Baruntse Expedition- 38 Days

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 2020 and 2021 pre and post-monsoon expeditions to Mount Baruntse Peak. Acclimatizing on Mera Peak 6476m is considered the optimal way to acclimatize and condition for Baruntse, so we have integrated a climb of Mera Peak, 6476m (highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal) on the approach to Mount 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. After Mera Peak, we descend into the Hungu Khola Valley toward Baruntse Base Camp.
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. 


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.
From Camp 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 around 10 hours. We descend by the same route.  After descending Baruntse, we cross the stunning Amphu Lapcha Pass and making our way back to Lukla.


Planning to climb Mount Baruntse in 2020 and 2021 ?

Email us: 


We have a Guaranteed Departures for Baruntse Expediiton. We have few spaces available to join for 2020 and 2021. We are looking  forward to make a small group for our October 15th 2019 Departure. 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. We are providing great offers to join this deparutre date as well, $ 8800 USD per person, all inclusive price. 


Trip Highlights


  • Stunning view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and Makalu from the summit
  • Trek through remote Hongu Valley
  • Climb a beautiful 7000m mountain in the Khumbu Himalaya
  • Includes a favorite trekking peak, Mera Peak, for acclimatization
  • 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 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Expedition Briefing in Ministry of Tourism

Day 4 : Fly to Lukla, 2820m/9,250ft, and trek to Paiya (Chutok), 2730m/8,955ft, 3-4 hrs

Day 5 : Paiya to Pangoma, 2850m/9,349ft, 5-6 hrs

Day 6 : Pangoma to Nigmsaw, 2745m/9,004ft, 4-5 hrs

Day 7 : Ningsaw to Chhatra Khola, 3150m/10,333ft, 7-8 hrs

Day 8 : Chhatra Khola to Kote, 3600m/11,809ft: 6-7 hrs

Day 9 : Kote to Thangnak, 4356m/14,288ft, 5hrs

Day 10 : Thangnak to Khare, 5045m/16,548ft, 4-5 hrs

Day 11 : Acclimatization Day in Khare /Preparation day

Day 12 : Khare to Mera La, 5415m/17,762ft, to Base Camp 5350m/17,549ft, 3-4 hrs

Day 13 : Base Camp to High Camp, 5780m//18,959ft, 4 hrs

Day 14 : Mera High Camp to Summit to Kongma Dingma, 4850m/15,909ft, 9-10 hrs

Day 15 : Reserve Day in case of bad weather or acclimatization problem

Day 16 : Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari, 5035m/16,515ft, 6 hrs

Day 17 : Seto Pokhari to Baruntse Base Camp, 5250m/17,221ft, 6 hrs

Day 18 : 18-28 Baruntse Climbing Period

Day 29 : Pack at the Baruntse Base Camp and Clean Up Base Camp

Day 30 : Baruntse Base Camp to Amphu Labsta Base Camp, 5650m/18,533ft, 4-5 hrs

Day 31 : Amphu Labsta Base Camp(South) to Amphu Labsta Base Camp(North) ,5300m/17,385ft, 5 - 6 hrs

Day 32 : The Amphu Labtsa Pass (5,780m/18,959ft)and descends to Imja Valley 10 hrs

Day 33 : Amphu Labtsa Base Camp to Pangboche , 3930m/12,891ft, 6-7 hours

Day 34 : Pangboche to Namche Bazaar, 3440m/11,284ft, 5 - 6 hrs

Day 35 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 2800m/9,185ft, 6-7 hrs

Day 36 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 37 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 38 : Departure from Kathmandu

Click here to read detail day to day itinerary
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 April, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $8800 per person Guaranteed
15 October, 2020 21 November, 2020 US $8800 per person Guaranteed
02 November, 2020 09 December, 2020 US $8800 per person Available

Cost Include(s)


Barunste Expedition 2020 and 2021!!

Full Board Cost: $ 8800 per Person

Base Camp Service Only Cost: $ 5000 per Person 


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 -21) Base Camp Services 

(01-25) - Full Board Service


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

23. Baruntse summiteers Climbing Sherpa

24. Walkie Talkie Permit

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


Cost Exclude(s)


  • Your personal equipment for climbing & trekking.
  • Your personal & medical insurance during the expedition.
  • Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu 
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
  • 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

Personal Climbing Gears List:

  • Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots 
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and Unlock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings



It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.


Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •       1-Down parka with hood


Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments



  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)



  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves



  •        Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •        Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection




  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters 
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organize and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sun block lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

Why Climb Baruntse with Annapurna Foothills?

  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions a Nepal-based owner operated company who can make your Baruntse Summit a reality for a reasonable price
  • Climbers get high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by international operators
  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions does not compromise safety
  • We use only the best quality equipment in the market
  • 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.
  • One veteran Sherpa climbing guide accompanies each climber to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather and personal climbing pace
  • Our Sherpa Climbing Guides are veterans of multiple 7000 and 8000 meter summits.
  • Our Sherpas will go ahead to prepare the camps allowing you to take the time you need, and focus on climbing rather than logistics


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.


If Luggage Gets Left Behind:

It may not be possible to take all your gear in the helicopter, depending on the number of passengers and weight restrictions.

Besides the fact that at the end of the climbing season, flights out of Lukla are heavily booked, unpredictable weather at the onset of monsoon can result in flights being cancelled. If this happens, priority will be given to passengers rather than their baggage.

If for any reason you get separated from your bags, Annapurna Treks and Expeditions will make every effort to get them to Kathmandu before your departure flight.

If you depart from Nepal before your bags arrive back in Kathmandu, we can get them shipped to you, but this will be at your expense.


Personal Gear

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.


Cell phones and Internet

The GSM cell phone network may have poor reception in places. Reasonably priced GSM phones, SIM cards and prepaid calling cards are available in Kathmandu.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 38 Days

Price : US $8800 p/p

Trip Grade : Very Strenuous

Group Size:2 - 6 Trekkers

Maximum Height:7129m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Minimum Group Size:6 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- December

Permits:Expedition Permits and all documentation

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:12 nights (Tea House)

Accommodation During Camping:Meals during 17 nights camping

Quick Inquiry

3 + 6 =

What our clients say.

Read All Reviews Write a Review