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Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:33 Nights 34 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1-8
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 7129m

About Baruntse Expedition

For climbers ready to move on to a 7000+ meter-peak, Barunste 7129m, is the ultimate peak, providing excellent experience for even higher objectives. The south-east Ridge of Baruntse has a high success rate. Although it is a straightforward, less-technical climb, it contains many of the components of an 8000m peak expedition in the Himalaya of Nepal. 

Annapurna Foothills Treks is looking forward to 2021 and 2022 spring and autumn expeditions to Mount Baruntse Peak. Acclimatizing on MERA PEAK 6476m is considered the optimal way to acclimatize and condition for Baruntse climb, so we have integrated a climb of Mera Peak, 6476m (highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal) on the approach to Baruntse Base Camp.  

A short morning flight up the scenic Khumbu valley takes us to Lukla, the starting point for many treks and expeditions in the Everest region including the Baruntse expedition. We will be met by our team of competent Local Sherpas who will facilitate the logistics for the rest of the expedition. Porters, cooks and highly experienced mountaineers will assist with setting up camps, providing delicious meals and ensuring our expedition is safe and successful.

To reach Barunste, we trek through Sherpa settlements and Himalayan wilderness inspired by the views of Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. Barunste stands in the middle of three glacial valleys: the Imja, the Hungu and the Barun. As we climb higher into the Hinku Khola valley, the steep, wooded ravine gradually opens out to a wide and magnificent view of mountains, including our first objective, Mount Mera Peak. 

When we reach Mera Peak Base Camp 5400m, we sleep above the snow line for the first time on this expedition. The Mera Peak climb provides the acclimatization we need for Barunste. From Mera Peak, there is a magnificent panorama of giants like Makalu, 8481m, and Everest, 8850m, as well as our next objective, Baruntse. We move to Mera Peak High Camp before our attempt for summit. After Mera Peak, we descend into the Hungu Khola Valley toward Baruntse Base Camp via Kongma Dingma and Seto Pokhari. 
 
NOTE:
Mera Peak and Barunste Peak Expeditions can be done conjointly for groups who have different constraints of time and fitness. If part of a group wanted to return to Lukla after Mera Peak, the remaining members could continue into the Hongu Valley to Barunste base camp. 
 

Baruntse Expedition Climbing Route: 
 
The route is essentially a straightforward climb on snow and ice with some corniced sections. There are two additional camps above Baruntse Base Camp.The itinerary allows time for acclimatization and possible weather delays. Acclimatization is achieved by ascending to the next high camp, then descending to the previous camp and resting.
 
Baruntse Base Camp, 5300m, is situated in a broad open valley on the lateral moraine of the Hongu glacier next to a beautiful lake at the base of the mountain.  From the Base Camp, we climb the south-east ridge toward the West Col, which is pretty straightforward. Fixed line is needed however, to climb up the challenging 50° ice cliff to the West Col, which brings us to the glacial plateau where we set up our Baruntse Camp I, 6000m.
 
From Camp I, we ascend a long, low-angled glacier using fixed rope. The slope steepens on the approach to a small col on the South-East Ridge proper, where we establish Baruntse Camp II, 6450m.
 
FromCamp II, we push for the summit. First, we make a short steep climb on a 45° ice wall to a small col, 6500m.  There some are some steep steps on ice and short sections of rock to ascend, but the big challenge of summit day is the sharp ice shoulder, at around 7000m, that leads onto the summit ridge. Our Sherpa guide will fix ropes to ensure our safe ascent and descent.  The wide ridge narrows closer to the true Baruntse Summit, 7129m, where we enjoy stunning views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Kanchenjunga and Makalu.The summit ascent takes approx. 10 - 12 hours. We descend by the same route to base camp. 

After descending Baruntse, we cross the stunning Amphu Lapcha Pass and making our way back to Lukla via the popular Khumbu villages of Dingboche, Tengboche and Namche. Party awaits at Lukla before we fly back to Kathmandu next morning. 

 

Planning to climb Mount Baruntse ?

We have a Guaranteed Departures for Baruntse Expedition in 2020 and 2021. We have few spaces available to join for. We are looking  forward to make a small group for our Baruntse Expedition. If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun and it is a great saving too.

