Baruntse (7,162 m)

At 7129m (23383 ft) Baruntse is certainly not one of the tallest peaks in the Khumbu region of Nepal but if it were anywhere else on the planet it would certainly be considered an impressive peak being taller than 5 of the 7 summits. The main ridge of the peak runs from northwest to southeast while the Barun Glacier lies to the east, the Imja Glacer to the north and the Hunku Glacier to the south. If you were hiking to the base standard Everest Base Camp Route you would continue up to Dingboche then deviate taking an easterly direction up the valley to Imja Lake which is due east. A little further up valley past this lake you will find yourself staring up at the impressive northeast face of Baruntse. The route that climbers usually take is via the Hongu Valley so entirely different then this possibility of a day trip just mentioned.

Barunste has several difficult crevasses that most be crossed and is prone to avalanche danger after fresh snowfalls. Any peak over 7000m is a difficult one but Baruntse rewards the climber with fantastic views of the other 8000m peaks in the region which include; Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. The mountain was first climbed in 1954 by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow who were part of a larger expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary to scout out the region and climbing routes around Makalu.

Typically climbers fly into Lukla and climb Mera Peak in order to acclimatize before continuing up the Hongu Valley to the Baruntse base camp. The trek to the base camp is an amazing one and despite the outstanding natural beauty is still little visited although it's just a valley away from the busy route to Everest Base Camp. It takes about 10 days to reach Baruntse base camp from Lukla and if you would like to know more about trekking this route click here (Inquire about trekking to Baruntse Base Camp).

Typically climbers fly into Lukla and climb Mera Peak in order to acclimatize before continuing up the Hongu Valley to the Baruntse base camp. The trek to the base camp is an amazing one and despite the outstanding natural beauty is still little visited although it's just a valley away from the busy route to Everest Base Camp. It takes about 10 days to reach Baruntse base camp from Lukla and if you would like to know more about trekking this route click here (Inquire about trekking to Baruntse Base Camp).

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Peak Facts

Elevation:
7,129 m / 23,383 ft
Region:
Khumbu
Latitude:
27.883333
Longitude:
86.983333

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