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Baruntse and Mera Team Final Report


13 November 2013

In November and October of 2013 our team of men and women of all ages together with our amazingly friendly and helpful Sherpas enjoyed a safe, succesful and exciting expedition to Mera Peak, Mount Baruntse, and crossing of the Amphu Labtsa pass. This was a great circle trek through the Everest region, encompassing lovely remote valley trekking, an "easy" trekking peak (Mera), Nepal's "easiest" 7000 metre / 23,000 foot high peak (Baruntse) and crossing the Amphu Labtsa Pass, which at 5800 metres / 19,000 feet, is really like another peak in its own right.

Our Baruntse team reached the summit of this remote mountain perched on the edge of the Khumbu Valley on 4 November. Baruntse has something for everyone, both novice and expert alike. Ours was the first and only team to reach the summit this season, due to a heavy snowfall which arrived between 12 and 18 October. We congratulate our group of members, men and women of all ages, and strong friendly Sherpas on a job well done

Nevertheless, we would like to send our condolences to all of the other teams who tried and especially to the other groups' families, colleagues and friends who experienced tragic loss of their loved ones. We extend our heartfelt condolences to you and yours. However, Baruntse was kind to us this year, and we were very lucky to be able to attain her summit.

Also, our team was one of the few to ascend Mera Peak, and, once again, we wish to attribute that to our hard working members and Sherpas. Congratulations on a job well done. To finish off this unique expedition, our team was the first to cross the Amphu Labtsa Pass, bridging this year's snow laden gap between the Hongku Valley and the Khumbu Valley. All other teams had turned back for the previous 30 days until ours broke the trail through waste deep snow.

To all of our SummitClimb Blog readers, please enjoy the member's and Sherpa's photos as we post them for all to see. It was a very challenging and rewarding expedition. Best wishes and thank you very much for your support

Team on the Baruntse summit ridge. Jussi Kuva Photo.

Team on the Baruntse summit ridge. Jussi Kuva Photo.

Everest Massif from Baruntse summit. Jussi Kuva Photo.

Everest Massif from Baruntse summit. Jussi Kuva Photo.

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