A Nepalese mutt managed to climb to 23,000ft while scaling the Himalayas after following an expedition team and making friends with them along the way.
Don Wargowsky, who lives in Seattle, was leading a group from the Kathmandu-based Summit Climb when they spotted Mera, who is believed to be a Tibetan mastiff and Himalayan sheepdog cross.
The group had stumbled upon the 45-pound pooch on their way back down from Mera Peak, some 17,500ft up, and she instantly became best friends with Mr Wargowsky.
She accompanied him for the next three weeks of his month-long trip, and even reached the summit of Baruntse with him on November 9, 2018.
It is believed to be the first time a dog has reached a Nepalese peak in history, reports Outside magazine.
Don Wargowsky, who lives in Seattle, befriended this stray dog while climbing the Himalayas
The brave pooch, which they named Mera after the peak where they found her, followed Mr Wargowsky and his team for three weeks
The 45-pound dog, who is believed to be a Tibetan mastiff and Himalayan sheepdog cross, scaled Baruntse
Billi Bierling from the Himalayan database told Outside: ‘I am not aware of a dog actually summiting an expedition peak in Nepal.
‘I just hope that she won’t get into trouble for having climbed Baruntse without a permit.’
Ms Bierling added that Mera may have reached the highest-recorded elevation ever by a dog.
The legendary feat didn’t go unnoticed by the Sherpas on the trip who unusually embraced the stray dog, believing her to be good luck.
Reaching 23,389ft up, the incredible feat is believed to be the highest-recorded elevation ever by a dog
The sweet stray dog loved cuddling up with Mr Wargowsky throughout the trip, and slept next to him the whole time
Mr Wargowsky 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.’
At one point, she even spent two-days outside in the freezing landscape on her own.
It is not known if Mera had been to the peak before, but she navigated the landscape with ease, impressing everyone.
After tackling the 23,389ft peak, Mera successfully made it back down with the other climbers, only wobbling at one point when she struggled with a short vertical headwall.
Now the brave dog has been adopted by the expedition’s base-camp manager Kaji Sherpa, who renamed her Baru after the Baruntse peak, and spends her days relaxing instead of climbing mountains even humans struggle with.
It is not known if Mera had been to the peak before, but she navigated the landscape with ease, impressing everyone
Now the brave dog has been adopted by Kaji Sherpa, the expedition’s base-camp manager