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Annapurna Treks & Expeditions offers the Baruntse Expedition as one of the most preferred 7,000 metres peaks in the Everest Region. Baruntse Expedition offers beautiful climbing in the Himalayas due to its geographical position, standing isolated amidst the largest Himalayan masses. While approaching Baruntse, the climbing members require to pass through any one of the four major passes such as Mingbo La Pass, Amphu Laptsa Pass, Sherpani col or the Mera La. However, 99% of climbers choose the Mera La and climb the Mera Peak as a Baruntse acclimatizing Peak. Baruntse expedition is also undertaken as an Everest Preparatory Climbing or Everest Acclimatizing Climb. Climbing Baruntse qualifies one for Everest or any other 8000 peak expeditions. Baruntse expedition or any other 7000 metres peak expedition without oxygen prepares one for oxygenless climbing on 8000 metres or taller mountains.

Mount Baruntse Climbing Offer for 2022 and 2023

Introduction
Mount Baruntse is a beautiful seven-thousand-metre mountain in the Everest/Makalu region. This mountain was first summited on the 30th of May 1954 by a New Zealander group led by Edmund Hillary, from its Southridge and the second successful summit, from its east ridge, on the 27th of April 1980 by a Spanish mountaineering group led by Juan José Díaz Ibañez. Unfortunately, in 2010, Chhewang Ngima Sherpa, a 19-time Everest Summiteer, died on the Baruntse mountain in a cornice accident at 7000 metres.

The standard camps above Baruntse base camp are a deposit camp, between base camp and Camp 1, Camp 1 at the West-Col at an altitude of 6135 metres, the Camp 2 or the last camp at an altitude of 6600 meters under a rocky ridge, from where the summit attempt is usually made.

The standard trekking route to Baruntse base camp is via its southwest, enabling one to enjoy a beautiful trekking and an acclimatizing climb on Mera Peak, one of the best sightseeing peaks in terms of its easy access climbing route and views it offers. However, Mera is the highest among the permitted trekking peaks. The exit route is via the famously known Amphu Laptsa pass to Chhukung valley and a comfortable and beautiful trek to Lukla via the Sherpa villages of Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche, Khumjung, Namche and several other villages, enjoying the magnificent panoramas of Khumbu Valley.

The itinerary commences from Lukla Airport and walk up to Mera Peak and then to Baruntse Base Camp, which benefits the group for an excellent acclimatizing exercise before reaching Baruntse Base Camp.

Trip Highlights

Trip Profile

Short Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive to Kathmandu

DAY 02: Kathmandu

DAY 03: A Fly to Lukla 2,866m. A 40 minutes flight

DAY 04: Trek to Chutenga 3,200m. A 5 hours trek.

DAY 05: Trek to Chhatrawa 4,300m. and to Thuli Kharka. A 6-7 hours trek.

DAY 06: Trek to Kothey 3,580m. A 6 hours trek.

DAY 07: Trek to Tagnak 4,350m. A 6 hours trek.

DAY 08: Tagnak. A rest/acclimatising day.

DAY 09: Trek to Khare 5,045m. A 4 hours trek.

DAY 10: An acclimatising day

DAY 11: Trek to Mera La 5,415m. and to Mera Base Camp 5,350m. A 2 hours trek

DAY 12: Climb to Mera High Camp 5,780m. A 3 hours climb.

DAY 13: Summit Mera and Trek to Chhamlang BC. An 8-9 hours climb and trek.

DAY 14: Trek to Baruntse BC 5,350m. A 3 ½ hour trek

DAY 15 to 23: Baruntse 7,129m. Mount Baruntse climbing period.

DAY 24: Trek to Amphu Lapcha basecamp 5,480m. A 5 hours trek.

DAY 25: Cross Amphu Laptsa 5,848m. & trek to Chhukung. A 10 hours trek.

DAY 26: Rest at Chhukung

DAY 27: Trek to Tengboche. A 5 hours trek

DAY 28: Trek to Namche via Khumjung. A 5 hours trek

DAY 29: Trek to Lukla. A 7 hours trek

DAY 30: Fly to Kathmandu. A 35 minutes flight.

DAY 31: Rest and briefing at department of tourism

DAY 32: Departure

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive to Kathmandu

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.

