Baruntse Peak (7129m)
Baruntse Peak is situated in Makalu-Barun National Park. Surrounded by Hinku Glacier in the south, the Barun Glacier in the east and the Imja Glacier in the northwest. This mountain was first attempted and climbed via ridge by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow of a New Zealand expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary. The Baruntse offers panoramic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. The popular route to climb this mountain is to trek from from Lukla to Baruntse Basecamp via Mera Peak. This route provide proper acclimatization before the climb. After successful completion of an expedition, climbers enter into Imja Valley in Mt. Everest region crossing Amphu Lapcha Pass (5800m) and trek to Lukla via Namche Bazar. It is safe, rewarding and popular among climbers to summit Baruntse Peak.
Itinerary & Highlight
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu:
Transfer to hotel for check in and briefing on the trip. An introductory sightseeing trip to downtown Kathmandu or explore around hotel depending on your flight arrival.
Day 02. Kathmandu:
While waiting for official procedures, guided sightseeing covering all the major sightseeing points in and around Kathmandu, covering the prominent landmarks such as: Soyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kumari (the living goddess) Temple and Durbar Square Kathmandu.
Day 03. Kathmandu:
Checking climbing gears or at leisure while waiting for official procedures to complete before departure to Lukla.
Day 04. Kathmandu to Lukla (2856m) and Chutok La (2945m):
Transfer to airport for early morning flight to Lukla. After lunch, start our trekking (3 to 4 hours) to Chutok La crossing numbers of Sherpa settlements for overnight camp.
Day 05. Chutok La to Pangkongma village (2950m):
Today we cross Khari La Pass (3081m) to reach Pangkongma village.
Day 06. Pangkongma to Kurke (3800m):
Trek about 4 to 5 hours to reach the tonight’s camp.
Day 07. Kurke to Thuli Kharka (4200m):
Trek about 6 to 7 hours to reach the camp.
Day 08. Thuli Kharka to Kothe or Kothey (3800m):
About 5 to 6 hours gradual downhill trekking will take us to the camp through the beautiful forest of rhododendron (Laligurans), enjoy the views of surrounding snow-capped peaks.
Day 09. Kothe to Thangnak (4350m):
Trek about 5 to 6 hours from Kothe to Thangnak camp. Along with the panoramic views of mountains including Mt. Kusum Khangkaru, trek ascends through a bank of stream in Hinku Valley.
Day 10. Thangnak:
Rest. Time to have proper acclimatization enjoying the views of peaks and glaciers. The guide will provide essential lesson regarding the Mera Peak climbing and time to test your endurance.
Day 11. Thangnak to Khare (3691m):
Trek about 4 to 5 hours to reach the camp. Trekking towards Mera Peak, through places like Dig Kharka (4,650m) near Hinku Glarcier and crossing 5000m above Dig Kharka enjoying the view of glacial lake. North face of Mera and Mera glacier visible from the camp.
Day 12. Khare to Odhar (5000m):
Today, we can test our crampons and other light climbing gears climbing a snow slope and glacial plateau for about one and half to Mera La Pass (5400m). Enjoy the first view of our destination, Baruntse, the downhill trek to Odhar for overnight shelter.
Day 13: Odhar to Panch Pokhari (Five lakes. 5250m):
Along with twists and turns of the upper Hinku Valley, today’s trek offer us the magnificent views of changing profile of Banruntse, Chamalang, Peak 41, Lhotse as well as Mt. Everest. Camp one the way to Amphulapcha Pass and Makalu Base Camp via West Col. and Sherpini Col.
Day 14. Start of the Five lakes to Baruntse Base Camp (5450m):
Trek to Baruntse Base Camp in witness of Mt. Amadablam to the west. A couuples of hours trek on platue and sandy platform takes us to Base Cammp. Set up Base Camp for the climbing period.
Day 15 – 25. Climbing period.
Day 26. Baruntse Base Camp:
Cleaning around camp and in prepartion to return.
