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Overview

“Explore and climb Mt. Baruntse (7129m), located in the heart of Khumbu Region and the lap of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu as one of the popular 7000m expedition in Nepal”

Mt. Baruntse lies in the heart of Khumbu Region on the lap of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. This mountain is becoming famous like Mt. Pumori, Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest for expedition in this region. Baruntse is another attractive Mountain for climbing due to its location, classical symmetrical beauty and relatively accessible to climbers across wide range of skills. It is the most accessible 7000-meter peak in the region besides having a normal route of ascent. World famous summiteers Edmund Hillary and Jim McFarland were also the summiteers of Mt. Baruntse. Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow ascended Baruntse firstly on 30 May 1954.

The southeast Ridge of Baruntse is a bit difficult because of being straightforward hard ways to climb. In the Expedition of Mt. Baruntse there are hard sections of 50 Degrees elevation with a prominent ice cliff for climbing and facing the risk of avalanche. The climbers have succeeded the mountain mostly in the spring season because of being the best season to the climber for safety. However, some climbers have reached on the top of this mountain in the autumn season too.

Baruntse Expedition is an experience sense of being in a remote area without investing considerable amount of time and efforts. There are two ways of getting to the peak from Lukla via Mera La Pass and Hunku glacier with a possibility of climbing Mera peak as a part of adventure and from Tumlingtar along the Makalu access trek and West Barun glacier. Second option offers also a crossover and walk out via Mera La pass to Lukla, a full spectrum adventure.

The ascent route for Baruntse Expedition is through the southern ridge overhanging the famous West pass; this is in fact the traditional route opened by Hillary and Ship Ton in 1952. The regular approach begins at Lukla and takes you across the Hongu valley, one of the most fertile regions in Nepal, passing northward through a beautiful alpine environment. The walk passes through delightful Sherpa country and provides for excellent acclimatization. The Baruntse base camp is at an altitude of around 5400m and sits near the pristine lakes below Amphu Lapcha pass. The route then follows a long ridge leading to the summit. An ascent on Baruntse is an adventure for climbers wishing to meet a true Nepalese 7000 meter Peak.

Baruntse Climbing Base Camp Services:

  • Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the Baruntse Base Camp and during the climb. Our objective is to provide a high quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize Baruntse summit opportunity.
  • We offer wide range of services from Base Camp logistics to fully guided climbs with individual climbing Sherpa helping their clients to achieve a summit.
  • High elevation climbing requires not only a set of climbing skills and the fitness level but also the ability to cope with high elevation conditions affecting on ability to function to the extent possible at sea level, where most of climbers are living. 
  • Our philosophy is to support climbers by the skill and high altitude genetic ability of Climbing Sherpa, born and grew up at higher elevation, as did his predecessors.
  • Baruntse as all other 7000m peaks require set-up of 2-3 high camps, where the gear, food and fuel has to be carried. No matter how physically strong and fit one is at the sea level. At high level, your physical efficiency drops considerably and the team of Climbing Sherpa pooled from all clients will set-up the route and allow you to summit.
  • Having personal Climbing Sherpa eliminates arbitrage of the ‘Leader’ to decide who will get limited climbing support on the summit day. In the emergency situation the classic expedition Leader has responsibility for a number of people including themselves with impaired physical abilities due to high altitude, while Climbing Sherpa has only responsibility for his own client and with high physical abilities at high elevation due to natural genetic predisposition and all in cooperation of other expedition Climbing Sherpa. Our Climbing Sherpa are highly trained and experienced climbers doing high elevation climbs in Nepal and Tibet season after season.
  • We believe that our philosophy of an expedition with the Base camp Leader-Coordinator and the team of Climbing Sherpa assigned to individual climbers is by far the most efficient and safest way to achieve high elevation summit.
  • Our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day.
  • We provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients. We also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
  • We provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF handheld radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
  • Our Leader and camp manager as well as climbing Sherpa have an extensive experience of multiple climbs above 7000m, so whether you use our full board service or Base camp services you can expect good advice and support with them. They also know personally most of other Climbing Sherpa and network together in the Base camp regardless of the operator they work for.

