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In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey – like all previous attempts – fell short of the goal. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances. Meru is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“The best climbing movie of the year.”

Outside Magazine

“Harrowing and ultimately moving! One of the best sports documentaries of its type in recent years. nail-biter.”

Dennis Harvey


“High-tech, high-octane, high-fiving...a winning combination of the gruelingly practical and the luminously cosmic. Transport[s] viewers to the roof of the world.”

Neil Young

The Hollywood Reporter

“Meru is absolutely worth the climb.”

Paula Mejia


Winner! Sundance Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award, Documentary

True/False Film Festival - Official Selection

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection

Nashville Film Festival - Official Selection

Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Official Selection

Winner! Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Charlie Fowler Award

San Francisco International Film Festival - Official Selection

Cast & Crew
  • Himself : Conrad Anker
  • Himself : Jimmy Chin
  • Himself : Renan Ozturk
  • Himself : Jon Krakauer
  • Herself : Jenni Lowe-Anker
  • Herself : Amee Hinkley
  • Herself : Grace Chin
  • Himself : Jeremy Jones
  • Directors : Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Producers : Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Ethridge
  • Executive Producers : Daniel T. Reiner, Elizabeth Lauren Reiner, Jonas Tempel, Chris Wright, Loren Bough
  • Cinematography : Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin
  • Editor : Bob Einsenhardt
  • Music : J. Ralph
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2015
  • Release Date : August 14, 2015
  • Countries of Production : USA
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 90 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.78:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Color : Yes
  • Rating : R For Language
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Interview with Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Expedition Prep

Deleted Scenes

Theatrical Trailer