Our expedition timeline begins when we leave Denver, Co. on 4/12/2009 and fly to Katmandhu, Nepal arriving on 4/14/2009. We will spend the first two days jet lagged and ensuring the arrival of our cargo and then will fly to Tumlingtar Nepal, our initial access point to the remote Makalu Barun region.
Our crew of three climbers will ascend a hiking trail that begins below treeline and will spend up to 9 days climbing to our 17,600′ basecamp on the lower Barun glacier below the Eastern face of Baruntse. Our plan is to enjoy the scenery in basecamp for a few days before embarking on what is an unprecedented adventure.
Pioneering the Himalaya in it’s contemporary form has many definitions, often based on individual journeys, stories and goals. Our expedition travel is conducted in a style known as Alpine style. Climbers who utilize Alpine style are self reliant and use minimal equipment on the upper mountain eschewing the services of porters or sherpa above basecamp. Our team covers ground in a way that mixes skill and adventure; we climb mixed rock and ice on the upper mountain and then we ski off the summit down a different side. Our goal is to be as environmentally sound and low impact as possible, we do not leave camps, ropes or trash on the mountain.
On this particular expedition, we will also be traversing the mountain and the lines we are choosing for our ascent and descent have never been climbed or skied. This team is the first to implement an adventurous and technical plan of this kind in the Himalaya and on Baruntse! That’s a big part of what we enjoy so much about it; we are constantly encountering new experiences.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Stage in Kathmandu
Day 03 : Fly to Tumlingtar
Day 04 : Trek to Mane Bhanjyang
Day 05 : Trek to Chichira
Day 06 : Trek to Num
Day 07 : Trek to Seduwa
Day 08 : Trek to Tashi Gaon
Day 09 : Trek to Kauma
Day 10 : Trek to Dobato
Day 11 : Trek to Jark Kharka
Day 12 : Trek to Hillari Base Camp
Day 13 : Trek to Makalu Base Camp
Day 14 : Trek to Baruntse Base Camp
Day 15-35:Climb Baruntse
Day 36-42:trek to Tumlingtar
Day 44: Depart Kathmandu