For a man named Don Wargowsky, hiking is one of his favorite pastimes. He’s an avid climber and has a great passion for the activity, so when he was approached by a group to lead them on a hike at Mera Peak and Baruntse, he jumped on the chance. The two mountains are located in Nepal, and it can be a very lonely, quiet area to hike. They aren’t many animals around, as the conditions are typically harsh, cold and snowy. But something completely out of the ordinary happened when Don and his crew headed up the mountain: they were accompanied by a stray dog. They were ten days into their trek at were at approximately 18,000 feet up on top of a glacier when the pup, who was later named Baru, seemed to show up out of nowhere.
Don said he had remembered seeing the dog earlier when they were in the village below the mountain, and he realized she had probably decided to join the group on their adventure. No one could believe that the dog had somehow found her way up the treacherous conditions on the mountain. The climb was difficult, even for the humans who had plenty of hiking gear to assist them in the journey. The dog really didn’t need anything to help her. While they had remembered she was fairly shy in the village, she was very happy and energetic with her new friends up on the mountain.
Don says it’s common for dogs to tag along on hikes, but he figured Baru the dog wouldn’t stick around for long. But the dog proved him wrong, following them all the way up the treacherous conditions of the mountain. Once she realized she could trust the humans, Baru even agreed to sleep inside the tent on those cold nights. They even split their food with her—and she made it through the entire journey with them. Once they got back down from the mountain, one of the local guide named Kaji adopted her into his family. Don says he plans to head back to Nepal to visit her soon!