Baruntse is at the heart of the Himalayas. It lies in the Khumbu region with a height of (7129m/23,389ft). Similarly, Baruntse is very near to the most beautiful mountains of Nepal. This Expedition is very popular among both national and international tourists. Annually, a lot of visitors or climbers come to do the Baruntse Expedition. Likewise, Baruntse Expedition is in a very remote area far from other climbing routes. So, it is very helpful for the climbers to experience the remote nature of the surroundings without much effort or time. Expeditions are months long. So, the Baruntse Expedition is about a month-long. Occasionally, the Baruntse expedition gets very popular with the climbers. Because they don’t want to travel the peak climbing on the overcrowded Ama Dablam and Pumori.
The summit of Baruntse is located at 27°52’19” N / 86°58’55” E. the summit to the place is challenging yet very fun. In addition to all that there are two ways to do the Baruntse Expedition one is from Lukla via Mera La Pass (5800m) and Hunku glacier and the other one is from Tumlingtar along the Makalu access trek and West Barun glacier. If you want to do this expedition then you can do it from these routes.
Similarly, at 7000m of the Baruntse Expedition, there is a huge cliff that can add to your difficulty. But, the remote nature of the place can give you enough time for acclimatization during the climb. Baruntse Expedition can be a little difficult from the 5000m and 6000m meter climb. But, it can be good preparation for Everest and other high peak climbs.
Highlights of Baruntse Expedition
- Experience summiting at 5300m.
- Enjoy the view of different high peaks.
- You will be traveling through some of the famous places like Sabal Tuso Lake.
- Enjoy the beauty of the Nepali mountains.
- Experience to know the different cultures of Nepal.
- Witness a picture-perfect view of Mt Manaslu and Mt Makalu
- Observe a beautiful view of the surroundings while lying from/to Kathmandu.
- Get to meet Tamang and Sherpa and know their experience climbing high peaks.
Baruntse peak offers stunning views of Mt.Everest, Mt. Makalu, and the surrounding Khumbu region peaks. Similarly, the sunset from the place is as pretty as a picture. However, this summit is possible during the monsoon seasons. While doing the Baruntse Expedition you will get very close to nature and you will see the beauty of nature. Likewise, from the base camp (5350m). Baruntse Expedition requires two intermediate camps to execute the summit and to aid acclimatization.
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Furthermore, this Expedition can be very good for mountain and nature lovers. Similarly, this Expedition is good for passionate walkers. During this adventure, you will see the beauty of Nepal and its mountains. The Baruntse Expedition is very beautiful. You will not even be able to close your eyes during the Expedition. The Expedition is done in snowy mountains. So, you should be prepared for the expedition. You should have all the essential pieces of equipment with you. Similarly, you make sure you hire a good and experienced guide. Although, most of the expeditions are done in groups. It’s better to have a personal guide with you. Most importantly, make sure that your body is fully prepared for the climb. Also, make sure you don’t have any lung and heart-related problems.
Arrival at KTM and transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu (1350m/4,430ft)
On your first day of the Expedition, you will come to Kathmandu by flight. There your arrival representative will come to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel where the hotel staff will help you until you leave.
Reparation, briefings at the departments of tourism. Last minute shopping.
Similarly, on the second day, you will be doing the necessary preparation for the journey and you will be given a briefing at the department of tourism and start doing the necessary shopping for the climb after all the work at the department.
Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m/9,186ft) 35mins
Today we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes around 30-35 mins. After reaching Lukla we will be resting there at a lodge for a day. We will acclimatize properly there.
Trek from Lukla to Chutanga(3050m/10,006ft) 4hrs.
On our third day, we will start our journey from Lukla to Chutanganga. Similarly, the attitude that we will be traveling is at 3050m. While traveling you will enjoy the beauty of nature. In addition, the trekking is done for almost 4 hours. So, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. The trekking is done mostly on the uphill climbs. Then after we reach Chutanga we will acclimatize there at a lodge. And, enjoy the hospitality.
Trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (Chatra-La) (3900m/12,597ft) 7hrs
On day five, we will be doing an uphill trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka from Chatra-La pass at 3900m/12597ft for almost 7 hours. From there we will trek over to Zatrawa La Pass at the altitude of 4610m/15125ft through some rough roads full of stones. Following the pass we will be doing a downhill climb to charting at 3900m you will also pass through some jungle at this point. While trekking through this pass you will experience the beauty of nature. Similarly, you will also see the remote nature of the trek. Furthermore, we provide overnight accommodation to our climbers at the tea houses to acclimatize for the next journey.
