No Mountain High Enough!
Nirmal Purja, a Nepalese national who earlier served in the British Army has broken mountain climbing records by climbing 14 of the highest peaks in the world in just 189 days!
Only a small number of mountaineers, just 40! have achieved this feat, the first being Reinhold Messner who climbed all ofthe more than 8000m in 1986. In 2010, Edurne Pasaban became the first woman to complete the challenge.
The previous record for climbing all 14 of the highest peaks in the Himalayas was held by Kim Chang-Ho of South Korea who took a total of 7 years, 11 months and 14 days to climb all 14 mountains.
Nirmal has broken this record by more than 7 years, finishing in just over 6 months! What is even more amazing is that he climbed Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu (which are the 4th and 5th highest in the world) consecutively in just 2 days!
Nirmal has climbed Nanga Parbat (8125m), K2 (8614m), Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum 1 (8080m), Gasherbrum 2 (8035m), Annapurna (8091m) , Shishapangma (8027m), Cho Oyu(8188m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8485m), Manaslu(8163m), Dhaulagiri 1 (8167m), Lhotse (8516m) and Everest (8848m)!