Mera Peak considered a suitable destination for ski mountaineering
Ski mountaineering at Mera Peak. (Photo: Gorkhapatra
KATHMANDU: A feasibility study conducted by a team of four mountaineers, two foreigners and two Nepalese, concluded that Mera Peak is a suitable destination for ski mountaineering.
The study team found that the 6,473-meter peak was suitable for ski mountaineering. Leonardo Bernard, 35, and Deidrick Bhan Reason, 40, of the Netherlands, had skied from the top of the Peak in May, according to the Ski and Snowboarding Academy.
The ski duo had skied to Mera Peak Base Camp in half an hour, Academy President Utsav Pathak shared.
Academy in collaboration with Snow Guide Nepal Treks and Expedition conducted the feasibility study and ski mountaineering activity in the Peak.
Ski mountaineering training will be held at Mera Peak from next October to train the Nepalese team to participate in the Ski Mountaineering Olympics to be held in Italy in 2026.
A ski completion was organized by Kalinchowk Academy in winter 2019 and ski mountaineering activities and trainings were organized in other peaks in Humla, Dolpa, Mustang and Kaski for five years.
The Academy aims to popularize ski mountaineering in the country which is home to 8 of the 14 highest mountains, including Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) which rises to 8,848.86 meters.