Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja sets world record scaling 13 peaks in five months

KATHMANDU: A former UK’s Special Forces member has successfully climbed Mt Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak, completing his 13th eight-thousander in just over five months.

Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja (36), had set another world record by successfully scaling 13 peaks above 8,000 m in 158 days, officials said.

According to base camp officials, Purja along with other members of the Project Possible team made it to the top of 8,163-metre mountain early this morning. Purja reached the summit point at around 7:50 am this morning, officials said.

The current records for the fastest attempt are: seven years, 10 months and six days by Korean climber Kim Chang-ho in 2013 and seven years, 11 months and 14 days by Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka in 1987.

Purja, a permanent resident of Myagdi, is the first Gurkha to climb Mt Everest while serving the British Military and a current holder of multiple World Records for the fastest ascent of double and triple header mountains in the higher than 8,000 m category.

Purja’s Summit Record:

  1. Mt Manaslu – September 27
  2. Cho Oyu – September 23
  3. Broad Peak – July 26
  4. Mt K2 – July 24
  5. Gasherbrum II – July 18
  6. Gasherbrum I – July 15
  7. Nanga Parbat – July 03
  8. Mt Makalu – May 24
  9. Mt Everest – May 22
  10. Mt Lhotse – May 22
  11. Mt Kanchenjunga – May 15
  12. Mt Dhaulagiri – May 12
  13. Mt Annapurna – April 23