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It was a great pleasure to take part in Himalayan Glacier’s 2010 expedition to Baruntse. This was in fact our second trip with Himalayan Glacier. It all began in October 2008 when accompanied by 6 old friends we set off on a privately guided expedition to the “trekking peak” of Island peak. This was the trip of a lifetime, resulting in all 7 of us summiting. What the team brought was a steely determination to get to the top – but it wouldn’t have been possible without the organisation, expertise and leadership of our friends at Himalayan Glacier.
In a nutshell, the company combines local knowledge with total professionalism: exactly what is required when operating at high altitude. Basically we got a service which a foreign operator (or another local one, for that matter) would find hard to beat – at a really good price. Then there’s the cherry on top – great, friendly service. These guys are our pals.
Thus choosing Himalayan Glacier for Baruntse was an easy decision. But the trip itself certainly not easy. At 7,200m this was a big leap up from Island Peak. As an “expedition peak” rather than “trekking peak” there is firstly a lot of bureaucracy – which Himalayan Glacier helped us out with. It all set the scene for an epic adventure, beginning with a week or so of trekking through the Barun-Makalu national park, through the most spectacular valleys I have seen – including past Mera Peak. It’s a lot quieter than the Khumbu, and a bit more challenging. There were some good views of Everest and Lhotse en route as well.
Our climbing sherpas – the lead guides, Tenzing and Lapka – knew the area like the backs of their hands of course They were total professionals throughout the whole expedition and most likely were the best guides on the mountain.
The day we were going to base camp Tenzing got an early start to bag our expedition the choicest spot at base camp – secluded, quiet and some top pitches. Then it started to snow. For about 3 days. Fortunately chef and the boys did us proud with some excellent and varied meals.
The first recce was to camp one, situated above the Western Col – which required some fixed ropes to ascend. At about 6,000m this was challenging – but Tenzing and Lapka were there in support all the way. Some further days at base camp followed –meeting other expeditions, the odd bit of sunbathing and even frisbee (in short bursts!).
After a week or so at base camp we were ready for the big push. It began with a holy ceremony – the puja – lead by Tenzing, a Lama. But we were still in for a tough time. On top of the massive and late monsoon, the recent snow had built up considerably above the col and we were hearing that the ridge to the top was unpassable. After a night at camp 1 we met our friends from an Iranian expedition on their way back down, having had their way blocked by chest high, impassable and avalanche-prone sugary, sloppy snow just above camp 2 at 6,400. As the route to camp 2 itself wasn’t dangerous we headed up the next day (it was still a challenge – the extra weight of all our gear and food made it very hard going!)
Lapka and Tenzing went on past camp 2 – a quick recce to check out the conditions, but the decision was easy – it was a no go. We stayed the night and headed back to base camp the following day.
It turned out that our leaders’ decision probably saved our lives. A few days later, 19-times Everest summiter Chhaweng Nima attempted the summit ridge but was tragically killed in an avalanche. I regret not having the triumph of the summit but Chhaweng’s death put things in perspective.
A four day trek and we were back in Kathmandu, at the Shanker Hotel and back out in Thamel. I’m not exactly sure where Siri from Himalyan Glacier took us but it was a cracking night (from what I can remember!)
All in all an amazing experience. The company are absolutely fantastic and I could not recommend them enough. As such I am happy to provide any further reference for anyone interested.