Trek from Tuli Kharka to Kothe (4095m/13,435ft) 5hrs
After resting at the tea house of Khartitang. We will continue our journey to Tuli Kharta. And, from Tuli Kharka we will be trekking to reach Khote. At a height of 4095m. This is a very high altitude. So, make sure you are fully hydrated during the journey. But, the overall view it provides of the surrounding is just picture perfect. In addition, this trek is almost 5 hours. And, after we reach Khote we will be resting at a very relaxing and very suitable tea house and enjoy their hospitality.
Trek from Kothe to Thangnak (4350m/14,272ft) 4 hrs.
On your day seven, after resting at the teahouse of Khote we will be continuing our journey to Thangnak. Thangnak is a very beautiful place. The sunrise and sunset of the place are just breathtaking. So, make sure that you enjoy it. But, first, we have to trek at an altitude of 14272 feet for almost 4 hours then only we will reach Tharangkot. In addition to the sunset and sunrise at Thangnak, while trekking you will get a fantastic view of the south face of Mera peak throughout your journey
Rest and acclimatization day at Thangnak(4,350m/14,272ft)
Today, we will be resting at Thangnak, and acclimatizing we will visit Sabal Tsho Lake. Sabal Tsho Lake is a tourist attraction. The lake provides clear water for you to enjoy. And, after enjoying the beautiful view of the lake we will be taking an acclimatization hike at a height of 4350m on a plank of Kusum Kangguru peak at 6367m. This is a small hike but while doing this hike you will see the beauty of the surroundings and nature. Similar to the lake, this hike also attracts tourists. It is very beautiful.
Trek from Thangnak to Khare (5045m/16,551ft.) 3 hrs
After seeing the mesmerizing view at Thangnak we will be continuing your journey to Khare at an altitude of 5045m. During the journey, you will see a lot of beautiful scenery of the place and walk through some of the uphill climbs. Similarly, this trek is 3 hours long and after trekking, we will be resting at a suitable tea house and enjoying the hospitality.
Trek from Khare to Mera La (Pass) (5350m/17,542ft,)5hrs
After resting at the teahouses of Khare we will be continuing the trek from Khare to Mera La. Which is at an altitude of 5350m so make sure you are hydrated. Along the way, you will see a beautiful peak to the south side and beautiful scenery. And in Khare, we will be doing our first camping trip because there are no tea houses available.
Trek from Mera La (Pass) to Seto Pokhari Camp (4850m/15,912ft)5hrs
After spending a wonderful night at the camp on day 11, we will be continuing our trekking journey from Mera La Pass to Seto Pokhari. The path of the trek is mostly uphill. Similarly, this trek is done at an altitude of 4850m. So, you have to be very careful during the trek or you might fall victim to altitude sickness. The trek is done for almost 5 hours. So, at Seto Pokhari we will be doing your second camp.
Trek from Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp (5300m/17,400ft.)
After camping on the 11day on the 12th day we continued our trekking journey from Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp. While you are trekking you will see some of the snowy mountains in the surrounding area. It provides a great view. You can enjoy this while trekking. Similarly, after we reach Baruntse Base Camp we will start preparing your camp for the night. And, camp there and enjoy the company of other climbers.
Climbing period (7129m/23,389ft.)
For our 13- 27 days we will just be climbing as it is the climbing period. During this climb, you will see a lot of scenes of different snowy peaks.
Clean up base camp) Trek to Seto Pokhari (4850m/15,912ft) 6hrs.
Similarly, on our 28th day, we will be cleaning the Base Camp and head back to Seto Pokhari from an altitude of 4850m. In addition, we will be camping after 6hrs of the walk.
Trek from Seto Pokhari to Mera La (5350m/17,542ft.)6hrs
After camping and enjoying the mountains on day 29, we head back to Mera La at 5350m for 6 hrs. Furthermore, there we will be having camping accommodation.
Trek from Mera la to Kothe(3600m/11,811ft) 5hrs.
