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Mt. Baruntse Expedition

Expedition to Mt. Baruntse!

Mt. Baruntse Expedition

‘adventure around Inkhu valley on the hidden path to Baruntse climb’

Highlights:

“Adventure on least trekked and ventured areas of Inkhu valley on the hidden path to Mt. Baruntse
Glorious panorama form Baruntse top of Everest-Makalu as far to Mt. Kanchenjunga in the far east
A great combination of adventure within remote east Khumbu and due south of Mt. Everest
Scenic and sweeping flight both ways to and from Kathmandu and Lukla with amazing views
Trek and climb to the summit of stunning Mt. Baruntse with grand close views of Mt. Everest
Within high Khumbu valley in the land of Sherpa people the Highlanders of Himalaya”

Expedition Profile:

Mode of Expedition:                      Hotel- Lodge and Camping from Lukla onward.
Trek grade:                                         Moderate & Adventurous
Climbing Grade:                                                A Mountaineering Expeditions.
Activities:                                            Exciting flight- cultural and scenic walks with adventurous climb.
Expedition duration:                       35 Nights & 36 Days (Lukla to Lukla)
Above Base Camp:                          14 Nights & 15 Days
Total Trip:                                            41 Nights & 42 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Best Season for Expdt:                  April to July however can be climbed during September to
October months when day is mostly clear during early autumn / falls.

Introduction:

Mt. Baruntse Expedition, a great adventure which leads you into hidden areas of high Khumbu valley which is directly towards South of Mt. Everest, an enjoyable scenic walk in complete wilderness away from main flow of trekkers with awesome scenery on daily walks.

Mt. Baruntse stands high at 7,129 meters, a challenging peak to climb and well worth the views within pristine surrounding in the harmony of serene environment of giant mountains that surrounds you on this marvelous walk and climb on Mt. Baruntse Expedition.

Mt. Baruntse with two options for the climbing route, the other options is flying into Arun valley and walking up to Barun valley around Makalu area and crossing high Sherpani Col for the climb of Baruntse, where’s the safe and most accessible route flying into Lukla and heading towards Inkhu and Hongu within Panch Pokhari.

Mt. Baruntse located 27 52 19 Latitude & 86 58 55 Longitude, a peak of full scale Mountaineering Expedition experience, taking minimum of 1 month for the trek and climb where climb to the summit can be done within less than 15 days in good weather heading from its Base Camp.

A well hidden mountain situated east of Khumbu and west from Barun and Makalu areas, where our adventure starts from Lukla town after flying in from Kathmandu and then heading north east away from the human settlement and village into total wilderness.

Walk leads over few high passes of Kalo Himal to enter into Inkhu valley covered with green vegetation and alpine woodland of rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-spruce-birch-pines and fir tree lines, and then walking past beautiful summer Yak grazing areas of Thuli Kharka, Mousum Kharka and Tag-Nag overlooking Mera Peaks and other adjoining mountains.

As journey progress leaving vegetation and tree lines behind for rugged-arid and barren landscapes of remorseless fields of ice and glaciers crossing Mera-La to enter another scenic Hongu valley to reach our destination at Baruntse base camp.

The climb is undertaken after much rest days for acclimatization and practice on ice and rocks after full preparations a big haul towards rocks-snows-moraine and ice to reach summit of Mt. Baruntse with straightforward climb encountering some technical sections, where our expert guides will lead you safe and sound to the top of Mt. Baruntse.

After a successful ascent rewarded with mind blowing views of mountains that surround the top and taking a safe descend back to reach at Lukla for sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu with incredible adventure and overwhelming time on Mt. Baruntse Expedition.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:                  Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03:           In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Baruntse Expeditions.
Day 04:                 Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins flight) with free afternoon in Lukla.
Day 05:                 Trek to Chutanga 3,430 m -04 hrs walks
Day 06:                 Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07:                 Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08:                 Trek to Tag-Nag 4,360 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09:                  Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 10:                  Trek to Khare near Mera-La and Mera Peak BC at 5, 300m – 04 hrs
Day 11:                   Trek to Upper Hongu Valley via Mera-la 5,493 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12:                   Trek to Hongu Pokhari 5,000m – 05 hrs.
Day 13:                   Rest day at Panch Pokhara or Hongu Pokhari.
Day 14:                   Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15-16:              Rest days for acclimatization and climbing preparations.
Day 17-31:              (15 days) Ascent of Baruntse summit and descend to Base Camp.
Day 32-33:            All members to regroup at Base Camp.
Day 34:                   Cleaning up at base camp with packing for return journey.
Day 35-36:            Trek to Khothay 3,600 – 06 hrs.
Day 37:                  Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,200 m – 05 hrs.
Day 38:                  Trek to Lukla – 07 hrs.
Day 39:                  Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 40-41:           In Kathmandu rest and submit expeditions report to concern department.
Day 42:                 International departure for home ward bound.