There will be a welcome dinner and introduction with your guide and climbing Sherpa guides in the evening. The welcome dinner will be the next day if you arrive late evening.

DAY 02: Kathmandu

A whole free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. The mountaineering team leader will need to go to the department of the ministry of tourism to sign the document related to the mountaineering permit and responsibilities. This evening you will need to hand over your bags to basecamp for cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Baruntse basecamp.

DAY 03: A Fly to Lukla 2,866m. A 40 minutes flight

Early in the morning, at 07:30, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 45 minutes. We can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalayas and most of the villages and valleys during the journey. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet the porters and Sherpa staff. After lunch, we visit the village of Lukla, including its monastery. Overnight in Lukla.

DAY 04: Trek to Chutenga 3,200m. A 5 hours trek.

After breakfast, we begin a leisurely trek to Tukdingma and then to Chhutenga, the base to Chhatrawa La Pass, a high pass of 4,600 metres just above the Lukla. The trail is a pleasant walk through a sparsely mixed forest and small grazing meadows. After about 3-hours of walking, we stop at Tukdingma for rest and lunch amidst the rhododendron forest. After lunch, we take the last zigzag up through the woods to reach Chhutenga.

DAY 05: Trek to Chhatrawa 4,300m. and to Thuli Kharka. A 6-7 hours trek.

We climb steeply up through the forest and the mountain ridge, seeing the Chhutenga and Lukla far below. As we reach higher, the sceneries widen, and we see the mountains that border the Thamel and Rolwaling valleys. Finally, we cross the often snowy/icy part and traverse and reach the grassy saddle. Again, the views are more expansive, and you could even see the Cho-Oyu, bordering Nepal and Tibet. After a photographing rest, we descend through a long traverse, enjoying the views of the southeastern valleys and mountains. The reach to the camp requires a long zigzag descent to Thuli Kharka, also known as Chhetrabuk.

DAY 06: Trek to Kothey 3,580m. A 6 hours trek.

The trail descends and crosses a path on the side of the cliff, and follows the valley trail. We then climb through a staircase and cross a hill shoulder, enjoying Hinku Valley's views dominated by Mera Peak. We descend through a pleasant forest of rhododendron, pine and bamboo to a beautiful vantage point overlooking the Hinku Valley and across to the impressive south face of Mera Peak. Finally, the trail drops steeply down into the Hinku Valley. The forests of the Hinku Valley are a delight to walk through, with dense stands of the tall Himalayan pine and rhododendron. Stay overnight in a Lodge.

DAY 07: Trek to Tagnak 4,350m. A 6 hours trek.

After breakfast, we initiate our trek with a series of fine panoramas as we head up the Hinku valley. There are stunning views of Peak-43 and Charpate Himal and the south face of Mera Peak. Today, the trail mostly follows the left bank of the Hinku river and walks through several Yak pasturelands till Tragnag. The walking continues through pleasant pasture and open view to Duk Gonpa, located in a cave. Tragnag sits in a broad U-shaped valley and is dwarfed by the mountains. It is a simple settlement with few lodges. For centuries it has been an ideal spot for yak and sheepherders. It is believed that there used to be permanent settlement here in ancient times. The Duk Gonpa, just before Tagnag, in a small cave in which there are several statues of Buddhist deities, is believed abandoned here due to its massive size to move down to their village while migrating.

DAY 08: Tagnak. A rest/acclimatising day.

A rest day is essential for acclimatization. Then, one can use the day for a walk to the beautiful moraine-dammed lake behind Sabai Glacier or climb up onto a spur of Kusum Kanguru mountain ridge to an altitude of nearly 5,000 metres. The views toward Mera Peak are its sheer western blackface.

DAY 09: Trek to Khare 5,045m. A 4 hours trek.

After breakfast, we start the trek to Khare. The trail, offering pleasant views, wanders through the broad basin of Dig-Kharka. Today we gain altitude rapidly. Today we enjoy views of some small lakes and beautiful mountain views, including the sheer black face of Mera Peak and the western face of Mera Peak high camp.

For lunch, we arrive at Khare, the main base for climbing Mera Peak, and it is also the n entry gate to access Mount Baruntse, the Amphu Lapcha, Mingbo La and Sherpa col. At Khare, there are several campsites, but most of them are not very comfortable. From Khare, one can enjoy a panorama of the huge north face of Mera and the peaks of the Hinku Shar Glacier. From just above our lodge, we can see Mera La. 

