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Baruntse Climbing Expedition | SummitClimb

  • baruntse photos Baruntse. Photo Markus
  • baruntse photos Summit Ridge Baruntse. Photo Torsten Eickhorst
  • Barunste Photo Barunste Summit.
  • baruntse photos Amphu Labtsa pass. Photo Mia
  • baruntse photos Richard Bryars & Jan Van den Bose on the sunny summit of Baruntse. Photo Markus Staehelin
  • baruntse photos Member enjoying at High Camp. Photo Markus
  • baruntse photos Barunste Camp 3. Photo Anton Schneider
  • baruntse photos Carla, Jennifer and Holly at the edge of the Hongku River with a Berghaus Rucksack. Thanks Berghaus! Photo by Shera Sherpa
  • baruntse photos Chetra Village camp at 4150 metres - 13612 feet. Photo by Michael Moritz
  • baruntse photos Final summit push of Mera Peak. Photo Anton Schneider
  • baruntse photos Frank Seidel and Jennifer Klich crossing the Mera La. Photo by Mchael Moritz
  • baruntse photos Hiking through green trees. Photo Kaley
  • baruntse photos Markus at summit. Photo Markus.
  • baruntse photos Member enjoying sunny day and resting. Photo Ray Pevitt
  • baruntse photos Member Hiking up to Khote. Photo Kaley
  • baruntse photos Member in our tent. Photo Mia
  • baruntse photos Member summiting Mera Peak. Photo Jangbu
  • baruntse photos Member trekking to Khotey. Photo Kaley
  • baruntse photos Amphu Labtsa pass. Photo Markus
  • baruntse photos Mera Peak high camp with the Himalaya in the background. Photo by Michael Moritz
  • baruntse photos Carla squeezes between the rock walls at Kote, bringing good luck for her expedition. Photo by Andrew Davis
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  • Grand Circle Himalayan Traverse in the Everest Region. 3 peaks for the price of one in just 34 days.
  1. Mera Peak, an easy 6,500 metre / 21,300 foot "Trek Peak" with THE BEST views of Everest and less crowded.
  2. Mount Baruntse: an easy 7000 metre/23,000 foot high snow peak in Nepal, near Everest. Something for everyone, novices and experts alike.
  3. Amphu Labtsa pass, 5800 metres, 19,000 feet, offers wonderful snow climb. window between remote Baruntse Valley and busy Khumbu Valley.
  • Dates: 12 October to 14 November (34 days Baruntse & Mera)
  • Full Service Cost: $8,950, £6,750, €7,950. (Baruntse & Mera) (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • New: option to climb Baruntse Only
  • Dates: 1 November to 29 November (29 days Baruntse only)
  • Full Service cost: $6,650, £5,050, €5,950 (Baruntse only) (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • Baruntse only trip is for more advanced climbers.
  • Full service expedition: British, American, or European leader, Sherpas, hotels, internal flights, yaks, porters, ropes, tasty meals on trek, in basecamp & high camp, group climbing equipment, individual tents, radios, international calls, news updates.  
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  • Leader: Dan Mazur , Dani FullerHolly Budge and Jangbu Sherpa 5 Baruntse Ascents and 7 Mera Peak Ascents - experienced and friendly.
  • We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip, during our 'warm-up' climb of easy trekking peak 'Mera Peak', 6500 metre/21,300 foot high peak.
  • 2014 expedition success: First team to reach the summit, six years in a row.
  • Qualifies you for Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Everest Tibet or Everest Nepal.
  • We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive climbing gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
  • Trek is the most varied, remote, and beautiful ever. Quiet trails through pristine mountains and forests, then cross Amphu Labtsa pass to experience wondrous Everest trek. Picturesque villages with 'teahouse' inns and comforatable amenities.
  • Not ready for Baruntse, please try our Mera Trekking Peak Climb
Recent News: Our recent Mera Peak/Baruntse Expedition has just returned from a fun and successful time on the mountain. Click here to read news of our expedition, listen to audio dispatches, and view recent photos of the climb.
 
New Mera Peak Video Clip: Please click here to view an exciting video interview with Dan Mazur describing his ski descent of Mera Peak.  
 
Please "click here " to watch "Breathless on Baruntse" a very good 10 minute film by Richard Pattison. 
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Baruntse Climbing Expedition Programme Description

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Baruntse Programme Description:A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres / 23,000 feet.  Photo Kurt Blair.

