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Baruntse from Hongu Valley
|Elevation||7,162 m (23,497 ft)|
|Prominence||979 m (3,212 ft)|
|First ascent||1954 by New Zealand expedition|
|Easiest route||glacier/snow/ice climb|
Baruntse is a mountain in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, crowned by four peaks and bounded on the south by the Hunku Glacier, on the east by the Barun Glacier, and on the northwest by the Imja Glacier. The mountain was first climbed May 30, 1954 via the south ridge by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow of a New Zealand expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Accessing the mountain is usually gained from the South, where climbers can ascend Mera Peak to acclimatise before moving up the valley to Baruntse base camp.
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