Rupee, the first dog ever officially recorded at the Everest Base Camp at 5,364 meters, undertook the grueling challenge, against all odds, after being rescued by Joanne Lefson from a dump site in Leh. The puppy was dying of dehydration and starvation when he was adopted by Lefson from South Africa last September, media reports said. Lefson previously made headlines after traveling the world with Oscar, the famous globe-trotting dog. The pair visited hundreds of famous landmarks raising awareness for needy dogs until Oscar sadly passed away in January this year following a car accident.
Lefson found Rupee and adopted the canine. Thus began their travels and now Rupee has become the first dog to reach the Everest Base Camp.
After eight-and-a-half days, facing snow delays, rainstorms, mudslides and a yak attack en route, Rupee and Lefson reached the Base Camp, before a galloping three-and-a- half-days back down.