DAY 10: An acclimatising day

We take another rest day for further acclimatization and to do some exploring. The valley to the north leads temptingly to Hinku Nup Glacier and excellent views of Kang Thega and other stunning peaks.

DAY 11: Trek to Mera La 5,415m. and to Mera Base Camp 5,350m. A 2 hours trek

After breakfast, we begin the trek to Mera La. It is a 2-hour walk across rocks and scree and onto the first snow and ice base, the glacier's tongue flowing down from Mera La. We change into plastic boots and crampons before climbing up onto the glaciated terrain, which leads to Mera La. For the most part, this section is a blue ice slope on which rope is required to help the porters. Finally, we descend to the eastern flank, where the tented camp sets as the Mera basecamp. A beautiful place with great scenarios.

While the camp staff prepare the camp and super for the evening, the climbing members are recommended to continue up to Mera High Camp and down to basecamp for better acclimatization.

DAY 12: Climb to Mera High Camp 5,780m. A 3 hours climb.

From Mera La those in good physical condition can climb directly to the summit. But it is more practical to make a high camp to decrease the distance to the summit, get acclimatized, and enjoy the summit without a headache. In addition, the high camp route is truly panoramic, over a flat ridge beneath a wide swath of giant summits.

If we are lucky, we can set up the high camp under an overhanging black rock, which provides ideal shelter from the cold wind and possibly hazardous snowfall. From Mera La or Mera Base Camp, we only take a well-equipped crew to the high camp. Some porters will accompany us up to the high camp, but they return to the base camp before sundown.

DAY 13: Summit Mera and Trek to Chhamlang BC. An 8-9 hours climb and trek.

The trip begins around 4 a.m. We approach the summit through a false summit, attempting the central summit from its northeast face. The view from the summit is one of the best in the entire Himalayas. No less than five of the world's fourteen 8,000-metre peaks can be seen from it. Descend to basecamp for lunch. And trek to Kongma Dingma.

Mera Peak, of 6,654 metres NMA official height, is the highest of Nepal's trekking peaks. It rises to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Tragnag river. The first ascent of Mera was made in May 1953, and the climbing route taken then has become the standard one. There are many routes to Mera Peak, and none of them is easy; some traverse difficult passes and the arduous climb. The end, however, is worth all the effort, for the peak is one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal.

The panoramic view takes in Chamlang, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Amadablam and Kang Thega to the west. To the north, one can glimpse Everest over the crumpled bands of sedimentary rock that make up the massive south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge. Weather conditions permitting, it is possible to reach the summit from the base camp and return the same day. It is also possible for skilled skiers to "ski" to the summit ridge, enjoy the breath-taking views and return the same day. After the summit, we return to base camp and trek down further two hours to Chamlang, a lovely place. Mount Chamlang is a summit at 7,319 metres, and a Japanese team achieved the first successful summit on the 31st of May, 1962.

DAY 14: Trek to Baruntse BC 5,350m. A 3 ½ hour trek

Arrive at Baruntse base camp for lunch. We get greeted by our kitchen crew and climbing Sherpa guides, who usually arrive earlier to set the base camp and prepare a hot lunch. Our camp will be ready before our arrival or after lunch, so check in to the tent assigned for you. After lunch, we will briefly meet about the rest of the program, collect our duffel bags and take them into our tents for unpacking and further organization.

DAY 15 to 23: Baruntse 7,129m. Mount Baruntse climbing period.

We take a rest day at BC, manage all the climbing equipment, and then start climbing up to Hunku Drangka valley to climb the Baruntse peak through its south ridge. We climb up to the West Col at an altitude of 6,135 metres and place our Camp one. We have enough days for acclimatization, resting and also reaching the summit. The only last camp is set at an altitude of 6.600 meters under a rocky ridge, from where we attempt the summit of Mount Baruntse. On the last day, we clean our basecamp site and trek down to the Humku Nup lake at an elevation of 5350 metres.

DAY 24: Trek to Amphu Lapcha basecamp 5,480m. A 5 hours trek.

