Kathmandu, May 23
A feasibility study conducted by a team of four mountaineers, two foreigners and two Nepalis, has concluded that Mera Peak is a suitable destination for ski mountaineering.
The study team found out the 6,473-metre high peak was apt for ski mountaineering. Leonardo Bernard and Deidrick Bhan Reason from the Netherlands had skied from the summit of the peak in May, according to the Ski and Snowboarding Academy.
The skier duo had skied to the base camp of the Mera Peak within half an hour, shares Academy’s President Utsav Pathak.
The academy in collaboration with the Snow Guide Nepal Treks and Expedition conducted the feasibility study and the ski mountaineering activity on the peak. The training for ski mountaineering will be conducted on Mera Peak from coming October to train Nepal’s team to compete in the Olympic Ski Mountaineering to be held in Italy in 2026.
A ski completion was organised by the academy in Kalinchok in 2019 winter and ski mountaineering activities and training were organised on other peaks in Humla, Dolpa, Mustang and Kaski for five years.
The academy aims to popularise ski mountaineering in the country that houses eight among 14 highest mountains including 8,848.86-metre high Sagarmatha (Mt Everest).