Text Box: View of Gauri Sankar/ Rolwaling Himal (7,134 meters). The name comes from Sanskrit for the Goddess and her Consort, denoting the sacred regard to which is afforded it by the peoples of Tibet and Nepal. Alternate names for the mountain include Gaurishankar and Jomo Tseringma (the Tibetan name for the peak).
   
 
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Baruntse Expedition 2009

ROLWALING KHUMBU HIMALAYA TRAVERSE

23 OCTOBER TO 6 DECEMBER, 2009

Rolwaling Valley, Tashi Lapscha Pass (5755m)

Renjo La Pass (5360m), Gokyo Ri (5357m), Cho La Pass (5420m)

Amphu Lapscha Pass (5845m) and SE Ridge of Baruntse (7220m)

45 days high-altitude trekking and climbing

Baruntse (7220m) is situated in Nepal between Everest and Makalu. Due to the remote but central location, the summit of Baruntse affords spectacular views of well known Himalayan giants yet remains an expedition with a more adventurous quality than those in the more traveled valleys. The Baruntse massif is flanked by the Barun Glacier to the East, the Hunku Glacier to the South, and the Imja Glacier to the Northwest. It was first climbed by a New Zealand expedition led by Edmund Hillary in 1954 soon after Nepal opened to tourism. The South East Ridge was the first ascent route and will be our objective for this expedition.

Most expeditions establish two high camps when ascending the SE Ridge on Baruntse. Camp I is set below the East Col. (5,700m). From Camp I the route leads across the East Col and descends steep slopes. A ramp system or snow plateau then traverses to the base of the SE Ridge where we establish camp II (6420m). From Camp II the climbing is steep snow and intermittent ice up to fifty degrees. Gaining the west side of the ridge the climb continues with challenging steps of rock and ice finally reaching a distinguished cleft and easier slopes to the summit. The climbing route has interesting but short technical sections and maintains a wonderful esthetic on the back bone of an exposed ridge. The crux of this route is a steeper section of ice around 7,000m which varies in challenge depending on conditions. The descent follows the climbing route back to Base Camp.


DAY DATE DESCRIPTION
1 23 Oct. Depart USA
2 24 Oct. Overnight in Thailand
3 25 Oct. Arrive in Kathmandu
4 26 Oct. Kathamandu
5 27 Oct. Kathmandu to Shingati (by bus)
6 28 Oct. Jagat
7 29 Oct. Simi Gaun
8 30 Oct. Kelche
9 31 Oct. Beding
10 1 Nov. Beding
11 2 Nov. Naa
12 3 Nov. Naa
13 4 Nov. Chugima
14 5 Nov. Zabo
15 6 Nov. Tashi Phug
16 7 Nov. Tashi Laptsa High Camp
17 8 Nov. Thame
18 9 Nov. Base of Renjo La Pass
19 10 Nov. Renjo La/ Gokyo
20 11 Nov. Gokyo Ri
21 12 Nov. Base of Chola Pass
22 13 Nov. Cho La Pass/Dingboche
Trekkers Descend/ Begin Exped.
23 14 Nov. Amphu Lapscha Pass
24 15 Nov. Amphu Lapscha - Base Camp
25 16 Nov. Rest BC
26 17 Nov. Baruntse Base Camp
27-36 18-27Nov. SE Ridge Route
37 28 Nov.  Base Camp
38 29 Nov. Amphu Lapscha BC
39 30 Nov. Amphu Lapscha Pass
40 1 Dec. Pangboche
41 2 Dec. Namche
42 3 Dec. Lukla
43 4 Dec. Kathmandu
44 5 Dec. Kathmandu
45 6 Dec. Depart Kathmandu/ Arrive USA

ROLWALING VALLEY TO BARUNTSE BASE CAMP 

Traversing three passes (Tashi Lapscha, Renjo La, & Cho La) with many panoramic views of the Himalayan giants; Everest and Cho Oyu, this journey into the heart of the Khumbu wilderness is a spiritual banquet for the mountain enthusiast. Descending Cho La Pass into Lobuche we begin our approach to Baruntse passing through Dingboche into the Chukungh Valley. The massive south face of Lhotse (one of the biggest mountain walls in the world) forms the left side of the valley, and Ama Dablam and Amphu Lapscha tower to the right. The northwest face of Baruntse cradles the Imja Khola glacier at the head of the valley. Our expedition will exit the Chukung Valley via Amphu Lapscha Glacier ascending Amphu Lapscha Pass. Known as a technical and steep pass, a day at Amphu Lapscha Base Camp adjacent to the Hunku Glacier will prepare us for a long day crossing the moraine to Ponch Pokhari and eventually to Baruntse Base Camp beneath the SE Ridge.

 

Se Ridge Profile of Baruntse from Ponch Pokkhari (Five Lakes)

Baruntse (7220mm) issituated in Nepal between Everest and Makalu. Due to the remote but central location, the summit of Baruntse affords spectacular views of well known Himalayan giants yet remains an expedition with a more adventurous quality than those in the more traveled valleys. The Baruntse massif is flanked by the Barun Glacier to the East, the Hunku Glacier to the South, and the Imja Glacier to the Northwest. It was first climbed by a New Zealand expedition led by Edmund Hillary in 1954 soonter Nepal opened to tourism. The South East Ridge was the first ascent route and will be our objective for this exped

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