Mera Peak & Mt. Baruntse Expedition
Mount Baruntse is a beautiful sever-thousand-metre mountain in the Everest/Makalu region. This mountain was first summited on 30th of May 1954 by a New Zealander group led by Sir Edmund Hillary, from its southridge and the second successful summit, from its east ridge, on 27th of April 1980 by a Spanish mountaineering group led by Juan José Díaz Ibañez. In the year 2010, Chhewang Ngima Sherpa, a 19-time Everest Summiteer, died on the Baruntse mountain in an accident at 7000 metres.
The standard camps above basecamp are a deposit camp, between basecamp and camp one, camp-one at the West-Col at an altitude of 6,135 metres, the camp-two or the last camp at an altitude of 6.600 meters under a rocky ridge, from where the summit attempt get initiated.
The standard trekking route to Baruntse basecamp is via its southwest, which enables one to enjoy a beautiful trekking and an acclimatizing climb on mount Mera Peak, one of the best sightseeing peaks in term of its easy climbing route and views it offer. 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 Valle.
The itinerary commences from Phaplu Airport, the administrative headquarter of Solukhumbu district, and walk up to Mera Peak and then to Baruntse, which benefits the group for an excellent acclimatizing exercise before reaching to Maruntse basecamp.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO KATHMANDU
Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide, climbing Sherpa. If you arrive late evening, then this will be done the next day.
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 to us for cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Baruntse basecamp.
DAY 03: KATHMANDU TO PHAPLU
KATHMANDU TO PHAPLU BY AIR AND TREK JUNBESHI (2,670M). A 3-hour trek
DAY 04: JUNBESHI / THUPTEN CHHOLING / JUNBESHI. A 4-hour trek.
This morning we visit the monastery of Junbeshi, one of the oldest monasteries of the entire region. And also visit the Thubten Chöling monastery, founded by Trulshi Rinpoche. Trulshik Rinpoche is one of the senior-most masters of the Tibetan Buddhism tradition and the head of the Nyingma schools, and one of the teachers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Trulshik Rinpoche was also the holder of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) and the rare teachings of which he regularly transmits the Dalai Lama. Trulshik Rinpoche was born in 1924, in a place called Yardrok Taklung, in central Tibet. At a very young age, he gets recognized as the reincarnation of the great tertön Do-ngak Lingpa and regarded as the emanation of other major masters of Tibet and India. After leaving Tibet in 1959, following the Chinese occupation of Tibet, he founded the Thubten Chöling monastery in the Sherpa Land of Solu Khumbu region, to north-eastern Nepal and lived most of his times there. The Thubten Chöling is renowned as one of the foremost centres for the monastic traditions of the Nyingma schools. In 2004, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche initiated two important projects: a new monastery in the valley of Kathmandu, and a monastic institute in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche passed away on September 2, 2011, at his monastery in Kathmandu. His enshrined holy body is in the monastery of Solu Khumbu, at Thubten Chöling, and it is open to the devotees for homage. His reincarnation, or Yangsi, Ngawang Tendzin Lodrö Rabsel was born in Kathmandu on July 25, 2013, and recognized in 2015. He was born in the family of father Lama Ngawang Jigdrel Chokyi Wongchuk and mother Oxygen Drolma. The reincarnated Rinpoche's auspicious hair cutting, and enthronement completed on the date of May 29, 2018, on the full-moon day of Saga Dawa, the month of occurrence of three most sacred deeds of the Buddha.
DAY 05: JUNBESI / NUNTHALA (2,300M). A 5-hour trek
JUNBESI / NUNTHALA (2,300M). A 5-hour trek
DAY 06: NUNTHALA / PANGKONGMA. A 6-hour trek
NUNTHALA / PANGKONGMA. A 6-hour trek.
DAY 07: TREK TO NAJING DINGMA. A 5-hour trek
TREK TO NAJING DINGMA. A 5-hour trek.
DAY 08: TREK TO CHOLEM KHARKA. A 5-hour trek
TREK TO CHOLEM KHARKA. A 5-hour trek.
DAY 09: TREK TO KHOLA KHARKA. A 5-hour trek
TREK TO KHOLA KHARKA. A 5-hour trek.
DAY 10: TREK TO KOTHEY 3,700m. A 5-hour trek
TREK TO KOTHEY 3,700m. A 5-hour trek.
DAY 11: TREK TO TRAGNAG,350m 5-hour trek
TREK TO TRAGNAG,350m 5-hour trek.