  • Introduction: At 7129 metres/23,390 feet, Baruntse (sometimes called Barun Tse or Barunche) lies in the heart of the Himalayan Giants of Nepal and has a higher rate of success reaching the summit than comparable peaks of this height. Our expedition offers an opportunity to climb this 'classic' easier 7000 metre/23,000 foot peak, located in a more remote area of the Khumbu region in Nepal in a relatively short amount of time. The summit affords some of the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu that can be seen anywhere in the  Himalaya.
    • We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip, during our 'warm-up' climb of easy trekking peak 'Mera Peak', 6,500 metre/21,000 foot high peak. Climb two fun mountains for one low price in a short amount of time.
    • Baruntse could qualify you for Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Everest Tibet or Everest Nepal.
    • Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to basecamp (photo right A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres / 23,000 feet.  Photo Kurt Blair.).
    • The style of climbing is cautious and well-timed, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, `walkie-talkie` radios, satellite telephones, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, a full kitchen in basecamp, two camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, gamow bag, and extensive medical kit.
    • Our expedition features one of the most beautiful treks in the world included in the cost.
    • This expedition maximizes experience gained over countless Himalayan expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top of our world`s highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs. back to topBaruntse Team Summit. Photo: Felix Berg
  • Leader and staff: In Kathmandu, during the trek, in basecamp and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Everest, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam. Skillful basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day (photo right: Baruntse Team Summit. Photo: Felix Berg).
    • On trek: Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
    • Our comfortable basecamp: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our dining tents.
    • On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route and set up high camps, as well as carry group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb.
    • Sherpas: We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. back to top
  • Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Baruntse, Mt. Yak and lhotse wall. Photo: Niels Kammerer Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. The surrounding area is a `world biosphere reserve`. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right Yak and lhotse wall. Photo: Niels Kammerer).
  • Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable `teahouse` or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don`t have to carry a heavy rucksack. Our first destination is Mera Peak basecamp, located at 4800 metres/15,700 feet. back to top
Trekking through the Hongku Valley at 4700 metres/15,400 feet. Photo Steve Stephen and Dan climbing up to High Camp 
 
Team at baruntse basecamp. Trekking through the Hongku Valley at 4700 metres/15,400 feet. Photo Steve. Stephen and Dan climbing up to High Camp. Photo S Kirkwood. Trek across the Zetra La pass. Photo S Kirkwood. 
 
  • Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams.
  • Mera Peak:  At 6476 metres/21,246 feet, trekking Mera Peak provides great acclimatization before going on to Baruntse, as well as the chance to summit two peaks on the same expedition. The route is fairly straight forward from basecamp with only a few sections of fixed rope near the summit. We will take the opportunity to review climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, and descending on this relatively 'safe' mountain before the larger climb of Baruntse (photo right by Dan Mazur: Mera Peak, as seen on the approach trek to basecamp). 
From basecamp, we will move up a high snow pass called the Mera La and camp at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. The views here are stunning with a panoramic ring of Himalayan peaks surrounding the camp. From here we will continue up a short steep walk to Mera high camp at 5800 metres/19,000 feet, located near a rocky outcrop.
From the high camp it is possible to ascend to the summit in one day. The steady climb to the north summit (the true summit of Mera Peak) is rewarded with one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, giving fantastic views of five 8000 metre peaks, Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, and Cho Oyu to the west.
After descending and packing up, we will continue the trek to Baruntse basecamp descending further into the Hunku Khola Valley.
  Cross Amphu Labtsa pass to to Chukkung. mera la

Heading towards the summit of fun trekking peak, Mera Peak, at 6300 metres/20,700 feet. Dawa Sherpa on the summit of Mera Peak on a beautiful, sunny and clear day with no wind (Tunc Findik). Cross Amphu Labtsa pass to to Chukkung. Photo Kurt Blair. Merala. Photo Travis Lubinski
  • Basecamp: Features comfortable dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
  • Climbing to the high camps: We fix ropes all the way from basecamp to the summit.
    • Basecamp at 5300 metres/17,400 feet: Our comfortable basecamp is established on a broad open valley next to a beautiful lake on the glacial moraine near the base of the mountain. 
    • Camp 1 at 6100 metres/20,000 feet: From basecamp, we follow the right bank of the Barun Glacier, approaching the mountain towards the West Col. We first cross a wide, flat moraine and low angled, crevassed glacier to a snow gully leading up to the West Col. It is a 150 metre/500 foot climb up a 50 degree hard ice snow gully up to the West Col on fixed rope. Upon reaching the top there is a wide flat glacier plateau where we establish camp 1 (photo right by Tunc Findik: Camp 1 at 6100 metres/20,000 feet).
    • Camp 2 at 6400 metres/21,000 feet: From camp 1 we begin a long glacier ascent. The climbing is low angled and we may use fixed rope to protect against open or hidden crevasses. As the slope steepens, we reach a small col where we establish camp 2. back to top
  • Summit day: From camp 2, there is a short steep 75 degree ice wall we ascend to reach a small col at 6500 metres/21,300 feet. Next is a wide 45 degree snow shoulder up to 6700 metres/22,000 feet, where we reach the sharp summit ridge of Baruntse. We follow this up to a wide summit cone and finally to the true summit itself (7129 metres/23,390 feet).
From the summit you will be treated to incredibly stunning views of Lhotse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and the Khumbu Himal. You may be surprised to see what a bit more altitude does to the great views you just had on Mera Peak as you experience one of the best panoramic mountain scenes in the world. back to top
 
Below the West Col of Baruntse looking up towards the summit. Tunc Findik, former SummitClimb team member and summiter of Everest, Cho Oyu and Pumori on the summit of Baruntse. A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres/23,000 feet (Tunc Findik).

