Nirmal “Nims” Purja, a 36-year-old former soldier from Nepal, has broken a world record after climbing the 14 highest mountains in the world in just over six months.
Purja reached the 8,027-meter-high (26,335 feet) summit of Mount Shishapangma, Tibet on Tuesday, officially knocking the previous record out by a difference of over 7 years.
At 8:58 hrs local time, Nims and his team reached the summit of Shisha Pangma. Team Members includes: Mingma David Sherpa, Galjen Sherpa and Gesman Tamang.#BremontProjectPossible pic.twitter.com/PeYUVQ7RnL
— Nirmal Purja MBE (@nimsdai) October 29, 2019
So far, only 40 climbers have completed scaling the “8,000er” mountains, eight of which are in Nepal, five are in Pakistan, and one in Tibet. Mountaineers refer to the height reaching 8,000 meters as the “death zone.”
South Korean Kim Chang-ho originally held the fastest time since 2013, which stood at 7 years, 10 months and 6 days. Chang-ho had narrowly beaten the previous record of Jerzy Kukuczka from 1987 by one month and 8 days.
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United we conquer ! Here is to The A-team 🙌🏼 . .(Climbing team ) @mingma_david_sherpa , @gesmantamang , @geljen_sherpa_ @zekson_srpa ,Halung Dorchi . . . The journey of 14/7 has tested us all the way though at many levels. Together we have been through so much, we climbed not only as a team but as brothers with one sole goal to make the impossible possible pushing the human limitations to next level. Now, the BROTHERHOOD that we share between us is even STRONGER ! . . #trust #brotherhood #team . . 14/14 ✅ #14peaks7months #History . . #nimsdai #BremontProjectPossible #dedication #resilience #extremehighaltitudemountaineering #uksf #extremeoftheextreme #nolimit #silxo #ospreyeurope #antmiddleton #digi2al #adconstructiongroup #omnirisc #summitoxygen #inmarsat #thrudark #gurkhas #sherpas #elitehimalayanadventures #alwaysalittlehigher
Purja’s amazing feat was completed in 189 days under his “Project Possible” campaign, CNN reports. He climbed the first on his list, Mount Annapurna I, Nepal, on April 23.
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Yesterday, we had a pretty tough day. We climbed for 15 hrs non stop in an extreme weather conditions with the wind speed of more than 75 km/hr. Spent more than 3 hrs finding the way/route on the glacier.#nimsdai #BremontProjectPossible #14peaks7months pic.twitter.com/w2TNILtmtr
— Nirmal Purja MBE (@nimsdai) October 26, 2019
Purja, who served in the British military, celebrated the achievement with a post on Twitter proclaiming, “MISSION ACHIEVED!”
“I believed in this project and I made sure to surround myself with people who believed in it too,” Purja said in a statement. “This was never just about me, which is the reason I’ve been able to overcome some huge obstacles on this journey. By achieving this goal, I knew I could inspire people from all generations, across the world.”
Earlier this year, Purja also made headlines when he took a photo of the long queue of climbers waiting in the “death zone” hoping to reach the summit of Everest. The resulting controversy led to the drafting of new climbing rules by the Nepali government.
Purja attributed his ability to navigate the rapid-turn-around climbs to his training in the British military. He reportedly joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in 2003 before joining the special forces unit of the U.K.’s Royal Navy.
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Purja’s website states that his personal achievement wasn’t the only record set by the team. Mingma David Sherpa also became the youngest person to summit all 14 of these peaks. He accompanied Purja on nine of the climbs.
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