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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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!!!
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
Beautiful day and Beautiful Mera Peak. Photo Don
Camping Side. Photo Don
Player Flag. Looks good for rock climbing. Photo Don
Camp site. Photo
Rest day. Hiking toward next camp. Photo Don.
Mera Peak Camp site. Altitude watch. Photo Don.
Sherpa and Member. Photo Don.
Stone craft. Trekking toward kare. Photo Don
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Steve H., UK
- Silvio S., Italy Back to top
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