Baruntse Expedition Full Board Service:

  • For full board clients, who would be less experienced climbers or single climbers requiring a climbing friend, we provide personal tent and food at high camps with the climbing Sherpa, who will prepare appropriate meals.
  • We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up high camps including food provisions and fuel and will guide and assist the client on the summit day and if required will set-up fixed rope to ensure the safety.
  • We provide the climbing Sherpa with appropriate radio communication to Base Camp from the climbing route. Our Climbing Sherpa will network, cooperate and work with other clients Climbing Sherpa on the route to ensure safety of his client as well as overall expedition team.
  • After arriving to the Base camp (5300m) we will take a day or so of acclimatizing rest and preparations including snow practice so that we all develop common understandings and refresh our basic climbing and rescue techniques. We develop our climbing protocol. Our climb protocol will follow principles of standard high elevation and acclimatization and building higher camps progressively.
  • The standard route begins at the Base Camp (5300m) located on the Hunku glacier at the foot of the mountain on a small lake, which will be our water source. The water must be filtered or purified by iodine tablets, or boiling.
  • We will first climb to Camp 1 located at 6100m along the Hunku glacier to the 150m long steep gully leading to West Col. We will set-up fixed rope bee line to the Col, climb to Camp 1 and return to Base camp for overnight rest. As a next step, we climb up to camp 1, set it up and stay there overnight. We will explore route to camp-2, and return to the base Camp for another rest day.
  • We move from the Base Camp directly to camp-2 (6400m), setup the camp and stay there overnight. There will be an opportunity for summit attempt for members who feel strong. We return to Base camp for couple of rest days to rest and recover followed by another summit attempt. Our program allows 9 days for the climbing period to account for weather and individual physical condition and strength. It gives us plenty of opportunities to carry supplies to camp 1 and 2 and few opportunities of summit push.

Approaches to ABC via Mera La Pass and the Hongu Valley:

  • We will follow a standard approach from Lukla to Mera peak via Chatrawa La Pass and picturesque Hinku valley, where we undergo acclimatization at Thangnak and Khare. From Mera La pass, we will have an option to climb easy Mera Peak via Mera glacier for acclimatization and warm-up to Baruntse.
  • From Mera la Pass, we down climb to Hunku glacier valley and Kongmadin and Seto Pokhari and follow it to Baruntse Base camp at the base of Baruntse below the West Col with one overnight camp at Seto Pokhari.

Climbing Routes:

Normal Route - Southeast Ridge
  • The Southeast Ridge of Baruntse is a straightforward climb, mainly on snow but at high altitudes and crossing some steep sections of ice at 50°, with a prominent ice cliff at about 7,000m. We will setup fixed line there.
  • The ridge geometry and position makes it prone to accumulation of cornices. Despite the cornices appearing very stable, we safeguard the steeper sections by fixed lines in places where we have to traverse between the camps. The avalanche risk on the lower slopes of the mountain appears to be low. The most successful ascents are made in the spring when good snow conditions prevail. This is also objectively the safest time on the mountain.
  • We establish the Base Camp at 5300m (17,400ft) in a broad open valley next to a beautiful lake on the lateral moraine of the Hunku glacier near the base of the mountain.
Camp 1 (6100m):

To reach camp 1 (6100m) located on the West Col on the edge of Upper Barun glacier, we cross Hunku glacier to a steep gully leading directly toward. The 150m steep and 50deg climb to the West Col from the glacier there will be fixed ropes to provide a beeline to camp-1 for safe carrying of the loads required for the climb.

Camp 2 (6400m):

Camp 2 (6400m) is located on the edge of the Upper Barun glacier at the start of Southeast Ridge. From camp 1at West Col we begin a long glacier ascent on low angled glacial slope; we may to use a fixed rope to protect against open or hidden crevasses.

