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Among the hundreds of peaks of the world, Baruntse 23,390 ft / 7129m is one of the most gorgeous peaks which lies at the center of three glacier valleys, the Imja, the Hunku and Barun. The peak itself commands a central position amongst some of the high peaks of the Himalaya. The rewards of summit day include spectacular views of Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. The first ascent of Baruntse was made by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow on 30 May 1954. They ascended the mountain by the South-East Ridge, which will be the line of our ascent.
We strongly recommend you to book this trip as this one of the best practices for the climber who desires to climb Mt Everest and any other 8000 meters peaks. The successful climb of Baruntse peak provides maximum chances of success to climbing Mt Everest because the trails and topography are similar each other.
The trail to base camp takes 14 days from the fertile green of the Arun Valley, through the terraced farm land and spring crops to the barren mountainous realm of Makalu, the northern neighbor. Two camps are set up above base camp for climbing. The camp I is set up just below East Col. at an altitude of 5,700m and the Baruntse camp II is on the South – East Ridge at a altitude of 6,420m.
Kiwi sherpa representative will meet you at Airport and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning after breakfast, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduced your trek Leader/Guide mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your trek and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip.
2. Four copies of Passport size photos each.
3. Travel Insurance Policy.
4. Notepad/ pen
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast your sightseeing trip will start.We visit Boudhanath Stupa,Pashupatinath,Bhaktpur and Durbar Square.
Day 03- Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism. Today, the expedition leader will also check everyone's equipment.
Day 04- Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
The last opportunity to buy anything missing.
Day 05- Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Chutok (2800 meters) 3 hours.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan international Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. On arrival at the airport our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards up to the Chutok La pass at 2945meters and over night at Chutok at elevation of 2800meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06- Trek - Col Khari La (3081 meters) to Pangkongma (2950 meters) 6 hours.
After the pass of Col Khari La the trail carries along mountain sides through the Khari Khola valley to set up camp in Pangkongma. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07- Trek to Kurke (3800meters) 5 hours.
A magnificent route via mountain crests through rocky and wild landscapes. Passing through and enjoying the splendid panorama of wooded regions below us. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08- Trek to Thuli Kharka (4200meters) 6 hours.
Today we climb up to a pass at 4400meters and descend towards Thuli Karkha, which mean "vast pasture". Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09- Trek to Khothey (3600 meters) 5 hours.
We descend on hillsides, by pleasant meadows and lower down through forests of blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons. Beautiful views of the south side of Mera Peak. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10- Trek to Tangnag (4350meters) 6 hours.
We climb up the Hinku valley through summer pastures, near Lungsamba the valley narrows wedged between the Kusum Kangru 6369 meters and the west summit of Mera Peak 6255 meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11- Acclimatization and Rest day at Tangnag.
Spending a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12- Trek to Khare (4900meters) 4 hours.
Climb up along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier, providing interesting views of the Mera Peak. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13- Trek to Mera La (5415meters) and Base Camp (5300m) 5 hours.
Progressing along the snowy glacier, we approach the pass the slope becomes steep. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14- Climb Base Camp to High Camp (5800meters) 5 hours.
One of the best parts of the trek. Stunning panoramas of giant mountains rising above 7000meters, among the highest on earth: Chamlang (7290meters), Makalu (8475meters) and Baruntse (7220meters) to the east, Everest (8848meters), Lhotse (8501meters) and Nuptse to the north. Continuing westward the peaks of Ama Dablam, Cho Oyo (8153meters) and Kantega fill our view. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15- Summit to Mera peak (6654meters) and then return to the Mera peak base camp.
Start early in the morning depending on the weather condition. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16- Trek to Khare. Overnight at tented camp.
Climb down along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier, providing interesting views of the Mera Peak. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17- Trek to Baruntse Base Camp.Over night at tented camp.
This day leads us towards the starting point of our prime destination which takes about 7 hours. We spend our night at tented camp.
Day 18- Rest and acclimatization day in Baruntse base camp.
This is very important day for climbing purpose. On this day you will have more rest which makes you physically and mentally ready for your Climbing mission. We spend our night at tented camp.
Day 19 to 31- Climbing Period
As we are physically and mentally ready, we start our climb. This climb doesn't look so difficult as we have already climbed the Mera peak 6654 meters. To make our climb successful, we establish 2 camps above Baruntse Base Camp. Two camps are set up above base camp for climbing. The camp I is set up just below East Col. at an altitude of 5,700m and the Baruntse camp II is on the South – East Ridge at a altitude of 6,420m.
Above C1, we climb 50° snow slopes past a subsidiary summit at 6,745m from where the route becomes more involved. A series of short, steep steps of snow and ice are gained until we pass onto the west side of the ridge. Some short sections of rock scrambling lead back onto the ridge until it narrows at about 7,000m. This leads to a marked cleft and an ice cliff, which is surmounted to give access to easier, broader slopes above. These lead to the summit at 7,129m. which takes approximately 10 hours. After we kiss on the top of Baruntse, we descent through the same route.
Day 32- Rest and cleanliness program in Baruntse base camp.
It is true that base camp was our home for several days from where you attempted your climb which might be a bit dirty due to the garbage. Thus this is the day where we clean the surroundings of the base camp area as this is a very important part of responsible eco tourism. And rest of the days we will spend resting over there seeing the spectacular views of the Himalayas.
