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Among the hundreds of peaks of the world, Baruntse 23,390 ft / 7129m is one of the most gorgeous peaks which lies at the center of three glacier valleys, the Imja, the Hunku and Barun. The peak itself commands a central position amongst some of the high peaks of the Himalaya. The rewards of summit day include spectacular views of Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. The first ascent of Baruntse was made by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow on 30 May 1954. They ascended the mountain by the South-East Ridge, which will be the line of our ascent.
We strongly recommend you to book this trip as this one of the best practices for the climber who desires to climb Mt Everest and any other 8000 meters peaks. The successful climb of Baruntse peak provides maximum chances of success to climbing Mt Everest as the trails and topography are similar each other. Join us and climb Baruntse, we can change your dream of climbing Everest into reality. We believe; once you trust us, trust forever.
The completion of this expedition on the top of Baruntse including Kathmandu tour, trekking, Mera peak climb takes 40 days. The trail to base camp takes 14 days from the fertile green of the Arun Valley, through the terraced farm land and spring crops to the barren mountainous realm of Makalu, the northern neighbor. Two camps are set up above base camp for climbing. The camp I is set up just below East Col. at an altitude of 5,700m and the Baruntse camp II is on the South – East Ridge at a altitude of 6,420m.
This trip starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. It will be guided by our fully experienced Sherpa climbing guide. The indigenous Shepras were born in the Himalayas, grew up in the Himalayas. Its home for them, it's in their blood. They're not only 'familiar' with local communities and culture; they're a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers.
Upon arriving at at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.
A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.
Formal briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. The expedition leader will check that everyone’s equipment is in working order. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
After the pass of Col Khari La (3081m), the trail weaves along mountain sides through the Khari Khola valley to set up camp in Pangkongma (2950m), a six hour trek. Overnight at tented camp.
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 (3800m). Overnight at tented camp.
Today we climb for six hours up to a pass at 4400 meters and then descend to Thuli Karkha (4200m), which means "vast pasture". Overnight at tented camp.
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 (3600m). Overnight at tented camp.
We climb up the Hinku Valley through summer pastures. Near Lungsamba the valley narrows, wedged between the Kusum Kangru (6369m) and the west summit of Mera Peak (6255m). After a six hour walk we reach Tangnag (4350m). Overnight at tented camp.
A day will be spent here resting and adjusting to the high altitude. Overnight at tented camp.
We climb up along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier, which provides fascinating views of Mera Peak. We arrive at Khare (4900m) after four hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Progressing along the snowy glacier, we approach the mountain pass, where the slope becomes steep. The day’s five hour trek takes us through Mera La (5415m) at the base camp (5300m). Overnight at tented camp.
Today holds one of the best parts of the trek. We see stunning panoramas of giant mountains rising above 7000 meters, some of the highest on earth: Chamlang (7290m), Makalu (8475m) and Baruntse (7220m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Nuptse to the north. Continuing westward, the peaks of Ama Dablam, Cho Oyo (8153m) and Kantega fill our view This five hour trek takes us to the high camp (5800m). Overnight at tented camp.
Weather permitting, we begin early in the morning for the trip up to Mera Peak and back down. Overnight at tented camp.
We climb down toward Khare along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier, providing interesting views of Mera Peak. Overnight at tented camp.
This day leads us toward the starting point of our prime destination which takes about 7 hours. We spend our night at tented camp. Over night at tented camp.
This is very important day for climbing purposes. We’ll adjust to the altitude and rest, preparing ourselves physically and mentally for the climbing mission. Overnight at tented camp.
When we are physically and mentally ready, we begin our climb. After all the cclimbing we’ve done already, the ascent seems less difficult. To make the climb successful, we establish two camps above Baruntse base camp. Two camps are set up above the base camp for climbing purposes. Camp 1 is set up just below the East Col. at an altitude of 5700m, and the Baruntse Camp 2 is on the southeast ridge at an altitude of 6420m.
Above Camp 1, we climb up snow slopes at a 50 degree angle, past a subsidiary summit (6745m). From here the route becomes more complex. A series of short, steep steps of snow and ice are gained until we pass onto the west side of the ridge. Some short sections of rock scrambling lead back onto the ridge until it narrows at about 7000m. This leads to a marked cleft and an ice cliff, after which we have access to the easier, broader slopes above. These lead to the summit at 7129m. The trek takes approximately ten hours. After attaining the summit of Baruntse, we descend by the same route.
As the base camp has been our home for several days, we take the time to clean the area of our traces, a very important part of responsible ecotourism. The remainder of the day will be spent resting and enjoying the spectacular Himalayan views.
Having climbed two of the world’s most important and challenging peaks, we descend to Seto Pokhari. Overnight at tented camp.
Leaving the mountains behind us, our six hour descent takes us through Tangnag before continuing back to Khothey (3600m). Overnight at tented camp.
Finally we make the seven hour return to Lukla (2804m), where the trek began. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and the personal achievements of all who took part. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the town. Overnight at guesthouse.
On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we’ll be met and transferred back to the initial hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
This is a leisure day for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.
The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.
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Whilst on the trek, the Nepali guides and porters will ensure that you are well looked after. Every trek has an English speaking guide, known as the Sirdar, who is in overall charge. It is his responsibility to organize the trek en route and manage the guides and porters and deal with the local peoples and they are experts in trek organization, as well as being able to discuss the local culture, religion, and landscape. In addition there will be other guides, sometimes referred to by the generic term Sherpa, who will be your walking companions on the trek and will assist the Sirdar in organizing the logistic of the trek. On camping treks there will be full kitchen crew who are responsible for all aspects of catering. And finally there will be porters who are the transportation system of the Nepali mountains. They will carry the duffle bags and other equipment as necessary.
On camping treks, all food is prepared by the trek cook - an expert in preparing delicious camp food. And most importantly, special care is taken to provide well - boiled, purified drinking water. On lodge treks, food is provided in the lodge and this ranges from delicious local specialties to common western dishes. If necessary, bottled water can be purchased from the lodges for a small fee, although many trekkers prefer to use fresh water with the added precaution of a purifying agent. You could bring some Chocolate or special energy drinks for yourself as these are hard to get in the Himalayas.
A typical trekking day
A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset. The day starts with an early wake up call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning's walk. The Sirdar will already be organized loads to porters and or animals, and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon's walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savour the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day's events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal.
Health and safety on the trek General
Anyone can be affected by Altitude Sickness. However, our itineraries are specifically designed to minimize the risks associated with trekking to high altitudes by building in acclimatization and rest days. In the event of any symptoms we will ensure that the individual descends to a lower altitude to gain a quick recovery.
And finally……….. It must be stressed that whilst trekking in the Nepal Himalaya is challenging and rewarding, you must be prepared for he occasional inconvenience or discomfort. The correct mental attitude to trekking is as important as being physically prepared.
All equipment and food, and your own personal backpacks are carried by the porters or pack animals. It is only necessary to carry a camera or small daypack ! On camping treks all necessary camp equipment is provided - this includes dining tent, dining table and chairs, toilet tent, foam mattresses, and all cooking equipment. The only kit that you will need to bring is your own personal equipment and clothing.
Recommended Trekking Kit
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In additional to the items mentioned above for trekking the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.