Summit Day (7129m):

From camp-2 we climb-up is a short steep of 75 degrees ice wall to a small Col at 6500m. Next section to 6700m is 45deg snow shoulder after which we reach a sharp summit ridge of Baruntse, which we follow to the wide summit cone leading to Mitru summit at 7129m.The view from the summit is just incredible, truly stunning views of Lhotse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and the Khumbu Himal.

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

18 Oct: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (1350m).

19 Oct: Day 02: Rest, last minute shopping, preparation and briefing in Kathmandu.

20 Oct: Day 03: Drive to Manthali (4 Hrs.), fly to Lukla (2840m); trek to Chhutang (3020m-3 Hrs.), lodge.

21 Oct: Day 04: Trek to Thuli Kharka (3900m-6 Hrs.) via Zatrawa La Pass (4610m); lodge.

22 Oct: Day 05: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe (4095m-6 Hrs.); lodge.

23 Oct: Day 06: Trek from Kothe to Thangnak (4,350m-5 Hrs.); lodge.

24 Oct: Day 07: Rest and acclimatization day at Thangnak.

25 Oct: Day 08: Trek from Thangnak to Khare (5,045m-4 Hrs.); lodge.

26 Oct: Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day at Khare, explore Mera High Camp (5600m).

27 Oct: Day 10:Trek via Mera La (5320m) to Kongmadin (4800m-5 Hrs.), camping.

28 Oct: Day 11: Trek to Seto Pokhari Camp (5000m-5 Hrs.), camping.

29 Oct: Day 12: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5400m-4 Hrs.) and prepare base camp, camping.

30 Oct -14Nov: Days 13-28: Climbing period (Baruntse BC- Summit, 7129m-Baruntse BC)

15 Nov: Day 29: Clean Base Camp, trek to Kongmadin (4800m-5 Hrs.), camping.

16 Nov: Day 30: Trek from Kongmadin to Khare (5,045m-6 Hrs.); lodge.

17 Nov: Day 31: Trek via Thangnak to Kothe (4095m-6 Hrs.); lodge.

18 Nov: Day 32: Trek from Kothe to Thuli Kharka (3900m-5 Hrs.); lodge. 

19 Nov: Day 33: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla (2850m-7 Hrs.); lodge.

20 Nov: Day 34: Fly to Ramechhap, drive to Kathmandu (5 Hrs.), transfer to Hotel; farewell dinner.

21 Nov: Day 35: Rest, D-Briefing and evening farewell dinner.

22 Nov: Day 36: Transfer to the airport for final departure

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

16 April: Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to the Hotel.

17 April: Day 02: Preparation, Briefings, and half day sight seeing in Kathmandu.

18 April: Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m)and trek to Chhutang (3020m), lodge.

19 April: Day 04: Trek from Chhutang to Thuli Kharka (3900m) via Zatrawa La Pass (4610m).lodge. 20 April: Day 05: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe (4095m)., lodge.

21 April: Day 06: Trek from Kothe to Thangnak (4,350m), lodge. 22 April: Day 07: Rest and acclimatization day at Thangnak.

23 April: Day 08: Trek from Thangnak to Khare (5,045m), lodge. 25 April: Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day at Khare.

26 April: Day 10: Trek to Mera La (Pass) (5350m.), camping.

27 April: Day 11: Trek to Seto Pokhari Camp(4850m), camping.

27 April: Day 12: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp and prepare Base Camp, camping.

28 April-08 May: Days 13-25: Climbing period (Baruntse summit period-7129m)

09 May: Day 24: Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp) Trek to Seto Pokhari (4850m), camping. 10 May: Day 25: Trek to Mera La (5350m), camping.