After walking downhill and uphill for two and a half hours, stop for lunch. Then, a further one and half hours walk to reach a spot where two different trails separate to Amphu Lapcha and Mingbola. Follow trails towards Amphu for 3 hours to come to the campsite. Amphu Lapcha basecamp is located near five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes). Amphu Labtsa pass is situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is the low point on the ridge between the Honku and the Imja valleys. For this day or so, we are in Honku. A new vista of peaks spans out before us, including Ama Dablam to the distant west and many unnamed peaks. Amphu Lapcha Basecamp is close to the rocks that lead up to the pass. The camp gets set where conditions allow.

DAY 25: Cross Amphu Laptsa 5,848m. & trek to Chhukung. A 10 hours trek.

A last early start is required for our pass crossing. Ferrying across all our loads together with all party members (crew, porters and members) takes time. The approach to the pass from the Honku is deceptive. Facing east and southward, there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of rocks that gradually lead up to the gap we travel through. On the north-facing side, we find steep slopes of snow that we must take care to descend by fixed ropes to the snow basins below and subsequent moraine and alpine valleys beyond them. There are fine views of Ama Dablam, Imjatse Peak (Island Peak) and the South Face of Lhotse. A further 2-hours walk takes us to a campsite well below the snow line at the West end of the Imja Tsho Lake. We further give a final push to arrive at Chhukung village, which is another two hours walk down.

DAY 26: Rest at Chhukung

Today is a rest day (well, sort of). But, before we can relax, we may want to climb the nearby hill: Chukung Ri 5,540 metres. It is a hill above Chhukung village and below the unbelievably sheer Nuptse and Lhotse wall. Some say the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that of Everest from Kala Patar. The Nuptse and Lhotse wall, the red granite Makalu, and the southern wall of Baruntse fluted with ice next to 7,000 metres Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri peak has the most beautiful views in the world. This trip can be made tomorrow, before starting the trek.

DAY 27: Trek to Tengboche. A 5 hours trek

The trail steadily descends to Pangboche, an ancient village with a monastery. On the way to Tengboche, we visit the Pangboche village and its monastery, one of the oldest, 400 years, in the region. Continuing, we arrive at Dibuche, a convent surrounded by a primaeval forest. Then it is on to Tengboche for an overnight camp.

From the meadow at Tengboche, there are fine views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. Unfortunately, the monastery burned down in 1989, but it was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, one of the region's most spectacular festivals is celebrated, the Mani Rimdu.

DAY 28: Trek to Namche via Khumjung. A 5 hours trek

The trek continues directly down to Pungi Tenga, which lies at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi River and the river that flows from Gokyo. After two hours of gentle climbing, we arrive at Senasa, the trail junction to Khumjung, Gokyo, Namche and Tengboche. Thirty minutes further on brings you to Khumjung, one of the main villages of the Khumbu Valley. We will stop here for lunch and see around.

After lunch, we make a beautiful trek through the airstrip at Syangboche and arrive at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all directions, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge together from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals, so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around buying.

DAY 29: Trek to Lukla. A 7 hours trek

From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle.

From Jorsalle, the trail mostly follows the river. We pass through several small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spent our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a one-long-day trek and Jeep ride to Kathmandu.

DAY 30: Fly to Kathmandu. A 35 minutes flight.

Early morning, after breakfast, we walk to the airport for check-in formalities and fly back to Kathmandu. Finally, arrive at Kathmandu airport, where a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival and get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax or if you wish, you could stroll around the high street of Kathmandu or spend time doing things of your choice, or you can also go shopping for your friends & family as a souvenir from Nepal.

DAY 31: Rest and briefing at department of tourism

The team leader must visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities. The evening gets celebrated with a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.

DAY 32: Departure

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. Our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport at the indicated time. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA); see off formalities, you will go through the immigration and departure.

