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Mera Peakers celebrate!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

We got up early to check the weather. It was clear enough to fly back to Kathmandu, so we did.

Showers were had by all. Looking far sharper then we had for days, we rendezvoused for a scrumptious dinner of fine Indian food. Bloated, we said our goodbyes and made plans for our next expedition. We hope you will join us. Until then, keep on exploring !

All our best,

Carole and Vern Tejas

Mera Peakers trek to Lukla!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Climbing up to the 4600 meter Zetwa pass we were blessed with a fantastic view of the peaks of the lower Khumbu valley.

Snow covered rocks made for a slow yet exciting descent from the pass. We dropped over more than a vertical mile on our longest trek day. We arrived tired yet satisfied in Lukla just before the skies poured down monsoon like rains.

In great Spirits we celebrated David’s birthday.

We go to bed early tonight in hope that we may catch a morning flight to Kathmandu. Stay tuned!

All our best,
Carole and Vern Tejas

Mera Peakers Trek to Chaurikharka

Mera Peakers Get Down!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

We awoke in Khare to a clear morning and 6 of the Team members opted to jump on a heli to Lukla (– a breathtaking 10 minute flight ) and then continued on to Kathmandu.

The rest of us walked back down valley to Khote, where we are going to spend the night.

Beautiful downtown Khote!

The thicker air down here feels positively luxurious and the view from the teahouse window is rather quaint, so we are all doing well and in good spirits. Tomorrow we plan to continue our walk back to Lukla. Thanks for following us,

Carole and Vern Tejas

Mera summiters descend!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

The last 36 hours have been jam packed. We awoke at the unnatural hour of 2:30am and ate a fast bowl of porridge. We scrambled out of our tents into a cold starry night and strapped on our crampons. Puffing out our cheeks and kicking in our points we made slow but steady progress toward the summit. Then the sun rose dramatically and so did our spirits.

So lucky to have this fantastic day to climb.

Six short hours and we were sitting on top of the world with Everest just behind us. The view from the summit was second to none.

We descended to Khare this morning in light snow and are now warming up by the wood burning stove. Late afternoon now and the flakes have stopped falling– the sun has popped out and is bouncing off the snow covered peaks around us. A beautiful ending to the climbing portion of our trip.

Carole & Vern Tejas

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