11 May: Day 26: Trek to Thangnak (4356m), lodge.

12 May: Day 27: Trek to Thuli Kharka, lodge.

13 May: Day 28: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla, lodge.

14 May: Day 29: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, free day.

15 May: Day 30: Rest, D-Briefing and evening farewell dinner.

16 May: Day 31: Transfer to the airport for final departure 

Full Board Service Cost : Please contact us by email or call us 

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfers to and from airport both domestic and international.
  • 4 Nights 3 star category Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per itinerary.
  • 1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide during trek and climb (Previous Summiteer).
  • Ground transport and flights for Kathmandu-Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap-Kathmandu.
  • Complete camping setup with dining & kitchen tents, chairs and tables in Advance Base Camp.
  • Necessary shower and toilet tents, individual member tents in ABC.
  • High altitude meal and tents for member & Sherpa sharing in Camp 1.2, & 3.
  • Solar panel/generator for light and battery charge in Advance Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek.
  • Freshly cooked 3 meals (BLD), tea or coffee by Snowy professional cookin Advance Base Camp.
  • 40 kg personal baggage while trekking up and 30 kg while down carrying by porter.Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Mt. Baruntse (7129m).
  • Fully paid government appointed liaison officer in the team.
  • Necessary kitchen staffs and camp manager in sharing plan at ABC.
  • Medical, accidental, and search and rescue Insurance for all involved local staffs. 
  • All rope fixing and icefall management charges levied in the Expedition.
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator in ABC for medical purpose only.
  • Satellite phone in ABC available for members with the cost of US$ 5 per minute call.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance in domestic flights.
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information for the expedition. 
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses and personal climbing gears.
  • Expenses by usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone and Internet.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gears.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Summit bonus to climbing Sherpa up to camp 4 and above (Minimum US$ 700.00).
  • Tips for Base Camp Staffs (US$ 150 is mandatory in total per member)
  • Rescue, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses of the member.
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue.
  • Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section

Base Camp Service Cost : Please contact us by email or call us 

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfers to and from airport both domestic and international.
  • 4 Nights 3 star category Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per itinerary.
  • Ground transport and flights for Kathmandu-Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap-Kathmandu.
  • Complete camping setup with dining & kitchen tents, chairs and tables in Advance Base Camp.
  • Necessary shower and toilet tents, individual member tents in ABC.
  • Solar panel/generator for light and battery charge in Advance Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek.
  • Freshly cooked 3 meals (BLD), tea or coffee by Snowy professional cookin Advance Base Camp.
  • 40 kg personal baggage while trekking up and 30 kg while down carrying by porter.
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Mt. Baruntse (7129m).
  • Fully paid government appointed liaison officer in the team.
  • Necessary kitchen staffs and camp manager in sharing plan at ABC.
  • Medical, accidental, and search and rescue Insurance for all involved local staffs. 
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator in ABC for medical purpose only.
  • Satellite phone in ABC available for members with the cost of US$ 5 per minute call.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance in domestic flights.
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information for the expedition. 
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses and personal climbing gears.
  • Expenses by usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone and Internet.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gears.
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide, high altitude food and tents above ABC (Camp: 1-2 &3).
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Additional staff other than specified.
  • Oxygen bottles and mask and regulators for member if required.
  • Rescue, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses of the member.
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue.
  • Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips for Base Camp Staffs (US$ 150 is mandatory in total per member)
  • Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section

Notes

  • Cost defers on Hotel Category for Hotels in Kathmandu.
  • The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per needs and time frame of the clients.
  • Cost will be re calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified.
  • Additional activities may be added as per request with nominal additional cost.
  • For any kind of changes please contact us by email or call to us.
Trip Facts
  • Grade: Mountaineering
  • Elevation: 7,129m (23,389ft)
  • Location: Nepal/Khumbu Region
  • Coordinates: 27°53′00″ N 86°59′00″ E
  • First Ascent: Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow, May 30, 1954
  • Season: Late spring and autumn
  • Duration: 31 days (typically)
  • Group Size: 02-15 person per Group
Expedition FAQs

It all depends on the area. With most of the trekking routes having local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phones. Above the back and one climber to another we always provide radio set for expeditions.

Snowy horizon will provide thick quality base mat in the base camp and advance base camp but we request you to curry down filled Thermal rest style of airbed for the high camps.

The Advance Base Camp is always located at the glacier moraine and it is protected from landslides and avalanches. Camp 1 and 2 are also very safe location however camp 1 location has to be chosen wisely because some parts are prone to heavy snow accumulation during heavy snowfalls. Camp 3 is located below yellow bands and on a steep slope potentially prone to micro avalanches and sloth with fresh snow conditions.

