Alpenglow is thrilled to be offering a ski expedition in the Himalaya. Our high altitude guides are also big mountain ski mountaineers; the combination of their expertise and high-end logistics that have been a priority of Alpenglow’s for over a decade, uniquely positions us to offer international, high altitude ski expeditions. We created this program as a perfect segue for backcountry skiers looking to gain the skills that will enable them to ski higher and/or more technical mountains. This program is for the backcountry skier who wants to become a ski mountaineer, and the ski mountaineer looking to progress to high altitude peaks.
Alpenglow Expeditions’ guides have been skiing, climbing, and guiding in Nepal for two decades and believe that visiting the Himalaya with skis on your feet is the ultimate way of experiencing this range. The beauty of the Himalaya will leave you awe-inspired, while the scale will inherently increase your focus, which is essential for true big mountain ski descents.
We have chosen Mera Peak (21,247 feet/6,476 meters) as an ideal place to bring your backcountry skiing to the next level. While it is possible to ski tour the entire route if conditions permit, we will focus on teaching you technical skills that you might not have needed in the backcountry settings you’ve previously experienced. You will be utilizing ropes for glacier travel and on exposed terrain, while also managing the effects of high altitude. Incorporating these elements and skills with your backcountry skiing experience is a significant step in your progression from “backcountry skier” to “ski mountaineer.” During our acclimatization climbs (Chukkung Ri, Kala Patar, Lobuche East) and once on the Mera La glacier, we will be preparing everyone on the team with the skills and knowledge needed not just for these peaks, but for bigger or more technical peaks around the world.
The highest mountains of the Himalaya have long captured the imaginations of people the world over and to be amongst the few who are able to experience them on skis is very special and a proud achievement. While trekking, climbing, and skiing in the Khumbu, it becomes apparent that it’s not only the heights to which the giants around you soar that make this place so special; it’s the greater picture of the range, including the history, the weather, the people who live there, the biodiversity, and the adventurous people who visit.
While skiing with Alpenglow Expeditions in Nepal, we utilize the same high-level logistics as those used on our major climbing expeditions. With our strong and experienced Sherpa support staff, cook staff, and guides, top-of-the-line equipment, and the best food in the business, you are able to focus your energy on yourself and your surroundings. We carefully arrange our logistics and itinerary, maximizing acclimatization, while also utilizing helicopters in order to complete this expedition in just three weeks. Join us on this very unique trip for the adventure and ski experience of a lifetime!