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Baruntse Expedition 7,129m - 34 Days

Introduction: The Great Adventure Trek & Expeditions offering an exclusive climb with a full scale expeditions to Baruntse peak at 27 52 19 Latitude & 86 58 55 Longitude, a technical expedition mountain taking minimum of a month for the trek and climb. Climbing can be done within a 10 days in good weather from the Base Camp. Baruntse peak with ridges forms the icy wall between the Barun Valley, Hinko Valley and the Imjatse valley of the` Khumbu area. Most of the Ascent is done via Sherpani and West Col and it is technically tough in most places.

GA expedition starts from Lukla on the quiet trail crossing several high passes and through the unspoiled forest of Hinku Valley area. Adventure continues over the Mera-La to the upper Hinku basin in complete wilderness amidst the great snow peaks that surrounds our high camp near Hongu and Panch pokhari. The walk-in follows a picturesque and rarely trekked route, which passes through moraine and ice path.

The higher camp leads at the foot of the Barun Glacier, from where most of the climbing is done. Baruntse lies hidden behind the Peak 4 and in between the East and West Col. of Makalu. The traverse to Everest region via Sherpani Col and Amphu Laptsa is done through up the rocky slopes of the Barun’s West Bank. After the great strenuous adventure climb, we retrace the journey back to Lukla trail and finally back for the spectacular flight to the bustling Kathmandu.

Trip highlights:Amazing scenery from Mt.Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Mt Makalu to Mt. Kanchenjunga,  in the hidden corners of high Himalaya in the most elusive path trekked by westerners hardly climbed an explored of Mt. Baruntse and its surrounding.”

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m. and transfer to Hotel. Day 02 – 03: In Kathmandu preparation & sightseeing tour. Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,800m. a short trek to Chutanga 3,430m. 3 – 4 hrs walks. Day 05: Rest day at Chutanga for acclmatisation. Day 06: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300m. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 07: Trek to Mousum Kharka. 3,430m. 3 – 4 hrs. Day 08: Trek to Tagnag. 4,360m. approx. 5 hrs. Day 09: Rest day for acclimatisation. Day 10: Trek to Khare. 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Day 11: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Day 12: Trek to Hongu Pokhari. Approx. 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Day 13: Rest day at Hongu Pokhari. Day 14: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp. Approx. 5,300m. Day 15: Rest day for acclimatization. Day 16 – 25: Climbing and preparation for the summit of Baruntse. Day 26: Back at Base Camp. Day 27: Trek back to Hongu Pokhari. Day 28: Trek on route Khare. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 29: Trek to Kothe. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 30: Trek to Tuli Kharka. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 31: Trek to Lukla via Zatarwa-La.6 -7 hrs. Day 32: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu. Day 33: Free day at leisure.Day 34: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you information of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with GA.

Day 02 – 03: Preparation with half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley is rich in World’s Heritage Sites.

Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,800m. 30 minutes trek to Chutanga. An early morning start with a drive to domestic airport board as per the flight time board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, our trekking guides will receive you, first day trek an easy walk leading east, the path here is less visited than the other main trails to Namche from Lukla, walking through number of hamlets and wood yards until the trail reach the thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge, on this portion follow the Sherpa or the group as there are many path leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams with numerous places for camp, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. Our first campsite is pitched on the meadows with time for a short walk around.

Day 05: Rest day at Chutanga 3,430 meters. A necessary rest day for acclimatisation, before heading higher region and crossing of Zatrwa-la at 4,600m, a short hike can be done to stretch your leg and muscle walking up to a small peak at around 4,000m below the Zatrwa Teng Pass, which offers excellent views over the valley of Dudh Koshi, and also views of our route towards the Zatrwa-la.

Day 06: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300m. 6 – 7 hrs. After a good rest day at Chutanga, adventure continues to a climb across the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep climb brings to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called Zatrwa Og, from here the path leads across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600meteres. In bad weather to find the path can be quite frustrating and misleading, in fine day view across the Dudh Kosi, Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are fantastic, the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here hour downhill will bring to a large boulder which will be campsite for the overnight at Tuli Kharka.

Day 07: Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430m. 3 – 4 hrs. From Tuli Kharka, a short trek on the downhill slope, the path descends with superb scenery of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru and then coming to a fine vantage point of the Hinku Valley, with grand views of the South Face of Mera Peak entering the forest once again, the trail drops steeply into the Hinku Valley.

A pleasant walk leads through the forest full of tall Himalayan pine and rhododendron trees. We make our camp on the clearing known as Mosum Kharka by the Hinku Drangka River.

