Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak Climbing

Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak Climbing

TripGrade: Very Strenuous
Very Strenuous Trekking covers 4000 meters to 6000 meters. No doubt, your physical fitness, and acclimatization are the must. Generally, you walk about 7 hrs every day, but the altitude becomes an obstacle and it is really tough to walk that much. You have to cross the Himalayan passes using basic climbing equipment. Even the trail is steep and may be slippery.

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Duration:

35 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

7129 m

Group Size

2 - 12 pax

Trial Access:

Private vehicle, Flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak Climbing incorporates climbing Mera Peak at the height of 6476 meters as well as Baruntse peak at the height of 7129 meters. However, our main destination is still Mount Baruntse while Mera Peak climbing is a compliment to this trekking journey that provides you additional views of the Everest region from unique angles.

Another purpose of constituting Mera Peak Climbing in the route is so that you will be properly acclimatized and have a wee but experience of peak climbing. 

Mount Baruntse is targeted by many adventures due to the fact that the success rate of reaching its zenith and returning back safely is more compared to other peaks of similar heights. This climbing journey has the best possible views of the mountains like Mount Everest (8848 meters), Mt. Lhotse (8516 meters), Mt. Makalu (8481 meters), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters) and several other popular peaks.

Mera Peak climbing is comparatively easier than Baruntse climbing and helps people overcome the fear of climbing a peak with height more than 7000 meters.  

Baruntse expedition provides perfect training experience for those aiming to climb a mountain with height in the range of 8000 meters. Located between much taller peaks i.e. Lhotse and Makalu, Baruntse climbing might not require technical climbing skills but it reaches the apogee if this mountain can get much demanding and taxing.

You need not worry though; you will have seasoned Sherpas and guides to help you out throughout this journey. On top of that, the splendor of Everest region, speechless views of mountains, lush rhododendron, oaks, pines, magnolia forest, variety of wildlife like Snow leopard, Red Panda, Yaks, etc makes your challenging journey completely worth it.


Highlights of Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak climbing

  • Best views of mountains, glaciers etcetera in Everest region.
  • Witness the popular Mount Lhotse and Mount Makalu up close.
  • The warm hospitality and unique culture of local Sherpas.
  • Variety of flora and fauna to keep you entertained
  • Pangkoma la pass (3173 meters) and Mera La pass (5300 meters) and the incredible views from there.

Best Time for Climbing

The best time for Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak climbing is Spring season (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) season. These seasons are blessed with tolerable weather that are neither too extreme nor unpredictable.

In addition to that, the views of the mountains and lakes, and glaciers are very clear and glowing under clear blue skies during these seasons. The trails are also safe and dry providing you with further advantage thus making these two seasons the best time for Baruntse expeditions.

These places might get busy or occupied during these peak seasons hence you have to be careful while booking.

The Summer season (June, July, August) and Winter Season (December, January, February) are less popular times for this adventurous travel. Summer due to the unsteady weather, heavy rain, slippery trails and unclear views due to fog and Winter due to extremely harsh weather that can go below -30 degree centigrade.  

Starting Price

USD 8499 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will be waiting with your nameplate and he/she will greet you in traditional Nepalese way and assist you to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and Trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

Today your city guide will pick you from the hotel and takes you to see some of the heritage and cultural sights of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the melting pot where you can find different cultures, traditions, and people. Also, in Kathmandu there are lots of things to see like Swayambhunath “Monkey Temple”, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and many more. Similarly, there are hill stations from where you can see the panoramic view of Himalayan Range with a mouthwatering view of Sunrise and sunset. After your sightseeing, you can do the last moment shopping for your trek by consulting with your trekking leader.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly to Lukla & trek to Poyang (2,800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Begin this expedition in style with a short but spectacular local flight to the quaint town of Lukla, popularly recognized as the gateway to Sherpa Land. The landing at Lukla is in itself a great adventure considering pilots barely have room for error as they land their propeller planes on one of the short airstrips that comprise this airport. Being a popular entry spot for most avid hikers, you can expect a lot of small supply shops and cozy restaurants providing Western-style meals. Probably the last place you’d get a fancy meal till this trek is over. After lunch, we set off to our first campsite at Poyang (2800m). The leisurely pace allows us to take in the sights as we follow the winding trails and undulating mounds to make our way to Poyang.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight and 3-4 hrs trek