Cost

NUMBER IN GROUP COSTS PER PERSON
2 - 3 Persons 9,000$
4 - 5 Persons 8,400$
6+ Persons 7,900$
CITIES ACCOMMODATIONS
KATHMANDU Dalaila / Shanker / Malla
TREKKING En tea house Lodge
KHARE TOP CHUKUNG Tented camp
OTHER COSTS:

What is included

  • All airport transport as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu breakfast included Dalaila / Shanker / Malla.
  • Flight Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Gaurishanker / Makalu Barun and Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park entry fee
  • Mount Baruntse and Mera Peak climbing permit
  • Liaison officer and all his expenses
  • 1-member 1 climbing Sherpa guides and all their expenses such as equipment allowance, insurance and daily wages.
  • Required number of porters to transport the expedition material to basecamp and back.
  • Tea house trek service Lukla to Khare and Chhukung to Lukla on full board basis
  • Tented camp service Khare to Chhukung
  • Individual two-man dome tent at BC and two-man sharing tent above BC
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, dining table and chairs, staff tent Toilet & shower tent etc.
  • Cooking set with gas during expeditions, gas and heater in the dining tent, generator/solar at BC for light and battery charging
  • Korean fix rope, main rope, snow bar, rock pitons, Ice screw, carabiner etc. for group use for Mera Peak, Baruntse expedition and Amphu Laptsa
  • Insurance of all local workers
  • MSR reactor cooking sets for above basecamp
  • Imported high altitude food to use above Base Camp
  • A satellite phone with enough recharge for emergency use and Radio walkie-talkie set both for member and climbing Sherpas
  • A medical kit box, a Gamow bag, and two cylinders of oxygen with Mask Set for medicinal purposes.
  • All taxes and agencies service charges

What is not included

  • Travel Insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • Visa to Nepal
  • Summit bonus for Baruntse (please allow minimum 500$ per Sherpa)
  • Tips for cooking and base camp staff and those not mentioned in the above price includes section.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
Nepal has the most extensive altitude range of any country on Earth, from 65 meters in the Terai to 8848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude and vast valley have its weather problems. The weather is often stable in the spring and fall, and even the high passes may be free of snow. We can trek up to Everest Basecamp with simple running shoes with good weather. But one needs to be sufficiently prepared for any sudden weather changes. On a sunny and calm day, the temperature remains normal, 8 to 23 degrees, but if cloudy and windy, the temperature may drop to freezing in no time.

The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or mid-February to May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its affluence. The jungles will be lush to the rain forest, the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these months, Japanese tourists and tourists from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, come to vista flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may experience floods and travel is hot, and temperature may, at times, reach around 38 degrees. Still, Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands during this season. During the winter months, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for flora and fauna in the mountains and Terai. During this season, one may find ample rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather predominantly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be under snow cover. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During the day, the temperature rises around 5 to 11 degrees and more if sundrenched. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature is much better than in some European countries, America and Canada, even during the full winter. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

The Altitude Weather in Autumn:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather, even in deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the first week of September while it is still part of the monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres, one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of September and start stable and cold weather after that. A polar Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour, which may delay the summit several days back but normally it is the good time with low moisture. in October of 2014 a strong cyclone moved from the Bay of Bengal and resulted in heavy snowstorm in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region but it is not a common occurrence. For Everest climbing, after the end of the monsoon, the autumn season is regarded as more dangerous because there is a lot of new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter, and the temperature starts dropping from the end of September. This new snow and temperature phenomenon also benefits skiing, snowboarding and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature in the mountain may reach 18 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition this season may get the sheer joy of climbing a virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also the only best mountaineering season in the Himalayas. Ama Dablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli etc., are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,500 metres, categorised as trekking peaks, in this season.

The Altitude Weather in Spring:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and the first best season for mountaineering activities, and especially for Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial due to their long daylight period. In terms of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In the pre-monsoon time, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valleys remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain in the low land, hailing above 1,300 metres and snowing mountains. From mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in the Bay of Bengal, with several minor to significant cyclones affecting the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring, a hurricane named "Fani" developed in the Bay of Bengal, which got predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday, but the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours, 12 hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in the India-Bangladesh border, killing at least 84. It resulted in massive damage to the property and life base while the World was suffering from the Covid-19 virus, and fortunately/unfortunately, all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between them, a kind of local weather get developed and could affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. A Jet stream with intense wind speed could affect climbing above 6,800 metres in the entire Himalayas. Around the end of April to mid-May, the polar jet shifts north and starts to weaken the subtropical jet. Any major cyclonic activities far to the Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas, and the timing of such effect is uncertain. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from their origin. Still, the sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role in disrupting a part of such cyclonic movement, resulting in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on the trek, from Lukla to Khare, we stay at Nepalese lodges, offering welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms/toilets, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

After Khare to Baruntse, Baruntse Expedition period and Baruntse Basecamp to Chhukung we sleep in a tented camp.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of mountaineering equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need, and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or peak climbing, there are various options to choose. Please, let us know at annatreks@gmail.com.