Day 08: Trek to Thagnag 4,360m. 5 hrs. After Mousum Kharka, route follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, leaving the forest as the valley widens and opens, coming to a pasture and small kharkas (shade of the Shepard’s)  then walk leads to a small bridge to reach at Gondishung at 4,350m, a summer settlement of Tagnag with its huts and stone walled enclosures. Gondishung itself has a fascinating 200 year old gompa (monastery) beneath a great rock overhang, is a small Gompa with a buddha and several buddstava, prayer flags and number of crude mani walls. Trek continues for another hour passing beyond Lungsamba as the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kangguru 6,369m to the west and the truncated far western peak of Mera 6,255m then finishing our today’s walk here at Thagnag, a settlement made by the yak herders. Now days there are several tea houses here to cater the needs of the local staffs and porters who accompany to Mera expeditions and beyond. Here with a rest day on this beautiful surrounding.

Day 09: Rest day for acclimatisation. A rest day for acclimatisation and local hike in this wonderful setting surrounded by staggering mountains, Peak 43 rises to 6,769m altitude. Just north from the camp there is a huge moraine which is dammed with a beautiful glacial lake known as the Sabai Tsho, into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier well worth exploring to acclimatize well.

Day 10: Trek to Khare 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. After a great time at Tagnag, today’s destination is a short day walk of 3-4 hours but take it slowly acclamatising and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Route follows a relatively good trail leading up across the moraine which dams the Charpatti Tal, and then reaching a high point lined with cairns overlooking the glacial lake after more than half hour climb. From here the path descends slightly before touring the ridge and crossing a sandy bowl to the steep stream that descends from Dig Kharka, proceed on the right bank until after 45 minutes then reach the large pasture of Dig Kharka, here cross the stream with the help of stepping stones towards the walls of an old shelter, after Dig Kharka, walk leads to a steep climb for few minutes, passing a large bivouac stone and then contouring around the hillside reaching the stream once again. Re-cross the stream at an obvious spots on large boulders. Following a trail for more than an hour across the boulder strewn hillside, reaching Khare for the overnight

Day 11: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m.4 – 5 hrs. After completing first part of the adventure, continue to traverse into the main section of the Hongu Valley, passing small col with superb views of Chamling, Makalu and Baruntse. From the last col descend for two hours to a nice spot for lunch beside the Hongu Drangka, under the west face of Chamlang. After a break here walking below Chamlang, and gradually climbing into the Upper Hongu Valley the walk from here is dominated by views of Lhotse and Everest, after two hours of good hard walk leads to a grassy flat slope campsite near some moraine hills.

Day 12: Trek to Hongu Pokhari. Approx. 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Trek at first follows a gradual climb, then more steeply on the moraine and rocky glacier, then leading towards old and more recent moraine deposits, we reach Hongu Pokhari and make our camp near to the pond.

Day 13: Rest day at Hongu Pokhari. Another rest day which gives a break to pull back the strength back for the final assault to the last challenging climb to Baruntse, either relaxing or for the energetic people there is an opportunity to climb smaller hills behind the camp for the excellent views of the Hinku Glacier and the Mingbo-la.

Day 14: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m. The trek follows towards east on the ill define path, past the Hongu glacier and moraine with amazing view of the surrounding peaks, including north eastern view of Ama Dablam, Hongu  and Amphu peaks. Walk follows with a climb towards the Baruntse Base Camp taking about 4-5 hours of good walk with lunch break in between. The overnight camp is made near the Baruntse Glacier.

Day 15: Rest day for acclimatisation. A free day for acclimatisation an optional hike around the unexplored area of this region and preparation for the climb.

Day 16 – 25: Climbing and preparation for the summit of Baruntse. Reserved ten days for this adventurous climb to the summit of Baruntse, number of days are required to establish required camps from the high camp to the 3rd camp and finally to the summit, Sherpa climbing guides and high altitude porters will ferry the necessary gear to the high camps and for the climb, and fix the ropes where necessary and make the best possible routes for this great ascent to the top of Baruntse.

Day 26: Back at Base Camp. An extra day to re-organise the camping and climbing equipment and to clean up the rubbish, picking up everything that has been brought leaving nothing except your foot prints behind.

Day 27: Trek back to Hongu Pokhari. The walk back will be more or less on the same path most of the way to Hongu Pokhari or beyond depending upon the time, availability of water and camping site.