Day 33- Trek back to Seto Pokhari camp. Overnight at tented camp
We walk in a balanced way as we have climbed the two important and challenging peaks which are the often target of most of the world's climbers. Thus we spend our overnight at tented camp in Seto Pokhari camp.
Day 34- Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 35- Trek to Khothey (3600 meters). 6 hours.
Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tangnag before continuing back to Khothey 3600meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 36- Trek to Thuli Kharka(4200 meters) 6 hours.
Our trek Descends back the same way. overnight at tented camp.
Day 37- Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 7 hours.
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 38- Thirty five minutes flight to Kathmandu from Lukla early in the morning.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 39- Leisure day in Kathmandu.
This is also a buffer day in case our Lukla flight is delayed. If we fly out of Lukla on time we have a full day to relax and enjoy the various delights of Kathmandu. Kiwi Sherpa adventure trekking will organize farewell party to thank the Sherpas and the team member for their support and friendship during the expedition.
Day 40- Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
PLEASE NOTE: The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please note that because of climbing Baruntse it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.
Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for longer period of time, or as long as it takes for us to be successful.
Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.
Our aim is to safely help as many team members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the people and equipment that will make this happen. We value our reputation as the premiere climbing company in Himalayas and we only put programs in place that measure up to our own high standards. If you would like to join an excellent team on Baruntse, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications and secure an exciting role for yourself on our team.
All of our local leaders are trained in first aid and have a good knowledge of high altitude medical problems. The expedition will be equipped with the following:
-A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
-Oxygen equipment for medical use only.
-A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
-Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
Oxygen & Rregulators
Experience has shown that the minimal use of oxygen on summit day increases people's chances of reaching the top, and of returning to the top camp well before dark. We will provide enough oxygen on summit day only.
We will be using lightweight oxygen bottles throughout the expedition, manufactured by Poisk. The Poisk bottles are without doubt the best available for mountaineering, as they have a proven track-record and are relatively light.
Kiwi Sherpa adventure trekking strongly recommends that you purchase a Global Rescue membership to protect yourself and your family.
You must have medical, lost, damaged and trip cancellation insurance policy to protect yourself.
To quote you with an exact price we need the number of persons in your group and the mode of transportation(by plane or by bus).Please contact us with these details and any other inquiries regarding this expedition then we get back to you on the cost details.
1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
2. Standard twin sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included.
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car / van / bus.
4. Full board meal during the trek and camping at base camp, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.
5. All base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent at the base camp and advance base camp)
6. High quality tents for all camps.
7. Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.
8. Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.
9. Expedition permits
10. Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.
11. High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)
12. Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp
13. Climbing Sherpas (1 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on climbing day)
14. A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
15. Oxygen equipment for medical use only.
16. A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
17. Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
19. Mask regulator
20. Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics (solar and generator backup)
21. Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax at both airport.
22. All our government taxes and vat.
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
2. Travel Insurance which cover emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (Kiwi Sherpa strongly recommends that you purchase a Global Rescue membership to protect yourself).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa fee (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100 in Kathmandu airport up on your arrival. You will also require 2 passport size photos You can easily extend the visa if require.)
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.
7. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
8. Garbage Deposit USD 4000.00 (sharing from climbing group). It is refundable; however, it will not be refundable if the climbers fail to take back their garbage to Namche Bazar and Kathmandu.
9. Excess baggage charges.
10. Sherpa tip pool (See below)
11. Internet and sat phone.
12. Costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond the control of Kiwi Sherpa.
Recommended tipping and Sherpa bonuses are as follow:
-Allow $150-250 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp.
- Allow $200-350 for sherpas who go up to the base camp.
-Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 1000 – 1500 per Sherpa.
You will need clothing for dining in Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands of this trek and are the minimum required for this trip.
You are expected to provide the following personal equipment. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so make sure you have everything on the list.
The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. Since you will be carrying all of your gear and a portion of the group gear, the items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!
The layering system outlined is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest, which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it's a fine science of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.
Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that "wick" the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.
- Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
- 2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
- 3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
- Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven, or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
- Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha) or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent; must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
- Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended; include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
- Adjustable trekking poles.
- Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)
- 2 cotton t-shirt.
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt.
- 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
- 2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
- 1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
- Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred; R4 Jacket acceptable
- Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams) and has a thick insulated hood
You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
- 2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
- 1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
- 1 pair expedition shell gloves.
- 1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.
- Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
- Face mask.
- Shade hat or baseball cap.
- Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
- 1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
- 1 ski goggles with UV protection
- If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses modified to your prescription.
- 4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
- 3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
- 2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
- 1 pair nylon shorts.
- 1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
- 2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
- 1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
- 1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
- 1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
- 1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
- 1 pair down booties (optional).
- 1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
- 1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.
- 1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
- 1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack. If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent, lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
- 1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
- Small padlock for duffel bag.
- 1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu and also for the storage.
- 1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down and dark colors speed drying time)
- Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort
- 1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful to hang around your neck
- Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
- Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
- 3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
- Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
- Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- 3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
- Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection); large Ziplocs are useful also.
- Camp towel.
- Ear plugs.
- Hand wipes.