At the epicenter of three mesmerizing valleys namely Barun, Imja, and Hinku lies the majestic Mt. Baruntse (7,129m). Surrounded by some of the world's tallest Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m) and Nuptse (7,861m) the heart of the Khumbu Region pride in being one of the most mesmerizing and alluring places of the high Himalayas. The expedition to Mt.Baruntse (7,129m) can only be described as the journey of a lifetime filled with unmatched thrills, spellbinding sights and adventures hidden each step of the way.
The journey towards the Himalayas begins from the valley where we take a day off after arrival for preparing before taking another day to complete the official works and briefing about the trip to the Ministry of Tourism. We begin our adventure with a scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla which also houses one of the most thrilling airstrips. Reaching Chutang marks our entry onto the 3,000m altitude range from where we head towards Naulekha and then onto Kothe. Enjoying the marvelous views of Mera Peak (6,476m) and Hinku Valley we continue towards Thangnak ultimately to Khare which is also the final stop before Mera Base Camp. With an option of climbing or not climbing Mera Peak (6,476m) we head towards Baruntse Base Camp crossing SetoPokhari on the way. The next 12 days are allocated for summiting Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) raveling in the thrill and adventure offered by the Himalayas. Although first climbed through the south-eastern ridge, the straight forward climb poses the major problem with 50-degrees elevation and ice cliffs with strong chances of an avalanche. To avoid this we take the easier alternative and begin our ascent via the South Ridge. Following the same way back we wind down our successful climbing of the Peak at Lukla which concludes our Himalayan Adventure.
In the Himalayas a small miscalculation can have disastrous effects and, as such, we, here at Himalaya Summit Club, take care of every small detail especially when it comes to summiting the majestic Himalayas. Trained guides, well-constructed itinerary, all necessary equipments, and emergency facilities when needed are some of the few services we offer.
- Mountaineering Harness
- 3 meters 8mm Rope and 4 Meters 6-7mm Climbers accessory cord
- Belay Device (anyone: figure of 8, ATC, ATC Guide)
- Ascender (JUMAR)
- 3 locking Carabiners
- 2 Regular Carabiners
- Mountaineering Ice Axe
- Crampons-must fit boots perfectly, steel crampons with anti balling plates are the good.
- Optional: adjustable trekking poles.
- 2 Cotton T-shirts
- 1 polypropylene T-shirt
- 2 long sleeve polypropylene Shirts, lightweight
- 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight
- 1 polar fleece jacket
- Gore-Tex jacke with hood, waterproof and breathable
- 1 very warm goose-Down (duvet) jacket with hood
- Umbrella (optional)
- 1 lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
- 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
- Face mask;
- Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
- Glacier sunglass with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses
- 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- Cotton underwear briefs;1 pair walking shorts;
- 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
- 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
- 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
- 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
- 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
- 1 Goose-down (duvet) trousers
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
- 1 pair double plastic boots (koflach style) or 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent,
- 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced base camp;
- 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
- 1 pair down booties (optional);
- 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
- 2 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
- 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
- Cotton socks for in town.
- 1 high altitude, down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 30 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down clothing inside the tent;
- At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in base camp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
Your sleeping bag should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
Rucksack and Travel Bags-
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
- Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
- 1 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
- female or male hygiene supplies;
- 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 15);
- anti-mosquito cream;
- 1 toothpaste/brush;
- 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
- hand wipes.
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:
- Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light), blister repair kit, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, plasters, Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
- 10 anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium, Loperamide);
- 10 anti-headache pills (Paracetamol, Tylenol);
- 10 anti-inflammatory pills (Ibuprofen);
- 20 cough lozenges, cough sweets, Strepsils, Halls;
- 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetyzolamide;
- 10 stomach antibiotic pills: (Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin);
- 6 broad spectrum antiobiotic pills: (Azithromycin);
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant
- 1 Steripen, or bottle of water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set earplugs;
- 1 small bottle of hand-sanitizer
- Sun cream for skin and lips. minimum factor 20
Extra prescription of Glasses: contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, WARNING: your contact lenses might not work well on the mountain, please carry glasses at all times in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu around $45. Please order prior to arrival if you are interested. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu.
Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day along the trek and in base camp.
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our staffs will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
- We ask each client to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask clients to bring 3 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-5 kilos/4-10 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our Clients, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
- 1 compass or GPS;
- 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
- 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
- nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
- 3 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
- 1 plastic cup and spoon;
- 1 small folding knife;
- binoculars (optional);
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
- passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
- Separate Photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
- Dollors, Pounds or Euros, Cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
- Credit Cards, Bank/ATM/Cash Machine Cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
- Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, I pod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
- travel clothes for base camp and in town;
Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you.
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, base camp, advanced base camp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Base camp, Sat light Phone just for incase/Emergency cash.