Baruntse Peak Expedition

Baruntse Peak Expedition
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Facts About Baruntse Peak Expedition

Grade

Challenging

Max Size

1-12

Altitude

7,129 m

Transportation

car / Plane

Accomodation

lodge/tent/Hotel

Major Activity

Trekking and Climbing

Himalayan Sights

Baruntse Himalaya range

Starts/Ends

Kathamandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

31Days

Trip Overview

Mount Baruntse is a beautiful mountain that stands at an impressive 7,129 meters (23,389 feet) tall. Baruntse Expedition is best in spring and autumn season. We operate both private and group joining Baruntse Peak Climbing in Nepal.

Have you ever wanted to climb one of the world's tallest mountains? If so, then you may want to consider climbing Baruntse, which is located in Nepal.

Climbing Baruntse is no easy feat and it should not be attempted by novice climbers. The mountain is located in a remote area and the ascent is long and difficult. However, those who are up for the challenge will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas.

It is part of the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas and it is situated between the Everest and Makalu massif 

Baruntse was first climbed in 1955 by a team of British mountaineers. The team was led by Joe Brown and included such climbing legends as Chris Bonington and Tony Streather.

The normal route to the summit of Baruntse follows the South Col Route, which is also used to climb Everest. However, there are other routes that can be taken, such as the East Ridge or the West Ridge.

If you're thinking of climbing Baruntse, then you should start planning your expedition now. In this article, you will know everything about Baruntse and things required for the successful expedition.

Major Highlights of Baruntse Expedition

  • Baruntse is situated in the heart of the Himalayas, providing stunning views of some of the world's tallest mountains.
  • The expedition provides a great opportunity to explore a remote and little-visited region of Nepal.
  • Baruntse is an ideal peak for those looking to climb their first 7000m mountain.
  • The route to the summit is relatively straightforward, and there are many options for camping and acclimatisation.
  • Baruntse is a great choice for those looking for challenging but achievable climbing objectives.
  • The region around Baruntse is home to some of Nepal's most beautiful scenery, including alpine meadows, glaciers and lakes.
  • The expedition provides a great opportunity to learn about Nepalese culture and meet the friendly Sherpa people.
  • Baruntse is a perfect place to improve your high-altitude mountaineering skills.
  • The expedition can be combined with a trek in the Everest region, providing an even more unforgettable experience.
  • Baruntse is an ideal mountain for those who want to push themselves to their limits and achieve something truly remarkable.

Baruntse Expedition Routes

There are multiple ways to summit Baruntse, and the most popular route is via the south col. The south col route begins with a trek to base camp, which is typically done over the course of 5-7 days. 

From base camp, climbers will make their way up to Camp 1, which is located at approximately 19,000 feet. From Camp 1, climbers will make their way to the south col, which is located at approximately 21,000 feet. From the south col, climbers will typically make a summit bid over the course of 2-3 days.

Another popular route is via the east col. The east col route begins with a trek to base camp, which is typically done over the course of 5-7 days. From base camp, climbers will make their way up to Camp 1, which is located at approximately 19,000 feet. 

From Camp 1, climbers will make their way to the east col, which is located at approximately 23,000 feet. From the east col, climbers will typically make a summit bid over the course of 2-3 days.

There are also a few other routes that are typically used to summit Baruntse, but the south col and east col routes are by far the most popular. Whichever route you choose to take, make sure that you are properly prepared before attempting to summit this massive peak.

Best Seasons for Baruntse Expedition

Fall and spring are the best seasons for a Baruntse expedition. The weather is generally more stable during these times of year, making conditions more favorable for climbing. 

If you're looking to avoid the crowds, autumn may be the best time to attempt Baruntse, as many climbers head to Everest during this period. Spring expeditions will have the benefit of longer days, as the days begin to lengthen as spring progresses. 

Whichever season you choose, be sure to plan your expedition well in advance and be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way.

Foods and Accommodations during Baruntse Expedition

Food and accommodations are two important things to consider when planning a trip, especially an expedition. For the Baruntse expedition, we will be spending time in base camp as well as on the mountain. Here is some information on food and accommodations for both areas.

In base camp, we will have access to a cook who will prepare all of our meals. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements with the cook. There will also be a limited selection of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase at base camp.

On the mountain, we will be camping in tents. Meals will be prepared by our guides and will consist of simple, yet nutritious, food that will give us the energy we need to summit Baruntse. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase on the mountain.

