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Mera Peakers Go For a Test Run

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

This morning, the Team climbed above Khare on the rocky trail to the site of base camp- about 2,000 feet elevation gain and just under half way to high camp. We enjoyed terrific weather and views on the way up,

and snow showers and some winds and clouds on the way down. From our high point, we could see the start of the climbing route– very exciting!

We returned to Khare for lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon packing our climbing gear so that we’re ready to go early tomorrow morning. We also spent some time talking about climbing strategy for the next few days and sharing some tips with the Team. Tomorrow, we are hoping to make it to high camp before the forecasted afternoon showers. We’re feeling good and ready to launch. Please keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

Carole & Vern Tejas

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Mera Peakers Reach Khare

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

Another good day for the Team. We walked from Thangnag to Khare in under 4 hours in really great weather. The views were Up Close and Off The Hook!

Khare is the last village on the trail before we start our climb of the Peak. We’re sitting here at about 16,000 on fairly nice accommodations. Cappuccinos and hot chocolates are available for purchase! The weather had been fairly typical of the last few days– clear in the morning and clouds and light snow in the afternoon. So it’s a bit chilly right now but the wood burning stove is just getting stoked and we should warm up in short order. Otherwise, so far so good.

Our plan is to spend at least one more day here — maybe more depending on the weather and acclimatization– before moving up.

Thanks for following us,

Carole & Vern Tejas

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Mera Peak Team Acclimatizes in Thangnag

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

The Team had a “Tejas Rest Day” today — we were busy almost all day. This morning, under clear blue skies, we hiked up to the top of the moraine overlooking Sabai Tsho — the glacial lake that was the source of the 1998 flood we’ve been talking about. It was a great hike hopping over some rocks and climbing some scree to get to our vantage point at about 14,400 feet.

On the way back down to town, we got a stunning view of the West face of Mera Peak. You can see the North summit in the photo below.

After lunch, we walked down valley to a small Buddhist Monastery built into a cave. Very old, but rebuilt fairly recently. We lit a butter lamp and burned some juniper and spent some time soaking in the ambience of the monastery.

We’re all feeling good and are looking forward to moving up to Khare tomorrow.

Carole & Vern Tejas

Mera Peakers ascend to Tangnag

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Crystal clear weather was a joy to start the day in. We got some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains for our first time.

The Hinku valley that we are treking up shows much flood damage. Several village homes of Tangnag were washed away when in 1998 an earthquake dropped a huge mass of glacier a thousand feet into a moraine lake and the moraine burst releasing over 2000 sq. meters of water. The breach in the moraine is impressive.

Through the sunlight V behind town millions of gallons of water and ice poured in minutes, lowering the lake level 150 feet.

We’re planning to spend two nights here to acclimatize. So far, we are all doing well and in good spirits.

All our best,

Carole and Vern Tejas

The Everest Base Camp Trek / Island Peak climb program was planned, communicated, and executed perfectly. Honestly, it is quite difficult trying to identify any true flaws with the program. The acclimatization schedule was spot on.

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