8000m Expedition is the highest mountain expedition in the world. There are 17 mountains found located in Nepal. These mountain can be approached in a month to 45 days to summit from their base camp including return to the base camp. Generally 8000m mountains are between 8001m to below 8848.86m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Department of Tourism in Nepal and Tibet Mountaineering Association in Tibet in co-ordination with Trekking and Mountaineering agencies like us.

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of 8000 m peaks require 25-30 days to summit from the advance base camp summit and return. The access time varies also and depends on mountain location and elevation. The weather condition in the mean time will also allow taking few more days or less.

Yes, all climbers are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which include helicopter emergency evacuation. Insurance is not expensive comparing to the cost of expedition and potential cost of evacuation. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.

A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while climbing 8000 m mountain above Base camp. Below base camp and on trekking route will be lead by licensed Sardar or professional mountaineering/trekking guide.

In high camps we use freeze dry packet food from USA, UK or different countries. They offer variety of flavors, good quality and tasty meals. Your personal climbing Sherpa climbing guide will also melt sufficient ice for hot water, tea, coffee and verity of juice. In camp one, it is also possible to supply food from base camp. Just warm it and can eat.

Yes you require Tibet Permit to enter Tibet and we will arrange that with Chinese Embassy during your preparation period in Kathmandu. So we are collecting your visa with assistance of climbing permit. So you do not need main land china visa which does not work in Tibet. So, this visa only issue when you have climbing/travel permit authorization in Kathmandu.

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit. Anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt an 8000m mountain. However we require accepting the booking for 8000 m climbing, who have at list 6000m – 7000m previous climbing experience. The climbers have Basic training & knowledge about ice and rock climbing, can ascent and decent in fixed line and proper use of Ice axe and crampons. For adventure climbing always require good physical fitness and not suffering with existence patients. Here we have to say for 8000 m climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience. So climbing permit are the legal document and authorization to climb mountain from government of the particulars countries.

We employ trained high altitude expedition cook. In the kitchen we attempt to provide tasty, nutritious and healthy food. There will be lots of emphasis on carbohydrates, which is needed as a source of energy and they are also much easier to digest. We will attempt to provide fresh vegetable as much as possible. Cook will have a wide range of culinary repertoire and expedition members are encouraged to request their personal favorites to promote good appetite and consumption of adequate amount calories despite general high altitude lack of appetite. Different flavors of tea as well as coffee, snacks, juice and hot water will be available 24 hours.

Complete the booking form on the related and desired trip book page, select size of your group and required services and find out price for your group. Simply click on Make Inquiry/Book This Trip button and give us required details. We appreciate and value your business In order to secure your booking we require some deposit to be transfer to our bank account, scanned page of your passports, JPG format of your passport photos suitable for printing and your arriving flight details. Please do not forget to visit the link of our Terms and Conditions on this page.

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sun block. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

There are few options to acclimatize some 6000 m trekking peak before departure for 8000 m expedition. Some of our clients take advantage of our Mera peak, Lobuche peak, Island peak and Pisang peak climb scheduled in spring and autumn just before departure for the expedition. This will give you acclimatization to 6000 m peak, which is equivalent to the altitude between camp 1 and camp 2 on most of the 8000 m peak. If you don't have time or resources you will acclimatize during the trip from the border to the base camp. Most of the 8000 m expedition, you will be ascend and descend several time to camp 1, 2 & 3 before summit. So you will have auto 6000 m and 7000 m experience of same mountain before summit. We “Team Snowy Horizon” always provide services as per the requirements of our clients and suitable for their experience.

Our climbing Sherpa guides are experienced and highly qualified live in high mountain region and growing above 4000 m elevation. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical climbing as well as little spoken English, customer relationships and Mountaineering Outdoor First Aid. So apart of professionalism you can expect warmth and genuine hospitality of Sherpa and Nepali culture. The expedition going to be lead by professional and government license holder high mountaineering qualified guide who have previous summit success of particular 8000 m expedition and 3 attempts.

