Nepali climber records 14 highest peak summits
A Nepali mountaineer on Tuesday smashed the speed record for summiting the world’s 14 highest peaks, racing up all ‘8000ers’ in just six months and six days, organisers said. The previous record for the 14 mountains above 8,000m - completed by Nirmal Purja at 8.59am on Tuesday - was almost eight years.
‘MISSION ACHIEVED! says @nimsdai from the summit of #Shishapangma,’ read a post on Purja's Facebook page, while a statement quoted the former British elite soldier as being ‘overwhelmed and incredibly proud’ after his 189-day feat.
“It has been a gruelling but humbling six months, and I hope to have proven that anything is possible with some determination, self-belief and positivity,” the 36 year old said.
This file photo shows Nepali climber Nirmal Purja at the summit of Mount Everest, on May 22