Accommodation during the Baruntse Expedition will be in tents. Each member will be provided with a four-season tent, sleeping pad, and -20 degree down sleeping bag. Tents will be set up on platforms to keep them dry and comfortable. 

During acclimatization rotations and early on in the expedition, members will sleep in tents at base camp. As we move higher up the mountain, members will carry their own personal gear and sleep in group shelters. 

Baruntse Expedition Permits and Documents

In order to climb Baruntse, you will need to obtain a permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The cost of the permit is currently $350 USD for foreigners and 25,000 NPR for Nepali citizens. 

You will also need to have travel insurance that covers adventure activities such as mountaineering. Make sure that your policy includes helicopter rescue and evacuation coverage. Finally, you will need to submit a Climbing History Form to the NMA, which details your previous climbing experience. 

If you are planning on trekking to Baruntse base camp, you will need to obtain a TIMS card (Trekkers' Information Management System) from the Nepal Tourism Board or a registered trekking agency. 

The cost of the TIMS card is currently $20 USD for foreigners and 2,000 NPR for Nepali citizens. You will also need to have a valid passport and visa. Most visitors to Nepal obtain a tourist visa, which can be obtained from your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate. 

Tourist visas are currently $30 USD for a single entry visa valid for 30 days, $50 USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 90 days, and $100 USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 180 days. 

Finally, all visitors to Nepal must register with the Immigration Office within 15 days of arrival in the country. You will need to submit your passport, visa, and two passport-sized photographs. The registration fee is currently 2,000 NPR for foreigners and 1,000 NPR for Nepali citizens. 

Baruntse Expedition Guides and Porters

If you are planning to trek to Baruntse or any other high peak in Nepal, it is important to choose a reliable and experienced guide service. Trekking in the Himalayas is an amazing experience, but it can also be a dangerous one if you are not prepared. 

There are many things that can go wrong on a trek, from getting lost to suffering from altitude sickness, and it is important to have a qualified guide who can help you stay safe and make the most of your trip.

There are many guide services available in Nepal, but not all of them are created equal. When choosing a guide service, it is important to do your research and make sure that you are selecting a company that has a good reputation and is experienced in leading treks to the region you are visiting.

Here are some tips for choosing the right guide service for your Nepal trek:

1. Do your research: Read online reviews and talk to friends who have used different guide services in Nepal. This will help you narrow down your options and choose a company that has a good reputation.

2. Ask about experience: When you are talking to different guide services, be sure to ask about their experience leading treks in the region you are visiting. You want to make sure that your guide is familiar with the route you will be taking and knows how to deal with any potential problems that may arise.

3. Check qualifications: All guides in Nepal must have a valid trekking guide license from the Nepal government. Be sure to ask to see your guide's license and make sure that it is up-to-date.

4. Get a recommendation: If you know someone who has recently been on a Nepal trek, ask for a recommendation for a good guide service. This can be a great way to find a company that you know you can trust.

Baruntse Expedition Tips

-Pick the right team: It’s important to choose comrades who you can rely on and who have compatible goals for the expedition.

-Be prepared mentally and physically: both challenges will take their toll, so make sure you are in peak condition before setting out.

-Plan your route carefully: consider all the possible variables such as weather, terrain, and your team’s abilities.

-Pack wisely: bring everything you need and nothing you don’t. Remember, you will be carrying all your gear for the entire expedition.

-Be patient: the journey is long and difficult, so be prepared for setbacks and challenges. Don’t get discouraged – the rewards are worth it!

Equipments on Baruntse Expedition

The Baruntse expedition requires special equipment due to the difficult terrain and weather conditions. Some of the essential equipments are: 

1. Crampons: These are spikes attached to shoes or boots that provide traction on icy or snowy surfaces. 

2. Ice axe: This is a tool used for climbing and self-arresting in case of a fall. 

3. Rope: Climbing and rappelling on Baruntse peak requires special ropes that are strong and durable. 

4. Harness: A harness is used to secure the climber to the rope. 

5. Carabiners: These are metal loops used to attach the rope to the harness. 

6. Helmet: A helmet is worn to protect the head from falling rocks or ice. 

7. Goggles: Goggles are worn to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun on the snow. 

8. Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is important to protect the skin from the UV rays at high altitudes. 