Day 28: Trek on route Khare  6 – 7 hrs. The route back involves a climb over the Mere-la and slowly descending towards to the overnight camp at Khare.

Day 29: Trek to Kothe 6 – 7 hrs. Journey follows the same way back to Kothe and beyond till Lukla.

Day 30: Trek to Tuli Kharka 6 – 7 hrs. Retrace the journey back to Tuli Kharka and good to be back to the tree lines and greenery.

Day 31: Trek to Lukla via Zatarwa-La. 6 – 7 hrs. Retrace the journey back the same path. Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 32: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, GA office staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.

Day 33: In Kathmandu. Free day at leisure in Kathmandu; please inform GA staff for guide sight seeing at places of interest in Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur.

Day 34: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure Treks & Adventure staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from the high Himalayan country, Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m. and transfer to Hotel. Day 02 – 03: In Kathmandu preparation & sightseeing tour. Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,800m. a short trek to Chutanga 3,430m. 3 – 4 hrs walks. Day 05: Rest day at Chutanga for acclmatisation. Day 06: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300m. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 07: Trek to Mousum Kharka. 3,430m. 3 – 4 hrs. Day 08: Trek to Tagnag. 4,360m. approx. 5 hrs. Day 09: Rest day for acclimatisation. Day 10: Trek to Khare. 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Day 11: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Day 12: Trek to Hongu Pokhari. Approx. 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Day 13: Rest day at Hongu Pokhari. Day 14: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp. Approx. 5,300m. Day 15: Rest day for acclimatization. Day 16 – 25: Climbing and preparation for the summit of Baruntse. Day 26: Back at Base Camp. Day 27: Trek back to Hongu Pokhari. Day 28: Trek on route Khare. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 29: Trek to Kothe. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 30: Trek to Tuli Kharka. 6 – 7 hrs. Day 31: Trek to Lukla via Zatarwa-La.6 -7 hrs. Day 32: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu. Day 33: Free day at leisure.Day 34: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you information of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with GA.

Day 02 – 03: Preparation with half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley is rich in World’s Heritage Sites.

Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,800m. 30 minutes trek to Chutanga. An early morning start with a drive to domestic airport board as per the flight time board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, our trekking guides will receive you, first day trek an easy walk leading east, the path here is less visited than the other main trails to Namche from Lukla, walking through number of hamlets and wood yards until the trail reach the thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge, on this portion follow the Sherpa or the group as there are many path leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams with numerous places for camp, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. Our first campsite is pitched on the meadows with time for a short walk around.

Day 05: Rest day at Chutanga 3,430 meters. A necessary rest day for acclimatisation, before heading higher region and crossing of Zatrwa-la at 4,600m, a short hike can be done to stretch your leg and muscle walking up to a small peak at around 4,000m below the Zatrwa Teng Pass, which offers excellent views over the valley of Dudh Koshi, and also views of our route towards the Zatrwa-la.

Day 06: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300m. 6 – 7 hrs. After a good rest day at Chutanga, adventure continues to a climb across the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep climb brings to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called Zatrwa Og, from here the path leads across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600meteres. In bad weather to find the path can be quite frustrating and misleading, in fine day view across the Dudh Kosi, Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are fantastic, the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here hour downhill will bring to a large boulder which will be campsite for the overnight at Tuli Kharka.

Day 07: Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430m. 3 – 4 hrs. From Tuli Kharka, a short trek on the downhill slope, the path descends with superb scenery of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru and then coming to a fine vantage point of the Hinku Valley, with grand views of the South Face of Mera Peak entering the forest once again, the trail drops steeply into the Hinku Valley.

A pleasant walk leads through the forest full of tall Himalayan pine and rhododendron trees. We make our camp on the clearing known as Mosum Kharka by the Hinku Drangka River.

Day 08: Trek to Thagnag 4,360m. 5 hrs. After Mousum Kharka, route follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, leaving the forest as the valley widens and opens, coming to a pasture and small kharkas (shade of the Shepard’s)  then walk leads to a small bridge to reach at Gondishung at 4,350m, a summer settlement of Tagnag with its huts and stone walled enclosures. Gondishung itself has a fascinating 200 year old gompa (monastery) beneath a great rock overhang, is a small Gompa with a buddha and several buddstava, prayer flags and number of crude mani walls. Trek continues for another hour passing beyond Lungsamba as the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kangguru 6,369m to the west and the truncated far western peak of Mera 6,255m then finishing our today’s walk here at Thagnag, a settlement made by the yak herders. Now days there are several tea houses here to cater the needs of the local staffs and porters who accompany to Mera expeditions and beyond. Here with a rest day on this beautiful surrounding.