Highlights of Baruntse Expedition

  • stunning view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and Makalu from the summit of Baruntse
  • includes a favorite trekking peak, MERA PEAK 6476m for acclimatization peak
  • trek through remote Hongu Valley
  • climb a beautiful 7000m mountain in the Khumbu Himalaya
  • excellent peak to gain experience for world of 8000-meter peaks
  • Amphu Labtsa Pass and the Khumbu Valley
  • trek and climb with our Local Experienced Sherpa Team 
  • well set us camps and excellent logistics support during the expedition 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300m/4,265ft
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

The early morning flight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, takes only 40-minutes. It is an amazing flight as the mountains seem to tower around the plane. We land in a valley surrounded by high mountains peaks. Our climbing team will be at the airport waiting for us and without any delay, we'll commence the trek. Beginning at Lukla and then descending to Paiya, is good for acclimatization. The trail leads through forests down to the traditional villages of Surke and Pakhepani along with rhododendron forests on the way. Alos, you'll encounter a great view of Knogde Ri, Khatang, Tang Ragi Tu and other 7000+ meter peaks from Paiya.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 2,730 m/8,956 ft
  • Private Tourist Vehicle, Domestic Flight

From Paiya, there is a short descent to a wooden bridge which we cross and make a steep and slippery ascent to Kari La Pass, 3145m. A narrow trail winds down through the rhododendron and bamboo forest. The scene will be beautiful with Dudhkoshi River valley below and the Dudh Kund Himal in the background. Pangoma is farming and trading village. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,850 m/9,350 ft

The rocky trail descends to a rhododendron forest. Mani walls mark the trail as we trek over hills and ridges. The south face of Mera Peak, 6064m and Naulekh Peak towers ahead of us as we go through pine and rhododendron forests with several switchbacks and finally descend steeply to Sibuche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 2745m/9,004ft

Today our trail starts angling toward the north with plenty of ascents and descents through rhododendron and bamboo forest. We cross the crystal clear Hinku (Inkhu) Khola on suspension bridge several times and most probably, some wildlife like the sloth bear, wild cats and a variety of birds might be seen from here. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 3150m/10,333ft

We start out trekking on narrow trails through bamboo and pine forests. As we follow the river, the Hinku Valley widens and we enjoy the view of Mera Peak ahead of us. Beyond Tashing Dingma there are few teahouses where we will have our lunch. The trail follows on the ridge above the river all the way to Kothe. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3600m/11,809ft

Today, we ascend gradually following the Hinku River. We will be surrounded by Mera Peak and other white giants throught the trail. On the ridge above the river are pastures. Gondishung is a summer herders’ settlement where there is an ancient monastery. The trees become sparser as we will be nearing the snow line. Thangnak is a summer grazing area. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4356m/14,288ft

The trail crosses boulders left by Sabai Tsho, the glacial lake which is close to the trail north of Thangnak. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to the grassy Dig Kharka, which offers exclusive view of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to Khare. From a ridge above Khare, there is an excellent view of the route we will take to Mera Peak.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 5045m/16,548ft

To acclimatize, we spend the day exploring and practicing climbing techniques with our guide at Khare. If we feel strong enough with sound health, we can trek as far as Mera La and return back. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

We ascend for three hours over a boulder strewn path up to the glacier. There is a short climb to a glacial plateau leading up to Mera La. The views from the pass are spectacular. From the pass we descend about 100m towards the Honggu side and set up our base camp on the rocky moraine below the ice. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 5350m/17,549ft

We make the steep ascent to Mera La and continue up the rock-strewn north flank to a rocky outcropping where we set up high camp. From High Camp we enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. We can also see most of the route to the summit. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 5 hrs
  • 5,780 m/18,963 ft

We have an alpine start before daybreak as the climb usually takes 5-6 hours. We put on crampons and rope together for the steep climb to the summit. There are a number of crevasses, so we will need to take precaution if there has been recent snowfall. The is a short sharp scramble up an ice-wall to the summit is well rewarded with spectacular views of Cho Oyu, 8201m, Lhotse, 8516m, Everest, 8848m, Makalu , 8463m, Pumori, 7161m, Lobuche, 6145m and many others. After reaching the summit and enjoying amazing views over the Himalaya, we have a short abseil before the long descent back to High camp. We will rest for 45 minutes before descending back down to our campsite in the Hinku Valley at Kongma Dingma. This is a very long but satisfying day! 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,900 m/16,076 ft

There is no guarantee that there will be favorable weather for scheduled summit day. In case we are unable to summit Mera Peak on scheduled date due to weather or any other reason like someone in the group having altitude related problems, this extra day gives some flexibility. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

We go further up the spectacular high-altitude valley, following the bank of the Hongu river. The Amphu Labtsa appears in front with Lhotse and the Everest group beyond and Ama Dablam just to the left. We can have an excellent view of Amphu Labtsa from the campsite and it is encircled by the beautiful mountains and spends the night in tent.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 6 hrs
  • 5035m/16,515ft

We follow the trail ahead along with unique lakes and enormous mountains. The trail rugged with loose rocks while approaching nearer to Baruntse base camp. The location of base camp is just perfect with a huge glacier lake nearby and towering Mount Baruntse ahead. Our home for next 2 weeks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 6 hrs
  • 5250m/17,221ft

We allocate approx. 10 Days for the climbing duration. We will do one rotation climb up to Camp II before pushing for our summit. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 7129m

Leaving Baruntse base camp, the trail is a bit tricky until we meet the trail coming directly from Seto Pokhari. Below the Amphu Labtsu is about 5,500m. We have a relaxed afternoon as our Sherpa team prepares the route over the pass and spend the night in tent.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 5650m/18,533ft

The approach to the pass is over glacier and around stunning ice flutings and formations and presents no real difficulty at first. But the pass is definitely not a regular walk up the hill pass. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

From Chhukung, we descend down the Khumbu valley. We descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way to Namche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10 - 12 hrs
  • 3440m/11,284ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2800m/9,185ft

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu .