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by: • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates • Drinking plenty of water; the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600 m above 2,400 m • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. Our guides have training and experience in AMS symptoms recognition, prevention and treatment. The guide will monitor your all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS. We ask you to cooperate with the guide by reporting any above described symptoms and allow your guide to undertake appropriate and timely action such as take a rest and have a drink or snack, help you to carry your day pack or change a pace, take extra day rest or descent if necessary. Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. With severe cases of AMS our guide will contact our Kathmandu office and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

Yes the climbing permit is included in the package and we will organize the permit, visa and transport service from border to the base camp provided by CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association). CTMA has the monopoly for the service as the Chinese government imposes strict control over foreigners travelling through Tibet.

The risks during the 8000 m climb are potential to develop AMS, gastric problems or physical injury such as bleeding or frostbites. Team Snowy Horizon maintains programs and procedures to prevent and avoid all the above. We always have appropriately equipped and up-to-date First Aid Kit with trained staff who knows how to use it effectively. We require each group member have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medievac in case of emergency. We treat AMS, gastric issues, bleeding and frostbite. If required we activate emergency evacuation. There is no helicopter rescue available in Tibet and all rescues are to be done by Jeep and Manpower and by Manpower and Helicopters are used in Nepal. There are some risks associated with nature’s disaster such as snowfall, landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed western style and quality emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure safety on our expedition, which includes double back-up communication-channels to our office in Kathmandu to assists you with any emergency. In case of road block during to massive landslide or earthquake we will evacuate the expedition members via plane through Lhasa and helicopter from Nepal Himalaya. Such a case is considered emergency evacuation due to natural disaster and the price of airfare or helicopter should be covered by your travel insurance.

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group to climb mountain but Tibet mountaineering association generally require minimum 4 person to issue the climbing permit. However, climbing solo is an expensive as well as unsafe practice in 8000 m mountain. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes and join with group is more safe, secure and have better summit opportunity.

On popular trekking trails we will stay in lodges/ guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with menu meals often available including soups, noodles, rice, and chosen dishes. Some 8000 m trekking routes are with limited tea house and limited choice. Similarly, some remote trekking routes are without tea houses and thus our staff will provide you camping accommodation with 3 meals. In the expeditions our professional cooking team will prepare all 3 meals for you in Advance base camps. Above the base camp our climbing Sherpa guide will prepare you high altitude prepared meal with soups and hot drinks.

In the 8000 peak expedition, equipment, food, and climbing and personal gear will be delivered by jeep, truck and flight till available place and height. Afterwards, we will use Yaks/porters or mules to reach at base camp or high camp. When you use full board service with us, we provide personal climbing Sherpa guide (1:1 ratio or as per demand) your personal climbing Sherpa guide will take your camping gears and food to camps 1, 2, 3 and 4 (as required), setup your tents and prepare your high altitude food. If you share climbing Sherpa service you will be expected to contribute by carrying light load to high camps. If you use base camp logistic service only, then you have to manage and carry the food, equipment, tents, climbing gear by your own and open the route too. There will be zero responsibility with us for above Base Camp if you are using our base camp service facility only.

All foreign visitors except Indian nationals are requiring Nepalese visa. We have on arrival visa service for most of the countries except, Some African country, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These years, Nepalese Immigration has introduced online computerized automated visa system making arrival Immigration process fast and convenient. You can go to the link https://www.immigration.gov.np/ and get updated visa granting policy information.