  • Who is this trip for?
    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
    • We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip.
    • To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice.

Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of the screen under Baruntse to learn more about our expedition. back to top

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Cost | SummitClimb

* Our “full-service" expedition includes:

  • Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • Climbing Sherpas for the group;
  • A free 'warm-up' climb of easy trekking peak 'Mera Peak', 6500 metre/21,300 foot high peak.
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including all internal / domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu;
  • Yak transport of all equipment from Lukla to and from basecamp;
  • Three hot meals per day on trek, in basecamp on Mera Peak and Baruntse. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent in basecamp;
  • Skillful basecamp cooks;
  • All mountain and basecamp food;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, satellite telephone, etcetera;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • Top-quality high-altitude tents.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense. back to top

Trekking: For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world. 

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we DO NOT ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas , and climbing-guides, to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members who need a little extra help with the weight to hire a "quarter of a sherpa".

Cooks and Food: On trek, our top notch cooks provide three very tasty meals each day. In base camp on Mera Peak and Baruntse our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, and high altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have shower and toilet tent for base camp. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

Jay Reilly, our leader, demonstrating the use of the Gamow Bag during a medical training session in basecamp. He is showing us how you can put an altimetre watch into the window of the bag, so that you can witness how the altitude drops inside the bag as you pump it up (Wu Guan Jang).

*What is not included?

  • International flights to Kathmandu and back to your home country.
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance .
  • Personal climbing and trekking equipment and clothing .
  • Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD & 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport).Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank pages.
  • Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included, snack-energy food, changes to the pre-planned itinerary (such as early departure), and expenses while traveling away from the group or leader. Not included are unexpected expenses, such as expenses due to emergencies, rescues, weather, political situations, transport delays, etc.
  • We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Baruntse Group Tip: $200  Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.
  • Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows: Baruntse Summit Attempt Bonus: $$50, Summit Success: $$100. back to top

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Baruntse Climbing Expedition Detailed Itinerary and Schedule | SummitClimb

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 Grand Circle Himalayan Traverse
Mera Peak - Baruntse - Amphu Labtsa pass
 Baruntse Only

 

Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters/4,250 feet). Hotel;

2) Orientation day in Kathmandu. Hotel;

Trekking to Mera Peak:

3) Fly to Lukla (2860 metres/9,400 feet);

4) Trek from Lukla to Chutanga (3474 metres/11,400 feet);

5) Trek across the Zetra La pass (4600 metres/15,100 feet), to the village of Chatra La (4200 metres/13,800 feet);

6) Walk to Kothey (Tashi Ongma) at 3500 metres/11,500 feet;

7) Continue to Tagnag at 4300 metres/14,100 feet;

8) Rest day, acclimatization, explore the surrounding area;

9) Walk to Khare at 5000 metres/16,400 feet, organize equipment;

10) Trek across the Mera La, which is at about 5300 metres/17,400 feet to Mera Peak basecamp at 5100 metres/16,700 feet

11) Rest day, acclimatization, explore the surrounding area; back to top

Climbing Mera Peak: 

12) Climb to High Camp, (5768 metres/18,978 feet);

13) Summit Mera Peak (6476 metres/21,246 feet), descend back to Khare;

14) Extra day for summit attempt and packing up, resting; back to top

Trekking to and Climbing Baruntse:

15) Trek to Rato Oral (4683 metres/15,360 feet) on the Hongku Khola, which is the main river that flows from Baruntse;

16) Trek to Pokhari (5003 metres/16,409 feet)

17) Walk to Baruntse basecamp (5300 metres/17,400 feet);

18) Rest & Acclimatization, training, and organization at basecamp;

19) Rest in basecamp;

20) Climb to camp 1 (6120 metres/20,100 feet);

21) Rest day in camp 1;

22) Climb to camp 2 at 6400 metres/21,000 feet; back to top

Summit Day:

23) Summit attempt (7129 metres/23,390 feet);

24) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, resting;

25) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, resting;

26) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, resting;  back to top

Going Home:

27) Pack and prepare to depart basecamp;