9. Thermos: A thermos is used to carry hot beverages like tea or soup to keep the climber warm. 

10. First Aid Kit: A first aid kit is essential to treat any injuries that may occur during the expedition. 

11. Stove: A portable stove is used for cooking food during the expedition. 

12. Sleeping bag: A sleeping bag is used to sleep in at night. It should be rated for cold weather and must be very warm. 

13. Tent: A tent is used as shelter during the expedition. It should be sturdy and able to withstand high winds. 

14. Maps: Detailed maps are essential for planning the expedition and for navigation during the climb. 

15. Satellite phone: A satellite phone is used to communicate with base camp in case of an emergency. 

16. Battery charger: A battery charger is used to recharge batteries for the GPS and satellite phone. 

17. Camera: A camera can be used to take pictures or videos during the expedition. 

Baruntse Peak Expedition Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu.
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and transfer to airport by our airport representatives

 

Day 2-3 : Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, preparation for the trip
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, preparation for the trip and briefing at Tourism Ministry

Day 4 : flight to Lukla and trek to Chutok
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2800

 Early morning flight to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Chutok (2800m/3 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 5 : Trek from Chutok to Pangkongma
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented camp.
Elevation
2950

Trek from Chutok to Pangkongma (2950m/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 6 : Trek from Pangkongma to Kurke
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented camp.
Elevation
3800

Trek from Pangkongma to Kurke (3800m/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 7 : Trek from Kurke to Thuli Kharka
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4200

Trek from Kurke to Thuli Kharka (4200m/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 8 : Trek from Thuli Kharka to Khothey
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented camp.
Elevation
3600

Trek from Thuli Kharka to Khothey (3600m/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 9 : Trek from Khothey to Tangnag
Food
Trek from Khothey to Tangnag
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4350

Trek from Khothey to Tangnag (4350m/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 10 : Rest and acclimatization day at Tangnag
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4350

Rest and acclimatization day at Tangnag. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11 : Trek from Tangnag to Khare
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4900

Trek from Tangnag to Khare (4900m/4 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12 : Trek from Khare to Mera La Pass
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
5415

Trek from Khare to Mera La (5415m/4 hours) pass. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13 : Trek from Mera La Pass to Seto Pokhari
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4850

Trek from Mera La Pass to Seto Pokhari (4850m/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14 : Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
5300

Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp (5300m/4 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 15-23 : Climbing period of Baruntse
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
7129

Climbing period of Baruntse (7,129m)

Day 24 : Trek back to Seto Pokhari.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4850

Cleaning base camp, preparation for return trip and trek back to Seto Pokhari. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 25 : Trek from Seto Pokhari to Mera La Pass
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
5415

Trek from Seto Pokhari to Mera La Pass (5415m/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 26 : Trek from Mera La Pass to Tangnag
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4350

Trek from Mera La Pass to Tangnag (4350m/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 27 : Trek from Tangnag to Kothey
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3600

Trek from Tangnag to Kothey (3600m/4 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 28 : Trek from Kothey to Thuli Kharka
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4200

Trek from Kothey to Thuli Kharka (4200m/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 29 : Trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2804

Trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla (2804m /7 hours). Overnight at lodge.

Day 30 : Flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Enjoy free day at Kathmandu and attend farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show in the evening. Overnight at hotel

 

Day 31 : Final departure.
Food
Breakfast

Transfer to airport for final departure.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers (domestic and international both)
  • Press conference arrangement
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation at Hotel Yak and Yeti or similar with breakfast
  • Climbing Permit fee for Mt.Baruntse Expedition peak and Sagarmatha National Park entry fee
  • Food & Fuel during the trek and expedition period
  • North Face or similar quality high altitude tent for higher camps
  • Single tent for each member, staffs, climbing Sherpa at the base camp
  • 4/4 bottles of oxygen per member and guide with mask and regulator
  • Staff: Base camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper
  • Porters/Yaks to and from base camp
  • One high altitude Sherpa for one climber (1:1) who assist you whilst on climbing and summit attempt as well as carries food and gears to high camps
  • Government liaison officer, his insurance, daily allowance, equipment allowance and flight fares
  • Flight fare for member and staff (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Insurance, equipment allowance, wages and daily allowance for expedition staffs
  • All camping equipment: sleeping tents, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, mess tent, store tent, table & chairs and other necessary kitchen utensils whilst on trekking and expedition
  • Group climbing equipment such as necessary fixed rope, ice screws, ice bars etc.
  • First Aid kit bag, trekking map & duffel bag
  • Solar panel at the base camp
  • Restop toilet bag
  • Satellite phone (Pay Call)
  • Walkie Talkie for each staff and member
  • Mountain cans cleaning at high camps
  • Cargo transportation to supply the food and gears to Luklar and back
  • All ground transportation
  • Necessary documentation and governmental official paper work
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations

