A Nepalese pooch made history after following an expedition team to the Himalayas and becoming the first dog ever to ascend to over 23,000 feet.
The stray dog joined the team of Don Wargowsky, a Seattle-based adventurist who was leading the group through Summit Climb.
The group of travelers spotted the 45-pound Himalayan sheepdog and Tibetan mastiff cross when they were descending from Mera Peak. After joining the group, the pooch wouldn’t leave and instantly became friends with Don.
During the following three weeks, the pooch refused to leave the group’s side and Don decided to name her Mera. Together, they even managed to reach the peak of Baruntse.
According to Outside, Mera is believed to be the first dog ever to reach a Nepalese summit.
“I am not aware of a dog actually summiting an expedition peak in Nepal,” Billi Bierling of Himalayan database said. “I just hope that she won’t get into trouble for having climbed Baruntse without a permit.”
As the expert added, Mera, who reached an altitude of 23,389ft, most likely holds the highest-achieved elevation by a dog.
Speaking of his unexpected friend and the expedition, Don said: “They’d never seen anything like this happen. They said she was a special dog, that she brought luck to the expedition. Some even thought she was blessed.”
As Don also explained, he was shocked to see Mera navigating through the tough terrain with ease.
After the 1-month expedition came to an end, Mera was adopted by Kaji Sherpa, an expedition’s base-camp manager, and renamed to Baru.
Nowadays, the dog prefers to relax and take life easy instead of joining expeditions that even well-prepared humans struggle with.
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