Mission Achieved! Nepali Man Climbs World’s 14 Highest Mountains in 6-Months | Smashes Previous Record by 7-YEARS

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Nirmal Purja, record, 8000ers,
Nirmal Purja. Credit: Himalayan Times

A 36-year-old Nepali just became the fastest climber to summit the world’s 14 highest mountains on Tuesday, summiting all the mountains in just over six months, smashing the previous record by more than seven YEARS.

Former British Marine Nirmal Purja scaled Mount Shishapangma at 8,027-meters (26,335 feet) in Tibet this morning, six months and one week after he climbed his first in “Project Possible”, Mount Annapurna I.

“Mission achieved,” Purja posted on his Instagram from the summit in Tibet, the world’s 14th highest mountain.

After climbing Annapurna, the tenth highest peak, on April 23, Purja took on the other “8,000ers”, climbing Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in the following month, reports Reuters.

map of highest mountains in the world
All of the tallest mountains are in the Himalaya range.

He then went to Pakistan, where he climbed Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, and the Broad Peak. Purja climbed another two peaks in Nepal – Cho Oyu and Manaslu before heading to Tibet, climbing officials said.

The previous record for the fastest ascent was previously held by South Korean Kim Chang-ho who completed all “8,000ers” in seven years, 10 months and six days. Only 36 mountaineers have ever climbed all 14 of the world’s highest peaks.

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