DAY 12: REST DAY
DAY 13: TREK TO KHARE 5,045m. A 4 hours trek
TREK TO KHARE 5,045m. A 4 hours trek
DAY 14: CLIMB TO MERA LA 5,415m AND MERA BASECAMP 5,350m. A 4 hourr trek
CLIMB TO MERA LA 5,415m AND MERA BASECAMP 5,350m. A 4 hourr trek
DAY 15: CLIMB TO MERA HIGH CAMP 5,780m. A 3 hours climbing
CLIMB TO MERA HIGH CAMP 5,780m. A 3 hours climbing.
DAY 16: SUMMIT MERA – TREK TO KONGMA DINGMA. An 8-9 hours
The trip begins around 4 a.m. We approach the summit through over a false summit, attempting the central summit from its north-east face. The view from the summit is one of the best in the entire Himalaya. No less than five of the world's fourteen 8,000-metre peaks can are 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 route taken then has become the standard one. There are many routes to Mera Peak, none of them easy. Some of them traverse difficult passes, and the arduous climb then becomes a true mountaineering experience. The end, however, is worth all the effort, for the peak is definitely one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal. The panoramic view from there takes in Chamlang, Kanchanjunga, 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 one hour to a place called Kongma Dingma, a lovely meadow.
DAY 17: TREK TO SETO POKHARI 5,004m. A 4 hour trek
TREK TO SETO POKHARI 5,004m. A 4 hour trek
DAY 18: TREK TO BARUNTSE BASECAMP 5,400m. A 3 hour trek
We arrive at basecamp for lunch. We will be greeted by our kitchen crew, climbing Sherpa guides and liaison officer. Our camp will be ready before our arrival so check-in into the tent assigned for you. After lunch we will briefly meet about the rest of the program, take our duffel bags and take into our tents for un unpacking and further organizations.
DAY 19-33: BARUNTSE 7,129m. EXPEDITION PERIOD
We’ll take a rest day at BC and will manage all the climbing equipment and then will start the climbing up to Hunku Drangka valley to climb the Baruntse peak through its south ridge. We'll climb up to the West Col at an altitude of 6,135 metres and will place our Camp I. We'll have enough days for making the acclimatization, resting and also for reaching the summit. The only last camp will be 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'll clean our basecamp site and trek down to the Humku Nup lake at an elevation of 5350 metres.
DAY 34: TREK TO AMPHU LAPCHA BASECAMP. A 5 hour trek.
TREK TO AMPHU LAPCHA BASECAMP. A 5 hour trek.
DAY 35: CROSS AMPHU LAPTSA AND TREK TO CHHUKUNG. A 10 hour trek.
CROSS AMPHU LAPTSA AND TREK TO CHHUKUNG. A 10 hour trek.
DAY 36: REST AT CHHUKUNG
REST AT CHHUKUNG
DAY 37: TREK TO TENGBOCHE. A 6 hour trek
TREK TO TENGBOCHE. A 6 hour trek
DAY 38: TREK TO NAMCHE AND JORSALLE. A 5 hour trek
TREK TO NAMCHE AND JORSALLE. A 5 hour trek
DAY 39: TREK TO LUKLA. A 6 hour trek
TREK TO LUKLA. A 6 hour trek
DAY 40: FLY TO KATHMANDU IN HELICOPTER
A 45-minutes’ flight. We’ll board an early morning flight, 08:00 hours, to Kathmandu and arrive at Kathmandu before 9 a.m. We then drive to our hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing, and free
DAY 41: REST AND BRIEFING AT DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
The team leader requires to visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and to sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities. The evening gets celebrated with farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.
DAY 42: DEPARTURE
Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.
- All airport transport as per itinerary.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu breakfast included Dalaila / Shanker / Malla.
- Gaurishanker / Makalu Barun and Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park entry fee. Mera Peak climbing permit and Mount Baruntse climbing permit
- Liaison officer and all his expenses. 1-Climbing Sherpa Guides for every two climbing member 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 Jiri to Khare and Chhukung to Lukla on full board basis. Tented camp service Khare to Chhukung. Individual two men dome tent at BC and two-men sharing tent above BC
- Individual two men dome tent at BC and two-men 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.
- EPI Gas with burner and cooking set for above basecamp. mported high altitude food to use above Base Camp.
- A satellite phone with enough recharge for emergency use. Radio walkie-talkie set both for member and climbing Sherpas
- A medical kit box, a Gamow bag, and two cylinders of oxygen with Top Out Mask Set for medicinal purpose. Lukla to Kathmandu by helicopter.
- 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 above SERVICE INCLUDES section.