Acute Altitude Sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen is available for the body to carry on normal functions. This is caused by decreased partial pressure of Oxygen, a difference between external and inter cellular pressures. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 3000 m meters (9,842 ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at the altitude thus it is vital you monitor your own health. In principle, higher cardiovascular fitness decreases susceptibility to AMS. Symptoms of AMS may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it ignored it could lead to serious health issues including death. All biking adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation. Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following: • Headache • Difficulty sleeping • Shortness of breath • Loss of appetite • Disturbed sleep or drowsiness • Irritability • Fatigue • Nausea/vomiting • Dizziness • Rapid pulse • Swelling of hands, feet & face Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include: • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis) • Chest tightness or congestion • Confusion • Cough • Coughing up blood • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction • Grey or pale complexion • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all • Shortness of breath at rest At high altitude all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and, if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)? • Breathlessness • A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva • Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue • Low fever up to 38°C/100°F • Severe fatigue, progressing to coma WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? • Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down • Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness • Nausea/vomiting • Loss of balance or coordination • Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

We will take a jeep to Kerung the Tibetan boarder, from where our partner the Tibet Mountain Association (TMA) will provide transportation by jeep and hotel accommodation in Kerung and Tingri on the way to the Chinese base camp and back to the border. After 2 days acclimatization rest it will take 2 days trekking to arrive to the advanced base camp with the luggage carried by yaks to and from the ABC.

Please click on climbing equipment list, where you will find recommended climbing Gear List. If this information is not sufficient for you please e-mail us info@snowyhorizon.com We recommend you to purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from the brand quality such as North face, Ozark, Marmot. In 8000 m expedition we advice to use One sport millet or La-sportive climbing boots, personal gear is one of the major factor for mountaineering for successful summit opportunity. in personal gear for trekking, climbing and mountaineering due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands. You will also require basic climbing gear such as helmet, Ice-axes, crampons, climbing and trekking boots and following climbing hardware: alpine style of harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bode), ascender device, rappel device, minimum 4 karabiners (2 locking and 2 non-locking) and 4 Prussic loops (2 long and 2 short). Your info pack will contain details.

Spring and autumn are the best seasons in Nepal, and in general September/October and April/ May are the best months among the year in Himalaya. However, in Pakistan Mountains are always open for climbing in rainy season like June, July and August.

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to 8000 m elevation and route difficulty and length.

Yes, Snowy Horizon representative will waiting for you in International airport with your name card. Once you arrive in Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel. We monitor time of your arrival and we will be there on-time. All you need to do is to collect your luggage, clear customs and proceed to the outside of the terminal. Kathmandu International terminal is very small. Once you come outside the building you see your name displayed by our representative, who will transfer you to the hotel.

In Kathmandu we provide required category hotel accommodation which may locate in quiet part of city center Thamel. In Tibet CTMA provides transport and accommodation service between the border and the base camp. The accommodation in Tibet is better than in Nepal. However, due to CTMA monopoly we have absolutely no control and choice over that. As part of the service they will provide only bed and breakfast on Chinese style. During the travel you may have to pay the bill of your lunch and dinner as well as beverages you used.

Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition operates 8000 m expedition in spring and autumn seasons exceptionally we may operate such expeditions in winter too. We operate mountaineering expedition offers a great introduction to 8000 m climbing in a quality and safe environment. 8000 m climb is a serious physiological undertaking with snow ridge climb and some simple ice-climbing. It is considered by many 8000 m climbing enthusiasts a pre-requisite for attempting Everest expedition. There is no other 8000 m climbing or mountaineering experience required, but high level of endurance fitness will be require to start 8000 m expedition. Previous 6000 m or 7000 m experience is fully supportive and confidence you for climb. Snowy Horizon will provide guided preparations for you. So, if you have good health, physical fitness and ice and rock climbing experience this will work.

As per our previous experience, we advise you to have 2 sleeping bags during expedition, eligible for -20-25°C in ABC and one is for high camps -30-40°C. There are blankets available at trekking trail however you may use -20°C sleeping bag in the lodges at Kerung and Tingri if you feel uncomfortable with blankest provided by the hotel.