Expedition – Equipment List:

Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermas 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 – 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ciling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members

Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

4 + 2 Oxygen Bottles per member

The Sherpa who would not use the Oxygen for Summit, the Group will need to pay the Oxygen equivalent money to him.

Fixed Rope: 15,000 – 16,000 m, when not sharing with others 2,000 –   3,000 m. when sharing with others Main Rope: Thinner (6-7mm) for Summit – 200m. 11 – 12mm.
Climbing  –  100m.

High Tent Noth Face, Salewa:
1 per 2 pax – Separate for Sherpa
Dining Tent for Camp 2
EPI Gas 150 Pcs  –  250 gms.
EPI Gas Stove 10 Pcs.
Walkie Talkie
Snow Shovel 4 Pcs.
Ice Axe 1 Per pax
Ice Hammer 2 Hammer per team
Ice Screw 60 Pcs.
Rock Pikdung 20 Pcs.
Karabiner 50 Pcs.
Snow Bar 100 Pcs.
Medicines

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be received with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other climbing members and staff.

Here our guide or group leader will brief you with information regarding trekking and Mt. Baruntse Expedition, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese Restaurants includes Folk program of various parts of Nepal.

Day 02-03:           In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Baruntse Expeditions.

We have allowed and reserved Two days in Kathmandu for full preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipments, press meeting and to collect permits from concern Government department for the expeditions.

On this day where one can take an optional sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities, where you will be soaked within culture and historical sites most of the monuments listed as World Heritage Sites.

Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins flight) with free afternoon in Lukla.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for sweeping 30 minutes scenic flights in a smaller aircraft to Lukla with panorama of snow clad mountains with Everest in view during airborne.

On reaching at Lukla airport named as Tenzing & Hillary Airport, after sorting out gear and getting organized transfer to nearby nice lodge for overnight stop, with rest of the afternoon free for short excursion to immerse within Sherpa culture and its age old tradition of Buddhist religion.

 

Day 05:                 Trek to Chutanga 3,430 m -04 hrs walks.
Our fantastic adventure to Mt. Baruntse Expedition and climb, leads to first day walk away from busy Lukla Sherpa town on moderate, winding tracks past farm villages to reach at Chutanga for overnight stop within green surrounding of tall alpine trees with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and pines.

Day 06: Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m – 06 hrs.
After first night in tents with great camping services, morning starts with a climb towards Kalo Himal ridge line of Nau Lekh high rocky range, which separates Khumbu and Hinku valley then heading further east towards Barun and Makalu area.

With tough climb reaching high above 4,450 m at Zatrwa Og, continue walk over Zatrwa-La at 4,600 meters, with views across Dudh Kosi River valley with views of Karyolung and Lumding Himal, and then descend to camp at Thuli Kharka a summer pasture area.

Day 07: Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430m – 04 hrs.
Morning walks lead downhill with views of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks, then reaching at Hinku valley on the least trekked areas by other visitors and adventurer offers views of Mera Peak South Face walk continues into dense rhododendron and pine trees forest to a grazing area at Mosum Kharka for overnight camping.

Day 08: Trek to Tag-Nag 4,360 m – 05 hrs.
Adventure continues towards north east after leaving tree lines and green vegetation, as the walk progress reaching into a wide open valley within grazing land around scattered cattle herders shades at Gondishung 4,350 m near to our overnight stop at Tag-Nag.

Gondishung with more than 200 years old small Gompa, walk continues for an hour to Tag-Nag for overnight stop, a temporary place with huts and shades houses a small lodge as tea house.

Day 09:                 Rest day at Tag-Nag for acclimatization.
An ideal and perfect place for rest day and as well for acclimatization before walking towards higher areas towards Mera Peak, this place offers several high hills for best views of surrounding mountains and valley.

Day 10: Trek to Khare near Mera-La and Mera Peak BC at 5, 300m – 04 hrs
After Thag-Nag with pleasant rest day, morning walk leads on moderate trail for few hours and then climb over moraine, damming Charpatti Tal (lake), that leads to a high area lined with rocks and cairns and small glacial lake, from here climb for a while and down downhill walk to Dig Kharka, and over boulder strewn hillside to Khare.

Day 11: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m – 05 hrs.
On leaving tree-lines beyond Mera areas, walk across Mera-la above 5,493 m high pass to reach other side of Hongu Valley, with views of Chamling, Makalu and Baruntse. From the pass descend to a nice spot for lunch beside the Hongu Drangka, under the west face of Chamlang.

