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Baruntse Climbing Expedition | SummitClimb

  • baruntse photos Baruntse. Photo Markus
  • baruntse photos The Summit Ridge on Baruntse. Photo Torsten Eickhorst
  • Barunste Photo The ridgeline leading to Baruntse's Summit.
  • baruntse photos Amphu Labtsa pass. Photo Mia
  • baruntse photos Richard Bryars and Jan den Bose on the sunny summit of Baruntse. Photo Markus Staehelin
  • baruntse photos Members enjoying Baruntse 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 4,150 meters (13,615 feet). Photo Michael Moritz
  • baruntse photos The final summit push on 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 a sunny day and resting. Photo Ray Pevitt
  • baruntse photos Member Hiking up to Khote. Photo Kaley
  • baruntse photos Member in her tent. Photo Mia
  • baruntse photos The summit of Mera Peak. Photo Jangbu Sherpa
  • baruntse photos Members 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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  • Baruntse and Mera peak climb: 12 October to 14 November (34 days in Nepal)

  • Full Service Cost: $9,150 £7,250 €8,050. (Baruntse and Mera Peak) (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2019)

  • Baruntse only climb (for more advanced climbers): 1 November to 29 November (29 days in Nepal)

  • Full Service cost: $7,150 £5,650 €6,250 (Baruntse only) (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2019)

Overview

At 7,129 metres (23,390 feet), Baruntse lies in the heart of the Himalayan giants of Nepal and has a higher summit success rate than comparable peaks. Our expedition offers an opportunity to climb this classic 7,000 metre 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.

Our Baruntse/Mera trip gives members the opportunity to warm up on Mera Peak, 6,476 metres (21,247 feet). Mera Peak is a classic, easier, Nepali peak. It is an excellent training ground for the more challenging Baruntse. Both trips (Mera/ Baruntse and Baruntse only) cross the incredibly beautiful Amphu Labtsa Pass, 5,845 metres (19,177 feet). This stunning pass is one of the most impressive passes in the Himalayas and is one of the highlights of the expedition.

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Baruntse Climbing Expedition Cost | SummitClimb

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, European, or American leader
  • Expert climbing Sherpa
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation
  • Yak transport of all equipment to and from basecamp
  • Warm up climb on Mera Peak (not included on Baruntse only climb)
  • Skillful base camp cooks
  • Three meals each day
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • All permit fees and liaison officers
  • Use of group gear and supplies
  • Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport transfer

What is not included?

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment and clothing
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Nepalese visa

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  • Private Sherpa (personal guide/porter) – Carries up to 10 kg (22bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.

  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps

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Dan Mazur descending from the summit. Photo Patrick

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Detailed Itinerary and Schedule | SummitClimb

Baruntse/Mera Peak climb – the Grand Circle Himalayan Traverse

1) Arrive Kathmandu 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Stay at hotel.

2) Orientation day in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.


3) Fly to Lukla, 2,860 metres (9,383 feet). Stay at tea house


4) Trek to Chutanga, 3,474 metres (11,398 feet).


5) Trek across the Zetra La pass, 4600 metres (15,092 feet), to the village of Chatra La, 4200 metres (13,780 feet).


6) Walk to Kothey, 3,500 metres/11,483 feet


7) Continue to Tagnag, 4,300 metres/14,108 feet


8) Rest day in Tagnag, acclimatization, explore the surrounding area


9) Walk to Khare at 5,000 metres (16,404 feet), organize equipment


10) Trek across the Mera La, 5,300 metres/17,388 feet to Mera Peak basecamp at 5,100 metres/16,732 feet


11) Rest day, acclimatization, explore the surrounding area


12) Climb to Mera Peak High Camp, 5,768 metres/18,924 feet)


13) Summit Mera Peak, 6,476 metres (21,246 feet), descend back to base camp


14) Extra day for summit attempt and packing up, resting


15) Trek to Rato Oral, 4,683 metres (15,364 feet)


16) Trek to Pokhari, 5,003 metres (16,414 feet)


17) Walk to Baruntse basecamp, 5,300 metres (17,388 feet)


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


19) Rest in basecamp


20) Climb to camp 1, 6,126 metres (20,100 feet)


21) Rest day in camp 1


22) Climb to camp 2 at 6,400 metres (20,997 feet)


23) Summit attempt, 7,129 metres (23,390 feet)


24) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest


25) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest


26) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest


27) Pack and prepare to depart basecamp


28) Hike to base of AmphuLabtsa pass


29) Cross Amphu Labtsa pass, 5,845 metres (19,177 feet) to Chukkung, 4,750 metres (15,584 feet)


30) Walk to Namche Bazaar, 3,450 metres (11,319 feet)


31) Trek to Lukla.


32) Flight to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.


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


34) Fly home.

Baruntse Only

1) Arrive Kathmandu, 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Stay at hotel

2) Orientation day in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel


3) Fly to Lukla 2,860 metres (9,383 feet) Trek to Phakding, 2,650 metres (8,694 feet). Stay at tea house.


4) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440 metre/11,286 feet).


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


6) Trek to Pangboche, 3,985 metres (13,074 feet).


7) Walk to Dingboche, 4,410 metres (14,469 feet).


8) Rest and acclimatization in Dingboche.


9) Trek to the village of Chukhung, 4,750 metre (15,584 feet).


10) Walk to Amphu Labtsa High Camp, 5,213 metres (17,103 feet).


11) Rest and acclimatization in Amphu Labtsa High Camp.


12) Cross the Amphu Labtsa Pass,5,845 metres (19,177 feet) descend to Panch Pokhari and camp, 5,274 metres (17,303 feet).


13) Walk to Baruntse basecamp, 5,300 metres (17,388 feet).


14) Walk to Baruntse Advanced Base Camp at 5,800 metres (19,029 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, 6,126 metres (20,100 feet).


19) Climb to camp 2 at 6400 metres (20,997 feet).


20) Summit attempt, 7,129 metres (23,390 feet).


21) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest


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


23) Pack and depart basecamp; walk down the Hongu Valley to KongmaDingma at 4,540 metres (14,895 feet).


24) Cross Mera La Pass at 5,300 metres (17,388 feet), descend to Tagnag at 4,300 metres (14,108 feet).


25) Walk to Chetra Village at 4,200 metres (13,780 feet).


26) Walk to Lukla at 2,800 metres (9,186 feet).


27) Flight to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.


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


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

 

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On the way to summit of Baruntse. Photo Scott.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Leadership, Sherpas and Staff | SummitClimb

Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Shishapangma and Baruntse.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Training and Mountain Experience | SummitClimb

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.

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.

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Personal & Team Mountain Equipment | SummitClimb

Climbing:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat

    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Head:

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants

    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Feet:

  • Boots

    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent

  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping:

  • Down sleeping bag

    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)

  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.

    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)

  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes

Medical:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)

  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 Means
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals
Practical:

  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • 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
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)


Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.



Climber enjoying summit day on Baruntse

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Video Movie Clips | SummitClimb

Please Watch “Breathless on Baruntse,” Richard Patter’s short film.

CLIMBING APPLICATION FORMS

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.


In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
 

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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Baruntse team members. Photo - Bukhard Felber

Baruntse Climbing Expedition Question & Answer section | SummitClimb

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