Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse Expedition
Price inclusive $ 10000
30 days

“A climb of stunning and hidden Mt. Baruntse from beautiful and enclosed valley of Hongu”

Highlights:

“On the hidden and enclosed scenic Hongu valley around eastern Khumbu and Everest
Sweeping panorama of dramatic landscapes and peaks of Everest and Makalu region
Amazing journey with grand scenery on daily walks and technical climb of Baruntse
Trek and climb within World Heritage Site at Sagarmatha and Makalu National Parks
From green alpine forest of pines and rhododendron to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers”

Expedition at a Glance:

Accommodations:                   Hotel-lodge with camping on trek and climb.
Trekking Grade:                      Adventurous and Demanding
Climbing Grade:                      A full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities:                                Both ways scenic flights trek and climb
Expeditions Durations:            33 Nights & 34 Days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip:                               37 Nights & 38 Days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Seasons:                                  April to June or from early September to Mid November

Introduction:

High Five Adventure offers a high spirit adventure on mountaineering climb to the summit of Mt. Baruntse located between Makalu and eastern region of Everest on the hidden valley of
Hongu valley.

A fully specialized climb of high technical skill where High Five Adventure provides you with related logistic and expert climbing guides with enough experience on above 7,000 m and 8,000 meters mountaineering expeditions.

Striking Mt. Baruntse towers high at 7,129 meters, well hidden West of Makalu and South East of Everest and Khumbu areas, the walk to its base camp leads you with spectacular views of dramatic landscapes from green alpine forest of rhododendron-birch-pines and fir trees towards barren and arid fields of ice and glaciers.

We have chosen the route from Lukla for safe and accessibility which shortens much walking days than from other side of Makalu and Sherpani Col, from either side leads at beautiful and scenic Hongu valley past Mera Peak area.

Our final climb determined after much practice, preparations and acclimatization the ascent to the summit from above base camp takes from 10 to 15 days depending upon the weather and fitness of climbers.

We have reserved maximum of 15 days to reach the summit using 3 more camp before the big haul to the top where our expert guides will provide full support and bring you back safely after a breathtaking of life time experience on this adventure to Baruntse.

Mt. Baruntse expeditions begins and ends at Lukla a commercial and busy Sherpa town and the gateway to many trekking and climb around high Khumbu and Everest region, while our route heading towards complete remoteness and wilderness into pristine areas of Hongu valley beneath Mt. Baruntse.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to your hotels.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Baruntse Expeditions with optional tour.
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,820 m, trek to Chutanga 3,430 m – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Tuli-Kharka 4,300m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Mosum Kharka 3,430m- 04 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Thagnag 4,360m -05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day for acclimatization and local hikes.
Day 09: Trek to Khare near Mera-La and Mera Peak BC at 5, 300m – 04 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley via Mera-la 5,493 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Hongu Pokhari 5,000m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Panch Pokhara or Hongu Pokhari.
Day 13: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m.
Day 14: Rest day for acclimatization and preparations.
Day 15-29: (15 days) Ascent of Baruntse summit and descend to Base Camp.
Day 30-31: All members to re-group at Base Camp.
Day 32: Cleaning up of base camp with packing for return journey.
Day 33-34: (four days) Trek to Lukla from Khare-Thagnag and Tuli Kharka.
Day 35: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 36-37: In Kathmandu to submit expedition’s reports and optional sightseeing tour.
Day 38: International departure for home ward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach at Kathmandu via airlines and transfer to respective hotels.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where you will be greeted with warm welcome by High Five Adventure staff and guides, and then transfer to your hotel where you will be joined with other members of Baruntse expedition, here our guide and group leader will information and brief with wide information regarding the trek and Mt. Everest expedition.

Day 02-03: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Everest expeditions.

With free days in Kathmandu for necessary preparations where you will be busy packing and purchasing necessary required equipments for the expeditions, on last final day in Kathmandu with final briefing regarding the climb including do’s and don’ts, where our expert climbing guide will provide much information and items required for the climb.

For interested people can join in city tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites of impressive historical and cultural monuments.

Day 04:Fly to Lukla 2,886m & trek to Chutanga 3,430m - 04 hrs.
After preparation and rest in Kathmandu, morning depart for Lukla during 35 minutes flights view of peaks including Mt. Everest, on arrival at Lukla airport named Tenzing–Hillary Airport tribute to great legendry climbers.

From Lukla after getting organized and meeting other staff and porters of the expeditions a pleasant walk leads you to overnight stop in Chutanga located east of Khumbu and past Lukla away from villages into complete wilderness for many weeks.