28) Hike to base of Amphu Labtsa pass;

29) Cross Amphu Labtsa pass to to Chukkung;

30) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3450 metres/11,300 feet). Teahouse or camping;

31) Trek to Lukla. Teahouse or camping;

32) Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel;

33) Extra day in Kathmandu, in case of delay, and for sightseeing, gift shopping, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends. Hotel;

34) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Baruntse expedition!  back to top

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Arriving in Kathmandu:

    1) Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters/4,250 feet). Hotel;

    2) Orientation day in Kathmandu. Hotel; back to top

Trekking to Baruntse:

    3) Fly to Lukla (2860 metres/9,400 feet); Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a teahouse at 2650 metres/8,700 feet.

    4) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440 metre/11,300 feet).

    5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.

    6) Trek to Pangboche (3,985 metres/13,050 feet).

    7) Walk along to the village of Dingboche (4,410 metres/14,450 feet).

    8) Rest and acclimatization in Dingboche.

    9) Trek to the village of Chukhung (4,730 metres/15,518 feet).

    10) Walk to Amphu Labtsa High Camp (5,213 metres/17,100 feet).

    11) Rest and acclimatization in Amphu Labtsa High Camp.

    12) Cross the Amphu Labtsa Pass (5,779 metres/18,958 feet), descend to Panch Pokhari and camp (5,274                       metres/17,300 feet).

    13) Walk to Baruntse basecamp (5,300 metres/17,400 feet). back to top

Climbing Baruntse:

    14) Walk to Baruntse Advanced Basecamp at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet, return to Baruntse basecamp.

    15) Climb to camp 1 (6120 metres/20,100 feet).

    16) Short climb to camp 2 at 6400 metres/21,000 feet, return to Baruntse basecamp.

    17) Rest in Baruntse Basecamp.

    18) Climb to camp 1 (6120 metres/20,100 feet).

    19) Climb to camp 2 at 6400 metres/21,000 feet back to top

Summit Day:

    20) Summit attempt (7129 metres/23,390 feet);

    21) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, resting;

    22) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, pack and prepare to depart basecamp. back to top

Going Home:

    23) Pack and depart basecamp; walk down the Hongu Valley to Kongma Dingma at 4540 metres/14,850 feet

    24) Cross Mera La Pass at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet, descend to Tagnag at 4,300 metres/14,100 feet.

    25) Walk to Chetra Village at 4,200 metres/13,800 feet.

    26) Walk to Lukla at 2,800 metres/9,600 feet.

    27) Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel;

    28) Extra day in Kathmandu, in case of delay, and for sightseeing, gift shopping, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends. Hotel;

    29) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Baruntse expedition! back to top

Thank you for joining our  Baruntse Expedition!

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Route Description | SummitClimb

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Introduction-

At 7129 metres/23,390 feet, Barun Tse lies in the heart of the Himalayan Giants of Nepal and has a higher rate of success reaching the summit than comparable peaks of this height. Our expedition offers an opportunity to climb this 'classic' easier 7000 metre/23,000 foot peak, located in a more remote area of the Khumbu region in Nepal in a relatively short amount of time. The summit affords some of the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu that can be seen anywhere in the  Himalaya.

This expedition maximizes experience gained over countless Himalayan expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top of our world`s highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs.

We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip, during our 'warm-up' climb of easy trekking peak 'Mera Peak', 6,500 metre/21,000 foot high peak. Climb two fun mountains for one low price in a short amount of time.

Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days, and several returns to base camp, where the kitchen and base camp staff can look after all of your needs, and quell your appetite. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days as well. In previous expeditions, half of those who reached the summit needed every single "extra" day. back to top

Weather-

At low elevation, the temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At higher elevations, the temperature can vary from 16°c to -23°c (60°f to -10°f). The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to hurricane force on the summit. There may be deep snow, heavy rains, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, burning heat, bright sunshine. back to top

Arriving in Kathmandu-

The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu. You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean hotel, and sample some of the tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine. During your free days in Kathmandu, you shall finalize arrangements, including your group visa, and take some time out for trinket hunting, with potential visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient city of Patan.

Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).

We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. back to top

Trekking to Mera Peak-

For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable `teahouse` or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages.

On leaving Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla at 2860 metres/9400 feet, where we meet our yak drivers, and porters. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture. back to top

A spectacular and beautiful camping site on the trek to Mera Peak called Seto Pokari. There is a great lake and awesome views of the surrounding peaks as we acclimate and enjoy the trip in and out along the expedition. Trekking through the Hongku Valley at 4700 metres/15,400 feet (Tunc Findik).
 