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

What's included

Barunste Expedition 2021 and 2022 !!!


1 Member: 1 Sherpa Cost:  $ 9100 USD per person for service till summit

2 Members: 1 Sherpa Cost: $ 7600 USD  per person for service till summit

Base Camp Services Cost: $ 4500 USD  per person for service till Base Camp  no service above base camp

 

1.    Airport – Hotel- Airport Transfers

2.    4 nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu- bed and breakfast basis

3.    National Park Fees, Documentations and Expedition Permit.

4.    Camping equipments: sleeping tent and foam mattress, Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Toilet tents

5.    Dining Tables, Chairs and Kitchen equipments

6.    Three meals a day during the trek and camping (Morning tea or coffee, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

7.    Trekking Guide/Base Camp Manager, Cook, Kitchen boys and Porters for your expedition.

8.    Camping and Kitchen equipment

9.    Daily wages for Porters and all Nepalese staff.

10.   Insurance for Porters and all Nepalese staff.

11.   Equipment for Porters and Nepalese staff.

12.   Government Liaison officer, his all allowance, insurance, food, tent

13.   All the land transportation mentioned in the itinerary

14.   Gamow Bag or emergency oxygen mask regulator

15.   Satellite phone service

16.   Welcome dinner with Nepali culture show

17.    Celebration Dinner last night in Kathmandu

18.    Solar panel for charging and lights

19.    Garbage Fees

20.    Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu Flights with Cargo 25 KG per member

 

(01 -20) Base Camp Services 

(01-24) - Full Board Service

 

21. Above Base Camp, High Altitude Tents, High Altitude Meals, EP Gas burner and cooking pot for members  

22. Baruntse Summiteers Climbing Sherpa

23. Walkie Talkie Permit

24. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope required during the climb. 

What’s Excluded

  1. Your personal equipment for climbing & trekking.
  2. Your personal & medical insurance during the expedition.
  3. Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu 
  4. Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
  5. Permits for Client's personal Radio set or Satellite phone

 

Advice for tipping support staffs and Summit bonus for Climbing Sherpa

 

  • USD 100-150 for support staff / helpers who stays at base camp
  • USD 250- 300 for base camp Head Cook 
  • USD 250-400 for Sherpa/Base Camp Guide who manages the base camp 
  • USD 500-800 for Climbing Sherpa who accompanies you up to the top of the summit

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date15 Oct, 2020end date17 Nov, 2020Available$7000

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 
 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.


We have set dates for departure to the Baruntse Expedition. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 climbers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Baruntse Expedition is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Why Climb Baruntse with Annapurna Foothills?

  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is a Nepal based owner operated company who can make your dream of reaching the summit of Mount Baruntse a reality for a reasonable price. 
  • It is the perfect option for experienced, professional, competent climbers want high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by international operators. 
  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions does not compromise on safety. 
  • We use only the best quality equipment and logistics for our expeditions.
  • Attention to details is given throughout your expedition, from planning via email, during the expedition and after your trip as well. 
  • We take care of details which will help you keep both comfortable and healthy your expedition so that every aspect of your expedition will be a pleasant memory.
  • Our Sherpas will go ahead to prepare the camps allowing you to take the time you need, and focus on climbing rather than logistics
  • One veteran Sherpa Climbing Guide accompanies climbers to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather.
  • Our Sherpa Climbing Guides are veterans of multiple 7000 and 8000 meter summits.
     

Return to Kathmandu by Helicopter:

At the end of a long expedition, a quick flight by helicopter from Base Camp to Lukla or Kathmandu is quite appealing. You could also trek to Pheriche and fly from there.

Helicopter flights are available at the climbers own expense. The cost depends upon passenger load and whether the helicopter is already in the Khumbu area or has to come from Kathmandu.
 

Oxygen and Medical:

We carry top quality oxygen as well as oxygen mask and regulator for medical emergencies. We carry a comprehensive first aid kit throughout the expedition. Our guides are certified in first aid for high altitude.
 

Personal Gears:

In Kathmandu, there will be a detailed briefing and a chance to check if we have all the necessary gear.  There are plenty of shops which supply a complete range of excellent quality trekking/climbing equipment.  

For the most part, you will only need to carry the items which you require during the day while climbing. Your Sherpa guide will carry loads (including your sleeping bag and a reasonable amount of your personal gear) between the camps.

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