Baruntse, elevating at an impressive altitude of 7,162m in the heart of the Khumbu region is comparatively an easier peak with similar altitudes. "Barun-Tse", as its name implies, is the peak in the western part of the Barun Glacier Valley. Towards the south of Baruntse lies the Hunku Glacier while Imja Glacier limits it towards the Northwest. Crowned by four peaks, Baruntse has four routes that lead to the summit, the South one being the popular one. However, the route via Southeast ridge is a bit challenging as it is a straightforward climb that goes through hard sections of an ice cliff that rises up to 50 degrees and also poses the risk of avalanches.
Successfully ascended for the first time on May 30, 1954, by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow from the Expedition team led by Sir Edmund Hillary, Baruntse is an ideal choice for those wanting to leap from 6000 m to 7000 meters peaks. With a higher rate of success than other peaks above 7000 m, Mt. Baruntse is a spectacular peak to prepare for an 8000 meters peak.
Mt. Baruntse Expedition is led through two significant trekking routes. The first one goes through Lukla to Zwatra La Pass all the way to Mera La Pass that turns to Hunku Glacier up to the Base Camp. The other route goes through Makalu Trail across the West Barun Glacier. Whichever route you take, you will be mesmerized by the pristine beauty and tranquility that the region houses. Walking through the ancient Sherpa settlements, grassy meadows, high pass that offers majestic views of high mountain peaks of the Khumbu region.
Perfect physical fitness and adequate experience in high-altitude trekking are required to go on this expedition. Proper acclimatization will be very handy in making the expedition memorable and successful.
The best season to go on Baruntse Expedition is Spring and Summer when the weather is moderate, skies are clear, the days are longer and there is less risk of extreme snowfall, storms, and winds. However, a competent team of Eight K Expeditions can organize expeditions to Baruntse even in Autumn and Winters.