Day 27. Baruntse Base Camp to Amphu Lapcha Pass Base Camp (5650m):
Day 28. Amphu Lapcha Pass Base Camp to Chukung (4730m):
Trek towards Imja Valley in Mt. Everest region instead of taking the same route. Morning steep climb to Amphu Lapcha Pass, then gradual downhill trek to Chukhung.
As an option: From Chukhung, interested persons may extend the trek to Kalapathar-Mt. Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu at extra payable basis. But requested to make such arrangements before departure from Kathmandu.
Day 29. Chukhung to Pangboche Village:
Returning towards Lukla.
Day 30. Pangboche Village to Namche Bazaar:
Day 31. Namche Bazar to Lukla:
After an early morning breakfast, downhill trek to Phakding for lunch break, then trek to Lukla for overnight accommodation.
Day 32. Lukla to Kathmandu:
After breakfast, transfer to Lukla Airport for early morning flight to Kathmandu. Check in hotel. Rest.
Day 33. Kathmandu: At leisure or personal sightseeing and shopping. Evening, farewell dinner will be served at typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural show.
Day 34. Transfer to airport:
After breakfast, transfer to airport. Departure from Kathmandu or make extension as per your time-frame.
– 5 nights at hotel Manasalu in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
– Local lodge accommodation up to base camp based on twin sharing or dormitory.
– Proper camping accommodation at base camp and during the climbing period.
– Breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu.
– Meals (breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner) during the trip.
Mode of Transportation:
– Guided city sightseeing with private vehicle in Kathmandu for one day.
– Airfare: Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu (worth US$324 per person), subject to change in case of increment.
– Airport pickups and drops upon your arrival and departure from Kathmandu and Lukla.
– Depending on the number of climbing members.
– Services as per the above mentioned plans.
– Complete paper-works regarding the expedition, applying for climbing permit to reporting on completion of expedition in order to obtain official certificate from Ministry of Tourism Nepal.
– Service of liaison officer, registered climbing sirdar, assistant guides, kitchen staff (certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association) and common porters to carry camping gears, climbing gears and food.
– Porters to carry your personal belongings and climbing gears (1 porter for 1 member).
– Wages for liaison officer, climbing sirdar, assistant guides, kitchen staff and porters.
– Insurance coverage for liaison officer, climbing sirdar, assistant guides, kitchen staff and porters.
– Basic personal clothing and climbing equipment allowance for liaison officer, climbing sirdar, assistant guides and kitchen staff.
– Basic clothing arrangement for the porters (like shoes, socks, gloves, jacket, trouser and sunglasses).
– Climbing royalty: Baruntse Peak.
– A kit bag/duffel bag for trekking as our complimentary.
– Entry permit fee for Sagarmatha National Park.
– All entry fees to the sightseeing points as per the itinerary.
– Basic medicine for staff and porters.
– Farewell dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu.
– Government tax and surcharges.
– Nepalese visa fee.
– International flights to and from Kathmandu.
– Excess baggage charges (if there is more than 30 kilograms per expedition member).
– Climbing gears.
– Personal expenses (tips, bar bill, laundry and shower at local lodges and other expenses of personal nature during the trip).
– Travel insurance covering rescue in case of emergency.
– Rent for Oxygen sets if needed.
– Rent for satellite phone if needed.
– Custom clearance at Kathmandu Airport regarding climbing gears.
– Radio/walkie talkie.
– Additional waiting expenses in case of flight cancellation due to bad weather .
Fixed departures scheduled for 2018:
To be arrived Kathmandu: on 27 September 2018
Trip departure from Kathmandu: on 30 September 2018. To Chutok La via Lukla.
Fixed departures scheduled for 2019:
To be arrived Kathmandu: on 14 May 2019.
Trip departure from Kathmandu: on 17 May 2019. To Chutok La via Lukla.
– Email to us for booking or further information on our fixed departures or a private trip at your convenience. Thanks.