After camping at Mera La we head down to Khote for 5 hours. The downhill climb can be a little difficult. So, you have to be very careful.
Trek from Kothe to Thuli Kharka(3900m/12,597ft) 5hrs
Similarly, on day 31 we will be trekking from Khote to Thuli Kharkha as a downhill climb. While you are doing this you can enjoy the beautiful jungle of Thuli Kharka at an altitude of 12597ft.
Thuli Kharka to Lukla(2800m/9,186ft)
On day 32 we will be traveling from Thuli Kharka to Lukla through a very famous pass of Zatrwa La Pass at 4610m. This is going to be your last day in the mountains and also the longest trekking journey you will have during the trek. This trek is done for 9 hours. In addition, this is your last day in the mountains. Similarly, you can also share the experience of your expedition with the staff. So, it will be a good opportunity to have and enjoy a beautiful farewell party with the staff. And also have a good night’s sleep.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m/4,430ft) 35mins
Today, you will be flying from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes around 35 mins. Similarly, you can enjoy a beautiful view from above. After you arrive in Kathmandu then you will be transferred to the hotel. Where the staff will help you settle and take care of you.
Leisure day shopping in Kathmandu
Day 34 is your leisure day. So, you can either go shopping or you can visit different places in Kathmandu. Likewise, in the evening you will be enjoying the farewell dinner celebration with a beautiful cultural program. This will also help you know about different cultures.
Transfer to the airport for final departure
On day 35 you will be transferred to the airport from the hotel where your departure representative will leave you.
- Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3 Star Category) on bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
- Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- Permit All necessary paperwork: Pumori climbing Permit from NMA, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, TIMS CARD & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee.
- Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
- Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and climbing.
- Trekking and climbing map.
- Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
- Climbing Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and to Base camp (by Porters)– While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo).
- Member Luggage: Up to 25 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
- Food and Lodging: 3 Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
- Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
- Porter: Porters (1 member: 1 Porter) during the trek.
- Climbing Sherpa: Veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Guide.
- Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
- Oxygen Bottle (O2): Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with appropriate charge). High camp service: Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for members, high altitude tent (sharing basis), high food for members, Sherpa, and climbing crews. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- Light: Necessary light at all tents. * if required.
- Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
- Valley Sightseeing: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
- Comprehensive Medical kit.
- Certificate: Pumori climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (after climbing the Pumori successfully).
- Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- Nepal entry Visa fee: Nepali Visa fee is USD 60 per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is USD 120.
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
- Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
- Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- Filming: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- Internet Service: Not included during the trek.
- USD 25 for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
- Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
- Tips: Tips for Basecamp and other staff.
- Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
The difficulty of the Baruntse Expedition
The difficulty of this Baruntse Expedition is moderate. Everyone can do it but first, you need to have some experience climbing some of the small mountains. The climate and temperature are cold. While climbing you might fall victim to altitude sickness. Similarly, you might have to travel some sloppy roads with the long trail. This climb can be very difficult if you are not experienced enough to climb small peaks. Similarly, you should be very knowledgeable about the environment of the place. Similarly, if you travel here during the busy seasons then you might find a shortage of proper accommodation, guides, and porters and those things play a vital role in your journey. As these things provide you with acclimatizing and information. Likewise, porters and guides help you show the way. The routes to the climb are also very tough. You might have several injuries while climbing the peak so make sure you have every essential with you.
Best time for Baruntse Expedition
The best time to visit Baruntse Expedition is during the spring and autumn season. During this time you will be traveling in a clear sky and beautiful weather. A lot of tourists climb here during this time. Similarly, during the spring season, you will find the best value for your trek. However, this can also be done in the monsoon season. If you do this expedition during autumn of the year then you will fully enjoy the environment, temperature, and weather. During this time the weather is also very stable for climbers. The Spring season consists of March, April, and May. in which April is the warmest month of the year. This season is best if you want to travel in pleasant weather and a suitable climate. But it usually gets cold at night due to the drop in temperature. However, the time of spring usually remains warm and the trail gets moist and clean after the long winter. In addition, the time of spring and autumn provides a glorious scenery of the surrounding which adds up the fun of your trek. The time of the visit plays a vital role if you want to enjoy the climb to its fullest extent. Similarly, if you visit here at the right time then you will not be a victim of any diseases. Likewise, the way also gets easier which reduces the possibility of injury.
