Nirmal “Nims” Purja Summits All 14 8,000 Meter Peaks in Just 6 Months 6 Days, Shattering Former Record by Over 7 Years
The 36-year-old Nepalese climber obliterated the former record of 7 years 10 months 6 days when he summited Shishapangma at 8:58 am on October 29, 2019.
Not long after seeing the first sub two-hour marathon, we now have a speed record on a whole different scale: Nirmal “Nims” Purja has set a new mark for the shortest amount of time to climb the 14 peaks in the world over 8,000 meters, accomplishing the task in a just 6 months 6 days.
The 36-year-old Nepalese climber—a former Gurkha in the British military—obliterated the former record, held by Korean climber Kim Chang-Ho. When Chang-Ho climbed his last 8,000er in May 2013, he set the record for all 14 8,000ers at 7 years 10 months 6 days. Purja managed to do it 7 years and 4 months quicker.
“MISSION ACHIEVED !” Purja reported to his team from the summit of Shishapangma, his last outstanding 8,000er. He summited at 8:58 am on October 29. Purja climbed with teammates Mingma David Sherpa, Galjen Sherpa and Gesman Tamang.
Purja’s achievement was the goal of his Project Possible, in which he set out to climb all of the 8,000ers in under 7 months.
According to the website, in climbing the 14 8,000ers in record time, Purja wanted to use Project Possible and his platform “to provide important opportunities for local Sherpas and guides to forge a career in the mountains and will promote the homeland of the Gurkhas among the 8,000m mountains. The project aims to raise awareness for a number of significant causes, most notably for UK military charities, supporting Nims’ colleagues who may have been wounded, injured and/or who suffer mental health issues. Equally, the support for Nepalese children’s charities and orphanages dedicated to education and wellbeing is of paramount importance, not forgetting raising crucial awareness of climate change and global warming.”
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. I have bleed from every angle and it’s been horrifically amazing journey. . Today: in just 157 days, I have summited all 13 x8000m mountains and in order to achieve this, only I know what I have been through. . While achieving this, I have conducted 4 rescues. 3 rescues were sucidal mission, where we conducted the rescue above 8400m without O2. . Me and my team fixed the lines on many mountains facilitating others to achieve their dreams. . While doing so, I had to guide/lead commercial expedition on several mountains because of the funding issues. . Loads and loads of sleep deprivation with non stop climbing in extreme weather conditions… And the list continues… ………….HOWEVER………. Today, I’m asking for genuine help only. . I had a meeting with deputy PM; Ex PM and tourism minister of Nepal to approach Chinese government in ref to #Shishapangma and the Government of Nepal has agreed to conduct a diplomatic talk with the Chinese Government. Till date; I’m still waiting for the reply. . Humble request: rather than sending me a message, I would be very grateful if you could write to Chinese government/ CMA/TMA on my behalf. I have done everything I could have done from my side. I think if we all go as a collective force, it may help. . Here are the respective email add, that may change the World for this endeavour . email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Chinese ambassador to nepal Ms Hou Yanqi email@example.com Direct email to ambassador: firstname.lastname@example.org Sport ministry China email@example.com . . . 📸 @sandro.g.h #nimsdai #uksf #14peaks7months #bremontprojectpossible #silxo #ospreyeurope #antmiddleton #digi2al #adconstructiongroup #omnirisc #summitoxygen #inmarsat #thrudark #gurkhas #sherpas #elitehimalayanadventures #alwaysalittlehigher
Climbing all of the 8,000ers has been a prize in mountaineering for decades. Reinhold Messner was the first to accomplish the feat, ticking off his last one in 1986. Messner also was the first to climb all the 8,000ers without supplemental oxygen. In 2010, Edurne Pasaburne became the first woman to complete all 14 8,000ers.
Purja used supplemental oxygen during his ascents, but never claimed anything to the contrary. In an interview on Explorersweb.com, Purjal said, “The only reason that I have used oxygen on this current challenge is because of its scale. You cannot plan a single mountain in isolation. I have to consider the whole phase: the weather, the features of the mountain and the conditions. I have to get back down, so that I can reach the next mountain. I listen to my body. You must have humility so that you can get home. You can always go again without oxygen if that is what is so important, but you can’t if you’re dead.”
In the course of his project, Purja has conducted four separate rescues of climbers in need.
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