Former Gurkha Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja during his successful attempt to scale 13 Himalayan mountains over 8,000 ft (Photo: Telegraph)
A former member of British special forces has set a new world record for climbing 13 Himalayan peaks in only five months. He broke the world record despite he stopped for days after he attempted to rescue a fellow climber.
Nirmal “Nims” Purja spent 16 years in the British Armed Forces. He served as famous Gurkha and also was a member of famous British Special Boat Service (SBS). Purja succeded to climb the mountains, all of which are over 8,000, in 158 days.
Officials said the 36-year-old reached the summit of the 13th, Mount Manaslu – the world’s eighth highest peak, on Friday Morning. Purja is now aiming to break a further record by completing the 14th and last Himilayan mountain, Mount Shishapangma, within the next two months, but it could be problem. His expedition now faces an obstacle in that the mountain has currently been closed by Chinese authorities.
During the climbing to the peak he scaled first, he took a detour just days into his attempt, after learning another climber had become lost on his route.
The former Gurkha and Special Forces operator took a helicopter back up Mount Annapurna to help retrieve Singaporean anesthesiologist, Dr Chin Wui Kin, who became separated from his climbing group. Sadly, Dr Chin later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.