Cost Excludes

  • Personal climbing gears
  • Extra hotels in Kathmandu (after 5 nights)
  • Personal climbing insurance which covers travel, medical, accident, evacuation etc.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter
  • Applicable permit fees and custom charges for using communication equipment, commercial filming, satellite phone, radio etc.
  • Carrying bonus + Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Custom clearances in Kathmandu International airport
  • Gratitude (tip) for the staff etc.

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

How difficult is Baruntse Expedition?

There are many factors that play into how difficult a particular expedition may be, but in general, Baruntse is considered to be a challenging trek. 

The high altitude and remote location can make it difficult to access medical help if needed, and the route itself is often steep and treacherous. 

That being said, Baruntse is an incredibly rewarding experience, and many people find the challenge to be well worth the effort.

What is Baruntse Expedition?

The Baruntse Expedition is an adventurous journey to climb the mountain peak of Baruntse, located in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is a challenging expedition that requires a high level of physical fitness, mountaineering skills, and proper equipment.

What is the height of Baruntse?

The height of Baruntse is 7,129 meters (23,389 feet) above sea level.

What is the best time to climb Baruntse?

The best time to climb Baruntse is in the spring (April to May) and fall (October to November) seasons when the weather is stable and the climbing conditions are favorable.

What is the difficulty level of Baruntse Expedition?

Baruntse Expedition is a technically challenging climb that requires advanced mountaineering skills and experience. The route includes steep slopes, rock climbing, and ice climbing.

Do I need a permit to climb Baruntse?

Yes, a permit is required to climb Baruntse. You will need to obtain a climbing permit from the Nepalese government, and a conservation area permit from the Sagarmatha National Park.

Do I need to hire a guide or porter for Baruntse Expedition?

It is highly recommended to hire a guide and porter for Baruntse Expedition. The guide will provide you with the necessary technical support and route guidance, while the porter will carry your equipment and supplies.

What type of equipment do I need for Baruntse Expedition?

You will need high-quality mountaineering equipment, including climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, harness, ropes, and helmets, among other things. You should consult with your guide or a professional mountaineer for a complete list of required equipment.

How long does Baruntse Expedition take?

The Baruntse Expedition takes approximately 31 days to complete, depending on the route, weather conditions, and your physical fitness level.

Is altitude sickness a concern during Baruntse Expedition?

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern during Baruntse Expedition. You will need to acclimatize properly by gradually ascending to higher altitudes to avoid the risk of altitude sickness.

How much does Baruntse Expedition cost?

The cost of Baruntse Expedition varies depending on several factors, such as the length of the expedition, the number of climbers, and the services provided. It can range from $10,000 to $25,000 or more per person.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse is a mountain peak in the Himalayas, located in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. At an elevation of 7,129 meters (23,389 feet), it is considered one of the more technical peaks to climb in the region.

Route:

The most popular route to climb Baruntse is the South-East Ridge. This route includes steep snow and ice slopes, and requires technical climbing skills.

Difficulty:

Baruntse is considered a challenging peak to climb due to its technical nature and high altitude. Climbers need to have prior experience in high altitude mountaineering, and be comfortable with technical ice and snow climbing.

Duration:

The typical duration for a Baruntse expedition is around 30-35 days. This includes acclimatization days, trekking to and from the mountain, and the actual climb.

Best season to climb:

The best season to climb Baruntse is generally from September to November and from April to May. During these months, the weather is usually clear and stable, with less chance of heavy snowfall or avalanches.

Permits:

Climbers need to obtain a permit from the Nepalese government to climb Baruntse. The permit fee varies depending on the season, and there may be additional fees for support services such as Sherpa guides and porters.

Equipment:

Climbers need to bring their own equipment, including crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ropes, and other technical climbing gear. They also need to bring appropriate clothing for the high altitude and cold weather conditions.

Support services:

Many climbers opt to hire support services such as Sherpa guides and porters to help with logistics and carrying gear. These services can be arranged through local trekking agencies in Nepal.

Safety considerations:

Climbing Baruntse involves inherent risks, including high altitude sickness, falls, and avalanches. It is important for climbers to have proper training, equipment, and support to minimize these risks.

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