After a short stop walk below Chamlang, and then gradual climb into Upper Hongu Valley the walk dominated with views of Lhotse and Everest, after two hours of good and tough trek reaching our campsite near moraine hills.

Day 12: Trek to Hongu Pokhari 5,000m – 05 hrs.
Trek follows a gradual climb, then with steep climb on moraine and rocky glacier, leading towards old and more recent moraine deposits, to reach at Hongu Pokhari also called Panch Pokhari for overnight camp near to glacial pond.

Day 13: Rest day at Hongu Pokhari.
Another rest day which allows a good break to pull back the strength back for the final adventure and challenge to the summit of Mt. Baruntse, either relax or climb smaller hills behind the camp for best views of the Hinku Glacier and the Mingbo-la.

Day 14:                 Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m.
From this scenic campsite, morning walk follows eastward on faint and vague path, walking past Hongu glacier and moraine with views of surrounding mountains, includes South East Face of Ama-Dablam, Hongu and Amphu peaks.

Walk finally reaches at Baruntse Base Camp after a hard climb and trek of 4-5 hours of tough walk with lunch break in between. Our base camp set close to Baruntse Glacier.

Day 15-16:           Rest day for acclimatization and preparation.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparations for Mt. Baruntse climb, here our guide and leader will provide final briefing regarding the climb and technique skill required for the climb to the summit of Baruntse.

Another rest day to get organized for the climb, here you can take short hike around this beautiful area within absolute wilderness in the harmony of mountain in complete bliss.

Enjoy the free day for acclimatization and optional hike around unexplored area of this region with final preparations.

Day 17-31:           (15 days) Ascent of Baruntse summit and descend to Base Camp.
We have allocated maximum of 15 days for the climb of Mt. Baruntse of little over two week duration to set up high camps from advance to Camp III to reach its summit, our expert guides and high altitude porters will ferry necessary gear to high camps and for the climb, and fixing ropes where required and making possible routes for the ascent to the top of Baruntse.

During these days climb leads at the foot of Barun Glacier, from where our climbing route starts. Baruntse lies hidden behind Peak 4 and in between the East and West Col. of Makalu.

Mt Baruntse towers high at 7,129 meters, well hidden West of Makalu and South East of Everest and Khumbu areas, Baruntse peak with ridges forms an icy wall between Barun Valley, Hinko Valley and the Imjatse valley of the Khumbu area. After a tough hard climb using maximum of 3 camps after base camp to reach the technical summit top.

With 15 days for the climb from Base Cam following moraine towards the summit of Mt. Baruntse at 7,129 meter.

After an incredible adventure and overwhelming experience descend back safely towards Base Camp using few camps on this long descend.

Day 32-33:           All members to re-group at Base Camp.
After an adventurous and most technical climb descend back to Base Camp, on this day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb and to organize departure from base camp to Lukla and Kathmandu. Here at base camp clean up the rubbish, picking up everything that has been brought leaving nothing except your foot prints behind.

Day 34:                 Cleaning up of base camp with packing for return journey.

Start packing climbing gears with proper disposing the garbage in designated sites, where SPPC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu.

Day 35-36:           Trek to Khothay 3,600 – 06 hrs.

After a most exciting and thrill with an adventure on top Mt. Baruntse within remote and hidden Hongu valley, our last day walks takes you back to Lukla with overnights on designated camping places of Mera-la, our return journey leads to pleasant walks without any problem of altitude gain, although the trail leads you with few ups and downs and then back into green surrounding within rich vegetations and tall trees on reaching at Khothay for overnight stop, a small cattle herder camp and shelter.

Day 37: Trek to Thuli – Kharka 4,200 m – 06 hrs.

Morning walk continues leading into forest then with a steep climb on hills and continue walk on nice grassy meadow on the gradual path to reach our last camp of this trek at Thuli-Kharka.

 

Day 38:                 Trek to Lukla – 07 hrs.
Our wonderful adventure leads to a climb on the same route following a gentle path and then climb on top Naulekh and Kalo Himal ridges with views of Dudh Kosi and Kwangde Himal, as the long walk leads you with steep downhill to Chutanga and then back at Lukla, where you can enjoy afternoon relaxing and celebrating the successful adventure on Mt. Baruntse Expedition and climb with fellow staff-guides-porters and members on this last night in Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 39: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla flight starts from early morning to Kathmandu in fine clear weather, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

On reaching Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.

Day 40-41:           In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Two days reserved as spare and free day in case of flight delay at Lukla in due to bad weather conditions, with opportunity for sightseeing tour for few hours, on this day where our leader and guide will submit the reports on Mt. Baruntse Expeditions at concern Nepal Government Tourism department..

Day 42: International departure for home ward bound.
After a great and grand experience around high and remote Khumbu areas with successful climb on top of Mt. Baruntse, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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