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Baruntse and Mera Peak Climb & Trek Expedition Recent News Autumn



Baruntse & Mera Peak Autumn: News of our expedition

12 October to 14 November (Mera Peak and Baruntse) and 1-29 November (Baruntse only)


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23 Oct - Today the team moved up to Mera high camp at 5800m (19,035'). This was a huge gain in elevation, but the team did great and everyone is feeling well. We are all tucked into out tents and about to be served dinner in bed. We will wake up at 1am and make our push toward the summit of Mera. Wish us luck. We are looking forward to spectacular view from the summit in the morning!

22 Oct - The team slept in a little today, had breakfast, then went out to the rocky hillside to pratice ascending and descending fixed ropes (skills we will need for summit day). We spent the afternoon packing for our move to Mera high camp tomorrow morning. We are finally making the transition from trekking on trails to climbing a snow and ice covered peak! We ended our day with an amazing dinner. Pizza and apple fritters!!!

member with rope   member working

Team member coming down with help of rope. Photo Don

noon time   with flag

Mountain with prayers flag. Photo Don

with birds   birds

member shaving

21 Oct - Today the team took a "rest day" in Khare. We started our day with a big breakfast, followed by a hike up to 5200m (17,100') on a ridge next to town. The views were amazing and we took lots of pictures. After lunch we checked and fitted all the climbing equipment that we will need for Mera Peak. The team is in high spirits and looking forward to head up to high camp in a couple days.

20 Oct - Today the team made it's biggest jump yet in elevation. We moved camp to Khare 4900m (16,100'). Congrats to team member Silvio for reaching a new personal high point! We had another beautiful day filled with views of massive, snow covered peaks and mountain stream. For dinner we were treated to 9 separate dishes including momos and egg rolls! The team is doing great! Everyone is happy and healthy

beautifull mountain view   beautifull mountain view

Beautiful day and Beautiful Mera Peak. Photo Don

beautifull mountain view   beautifull mountain view

Camping Side. Photo Don

flags hanging   rocks

Player Flag. Looks good for rock climbing. Photo Don

snow    tents of team members

Camp site. Photo

rest on the stone   team members walking

Rest day. Hiking toward next camp. Photo Don.

team members walking   team members watch

Mera Peak Camp site. Altitude watch. Photo Don.

member with guide   watching in camera

Sherpa and Member. Photo Don.

stone designing   walking

Stone craft. Trekking toward kare. Photo Don

team member with mountain   dog

Mera backgroud with member. Mountain Dog. Photo Don

19 Oct - Today the team made the big move up to Tagnag 4300m (14,100'). We traveled along a beautiful, freezing river to a monastery, where we learned. that today was a "lucky day" Everyone is feeling well and going an excellent job of acclimatizing. Most all the members are enjoying a room with a bed tonight

beautifull mountain view  mountain covered with clouds

Beautifull mountain view.

18 Oct - The team descended from Chatra, 4200m (13,800') to Kothey 3500m (11,500'). It was a wonderful hike down hill and along a beautiful glacial fed river. In Kothey, we were treated to warm showers, and a huge dinner of pasta, potatoes, vegetables, and a yak burger! we got our first views of Mera Peak today!

17 Oct - Big day! The team hiked up and over Zetra la pass 4600m (15,100') to Chatra 4200m (13,800). This was a big jump in elevation and team members could all feel the air getting thinner. The reward for the teams hard work was a tea house with amazing views and an actual wood floor!

16 Oct - Today we moved camp up to 4040m (13,250'). The trek up took a little over 3 hours and we were treated to beautiful views of the valley below with clouds moving in and out below us all day.

team members crossing bridge  team members crossing bridge

Team members crossing bridge.

15 Oct - Today we take a "rest" day. We need to give our bodies a chance to acclimatize to the high elevation so we hike to 3,720m (12,200') then return to camp for the night. Climb high, sleep low. Everyone us feeling great!

14 Oct:  After the flight to Lukla, we hiked 3.5 hours to a small, rustic tea house at 3,320m (10,900). We are all happy have great weather and be away from the busy Everest Base Camp trek. The food and camp are great!

We are off  the road to catch Lukla flight from Ramechhap as there is lots of traffic from Kathmandu airport due to Nepal's main festival coming up. Now we are at Lukla. We will update you more, please stay tune. Thanks.

12 Oct: The Baruntse - Mera Peak Team is arriving and the expedition is starting now. Hooray!

  
team members crossing bridge   stairs with stones
 
Team members crossing bridge. Walking in stairs.
 
team members walking   walking towards the mountain
 
Team members walking .
 
walking towards the mountain   roads with water flowing
 
buddha statue and painting   red flowers
 
Statue and painting on the wall. Red flowers.
 
small home and flags   small plant
 
members with flags   team members watching mountain
 
walking in the narrow way   walking on the narrow way
 
walking on the narrow way   walking on the narrow way
 
Team members walking on the narrow path.
 
mountain view   way from distance
 
mountain covered with clouds   mountain view
 
Mountain covered with clouds. Beautifull mountain view.
 
bags managing   donkey with bag
 
Managing bags. Donkey travelling with bag.
 
team member with airoplane   airoplane way
 
stone home   view from distance
 
Stone home. Village view.
 
view of night time   sky view
 
team members trekking
 
Team members trekking.
 
crossing bridge   village view
 
Team member crossing bridge.
 
group photo before expedition at hotel shakti   Streets of Thamel with less traffic
 
Group photo before expedition at hotel . Streets of Thamel . Photo Don
 
team roster of Baruntse are busy hiring and buying climbing equipment at Kathmandu trekking Shop  Donation from Ms. Anna L for www.SherpaClimbingSchool.org

Team roster of Baruntse are busy hiring and buying climbing equipment at Kathmandu trekking Shop. Photo Don. Donation from Ms. Anna L for www.SherpaClimbingSchool.org 

Baruntse Team:

  • Don W (Leader)  USA
  • Mikko L., Finland
  • Anni P.,  Finland
  • Matti S., Finland
  • Detlef B.,  Germany
  • Daryl B., USA
  • Stuart S., USA
  • Grant J., Australia
  • Anna L., Swiss
  • Garvan L., Ireland
  • Marguerite O'S.Ireland -
  • Sebastian K., Switzerland

Mera Peak Team:

Climbing Sherpa

  • Jangbu Sherpa
  • Chhonga Karma Sherpa
  • Gyalje Sherpa
  • Karma Gyalje Sherpa
  • Pasang Nuri Sherpa

Base Camp Manager

  • Kaji Tamang

Cook

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