From Lukla the path goes south-east through forests and several light streams to the town of Chutanga (3100 metres/10,400 feet). Above lies a semi-circle of majestic rock peaks forming the ridge of the Kalo Himal, which seperates the Khumbu Valley from the Kinku. We will trek across a pass known as the Zatra La (4600 metres/15,000 feet) after camping below the pass. Moving through the Zatra La, we drop below to a nice stream-filled valley and the town of Tuli Kharka (440 metres/14,400 feet).
 
After another day of traversing a hillside and traveling through forests of tall blue Himalyan pine, hemlock, birch, and luxuriant rhodondrons, we are rewarded with our first views of the South Face of Mera Peak, camping in the town of Tashing Ongma (3500 metres/11,500 feet). As we continue to trek towards Tangnag (4350 metres/14,300 feet), past Dig Kharke, and finally to Khare (basecamp), we are rewarded with impressive views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, such as Peak 43, Kusum Kanguru,and Mera Peak itself. After leaving Tangnag, we follow the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka and Khare (4800 metres/15,700 feet), where the start of a glacier leads up to the Mera La and we establish our basecamp. back to top
 
Climbing Mera Peak-
 
At 6476 metres/21,246 feet, trekking Mera Peak provides great acclimatization before going on to Baruntse, as well as the chance to summit two peaks on the same expedition. The route is fairly straight forward from basecamp with only a few sections of fixed rope near the summit. We will take the opportunity to review climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, and descending on this relatively 'safe' mountain before the larger climb of Baruntse (photo right by Dan Mazur: Mera Peak, as seen on the approach trek to basecamp). 

From basecamp, we will move up a high snow pass called the Mera La and camp at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. The views here are stunning with a panoramic ring of Himalayan peaks surrounding the camp. From here we will continue up a short steep walk to Mera high camp at 5800 metres/19,000 feet, located near a rocky outcrop.

From the high camp it is possible to ascend to the summit in one day. The steady climb to the north summit (the true summit of Mera Peak) is rewarded with one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, giving fantastic views of five 8000 metre peaks, Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, and Cho Oyu to the west. back to top
 
Heading towards the summit of fun trekking peak, Mera Peak, at 6300 metres/20,700 feet. Dawa Sherpa on the summit of Mera Peak on a beautiful, sunny and clear day with no wind (Tunc Findik).
Climbing Baruntse-
 
After packing up our Mera Peak basecamp, we will continue the trek to Baruntse basecamp descending further into the Hunku Khola Valley.
 
Climbing to the high camps: We fix ropes all the way from basecamp to the summit.

Basecamp at 5300 metres/17,400 feet: Our comfortable basecamp is established on a broad open valley next to a beautiful lake on the glacial moraine near the base of the mountain. 

Camp 1 at 6100 metres/20,000 feet: From basecamp, we follow the right bank of the Barun Glacier, approaching the mountain towards the West Col. We first cross a wide, flat moraine and low angled, crevassed glacier to a snow gully leading up to the West Col. It is a 150 metre/500 foot climb up a 50 degree hard ice snow gully up to the West Col on fixed rope. Upon reaching the top there is a wide flat glacier plateau where we establish camp 1 (photo right by Tunc Findik: Camp 1 at 6100 metres/20,000 feet).

Camp 2 at 6400 metres/21,000 feet: From camp 1 we begin a long glacier ascent. The climbing is low angled and we may use fixed rope to protect against open or hidden crevasses. As the slope steepens, we reach a small col where we establish camp 2. back to top
 
Summit Day-
 
From camp 2, there is a short steep 75 degree ice wall we ascend to reach a small col at 6500 metres/21,300 feet. Next is a wide 45 degree snow shoulder up to 6700 metres/22,000 feet, where we reach the sharp summit ridge of Baruntse. We follow this up to a wide summit cone and finally to the true summit itself (7129 metres/23,390 feet).

From the summit you will be treated to incredibly stunning views of Lhotse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and the Khumbu Himal. You may be surprised to see what a bit more altitude does to the great views you just had on Mera Peak as you experience one of the best panoramic mountain scenes in the world. back to top
Below the West Col of Baruntse looking up towards the summit. Tunc Findik, former SummitClimb team member and summiter of Everest, Cho Oyu and Pumori on the summit of Baruntse. A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres/23,000 feet (Tunc Findik). 
Going Home-
 
After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, we will make the return trek by a different route. Heading north from Baruntse, we will cross the Amphu Labtsa pass (5780 metres/19,000 feet) back into the Khumbu Valley and the town of Chukkum. Before heading across the pass, we will camp next to a group of lakes known as Panch Pokhri that are a scared site and place of pilgrimage. As we head back towards Lukla, we first stop in Pagboche and Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people.

