix rope, ice bar, ice screw, rock piton, etc.)

- Insurance for sherpa and crew

Cost Excludes:

- Personal climbing gears

- SAT phone, radio communication and filming permits

- Insurance (rescue, medical)

- Climbing bonus

- Extra personal member baggages

- Customs and duty as applicable for expedition equipment in Nepal

- Food in Kathmandu

- Drinks and beverages

- Staff tips

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