Travel Insurance for Baruntse Expedition
Travel Insurance is compulsory while you do any kind of climbing. Furthermore, your travel insurance covers your injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property e.t.c. Most importantly, check with your insurance company that your adventure and climbing above 4000m are covered. If you haven’t taken any insurance policy, then it would be difficult for us to operate your rescue mission.
Meals and Accommodation of Baruntse Expedition
In Kathmandu, we normally provide a 3-star hotel with the facility of breakfast, lunch, and dinner but you can upgrade it as per your wish. Similarly, while climbing we provide you with the most comfortable tea houses with hot showers, toilets, western food, and private rooms. Likewise, the tea houses provide you with their local foods. They also provide you with Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner facilities as you wish. Most importantly, they also provide food in sufficient quantities. Likewise, the local food at higher altitudes is mostly cheaper than the western foods because most of the local dishes are produced from local farms. Whereas for western food, they have to import it from the cities which adds to the cost of the foods, So, western foods are slightly expensive. Furthermore, as you go higher up the altitude the price of the meals also increases. And, all kinds of hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, alcoholic drinks, hot shower, laundry, phone bill, bar bill, hot water, etc are not provided. But, it can be adjusted according to our consumers’ wishes.
Fitness and Experience Requirement for Baruntse Expedition
On your 35 days at peak, you need to be moderate to strenuous on your walk. Similarly, this climb is suitable for passionate walkers. Likewise, we all know walking at a high altitude is physically challenging. However, if you have excellent health with average physical condition with a positive attitude and self-control you can complete this climb. Additionally, you should not have any health problems like asthma. Similarly, you should have no heart, Lungs, or blood diseases.
Climate and Weather for Baruntse Expedition
The climate of Nepal varies from place to place. Terai region is hot during summer. Hilly has a moderate climate. But, the Himalayan region is mostly cold all year. But, if you travel here during the autumn and spring season you will find a moderate climate there. However, the higher altitude is always cold during the night. So, you must carry a reliable sleeping bag with you.
Safety and Security for Baruntse Expedition
The Safety and Security of our trekkers are very important for us. Similarly, while climbing Baruntse. We carefully check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. Similarly, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers on the lodges and during the trek as well. Therefore, you feel free and fully enjoy yourself during the trek, you should not worry about yourself and your belongings. We fully take care of that.
When is the best time for the Baruntse Expedition?
Autumn (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) are suitable for Baruntse Climbing. However, it is possible in monsoon seasons too.
How difficult is the Baruntse Expedition?
Baruntse Expedition can be difficult. But, you can complete it with the help of a guide. You just have to be confident and believe in yourself.
Can you climb the Baruntse Expedition alone?
Baruntse Expedition cannot be done alone you need to have an experienced guide with you.
Do I need a climbing permit for the Baruntse Expedition?
Yes, it’s compulsory to have a Baruntse Expedition permit from Kathmandu.
Can you have altitude sickness in the Baruntse Expedition?
Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Baruntse Expedition. So, you should drink a sufficient amount of water.
What is the food price at Baruntse Expedition?
Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 25 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. But, it is more expensive at a higher altitude.
What will happen If I get sick while Climbing Baruntse Expedition?
While climbing it is possible that you feel uncomfortable while Climbing. But, don’t worry, your guide will be there for you.
Is charging my phones and batteries possible in the route of the Baruntse Expedition?
It is certainly possible to charge your phones and batteries in the tea houses during your trip to Baruntse but they might charge you some money
Is Baruntse Expedition long?
Yes, it is a 35 day-long expedition.
Will I find villages while doing the Baruntse Expedition?
At lower altitudes. Yes, you will find some remote villages but as you go higher up the altitude you will not see both tea houses and villages.
Andrew Holland United States
Great Adventure Treks and Expeditions are fantastic. I did this Expedition back in 2019. It was a wonderful experience. I don't know if it would be as wonderful as it was if I was not traveling with the staff member of Great Adventure Treks and Expedition. To date, I remember them saying “ Andrew you will never forget this experience doing the Baruntse Expedition. When I did this expedition I got to know a lot about Nepal. I am originally from the USA where there are no such landscapes which got walking at the trails a little challenging but the guides of Great Adventure Treks and Expedition helped me settle throughout the trek and climb.