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Nirmal Purja Smashes World Record Climbing 14 Of The World’s Highest Mountains

Written by Alex Turrell
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Nirmal Purja – MBE better known as ‘Nims’ – has spent the last six months completing Bremont Project Possible with the support of Intergage. A monumental challenge to climb the world’s 14 highest mountains:

  1. Annapurna – summited 23rd April
  2. Dhaulagiri – summited 12th May
  3. Kanchenjunga – summited 15th May
  4. Everest – summited 22nd May
  5. Lhotse – summited 22nd May
  6. Makalu – summited 24th May
  7. Nanga Parbat – summited 3rd July
  8. Gasherbrum I – summited 15th July
  9. Gasherbrum II – summited 18th July
  10. K2 – summited 24th July
  11. Broad Peak – summited 26th July
  12. Cho Oyu – summited 23rd September
  13. Manaslu – summited 27th September
  14. Shishapangma – summited 29th October.

Each of these mountains exceeds 8,000m – named ‘the death zone’ because the oxygen levels are too low for humans to survive.

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Breaking World Records

Nims set out to break one world record – to climb all 14 8,000m+ mountains in just seven months. The standing world record for this feat is just under eight years.

But, on October 29th 2019 Nims broke the world record for scaling the world’s highest 14 peaks in six months and six days, achieving six further world records in the process:

  • fastest summit of the five highest mountains in the world
  • fastest summit of the three highest mountains in the world
  • most 8,000m+ mountains summited in the spring season
  • most 8,000m+ mountains summited in the summer season
  • fastest summit of the lowest 8,000m+ mountains (Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2 and Broad Peak)
  • fastest summit of the higher 8,000m+ mountains, with consecutive summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in 48 hours (beating his own previous record of five days).

One man, seven world records and a seemingly impossible challenge. But that isn’t all…

 Who Is Nirmal Purja?

nimsNirmal or ‘Nims’ is a former special forces operator and Gurkha who has spent the last 16 years serving the UK military. He has spent a lifetime defending the freedom of others, selflessly putting their safety above his own.

The training, physiology and mindset are what makes Nims an extraordinary mountaineer – meaning he is capable of achieving things beyond even the fittest, most experienced mountaineers.

In fact, Nims achieved three Guinness World Records before beginning the Bremont Project Possible challenge:

  • fastest consecutive summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, taking a total of five days
  • fastest time from the summit of Everest to the summit of Lhoste, taking a total of 10 hours and 15 minutes
  • first person to summit Everest twice, Lhotse once and Makala once in the same season, taking a total of 17 days

Saving Lives

Nims was awarded an MBE for his outstanding achievements in extreme high-altitude mountaineering after saving the life of an Indian climber. He single-handedly carried her down 500m Mount Everest from 8,450m.

During his world record challenge, Nims and his team rescued three climbers who had been separated and left without food, water or oxygen – even sacrificing their own supplementary oxygen to keep the climbers alive!

Nims and his team have completed this monumental challenge with nothing but heroic courage and selfless passion and against the odds, living to tell their brilliant story.

How Did Intergage Help?

Intergage built a website to act as the central hub of information for the project. We turned the website round in just over a week supplying Nims with a resource to help promote the project, collect donations and act as a point of reference for potential sponsors.

We have been incredibly proud watching Nims complete this challenge and smashing seven world records. It has been both humbling and inspirational to be a part of the Bremont Project Possible team and we look forward to welcoming Nims and his team home. True heroes!

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Orginally published on Thursday 31 October, 2019 | Last updated Monday 18 November, 2019

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