While the tales of the superheroes have always fascinated mankind, this story is not about any of them. This narrative is about Mera, the dog and her incredible feat. By Kumar Shree
Don Wargowsky, a mountain climber based out of Seattle was leading an expedition in the Nepalese side of the Himalayas when he met Mera. Don and his party were returning to the base camp of Mera Peak after climbing the 21,247 ft. summit, when they saw the dog trailing them down the glacier. That’s how she was named ‘Mera.’
Mera, a cross between a Tibetan Mastiff and a Himalayan Sheepdog who had just met Don and his team choose to stay with the team, and in particular with Don. Mera and Don Wargowsky became absolutely inseparable from then onward. The team’s next summit was Baruntse Peak (23,389 ft.) in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. Given the fact that Mount Everest is 29,029 ft. — you can imagine the difficulty of this summit.
The summit is obviously difficult, but it was not so difficult for Mera. “Along the way, she would closely follow one of the clients or me, her nose inches away from the back of her hiking companion’s knee,” wrote Don Wargowsky on his blog. The summit took four days to complete and they finally reached the peak.
Now it was time for the descent and it is a widely known fact that descending a mountain is trickier than the ascent. Guess what, Mera managed that too on her own, without actually bothering anyone from the team for any significant amount of help.
Once after returning to the civilisation, Don made sure that Mera gets a place to live and she now lives with Kaji, the base camp manager. Kaji has now renamed her Baru, after her brave Himalayan summit adventure. The news of Mera’s feat spread across the region and the Himalayan Database, declares her feat to be extraordinary.
No dog before Mera has ever managed to scale a peak in Nepal. Some dogs have reached the Everest Base Camp (17,600 ft.) and some others have reached Khumbu Icefall (21,300 ft.). What Mera has done is exceptional, and is an inspiration for all of us.