Trip Overview

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-meter 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 and 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, and 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 seasons to go on the Baruntse Expedition are Spring and Autumn when the weather is moderate, the 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.

Trip Itinerary

DAY
  • 1-2
    Arrival In Kathmandu And Prepare For Expedition

    Tracking the details that you provide, we will be waiting for you at the airport at your estimated arrival time. As soon as you complete your VISA obtaining procedure, we will meet and greet and transfer you to a cozy hotel where you can rest and relax. Exploring the streets of Thamel can be a good option for the evening. 

     

    On the second day, we will complete all official formalities like obtaining permits to climb Mera Peak and other necessary documents. Our guide will take you around the city for general shopping. We will conduct a briefing in the evening and pack up everything for the trek and peak climbing.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 3
     Fly To Lukla And Trek To Chutang (3050 M)

    After early morning breakfast at the hotel, we take a short and scenic flight to Lukla, one of the highest altitude airports. As we land at Lukla, we will meet our local team members and porters who will carry our luggage to Chutenga. We will hike towards the southeast of Lukla that leads towards Makalu Barun Conservation Area where we will obtain entry permits with nominal fees. We then follow a path that goes across small rivers and takes us past monasteries until we reach the Chutenga village.

    Altitude 3050 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 4
    Trek From Chutang To Tuli Kharka (4100 M) Via The Zwatra La Pass (4610 M)

    After Chutenga, we will slowly move towards Zwatra La Pass that lies at 4610 m. After the steep ascent, our trail descends towards Thuli Kharka. We walk on barren lands down the hills until we reach our destination. Walking slowly and steadily for about 6-7 hours we finally reach Thuli Kharka. 

    Altitude 4100 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 5
    Trek From Tuli Kharka To Kothe (3700 M)

    After an appealing breakfast at the lodge in Thuli Kharka, we will head towards Kothe. The trail passes through the Hinku Valley, starting with a decent downhill with mesmerizing views of mountains. As we walk along, we will be going up and down hills through the dense green forests. As we enter the Hinku Valley, we will behold the sight of Mera Peak, our ultimate destination. Then, we make a steep descent to the Hinku River and climb a gentle steep uphill to reach our stop for the night.

    Altitude 3700 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 6
    Trek From Kothe To Thangnak (4350 M)

    After a night’s rest at Kothe, we move towards our next stop in the Mera Peak climbing journey. We will walk along the bank of the Hinku river towards Gondishung where we will stop for lunch. Gondishung is famous for a 200-year-old monastery, Lungsumgba Gompa, and other attractive heritages. It is believed that if one makes prayers at this Gompa, the Mera Peak climbing will be successful. We continue to walk until we reach Thangnak, a pasture land, used widely in summer to graze yaks. We will rest at a teahouse for the night.

    Altitude 4350 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 7-8
    Trek From Thangnak To Khare And Acclimatize (5054 M)

    The next stop after Thangnak is Khare. The trail from Thangnak to Khare is a bit challenging and demanding as it requires travelers to walk on steep moraine ridges from Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, right in front of the Charpate Himal, meaning the four-sided hill. 

    Following the glacier is a 3-4 hours steep hill climb that leads to Khare. We will be walking above the tree line here. So, we will stay here for another day to acclimatize ourselves. 

    Altitude 5054 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 9
    Trek From Khare To Khamedingma 

    From Khare, the route diverges towards Baruntse and Mera Peak.  If you wish to add Mera Peak to the trip, we will head towards Mera Base Camp. In other cases, we will move forward to Khamedingma. We walk steadily to acclimatize our bodies and avoid hazards. We set up our camp and rest overnight.

    Altitude 5200 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 10
    Trek From Khamedingma To Seto Pokhari (5035 M)

    After resting at Khamedingma, we head towards Seto Pokhari, meaning the White Lake. It is an eye-pleasing sight of a wonderful lake at a high altitude that appears white. Our trail will be braced by the beauty of this region.

    Altitude 5035 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses/Camping
  • 11
    Trek From Seto Pokhari To Base Camp (5400 M)

    From Seto Pokhari, we walk through rugged terrain and rocky paths above the treeline. With big boulders all around, we will cross several passes until we reach the Base camp for Baruntse.

    Altitude 5400 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 12-27
    Climbing Period 

    Our climbing routine starts from the 12th day. We will start with the prayer rituals at the base camp and conduct some basic training and practice with our climbing gears. Our team will set up ropes and explore various routes for climbing while we will conduct rotations enjoying nutritious meals prepared by our kitchen team. We will ascend to higher camps and return to lower camps to rest overnight for proper acclimatization. Even if we are fully prepared, we must wait for favorable weather for the summit. 

     

    We will set up camp 1 at 6100 m altitude on the South-East ridge of the peak. The slopes rise up to 45 degrees which is why we need to fix ropes all the way up to the West Col through the Upper Barun Glacier traversing a steep 50-degree snowy slope.

     

    Camp 2 is set up at 6400 m in the Upper Barun Glacier that is led by an uphill climb on a glacial slope from Camp 1. We must follow the fixed line as we must pass through numerous crevasses and there are also the risks of avalanches at times. 

     

    Finally, from Camp 2, we will climb an ice wall as steep as 75 degrees to reach a small Col at 6500 m. After reaching the Col, we follow the ridge to the Summit peak of Baruntse. The panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mera Peak, Nuptse, and others can be clearly seen from the top of this peak. We will then prepare to descend to lower camps. 