Cho Oyu expedition is a very serious physiological undertaking with some technical aspect. You should be in general good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Cho Oyu expedition are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional 10 km city fun runs or 50 km mountain bike rides or 100 km road rides. Considerable number of clients have at some stage completed marathon run. You don't need to be competitive just to be able to complete run or ride within average event time. If you completed one of the above within last 6 months you are well pre-qualifying and ready for Cho Oyu expedition. If you are in a good shape, the only thing you have to do now is 3 month ramp-up before the adventure. You should aim to jog three to four times weekly trying to get your 10 km within 1 hour or 100 km road ride within 5 hours, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills minimum twice a week. The more hills and steps you manage to get in, the more enjoyable the ride will be and you will also get more benefits out of the adventure. There is section of 10 m ice cliffs from where you need to be able to rappel with confidence. We offer rappel clinics in Australia, so please contact us about it. Q. What weather should I expect during the trip? The adventure is scheduled during spring and autumn with the climbing window scheduled for monsoon change period, where wind stops at 8000 m for a week or so before the monsoon changes direction. Please check average temperature and precipitation in Tingri here. The difference between spring and autumn expedition is change of temperatures from cold to warmer and from warmer to cold respectively.

You need to obtain your travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover adequate search & rescue and evacuation cost for mountaineering in particular elevation where you go with necessary medication. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.

Children below 15 Years are Restricted for 8000 m climbing in Himalaya from Nepal. Similarly it is not allowed to climb Tibet Mountain below 18 years. Above that age can climb without limitation.

Our high altitude Sherpa climbing guides are qualified through training with NMA, TAAN or NATHAM and have many years of experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of Mountaineering in Nepal and hold a Nepal Government License and Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates for Nepal Himalayan peaks. Government Licenses are displayed in our office. Our main objective is to provide quality of service with experience climbing staff where you have maximum enjoyable and unforgettable trips. Our first priority is for safety and secure Mountaineering. For that you always need experience climbing Sherpa guide. With our background in climbing and mountaineering logistics services, we understand requirements of independent climbers and employ climbing guides. Everest Submitter certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association and have certified skills in First Aid, Altitude/Mountain Sickness prevention, treatment training and Rescue Protocol training.

When you arrive at base camp, our staff set up the camp and you will be resting and prepare for proper acclimatization. Once all of the climbers, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff have worship (Pooja) at base camp, our Climbing Sherpa guide will open the route and proceed for fixing the Camp one. After supply the food and needed equipment by Sherpa guide you will be taken to acclimate at camp 1 for overnight. According to your physical fitness and reaction of your body our Sherpa guide may hold another night at camp one and next day hike up to camp 2 and descend down to base camp. Similarly, our high altitude Sherpa guide will open the route fix the camp 2 and then supply gears, equipment and meals. Afterwards you will be acclimatized likewise. If it requires and weather condition seems good, they will allow you to sleep one more night at camp 2 and return back to base camp via camp one right for rest. Similarly during your rest and recovering time at Base camp, our Sherpa guide will open the route for camp 3; fix the camp/line and supply food, oxygen, equipment they will come back to base camp and waiting for summit push. After your camp 1 and 2 acclimatization, our climbing Sherpa guide will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery condition. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and Sherpa guide condition allow them to decide for summit push then, they start and planning for summit push. On the summit plan, you will be going to sleep camp 1, 2 and 3 before summit days. In the last night you will be resting till 01:00 am at camp 3. Your climbing Sherpa guide will prepare Dinner before sleep. Early in the morning our staff going to boil the water, prepare light breakfast and starting your mission of the summit. Some strong climbers start to summit push from camp 2 and may plan to return at camp 2, however we will not advice you to plan to summit form camp 2 in general. Hence, Team Snowy Horizon always fixes camp 3 at Cho-Oyu before summit unless you deny by your own. After the summit, we plan to come down at camp 2 but if you are unable to continue our climbing Sherpa prepare food and water for you at Camp 3.. Next morning clean the camp 3 and 2 and descend down to camp 1 and next day at Advance base camp. In case of some unforeseen circumstances due to any reason like bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, incidence we have to return back at base camp before summit push and cancel the summit plan. If we still have climbing duration, better weather condition and climbers are interested for re-try, we will provide you for one more opportunity to attempt the summit push. However, in our previous experience, more than 98% climbers are either success or give up the trip after first try.