KATHMANDU: A former UK’s Special Forces member Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja has set the world record by successfully climbing 11 of the world’s highest mountains, known as the 8000ers, in just over four months.
Purja, 35, has succeeded in the second phase of his ambition to speed climb the world’s 14 highest mountains in just 7 months.
Purja climbed Broad Peak, 11th of 14 mountains, early this morning, completing the second phase of his mission under the ‘Project Possible’, according to the base camp officials.
Broad Peak summit in Pakistan marked his 11th eight-thousander in just over four months since the former UK’s Special Forces Member first scaled Mt Annapurna on April 23. Nims had launched his 14/7 mission in the third week of March.
Before heading for Broad Peak summit, Nims summited K2 on July 24, Gasherbrum – II on July 18, Gasherbrum – I on July 15 and Nanga Parbat on July 3.
Nims, who has spent 16 years in the British Army, said he wanted to
break the mountaineering world record by climbing all 14 peaks in 7 months.
According to Project Possible, his final attempt will begin in September with plans to climb the remaining three peaks – Mt Manaslu, Mt Cho Oyu and Mt Sishapangma – by this November.
NIMS SUMMIT SUCCESS:
Broad Peak – July 26
Mt K2 – July 24
Gasherbrum II – July 18
Gasherbrum I – July 15
Nanga Parbat – July 03
Mt Makalu – May 24
Mt Everest – May 22
Mt Lhotse – May 22
Mt Kanchenjunga – May 15
Mt Dhaulagiri – May 12
Mt Annapurna – April 23