From Namche Bazaar it is a short ways Lukla to catch our flight back to Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu, you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. You can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. back to top

Thank You for joining our Baruntse Expedition.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Leadership, Sherpas and Staff | SummitClimb

Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Dan Mazur.

It is Dan's fifth Everest expedition. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 20 years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link above.

A meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition. The audience, our trekkers and climbers. Felix demonstrating the members high mountain equipment before a shopping trip to one of Kathmandu's 50 mountain shops to purchase any needed essentials for the members (Franck Pitula).

Note: Our leaders are not guides. They are there to coordinate the expedition and may or may not climb with you personally on the mountain. Our leaders will try to do everything they can to help you, but it is your responsibility to have the skills, strength, equipment, etcetera to do this climb. If you are unsure, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal and Tibet's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Everest more than 7 times and countless times to Mera Peak and Baruntse. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Note: We strive to provide one group sherpa for each 3-4 members. The group sherpa's duty is to carry group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas up and down the mountain. Group sherpas help to setup and take down camps. They are also there to try to assist in any rescues, so the other members may not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. They may not be available to climb with members and in some instances, you may be called upon to help carry group equipment and help with group work. If you need more sherpa assistance, we encourage you to hire a personal sherpa.

For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. 

Our awesome high altitude sherpas and climbing staff with members they have climbed and trekked with:

 Ang Sherpa and Ms. Sophie atop Everest. Tenji Sherpa on the summit of Everest. Phurba Sherpa and Andrew Brash in Everest basecamp after summiting (Daniel Mazur). Tile and Jangbu Sherpa atop the summit of Lhotse (Sam Mansikka).

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.

Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera. 

Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.

Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Training and Mountain Experience | SummitClimb

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

Team Member Experience:

 Extensive experience is not required for climbing Baruntse. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.

Our leaders and our team-climbing-sherpas are there to ensure you make it up to the summit and back down safely.

We welcome you to join our expedition as an individual and most of our members do. We plan to assemble our team members into groups so you should not have to climb alone, although occasionally it may happen. By the way, we are unable to accommodate 'soloists' who are not willing to climb together with other team members or sherpas from our team. The main expectation is that members will be prepared to climb with a team member or sherpa above basecamp if possible. This practice ensures that the entire team has a fun, successful, and safe time on the mountain. back to top

Fitness and Health:

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. Please make sure you have physically trained yourself very thoroughly before joining this climb. For a list of the medications we recommend you purchase, please click here. We look forward to climbing together with you! back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • Firstly, you should always consult your doctor before starting a rigorous exercise plan.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older climbers and walkers please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming is an excellent form of training because it does not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising 3 to 4 times a week for between 40 minutes and an hour and a half each time. You should expect to work hard, and try to keep your heartrate quite high and your breathing quite heavy.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the expedition. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink at least 4 litres/quarts of water a day.
  • You may wish to engage the services of a personal trainer, who could help you to fine tune your fitness to a higher level while minimizing strain and maximising your potential in ways you might not have imagined. Personal trainers can also be a great motivator, as you and the trainer have your weekly session, thus you will feel an incentive to complete your planned fitness programme for that week.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide a more balanced exercise programme. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking and running (On stairs and hills too) and cycling, but above all should be fun! Hillwalking and climbing with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is essential. If you don't have hills, why not go for stairs, bleachers, viewing stands, stadiums, even the stairways in tall buildings? Don't forget to spend time directly working the muscles of the legs, back and shoulders, and remember that your own body weight can be just as effective as weights, or machines.
  • About 6 weeks before the expedition departure date, you may wish to do 1 full day each week of hill walking, climbing or an equivalent, with a light rucksack. On that day, you would want to eventually work toward six-eight hours of continuous walking or climbing up and down hill, with 4 to 6 separate ten minute breaks and a 1/2 to 1 hour lunch break midway through.
  • To minimize the chance of injuring yourself, consider starting with a half day and then if you do well, increase to 2/3, then eventually to a full day, once a week.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it.
  • Hint: when carrying a rucksack while descending, walking, or climbing down-hill, try carrying a bit less in your rucksack in order to save your knees. Many trainers advise carrying water bottles up the hill then emptying them at the top so your rucksack is lightened for the trip down. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, in base camp, and on Mera Peak, ALL full-service and basic-climb members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be operated. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu, in basecamp and on Mera Peak in the areas of climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, rappels (abseils), belaying, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.

We hope that you will arrive for your Baruntse Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Personal & Team Mountain Equipment | SummitClimb

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Baruntse and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Baruntse Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Baruntse Frequently Asked Questions.

Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • 5 metres / 15 feet of 6mm climber's accessory cord.
  • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
  • 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
  • 4 regular carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
  • Optional; Adjustable trekking poles; back to top

Upper Body-

  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
  • 1 polar fleece jacket.
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood; back to top
  • Umbrella (optional);

Hands-

  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts, please click here).

