Meru Peak is a colossal mountain situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It lies between Thalay Sagar and Shivling, and has some highly challenging routes. Meru 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). It lies in the Gangotri group of mountains.
Meru Peak was the site of the world’s highest BASE jump from ‘Earth’ from a height of 6,604 meters, but it has been since surpassed.
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 2011 by a team consisting of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk.
- Shark’s Fin route
- Northwest wall
HOW TO REACH
One needs to travel to Dehradun from Delhi. From Dehradun, buses and taxis are easily available to Uttarkashi. From Uttarkashi, take a bus to the Gangotri. From there, Tapovan is at a trekking distance where base camp is set up.
- ROAD: Dehradun has good connectivity of buses from Delhi. One can get a bus to Dehradun. The bus service is available all day with buses leaving every half an hour.
- RAIL: Dehradun Railway Station is situated at a distance of about 2 km from the city center. Major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Ujjain and Indore are connected by regular as well as frequent train services from the main city.
- AIR: Jolly Grant situated in Dehradun which is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore etc.