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Baruntse Expedition

 

Baruntse Expedition

For those interested in flora and fauna, the Makalu-Barun National Park provides opportunities to photograph a wide variety of native plants and even wildlife. In the early part of the expedition, the Arun Valley, which we follow for the first 3 days, has plenty of plant varieties including hibiscus, poinsettia and frangipani. These are in greater abundance on the walk out as spring will have taken holy land outside every house marigolds, sacred to both the Hindu and Buddhist religions will be in bloom.

This 7,129m mountain is situated in Nepal between Everest and Makalu. Baruntse, a substantial and symmetrical snow peak, has four ridges and four summits. It is bounded on the east by the Barun Glacier flowing north-south from Cho Oyu, to the north-west by the Imja glacier and the Hunku glacier forms the south-east boundary. The three main ridges of Baruntse are situated between these glaciers and form an upturned 'Y' running from Cho polu (6,695m) in the north past the Humni La, on to the north summit where it divides. Other well -known mountains in this area are Makalu, Lhotse, Chamlang, Everest and the trekking-peak Mera Peak Bruntse was first climbed in 30 May 1954 by Colin Todd, Geoff Harrow of the Hilary New Zealand Expedition. They have climbed the mountain by the South -East Ridge. Since than many climbers have used this route and got succeeded. This mountain has also been becoming coveted day by day like the other Pumori, Ama Dablam as well as Everest too.

Baruntse is in The Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area, a place of outstanding natural beauty, recognised internationally for the diversity of its flora and fauna. Due to its relative inaccessibility, it is little known to tourists. The route of the trek is also populated by a wide cross-section of Nepali peoples with a diverse cultural background. Nearer the terai, these include Rais, Limbus and Newars whilst higher into the mountains, Bhotias, Tamangs and, of course, the Sherpas constitute the hill tribes. These people live in isolated villages and rely mainly on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. Although culturally rich, they are economically very poor. Farming alone can not support most families and so there is a seasonal migration in search of additional work, which includes porter-age for merchant traders and for the few expeditions visiting the region.

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu. O/N in hotel.
Day 02 Kathmandu. O/N in hotel.
Day 03 Kathmandu, Briefing. O/N in hotel.
Day 04 Fly to KTM / LUKLA then start the trek to Chutanga. O/N at Camp.
Day 05 Trek to Nau Lekha. O/N in camp.
Day 06 Trek to Kothe. O/N in camp.
Day 07 Trek to Thangnak. O/N in camp.
Day 08 Trek to Khare. O/N in camp.
Day 09 Trek to Mera BC. O/N in camp.
Day 10 Trek to Seto Pokhari. O/N in camp.
Day 11 Trek to Baruntse Base camp. O/N in camp.
Day 12-30 Acclimatization & Climbing Period. O/N in camp.
Day 31 Base Camp to Seto Pokhari. O/N in camp.
Day 32 Trek to Mera BC. O/N in camp.
Day 33 Trek to Thangnag. O/N in camp.
Day 34 Trek to Kothe. O/N in camp.
Day 35 Trek to Lukla. O/N camp or lodge.
Day 36 Fly from LUKLA / KTM. O/N in hotel.
Day 37-38 Kathmandu. O/N in hotel.
Day 39 Transfer to airport for onward destination.

Cost includes:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B basis in 3 stars Category.
  • Flight Kathmandu –Lukla-Kathmandu with 80kg cargo per member.
  • Trekking from Lukla to BC and back with camping.
  • Food during the trekking & expedition up to BC for members & staffs.
  • Porters from Lukla to BC and back to Lukla.
  • Complete camping equipment for trekking and base camp
  • Expeditions permit visa and National park fees.
  • 1 Government Liaison Officer.
  • 1 Crew: Base camp guide, cook, kitchen boy and helper.
  • Above mention staffs and liaison officer's equipment allowance, daily wages, insurance and flight tickets.
  • All the ground transportation as per Itinerary.
  • Agency service Charge.
  • Last fare well dinner.

Cost does not include:

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, gas above base camp.
  • Expedition personal climbing gears.
  • Personal accident insurance and emergency evacuation, Helicopter rescue.
  • International departure taxes US$ 25
  • International airfare.
  • Expedition Cargo custom clearance.
  • Bar bills and beverages.
  • Personal Satellite phone with e-mail and Internet.
  • Walk Talkie permit.
  • Extra personal expenses.
  • Oxygen and Mask with regulator for climbing.

Tipping: It's appreciated and well practiced to tip the trekking and expedition's crew which includes guide, cook, kitchen staffs and porters as they also expect a generous tip though tipping is not compulsory.

The following Items are available in Kathmandu to Buy or Rent:

  • Fixed Ropes Korean quality – 8/9mm US$ 20 Cent per meter
  • Fixed Ropes European quality – 10/11mm US$ 2 per meter
  • Epi Gaz – 260 Gms US$ 5 each
  • High Cooking Stove US$ 22 each
  • Oxygen 4 liters bottle (Russian) US$ 425 each
  • Mask & Regulator US$ 350 each
  • Snow Bar US$ 2 each
  • Ice Crew US$ 8 each
  • Snow Shavel US$ 45 each
  • Mountain Shoes US$ 350 pair
  • Sunto Wash US$ 150 each
  • Satellite Phone on rent US$ 1000 each
  • Gammow Bag on rent US$ 350 each
  • Frerreno Tent on rent US$ 75 each
  • VE 25 North Face Tent on rent US$ 140 each

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