This exciting and diverse 34 day expedition will ascend two peaks spanning the Khumbu and Makalu Barun regions of the Nepal Himalaya, affording intimate views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the extraordinary range of high peaks in the area.
We shall take advantage of the relatively non technical Mera Peak ascent as part of our acclimatisation program for the more challenging climb of Baruntse Peak. We avoid the busy Khumbu Everest trail and follow beautiful and quiet paths through the remote Hinku valley, crossing lofty passes and revelling in the unspoiled rugged wilderness.
Why climb with Andrew Lock ?
Because his focus is on giving you the very best opportunity to achieve your goal, safely. He will not rush the expedition or take shortcuts.
He factors in additional contingency days for acclimatisation and bad weather.
He provides a 1:2 guide to client ratio on summit day and has safety oxygen and a high altitude chamber throughout the expedition,.
With Andrew Lock you have the very best leadership and experience, supported by the best Sherpa climbing team in the business.
His single minded goal is your success and safe return.
(approximately USD $11,500)
Mera Peak lies to the east of the normal Nepal Khumbu valley trekking route to Mt Everest basecamp. As such the approaches receive far less traffic and are visited by just the odd trekking group and those heading to the peak itself. The ascent of Mera Peak is not technical but is challenging in its own right as Mera is the highest of the trekking peaks in Nepal, at 6476 metres. Baruntse Peak is even more remote and visited by only a few parties each year. It lies almost equidistant between Mount Everest and Mount Makalu, the world's highest and 5th highest peaks respectively. Oh and almost underneath Lhotse, the world's 4th highest mountain! It is literally in the throne room of the Mountain Gods! At 7129 metres, Baruntse is a significant undertaking and an expedition peak in its own right. As such we treat it with the greatest respect, and utilise all necessary time, safety equipment and support to achieve a safe summit and return. It is an ideal peak for those wanting a remote Himalayan expedition or as preparation for higher goals such as Everest or another 8000er.
Access to these peaks involves remote and at times strenuous trekking. We have developed our itinerary both to avoid the Everest trek crowds and to allow our bodies to adjust to the ever increasing altitude. While the altitude does present its own challenges, the climbing on both peaks is non-technical but still warrants safety ropes and guides to avoid crevasses. The Baruntse climb ascends steep and exposed high altitude ridges, providing lofty exposure indeed. To safeguard our ascent we shall place fixed ropes for all climbers and Sherpas. The program allows us appropriate acclimatisation on the trek to, and climb of, Mera Peak, then allows us several days of relaxing trekking and further acclimatisation as we move to Baruntse. 10 days have been scheduled for the Baruntse climb, however we have facted in a number of additional contingency days and will alter the schedule as necessary to give ourselves the very best chance of success.
The expedition will be led by Andrew Lock, and will partner with our local Nepal agency for in country logistics.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 In Kathmandu - last minute preparations & gear purchases
Day 3 Fly to Phaplu
Day 4 Drive to Bung at 1800 metres
Day 5 Trek to Khiraule, 2400 metres
Day 6 Trek to Chalem Kharka, 3600 metres
Day 7 Trek to Khola Kharka, 4200 metres
Day 8 Trek to Hinku Valley camp near Kothe, 3600 metres
Day 9 Trek to Thagnag village, 4356 metres
Day 10 Acclimatisation day./preparations for Mera Peak
Day 11 Trek to basecamp at Khare Village, 5025 metres
Day 12 Preparation/Aclimatisation walk to Mera La and return
Day 13 Ascend to Mera Peak high camp, 5780 metres
Day 14 Climb to Mera Peak Summit, 6654 metres and descend to Kongmo Dingma
Day 15 Trek to Seto Pokheri, 5300 metres
Day 16 Trek to Baruntse base camp , 5400 metres
Day 17 - 26 Ascent of Baruntse
Day 27 Trek to Amphu Lapsa basecamp
Day 28 Cross Amphu Lapsa (high pass) and trek to Dobato village
Day 29 Trek to Pangoche village
Day 30 Trek to Namche Bazaar village
Day 31 Trek to Lukla village
Day 32 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 33 Contingency day/free day in Kathmandu
Day 34 Departure
all meals while trekking and climbing
breakfasts while in hotels in Kathmandu
accommodation at a 3 or 4 star Hotel in Kathmandu
fully serviced wilderness camping
Accredited, first aid trained mountaineering leader and experienced local crew
1:2 climbing sherpa to climber ratio
airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 34 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation
flights Kathmandu/Phaplu and Lukla/Kathmandu valued at US$400
25kgs luggage allowance on internal flights
safety equipment including group medical kit, high altitude chamber, oxygen cylinder for emergency use and satellite phone
all park entrance fees, trekking and peak permits
porters to carry personal and group equipment
insurance, protective clothing, food and shelter for porters and climbing sherpas
International Flights and Taxes
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
To reach the summit of a 7000 metre peak one must be in top physical, psychological and emotional condition. Participants must develop good cardio vascular stamina and as high a VO2 max level as possible. Please refer to our Physical Preparation page for further information and contact our office if you have any questions.
It is not necessary for team members to have prior experience, although this is highly recommended. Appropriate mountaineering skills development, training in basic climbing techniques and use of mountaineering equipment including crampons, ascenders, descenders and ice axes will be provided during the expedition prior to the ascent. This is why we ascend Mera Peak prior to moving to Mt Baruntse.
Booking a place
To reserve a spot on this expedition, click the SIGN UP button. Complete and submit both Booking Forms
Personal Details Form
Medical History, Liability Waiver and Booking Condition Form
A 20% deposit of the expedition fee is required to confirm your place.
The deposit is required not less than 12 weeks prior to the expedition.
Upon receipt of the deposit, a comprehensive information package together with required clothing and equipment will be forwarded to you.
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