Day 09: Rest day for acclimatisation. A rest day for acclimatisation and local hike in this wonderful setting surrounded by staggering mountains, Peak 43 rises to 6,769m altitude. Just north from the camp there is a huge moraine which is dammed with a beautiful glacial lake known as the Sabai Tsho, into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier well worth exploring to acclimatize well.

Day 10: Trek to Khare 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. After a great time at Tagnag, today’s destination is a short day walk of 3-4 hours but take it slowly acclamatising and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Route follows a relatively good trail leading up across the moraine which dams the Charpatti Tal, and then reaching a high point lined with cairns overlooking the glacial lake after more than half hour climb. From here the path descends slightly before touring the ridge and crossing a sandy bowl to the steep stream that descends from Dig Kharka, proceed on the right bank until after 45 minutes then reach the large pasture of Dig Kharka, here cross the stream with the help of stepping stones towards the walls of an old shelter, after Dig Kharka, walk leads to a steep climb for few minutes, passing a large bivouac stone and then contouring around the hillside reaching the stream once again. Re-cross the stream at an obvious spots on large boulders. Following a trail for more than an hour across the boulder strewn hillside, reaching Khare for the overnight

Day 11: Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m.4 – 5 hrs. After completing first part of the adventure, continue to traverse into the main section of the Hongu Valley, passing small col with superb views of Chamling, Makalu and Baruntse. From the last col descend for two hours to a nice spot for lunch beside the Hongu Drangka, under the west face of Chamlang. After a break here walking below Chamlang, and gradually climbing into the Upper Hongu Valley the walk from here is dominated by views of Lhotse and Everest, after two hours of good hard walk leads to a grassy flat slope campsite near some moraine hills.

Day 12: Trek to Hongu Pokhari. Approx. 5,000m. 4 – 5 hrs. Trek at first follows a gradual climb, then more steeply on the moraine and rocky glacier, then leading towards old and more recent moraine deposits, we reach Hongu Pokhari and make our camp near to the pond.

Day 13: Rest day at Hongu Pokhari. Another rest day which gives a break to pull back the strength back for the final assault to the last challenging climb to Baruntse, either relaxing or for the energetic people there is an opportunity to climb smaller hills behind the camp for the excellent views of the Hinku Glacier and the Mingbo-la.

Day 14: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m. The trek follows towards east on the ill define path, past the Hongu glacier and moraine with amazing view of the surrounding peaks, including north eastern view of Ama Dablam, Hongu  and Amphu peaks. Walk follows with a climb towards the Baruntse Base Camp taking about 4-5 hours of good walk with lunch break in between. The overnight camp is made near the Baruntse Glacier.

Day 15: Rest day for acclimatisation. A free day for acclimatisation an optional hike around the unexplored area of this region and preparation for the climb.

Day 16 – 25: Climbing and preparation for the summit of Baruntse. Reserved ten days for this adventurous climb to the summit of Baruntse, number of days are required to establish required camps from the high camp to the 3rd camp and finally to the summit, Sherpa climbing guides and high altitude porters will ferry the necessary gear to the high camps and for the climb, and fix the ropes where necessary and make the best possible routes for this great ascent to the top of Baruntse.

Day 26: Back at Base Camp. An extra day to re-organise the camping and climbing equipment and to clean up the rubbish, picking up everything that has been brought leaving nothing except your foot prints behind.

Day 27: Trek back to Hongu Pokhari. The walk back will be more or less on the same path most of the way to Hongu Pokhari or beyond depending upon the time, availability of water and camping site.

Day 28: Trek on route Khare  6 – 7 hrs. The route back involves a climb over the Mere-la and slowly descending towards to the overnight camp at Khare.

Day 29: Trek to Kothe 6 – 7 hrs. Journey follows the same way back to Kothe and beyond till Lukla.

Day 30: Trek to Tuli Kharka 6 – 7 hrs. Retrace the journey back to Tuli Kharka and good to be back to the tree lines and greenery.

Day 31: Trek to Lukla via Zatarwa-La. 6 – 7 hrs. Retrace the journey back the same path. Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 32: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, GA office staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.

Day 33: In Kathmandu. Free day at leisure in Kathmandu; please inform GA staff for guide sight seeing at places of interest in Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur.

Day 34: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure Treks & Adventure staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from the high Himalayan country, Nepal.

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