Day 4

Trek to Pangkongma (2,846m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We make a sincere start to our trek on the second day with a pleasant walk till we reach the base of the ridge overlooking the Khare Khola. Overall, the last stretch of the day is the steep climb up to the ridge but pleasing views from the ridge make it worthwhile. Following narrow paths along the ridge will have your adrenaline pumping. From here we make our way and halt just shy of Pangkoma to set up camp.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Nashing Dingma (2,600m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a quick breakfast, we depart from camp through steep, winding trails blazing through rhododendron and bamboo clusters as we make our way to Pangkongma La (3173m). The Pangkoma La is a high pass which provides astounding views of the Mera and impressive views of the twin peaks of its south face. From the pass, we descend past a classic rope bridge to the Hinku Kola.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Chalem Kharka (3,600m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A surprisingly steep climb awaits us today as we head up to the Surke La. We gain a 1000m elevation today to help speed up the acclimatization process. We follow a lush, green path to reach our campsite just outside Chalem Kharka (3600m). This one of a kind campsite surrounded on all sides by fir trees and rhododendrons, with the clear skies allowing for a little bit of stargazing.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Proceeding on to more rugged trails on this day we continue climbing upwards towards Chunbu Khaka with some excellent views along the way. We halt at Chunbu Khaka after some excellent vista points from which we have beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Khote (4,250m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Consider this a leisure day with barely any elevation gain. We follow the undulating west bank of the boulder-strewn river as we traverse the Hinku valley. We proceed up to Khote, a small village, or alternatively, trek on for another hour and a half to halt at the remote Swanra that features an alpine meadow. Overall, you can expect a short and pleasant hike on this day.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Tagnang (4,320m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today the views become increasingly narrative, indicating what most people expect from Himalayan treks. We gain a little altitude on this second, short hike day as we proceed further up the range and slowly begin to surpass the tree line. Above this height, we see a gradual change in foliage as it becomes increasingly alpine in nature. Besieged by healthy aromas and lilting birdsongs, this hike is sufficient to grasp the true meaning of a Himalayan trek when surrounded by spectacular views of the peaks of Kusum Kanguru, Kasha and Mera West.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Khare (4,850m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

On this day, we set off across the great fields of debris that accumulated when the mighty glacial lake above Tagnang burst in 1988 relinquishing a flood of water through the Hinku Valley. A scenic vista unfolds before our very eyes as we proceed to ascend a residual aftereffect of the flood, a moraine ridge. We can gather our wits as we chance upon the turquoise lake and across it to the North face of the Mera. Continuing on, we make our way through the grassy fields of Dig Kharka and finally arrive at the Mera Base Camp after a little elevation gain.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 11

Ascend to the Mera La (5,300m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Khare, alternately known as the Mera Base Camp is about an hour and a half’s walk away from the snout of the glacier. Once we arrive here, will strap on some crampons and make a 25-degree ascent on a snow slope to gain enough altitude to reach the glacial plateau. We then traverse this plateau to the Mera La. After a fun but grueling first experience on this trek with the crampons, we can put them to rest as we then descend rocky platforms to reach a picturesque campsite. Expect to spend about four hours of steady walking so be well-rested and undoubtedly, we will have plenty of time to hydrate and drink in the views. For most of the afternoon, we will have the Chamlang insight. It is the first 7000m summit that will be visible to climbers on this trek. For those who have set their sights higher than the Mera Peak, a couple of days will be allotted for relaxing in camp or discover the surrounding areas.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 12

Trek to High Camp (5,750m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

For those who have quickly acclimatized to the conditions that come with the territory, there is a short trek towards Mera Peak on this day. As you proceed above the Mera La, prepare yourself for the beautiful panorama of the Himalayan range that opens up around you. Feast your eyes upon the first towering summit that you will see on this adventure, the red and rocky pyramid structure of Makalu to the East, closely followed by the black, rocky pyramid of the Everest to the North. The Everest is a sight to behold with its snowy disposition and constant cloud cover. You can also see the wild and weaving Kanchenjunga range 80 miles to the east just prior to entering High Camp, provided the visibility is crystal clear. From High Camp, you can clearly view the next day’s goal, the summit of Mera approximately 2kms to the South West.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 13

Ascend to Mera Peak (6,476m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

An arduous day of climbing awaits us on this day with the adrenaline rush and altitude condition enabling us to be fully kitted out and roped together by dawn. An early start to the day is crucial as the climb can take anywhere between three to eight hours to successfully reach the peak and we must aim to be safe in our tents come to the early nightfall. With the help of a Western guide or Khumbu Sherpa, we proceed in groups of about four, allowing hikers to keep their comfortable pace. While the ascent is demanding, the views make it worthwhile. After resting at the summit, we begin our descent which will quickly see us at Mera La. Upon arrival, we collect our gear and head downwards to the boulder of Rato Odhar, where we catch our first glimpse of the Baruntse and set up camp for the night.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 14

Trek to half way of Base Camp via Five Lakes (5,250m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After camping the night near Rato Odhar we arrive at the head of the trail to Five Lakes (5250m). We follow the winding trails that mimic the bends of the Hinku Valley and continue with awe as we have ever-changing views of the Baruntse, Chamlang, Peak 41, and Lhotse & Everest. There is not much in terms of elevation gain or loss on this day. However, the locale feels very remote with little to no obvious presence of humans. We set up camp for the night where the paths to Base Camp and the Ambulapcha divide.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 15

Trek to Baruntse base camp.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From this point out, you can trust the Baruntse to be in your sights till we begin the descent of this mighty mount. With a short day of hiking ahead of us, you can trust that you will have a relaxing trip up to a moraine crest that provides an impressive vista of the imposing bulk of the south face of Baruntse and the Ama Dablam to the west. After another couple of hours of hiking, you will drop into the sun-kissed basin that will be our Base Camp. Take a good look for this will be the start and end of a tremendous climb up the Baruntse and you will have just a day to enjoy the tents pitched on sandy platforms by a quaint lake.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs

Day 16

Rest Day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is the rest day in order to proper acclimatizes with the surrounding and altitude as from tomorrow we will have to climb the next 10 days to Baruntse. Hence, we need to be physically and mentally fit and fine for the expedition.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 17-27

Baruntse climbing period (7,129m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

An Advanced Base Camp will be set up at an altitude of 6,000m near a glacier at the foot of the Southeast Ridge. We need to allow enough time for additional acclimatization and for load carrying to stock Baruntse Advance Base Camp (BABC) and Camp 1. Camp 1 is at a height of 6,450m on the South-East Ridge proper. Above Camp 1, we climb snow slopes of 45°and the route becomes more demanding. Fixed-line would be placed on the ascent to Camp 1, below the West / East Col. The route above C2 requires some fixing which would be done by our Sherpa guides. From Camp 2, we climb to the summit. We also descend on the same route and spend overnight at Camp 1 and Baruntse Advanced Base Camp. Overnight in camp.

Provided everything goes as planned, our plan would be as follows:

  • Rest and Acclimatization at Base Camp
  • Cary Loads to BABC, return to Base Camp
  • Rest Day
  • Climb to temporary BABC (5800m)
  • Climb to West Col, Sleep at Camp 1 (6135m)
  • Climb to Camp 2 (6400m)
  • Summit Attempt (7220m) return to Camp 1
  • Spare Summit Day
  • Return to Base Camp
Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 28

Trek to Amphulapcha Base Camp (5,650m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After an exhausting but exhilarating trek up the Baruntse, we will slow the pace a little. However, the terrain is a little undulating in certain places as we make out way towards Ama Dablam and the Amphulapcha Pass. Once we reach the pass, we pitch our tents at the campsite that is amazing just beneath the steep slopes comprising the column.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 29

Trek to Chukung (4,730m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From here on out, expect nothing but the finest and littlest of joys that true Himalayan/Nepal treks have to offer. While our support team will head back to Lukla to reset their journey, we will leisurely stroll amongst the teahouses and small markets all through our return journey. After a short but abrupt climb in the morning to get the heart pumping, we will be awestruck by the sheer finesse that the surrounding structures exude. While some sections require fixed line descents, these are short and far between and completely satiate any residual hunger for adventure. Once past the narrow Amphulapcha Pass, it is easy walking from here on out.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 30

Trek to Pangboche (3,930m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In a slow but blissful re-acclimatization to the real world after having spent over two weeks surrounded solely by flora and fauna, we enter the Khumbu region which provides warm respite. Subtle paths and sturdy bridges aid our rapid descent as we rejoin the Everest Base Camp Trail, constantly accompanied by beautiful views of Ama Dablam.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 31

Trek to colorful and thriving Namche Bazaar (3,400m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As we journey below the tree line today we are assailed by heavenly aromas of pine and juniper. We also journey to a large monastery at Tengboche that has only recently been constructed and gather a firsthand experience of the culture prevalent in these parts. We then rapidly descend to the Dudh Kosi River from where we begin our last stretch for the day. Most of the trek is quite flat and crosses the hillside before eventually leading us to the town of Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Hotel/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 32

Trek back to Lukla (2,800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The final stretch of our journey is the return to Lukla, which is basically one very steep descent over a bridge, across a river. The region is ripe with culture as we see turrets dotted with flags and prayer wheels of Buddhism. From Lukla, we travel to Kathmandu where we can embrace the coziness and premium that comes with staying in a hotel. A dinner experience with your newfound trekking friends is a great way to end the expedition and this is also one of the few places you can pick up a souvenir amidst all the hustle and bustle.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 33

Fly back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today we will take an early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu as it lies in the Himalayan region and we cannot be sure about the bad weather. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can go to the spa and massage center to get rid of the pain and tired of trekking.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight & private drive to hotel.

Day 34

Free day.

Meals included: BB

Today is the free day as you can visit some of the Heritage sites of Kathmandu or you can stroll at Thamel and can do last minutes shopping; souvenir for friends, families, and relatives. In the evening, taking part in farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan trekkers. Overnight at the hotel. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 35

Final Departure.

Although, it is a sad moment for us to say goodbye however a representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your flight and takes the feedback of the trip. Hope to see you again in next holidays!!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • All Guesthouse, Lodge/Tented Accommodation during the Trek and Climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) During the Trek & Climb
  • Guided Sightseeing with all applicable entrance fees as per itinerary in Kathmandu
  • All Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced Government licensed Trekking/Climbing Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crew.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fees
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Peak Climbing fees (Royalty)
  • Climbing & Camping Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • Garbage fees / a comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Government local taxes

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees ( USD 25/40/100 – 15/30/100 Days Cash On arrival)
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Excess baggage (cargo) charges
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle, etc.)
  • Meals (Lunches & Dinner) in the city
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc.)
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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