Head-

    • Helmet;
    • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
    • Balaclava;
    • Face mask;
    • Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
    • Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
    • 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions. back to top

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;1 pair walking shorts;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • 1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers , salopettes or bibs.

Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Feet-

    • 1 pair double plastic boots (koflach style) or 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent,
    • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced basecamp;
  • 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
    • 1 pair down booties (optional);
  • 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
  • 2 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
  • vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
  • Cotton socks for in town.
Sleeping-
  • 1 high altitude, down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down clothing inside the tent;
  • At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in basecamp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?

Your sleeping bag should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags. back to top

Personal Hygiene-

    • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • hand wipes. back to top

Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:

  • small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
    • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • 1 set earplugs;
  • extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested.back to top

Personal Food-

Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day along the trek and in basecamp.

On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 3 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-5 kilos/4-10 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country.Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

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    • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
    • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
    • 1 compass or GPS;
    • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
    • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
    • nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
    • 3 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
    • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
    • 1 small folding knife;
    • binoculars (optional);
    • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
    • passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
    • separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
    • dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
    • credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for basecamp and in town;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.

This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

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Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Question & Answer section | SummitClimb

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Video Movie Clips | SummitClimb


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Thank you for reading about our past Baruntse Expeditions. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition International Members Application | SummitClimb

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Baruntse "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Baruntse Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for International Applicants

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
Welcome to our team.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition US Members Application | SummitClimb

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Baruntse "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Baruntse Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

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SummitClimb Mount Baruntse Climb Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

Please scroll down for more SummitClimb Mount Baruntse Climb Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments:

Here is what Mike says:
Great trip to Nepal...thanks to the leader and your crew. Went through my pictures tonight with some friends. Not done yet...unfinished business will bring me back.

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Review from Kurt: Here's a few photos from my recent trip to Baruntse (7127m). Thanks to the leader, Sherpas, and SummitClimb for a well organized successful expedition. -Kurt

Kurt and Jangbu are on the Summit A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres23,000 feet

Kurt and Jangbu are on the Summit.  A view of the Baruntse summit ridge heading up towards the summit cone at 6950 metres / 23,000 feet.  Photo Kurt Blair.

Here is what Paul Brophy says:

I CLIMBED THIS MOUNTAIN ,WITH THIS TOP EXPEDITION LEADER,WATCH ,THIS VIDEO AND BOOK YOUR SELF A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME ADVENTURE


Here is what
Andrew Davis says:

This was an epic trip!! I would highly recommend this mountain and experience.

Here is what
Markus Beck says:

3:28pm Nov 7: from Facebook:

Good work. It was hard work with all that snow. Your team had it timed luckily for mera pk and baruntse BC to take advantage of good weather and a more solid trail. I'm sure for crossing amphu laptsa (which we abandoned on oct 26), it took a big group effort of the Sherpas to get it done. We met a few members of the team as well as the team leader. Good group, good organization. - Markus Beck

Team on the summit of Baruntse in beautiful weather on 4 November, 2013. Felix Berg Photo Summit of Mera Peak back ground Mount Everest. Photo Ray

Team on the summit of Baruntse in beautiful weather on 4 November, 2013. Felix Berg Photo. Summit of Mera Peak back ground Mount Everest. Photo Ray.

Here is what Geoff says:

Yes indeed we met your Baruntse leader in Khare, and then had lots of contact with him through the climbing period in Base Camp. I believe your group summited Baruntse with 8 or 9 clients on about the 3rd of Nov. We then summitted (3 of us + 3 sherpas) two days later. We were very lucky with the weather, as you may have heard.
There was a big snow fall around the 1st of Nov that made things look pretty iffy. There's no doubt that the trail and the ropes set up by your group were a massive help for our summit bid... so if you could pass along our thanks to your leader, that would be greatly appreciated. We didn't get a chance to thank him personally before they left.

Good luck with the rest of your expeditions this year, and let's keep in touch! Regards, Geoff
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Baruntse seen from basecamp at sundown. Photo Tunc Findik. Below the West Col of Baruntse looking up towards the summit. Photo Tunc Findik

Here is what Felix says:

- Beautiful itinerary with good campsites and many interesting activities;
- Good leaders;
- Lots of experienced staff and sherpas, even a good cook;
- International team: good teamwork and gathering of people.