    Altitude 7162 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 28
    Trek From Baruntse Base Camp To Khamedingma

    On this day, we will clean up the base camp, manage the garbage and tip our staff. Then we will return down to Khamedingma to rest overnight.

    Altitude 5400 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses/Camping
  • 29
    Trek From Khamedingma To Thangnak (4350 M)

    From Khamedingma, we will wake up for a warm breakfast. Then we will descend to Thangnak.

    Altitude 4350 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 30
    Trek From Thangnak To Chatrabu (4340 M)

    Our trek to Chatrabu goes on rugged terrain and dry, barren trails. With very few settlements and almost zero green trees, we will finally reach Chatrabu to rest overnight.

    Altitude 4340 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 31
    Trek Back To Lukla (2610 M)

    From Chatrabu, we descend back to Lukla and rest in a cozy hotel.

    Altitude 2610 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 32-33
     Fly Back To Kathmandu And Explore Around

    It's time to leave the Khumbu region and fly back to the Capital city. As we reach Kathmandu, you are free to explore around and go shopping for souvenirs. You can chill in Thamel or go sightseeing around the World Heritage Sites. On the 33rd day, we will all get together for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals 2 Breakfasts And Farewell Dinner
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 34
    Final Departure

    After a wonderful journey and teamwork for 33 days, it's the day when we will need to say goodbye until next time. You will be dropped at the airport by one of our representatives 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
BARUNTSE EXPEDITION (7,162M)

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Includes

  • Airport Transfer Costs (Pickup and Drop-off),
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a 3-star or similar category hotel on a bed and breakfast basis,
  • Welcome Dinner at 8k Bar and Kitchen, Kathmandu,
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu as per itineraries or sometimes flight can be done from Kathmandu-Ramechap-Lukla and same way return and all the flight and land transportation will be bear by 8K Expeditions,
  • 01 highly experienced High Altitude Climbing Sherpa for Climbing during summit day with the idea of making your ascent safe and successful so 1 Member: 1 Climbing Sherpa,
  • 01 Government Liaison officer Wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurance,
  • 3-time meals and tea-house accommodation during the trip and camping accommodation at the base camp and high camps during trekking and expedition,
  • All food and fuel for the base camp and higher camps during an expedition for all members and expedition crews,
  • All essentials for trekking and climbing including heating stoves, high-nutrition foods and water, EPI Cooking Gas, waterproof tents, warm tents for sleeping, kitchen tents, stores tents, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils, and many more for your comfort and convenience,
  • Chef Cook, cook assistant, helper, and base camp manager to take care of food, drink, and other necessary services,
  • 30 kg personal gear and equipment per member Carriage by porter/yak/mules,
  • Climbing permit of Mt. Baruntse  from Nepal Government,
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit,
  • Weather forecast report as necessary and Continuous monitoring and update for the summit push,
  • All wages, clinical, equipment, and accidental insurance for all elaborate staff in the journey and climbing,
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your climbing and health safety,
  • Satellite phones, walkie-talkies (radio set) with the expedition team leader, and your Climbing Sherpa guide. Satellite phones are available for members at the cost of US$ 3 per minute call,
  • Dynamic/static rope, ice screws, snow bar, and rock piton, locked & unlocked Carabineers to open the route and for safe and successful climbing,
  • Generator for backup lighting power and charge electronic tools if solar panels are not enough for light and charge the battery,
  • Transportation, service of food, all needed expedition, content supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu (Cargo to Koto and then by porter/ Yaks to base camp and return,
  • Emergency oxygen, mask, and regulator provided to guests and expedition staff requirements (Nominal Charge Applicable,)
  • Solar systems for lights because there is no available alternative to electricity or lighting at the Base Camps. So 8K expeditions provide solar panels or generators for lighting, battery, and mobile charging at the base camp,
  • Hygenic, nutritious, and fresh foods at the base camp and higher camps,
  • Climbing Sherpa, Cook, BC staff and porter Medical insurance, helicopter evacuation insurance, and treatment insurance,
  • Farewell Dinner at 8k Bars and kitchen, Kathmandu,
  • Official service charges, government charges, and all taxes,

Excludes

  • International Airfares and Nepal Entry Visa Fees,
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu,
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature including personal trekking and climbing equipment, laundry expenses, mobile phone bills, bar bills, satellite phones, and Internet Services,
  • Travel and medical insurance to cover the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization in case of need,
  • Any extra expenses incurred due to unforeseeable events like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government rules, or any events out of our control,
  • Additional costs if needed extra workers, than what we have included in the package,
  • Summit Bonus to the Climbing Sherpa Guides,
  • Tips for guides, chef cook, cook, cook assistance etc,
  • All the services not mentioned in the above package (cost includes parts) are excluded,

 

Departures

FROM 12 Apr 2025
TO 15 May 2025
DAYS 34
FROM 07 Oct 2025
TO 12 Nov 2025
DAYS 34
FROM 10 Oct 2024
TO 10 Nov 2024
DAYS 34

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.

 

Trekking and mountain Expeditions in the Himalayas are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge. 

 

Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure. 

 

Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required.  But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.

 

 

 

Cost of Expedition

 

Expedition costs vary depending on factors including: group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact 8K Expedition for any information about in your selected package.

 

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