A Nepali mountaineer and former British Marine has climbed the world’s tallest 14 peaks in seven months beating an earlier record of 8 years.
Nirmal Purja reached the top of his 14th mountain, Shishapangma in China, on Tuesday morning.
Purja joined the British Army in 2003 and became a Royal Marine in 2009.
He was already the holder of numerous records – including the fastest “double-header” of two mountains higher than 8,000 metres – and was awarded the MBE, a civilian honour, by the Queen in 2018.
Nepalese soldiers serve in the British Army specifically in the Brigade of Gurkhas for more than 200 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
There are 14 mountains in the world higher than 8,000m, and the previous record for climbing them all was almost eight years, achieved by Polish climber Jerzy Kukucza in 1987.
Purja began his campaign in Nepal in April, and climbed Mount Everest in May. During his climbs, he rescued four other climbers – three of which he called “suicide missions” – and has, in his own words, “bled from every angle”.
In September, his challenge was held up while he waited for permission to climb the final mountain, Shishapangma, in the Tibetan autonomous region of China.
His permit was granted on 15 October after the Nepali approached the Chinese government on his behalf.