Here is what Jose says:

Baruntse is a great expedition, and the Mera preliminary is a good test. The general experience of the sherpas and leaders is evident in terms of deciding strategy and defining daily schedules, this also implies that the tent, porters and kitchen teams work in a  very effective way.
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Stone prayer towers above Tagnag Lake with Tagnag Glacier in the background. Photo by Michael Moritz. Frank Seidel and Jennifer Klich crossing the Mera La. Photo by Mchael Moritz
 
Stone prayer towers above Tagnag Lake with Tagnag Glacier in the background. Photo by Michael Moritz. Frank Seidel and Jennifer Klich crossing the Mera La. Photo by Mchael Moritz.

Here what  George S says:

First of all.. I'd like to thank your wonderful team for my first experience to join an international OPEN group expedition.

I enjoy so much. particularly I'm the only Zero-Zero-Zero. coming from zero degree (equator line),

zero snow (no four season) and Jakarta is "zero" sea level. so I learn a lot from all friends I met.

I enjoy the Mera Peak. even lots of raining in the first week. then following the valley into Baruntse BC was so beautiful,

So silent+peace. and Baruntse itself stands so challenging. even I missed the summit. but I like 'em all.

I won't forget the crossing Panch Pocari that surprised me with beautiful ponds.

Then ascending the ICE CAKE on the West Co. I never imagined how beautiful it is.. And finally Amphu Labtsa. it's stunning.

Came into the pass to get secret of the other side. and descending way is unbelievable !!

So I recommend this triple trip Mera-Baruntse-Amphu Labtsa. since Mera only is to short and considered as "warming up".

I like your kitchen's team "chef" and his smiling kitchen boys. who really support us.

I have no probrem with the food. Hot chocolate is the most valuable item.

The campsite chosen by Sherpa is good.

Porters are really strong and walk so fast.


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View from Summit of Barunste. Photo Frank Seidel Summit ridge of Barunste. Photo Frank Seidel
View from Summit of Barunste. Photo Frank Seidel. Summit ridge of Barunste. Photo Frank Seidel.
 
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We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trips a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Jose says:

    Baruntse is a great expedition, and the Mera preliminary is a good test. The general experience of the sherpas and leaders is evident in terms of deciding strategy and defining daily schedules, this also implies that the tent, porters and kitchen teams work in a  very effective way. 


  • Here what  George S says:

    First of all.. I'd like to thank your wonderful team for my first experience to join an international OPEN group expedition.

    I enjoy so much. particularly I'm the only Zero-Zero-Zero. coming from zero degree (equator line),

    zero snow (no four season) and Jakarta is "zero" sea level. so I learn a lot from all friends I met.

    I enjoy the Mera Peak. even lots of raining in the first week. then following the valley into Baruntse BC was so beautiful,

    So silent+peace. and Baruntse itself stands so challenging. even I missed the summit. but I like 'em all.

    I won't forget the crossing Panch Pocari that surprised me with beautiful ponds.

    Then ascending the ICE CAKE on the West Co. I never imagined how beautiful it is.. And finally Amphu Labtsa. it's stunning.

    Came into the pass to get secret of the other side. and descending way is unbelievable !!

    So I recommend this triple trip Mera-Baruntse-Amphu Labtsa. since Mera only is to short and considered as "warming up".

    I like your kitchen's team "chef" and his smiling kitchen boys. who really support us.

    I have no probrem with the food. Hot chocolate is the most valuable item.

    The campsite chosen by Sherpa is good.

    Porters are really strong and walk so fast.


    Thanks George S

  • Here is what Felix says:

    - Beautiful itinerary with good campsites and many interesting activities;
    - Good leaders;
    - Lots of experienced staff and sherpas, even a good cook;
    - International team: good teamwork and gathering of people.

  • Here is what Markus Beck says:

    3:28pm Nov 7: from Facebook:

    Good work. It was hard work with all that snow. Your team had it timed luckily for mera pk and baruntse BC to take advantage of good weather and a more solid trail. I'm sure for crossing amphu laptsa (which we abandoned on oct 26), it took a big group effort of the Sherpas to get it done. We met a few members of the team as well as the team leader. Good group, good organization. - Markus Beck

    Here is what Geoff says:

    Yes indeed we met your Baruntse leader in Khare, and then had lots of contact with him through the climbing period in Base Camp. I believe your group summited Baruntse with 8 or 9 clients on about the 3rd of Nov. We then summitted (3 of us + 3 sherpas) two days later. We were very lucky with the weather, as you may have heard.

    There was a big snow fall around the 1st of Nov that made things look pretty iffy. There's no doubt that the trail and the ropes set up by your group were a massive help for our summit bid... so if you could pass along our thanks to your leader, that would be greatly appreciated. We didn't get a chance to thank him personally before they left.

    Good luck with the rest of your expeditions this year, and let's keep in touch! Regards, Geoff

  • Review from Kurt: Here's a few photos from my recent trip to Baruntse (7127m). Thanks to the leader, Sherpas, and SummitClimb for a well organized successful expedition. -Kurt