Meru Peak

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For the mythical peak, see Mount Meru.
Meru Peak
Meru Peak as visible from Gomukh
Highest point
Elevation 6,660 m (21,850 ft)
Prominence 460 metres (1,510 ft)
Coordinates 30°52′5″N 79°1′56″E / 30.86806°N 79.03222°E / 30.86806; 79.03222Coordinates: 30°52′5″N 79°1′56″E / 30.86806°N 79.03222°E / 30.86806; 79.03222
Meru Peak is located in India
Meru Peak
Meru Peak
Location in northern India
Location gangotri National Park, Uttarakhand, India
Parent range Himalayas

Meru Peak is a mountain that lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of India. It lies between Thalay Sagar and Shivling, and has some highly challenging routes. It is 6,660 metres (21,850 ft) high. It was the site of the world's highest BASE Jump from 'Earth', by Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan from a height of 6,604 metres (21,667 ft) in June 2006 but has since been surpassed by Valery Rozov's 2013 jump from Everest's North Face. [1][2][3] The mountain has three peaks: southern (6,660 metres, 21,850 ft), central (6,310 metres, 20,700 ft), and northern (6,450 metres, 21,160 ft). The two higher peaks were climbed earlier than the harder central peak, which was first climbed in a 2001 solo ascent by Valery Babanov,[4] and for a second and third time in 2006.[5]

The Shark's Fin route up the central peak of the mountain has a reputation among mountaineers as one of the hardest routes in the world. It was first climbed in October 2011 by a team consisting of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk.[6]

See also[edit]

  • Meru, a 2015 documentary film about climbing the Shark's fin route


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  2. ^ "Leap from the top of the world". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ Blog by one of the BASE Jump climbing team
  4. ^ "Meru Peak: The Gate to the Sky". The Himalayan Club (via Internet Archive). 2002. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Japanese Climb Meru Before Czechs". 20 November 2006. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Shark's Fin Full Report". 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.