Day 8: Reunion in Tagnag

Jeff Moss ready to head down from Dudh Pokhari to Tagnag.  Photo credit: Kate Voss

Early in the morning, the glacial lake team wrapped up work in the alpine and descended from Dudh Pokhari. Once in the river valley 1200m below, the team made its way up to Tagnag and was reunited with the Last Mile group.  Along the trail and in Tagnag, we crossed paths with several expedition groups on their way to attempt the summit of Mera Peak. This route is one of the most popular mountaineering treks in Nepal and the tourism generated by climbers is essential to the local economy in the Makalu Barun National Park. For our expedition team, crossing paths with the climbers provided a great opportunity to raise awareness about our work and to chat with some new faces. We hope that by talking with climbing groups and working with the Mera Alpine Conservation Group, with whom we will meet tomorrow, we can help preserve the splendor of this area.