Day 05: Trek to Tuli-Kharka 4,300 m - 06 hrs.
Our real adventure begins with a climb over Kalo Himal Ridge or Nau Lekh a rocky mountain that separates Khumbu area and Hinku Valley.

First pass leads to a steep climb to reach a ridge top festooned with Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450 m high, the pass called Zatrwa-Og, and then traversing over boulder slope, and climb across Zatrwa-La at 4,600 m, offering grand views of Dudh Kosi river valley with Karyolung and Lumding Himal, an hour downhill leads at Tuli-Kharka for overnight camp.

Day 06: Trek to Mousum-Kharka 3,430m - 04 hrs.
Today a short walk with views of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks, then walk leads at Hinku valley area, with first views of Mera Peak the trail leads into rhododendron and pine forest to our overnight stop at Mosum Kharka near Hinku Drangka River.

Day 07: Trek to Thagnag 4,360m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk follows a route leading north on leaving forested area behind, after a nice walk reaching a wide open valley with summer grazing area with some Sheppard’s huts, and then continue to cross a small bridge to reach at Gondishung, near Thagnag area.

Gondishung has 200 year old small Gompa (monastery / shrine), from here an hour walk to reach our overnight stop at Thagnag, a small yak herder’s place with temporary settlement.

Day 08: Rest day at Thagnag for acclimatization and local hikes.
A necessary rest day at Thagnag, a perfect spot at an altitude of 4,360 m for proper acclimatization, before heading higher altitude to Mera-la and Baruntse Base Camp with optional hike for best views of Peak 43 and adjoining peaks around Hinku valley.

Day 09: Trek to Khare 5,300 m near Mera Peak BC and Mera-la - 05 hrs

After Thagnag 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 10: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m - 05 hrs.
On leaving tree-lines and Mera area, walk leads across Mera-la at 5,493 m a 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 11: 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 Pokharai for overnight camp near to glacial pond.

Day 12: 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 13: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m.
From this scenic campsite, morning walk follows towards east on faint path, past Hongu glacier and moraine with views of surrounding mountains, including south east face of Ama-Dablam, Hongu and Amphu peaks. Walk leads to climb to reach at Baruntse Base Camp taking at least 5 hours of tough walk with lunch break in between. The overnight camp is made close to Baruntse Glacier.

Day 14: Rest day for acclimatization and preparation.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparations to reach the summit of Mt. Baruntse, here our guide and leader will provide final briefing regarding the climb and technique skill required for the climb to the summit of Baruntse.

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

Day 15-29: Climbing and preparation for the summit of Baruntse.
High Five Adventure reserves 15 days for the adventurous climb to the summit of Mt. Baruntse, a week duration required setting up high camps from advance to 3rd camps to reach summit on required itinerary days, View Nepal expert Sherpa 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 2 weeks time 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.

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 30-31: All members to re-group at Base Camp.  
After an adventurous and technical challenge climb return 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.

This day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp on this day, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb.

Day 32: Cleaning up the base camp and packing for return journey.
Start packing the climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper 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 33-34: (four days) Trek to Lukla from Khare-Thagnag and Tuli Kharka.
After a most exciting and thrilling adventure on Mt. Baruntse climb and around hidden Hongu valley, our last day walks takes you back to Lukla with overnights on the same designated camping places of Mera-la, Khare-Thagnag and Tuli Kharka to reach at Lukla after a steep climb over Naulekh ridge of Zatwar-la pass, at Lukla celebrate last night dinner with staff and guides including porters.

Day 35: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Getting up early to catch the early flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla, (sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather), as the plane reaches Lukla airstrip depart for Kathmandu taking a sweeping scenic flight in a small twin otter or Dornier plane.
On arrival in Katmandu domestic airport a short drive leads you back in the hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, transfer back to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.

Day 36-37: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Two days as spare and free day in case of flight delay at Lukla in due to bad weather conditions, on this day busy sorting out climbing equipments, where our leader and guide will submit the expeditions report to concern Nepal Government department.

On this free day you can join in our guided tour of interest with culture and heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquakes.

Day 38: International departure for home ward bound.
Mt. Baruntse Expeditions completes today here in amazing Nepal Himalaya, as per the time for your international flight homeward bound or to next respective countries and port of call, transfer to airport with mesmerizing and exciting adventure with High Five Adventure and its cheerful friendly guides and staff.

Cost Details

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van/Bus. Hotel in Kathmandu: Two night's tourist standard Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast basis. Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals During Trek: Your standard meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking. Tea or coffee four times a day in cup during the trek
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashipati Temple
  • Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking permit: 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permits Toilet paper during the trek
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Domestic airport pick up and drop by car or Van.
  • Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Porters: Experience Trekking Porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And all Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Adventure Certificate: Our Company provides Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company. Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu). Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight) Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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