What to Expect
Located between the Himalayan mountain peaks of Everest and Makalu, Baruntse Mountain was 1st climbed by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow on 30 May 1954, and is now as coveted as the summits of Everest, Pumori, and Ama Dablam. This far-reaching, full-board expedition for serious mountaineers requires a commitment of at least 36 days, with 10 major days in the middle of the tour to attempt to reach the summit of Baruntse at an altitude of 23,882 feet (7,129 meters).
You will climb the southeast ridge, establishing a base camp in a broad open valley next to a beautiful lake on the lateral moraine of the Hunku Glacier. Two further camps will be used on the Upper Barun Glacier, while sherpas and porters will be on hand every step of the way.
The symmetrical beauty of Baruntse is relatively accessible to climbers with a range of skills, but you will be required to trek hard sections of 50-degree elevations, and climb prominent ice cliffs. Located away from standard trekking paths, enjoy remote areas, including the Mera La Pass and Hunku Glacier, with the possibility of climbing the Mera Peak.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival and Transfer
Following a welcome at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to your hotel for the night and relax at leisure.
Day 2: Preparation and Briefing for Departure to Everest Region
Enjoy a full briefing about the forthcoming expedition, will all documentation arrangements, and time for some last minute shopping. You will be kept in get-set position!
Day 3: Kathmandu-Lukla Scenic Flight and Acclimatization
Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in the early morning, arriving in time for breakfast. Acclimatize to the altitude at your local teahouse or lodge accommodation, offered on a full board basis.
Day 4-6: Lukla to Chutanga Trek
Start your mountain adventure with a 4-hour trek from Lukla to Chutanga (10,217 feet/3,050 meters), where you will rest for 2 days at tented accommodation to adjust to the conditions.
Day 7: Chutanga to Khartitang Trek
Today’s 6-hour trek takes you from Chutanga to Khartitang (13,065 feet/3,900 meters) and across the spectacular Zatrawa La Pass (15,443 feet/4,610 meters). Overnight accommodation is at a tented camp in Khartitang, provided on a full board basis.
Day 8: Khartitang to Kothe Trek
Continue your mountain trek from Khartitang into the Hinku Valley, with the jagged peaks of snow-capped mountains all around. Upon arrival at Kothe (13,718 feet/4,095 meters), rest at the tented accommodation for the night.
Day 9: Kothe to Tangnang Trek
Depart the small village of Kothe en route to the hillside settlement of Tangnang. Your 4-hour trek crosses alpine paths that provide views of Charpati in the Hinku Khola valley. Look out for remote birdlife and bearded rhododendron.
Day 10: Rest and Acclimatization Day
It’s time for some rest and altitude acclimitization. Relax in the mountain village of Tangnang and allow your body to recover and re-energize for the climb to Khare the next day.
Day 11: Tangnang to Khare Trek
Today’s trek is a mere 3 hours, but it’s a tough climb from Tangnang to Khare (16,900 feet/5,045 meters), location of your overnight tent accommodation. Camp among the snowy peaks of Mera, with views of the Mera Glacier.
Day 12: Rest and Acclimatization Day
You will need another acclimitization day to prepare for the high altitudes of the Mera La Pass (17,922 feet/5,350 meters) tomorrow.
Day 13: Khare to Mera La Pas Trek
Having rested and re-acclimitized, trek the high Mera La Pass among the jagged peaks of Mera Mountain, compacted with snow and ice.
Day 14: Mera La Pass to Seto Pokhari Trek
Continue across the Mera La Pass en route to establsh your base camp for the start of your summit climb. The 6-hour trek takes you to Seto Pokhari Camp (16,247 feet/4,850 meters) where tented camp accommodation is provided against epic mountain views.
Day 15: Seto Pokhari Camp to Baruntse Base Camp
The final day of your pre-climb trek takes you from Seto Pokhari to the Baruntse Base Camp (17,755 feet/5,300 meters), located in a broad open valley next to a beautiful lake of the Hunku Glacier.
Day 16-26: Baruntse Summit Climb
The next 10 days constitute the major part of your climb, ascending to the summit of Mt. Baruntse. You will be taken to the higher camps closer to the summit (23,882 feet/7,129 meters), where you will be provided with food for the high altitude.
Trek from the lower camp to the higher camps, or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization. Enjoy full board service at tented accommodation at the base camp and a 2nd camp on the edge of the Upper Barun glacier. The steep 50-degree climb to the West Col will be fixed with ropes to provide a bee line to carry the equipment safely.
Another camp is located on the edge of the Upper Barun glacier at the start of the Southeast Ridge. From Camp 1 at the West Col, begin a long glacier ascent on low angled glacial slopes. You may need to use a fixed rope to protect against open or hidden crevasses.
As you get closer to the summit, climb a short, steep 75-degree ice wall to a small col at an altitude of 21,775 feet (6,500 meters). The next section ascends via a 45-degree snow shoulder to the wide summit cone, and on to the summit itself. Breathe in the staggering views of the Himalayan mountains of Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Khumbu Himal.
Day 27: Cleaning Base Camp and Return Preparation
After your (hopefully) successful summit of Mt. Baruntse, enjoy a celebratory breakfast and start to clean up the base camp for the return trek to Seto Pokhari.
Day 28: Seto Pokhari to Mera La Pass Trek
Wind your way back down descending and ascending paths on a 6-hour trek from Seto Pokhari to the Mera La Pass, where tented accommodation awaits in magnificent mountain scenery.
Day 29: Mera La Pass to Tangnang Trek
Wake to watch the dawn rise over the Mera La Pass before a trek to Tangnang, where you will settle in a tented camp and enjoy dinner in the Himalayan wilderness.
Day 30: Tangnang to Kothe Trek
Enjoy a 4-hour trek back to the mountain settlement of Kothe from Tangnang, and rest up in the camp, enjoying full board service.
Day 31: Kothe to Thuli Kharka Trek
Take a 6-hour trek from the village of Kothe to Thuli Kharka, meeting mountain villagers en route, and enjoy wide vistas of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Day 32: Thuli Kharka to Lukla Trek
This is your last full day’s hiking on the Mt. Baruntse expedition, with a 7-hour trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla, via the Zatrwa La Pass. Enjoy stunning views of the Lukla Valley en route to your teahouse or lodge accommodation.
Day 33: Flight to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and enjoy aerial views of the mountains you’ve just climbed, from the relative comfort of a 35-minute flight! There will be time for some sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Hanumandhoka, Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. Enjoy a farewell celebration dinner with typical cultural experiences in a local restaurant.
Day 34: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your final departure, or alternatively stay in Kathmandu and join some of the other great activities on offer!