Mt. Baruntse (7129m) is an attractive mountain peak in the heart of the Everest region. Located between Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse, the famous symmetrical peak has a total of four ridges and four summits. Mt. Baruntse Expedition is one of the most satisfying and rewarding climbing experiences in Nepal.
Geoff Harrow and Colin Todd were the first to ascend the peak from the South-East ridge in the year 1954. The Mountaineers were from the New Zealand expedition team. The trek to the Baruntse Peak passes through the uninhabited, remote settlements in the wilderness of the Hinku valley.
The ascent to the peak is semi-technical. However, unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains and continuous ascend increases the climbing difficulty. There are some sections where you will need to use the climbing and fixed ropes.
The ascent to the summit consists of steep slopes, rugged sections, and icefall. Previous experience in climbing and trekking at high altitude is a must along with a basic level of fitness and strong mental strength. A semi-technical mountain that rises above 7000m is a perfect practice ground for climbers who seek to ascend the mighty Mt. Everest.
We start our journey with an early morning flight to Lukla. The trail moves along the beautiful Hinku valley. We walk through pristine water streams, rivers, and passes before arriving at the Baruntse Base Camp. A Base Camp gets set above Panch Pokhari and two more camps get set above the Base Camp.
The climbers go through rigorous training and proper acclimatization. We also climb the Mera peak (6,476m), which is the highest trekking peak in Nepal as a preparation for the climb of Mt. Baruntse. The ascent to the summit of Mt. Baruntse demands some technical climbing. The top of the summit offers spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in all its glory.
After the successful conquest of Mt. Baruntse, you will trek back retracing the same route as earlier. The summit of Baruntse Himal rewards you with breathtaking views of the towering mountain peaks of the famous Himalayan Massif including Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu among others.
The Baruntse peak expedition provides the prospect of trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas along with adventurous climbing experience. This unique expedition trip is available at a reasonable cost. The mountain is perfect for both amateur mountaineers and expert climbers.
What more can you ask for? Please go through the Mt. Baruntse expedition itinerary details given below and book your trip now!
Highlights of the Trip:
- The ascent to the summit of Baruntse peak (7129m)
- Trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas
- Experiencing the remote wilderness of the Hindu valley
- Observing the most beautiful mountain massif in the world that includes Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,481m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and others.
- Climbing the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera peak (6,476m)
- A cultural exploration of the villages inhabited by the Sherpa community
- Walking through the surreal glaciers, mountain passes, and water streams
- Incredible hospitality of the local people.
Best Time for Mt. Baruntse Expedition
The best time for Mt. Baruntse expedition is the spring season or the months of March-May. During the spring season, the weather gradually changes from cold to warm.
The climbers won’t face any problems in acclimatization in these changing environments. Furthermore, the climbers can practice and train in higher camps without facing any inconvenience.
The wildflowers bloom in abundance all over the trail. The rhododendron flowers paint the hills pink and red. The snow-capped mountains look crystal clear on the backdrop of the bright blue sky.
Objectively, the safest time to climb the Baruntse mountain is the spring season as the mountain is covered in snow. The success rate is also in the higher range in the spring season.
Besides spring, a small window of September-November in the autumn season is also quite favourable for the expedition of Mt. Baruntse. The autumn season comes after the wet monsoons.
There are lesser risks of rainfalls and avalanches during the autumn season. The religious festivals of Dashain and Tihar also fall upon the months of the autumn season.
The moderate weather is quite favorable for trekking long duration during the day. The clear blue sky makes the mountains shine even more brightly.
The Difficulty Level of Mt. Baruntse Expedition
Needless to say, climbing a mountain above 7000m is always difficult. However, the expedition of Mt. Baruntse is relatively less challenging as compared to other mountains in the Everest region.
Some technical sections require the use of climbing, fixed ropes, and other mountaineering gears. The unpredictability of the weather in the mountains is also another crucial factor that adds to the difficulty.
The route of the south-east ridge is challenging because of the steep and straightforward climb. There is an elevation of 50 degrees with ice cliffs in some of the sections. Besides these, there is also the risk of avalanches in the mountains.
The ascent to the summit consists of steep slopes, harsh sections, and dangerous icefalls. Previous experience in climbing and trekking at high altitude is a must.
Overall, Mt. Baruntse is a semi-technical mountain. A basic level of fitness and stamina combined with strong mental strength helps you in completing the expedition.
The flight from Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu is bound to delays and even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. You may add a few extra days on your trip for safety.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1340m) and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour and Climbing Preparations
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) flight, and Trek to Chhuthang (3020m/9905ft)
Day 04: Trek to Tuli Kharka from Chhuthang via Satrawala Pass (4600m/15088ft)
Day 05: Trek to Kothe from Tuli kharka (4182m/13716ft)
Day 06: Trek to Thangnak from Kothe (4326m/14189ft)
Day 07: Trek to Khare from Thangnak (5000m/16400ft)
Day 08: Rest and Acclimatization at Khare
Day 09: Trek to Mera La Pass (5400m/17712ft) from Khare
Day 10: Trek to Seto Pokhari (4850m/16247ft) from Mera La Pass
Day 11: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5300m/17755ft) from Seto Pokhari
Day 12-23: Ascend the summit of Mt. Baruntse (7129m/23882ft) and back to Base Camp
Day 24: Baruntse Base Camp Clean Up and Return to Seto Pokhari (4850m/16247ft)
Day 25: Trek from Seto Pokhari to Mera La Pass
Day 26: Trek from Mera La Pass to Thangnak
Day 27: Trek from Thangnak to Kothe
Day 28: Trek from Kothe to Tuli Kharka
Day 29: Trek Tuli Kharka to Lukla
Day 30: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla Airport
Day 31: Departure from Kathmandu