Do we join a group during climbing?
Yes, especially if you are alone or two, we need to join a group to form a minimum number of persons, which also helps to minimize the climbing costs (sharing some expenses). However, each climber will be climbing alongside a climbing guide assigned for one during climbing. The base camp stay is always in an individual tent, and the dining tent, at Basecamp, the high-altitude camp such as Camp-I and camp-II require to share, but still, you will have your tent.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes up to 7000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance schemes, so you must manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, US $50 for up to 30 days visa. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry most of our equipment, so daily, you need only take a very light day pack that should contain no more than the camera, water bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket. During the trek to base camp, everything you do not need to pack into a large duffle bag that gets transported directly to Baruntse Basecamp.

A smaller kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The porter will carry the kit bag each day and deliver it to your lodge room/tent each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter, as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at C1, C2?
It is dried food where you only need to add water to the bag and eat directly. It saves your time and hassles to cook and carry cooking sets and plates. We serve very healthily and lots of energy-filled quantity food at Basecamp and, accordingly, the dried food for Camp-I and Camp-II to promote your endurance in the altitude. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best to have Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after arriving in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accept US Dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package; please check the include and exclude section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses, such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and a hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 1,200$ per person, including the summit bonus and tips, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy mountaineering gears or other items in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce/) as required by the number of persons travelling together. We fly between Kathmandu and Lukla in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. UIAGM certified Nepali Sherpa guides includes in this mountaineering quotation. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together and prefer to have them.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gear, and some branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware are only for sale. One can find or order such as Down Jackets, Down Suites, Down Sleeping bag, climbing boot and all kinds of technical gear. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but getting them before you travel is more comfortable.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution, a health certificate from your doctor certifying that you are fit to undertake any mountaineering activities, Bio-Data of Team Leader/Member, and a copy of insurance.

The document required after your arrival is the copy of your visa, contact number,/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS TO NOTE

Health Issue:
Personal health is the most critical factor for success and life safety. We suggest doing body check-ups and consulting with a regular physician. We don’t recommend climbing mountains to those who have Asthma, or their Asthma is not in their control, persons with an allergy to cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past and those who have tonsil problems. And we suggest taking several days of rest and medication, if the symptom of the common cold on the way to Kathmandu or while in Kathmandu, before heading to Mountain.

Emergency Evacuation:
All the emergency evacuation is only possible by helicopter because there is no roads-access. In case of needing an emergency evacuation from Basecamp to the nearest hospital or Kathmandu, the clients are responsible to pay directly to the helicopter company. Your insurance company will cover most costs; however, if the insurance company does not guarantee the payment, it will fall on your responsibility. Chartering a Helicopter costs 2000$ per hour, and each flight to and from BC cost is a minimum of 3,200$. The price may rise in case of bad weather, requiring the Helicopter several landing on the way to Basecamp or while flying back to Kathmandu.

Equipment:
We suggest equipping oneself with comfortable and reliable equipment for personal comfort and safety in the mountains. A lightweight and warm climbing boot, a down sleeping bag to use above the Basecamp, and one extra at Basecamp. And a down jacket and down suit, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers’ energy and confidence, which are key success factors. All the materials are available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us.

Group Split:
If some member leaves the expedition or splits from the group, whatever may be the reason, there will be an extra cost of USD 300 per person to return to Lukla. They will get the service of a Sherpa/Porter till Lukla and provide full board service.

Lukla Airport:
In the case of bad weather, Lukla is a place like a border, but without a border, so one may need to charter a Helicopter or share helicopter costs. The helicopter flight may be joined with other people and divided the cost. The helicopter carries up to 5 people (if the number is less than the costs is divided accordingly). Generally, if a flight get cancelled and required to take a helicopter, then a supplement of US $300 per person will be applied and accordingly while coming back.

Baggage allowance:
Each climbing member baggage allowance is 40-kilos per person. Therefore, we request to prepare two pieces of baggage containing 20-kilos in each.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 600$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

  • The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
  • The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
  • The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.
  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the team's group leader and Sardar/guide will make the final decision.

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